You might be asking yourself, "Why does Mediavine care about my blog’s content? None of my other ad managers or networks had an opinion, why do you guys?"
Call us crazy, but we don’t think of ourselves as just an ad management provider. Every website we work with is important to us, on a holistic level. The healthier your site is in Google’s eyes, the more you’ll rank in search results.
And the more you rank in search results, the more traffic you have. The more traffic – quite plainly, the more money we all make. We’re in this for the long haul. Your success is our success.
So, let’s talk about how content length affects your SEO and your Mediavine ad placements.
There are TWO things you can do to make your content more ad friendly, and at the same time, SEO friendly:
An example from a recent Food Fanatic post:
I could easily become a fast food junkie; I think it's probably in my best interest that Sonic is not just around the corner from our house. It is perfectly handy to stop by when we head into town for groceries and banking. A Route-44 Strawberry Limeade, a giant cheeseburger and tater tots are my favorites. Those darn tater tots are highly addicting. I've been making a fantastic version at home that I like even better. They are oven fried and so easy! Bacon is a staple at our house. We don't eat it every day, or even every week, but at least a couple of times a month. I save my bacon drippings religiously. Please don't tell me that you are not in the habit of it. Throwing out bacon drippings is a terrible waste in my book!
After editing for SEO:
I could easily become a fast food junkie; I think it's probably in my best interest that Sonic is not just around the corner from our house. It is perfectly handy to stop by when we head into town for groceries and banking. A Route-44 Strawberry Limeade, a giant cheeseburger and tater tots are my favorites.
Those darn tater tots are highly addicting. I've been making a fantastic version at home that I like even better. They are oven fried and so easy!
Bacon is a staple at our house. We don't eat it every day, or even every week, but at least a couple of times a month. I save my bacon drippings religiously. Please don't tell me that you are not in the habit of it. Throwing out bacon drippings is a terrible waste in my book!
What the what? What does any of this have to do with SEO and my ads?
Google has said repeatedly that they reward “good” content by placing it higher in search results. But what constitutes good content?
There’s a lot of theories on this. Read a dozen SEO blogs and you’ll get a dozen different answers. But one thing almost all of them tend to agree on is content length. The longer the content, the more likely Google is to see it as “good”.
General consensus seems to be making sure your post is at least 300 words. Longer is better. But 300 gets you a decently sized post with a fair amount of information, and a good balance of “story”, while also giving you enough time to mention your keyword phrase once or twice without it appearing as “stuffing”.
Google is very interested in making sure that what you’re writing about is flowing organically – so make sure to use your keyword phrase once or twice, but don’t do it more than that.
If you’re a food blogger, don’t count the recipe ingredients/directions in that word count. If you’re using a plugin to correctly mark up your recipe for schema, Google won’t see those as part of the content.
There are lots of articles about the research done around web reading, even Apple got in on the game, and the truth is, people tend to scan web articles, not read them word for word.
A way that you can increase the likelihood someone will take in more of what you’ve written is to break the writing up into shorter, more digestible chunks; i.e. shorter paragraphs. No more than 3 sentences long.
See how I’ve written this entire article? Each paragraph is no more than 2-3 sentences in length.
Think of your website as “zones”. You’ve got advertisments in two zones on your website. In your sidebar – that’s one zone (let's get creative and call it the Sidebar Zone). And you have all your content in a separate area – that’s a second zone - again, let's be innovators and call it the Content Zone.
Readers who visit your website are always more concerned with what’s going on in your Content Zone – they’re scrolling to read about how to make a craft, or reach a recipe card. They want to see all the pictures of your beautiful trip to Bali, or read to the end of the article about your best Disney tips. Their movement on the page is from top to bottom, almost always.
This means ads that appear in either the Content Zone or the Sidebar Zone will be especially valuable, because your reader almost always has their eyes there, at least for a while.
We know - they break up the flow of your reader reading your content, and there's not a lot to love about that. But, these ads being "in your face" is exactly the point. These are as intrusive as we like to get at Mediavine, and here's why: The more a reader "sees" an ad, the more likely they are to click on it. And when they click on it? You make ALLTHEMONIES.
We are very aware that ads are always going to be a balance between user experience and income, so we have done our research to make these in-content ads as palatable as possible. We make sure that they are appropriately spaced to keep all of us in line with ad exchange policy, while also placing them as frequently as we can to earn you the best amount of money.
Smart Logic. What the heck am I talking about, you ask? Let me explain -
This unit looks at your blog post in a few different ways to place the ads in your content ensuring there is always only ONE ad per "screen view". What's a screen view? That is whatever you see on one screen without scrolling. That's why we first look at your reader's screen size. A screen view will be much different on my big iMac than it is on my small iPhone or our Kindle.
If you ever want to turn up or turn down the frequency on these units, there are settings available for you anytime in your Dashboard Settings area. There are separate settings for Desktop and Mobile, as well as settings for specifically defining where in your content the ads will show.
We're also happy to answer any questions you have any offer advice and solutions to whatever concerns you have that arise. If you don't want ads specifically in one spot in your content, you can use <div> tags to make sure a certain block of content is not broken up by an ad. If you'd like to make sure an ad appears in specific spots in one of your blog posts, you can use HTML hints to place it there.
One of the best paying units in our network is our Sticky Sidebar Unit (in your dashboard as sidebar_btf). This unit is the very last thing in your sidebar.
The logic of it is that it comes into view when a reader scrolls down the page enough to reach the end of the sidebar (this is when it loads – it won’t load before then), and then stays with the reader as they scroll down the page, viewing everything in the “Content Zone”.
The longer a reader has the sticky sidebar ad loaded and scrolling with them down the page, the more valuable it is to advertisers.
Therefore, the TALLER you can make your content in the Content Zone, the longer it’s going to take a reader to reach the end of the blog post, and the direct result is that ad will earn better money for you.
As always, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!