How to Boost Ad Revenue During the Holidays

Publishers, are your sites prepared for this holiday’s revenue spike? An average person is foreseen to spend more than $800.00 in Q4 2014, a 5% year-over-year increase, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). In 2013, Comscore has estimated online holiday spending alone at $46.5 billion.

The holiday season is a make-or-break time for brands. With intense competition for consumers’ attention, all their best-of-the-best digital advertising inventory that has been on the reserve is now on the loose.

Publishers could not afford to miss this chance so better have your sites all geared up to take advantage of Q4 which is always proven to be the best time of the year for publishers.

shopper statistics

Here are some tips, beautifully wrapped as our early Christmas gift.

1) Your Publisher Profile must be updated

The first thing advertisers see is your website description. It is important that you keep it up to date. When you make your profile visible to more advertisers, the more valuable campaigns are likely to start coming in. In Google AdX, we call this ‘Preferred Deals’. Get your negotiation skills ready.

DFP new profile

Related Read: How to Attract New Advertisers: Create Targeted Publisher Profiles

2) Your website should be mobile and tablet-optimized

Check out how your site displays on mobile devices. This is very crucial as shoppers are increasingly purchasing and comparing products online, using a mobile or tablet, then in retail stores. User experience is key.

Related Read: Adsense Offers Multi-Screen Resource Guides

mobile display vs traditional display

3) Website content must be fresh and seasonal

Anything relevant this holiday – from online shopping, recipes, vacation, promos & discounts, gift ideas, etc. The list goes on. Develop a fresh content strategy that’s just right for the season.

Backtrack holiday performance by looking at your analytics data. Integrating an analytics suite on your website is a necessity. For instance, Google analytics helps you determine the most relevant and top performing content and/or the dates they performed best. Use this data in formulating your strategy this 2014.

Related Read: How to Take Advantage of Real-time Data of Adsense Sites on Google Analytics

4) Review competitor websites

Try to emulate their successes. You may keep track of their social media, blogs, and newsletters. Find a tool like Wayback Machine which could provide insights and actionable ideas. Also, check out Buzzsumo and search for your competitor’s most viral content. That’ll give you some idea of how they approach the holidays.

5) Fill all ad spaces with relevant ads

Don’t leave any ad space empty to maximize earning potential. If text content is sufficient, Google AdX/AdSense should be able to crawl the site and serve the top paying and most relevant ads at any given time. The more relevant the ads on your site, the more likely they are to generate clicks and conversion. Ad placements should be eye-catching but non-intrusive.

Related Read: How to Setup Backup Ads for Google AdSense or Ad Exchange

The battle among advertisers starts now. During this 3-month period, we typically see the highest revenues across the board. Take advantage of early and late-season shopping behavior. Time to get moving and earn that Q4 bonus. Oh, your holiday must be so awe$ome!

If you want to discuss fresh strategies in terms of ad optimization, contact MonetizeMore and we can get you started on an Adsense versus Ad Exchange set-up.

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Kean Graham

CEO and Founder at MonetizeMore

Kean is the resident expert in Ad Optimization covering areas like AdSense Optimization, DFP Management, and third-party ad network partnerships. Kean believes in the supremacy of direct publisher deals and holistic optimization as keys to effective and consistent ad revenue increases.

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