This post was most recently updated on September 12th, 2021
In order to deliver millions to billions of impressions every month, a social networking site must not only amass a large number of users but get users highly engaged.
User growth and engagement is the very foundation when starting a social networking site and is the initial goal before creating revenue streams. Solid content is the key to your growth.
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The advertising giant has access to the largest advertisers and offers a wide range of ad sizes a publisher can choose from. CPM performance is superb.
Keep in mind Google’s strict guidelines when it comes to user-generated content. To keep your account in good standing, always keep an eye on pages where your ad code appears. We highly recommended that you set up moderation for every post. Read more: https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/1355699?hl=en
Sharethrough offers exciting new revenue opportunities with native, in-feed advertising on a platform that works on multiple levels: direct sell native placements on the other sites on Sharethrough’s network or you can monetize your sites (& app) with premium brand content using the Sharethrough Exchange.
Rate: $3 CPM (US, UK, AUS, CA)
Works on a CPI model with their advertisers and back into an eCPM for the publishers, which you will be able to keep track of through a dashboard. Can potentially perform well and tags should be directly implemented in the source code.
Sample ad unit:
Runs native widgets. What we like most about Content.ad is the flexibility and user control in terms of displaying ads:
How much sponsored content would you like to show in your widget?
Always display links to my internal content before links to outside content?
Show sponsored disclaimer on each sponsored post?
What type of sponsored content do you want to allow?
You might also want to try AdBlade, Taboola, Applift, Yellow Hammer.
We recommend ad sizes that blend seamlessly with your site’s design. Very important is to avoid designs that could potentially be flagged for encouraging clicks. Always revisit the ad networks’ guidelines for implementation.
Choose placements that allow visibility. Ads tend to perform poorly when not visible to users, which is usually the case for ‘below the fold’ placements or the absolute bottom ad units.
Most ad networks would recommend implementing the code directly on the site’s source code, thus targeting all users. When allowed to run via an Ad Server (e.g. Google DFP), you may choose to target audience relevant to you, the geographical locations recommended by the ad network, plus the platform/device — we recommend optimizing the site for both desktop and mobile. Users carry their devices with them 24/7 so mobile is a good way to go.
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Kean Graham is the CEO and founder of MonetizeMore & a pioneer in the Adtech Industry. He is the resident expert in Ad Optimization, covering areas like Adsense Optimization,GAM 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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