Web Strategy

RockYou Media Relaunches 'LittleThings' Site
April 20, 2018 at 10:22 am

On February 28, viral website LittleThings posted its last piece, stating that would be its last day of business. The website, which saw much of its traffic come from Facebook, had become the first victim of the social network's algorithm change, which de-prioritized posts from brands and publishers. LittleThings had nearly 60 million comScore unique viewers, including 7 million…

3 Tips for Building Social Influencers into Your Editorial Strategy
April 19, 2018 at 8:00 am

A few years ago, I had the chance to hear Social Media Research Foundation talk about the impact of influencers on consumer goods and hotel brands. In two separate industry events, speakers explored the importance of identifying influencers and then leveraging those influencers to drive engagement with a brand. A few months back, I had…

Google’s GDPR Approach Raises Publisher Concerns
April 16, 2018 at 9:54 am

There’s nothing like a deadline to spur action. The May 25 date for enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation has led to a flurry of activity, as players large and small look to get compliant. While attention is squarely on Facebook’s data practices, Google has raised concerns among several publishers…

As Fusion Media Implodes, Will the Gawker Orphans Hit the Block?
April 13, 2018 at 8:44 am

It was around 2011 when Isaac Lee, then a 40-year-old news executive at the Spanish-language broadcaster Univision, saw the writing on the wall, and it read: multicultural millennials. So Lee and Univision made a bold, some thought outlandish, series of bets. It all began with Fusion, a general-interest Web site and corresponding cable channel launched in 2012…

Why Publishers Struggle with Subscriptions
April 12, 2018 at 9:58 am

As publishers, we spend a lot of time thinking (lamenting?) about the current publishing environment and if our strategies are correct. When it comes to subscriptions, however, more than the market or strategy, it’s our inability to execute on a basic level that is our biggest problem. It doesn’t matter if our publications are paid…

Think Your Articles are Getting a Lot of Attention on Twitter?
April 11, 2018 at 10:59 am

An estimated two thirds of tweets linking to stories from some of the most popular websites don’t come from humans, but from bots, according to a Pew Research Center report published on Monday. Certain types of websites were much more…

10 SEO Tools to Help Publishers Maximize Organic Search Performance
April 5, 2018 at 12:23 pm

Between its well-publicized News Feed changes and increased public scrutiny, Facebook isn’t the dominant traffic source it once was. As a result Google is overtaking the social network to reclaim its place as the top traffic source for many publishers, and with that comes renewed interested in SEO. That’s not to say media organizations ever…

Chrome’s Mobile Article Recommendations Up 2,100 Percent in One Year
April 4, 2018 at 9:04 am

If you use Chrome on your phone or tablet, you’re probably familiar with the article suggestions that you see when you open a new tab in your browser. However, if you’re a publishing executive, you may not be thinking of them as a meaningful traffic source. Well, we have news for you: Research by Chartbeat’s data science…

In Quest to Replace Facebook Traffic, Publishers Need to Get Back to SEO
April 4, 2018 at 8:00 am

If Facebook really turns out to be a busted flush for publishers, where’s the traffic going to come from in the future? Should everyone pivot to Pinterest? Leap to LinkedIn? Chassé over to Snapchat? How you decide to move your platform strategy forward is your business, but getting serious again about SEO is critical. There’s…