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Online Advertising Budget Gets Help From Simple Ratio

Online newspapers and broadcasters sometimes use a simple ratio that also is useful for other businesses that have a website revenue budget.

Tradition media companies struggle with finding a rational way to set goals for their online advertising budgets. (more…)

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Online Account Executives Deliver Revenue Results

Newspaper websites with dedicated online account executives have 87 percent higher online revenue than papers that rely solely on print AEs.

In addition, 59 percent of the total revenue came from online-only ads, according to the former Newspaper Association of America. The association’s data came from a Borrell Associates study. (more…)

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Continuous News Brings Steady Stream of Visits

Continuous news is a media concept that also works well with any small business with an online presence.

It requires a steady stream of site updates. But search engines respond with a steady stream of visits.

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Content Attribution Builds Trust, Credibility With Readers

The use of content attribution is one of the most basic concepts in traditional print journalism. It has benefits for online journalism as well.

Content attribution provides the source of a fact, quote or controversial statement. It uses words such as “says”, “said”, “according to” and variations along with the person, website, etc., that offered the information.

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Website Quantity Drives Product Audience

A website succeeds with audience in part because of the quantity of content. How to get to that quantity is just as important.

Three metrics for measuring the quantity and efficiency of content on a site are:

  1.  Total pages
  2.  Total active or accessed pages
  3.  Views per active page

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Online Feature Content Matters Greatly

Evergreen contentNewspapers and TV stations find that online feature content is vital for creating an attractive Web site, despite their emphasis on news.

This lesson in content development has benefits for any online publisher.

Many sites that hire SEO experts have blogs with regular postings about their area of expertise. These blog postings almost always have a feature focus. It means they don’t have a tie to a specific event or date and therefore have short-term value.

They have readership value today, next month or even in years to come. (more…)

Quality Content Development Mixes Interest and Importance

Content developmentOnline content development often becomes focused on what drives the most clicks to an article, but too much of a focus on clicks becomes pandering.

Pandering undermines the credibility of a Web site. Visitors start to lose confidence in the quality of the site as a result. The practice is not much different than the old bait and switch technique.

Traditional media newsrooms at newspapers and TV stations debate every day what stories should appear on page one or at the top of the news program.

They sometimes erupt into fierce debates about what stories to play at the top and how to present them. The headline, the photos and any adjacent stories become subject to debate.

A common content development strategy has developed for many of them that combines interesting stories with important ones.

Interesting stories tend to emphasize human nature such as personality profiles, quirky behavior, great achievements and the link.

Important stories don’t always attract much viewership or readership. One example is a city council or board of education that passes an annual budget. (more…)


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