Last Updated on May 20, 2022 by Scott Charleboix
This two-part blog post, How to get your Blog into Mediavine is a round-up post. If you’re a blogger this goal should at the forefront of your business so that your blog (an asset of your business) can start making lots of money. The 1st part looks at an overview of Mediavine with an emphasis on getting accepted into Mediavine. The 2nd part (this part) looks at tips and suggestions that other bloggers have provided for the purpose of how to get your blog into Mediavine.
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One of the single most important items for getting accepted into Mediavine is that you must have at least 50,000 sessions per month (or more) on your blog. This post >> provides you with how to find the number of sessions you have in Google Analytics.
Don’t rely on Pinterest bringing you the majority of your traffic. Utilize a full scope of items so that when it comes time for you to apply to Mediavine that you’ll get accepted the first time around and that you’ll have sufficient traffic. By following the tips in this post you’ll have a very likely change of having your application for Mediavine approved in round one.
This tip from How I Finally Got My First Blog To Qualify for Mediavine is indicative of what you need to do to get approved into Mediavine. You need a plan!
“I was stubborn enough to know that if I could just figure out what they were doing that I wasn’t I could crack the code. I could get my blog accepted into Mediavine and FINALLY earn a real income with my blog. The secret was that these bloggers had a PLAN. Once I figured that out, it was only a matter of 2-3 months before I got into Mediavine.”
Here’s one more tip from the same post (mentioned above) that is going to make a tremendous improvement on your blog.
“Scrivs taught me what SHOULD have been obvious in the first place, but for some reason wasn’t: I needed to create content that people were searching for. Not a diary. Not whatever I felt like writing.”
When I first started blogging I was guilty of this same phenomena and felt that I could write about whatever appealed to me at the moment. If you truly want to monetize your blog, you need to run it as a business and create content around the things that people are searching to find. By switching this to mindset you “should” see an improvement in your blog’s traffic.
How To Get Your Blog into Mediavine
Leverage the power of Pinterest
To start off, if you haven’t already invested your time into Pinterest, there are two powerhouse ways to grow your website’s traffic. SEO is the #1 way to build your organic traffic and the 2nd way that more and more people are using to grow their blog is utilizing Pinterest.
I’ve written a number of Pinterest posts and here’s a link to my Pinterest post archives. There you can scroll around and look at the various Pinterest posts.
A noteworthy blog post that you may want to jump straight into if you’re new at Pinterest is a post called Top 40 Pinterest Blogs in 2021. This is a post of 40 Pinterest Blogs (in alphabetical order) and websites that I deemed worth to follow because they either provide tutorials for Pinterest or have Pinterest boards that are extremely worth following.
Speaking of Pinterest boards that are extremely worth following I’d strongly suggest that you take a look at my Pinterest board, PinArtwork SEO Blogger. There I’ve assembled many different boards that are purposely arranged to help new bloggers with commonly asked questions.
I was surprised on my site, that more traffic was coming in from Pinterest rather than SEO, so I’ll personally need to optimize more of my posts for SEO. You can easily find out the number of people that are coming to your site with the use of the Jetpack plug-in and look at your site stats as indicated below for the last 30 days.
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Focus On SEO
I had been blogging for close to a year before I discovered the advantages of using Holistic SEO. Prior to that I had been using Yoast where I was blindly guessing on which focus keywords to use without doing any keyword research. Big mistake! With the use of the “right” plug-in like Rank Math SEO Pro SEO isn’t that hard to learn. Once you get the general idea of what’s needed in a post you’ll be able to start seeing some tangible results in the form of Top Google ranking for your keywords.
I highly suggest that if you don’t know how to use SEO to take a look at my post called Ultimate SEO Roadmap to Learning SEO. There you’ll be provided with a strategy that you can use an SEO Roadmap to develop your own SEO strategy. As well as learn about the 10 process steps that are associated with learning how to use SEO.
One of the essential requirements for getting accepted into Mediavine is having a fair amount of diversified traffic. If you use SEO that will help you in that endeavor.
An added bonus to using SEO is that once your posts begin to start getting ranked that what typically results is that there’s a tendency for people to stick around longer on your website and read your various posts. In that regards your helping to lower your bounce rate, another factor that Mediavine looks at for getting accepted by using SEO.
When I first started blogging, I took notice that it typically takes 3 – 6 months for your SEO to kick in. During that time, I tried to learn as much about SEO as I could. I thought I was doing a pretty good job because I was using Yoast SEO; however, the benefits to “effectively” using keywords as they’re intended wasn’t fully realized until I made the switch over to Rank Math and the rest is history.
Increase Your Body Font Size
When you increase the size of the font on your blog posts (and throughout your entire site) you’re forcing people to spend more time on your website. Another thing to consider is that more and more people these days use their mobile phones to read blog posts, so you’re helping your mobile visitors by having larger size fonts.
I looked up recommended font size for a blog and the answer from a Google search was “Font size of 16px – 20 px are quite common. I insist you to stick within that range. Font sizes below 16px are very difficult to read especially for people with near-sightedness.”
Prior to reading this tip I had my blog’s font size set to 16 and now I’ve changed it to 18 so that it’s easier for mobile users to have a better user experience. At one time I had my font size at 13 and then I raised it to 16 where it stayed for a long time (until reading this tip).
In a post called Fonts for websites, the blog author suggests that “If the font size of your blog is 12pt, change it right away. Always go for bigger font size because you don’t want your blog visitors to squint while reading.
Many designers now claim that 16pt is ideal for your content. And if you still feel that your font size is small, try increasing it from 16pt to 18pt.”
Add More Pictures & Videos
There seems to be some controversy on how many pictures should be in your post. From my experience it’s that most of the six-dollar figure bloggers don’t like the pictures that much and would encourage you to have less pictures.
I created my website because I fell in love with Pinterest and Pinterest is a visual search engine. There people are looking for ideas, inspirations, or solutions to their problems.
There’s a human tendency that people like graphics and by using visuals (pictures, Pinterest pins, and videos) you’re breaking up the monotony of your text.
When you purposely start adding more pictures to your text to break it up, you’ll find that people will stick around longer on your website and you’ll end up with a lower bounce rate and “should” result in a higher average session duration (more time on your posts).
The image below is typical of my average session duration but I usually have a lower bounce rate that’s in the neighborhood of 16%. Not to worry though, because your bounce rate has a tendency to fluctuate.
Ensure You Have a Sidebar
A blog author that has been accepted into Mediavine says that one of the first things that Mediavine makes you do is to add a sidebar. Why? Because that’s the prominent place for where most ads reside.
If you want to get a heads up on your blog so that you make a good impression from the start with Mediavine, maybe you’ll want to add your sidebar right now. Here’s a link to a good tutorial on How to Add & Remove the Sidebar on Your WordPress Blog.
Break up the length of your paragraphs
Although I’m not a member of Mediavine, other bloggers have been accepted and have expressed that once you’re accepted into Mediavine that they’re extremely helpful to increase your ad revenue (because it’s a win-win situation for both parties).
One of the elements in Rank Math SEO plug-in (under Content Readability) is that “You are using short paragraphs”. If you’re not using short paragraphs you’ll get a different prompt and you can easily fix it by perusing your blog post and looking for instances where you’re using more than three sentences in the same paragraph or have an extensively long list of many items.
If I have a post that has a long list, I’ll break up the list into chunks of five or 10 items (depending on how many items are in the list). The longer the list, the longer the duration. What works for me typically is that if I have a list of 30, I break into segments of tens.
Mediavine too will suggest that you don’t have paragraphs containing more than three sentences.
Get Rid of Pop-Ups
A lot of bloggers like to use pop-ups. What you need to realize though is that more people are more likely to leave your page (rather than stay on your page) if you have pop-ups.
Pop-ups are good for getting people to subscribe to your blog. The disadvantages associated with pop-ups far outweigh their advantages, so it’s better to get rid of them in their entirety.
- They hurt your session duration
- They hurt your time on page
- They hurt your bounce rate
You’re better of spending your time to have good lead magnets to get your e-mail subscribers. The goal here in this post is for you to get accepted into Mediavine. I realize that it takes time to get the necessary requirements to get accepted into Mediavine, so if you’re still inclined to continue using pop-ups, then at least configure them so that they’re triggered before your user leaves your website. But if you apply to Mediavine, I’d suggest that you remove them first (before applying). My overall recommendation is think about getting approved into Mediavine and remove them and disable them now (rather than later, before they’ll be hard to locate).
Write More Often
This advice to bloggers is going to depend on how often you publish your blog posts. The more content that you have on your blog means that you’re providing more material for your visitors to look at. By having more content you’ll be improving your SEO because you’ll be able to have more material at your disposal to build internal links.
New bloggers will have less of a chance to get into Mediavine (because of their stringent requirements). And since new bloggers are learning the ropes you may be less inclined to publish posts on a less frequent basis because you’re still learning what needs to be done and most of want to have the best post out there for people to look at so it may take longer to create that perfect post.
We’re not perfect and your blog post doesn’t have to be perfect. Many a time I’ll publish a post first, and then I’ll come back later to look at the posts that don’t have images and Pinterest pins to promote those posts on Pinterest and/or Facebook.
Intermediate bloggers and advanced bloggers that have been blogging for a longer period of time will have more material at your disposal that you can look at your older posts and update them.
A major benefit of writing more often is that you’ll be rewarded by Google and Pinterest (and other search engines) when you consistent post on a regular basis.
Wondering how to get your blog into Mediavine? Simply post more!
If you have developed a good SEO for your website, you don’t have to publish a post quite as often, perhaps 1 – 2 posts per month. Without a good SEO you’ll need to publish more often maybe every few days or so.
It’s very advisable to stay in your lane. What I mean by this is that when you continue to stay in your own lane and write about content that’s within your own niche and it’s relevant to your niche, Google and Pinterest will notice that you’ve developed a trend.
That trend is rewarded with sending more traffic your way. By writing on focused material that’s consistent you’ll begin to build expertise, authority, and trust. Your E.A.T. and your domain authority (DA) score will slowly improve.
All of this “should” result in the Google and Pinterest algorithms to send traffic your way for when they find searches that are relevant to your keywords.
An element that I personally need to prove upon (to get Mediavine approved) is improving my reader engagement.
How do you improve your reader engagement?
You’ll be able to keep your readers engaged when your articles are personable. What you don’t want to crank out a whole bunch of content that’s full of facts and figures but is devoid of personal opinions. That won’t help you reach out to your audience.
Although it’s not in my lane, and I suggested earlier you should stay in your own lane. I’m going against my own advice. I have a personal struggle about health and fitness that I’m going to start blogging about. It’s quite possible that I may lose a few subscribers here and there.
What one blogger wrote is she likes to write about fitness and share the personal struggles of their journey with their readers. In turn, it keeps people engaged and leads to several advantages:
- Subscribing to the blog
- Providing comments and
- Coming back for future visits
Stop wasting your time in Social media threads
The bottom line is that participating in those social media threads where you provide a post and comment on someone else’s is a big waste of your time.
A better, more productive use of “your time is FAR better spent creating content, honing in on your Pinterest and SEO strategies, and starting an email list.” – AMomCreates.com
The overall best way to getting more sessions is having great content on your blog. The more posts that you have works in your favor. If one blog only has 10 post and another blog has 200 posts, it’s more likely that the latter one has a better chance of getting more visitors to their blog because of the increased content over the other blog.
Why would you want to get into Mediavine?
A principal reason for getting into Mediavine is that they pay more than other ad networks (i.e. Google Sense). From what I’ve read some bloggers have earned four times as much by using Mediavine as opposed to Google Ads. Becky in her blogging article called How to Qualify for Mediavine Top 5 tips offers this advice about Mediavine.
“The jump in earnings is so much that I recommend bloggers skip Google Ads or other ad networks and instead focus on getting their blog on Mediavine as soon as possible.”Becky from beckyvandijk.com
Update your old content
Updating your old content can be very beneficial to improve your sessions. But one of the big questions that commonly comes up is where to start and what needs to be updated first?
It’ll largely depend on your website and how many posts that you have. A good strategy that works well is to look at posts that you have that are ranking on the 2nd page of Google and push to get them moved up to the number #1 spot on Google.
What you need to realize is that most people won’t go past the first page results, so moving your keywords closer to the top is a good strategy so that your keywords have a higher priority in the SERP results. Page 2 results are nearly there, but need that extra little nudge to push them into 1st place.
The easiest way to find these page 2 results is >> Google Analytics – Acquisition – Search Console – Landing Pages and set the parameters for the date range to the last six months.
Once you have your results sort them into order by the number of clicks (see sample below from my site). If you’d like write down the average position of the post before you make your updates so that you can track the performance of the posts and then do another sample down the road to see if they’ve improved.
Becky offers this advice:
“Updating your old content is the fastest way to boost your SEO and improve your website in the long run, which will help you get accepted into Mediavine as quickly as possible!” beckyvandijk.com
The advice from Becky, a fellow blogger: “If you can, write about the things you care about and don’t be afraid to be transparent and personal. This will help you as much as it will help your readers.” – Becky from Mom Beach
It’s my hope that this post will help you get accepted into Mediavine and that together we’ll get there.
Is 50,000 sessions too far for you to reach? There’s an alternative that I didn’t list above called Monumetric. For more details on Monumetric, I’d suggest that you read the post called Mediavine Review that also includes a review on Monumetric and requires 10,000 pageviews per month.
Pro-Tip from a Six-Figure Mentor of mine: “With a greater focus on creating more content people are searching for, creating more pins, sharing them on tailwind in communities, and trying to create more pins that look more industry standard, you should be able to increase your sessions with time.”