In the last weeks we worked hard to find a way to improve earnings on your blog. We run tests on a huge amount of blogs and we found out a few settings that could change for the better your cash out. We both worked on desktop and mobile, so you can appreciate a growing in earnings on both sides.
The Desktop Side: Skyscraper Huge
First suggestion: use the Autopilot. Autopilot is how we call the Ads System in Altervista that fills your blog with the best ads for your WordPress theme.
It’s pretty easy to use it: Dashboard -> Earn -> click on Activate Autopilot. Advertisements that better fit in your current WordPress theme will be placed and you start to earn from them.
Second suggestion: add a skyscraper huge (300×600). That type of advertisement it works very well in the revenue system we run on Altervista. You should add a widget Altervista With Google AdSense in your blog sidebar, then select skyscraper huge (300×600), and choose colors before click on Save. To join this peculiar Adv network, that pays you both per click and per view, you first have to connect you Google AdSense account to Altervista.
The Mobile Side Of Adv
The increasing importance of mobile traffic made us wondering about how to place ads for the best revenue. We’ve been monitoring a dozen of blogs and we discovered that in posts with more than 250 words ads placed in the middle of the post get more click that ads placed right under the post title. So, we did place it down to get more click.
If you activate the Autopilot to manage adv on your blog and the mobile system on Altervista your ads banner will be placed in order to obtain more clicks at the middle of the post or right under the title.
We have introduced a new banner sized 320×50 placed at the bottom of the page. Also, this banner is available by using the Autopilot and it’s part of the Altervista With Google AdSense advertisement program. It’s easy to join in, and start to earn with your blog.
Blogs on Altervista don’t have to worry about #Mobilegeddon, the switch in Google algorithm announced for April 21:
Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices. (Official Webmaster Central Google Blog)
You can test your blog here, it’s really easy: just fill the form with you blog URL and find out if your blog it fits rightly on smartphones. If you are using Altervista Mobile Blog System it surely does: your blog is awesome on mobile devices.
If you haven’t already activate Mobile on your Altervista blog, just do it. Choose the design settings, pick up your favorite theme and press save.
Don’t worry about your Google ranking on mobile searches, use Altervista Blog.
Since from the very beginning we were used, here at Altervista, to read all the messages from users.
At the very beginning there was no business plan, no investors but there was a crystal clear vision.
At that time, early 2000, lot of opinions were spreading around about what was going to be the web. Altervista vision was plain and simple: people would love to share their ideas, to stake their claim on the web.
Even people who weren’t able to write code would love to publish on the internet, that’s what we thought at that time. People would love to do it free of charge, easily and maybe they would love it even more if they could earn something form their web traffic.
So we start the free hosting with revenue sharing (and no mandatory ads) system. That system just worked out, actually it’s still working. The plain and simple idea we had at the time it’s still here, two Millions and a half websites created on Altervista later.
Since from the 2005 Altervista is part of Banzai, the e-commerce and digital editor company leading in Italy; on February Banzai stocks are placed in the Milan Stock Exchange.
At the very beginning Altervista was a student project, now it’s part of a group in the Stock Exchange Market. We still run the same system, we still like to offer web space for free, with the freedom to use it and the opportunity to earn money from your web content.
The other day we received a message from Arthur:
Dear friends at Altervista,
My experience with Altervista has been an eye-opener. I had tried several other hosting services and registrars, and Altervista comes on top.
Thank you for a wonderful service. May you go on to greater success.
Arthur, Sydney, Australia
We’re happy that we still do read all the messages we receive.
Here you can find the technological resources you need to manage a successful website: now, forever, free of charge. Here you can build the website you were looking for.
Thanks to the consolidation of its system Altervista can now provide, since form the starting hour and totally free of charge, the resources necessary to create a website or a blog of considerable size, and that can withstand a lot of traffic.
You can open a blog with unlimited space and traffic; you can open a website with 3 GB of space for your content, and 30 GB of bandwidth to sustain its traffic; as usual you can even expand your resources if it’s needed.
The number of bloggers who cash out is constantly increasing, and due to the success of our business model we can now offer more web resources from the day one.
The vision of Altervista is: growing together. If the websites we host are successful than we can invest in technical development and offer it to the websites we host. That’s how it goes and that’s what we did. Continue reading →
Improved in size, pretty skilled for social relations, in a catch-eyes mood, the new Altervista Toolbar it can really fits your website. Because it can fits any kind of websites. No fixed rules, advanced design tools, new gadgets, take a glance on it: it works good.
Take Control On The Look And Feel
The way it looks it does it count, we knew it when we decided to improve design tools on the Altervista Toolbar. You can set everything at you will, now. You can start using a pre selected couple of matching colors, then give a chance to a straight one, pick up your favorite nuance and so on until you find the right equilibrium.
The starting point is at the dashboard of your website, click on Manage Toolbar, and begin to customize the toolbar by adding widgets and editing the look and feel. Continue reading →
We like to keep showing our love for WordPress by giving you more features. This means you can have a great blog hosted on Altervista, using our exclusive tools, while you can get on with pursuing your interests or building your business.
We share the love for WordPress with a partner that helps to improve both performance and security for all blogs hosted on Altervista. The partner in this case is CloudFlare. I invited Ashley from CloudFlare to describe the benefits that CloudFlare offers to WordPress blogs hosted on Altervista.
Hi Ashley, could you tell us what you do at CloudFlare?
My name is Ashley Gorringe, I’m partner account manager here at CloudFlare. We have a number of partners, ranging from web hosting companies, IT support firms through to design agencies, all of whom use CloudFlare to make their customers’ sites safer and faster. I’m focused on working with these partners to answer their questions and help them and their customers learn more about the services. It’s a really exciting way of supporting our partners and their customers. Continue reading →
This is something that tells you about our history. It was December 2000 when a student uploaded a fresh new brand online. The start up named “Altervista” was focused on offer free web hosting, pretty much as it is now: fourteen years and two Millions and a half websites later. The first Altervista logo had been made by using Microsoft Paint and poor skills in web graphics, but it came out from a solid source of inspiration. That source was the opera of Keith Haring: its vivid, joyful and playable vision. A vision that we, here at Altervista, still keep on share, and that’s why we named “Altervista Keith” the brand new release from Altervista WordPress Lab.
Vivid, joyful and playable WordPress Theme
Altervista Kieth is a free WordPress theme, we create it and we chose it as default theme when you start a blog on Altervista.
We wanted create a WordPress Theme in which you can set anything as you like it and no bothering you with back panel, difficult to use.
So we designed a kind of What You See Is What You Get interface: it’s pretty immediate to understand what you’re going to obtain, depending on your preferences. Continue reading →
WordPress 3.9 “Smith” is available for the updating of all blogs hosted by Altervista; the aim of this new main release is to close the gap between editing and publishing, giving you a better experience in What You See Is What You Get process.
Here’s the official video with the notable news.
Media And Editing
Visual editing has been improved in speed and mobile support. It also became more accessible: now you can past texts from your writing software.
Uploading your images is now easier than ever: you can drag and drop from your desktop to the editor, where you have quick access to crop and rotation tools.
Gallery preview, directly in the editor, and file audio simple are two new features added in this update, WordPress 3.9 “Smith”.
Browsing themes is more easy with the new navigation bar at the top of the page.
For the full list of new features contained in WordPress 3.9 “Smith” you can read the post on WordPress.org blog, here.