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Behind the NYT Paywall: Six Lessons for Publishers of Any Size

The New York Times recently issued a report on their third quarter performance, which exceeded expectations. The Times now boasts more than three million digital subscribers, and their revenue from digital subscriptions was up 18 percent to $101.2 million for the quarter. This represents the ninth straight quarter of growth for the publisher—an impressive figure …

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How to Make Money Online Once Google Starts Blocking Your Ads

There are big changes coming down the line for online publishers in 2018. As more and more large publishers move to diversify their revenues and as digital ad growth slows even for industry giants, organizations at the top of the advertising food chain are exploring how to keep businesses profitable. Perhaps the greatest sign of …

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Medium Is Fixing the Broken Ad Model: An Interview with Caitlin Roman

Early last year, Medium founder and CEO Ev Williams declared the current media model broken, pointing out how ad-based publishing tends to encourage clicks more than high-quality content creation. If you’ve been following the Sterling Woods blog, you already know we agree. Digital advertising isn’t inherently bad, but it does support tech giants more than …

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Hiding Behind the Paywall: What Content Customers Will Pay For

Niche publishers tend to have a lot of fear about hiding any of their content behind a paywall. I often hear the same concerns over and over from my clients. Perhaps you’re hitting one of these mental roadblocks right now yourself. But first and foremost, these fears are myths we can debunk. 1. No one …

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Driving Paid Digital Content: Tradeoffs Across Various Trial Models

If you’ve ever gone fishing, you know that when you hook a fish, you need to reel it in quickly. But not too quickly, either. Moving too fast or not fast enough can cause you to lose your catch entirely. Subscription conversions are a lot like catching a big fish. In order to monetize your …

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The Rise of Data Journalism in Recent Years | The Sterling Woods Group

What is Data Journalism?

You’ve most certainly heard other content creators and publishers mention data journalism, especially if you following any coverage of the 2016 presidential election last year. But is data journalism part of your strategy? Should it be? In truth, data journalism is a bit of a buzz term. As such, there are a lot of different …

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It’s hard to keep up with all the content you love. We live in a largely post-RSS feed world, where we spend more time Googling the specific answers we need rather than subscribing to a single source for it. So if you’ve missed what’s been going on with the Sterling Woods blog lately, here’s the …

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