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If you’re looking for ways to get approved for Mediavine in 2023, you’ll learn everything about the requirements of this display ad network in this guide.
Everything from how much Mediavine pays per 1000 views to the alternatives (Ezoic, SheMedia, Adsense…) and my experience onboarding with this world-famous ad network.
My goal since 2015 was to become a full-time blogger.
After years traveling around the world, becoming a makeup artist, a freelance writer and a digital nomad, I finally made it in February 2023.
If you would like to know how to get approved for Mediavine and what requirements you have to follow, read my experience…
You’ll find some nuggets in this guide!
8 Hacks to Get Approved For Mediavine and (Finally) Become a Full Time Blogger
Becoming a full-time blogger is the dream of many, and one I am utterly grateful for living on a daily basis.
I will later on write about the best ways to use Flipboard to drive traffic to your blog, and have already started telling you about how to use Pinterest keywords as well.
These guides are just as important, since one of the biggest Mediavine requirements in 2023 is to reach a certain number of sessions monthly – 50.000 sessions.
So if you can apply all the tips to drive traffic to your blog I personally use, chances are you’ll get approved for Mediavine and display ads with great income sooner than later!
Why Apply to the Mediavine Ad Network?
Mediavine is currently one of the most famous display ad networks in the world, but that’s not all.
In addition to offering some of the highest RPMs (revenue per mille) on the market, Mediavine is the ideal companion to grow your blog.
The ad network offers several products that can – and will – help you grow your blog easily, with really precise blog analytics to follow and work on.
The Mediavine dashboard is utterly easy to understand and work with.
With Mediavine Trellis (the in-house templates built by the company for quicker websites) and Grow, a tool which helps you onboard more subscribers and keep people longer on your website, you really have all the tools you need to become a full-time blogger.
There are lots of Mediavine reviews and Mediavine income reports written by bloggers, and I am currently working on my own Mediavine Income Report for 2023.
An income report is not something I would have ever thought of writing, but since they are some of my favorite blogging articles to read online, I know for sure you’ll find it useful as well.
Especially since once you’re approved for Mediavine, there’s still tons of work to do to reach a really comfortable income!
How to Apply to Mediavine: Process for New Blogs
The Mediavine application process is straightforward and easy, and is a simple application form you can fill in on the Mediavine website.
When I applied at the end of December 2022 for the first time (I applied 4 or 5 times, just to be sure and kept getting turned down because I didn’t reach the minimum monthly sessions), the form was a Google Form.
It seems like Mediavine has changed this, since you can now apply straight from the website.
The last time I applied to get approved for Mediavine was one of the last days of December 2022, around the 30th or the 31st and got the following email to confirm my application had been received:
Yup, Christmas does exist and I love smelling beautiful Yankee Candles and dreaming about new makeup, but I was too busy trying to get on board – and if you’re serious about blogging, you know exactly what I mean.
Being Approved for Mediavine: Once Approved?
Once approved for Mediavine, you get a confirmation email as well as another email from the team letting you know about the tweaks you have to make to your website.
It can be something about the placement or size of the sidebar, about how your articles are displayed…
Indeed, within a week of this email, The Working Line was completely ready for Mediavine ads.
Being approved for an ad network is a great pride in itself.
Still, the fact that Mediavine is so reactive and the team is so helpful (they’re legit holding your hand every step of the way – they couldn’t help more if they were physically holding your hand!) made the whole process much easier.
There are people who jump into Mediavine ads without previously belonging to another ad network, but that’s not my case.
Before Mediavine, The Working Line was a publisher with Ezoic, which means that later on, I will tell you all about the differences between Ezoic and Mediavine.
Spoiler alert: Mediavine all the way.
How Much Does Mediavine Pay Per 1000 Views?
The screenshot you can see above is one that shows my RPM for July and August 2023, but when I write my full Mediavine Income Report, you’ll see The Working Line’s growth from January.
Once approved for Mediavine, it takes another couple of days to actually start making money but you really don’t lose any income.
Because the Mediavine team will tell you not to remove ads you might have from another ad network until the very last minute.
This means I was able to earn from Ezoic until January 24th, 2023 and got on the Mediavine bandwagon on January 25th, 2023.
When I saw that in a week, I roughly made with Mediavine what I had made in 3 weeks with Ezoic, I knew I had made the right choice.
So really, how much does Mediavine pay per 1000 views?
Well, it actually depends a lot on the niche you’re in.
The Working Line surfs on several niches, but I guess you could say it’s a lifestyle blog, and lifestyle blogs roughly revolve around $25/27 per 1000 sessions on Mediavine.
So far, in August 2023, my RPM is $25.29 (every 1000 sessions the blog generates, I get this amount of money – pretty clear to understand).
That means that if I hit 3000 sessions in a day, (about 4000-4500 pageviews), I make a little over $75 that day, etc.
Sessions and page views are different:
- one session: a person arrives on your blog and in one go, without leaving your blog, checks out 25 pages = still one session
- one pageview = one page viewed by a person, and that’s it
Some months, you will get paid much more – around October to December, and around the end of the summer are some amazing months for bloggers.
If you’re looking for tips to get approved for Mediavine, keep reading – it’s happening now!
How to Get Approved for Mediavine Ad Network: Have a Lifestyle Blog (It Helps)
Just so you know, when trying to get approved for Mediavine and trying to follow requirements, any lifestyle niche is good for this ad network.
From travel to food, fashion, beauty, finance and tech…
These are some large, vast, trustworthy niches for your blog if you want to get approved, so writing in these niches is already a great start.
Your content must be original, written by you or a writer, no plagiarism, and really reflect your personality and bring something to people.
How to Get Approved for Mediavine Ad Network: Write Long Form Content Regularly
The content you produce must also respect a few rules:
- Long form: studies show that content that works best on Google is minimum 2500 words
- Regular content: you won’t get approved with just one viral post that helps you reach the minimum 50.000 monthly sessions required by Mediavine
Try to see your blog as a piece of art – Mediavine and advertisers (the ones who pay to have their ad shown on your blog) want to see that you keep adding fresh, interesting content.
How to Get Approved for Mediavine Ad Network: 50,000 Sessions in the Previous 30 Days
Reaching the Mediavine requirements in 2023 can get tricky, especially if you don’t know how to do SEO for blogging.
I’ll soon show you how to choose keywords for a blog post, without which reaching 50K sessions (about 65.000-70.000 pageviews over the last 30 days) will prove almost impossible.
I got turned down a handful of times because I kept mistaking sessions for page views, and it took me about 8 months of really hard/smart work to get to these requirements.
How to Get Approved for Mediavine Ad Network: Have an Adequate Blog Template/Design
I had various templates and blog themes on The Working Line, but I have to say that your blog template really will help you earn more money.
Choosing to display ads on your blog or not is up to you, but since I know the content I write really makes a difference, I don’t have any issue displaying ads as I give out my knowledge for free.
Once you overcome the imposter syndrome when blogging, you’ll understand that ads are a small price to pay for incredible content.
If your website does not have an adequate template or theme, it will hinder your application and you might be turned down.
That’s why I have a self-hosted blog and have been using the Mediavine Trellis theme just to be sure the template would be appropriate for ad display.
Should you need any help, the Mediavine support team is always there to tweak a few bits and bobs on your website, so you’re never alone.
How to Get Approved for Mediavine Ad Network: More Images, More Paragraphs
Most of the ad income comes from ads placed in the content of a blog, with some income coming from the sidebar ad – at least in my case.
If you want to increase your revenue, there are ways to increase the RPM.
It’s quite easy:
- Write as much as possible (no fluff!)
- Break up the paragraphs until you have paragraphs that are 1 or 2 lines long
- Increase line height
- Increase font size
- Include more images
Getting approved for Mediavine is amazing, but if you can make even more money without writing more, why not?
Since the in-content ads from Mediavine stick to the bottom of the images in the post, you will benefit from adding more images.
Because your posts serve more ads, and if the ad impressions increase, the RPM increases as well, which means in the end, more people are likely to click on your ads.
Which means more money for you
One very stupid mistake to make when applying for Mediavine is to overlook the few crucial pages your blog has to have:
- About Page
- Terms and Conditions
In my case, I tweaked a couple of templates I found online a few months ago and it was enough for me.
How to Get Approved for Mediavine Ad Network: Be in Good Standing With Google
To be approved for Mediavine, your blog needs to be in good standing with Google.
Whether you’re looking for this ad network or a Mediavine alternative, a good relationship with Google is crucial, in any way you see it.
That means you need to keep your spam score as low as possible, with no strange link building situations with companies you’d pay to increase your blog’s domain authority faster.
Blogging is a long game, but it’s definitely worth it.
Take the time to build relationships with other bloggers, build on Pinterest, social media and work with SEO and content clusters.
It will come, just do what you have to do without doing what you shouldn’t do.
Blogging shortcuts are quite rare (although they do exist) and usually bite you back if you don’t take the time to build your blog smartly.
How to Get Approved for Mediavine Ad Network: Be Mindful of Traffic Location
Lastly, another important tip to get approved for Mediavine and finally make a full time income blogging, is to mind the traffic location.
Not only must your traffic be evenly spread across all your articles, but sessions from the USA definitely matter more than sessions in Europe or Asia.
Most of The Working Line’s income comes from the USA, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada and Europe.
In June 2023, the USA made up 38.7% of the total sessions on The Working Line – RPMs are higher, so income was higher was well than other countries like Italy or Portugal.
Make sure most of your traffic comes from the USA, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and then Europe and other countries, and you’re pretty safe – if you follow the rest of the tips to get approved for Mediavine!
How To Get Approved for Mediavine: Mediavine Alternatives
There are a few Mediavine alternatives that I considered and/or have been a part of.
I started out with Adsense and quickly moved to Ezoic, which didn’t require a minimum of pageviews every month.
Here are a few of the ad networks for bloggers you can look into:
- Monumetric (min 10K pageviews monthly)
- Shemedia (min 20K pageviews monthly)
- Adthrive (min 100K pageviews monthly)
It’s totally up to you to choose to get with another ad network before you can apply for Mediavine.
Some people prefer waiting as they work their way up, some people start with Adsense.
If I needed to do it again, I would only write till I reach the Ezoic requirements, then move on to Mediavine as soon as possible.
There are lots of blogging skills this requires; patience, organization, knowledge as well, so don’t get discouraged.
I’m telling you this because I know you will get discouraged when things don’t grow as fast as your standards would have it.
All these ad networks provide income, but the user experience can be not-so-pretty – that’s the case with the Ezoic ads, which clearly slowed down my website.
All up to you!
8 Hacks to Get Approved For Mediavine and (Finally) Become a Full Time Blogger
Ideally, people who have not started blogging yet would read this guide to learn how to get approved for Mediavine before even writing their first post.
Blogging is really a long game, a marathon and you need to be super organized to be productive, write, and stay on top of things.
From my first article, written on June 5, 2015, I knew all I wanted to do was work for myself, as a blogger.
I wish I would have known about Mediavine before, and read this type of article so I would know in which direction to bring my (3? 4?) failed blogs.
Hopefully, this guide and my experience will have helped you.
Now, all that’s left to do is to actually chop chop!
Until next time!
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