This Ezoic Review shall serve as a source of information for everyone who is looking into monetizing their blog but doesn't know where to start. In this review, I share my real-world experience after using Ezoic on this very blog for more than four years now.
With this review, I put something together that I wish I had when I did my initial research on Ezoic and content monetization back in 2019. This Ezoic Review is completely transparent. I share the entire revenue of my blog since I started monetizing it back in 2017 until this very day, showing you the full transition from Google Adsense to Ezoic and how it changed the game for me.
I can make a living as a Full-Time Content Creator thanks to the decision to join Ezoic in 2019, and since then, they have enabled me to do what I love to do full-time. If you have been a long-time reader of my blog, you know that I only endorse things I use and believe in - this is no different.
The moment you realize that Ezoic wants you to succeed (the more money you earn, the more money they earn🤯), things become much clearer. I dive deeper into those details further down in the article. I also encourage you to read the whole article, so you fully understand the development of their service over the past few years. But of course, feel free to use the Table of Contents to find the parts that interest you the most.
Note: If you need help with integrating your site to Ezoic, or you have any additional questions, reach out to me anytime!
Table of Contents
- What is Ezoic?
- What is Ezoic used for?
- Story Time
- A Word on Blogging
- The Year 2017
- The Year 2018
- First Contact with Ezoic
- The Year 2019
- Making the Switch to Ezoic
- The Year 2020
- The Year 2021
- The Year 2022
- Ezoic Premium in 2022
- Ezoic Big Data Analytics
- The Struggle with Website Performance
- Website Performance after switching to Site Speed Accelerator
- Ezoic Leap Overview
- Updated Scores Post Optimization November 2021
- Ezoic Leap Summary
- Ezoic Requirements
- The Ezoic Affiliate Program
- Ezoic Video
- Ezoic Review Verdict after 4 Years
- Is Ezoic worth it?
- Need Help integrating Ezoic into your Website?
What is Ezoic?
Before we start with the actual Ezoic Review and the nitty-gritty details, let's talk about what Ezoic is.
Ezoic is a website platform that uses machine learning to help publishers improve their sites. Ezoic's platform analyzes data from millions of websites and provides recommendations on optimizing site design, layout, and content. Publishers can then use these recommendations to improve their own sites.
Ezoic is headquartered in San Diego, California, and was founded in 2010. The company has been recognized as one of the leading companies in the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence and has won several awards for its innovative technology.
The main reason people use Ezoic is its content monetization feature, which uses machine learning to provide ads on your website. While most people stumble upon Ezoic looking for a Google AdSense alternative for content monetization, Ezoic offers so much more than just that.
While you can use Ezoic only to monetize your content, you will miss out on a ton of other amazing features that they provide entirely for free for their publishers. For instance, they just recently released their own video platform called Humix, where you can host your videos and monetize them, and if you were to opt-in for it, your videos can be displayed across thousands of websites and blogs to increase your revenue.
They also offer a game-changing page speed tool called Ezoic Leap. This allows you to optimize your WordPress website with the click of a button, benefiting from thousands of other users' data. Ezoic Leap has helped me to pass the critical Google Core Web Vital Scores with flying colors.
Apart from that, they also provide a multitude of SEO tools and in-depth Big Data Analytics that help you to increase your revenue and improve your content strategy.
What is Ezoic used for?
As briefly mentioned above, most people use Ezoic for content monetization. While this is the feature people are most interested in, a lot of people started using Ezoic as an all-in-one solution for their blogs and websites.
Thanks to their continuous development of new features, Ezoic provides almost everything you need for managing and improving your content. Their Big Data Analytics is a very powerful tool to help you better understand which content works and which doesn't, enabling you to adjust your content strategy to ultimately drive more traffic to your business and increase your ad revenue at the same time.
Using all of the features Ezoic provides can help you to have an edge over your competition which doesn't have this wide array of tools in its repository, you'll learn all about them further down in this Ezoic Review.
In 2022, everyone wants to be a YouTuber, overlooking the never-ending rise in popularity when it comes to blogging. A lot of people (myself included) actually prefer reading a good article over watching a lengthy YouTube video. Blogging has never been as popular as it is now, but a lot of people are overlooking the revenue that their blog could generate for them.
When I started this blog back in August 2016, I started it solely because I wanted to keep things I might need again stored somewhere for myself. At this time, I didn't even think of monetizing my blog, nor did I know that it would be possible. It wasn't until a full year later that I realized that I had almost hit the 10.000 views a month mark. This was the time when I actually started looking for ways to monetize the blog.
I am a full-time content creator here on my blog as well as on my YouTube channel, where I create content on the topic of Cyber Security, Open Source Technology, Programming, Productivity, and many more things. Writing about business and revenue isn't really my niche, but I thought I could give you a more real-world perspective of how someone like me uses Ezoic's service compared to most other reviews that exist mostly on SEO or review websites.
In this Ezoic Review, I will also give you insights into my revenue and how it developed over the years, which should give you an idea of how consistent effort can translate into a valuable asset.
Get some coffee, sit comfortably and let's dive in.
A Word on Blogging
Since this is a question I get asked a lot, I want to cover it briefly. This is a technology blog. Many people ask me on Twitter how they can drive more traffic to their blogs.
While there is no easy answer to that question, I usually default to the following:
- Be consistent
- Know your SEO
- Write original content
While being consistent and original is important, SEO is a major factor when it comes to blogging. I personally spent a ton of time understanding SEO and how to work with it. Investing in a good SEO all-in-one solution like the Mangools SEO suite helped me tremendously to grow my traffic and understand my data.
Once you learn that it simply does not make sense to attempt to outperform a keyword like "how to get a Sixpack" against a page that has 98 Domain Authority, it really puts things into perspective, yet a lot of people do this mistake.
It is also very rare that people bookmark your blog and visit it regularly unless you run some kind of article series that got people hooked or a newsletter. Most people will simply arrive via Google or social media.
So, if you are a beginner blogger, keep those things in mind. It took me several years to fully grasp all of those things, but basically, it translates to HWPO (Hard Work Pays Off).
The Year 2017
Picking up where we left off above, let's dig a bit deeper into my history with Ad Revenue. I started monetizing my blog when I had around 10.000 views per month. Naturally, as probably most of us, I started out with Google Adsense.
I run a WordPress blog, so implementing Adsense was easy. The hardest part was waiting to get approval from Adsense, which took a couple of months. After implementing Adsense, I went through the ordeal of setting up Ads in different locations, testing their potential, and reading countless blog articles on optimizing ad revenue. I wanted to write tutorials, not deal with optimizing ad placements.
Google Adsense earnings in 2017
In the entire year of 2017, I made 178,48$. Did I mention that I was already blogging for 1 1/2 years at that point? This is actually where most people give up. You have to just keep going if you want to have any kind of success creating online content. This revenue didn't even cover the server cost I had at the time, so I actually was in minus in 2017. I also didn't earn a single cent in the first year.
At this time, I did not spend any time on ad optimization or even look up better ways of optimizing my earnings. I just kept writing content and hoped for the best.
As you can see at the end of this graph, there is a huge increase in revenue. This is the awesomeness that is called Christmas or holiday revenue. Every year around December, ad revenue increases like crazy for a month before hitting rock bottom in January - a toast on capitalism.
At the end of 2017, when I learned that I made almost 80$ in a single month, it dawned on me. I had to take Ad optimization more seriously - and I did.
The Year 2018
Throughout 2018, I started reading countless articles on ad optimization, but I never even considered changing from Google Adsense to another advertiser. All the research I did, didn't lead anywhere noteworthy. Everybody's conses was, stick with Google, it's the best. And so I did.
Google Adsense earnings in 2018
In the year 2018, things changed for me. I churned out more content, and I started to take my business more seriously and treat it as an actual business. I had a lot to learn.
In December 2017, I had 25.000 visits a month. One year later, in December 2018, I reached 50.000 views a month. This was a huge milestone, and It showed in my revenue. I made 1998.47$ in the year 2018. That was a great achievement for me personally and another big milestone to hit on the way to becoming a full-time content creator and blogger.
In 2018, I also gave Google Auto Ads a try, which basically is an automated ad placement system from Google. This would take the hassle of experimenting with ad placement out of the equation. At least in theory.
I tried Adsense Auto Ads for a month and had a huge drop in revenue compared to my carefully placed manual ads. I ditched it and never looked back.
Right around that time, I hit 50.000 views a month. This is when I got a Linked.in message from Mike McGuire, the Managing Director of Ezoic.
Before that, I had never heard of Ezoic, and I didn't seriously look for any alternatives to Google Adsense. I did notice some of their ads here and there at the time but didn't really pay attention to them.
First Contact with Ezoic
Mike contacted me and tried to pitch me with:
"Can I book 15 minutes of your time to outline how sites like yours can leverage native data from their readers to improve user experience and revenue?".
To be honest, I wouldn't even reply if there wasn't the P.S. he included at the end of the email:
"I notice you practice BJJ (our CMO's wife is a world champion - Tyler himself won Bronze Medal at the 2017 European Championship)".
Being a long-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, I certainly appreciated his effort in doing his research.
We exchanged a couple of emails back and forth. I did some research on my end and, based on it, decided not to go for their service for the time being. I have read a couple of Ezoic reviews, and none of them really convinced me to go for it at this time.
Don't get me wrong; their product was already sparking some interest in me. There was nothing I would have liked more than completely automating the serving of my ads, which consumes a lot of time done manually with A/B testing, et cetera.
The Year 2019
My monthly visits kept rising, and so did my ad revenue from Google. In the last few months of 2018, I consecutively made more than 250$ in ad revenue. I didn't think of changing anything yet as my revenue kept rising. In March 2019, I got more than 75.000 visits monthly to my blog. Another huge increase in visits and in ad revenue.
Second Contact with Ezoic
The revenue dropped a bit, as expected, at the beginning of 2019 until it eventually leveled out again in June 2019, when I made 333$ USD with Google Adsense. This was nice, but not nice enough.
Around that time, I was contacted by another sales representative of Ezoic. He sent me a long email, and we got talking. I immediately liked the guy. He was very straightforward and honest in what he tried to pitch to me. We actually had a lot of casual conversations in the process, which I enjoyed. We are still in contact to this day, checking in on each other once in a while. Ultimately, he convinced me to go with the free version of their service and give it a trial run.
I did a little bit more research, and what triggered my decision, in the end, was that Ezoic is an actual Certified Publishing Partner of Google. So their legitimacy was confirmed for me, which was an important part of my decision-making for giving Ezoic a try, and this also contributed to me writing this Ezoic Review as I will only share legitimate services with the readers of my blog.
I didn't think so much about increasing my revenue rather than completely automating the whole ad ecosystem on my website, which should ultimately free me up some much-needed time to do what I actually want to do - create content. Ezoic uses artificial intelligence to constantly improve ad placements, so it takes care of itself 100% once set up.
Their service in its basic form is completely free. The only thing they do after 30 days is to place a tiny Ezoic banner in the footer of your website, which didn't bother me at all.
It was the beginning of July when I decided to make the switch over to Ezoic. You can see that transition reflected in my 2019 Google AdSense revenue, as it drops down to almost 0 on the Google AdSense dashboard.
Making the Switch to Ezoic
I have to honestly say part of why I decided to write this rather long Ezoic Review and talk about them in the first place was because of how satisfied I was with the integration process. My representative, Dan, literally took care of everything.
I already was using the Ad Inserter plugin to serve my Google AdSense Ads, so all I needed to do was wrap them in some Ezoic code, so they could use them as placeholders for their AI to inject their own ads. I also needed to adjust some nameserver settings with my hoster, which was easy because Dan took me through step-by-step and answered every single question I had with patience and competence.
The setup was finished rather quickly, and I was amazed at how easy it was. I thought it would be much more of a hassle. By now, you can probably tell that I am really satisfied with their integration process.
The First Month with Ezoic - June 2019
Alright, this is probably the part why you choose to read an Ezoic Review in the first place. Let's talk about revenue.
Note: Since originally publishing this article, I have created a dedicated article covering my Ezoic Revenue, which is always up-to-date and probably easier to read when you just want to look at numbers without all of the contexts.
It took a couple of days for the AI to learn, but I've been made aware of this beforehand. Also, the summer months over June - September are usually seeing another drop in ad revenue, with August being the lowest of the Summer months.
Remember the 333$ USD I made in June?
I started to see the first revenue on July 4th. About three days later, on a Sunday (Usually the lowest revenue day of the week by far), I had earned 24$, the highest revenue on a single day I ever had. On a Sunday. It sure looked to be good to be true, but the revenue kept rising.
As you can see in the graph below, thanks to their ads, I even cracked the 40$/day mark somewhere in mid-July.
In the end, I made 811$ USD in July. That's more than double compared to what I have ever made before with Google Adsense. I was impressed and very happy, to say the least. Maybe this makes it a bit clearer why I decided to write an Ezoic review and share my experience with you.
The Second Month with Ezoic - August 2019
As mentioned above, ad revenue usually drops a bit again in August, which it also did in my case. I contacted Dan and he sent me an interesting graph that represents ad rates by day over the course of a year. It's called the Online Ad Revenue Index.
You can clearly see ad rates are the highest in December, followed by a huge drop in January, then they slowly start to rise again towards summer, and they drop again in Mid-July / August. This was an accurate representation of what happened to my revenue.
Admittedly a small drop, but a drop nevertheless. I didn't care tho, though this, Ezoic revenue was still way more than what I had earned with Google Adsense. In August 2019, I made 753$ USD.
The Third Month with Ezoic - September 2019
My visits per month were pretty similar throughout those months, so you can really see that the AI is working on increasing revenue, even when the traffic stays approximately the same. The rise in traffic you see in October was around 10k ghost traffic I got out of some reason, so it's actually 86k in October.
Anticipating that my earnings would rise again in September, I wasn't disappointed. The AI kept working its magic, creating more revenue and, at the same time, marking another almost milestone. In September 2019, I made 989$, almost cracking the 1000$ mark for the first time ever!
I was finally able to do a long-overdue upgrade of my studio equipment. The dream of becoming a Full-Time Content Creator just came a bit closer.
Ezoic Premium in 2019
At the end of September, I got a popup message in my dashboard saying that I was invited to the Ezoic Premium Program. I thought, alright, here we go - that's the part where they will ask me to sign up for a subscription. At this point, I was still using the completely free version.
I actually contacted Dan once more about Ezoic Premium. At this point, he had probably answered a hundred Emails from me already. I asked him if he thought it would be worth it for me. He replied that all of the customers who went for premium were very satisfied with the results.
Once again, I listened to Dan's advice, who proved himself to be trustworthy in every decision I made so far and went for it. I got two weeks of a free premium trial at first.
They had different tiers, starting with 70$ per month, depending on how much revenue your site creates. If you earn more than a certain limit, you have to choose the higher-tier plan. I had 3 options at that time: 4-Star Basic, Preferred, or Elite.
Side note: In 2022, the tiers have changed slightly, but more on that in a second.
Each level of the tiers has more benefits, the 4-Star-Elite-Tier weighing in at 288$ per month. That sounded a lot at first, but I had two weeks of free Premium, so I went for the 4-Star-Elite plan.
They basically give you an estimate of what your earnings will be. For the Elite plan, it was an estimate of 330$ USD - 420$ USD per month. That was definitely more than the tier itself would cost. Now, the great thing with this is, even if you do not hit 288$ in Premium Ad Revenue for some reason, they automatically set you to a lower tier, so you don't lose any money.
Premium also gives you a higher priority on all premium advertiser campaigns and some other goodies, generating more non-premium revenue for you as well.
The Fourth Month with Ezoic - October 2019
And more revenue it did create. After opting in for Premium, I was in for a surprise. As I said before, this Ezoic Review is a real-world example of how I implemented Ezoic in my own business, so I'm being completely transparent with my data.
Here are my October 2019 earnings with Ezoic premium:
In October 2019, my Ezoic revenue was 1800$ - doubling my September earnings after opting in for Ezoic Premium. Of course, we need to subtract the 288$ premium fee from this, which still leaves us with 1512$. For me, the move to premium was well worth it.
Now, I don't know about your location, but this is almost a middle-class salary over here in Germany. This made me incredibly happy.
The Rest of 2019
In this Ezoic Review, as mentioned previously, I'm being completely transparent. Things cooled off a bit towards the end of the year, partly because traffic on my website got lower and I didn't put out as much content anymore due to working on other projects, but I still made 1300$ in November and 1250$ in December.
The Year 2020
As you can see, everything was going really well in 2019, and then the Corona Virus hit. That has changed everything, basically overnight. Not only did I see a major drop in website visits due to people not going to the office (I have a lot of people visiting my website during their working hours), as well as advertisers cutting their budgets for ads - and this has shown in my Ezoic Revenue as well.
My website traffic dropped from an average of 3000 visits per day down to around 1500 or less basically overnight. Of course, the revenue took a hit too.
You can see a significant drop around the time Covid really hit and everyone went into lockdown. My traffic graph shows a similar curve. But truth be told - I also was not very active during 2020 and didn't release a whole bunch of articles during this time, so this also contributes to that a bit.
Nevertheless, Ezoic's system still did its job and kept my ads optimized, making me the most profit possible. I would certainly have got a lot less had I still used Google Adsense.
The Year 2021
As mentioned above, I haven't been very active on this blog throughout 2020, which means my Ezoic revenue basically stayed the same in 2021 as they were in 2020. I started paying more attention again when I got informed that Google was pushing their new, game-changing Core Web Vitals update in May.
Ezoic basically went out of its way and made sure its publishers know everything there is to know about this new, huge update. Another reason why I put so much effort into creating this Ezoic Review.
This is what I consider another big plus when joining Ezoic - you are always up-to-date on the latest SEO and web trends. Not only did they provide a webinar and several emails explaining in detail what the new Google Update does and how to comply with it, but they also dedicated a whole website to the topic, helping their publishers hit their Google CWV scores.
Considering all of the new CWV stuff going on, I decided to re-template my blog around June 2021. This is a huge step because the AI has to learn everything from scratch once again.
Before doing the template switch, I reached out to their support and asked what I needed to keep in mind going for the switch. As always, they went out of their way and provided me with a step-by-step guide on how to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Now, don't get me wrong. This is nothing they do for welfare reasons - if it isn't obvious until now, the more money you earn, the more money they earn. This is what makes this relationship beautiful. You share the same interest.
Ezoic Revenue First Half of 2021
Here is my Ezoic revenue in 2021 so far. You can see it stayed pretty stable above ~400$ a month.
Since I recently switched my template, as mentioned above, to comply with the new Google CWV, I have already seen a rise in revenue during the past few days - great!
Ezoic Revenue Second Half of 2021
Since I spent more time with Ezoic and optimized my website again in the second half of 2021, I could see direct results in my revenue. Especially since I hit those Google CWV scores, I've seen a huge bump in traffic as well as in site revenue.
I can definitely say that the second half of 2021 has treated me well. I put out content more consistently again, and this has been reflected directly in my revenue. I love how the effort you put in directly reflects in your earnings.
They also have released a ton of new features during the last year, which contributed to the decision to completely update this Ezoic Review once again.
The Year 2022
The year 2022 has been pretty solid for me so far. I've been publishing more content again, and this has been reflected in my revenue. I highly recommend checking out my in-depth article, where I break down my monthly revenue for both my website earnings as well as my Ezoic affiliate earnings.
This year I published a lot more content than in 2021 and will continue to do so. Usually, these articles take a while to generate some traffic, so I am anticipating the revenue to increase again further by the end of the year.
So far, I have pretty consistently earned more than 600$ per month from my one website only:
And as you can see, traffic starts picking up as well:
Ezoic Premium in 2022
I have been a Premium customer ever since I first signed up for it, simply because I get additional revenue and some worthwhile premium features on top.
As I have said before when we were talking about Ezoic premium in 2019, their pricing model has since changed a bit, making it more accessible for smaller publishers, which is great.
As you can see, they have a bunch of different tiers available to choose from. Some will only become available once you reach a certain revenue, and some of them will become inaccessible once you hit a certain revenue level - but the great thing is, should your revenue drop, they automatically downgrade you back to the lower plan, reducing monthly cost for you automatically - I found this to be a great feature.
They also inform you once you are eligible for a higher tier again - until now, this had to be done manually, but since August 2021, they added a new feature that also allows you to automatically upgrade to the next tier, which helps you to always stay on top of your best possible earnings.
The reason why I always kept my premium subscription is that you always earn more than you pay. If you look at the image with the prices above, you see that the "estimated premium revenue" is always higher than the actual cost of the plan.
So, for example, would you choose the Basic Plan that costs 14$ per month, the estimated revenue would be 17$ - 19$, which means at the worst outcome, you'd earn 3$ more than if you wouldn't have a Premium Subscription.
These profit margins go up substantially on the higher tiers. If you look at the 3-Star Premium Plan Elite Level that comes at 110$ per month - the estimated revenue here is 165$ - 210$ per month, which boils down to around 55$ extra per month in the WORST case.
Of course, if you read their small print, nothing is guaranteed. Speaking from personal experience - I have always earned more than I have paid for, in some months, a lot more.
Ezoic Premium Extra Features
You also get access to many extra features as a premium customer, most of which are listed in the pricing diagram above.
The ones that I like most are access to the Quarterly Site Review, where you can schedule a meeting with your publisher success manager, who looks over all your settings, analyzes your website, and gives you tips on optimizing your business in a One-to-One Zoom call. I always found those reviews extremely beneficial, and I am always looking forward to them.
This is especially valuable since you have your publisher success manager assigned to you who will accompany you through the growth process. Having a single point of contact has been proven to be extremely valuable for me.
A little tip on that note: Write down what you want to ask during the meeting and keep it short and precise, as time is limited. The more organized you go into those meetings, the more you get out of them.
Another feature I personally really like is access to the Analytics API. As a programmer, this little REST API allows me to access all of my analytics data using any programming language I like. I use it to send regular updates and interesting pieces of data to my phone.
But let's be realistic. Most of us are probably most interested in the part where it says "increased revenue". Speaking about analytics, this brings us to the next major point of this Ezoic Review.
Ezoic Big Data Analytics
This is a major topic that doesn't fit into this Ezoic Review, but I will cover it in a separate, dedicated article soon. I will just give you a short overview of how Big Data Analytics look like below.
Ezoic comes with a bunch of awesome analytics tools that allow you to monitor viewer behavior and better understand the most popular content on your website, but it also shows you detailed analytics on how each ad performs and which of your articles drive the most revenue.
There are many different metrics that you can pull, and it takes some time to understand the whole thing, but once you do, you start to see the benefits because all of these metrics allow you to be a step ahead of your competitors.
But as I have said, going down into the details would be out of the scope of this Ezoic Review - so stay tuned for the extra piece.
The Struggle with Website Performance
I was already talking about the new Google Web Vitals update above, and that goes hand in hand with the topic of WordPress Site Speed. I think it's important to talk about this in this Ezoic Review since website performance is a huge and important metric for all of us.
Before switching to Ezoic, I spent countless hours trying different settings and plugins on my website to improve its performance - mostly ending in very frustrating results, as you can see below in a second.
The most popular "Site Speed Plugins" out there are WP-Rocket, WP SuperCache, and all the others whose names I successfully deleted from my memory.
Whatever I did, I never came even close to a satisfying result. Right around that time, I got an email from them telling me about their new feature called "Site Speed Accelerator", now rebranded as Ezoic Leap and completely free of charge, back then, a paid service that comes at 12,99$ a month.
Their promise: Make your website lightning-fast without the need to do anything. Now, this only works if you use Ezoic's name servers. That sounded too good to be true, but since I already was a long-term customer, I got a free beta invite.
I gave it a shot back in 2019, and I was blown away by the results. I wanted to include this development in this Ezoic Review.
Google Pagespeed Results with WP-Rocket (DESKTOP)
Google Pagespeed Results with WP-Rocket (MOBILE)
GTmetrix Score with WP-Rocket
As you can see, I was getting nowhere. My page speed was terrible.
Website Performance after switching to Site Speed Accelerator
I disabled all caching plugins on my end and waited a few days for Ezoic's tool to kick in. I was completely impressed by the results.
Google Pagespeed Results with Site Speed Accelerator (DESKTOP)
Google Pagespeed Results with Site Speed Accelerator (Mobile)
GTmetrix Results with Site Speed Accelerator
Was I wasting all those hours trying to optimize this myself? It sure seems like it. In the beginning, I couldn't believe my eyes, but even Google Lighthouse audits had the same result. The site was loading lightning-fast on every device. I guess I was sold. Mind you. Those results were the initial results without any further optimization.
I have been a user of the former Site Speed Accelerator ever since and have migrated over to Leap once they released it. Since then, I always got results in the high 90% on all audits.
Ezoic Leap Overview
I continue to use Ezoic Leap because it performs even better than the old Site Speed Accelerator and because I don't need to think about what I have to improve on my website - Leap tells me exactly what I need to do to get higher scores.
As of now, the Ezoic Leap team pushes hard so that their publishers can pass Google's SEO-critical CWV scores - they want you to outperform the competition, and they gave you the best tool to do it.
The Leap Dashboard
I don't want to go into all of the nitty-gritty little details of Leap in this Ezoic Review since there is a separate article covering Ezoic Leap in greater detail, so I just want to give you a quick sneak-peak of the Leap dashboard.
As I have mentioned above, I haven't optimized my new template yet, so those are the raw scores I got by just activating Leap without doing any extra work. As you can see, Leap reserves its very own category on its website, where you can tweak a ton of things to fine-tune your setup, or you can even go ahead and copy the settings that the top-ranking pages use (Leaderboard on the right side).
The best part is the recommendations. This is where Leap thrives - It tells you what to do to achieve better scores - mostly accompanied by detailed instructions on the Ezoic WordPress Blog. This feature has saved me a ton of time doing research on my own.
Because Ezoic has so much data from their other publishers, they can even give you percentage estimates of how many sites are running slower because they are using a certain technology or plugin. Being a web developer myself, I fully understand how valuable this information is.
All that being said, I would recommend Ezoic Leap to anyone who doesn't want to deal with website optimization. It is the best tool I have encountered to date.
Updated Scores Post Optimization November 2021
As I had promised, this Ezoic Review stays up-to-date.
I am writing this about two months after I wrote the initial Leap section, and I have done a bunch of optimizations that were recommended to me through Leap. My scores have increased significantly, and I am now passing Google Web Vitals Scores both on Mobile and on Desktop. I am amazed at how accurate this tool works.
I sometimes Google my articles on tech-related stuff since I write them partly for myself, and I was astonished by how fast this website loads now, even considering the ads (which Leap takes care of optimizing too).
These are my current Leap scores as of November 2021. I am still working on the mobile score, but we're getting there:
Ezoic Leap Summary
Leap has freed up so much time for me that I needed to include it in this Ezoic Review, not needing to deal with site speed optimization anymore. I can just recommend it to anyone. I have no desire to go back to a WordPress Site Speed Plugin anytime soon.
In my opinion, the Site Speed Accelerator was already great, but Leap is a game-changer when it comes to WordPress Site Speed, especially because they also take the ads they deliver into consideration, as well as CWV scores.
If that has piqued your interest, why don't you give Leap a try? It's free.
I got many questions about which requirements Ezoic has regarding joining their platform. I decided to write a separate article on the topic you can read here.
In short, it boils down to how much traffic you have on your website. Back when I started, the minimum requirements were 50.000 visitors a month. Gladly, they have adjusted their requirements, and you can join Ezoic now already with 10.000 visitors a month thanks to their new Access Now Program.
Also, if you join through one of the links in this article, Ezoic knows that you are coming from my website, which also increases your chances of getting accepted early.
The Ezoic Affiliate Program
Since I have been one of the early adopters of Ezoic's platform, I have had the privilege to join their affiliate program early on. I have been helping people to get started with Ezoic, and in return, I am earning commissions from Ezoic. This has been a rewarding experience for me since both parties benefit from the outcome.
I am very picky when it comes to working with affiliate programs since my main goal is to provide value to my readers. With Ezoic, I have no doubt since it's a win-win situation.
If you want to learn how much I have earned with the Ezoic Affiliate Program, you should give my detailed article on that topic a read.
The Ezoic platform is constantly evolving, and they keep developing new applications to make sure that their publishers are as successful as they can be. The Ezoic Video Platform is still in beta status but is already available to all publishers. This feature was added after I started writing this Ezoic Review, but I believe it's a real game-changer.
I was hesitant to use it at first, but since my 35000 subscribers strong YouTube channel isn't creating any substantial revenue for me, I decided to give Ezoic Video a go.
Showing a video on your blog post is a significant boost for SEO. The problem is that linking to a YouTube video using the integrated WordPress functionality or plugins is significantly slowing down your website. It is also one criterion that Leap is searching for and recommends not to use.
Exactly for that reason, Ezoic developed its video platform. If you use Ezoic Video, there won't be any performance issues when displaying videos in your posts since it's all handled through their platform. Their page speed tool, Leap, is optimizing these videos for you.
I did, in fact, see a significant bump in performance gain after replacing all of my embedded YouTube videos with Ezoic Video placeholders.
Like with everything else that they do, they make the transition extremely easy.
How to use Ezoic Video
There are several ways how to integrate Ezoic Video. If you already have an existing YouTube channel, you can simply import all of your videos directly after authorizing access to your YouTube account via the video dashboard. You also have the option to upload videos directly via file upload, or if you have multiple videos you want to upload, you can use the batch uploader.
Since I already have a YouTube channel where I upload all of my videos, I found the YouTube importer very useful.
Using the YouTube Import Function
To import your videos from YouTube, simply click on the Import from YouTube button on the Ezoic Video dashboard:
Once you click on this button, you will get asked to grant authorization to your YouTube channel. You can also opt-in to grant authorization to your YouTube analytics, which I recommend doing. Once authorized, you can click on Import from YouTube again, and you will see a list of all of your YouTube videos:
Then, as of now, you can select 10 videos at a time and click on SAVE to start importing them. These videos get imported in the same quality as you uploaded to YouTube, including thumbnails, descriptions, titles, and keywords. The import process can take a while, depending on your video's length.
Once the import is done, you will see all of your imported videos showing up in your video dashboard in the Manage Videos tab:
From here, you can click on the little pencil icon to edit a video. From here, you get access to all the things that are related to your video, the same as on YouTube. You can edit the title, description, keywords, SEO related things. You can embed links, add closed captions and change the thumbnail:
Everything here is very straightforward. There is also an option to automatically replace all of your existing embedded YouTube videos. This comes in handy if you have a ton of embedded YouTube videos from your own account in your blog articles. To use this feature, click on Settings in the video dashboard and enable Replace Embedded YouTube Videos:
Using the Video Uploader
To upload single videos directly to Ezoic Video, you can make use of the Upload New Video button on your video dashboard. Once there, click on Upload Video and select the video you want to upload. Then you can upload a thumbnail and edit all of the details such as title, description, keywords, and so on:
Integrating Videos into your Blog Articles
To integrate these videos into your articles, you need to create a placeholder first. The best way to do that is to use the Ezoic Chrome Extension. With this extension, you can then create a placeholder where you want your videos to be injected.
To add a video placeholder, make sure that:
- You are logged into Ezoic in a Chrome tab
- You are NOT logged into your WordPress admin panel
Now open one of your articles and click on the Ezoic Chrome Extension, and select Video. Click on Create Video and Select Video Location:
Once you click on Select Video Location, you will be able to place your video placeholder wherever you want. I have placed mine directly underneath my Table of Contents. That means every video I add to this placeholder will be played in the same location on every article that I have:
Once you have your placeholder in its desired location, we can continue with the next step.
Showing Ezoic Videos in your Blog Articles
Now that we have everything set up navigate to your video dashboard and click on Placeholders. Here you now have the option to add videos to the video placeholder you have just created and display them on their respective URLs. Click on the little pencil icon next to your placeholder to add a new video to this placeholder:
I recommend defining a Location Identifier(left), so you know which placeholder you are working with. Once done with it, click on +Add A Video Player Location:
Now, select the URL(1) where you want your video displayed, and then select the video that you want to show(2). Click on Next(3):
You also have the option to choose Auto Select in case you just want to play any of the videos in your article. This can help to boost SEO and give your videos more exposure (and revenue!).
Once you click Next, you are presented with the default settings for Ezoic video and how it handles ads, on which devices it should play as well as some settings for floating behavior. I recommend leaving everything on default for now. If you feel the need to adjust these settings on a per-article or per-video basis, you can do it, but you can also adjust the settings for all videos combined, which we will cover in the next step.
Once you click on Next again and on DONE in the next dialogue, your video is now ready and will show up on your blog article.
Note: Since Ezoic Video is still in beta, I have experienced errors at the last step (after clicking on DONE) in some cases. To fix this, simply reload the page and go through the same process once again.
You can see all the videos that you have assigned to this placeholder by navigating to the Placeholders tab and by clicking on the + next to your placeholder ID:
Now you know exactly how to add videos to the video platform and how to integrate them into your articles.
Ezoic Video Summary
Showing videos in your articles have proven to be good for overall SEO performance. Since I just started migrating my videos over to Ezoic, I can't say anything about earnings yet, since more time needs to pass, and I still have a lot of videos to migrate.
My first impression is, however, very positive. Since I am not one of these consistent YouTubers and I'm not publishing weekly videos, I feel like my videos get more exposure this way. The first earning predictions also look good, but I will update you on that once I have more data.
Ezoic Video is a good avenue if you want to try out recording videos but don't want to commit to a weekly publishing schedule over at YouTube to be relevant.
Ezoic Review Verdict after 4 Years
Now, if we look back at what I earned with Google Adsense before switching over to Ezoic in 2019, their services more than quadrupled my earnings, which translated to a 454% increase in Revenue within just four months when I initially switched over to Ezoic from Google AdSense. These were extraordinary results.
Since COVID hit exactly at the height of my blog's success, the blog took a big hit in revenue due to companies trying to save money and fewer people going to the office, hence fewer people consuming my content. Otherwise, who knows, maybe the revenue would have kept rising even higher.
Nevertheless, there is no reason to complain. I have been very satisfied with everything their service has enabled me to do with my business. Their extraordinary support stands out in a sea of bad customer service nowadays. With this Ezoic review, I wanted to give you the best real-world example I could, being completely transparent with my revenue and numbers.
Ezoic Leap has completely removed a layer of complexity for me regarding website performance optimization. The time I have saved fiddling around with WordPress plugins and code has directly translated into writing more content and generating more revenue. As Leap keeps evolving, I am confident they have a tool that will be the market leader in no time.
Also, with the rise of Ezoic video, another layer has been added to the Ezoic ecosystem. It makes sense to include videos in your articles for better SEO performance, and Ezoic video is just the right tool for the job.
Is Ezoic worth it?
Since writing this Ezoic Review, I got asked this question a lot. The short answer is: Yes, absolutely.
I did not regret switching to Ezoic from Google Adsense any single time. I am incredibly happy with their service and especially with their continuous support. Seriously, their team is superb.
I also have watched the development of their platform over the past year, and they work hard to keep improving their service constantly. There rarely is a week where there isn't an update to their WordPress plugin, which goes to show that they want to be on top of their game when it comes to Leap.
Also, there are a ton of free webinars and Facebook groups with insider tips. One thing I'd like to mention specifically is the Facebook group that is run by my initial contact Danijel Dadovic.
Danijel is putting out tips & tricks on how to increase your earnings almost daily. This community is also extremely helpful when it comes to solving questions and problems you might have regarding content creation.
If you try Ezoic and do not like it, you can always go back to Google Adsense without any issues or ties. I highly recommend at least trying them for a few months. If you are not convinced by now, you can read some of the comments below where people took the leap and gave Ezoic a try. You will see positive feedback throughout.
Need Help integrating Ezoic into your Website?
Still in doubt? Reach out to me, and we can eliminate any potential doubts that you have about joining Ezoic together. I can analyze your website upfront and give you some pointers regarding what to expect. I can also help you to set up Ezoic as long as you have used my link to sign up with them.
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