What is RPM & Why it’s Important to Know

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By Lindsay Valdez


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So, you’re thinking of joining the network but before you do, you first want an idea of how much money you will make as a SHE Media Partner? Or you’ve just joined (welcome!) and you’re wondering how the revenue is calculated on your reports. That’s a great question and something you should definitely understand when you’re part of an ad network.

What is RPM?

RPM stands for revenue per mille (mille = thousand in Latin) and is the estimated amount you will earn for every 1,000 views. SHE Media Dashboards include a Pageview RPM and a Session RPM.

Traditionally RPM was measured using pageviews, but we’ve started to see Advertisers, Google Search, and Social Platforms shifting their focus to rewarding content that a user values based on visit and engagement behavior, which means Publishers and Media companies like ours are adapting our focus on Sessions. Signals like time-on-site, bounce rate, pages per session, repeat visits and overall interaction with the content are used to measure the user’s satisfaction (and thus value) of your content.

Focusing on sessions leads to a lift in user experience signals which is directly aligned with those partners and rewards. To drive the point home, assume you improve your site’s user experience by optimizing your ads, improving site speed, improve SEO and overall optimize the user experience & monetization opportunity by partnering with SHE Media.  You’ll see an increase in pages per user, increased time-on-site, lower bounce rates.  All of these satisfy the things advertisers, search engines and social platforms are eager to reward with showing your content to more users and delivering more visitors to your content --- which ultimately drives more revenue to you!

How is RPM Calculated?

Looking at your revenue from the last 30 days, it is calculated by dividing your earnings by your number of monthly sessions divided by 1,000.

Session RPM = (revenue) / (# of sessions/1,000)

Calculating out an example for you, let’s pretend that last month you earned $5,000 on ad revenue and your website had 200,000 sessions. Following the formula above, your RPM would be $25.00. In other words, for every 1,000 sessions your website delivers, you will be earning $25.00.  

Keep in mind that the amount you earn will vary by campaign, traffic, and seasonality, and a few more variables we’ll go into, but it will always be shown in your dashboard.

Tips to Increase RPM

The best thing you can do is partner with SHE Media. As a part of Penske Media with sister brands such as Rolling Stone & Variety as well as our own fully staffed properties (Sheknows.com, Stylecaster.com, Soaps.com), we have collectively spent hundreds of millions of dollars in getting to understand what works and what doesn’t.   When you work with us, we put those years of experience, hundreds of exclusively commissioned data studies and enterprise level relationships with Google and social platforms to work for you without any additional hidden fees or consulting charges. 

Together we’ll work on things like ad optimization, webpage optimization, SEO, video production, audio (podcast) production, licensing, content marketing, influencer marketing, branded content and more.