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APIs 101: How to Monitor SLAs with APIs

Mallory Riggins

Businesses are increasingly relying on APIs to power their applications. So, whether you rely on internal or third party APIs, it is likewise becoming more important than ever that they ensure these APIs are available, functional, and performing as expected.API monitoring gives continuous visibility into how both internally-created and third party  APIs are performing. As such, Rigor’s API Checks can be leveraged to monitor performance related to Service License Agreements (SLAs). In this blog we will dive into how this is done in pract...

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We all know that third party content (3PC) can be the source of major performance issues. After all, you are including content you didn't create, transmitted from servers you don't control. On some media sites 3PC content makes up between 40-70% of content, representing megabytes of content not going through any internal optimization processes.In addition to impacting performance, 3PC and advertising networks can expose your visitors to malware, phishing attacks, and other malicious attacks. The CEO of AppNexus, one of the largest online a...

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In this episode of Web Perfectionist 101, Rigor's Billy Hoffman deep dives Lossy Conversion for GIFs.  He focuses on BuzzFeed to identify changes for huge impact on user experience and web performance.  Learn quick fixes in this video guide.  Interested in improving your web performance optimizations? Try Rigor now....

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The Revenue Impact of Ad Monitoring

Chapman Lever

Publishers and ad agencies both have an interest in ensuring that ads are as viewable as possible on as many devices as possible. Whether focused on clickthroughs, impressions, or both, increasing return on investment comes about as publishers and ad agencies working together to improve viewability. Today we are going to look at the ROI of ad monitoring and discuss the importance of monitoring methodology and sample size in reporting on viewability and ad functionality.According to the Media Rating Cou...

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Ad viewability is best and most briefly described as the percentage of ads that are actually viewed by a website visitor. More specifically, ad viewability is typically defined as half of the ad being visible for one second.Under the above definition, comScore’s report from 2013 states that a full 54% of ads are not viewable.But how do they know? How can ad viewability be measured?The problem with measuring ad viewability is the fact that one doesn’t have a reliable and consisten...

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Monitoring Ads for Digital Publishers

Anthony Ferrari

One of the most discussed topics in the APM space relates to monitoring ads for digital publishers. There are a variety of problems associated with delivering ads online including an ad's visibility, user experience (UX) impact, and how it affects overall web performance. These problems are a result of the complexity of  ad delivery networks combined with the reality that publishers need to serve ads in order to generate revenue for their sites. In many cases, when the performance of the revenue-generating side of the business is overlooked,...

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Ad Performance for Online Publishers

Anthony Ferrari

Back in April, we discussed the impact of performance for online publishers. With the recent Facebook Instant Article announcement, performance for online media companies has never been more important. While Facebook's instant articles will increase the accessibility of media sites' content, it will drive users further away from the source and position Facebook to become an online publisher of its own.The challenge for online publishers is to provide an excellent user experience while driving revenue and keeping users on their site. Often ti...

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