Guys, we love it when we can showcase new developments. We have a new exciting update from Google. If you have been using social media, you will notice a new trend, yes you guessed it, STORIES.
Everyone is trying to have stories, From Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Tiktok, you name it. And now Google has a new plugin in Beta (still under development and test), it is called the Google Web Stories WordPress Plugin.
Google Web Stories introduces your readers into a fast-loading full-screen experience. You can easily create visual narratives, with engaging animations and tappable interactions. The Web Story format (formerly known as AMP Stories) is free and part of the open web and are available for everyone to try on their websites. They can be shared and embedded across the web without being confined to a closed ecosystem or platform.
Web Stories provides content publishers with a mobile-focused format for delivering news and information as visually rich, tap-through stories. It helps you to
- Create beautiful and engaging content easily.
Creative flexibility for editorial freedom and branding
Sharable and linkable on the open web
Here is how you can be an early adopter, we made a tiny video to show you the tips of how to use this new plugin and bring stories to your blog/website.
How do I install the Stories for WordPress plugin?
As soon as we’re graduating from beta, the plugin will be available on WordPress.org. While we’re in beta, the plugin has to be downloaded as zip. After that:
- Navigate to Plugins > Add New.
- Click the Upload Plugin button at the top of the screen.
- Select the zip file from your local filesystem.
- Click the Install Now button.
- When the installation is complete, you’ll see “Plugin installed successfully.” Click the Activate Plugin button at the bottom of the page.
Tips to make the most of the Beta
Welcome! Starting on a new tool can be daunting, so we created a Web Story (naturally!) with some tips to help you get started. We can’t wait to see your stories!
Web Stories offers a robust set of advertising opportunities for advertisers and publishers to reach a unique audience on the web with immersive experiences.
Google Web Stories Monetization Options
Single Page Story Ad
Story Ads are full screen, single page ads that appear within Web Stories. Advertisers/ Publishers can invite users to a web page, an AMP page or an App with a single tap. A story ad has a rich, flexible canvas that allows images, videos, animations or a combination of all those elements.
Story ads are supported by Google Ad Manager and Google DV360 (Beta) with additional ad server support coming soon!
You as a publisher can use affiliate links as a form of monetization by placing outlinks in organic story pages.
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