Jessica Davies, reporting for Digiday:
A Guardian News and Media spokesperson confirmed the removal, and issued the following statement to Digiday: “We have run extensive trials on Facebook Instant Articles and Apple News to assess how they fit with our editorial and commercial objectives. Having evaluated these trials, we have decided to stop publishing in those formats on both platforms. Our primary objective is to bring audiences to the trusted environment of the Guardian to support building deeper relationships with our readers, and growing membership and contributions to fund our world-class journalism.”
Meanwhile the Guardian’s use of Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages,
the rival to Instant Articles, seems to be going strong. In March
the Guardian presented at AMP Conf, a two-day conference hosted in
New York, where it revealed that 60 percent of the
Guardian’s Google-referred mobile traffic was coming via AMP.
Follow that link, though, and it doesn’t sound like The Guardian is getting much out of AMP:
AMP pages are 2 percent more likely to be clicked on and
clickthrough rates on AMP pages to non-AMP pages is 8.6 percent
higher than they are on regular mobile pages, according to Natalia
Baltazar, a developer for the British newspaper, who presented at
AMP Conf, a two-day conference hosted by Google taking place in
New York City March 7-8.
★ Monday, 24 April 2017