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Why RebelMouse? The Best Centralized, Social CMS

RebelMouse is the best CMS for social growth, with a platform built for content creators to thrive in the age of social. See how we got here + how you can join us and start growing within days!

Chances are that the CMS you work in every day was built before social — before the idea of distributed content was even coined. Even though publishing has changed dramatically, a lot of that heavy and outdated tech still exists today.

For example, WordPress has more than 87 million sites, but each platform update still has to be pushed out individually to each and every one of those customers. By contrast, RebelMouse is a centralized CMS, meaning our updates are pushed out to all of our sites at once (and sometimes even multiple times a day). We are always updating and integrating which is why we are quickly becoming the most sought-after alternative to WordPress VIP, with a platform that features content creation tools integrated directly into social APIs.

Websites became a part of our lives long before the revelation that fans are born in the feeds. The opportunity to reach huge social audiences is now, but that doesn't mean the website is dead. Publishing has just evolved.

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Viral Properties Choose RebelMouse

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Meet the RebelMouse Particle Accelerator

The core unit of content on the web used to be the article. Whether you called it a post, blog, article, or column, it's always been your core content. You created it and measured its performance. It's what fueled you to go viral.

Social has completely changed that paradigm.

Now, the core unit is much smaller. It's a Facebook video, an Instagram post, a tweet, a YouTube video, an interactive element, or even just an image. The core unit is now a particle. A particle is — quite literally — part of an article.

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We Build Social Websites with Groundbreaking Technology

RebelMouse's technology is what comes when you are exhausted working within the complicated confines of WordPress. We can replace your website with an intuitive social experience built around content. The core of our product is built around an efficient + fluid content strategy that builds loyal, sticky audiences. We move the needle on everything from social engagement to page views — bringing our clients additional revenue with every publish.

We enable you to keep pace with the ever-evolving technology landscape through our revenue-focused platform engineered to ride the bleeding edge of digital publishing. With RebelMouse, you'll understand the real opportunities new media channels can provide your company, intelligently monetize those opportunities, and empower your entire team to take advantage systematically.

A Technology Partner You Can Trust

We're more than just a software platform, we're your technology partner. We'll always be there to make sure you're always on the inside track so you can focus on creating great, engaging content. RebelMouse is a simple, full stack, turn-key solution that ends your product nightmares, cleans up your bottom line, and gets you growing — fast. And you don't get a static redesign you live with for years — you get a modern, iterative product built to change, built for change, and built from change.

UX/Front End/Tech

Distributed Content

  • Social Sharing
  • Social CRM
  • Personalization
  • Google AMP
  • FB Instant Articles
  • Apple News
  • Smart Newsletters
  • And More...

Editorial Tools

  • Particle Accelerator
  • Listicle Tools
  • A/B Testing
  • Post Layout Config.
  • Slideshow Tools
  • Editorial Workflows
  • Native Stats
  • And More...

Monetization

  • Native Ad Tools
  • Prog. Ad Tools
  • Affiliate Partners
  • DoubleClick/DFP
  • Playbuzz
  • Outbrain
  • Taboola
  • And More...


Important: Mandatory Facebook Upgrade Arrives in 2018

The media world is ever-evolving, but one thing is abundantly clear: Facebook and Google, the almighty duopoly, have a firm grip on digital ad revenue. While successful media companies and brands struggle to meet revenue goals, the platforms are reaching new heights. As the state of digital media continues to puzzle publishers in 2017, it can be hard to strategize with all the changes and updates these mega platforms throw our way.

We often see media companies frantically trying to adopt a new strategy to monetize without knowing how to successfully execute. Case in point: The pivot-to-video trend, which has really been more like a pivot to ad-backed digital media, is causing editorial teams to take drastic measures prematurely.

RebelMouse is here to make life easier, and help you with your strategy along the way. Our team of experts live and breathe digital content. We stay ahead of all the algorithm updates, the platform changes, etc., so you can focus on producing great content. We help you take back control of your content and stay abreast of the best monetization strategies so you can bring in real revenue.

One of Facebook's recent updates makes it mandatory to switch to their Monetization Manager by February 2018. We'll walk you through this process so this change doesn't affect your monetization strategy.

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Introducing Social UX for Media

Let's get straight to the point. We can double your traffic in 10 Days or Less.

(No, We're not Kidding)

We can do that with something we call Social UX for Media. It's our way of making your site as viral and binge-worthy as the Facebook feed. In fact, you're interacting with Social UX for Media right now on this site. Whether you run a new media site, or a corporate blog, it just WORKS. Check out these stats that one of our customers saw within 10 days of switching from Wordpress.

Every site that we migrate sees the same lift. Every. Single. One. So, when we say we can double your traffic in a week, we mean it.

If you're interested in crushing your engagement metrics, you can quickly get up and running by clicking here to get started with a FREE 2-week trial. If you're not quite ready to start, keep reading to learn more about what makes RebelMouse and Social UX for Media so unique. If you have any questions, feel free to click the chat box in the lower right to talk to a Rebel now. We're here to help.

Our clients are seeing profound + rapid success with Social UX for Media. Check out some of our case studies:

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Endless Stories

Let your users binge your content. By serving up an endless feed of stories, they're more likely to read more than just the article they originally came for.

In-Feed Article Expansion

You can tell your story in as many or as little words as you need. You can include pictures, video, embeds, slideshows, or build a listicle in a few clicks with our guided listicle tool.

You don't need to worry about length because you can quickly add a fold to the story right in the post editor by placing a horizontal rule where you want the fold you be.

It looks like this when you publish. (Go ahead, click it.)

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In-Feed Article Sharing

Share stories directly from the feed. Activate your readership to engage directly with your content to maximize reach.

Asynchronous Page Views

Take full advantage of binge reading with our SEO-friendly Asynchronous Page View functionality. This function loads post URLs as the reader scrolls from story to story without ever clicking through to an individual post.

Topic Specific Sub-Feeds

Further encourage post binging by linking to topic-specific sub feeds in each post. Providing a pathway for similar content will ensure that a user will consume the maximum amount of content per visit.

Frictionless Monetization

The RebelMouse platform supports core monetization approaches that integrate into and enhance your site's user experience. Naturally integrate native ads and sponsored posts into your post feed to provide a smooth, unobtrusive ad experience for your readers.

Smart Newsletters

Build loyalty and return traffic using smart newsletters to add personalization to your site with little effort. Built right into your normal workflow, we provide you with the tools necessary to get the right content to the right sub-audience with a simple, fast opt-in process for readers.

Publish Everywhere

Go beyond your homepage without leaving the RebelMouse platform. Our distribution tools streamline workflow by allowing you to publish your content to Facebook Instant Articles, Google AMP + Apple News before your content is even live. By casting a large web for each story, your audiences will enjoy faster load times + a non-intrusive ad strategy, giving your brand a reputation of quality with a focus on user experience.

Bring Back Organic Traffic

Organic growth is still possible, even on Facebook. Use RebelMouse's built-in social CRM to find new hyper-targeted social communities + influencers. Choose from a spectrum of social signals to build relationships with those pages, whether it's a simple 'like' on a recent post or even an email intro, you will spark partnerships on the foundation of shared content + engagement. Also, fully edit, send + schedule all your social posts directly from the Rebel platform.

Maximize Your Revenue Potential

Efficiently monetize the right opportunities on site and across channels. The RebelMouse platform supports core monetization approaches that integrate into + enhance your site's user experience. Strategically serve simple ad banners for optimal performance + engagement. Prioritize elements of your rich media creative and avoid slow page loads. Easily set up your branded content to stand out and drive eyeballs for marketers.

Built for Design + Performance

Our Layout & Design tool enables you to customize, optimize, and flexibly manage any element of your site. The best part? No matter how you wield the Layout & Design tool, your site will be set up to look beautiful and perform optimally across devices, screen sizes, and platforms.

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Easily Build Multi-Site Properties

RebelMouse makes managing multiple, growing properties simple and does so without the technical debt of alternative solutions. By leveraging RebelMouse's innovative platform, our customers quickly launch new content verticals with a dead-simple process:

  1. Build Your Master Property
  2. Perfect It for Audience and Revenue Through A/B Testing
  3. Easily Clone Your Master Property
  4. Set Content and Feed Rules Between Properties
  5. Set Social Sharing, Mentioning, and Ecosystem Rules

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RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there was a huge gap between what the current CMS offering gave the world and what the world needed. Five years later we are at scale, moving the needle and doing to WordPress what Airbnb did to Craigslist.

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NEW! Google Analytics Tracking for Facebook Instant Articles

We're a bunch of traffic junkies here at RebelMouse. We geek out over data, and we want our clients to geek out too over the insights we provide them. That's why we obsess over our clients' metrics on a daily basis. It's our belief that a clear understanding of data will drive strategy adjustments that lead to real audience growth. But this means that your traffic overview has to be as clear and easy to read as possible. Enter one of our latest updates.

A lot of our clients prefer to use a separate Google Analytics profile to track their Facebook Instant Articles traffic, and now this is incredibly easy to set up in our platform. We have a sophisticated Google Analytics integration that can accurately track every one of your UTM mediums, including Google AMP, Facebook Instant Articles, and traditional website traffic. It's a feature that, if we're honest, Google Analytics does very poorly on its own.

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Strategy Services from Experts in Growth

At RebelMouse, we talk a lot about being born in the age of social. We went viral in 2012 as being the first content aggregator and the internet's first "social front page."

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Meet the Investors Behind RebelMouse

RebelMouse founder and CEO, Paul Berry, was the former CTO of HuffPost where he led product development. Paul has managed small, agile teams for 20 years, but has also led teams of 450+ people. He understands how engineers, product, design, UX, and editorial teams can come together with chemistry that produces results.

RebelMouse is fortunate to be backed by an impressive list of investors, including Ken Lerer, Eric Hippeau, Jonah Peretti, Jordan Levy, Fred Harmon, and more. See the full list below.

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Video Ads = Toxic

Facebook has implemented a ton of changes recently that have been affecting publishers' reach. And while it seems nearly impossible to figure out a winning strategy while juggling all of the platform's algorithm updates, one thing is abundantly clear:

Video ads are hurting your reach.

We're now finding that if you have a video ad on your site period, the Facebook gods are not going to favor you — and you'll most likely see a drop in reach.

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The Reasons Why Indie Publishers Flourish on RebelMouse

We care about you. We care about you having a sustainable business.

And that means we care about everything — from revenue to traffic to how you can be sustainable long term. By using data across all our publishers, we can help you understand what's happening in the media world, how to leverage Facebook's algorithm changes, where your audience lives, and more. The digital landscape is constantly changing, and we are always studying its changes to help indie publishers break through the barriers of bureaucracy. Our goal is to give you an unfair advantage through badass tech that helps you understand how traffic distribution works. So you can get your voice heard. Loudly.

One of the best parts of living in the age of new media, and more importantly living within the social ecosystem, is that everyone has a chance to go viral. The chains surrounding public content that were once monopolized by corporations and agencies have now been put back into the hands of the users.

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How We Created a New Social Platform for Food

One of the pillars of RebelMouse is our lightning-fast site launches. We love the fact that we can create a successful media property in little to no time at all. But there's more to RebelMouse than a quick launch turnaround. We can also create + customize pretty much anything you want — and we did just that with My Recipe Magic.

Our team created an entirely new web community on My Recipe Magic that is dynamic and social. It's kind of like Pinterest, but for food only. Your one-stop shop for all things yummy. It's a place to find, share, and create new recipes, and it's pretty addictive.

Here's how My Recipe Magic is standing out from their competition:

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Facebook News Feed Changes: Instant Articles Updates and Publisher Guidelines

Since launching the Facebook Journalism Project earlier this year, Facebook is making an effort to release updates that ease publishers' platform woes. In October, we saw a lot of this — first with changes to Instant Articles monetization, and then with News Feed Publisher Guidelines.

We're firm believers in the magic of Instant Articles, and constantly preach that it can tremendously help your social strategy. Big publishers like The Atlantic who have remained committed to using the format as part of their distribution strategy have reaped the benefits. The Atlantic has seen a 40% year-over-year increase in unique visitors on mobile, thanks in large part to Instant Articles.

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5 Ways Repurposed Content Helps Audience Growth

We live in the age of content. But the new media landscape is deeply saturated, which is leading to a decline in social reach across the board. This, in turn, has created the difficult challenge of standing out in the crowd.

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How to Win on Facebook Right Now

2017 marks another year of changes and updates to the Facebook platform. To no one's surprise, many of those updates were a direct response to both the fake news epidemic and intrusive ads that invaded the News Feed.

Throughout this cleanup process, many publishers who unintentionally violated new guidelines watched their Facebook reach decline. And without a strategy that's adaptive to Facebook's constant algorithm updates, publishers have been scrambling for answers and new ways to keep eyeballs on their content.

We can't really complain that good ol' quality content and an enhanced user experience is again at the forefront of all these efforts. Facebook has since even released News Feed Publisher Guidelines in an effort to bring back quality content that users truly value from publishers.

So if you've got the quality content part down, but still can't figure out how to increase your Facebook reach, there are a number of ways to make sure you're winning on both fronts.

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Conquering the Facebook Algorithm: Fall 2017 Updates

Tips and Tricks for Winning the 2017 Algorithm

Since launching the Facebook Journalism Project earlier this year, Facebook is making an effort to release updates that ease publishers' platform woes. In October, we saw a lot of this — first with changes to Instant Articles monetization, and then with News Feed Publisher Guidelines.

We're firm believers in the magic of Instant Articles, and constantly preach that it can tremendously help your social strategy. Big publishers like The Atlantic who have remained committed to using the format as part of their distribution strategy have reaped the benefits. The Atlantic has seen a 40% year-over-year increase in unique visitors on mobile, thanks in large part to Instant Articles.

And with premium subscriptions being the next big focus of news publishers, Facebook is listening and testing new subscription models in Instant Articles. The new test gives publishers control over pricing, offers, subscriber relationships, and 100% of the revenue. Find out how it works here.

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Here’s How We Launch Sites so Fast

Even in 2017, new media companies and brands still think they need to invest in an expensive tech team to launch a successful website. But websites aren't what they used to be. Now sites have to be dynamic and put content at the forefront in order to build sticky audiences and generate sustainable revenue.

At RebelMouse, we operate off of a lean tech methodology that launches sites in weeks, not months. We act as your developers, UX experts, QA team, and designers all at the same time. Our team of Rebels also operate as a creative agency to ensure your content is successful on social, with SEO, and at making meaningful revenue.

The sites we launch are also super fast and intuitive for users. It's how we helped create the two biggest new media companies to date: Axios + The Dodo.

Here's how we do it. This is our launch checklist.

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SSL Step-by-Step Instructions

This is a quick guide on how you can request a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate for your site. This step is necessary for launching secure sites.

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Why RebelMouse Is the Best CMS for Social

Gone are the days of post + pray your content gets seen. There's a lot more that goes into creating loyal, sticky audiences. Facebook, Google, and other platform giants are evolving into centralized platforms with massive updates that roll out all the time. So if your corporate blog is stuck on an old paradigm, you're getting lost in the crowd.

RebelMouse is a centralized CMS built in the age of social. As the media landscape continues to change fast, we're able to keep up with the speed of these massive tech giants because we're a creative agency that's evolving with them — doing to WordPress what Airbnb did to Craigslist, one media company at a time.

Social is at the forefront of everything — your audiences live in the feed. RebelMouse gives you the tool set to not only distribute your content across platforms, but also ensure that users can easily move across platforms too.

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Standing with an Army: The RebelMouse Promise

RebelMouse is not just software: When we stand with you, you are standing with an army.

RebelMouse is a unique company. We are not just a software company, but a strategy and product partner to the clients we support. We are a creative agency trusted by our partners to help create growth.

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Rebel Insights

We Make Money Move

Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" came out a couple months ago, but it's since become one of our anthems at RebelMouse. It's safe to say that most people have heard Cardi B's monstrous hit at some point by now. "Bodak Yellow" landed the Bronx rapper a #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, taking Taylor Swift's place (gasp!) and becoming the first solo female rapper to do so in the last 19 years.

There's no doubt she's solidified herself as a force to be reckoned with in pop culture.

And here at RebelMouse, we can't help but get on board with Cardi B's jam as we continue to see the same type of success in the media world. As Cardi B raps about making money move, we're showing we can do the same thing for our clients.

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Building Relationships to Build a Better Future

It's far too easy to get lost in a medley of metrics when you work in digital media. We're guilty of it here too. We harp on client success stories, software updates, audience reach, revenue, and each and every Facebook algorithm update that comes our way all the time.

But there's one thing that really makes us tick here at RebelMouse: The relationships we build with our clients. We pride ourselves on working with brilliant minds as we collectively build a better future through media. We are very open + vocal about our ethics and beliefs here. We fire clients whose morals contradict ours, and hire those whose we support. It's part of what makes it easy to get up and work toward a better future each morning.

This post is dedicated to our beautiful clients, and the love we have for each other. To hear a client sing praise about their appreciation for a Rebel team member gives us just as many goosebumps as seeing an entirely green Google Analytics home page. So here are a few stories that gave us all the feels this week at RebelMouse:

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Case Studies

How One Country Turned a Fan Following into a Monetization Powerhouse

Country isn't a zip code. Country is a state of mind. That's the core strategy behind One Country — a new media company dedicated to celebrating country music culture through not just music, but fashion, food, and lifestyle.

One Country was originally on WordPress before switching to RebelMouse. But after enjoying publishing on the RebelMouse platform for several years, their ownership changed and One Country's future became uncertain. Everyone — including RebelMouse founder Paul Berry, who served on One Country's advisory board at the time — knew One Country was a powerful asset with the potential to turn a loyal following into real revenue.

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PSA: You Could Lose Access to Instant Articles Monetization

Facebook recently updated their Monetization Eligibility Standards, and is now cutting access to monetization features for Instant Articles on Pages that are currently violating the new guidelines.

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