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4 MORE Reasons To Love Listicles With RebelMouse


When we launched our listicle tool last year, our goal was to make it a snap to create one of the most popular content formats on the web. Listicles are eye-catching, easy to read and, most importantly, consumers love to share them.

Source: Social Media Examiner, 2015

For RebelMouse, the first-ever Distributed CMS, it was a no-brainer feature to include in our platform.

But we didn't stop there because your needs don't stop there. In fact, they've become more complex. In the last year, publishers and content marketers have witnessed a 52% decline in organic reach on Facebook, the #1 content referral source. This requires you to maximize content that's most likely to grab attention, i.e. listicles.

So we've upgraded our listicle tool.

Last year, we gave you 4 Reasons You'll Love Creating Listicles With RebelMouse. Now, with our new-and-improved Listicle Wizard, we've got 4 more reasons you'll love building them:

1. Crank Out Your Lists Quicker With An Updated UI

We've updated the UI so that it's even easier to add your copy or items. And with a more prominent "+" icon, pulling in local files, GIFs, or social UGC is a breeze.

2. Extract More Page Views, And Then Some

Want to generate more page views from your list content? You now have the option to breakup your listicle and include pagination, either by every X number of items or by typing the item numbers.

Choose between a numerated / non-numerated list:

Or switch up the placement of your body text, either above or below the media:

3. Insert Ads + Increase Your Revenue Potential

You can now easily insert ads between listicle items by leveraging the same ad code used throughout your site. Translation: Generate more revenue from your better performing content, with no additional tech legwork needed. That means a win-win for your bottom-line.

4. Give Your Listicles An Extra Design Touch

Our Layout & Design tool enables you to customize the look-and-feel of any aspect of your site, including your listicles. Switch up headline colors, add a cool border, or apply any other CSS Property to make your listicles truly stand out on your site.

Don't you just love it? At RebelMouse, we love finding new ways to facilitate content virality and listicles are a great way to optimize sharing and discovery of your content.

Happy listing!

How to Include Interactive Elements in Posts

Enhance your articles with rich and creative media

Every article is a fresh chance to grab new readers and nurture loyal followers. This is why we give creators every opportunity to build content rich with media elements that enhance every reader's experience.

Add More Layers to Your Content

You can easily add interactive elements, like charts, to posts on our platform. For example, if you need to embed iframe code into a post, this can be done via our Add Media Bar. To do so, click the code icon (< >):

A text box will appear so you can insert your code:

Embedded Code Across Platforms

One important thing to keep in mind is that Google AMP, AppleNews, and Facebook Instant Articles will not always support embedded code. So if you use an iframe, it's best to turn off distribution to those channels for that particular post. If you have a lot of posts that require embedded code, this could be problematic for growth across those important platforms.

If you do want to use an iframe on a post destined for Google AMP distribution, it can be possible if the iframe is not at the top of the page or within the first 75% of the viewport when the page is scrolled to the top (whichever is smaller). AMP is a fast technology designed for mobile users and iframes are loaded using arbitrary timing that AMP's technology cannot ensure. For this reason, it's suggested that iframes be included in places that are not visible by users upon load.

If you have an article that needs to include an iframe at the top of the page, or within the first 75% of the viewport, AMP can be turned off for that individual article within Entry Editor.

If you don't need an interactive chart to be interactive in nature, can turn it into an image and upload it directly to your post. This way it will work on all platforms, including Google AMP, Apple News, and Facebook Instant Articles. This option, when possible, is ideal to ensure you're optimized for page speed.

Take Advantage of Shortcodes

Another great way to embed media is through our shortcodes functionality. Click here to learn more about shortcodes. Shortcodes can also inserted using the Add Media Bar. Click the brackets icon ([ ]) to choose the shortcode you want to use.

Here's an example of a chart on an article page that's been inserted using a shortcode:

If you have any questions about how to add interactive elements to your content, please email support@rebelmouse.com or talk to your account manager today.

Shortcodes Dashboard: Dynamic Media in Just a Few Clicks

Create multidimensional content with easy-to-find shortcodes

We believe static media is dead, and that every piece of content should be multidimensional and engaging. This is why our platform enables creators so they can add dynamic media to their content in easy and efficient ways.

One simple way to add interactive content to any post is through the use of shortcodes. Shortcodes are small snippets of code that are easier to remember than longer sequences. They typically will activate a feature or embed media into an article.

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