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Introducing the RebelMouse Creators Network

Editors are always looking for a particular sweet spot in their work. It's what occurs when search, social, and site traffic all work harmoniously together to create organic growth and sustainable reach. Which, in turn, creates momentum that validates a creator's message — whether the message is voiced by a legacy brand, media company, or solo content creator. But the role of the editor has changed. It's no longer a solo uphill climb. It's become a community effort.


Today's social ecosystem has given us a universe of creators. These creators and influencers are either experts in certain topics and/or heavily engaged in targeted content that drives their interests. They're not only consuming the content they're passionate about, but they're contributing to the conversation, too. The new role of the editor is not just to cover the most important topics and people around their expertise, but also to invite those preferred influencers into their community and get them to participate in creating premium content.

This is why we've launched Creators Network. It's time for publishers to take advantage of the opportunities creators and their networks — which are often formed organically — have to offer. Creators Network is not a destination for flat media. Instead, it's a platform where the boundaries between content creators and their audiences blur.

How the Network Functions

RebelMouse has built an entire platform for communities to form, grow, and flourish. Within the platform, communities can be created, governed, and led by publishers. It's a formula designed around sustainable and personalized engagement. We've also ensured that it's easy to use and poses no risks for any and all publishers.

Leverage our Creators Network and experience revenue-impacting growth.

Here are some of the core features of Creators Network:

Customized Roles: Established content creators can invite the best people they know to help grow their network. Members can have customized community titles as well, such as Community President or Community Editor in Chief. The permissions and access of each community member role is always controlled by the publisher. Read more about our new community roles here.

Detailed Approval Workflows: A post submitted by a community member never goes live without the review and approval of an administrator, president, or other person in charge. Writers with zero publishing rights can submit drafts for approval rounds, and drafts can also be saved at every stage of the editorial process. Read more about our new workflow tools here.

Dynamic Collaboration: Creators can add annotations to drafts at any time during the editorial process. Within the platform, there's a companion notifications-and-comments feed for writers and editors to review annotations, as well as a timeline that tracks edits.

Methodical Transparency: Publishers can review a number of statistics about how each individual community is performing, including how many creators there are, how many community requests there've been, and how many posts have been published. There's also the ability to review which community members haven't been active recently. If a community member shows up as inactive, publishers can quickly and easily reach out directly to re-engage them.

Statistics: The post dashboard is home to in-depth stats at a community level, including the number of pageviews for each post and overall. Posts can be further filtered by date published, author, and keyword. The metrics available to each user are dependent on the member's role within the community.

Check out RebelMouse's Creators Network live on Odyssey.

Publishers No Longer Have to Submit Their Site to Google News

Google's Publisher Center creates new opportunities for audience growth

Just before the start of the next decade, Google announced an important change to its Google News offering with the launch of Google Publisher Center. The new interface merges Google News Producer and Google News Publisher into one to streamline the partnership process for publishers.

Overall, the change should make it easier for publishers to manage their Google News settings, including updating themes, directing URLs to section pages, and configuring user permissions. Read the full list of features here.

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How to Find Work-Life Balance as a Remote Employee

Tips from our CEO on making the most of an office-free lifestyle

Working from home is becoming increasingly popular, with an estimated 66% of companies now allowing remote work and 16% operating completely office-free. RebelMouse is one of those fully remote companies, and over the years we've mastered how to stay close to each other despite being spread across more than a dozen countries. We believe working remotely is good for both our personal lives and our productivity. Read more about this here.

Still, working free from the shackles of an office environment doesn't mean every day is a dance party in your pajamas from 9 to 5. Working from home comes with its own set of challenges just like any other job.

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Inside RebelMouse’s Quality Assurance Operations

How We've Perfected Stress-Free Publishing

At RebelMouse, we like to refer to our enterprise publishing platform as "lean tech." Most publishers have a natural inclination to start doubling down on teams of developers who try to build unique experiences to help stand out above the noise. But they should actually be doing the opposite: Lean tech is the preferred way to cut through content saturation. By allowing RebelMouse to obsess over your product, content producers, editors, managers, and everyone in between can focus on creating quality content and taking advantage of opportunities to leverage distributive publishing strategies that create real revenue growth.

One of the major reasons we're able to maintain a lean tech environment is thanks to our approach to quality assurance (QA). We make updates to our platform daily to ensure our clients always have access to the most robust, high-performing, and secure version of our platform. Behind the scenes, this means having a solid QA structure that's efficient, creates less bugs, and catches the ones that do pop up before they go live. It's a system of checks and balances that's hard and costly to replicate on a custom CMS. Here's a glimpse into how it works.

Our Tech Stack Toolbox

  • Cucumber
  • Java
  • Junit
  • Maven
  • Selenium WebDriver
  • TeamCity
  • Zalenium (Selenium Grid)

Our Checks and Balances Workflow

Automated Regression Testing Cycle

The Lifecycle of a Product Update

When an update is first made to RebelMouse, TeamCity immediately triggers the start of automated tests to review integrity.

TeamCity Build

TeamCity Agent

The tests run in parallel on TeamCity's Build Agent. Next, Zalenium creates docker containers with browsers that matches the count of parallel threads. An Allure report is then generated from the test results, which shows the state of the application after the update.

Allure Report Pass

If a test doesn't complete successfully, the testing framework receives a video with a failed test and attaches it to the Allure report.

Allure Report Issue

Based on the report analysis, a QA specialist will create a "bug" ticket in our product management software to address the issue if needed. Then, information about the bug is immediately sent to the project manager and we begin the process of correcting the problem.

The media powerhouses we power can publish with confidence knowing that any product issues that arise are met with a tried-and-true process to fix the problem with little-to-no disturbance to their workflow. If you have any questions about this process, please email support@rebelmouse.com.

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