Building the Biggest New Media Properties of Our Times

RebelMouse has a unique and ever-growing advantage through the mix of technology we've built, the amount of sites we power, and the relationships we have with our clients. We built off the founding team's knowledge — from their experience of building HuffPost — to create something truly exciting. Two of the most exciting new media breakout hits — The Dodo and Axios — were built by RebelMouse when they were just ideas. The Dodo now has their claim to fame with one of the most popular videos on Facebook ever, and every month brings in billions of Facebook views. Axios, launched only in January of this year, has become a traffic monster — racking up 80M+ page views a month. Now we've taken on Odyssey Online, and have grown it by 4M new users in the first 45 days alone.

We're not just a technology company, and we're not just a design agency either. We don't only do strategy work by offering advice. We build alongside you — the concepts, ideas, and cultures that can break out to be huge media hits.


It's hard to survive the complex world of media in 2017. Between juggling Facebook's constant algorithm updates, the fake news epidemic, and the competition for ad dollars, success doesn't come easy.

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 great pivot to video, which was really more like a pivot to ad-backed digital media, caused editorial teams to take drastic measures prematurely.

Some media properties are seeing reach and traffic plummet, while others — like Axios — continue to flourish. But it's not luck. Axios and other powerful new media darlings understand that to be successful, you have to adapt and find a strategy that works in the age of social. This means creating a platform that will propel you into the future, and having a partner that can help navigate the acceleration of history.

RebelMouse is that platform and partner.

Our centralized, social CMS was born in the age of social. We're constantly updating, iterating, and helping properties grow at mind-boggling rates. We're experts in content and distribution, and can help you create a sustainable business built with social growth and loyal, lasting communities.

It's how we built the biggest pop culture hits of our time. You can see this clearly with The Dodo, Axios, and the continual growth of Odyssey Online.

Building Massive, Unprecedented Reach: The Dodo

The Dodo revolutionized (and even normalized) the way we share and obsess over animals. You're guaranteed to find a much-needed dose of cuteness scrolling through your Facebook News Feed at any given hour.

And even though tons of media properties look to drive our emotions with animals, few have had the outstanding success that The Dodo has.

Founder Izzie Lerer wanted to create a participatory community platform around animals, so she needed a platform that would make amplifying the social-sharing experience easy to do. RebelMouse provided the foundation for this success.

The Dodo continues to crush it on Facebook with billions of views and shares per month.

Building Loyalty at Scale: How Axios Built on RebelMouse

The Axios founding team had a vision for building a next-generation media site that would not only win in the world of social, but also build real loyalty and a subscriber base.

With some of the best writers in the world, Axios knew that, to be successful, they would need to provide next-generation authoring tools as well as a next-generation front-end experience for their readers. Axios was able to work with RebelMouse to build exactly to the vision the founders had when they set off on their journey.

Axios grew rapidly, skyrocketing to 40M+ page views per month just three months after launch. They're also seeing a bounce rate under 15%.

Odyssey Online Transforms Their Technology for Their Next Wave of Growth

Our powerful, data-driven solution, strategy-level consultation, and personal relationships are bringing in game-changing results. After re-platforming with RebelMouse, Odyssey is seeing serious stats.

Within the first month, Odyssey's new users have increased by over 25% — adding nearly two million new users in total. And their story continues to get stronger.

Add your name to the list of influential new media properties — like The Dodo, Axios, and Odyssey — and join RebelMouse. Even if you can't re-platform today, you can take advantage of strategy services from our experts to help guide you toward a path of growth and revenue.

Why RebelMouse Is the Best Content Marketing Platform

RebelMouse is a unique platform and company. The company was founded on the vision that media companies would need an always-modern solution to thrive in the new connected internet, and that brands would have to behave like new media companies and use the same platforms.

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Why Premium Creative Agencies and CTOs Choose to Develop on RebelMouse vs. WordPress and Drupal

The Intersection of Design and Development: Where Your Clients Thrive

We started RebelMouse seven years ago knowing that there was a fundamental design flaw in the world of traditional CMSs: Every instance, on every platform, had to be updated independently. It's similar to an era when users had to manage their own Microsoft Exchange Server for email. The costs of managing, maintaining, and iterating on a CMS to keep it awesome and world class is typically a $10 million-a-year endeavor. But even then, these cost-prohibitive CMSs are still behind the times.

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Native Multivariate Testing at Scale With RebelMouse

What Differentiates Our Approach

There are many popular tools that allow you to perform experiments and A/B tests on your users — primarily Google Chrome Experiments and Optimizely. But all of these solutions are JavaScript additions to your web page that sidestep the problem of old, outdated, and clumsy CMSs. These solutions work by calling on a third-party JavaScript library that rewrites a page after it's rendered. This approach adds extra page weight and creates strange user experiences due to having to wait for everything to load and be rewritten on the fly.

At RebelMouse, we've solved this in a very elegant way. At the core level of our platform, we can natively render different layouts and track the exact differences in performance when comparing a test to your other layouts.

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Modern E-Commerce: Blur the Line Between Content and Design

Create Modular + Reusable Design Patterns on RebelMouse

Content saturation is an industry-wide problem, and the e-commerce space is no exception given that it's filled with big brands, small Etsy stores, and everyone in between all fighting for similar audiences. The best way to fight this symptom is to understand your audience and provide them with what they want.

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Instagram-style E-commerce Features on RebelMouse

Revolutionizing E-commerce on RebelMouse

Whether you're a brand with a blog or a media company with a site, driving purchasing behavior and building an audience that uses your content to find things they love to buy is vital. We're very proud to have built out the same functionality that everyone is now used to on Instagram, with layovers on images that lead to products with attribution.

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Building Premium Communities and User Journeys on RebelMouse

RebelMouse is much more than just a replacement for a traditional CMS. Our platform is a tremendous community-building experience. Today's social ecosystem has given us a seemingly limitless number of premium creators who understand how to create gorgeous and relevant content that drives the growth of their own audiences. These creators and influencers are either experts in certain topics, 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.

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Dynamic Voting: Grow Traffic and Engagement Organically

Help your audience find its voice.

Creating quality content is no longer on marketers alone. We live in a universe of creators who are willing to not only consume content that resonates, but play a role in the creation, promotion, and conversations surrounding it.

Since the start of RebelMouse, we've been on a journey to create dynamic media that is easier for content creators to curate and amplify on social. It's why we've built an online engagement platform centered around the power of communities that thrive naturally in the digital ecosystem.

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How to Monetize Your Website in Today’s Publishing Environment

In order to define distributive publishing, we have to ask the following question: If you have quality content, but nobody sees it, does it even exist? The answer is no, because your content needs to be supported in a way that lets it move seamlessly across all channels, especially site, search, and social. But let's take this question a step further: If you can't monetize your content to generate the support it needs, how do you create quality content in the first place?

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How to Monetize Your Site on RebelMouse

Leverage Our Platform to Sell Digital Ads That Overperform

For years now, digital publishers have experienced a collective push to diversify their revenue streams. As online readership becomes more complex, publishers cannot rely on a one-trick monetization method to secure success.

The COVID-19 crisis in 2020 was an even bigger wake-up call for publishers to create a dynamic revenue plan. The timing of the pandemic aligned with the new reality of a cookie-less world, which has completely reprioritized user experience and what it means to build audience loyalty. This means in 2021, publishers need a solid first-party data strategy and a modern revenue plan that can withstand more months of uncertainty to come.

Let's find the right revenue plan for your site. Here are just a handful of ways our next-generation publishing platform supports multiple monetization methods at once.

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How Site Performance Shifted in 2020: RebelMouse Page Speed Updates

Google updated how it measures page performance during the pandemic. Here's how our product changed, too.

2020 was a year that shook every industry to its core. As workforces and workflows everywhere shifted, the digital publishing space was left to pick up the pieces of what it means to create content in a pandemic-filled world.

At RebelMouse, we examined the impact of COVID-19 on marketing strategies. You can read more about our findings here. However, as we round out a turbulent year, some publishers think 2020 will be a positive turning point for the industry overall. More people at home and being online has increased the need for quality content more than ever. Audiences are paying attention to where and how they consume content, and advertisers are taking notice of this pattern change, too.

Because of this, content deliverability is what will define what makes a successful publisher in 2020 and beyond. Audiences will only tolerate quality content, and they will only consume it on a site that provides a next-level site experience.

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Google’s Page Experience Signals for Search Rankings Launches in May 2021

Your site's page performance will dictate its search viability

In May 2020, Google let the world know that its Core Web Vitals would become the new benchmarks for measuring a site's performance in its search results. Six months later, Google announced that its page experience signals will officially roll out and begin impacting search rankings in May 2021.

The page experience signals include Google's Core Web Vitals and existing search signals. Together, these will determine a website's page experience and overall site performance.

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Supreme Storytelling: indy100 Conversation's Top 20 Stories so Far

The Independent is prioritizing free thought and wants to amplify the voices that the mainstream media misses. That's why the U.K. media powerhouse launched indy100 Conversations. The new site, powered by RebelMouse, brings together creators from all around the globe to write about what's on their mind. From COVID-19 to racial injustice, the storytelling on indy100 Conversations has been anything but dry.

Here's indy100 Conversation's top 20 stories so far. Click here to join the conversation.

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