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When Should You Avoid Google AMP?

We're big fans of Google AMP. The format is key to maximizing your SEO on mobile. It also provides users with a streamlined loading experience that can deliver meaningful ROI.


We love it so much that RebelMouse has a seamless integration with AMP. The unique RebelMouse Layout & Design tool enables users to easily update and edit an AMP-specific page format.

But even though Google AMP is necessary 90% of the time, there are two valid reasons for deactivating it across your site:

1. It's Too Restrictive

AMP has certain limitations when it comes to what CSS it'll allow (that's why it has a validator for its pages). For some projects, these limitations can be too constricting.

If this is the case, AMP can return a lot of errors or not show the type of information or style needed in your articles. This is a valid scenario where you can choose to avoid sending traffic to AMP completely (or partially — like per section, for example).

2. Search Traffic Is Not Your Focus

If your search traffic is negligible and not part of your future, you can choose to deactivate AMP.

Google highly prefers the AMP format, but if search engine traffic is not what your core strategy is focused on, we can help you deactivate it entirely. Some media companies exist solely on social or other outlets for all of their traffic.

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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