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The Strategy Behind Facebook Instant Articles Monetization

We see clients make $$ every day.

We're in a very lucky position at RebelMouse because normally you get to only see your own data. We're able to see what's happening across a huge set of web properties with different audiences, missions, strategies, and teams all over the world. We share our learnings in strategy sessions with clients where we brainstorm on how to make this information and these trends applicable to their business.

There is a lot of noise going around about Facebook Instant Articles not performing well. But what we're actually seeing is quite beautiful in many cases. We have clients experiencing up to $25 CPM — and even $35 — on Instant Articles now. They're achieving those numbers not through a sales team, but rather with effective content on sites that are perfectly optimized for social — and this absolutely includes a seamless Instant Articles configuration. Across the board, we're seeing sites hold a healthy $5 CPM a day, and some even regularly come in at $10.


How + Why Instant Articles Work

Let's be clear though: To get the most out of Instant Articles, you have to go 100% all in — every article has to be posted as an Instant Article. This means a video at the top of the post is essential, followed by content worth reading. But this means more than just a set of embeds — you also need correct context and voice your audience thinks is worth scrolling for. And it's especially important to configure your ad units so they display evenly throughout your content to the right audiences.

It's a battle-tested formula that's working for all of our clients: video + engaging, intelligently-designed copy = $ on Instant Articles.

But again, you really have to stick to the formula. Low pagespeed, no Facebook pixel installed, and poor design will all work against your goal of getting better CPM.

How Facebook's Audience Network Works

Collectively, we've all told Facebook more than we probably should have. We haven't learned to lie to Facebook. So the platform knows a lot about us: what we like, what we hate, what disgusts or delights us, and on which days.

Facebook is going to kill Google, because it won't be long before the social giant takes its Audience Network to mobile and desktop to outperform Google with ads that aren't embarrassing. What's important for you is to focus on creating and building an audience that resonates with your content. Repeat visits, loyalty, and engagement are everything in today's social world.

It Won't Work for Everyone

We're still not totally positive about why one out of twenty sites get really terrible CPM on Facebook Instant Articles, with some even dipping below $1. It's rare, and to be honest, it's usually connected to a problem surrounding either being in a developing country or having content in a foreign language. More commonly, it's a problem with original content that just doesn't attract high engagement.

How Long Should Your Test Last?

One month of commitment could change everything for your business, and is often enough time with Instant Articles to know if it's the right space for you.

REMINDER: You have to really do it properly to see meaningful results from Facebook Instant Articles. At RebelMouse, we offer configuration, implementation, and strategy services to make sure you see ROI from your efforts.

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A Look Inside the Only Creative Agency Powered by Deep Technology

Strategic development of product that supports content distribution, conversion, and loyalty.

RebelMouse is a creative agency fueled by a publishing platform with deep technology. Our expertise is rooted in media and content marketing because there is no other team that understands distributive publishing better than we do. There is also no other CMS on the market today that provides content creators with the tools they need to unlock sustainable growth backed by sticky monetization methods. RebelMouse blends product and strategy together to move the needle where it matters most — organic traffic and user growth, conversion to loyalty, and revenue growth.

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Curate Well-Rounded Content: Embed Previous Posts With Assembler

Flat media is dead. That's why we are always updating our product to make it easier and more intuitive to create dynamic media. A great example of one of these features allows users to embed previously published posts into a new post through our Particle Assembler.

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Updates: Edit Email Templates in Entry Editor, Easily Select the Right Tags

We have two new product updates that will make editing each article easier and more customized.

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New: Simplify Your Workflow With Our New Copy and Paste Function

There's a new feature in RebelMouse's Entry Editor that easily lets you copy and paste an entire post, including lead media, headline, subheadline, body, social copy, and social scheduling information. Don't worry — we will only copy the social scheduling language you've previously set up. Using this functionality will not schedule the post to be sent out again.

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How to Set a Canonical URL

A canonical URL is an HTML element that prevents duplicate content. This helps prevent SEO issues by indicating whether a URL is a "canonical" or "preferred" version of a page.

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The CFO's Guide to RebelMouse

A look at how you gain more and spend less with our platform.

Every Chief Financial Officer (CFO) has an important mission: Balance efficiency with fiscal responsibility while eliminating risk. To survive and thrive in today's publishing industry, this can be a tall order. New options for vendors, hosting, and service providers pop up all the time, and as technology advances, so do the kinds of tools you need to grow reach and revenue.

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Be an Advocate for Engagement With Discovery Email Templates

RebelMouse's Discovery tool offers various forms of social outreach, including emails that you can send to influencers while you're editing your article. We utilize our proprietary technology to seamlessly pull in the email addresses of social media account owners. And now, coupled with customizable template language that automatically gets pulled into your workflow, you can easily send out messages to let these accounts know that you love their content and wouldn't mind if they shared a related story of yours.

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New E-Commerce Option: Easily Feature Products With Just a Few Clicks

Every year, the numbers of shoppers who choose to purchase online versus in retail stores continues to grow. It's estimated that the number of online shoppers will rise to 230.5 million by 2021. At RebelMouse, we've added a new particle layout for our clients that do e-commerce. This feature makes it super simple to highlight products right from within our Entry Editor.

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2018: A RebelMouse Year in Review

From product to personal, we flourished on every level.

It's always overwhelming to think about how far we've come as a company every time December rolls around. From all the peaks and valleys our ever-changing industry likes to throw at us, to the personal triumphs and challenges we experience as a team, each year is always one to remember. But this time, 2018 took the cake. It was 365 days of twists, turns, and far more shining moments than ever before.

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