Why We're Immune to Facebook's Pendulum

Our obsession over methodical traffic and how/why things go viral has allowed our clients to see a constant increase in reach on Facebook. Within the past five months, many publishers have been experiencing another decline in Facebook reach. In fact, reach is down as much as 42% so far this year. It's a trend that persists despite the rise of content championing polarizing stories and social-friendly videos. At RebelMouse, our clients continue to see their Facebook reach increase. We look at changes in the media landscape and platform updates as a challenge and an opportunity.


The direction has sparked questions about what Facebook has been doing to its algorithm, and what publishers can and should do in response. With the right mix of technology + strategy, we've created a content distribution formula that truly works for the properties we power.

Here are seven reasons why our Facebook game is πŸ‘Œ .

1. Server Response Time

Facebook is prioritizing faster-loading pages, so we got faster too. It all boils down to user experience, and fast load times + page speed are musts if you want readers to stick around and consume your content.

The difference we see is unreal:

2. Social UX for Media: A Page View Game Changer

Social UX for Media is our way of making your site as viral and binge-worthy as the Facebook News Feed. This format enables our clients to present their users with content in a format they're already familiar using. We've seen clients double their traffic within 10 days using our highly optimized layout. It's working for the amazing media properties Axios, EcoWatch, Dance Magazine, Azula, and others we power.

Here's how Social UX for Media is impacting our clients' page views:

3. Facebook Instant Articles Optimization

We always tell our clients to "go all in" with Facebook Instant Articles β€” and we mean all in. This includes using video, producing engaging and intelligently designed copy, making sure your pages load fast, and ensuring articles are perfectly optimized for social. Clients that stick to this formula have experienced up to $25 CPM on Instant Articles.

4. Facebook Live Campaigns

Video continues to dominate in terms of engagement and reach, and native video even more so. Broadcasting live helps our clients get the right visibility across their audiences, and keeps their content mix fresh and engaging. Leveraging those earned video views to create custom audiences for future retargeting ensures our clients get the most out of their content.

5. New Content Lifecycle

It's important to work with other Facebook Pages that have high follower counts, and practice the law of reciprocity to build repeat visits from loyal followers.

6. Research Is Everything

We ask our clients to figure out which content is polarizing to their users. And once we're armed with that information, we work together to create related child properties as part of a larger site network. We all know that high affinity works well on social, and once it's mixed with the right technology and strategy, its effect and reach is undeniable.

7. Take Advantage of Instagram

Utilizing platforms like Instagram is an abstract value that is gaining momentum. We're building audiences and traffic everywhere, across platforms. Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Snapchat β€” they're all here to send more traffic out to our sites.

At the end of the day, it's pretty simple: The world is changing, and if you change with it there's plenty of opportunity. The key is that you can't do all of this on a decentralized, custom CMS like WordPress, where every update has to be pushed out individually and security intrusions are the norm. It's a broken model emulated by too many platforms.

That's why we set out to solve this problem with a centralized, social CMS built for speed. In our world, the recent, months-long decline in Facebook reach for many publishers is merely another opportunity to help our clients rise above the rest.

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How Axios Built on RebelMouse

The Axios founding team is composed of the industry veterans who built Politico and shaped The New York Times. They had a vision for building a next-generation media site that would not only win in the world of social, but would also build real loyalty and a subscriber base.

Industry: News Media
Headquarters: Washington, DC
Website: Axios.com

Axios is a new media company delivering vital, trustworthy news and analysis in the most efficient, illuminating, and shareable ways possible. They offer a mix of original and smartly narrated coverage of media trends, tech, business, and politics with expertise, voice, and smart brevity β€” on a new and innovative mobile platform.



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.

Project Requirements:

  • Get to launch quickly while still having tremendous depth in technology
  • Build a next-generation media property
  • Empower editors with technology for breaking news
  • Build a CMS that manages and elegantly assembles content into articles
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New Facebook product updates and algorithm changes pop up just about every week, and we don't expect our clients to scour the internet looking for every last one. Which is why we do our best to keep you up to date with every important platform initiative.

To avoid compromising reach and engagement, it's important to understand Facebook's recent updates and how you can incorporate them into your social strategy. Within the last couple of months, Facebook released a few key updates to better suit groups, content creators, and monetization practices.

Here are some to be aware of:

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LATEST: Product Updates Make Sharing a Breeze

There are two things we love at RebelMouse: upgrades and social sharing. Our CMS remains intuitive through our upgrades, mainly because we are constantly making small tweaks to improve our clients' workflow. Our latest round of product updates now set up your content for even more social success β€” keeping the almighty share top of mind.

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Publish on Google News in 3 Steps

We're obsessed with getting your content to its maximum audience, and that means it should travel across platforms seamlessly. Google News is a great way for news publishers to engage new followers. Google has a number of guidelines that cover how to get everything right, so let's go through those first.

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NEW! Edit Media Tool for Post Images

It's no secret that imagery is critical to creating a compelling post. A captivating visual is what really helps drive shares and engagement on social. That's why we're constantly updating and creating new tools that enable you to create the perfect image-centric post. Meet the new Edit Media tool.

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How to Launch a New Site Before the New Year

Do your New Year's resolutions include launching a website? If so, don't wait until 2018 to get the ball rolling. RebelMouse can design and launch a new site for you before the New Year, so you can focus on goals like growing brand recognition and loyalty instead. Already have a site? No worries β€” we can migrate your content and optimize your site design in no time, too.

Clients that have launched with RebelMouse are seeing revenue-impacting results, and they're getting them fast. Azula saw a 298% growth in Facebook traffic, Odyssey's new users have increased by 25% in just one month post launch, and Axios is creating loyalty unheard of in the media world right now. This isn't by luck. Our team of growth experts understand what goes into creating a successful website, and are able to create a mix of design, user experience, and branding that will capture your maximum audience.

This can all be done in four quick and easy steps:

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