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How to Win on Facebook Right Now

2017 marks another year of changes and updates to the Facebook platform. To no one's surprise, many of those updates were a direct response to both the fake news epidemic and intrusive ads that invaded the News Feed.

Throughout this cleanup process, many publishers who unintentionally violated new guidelines watched their Facebook reach decline. And without a strategy that's adaptive to Facebook's constant algorithm updates, publishers have been scrambling for answers and new ways to keep eyeballs on their content.

We can't really complain that good ol' quality content and an enhanced user experience is again at the forefront of all these efforts. Facebook has since even released News Feed Publisher Guidelines in an effort to bring back quality content that users truly value from publishers.

So if you've got the quality content part down, but still can't figure out how to increase your Facebook reach, there are a number of ways to make sure you're winning on both fronts.


Long-Form Content

Long-form content that is worth scrolling for is gold. We're not talking about long-form pieces that are filled with junk, but rather actual quality content that takes time and effort to produce. This is where you can not only get higher CPMs, but also higher engagement and sharing from your audiences. Long-form, detailed content gets shared more than its short-form alternative, and also ranks higher in Google. It's really a win-win.

Go “All in” on Instant Articles

Going "all in" on Instant Articles means every post has to be published as an Instant Article at least once. We can't stress this enough. It's become a must to winning the Facebook reach game. Not only will converting all your articles to Instant Articles grow your overall reach, but it will grow your website's total traffic too due to the leakage from desktop and mobile web.

Publishers that don't benefit from Instant Articles are simply not doing it right. We have a specific formula to optimize Instant Articles for maximum engagement and revenue.

It's a battle-tested, data-backed formula that's working for all of our clients: video + engaging, intelligently designed copy = $$$ on Instant Articles. And if you stick to it, you'll start to monetize Instant Articles with higher CPMs every day.

Your ad units should be configured so that they display evenly throughout your content, and everything should be perfectly optimized for social. Your website must also be paired alongside these efforts in order to create a fast and social experience because Facebook will kill reach to slow and poorly designed websites. Without these pieces in place, no real Instant Articles traffic can be built.

It’s Not All About Video

We were also onboard the rising video trend and preached its powers, but those powers are shifting. Video on Facebook has grown more complicated. Publishing properties that were purely social video peaked months ago. Those properties were filling a hole in content on Facebook, but they created very little loyalty and brand recognition — and that's super dangerous. Some publishers even experienced as much as a 60% drop in their traffic.

The good news is that writers are very much important again. The Facebook algorithm appreciates quality, thoughtful content. And it's not just writers, but true content curators who can build engaging pieces of content that bring in reach and revenue. Companies who laid off their editorial departments are now stuck because their pivot to video has been overdone. You absolutely need video, but you also need the mix of content that creates deep engagement and repeat loyalty to win on Facebook.

RebelMouse Can Help

Our technology is designed to keep up with the speed of the tech giants. We're obsessed with traffic + how things go viral, and it's allowed our clients to continue to see their Facebook reach increase. With the right mix of technology and strategy, we've mastered a content distribution formula that truly works.

Our CMS is designed to be your roadmap in the ever-changing media world, and encompasses everything from Instant Articles configuration + strategy to website launch. Not only will we help set up your Instant Articles, but we'll help you create a monetization and audience strategy that brings in real loyal, sticky audiences.

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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