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How to Style and Add Badges to Posts

Badges have multiple uses. Some clients use them to flag their promoted content, others just like to have a cool way to categorize their content.


If you want to set up some badges for your site, here's a full step-by-step tutorial:

1. Set up your badge images. Go to Badges in the left-hand navigation menu.

2. Then, add a new badge. You'll be asked to:

  • Select a design for your badge by uploading an image or pasting a URL to an image.
  • Select your badge's name to identify it.
  • Link your badge to a tag so it appears automatically when that tag is used.

For tags to appear, you'll have to assign them to posts in the Entry Editor during their creation. If you haven't been doing this, no fear — you can edit older posts to add them after the fact. For example:

In the Advanced Settings menu (gear icon) of the Entry Editor, I've selected a badge for an existing post.

There is some other flexibility to be had with badges. You can:

  • Choose to have more than one badge displayed (but you'll always need to create them first as described above).
  • Choose which badge should be the primary one for a post.

You can also customize how your badges look in the Layout & Design tool. First, make sure your layout is set to be displayed in Element Order, in the settings of the Lead Media element inside the Post page:

You can add CSS per element to badges as well. To do so, click on the Styles card and scroll down to the badges' sub-elements:

Here's an example of a post displaying a customized badge:

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How to Control the Order of Posts on a Section Page

As an editor, you might want to manually control the order of your posts on any given section page. With our powerful CMS platform, this is as easy as dragging and dropping. Watch how it's done in the following video:

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Try This New Video Preview on Facebook Instant Articles

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How to Thrive in a World Without Ads

Mike Mallazzo, Director of Marketing at Narrativ, recently wrote a post on Medium: "Life After Ads: The recent purchase of TIME should remind publishers of the power a strong brand can wield."

He discusses how some media companies are starting to question their total reliance on digital advertising. With Facebook and Google capturing the majority of revenue in the online advertising space, Mallazzo talks about how some companies are diversifying their revenue streams with models that depend on building loyalty and trust through subscriptions and commerce content in addition to just advertising. He writes:

"Media conglomerates have rediscovered the power of brand equity, offering the most plausible hope for sustainability since the proliferation of the internet."

At RebelMouse, however, we are still seeing digital advertising work. Our clients — such as Dance Magazine — are seeing huge success with digital advertising. But what if you were a media company in a world where traditional digital advertising didn't work at all? What would you do? How would you make money and continue to grow as a company?

The key is loyalty. You can't have a brand without loyalty.

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