Subscribe to Our Newsletter

x

Inside the Ad Manager Dashboard

If you rely on ad revenue, the article page is your cash cow. It generates the views and keeps audiences on your site. RebelMouse's Ad Manager dashboard enables you to easily swap out ads, change placement, and experiment as much as you want without relying on tech resources. Enjoy incredible control over your revenue.


Access the Ad Manager Dashboard

Go to Ad Manager in the left-hand navigation menu (☰). Alternatively, you can type "{YourDomain}/core/dashboard/a_manager" in your browser's address bar.

How Ad Manager Is Divided

There are several different placements for your ads:

Header Ad

This will place an ad at the top of your page.

Article Before Body

The Article Before Body section is where you want to add an ad tag in order to serve ads at the beginning of your articles, before the start of any content. This is a common ad placement because it's visible upon first load. You can toggle this ad option on or off.

Here's an example of how it looks on site:

Ads After X Words

Ads after X words allows you to set ads to automatically appear after a certain number of words in your article. This helps ensure that ads appear throughout your article, but not too closely together.

Note: RebelMouse will not cut off a paragraph midway through to place an ad. If you select 150 words as the break point, for instance, RebelMouse will find the closest end of a paragraph after 150 words before placing the ad.

Just like with the Article Before Body section, you can toggle any ad placements on, off, or even delete them if necessary.

You can keep adding as many ads as you want with the + Add Item button at the bottom of the page:

For example, this is how an ad after 60 words looks in an article:

We encourage you to add multiple ad placements this way. You might want ads to appear after 150 words, 500 words, and 1,000 words. The key is to experiment. Also, if an article is shorter than the number of words selected, that ad will not appear.

Ads in Assembler

The Ads in Assembler option is where you can set ads that will automatically appear after a certain number of Assembler items in your article. This number can be set globally in our Layout & Design tool, or on a per-post basis in Assembler's settings. After navigating to the "Ads In Assembler" tab, you'll find expandable and collapsible sections containing different ad placement options in Assembler.

If there is one ad entered into Ad Manager, the ad will be repeated. Example: You have an Assembler with 15 items and you choose to show an ad after every five items. The one ad you have in Ad Manager will be shown three times.

If there is more than one ad entered into Ad Manager, the ads will be displayed in the order they're listed in. Example: You place two ads into Ad Manager, have an Assembler with 20 items, and you choose to show an ad after every five items. The first ad shown will be ad #1 in Ad Manager. The second ad shown will be ad #2. The third and fourth ads shown will be ad #2 again because we repeat the last ad that was entered into Ad Manager instead of cycling through the ads again.

Ads Before Assembler

This option displays an ad before the start of an Assembler.

Ads in Assembler

With this option, ads can be placed between Assembler items if it's in listicle mode, or below an Assembler slideshow if it's in slideshow mode.

Ads in Fullscreen Slideshows

We understand how vital it is to monetize your articles, so we provide you with the tools that will allow you to both make them look beautiful and bring in revenue. When it comes to full-screen slideshows, we have two fixed placements where you can insert ad tags: At the top of the slideshow and on the right rail.

Here's an example of how it looks on site:

Customize Ad Codes by Device

You can add separate ad codes for desktop, mobile, and tablet devices to ensure that your ad placements fit each type of screen correctly.

Note: You can also add Google AMP-compatible ad code for each placement. Learn more about Google AMP + RebelMouse.

Your Ads in Facebook Instant Articles

As you saw above, you have the option of implementing ads into Instant Articles using both the Body Words (an ad every X words) and Ads in Assembler (an ad between X number of Assembler items) methods.

Here are a couple of best practice recommendations:

  • Facebook Instant Articles doesn't support using an ad before the body of a post, so don't place the ad in the Header or Body sections.
  • When using Body Words, we recommend setting up the ad so it displays after no less than 100 words. Otherwise, it could be rejected by Facebook.

How to Add Ads.txt to Your Site

Ads.txt stands for "Authorized Digital Sellers," and is a simple, flexible, and secure method that publishers and distributors can use to publicly declare the companies they authorize to sell their digital inventory. The mission of the ads.txt project is straightforward: increase transparency in the programmatic advertising ecosystem. You can find more information on ads.txt here.

In our Ad Manager dashboard, you can add content from any .txt file digital sellers have sent to you. It's a simple process we've outlined below:

1. Open the left-hand navigation menu (☰) and click on Ad Manager.

2. Click on the Ads.txt tab and copy-paste the content of the .txt file(s) you've received from your ad providers.

3. Click Save.

4. RebelMouse will generate a URL ending in /ads.txt where you can see the list of your authorized digital sellers. Here's an example: https://www.azula.com/ads.txt.

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.

Keep reading... Show less
Subscribe to Our Newsletter