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Instagram Rolls Out In-Chat Payments

Meta owner Mark Zuckerburg announced a new feature that allows small businesses to talk directly to customers and complete purchases entirely within the platform’s chat functionality. The feature is available for qualified users who have set up business accounts on Instagram.

According to the announcement, users who take advantage of the in-chat payment functionality will be able to:

  • Chat with customers in real time to answer questions and confirm purchase details.
  • Create a payment request with item description and price.
  • Request and collect payment.

“If you’re interested in a backpack, all you have to do is send a message to the business about the one you love. From there, you can chat about customizations — like adding your initials — and then place your order right in the chat. In that same chat thread, you’ll also be able to track your order and ask the business any follow-up questions.” — Meta announcement

Buyers will use Meta Pay, previously known as Facebook Pay, to complete transactions. Zuckerberg says the recent rebrand brings the company one step closer to his vision of Meta Pay becoming a digital wallet in the metaverse that will let users securely manage their identities, what they own, and how they pay.

Find New Ways to Diversify Your Site’s Revenue

The COVID-19 pandemic solidified the prominence of e-commerce as the top way to shop over visiting brick-and-mortar stores. In fact, it's estimated that 95% of purchases will be made online by 2040.

With platforms like Instagram making it even easier to shop without ever leaving the app, some publishers may wonder how they can capitalize on the hot online shopping market.

At RebelMouse, we offer several e-commerce solutions to help sites diversify revenue streams in a highly competitive market space. For example, instead of a traditional site that's full of banner ads and intrusive product suggestions, we offer functionality that mimics Instagram's shopping feature, which gives users more control over which products they browse while simplifying the purchase process.

Additionally, the flexibility of the open web means that there are user-friendly paths to securing e-commerce revenue without actually selling products of your own. One of the best ways to achieve this is through affiliate marketing. Click here to learn more about how RebelMouse can set you up with an efficient affiliate marketing workflow, even without a site replatform.

easily browse through affiliate products within the RebelMouse CMS Affiliate marketing is as easy as a few clicks on the RebelMouse platform.

Looking to learn more about how to get ahead in the e-commerce race? Request a proposal today, and let us show you how we can help you get the most out of the online shopping climate.

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Google Made Major Changes to Its Formula for Page Speed. Here’s What to Do About It in 2022.
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Google Made Major Changes to Its Formula for Page Speed. Here’s What to Do About It in 2022.

Make sure your site is set up for success in 2022.

In the spring of 2020, Google let the world know that its Core Web Vitals would become the new benchmark for measuring a site's performance in its search results, known as the page experience update. Fast forward to more than a year later in August 2021 when, after much anticipation, Google's page experience update became official.

Since its rollout, developers have felt the impact of how their publishing platforms stack up against the new standard. Important decisions around the architecture of your site can now make or break your site's performance in the eyes of Google.

HTTP Archive, a tracking platform that crawls the web to identify trends and record historical patterns, has revealed how top content management systems (CMS) have weathered the page experience update through the creation of its Core Web Vitals Technology Report. RebelMouse consistently outperforms major CMS platforms on Google's most critical metrics since its rollout and into 2022:

Getting superior scores on Google's performance benchmarks isn't easy, either. The Ahrefs blog analyzed Core Web Vitals data from the Chrome User Experience Report (CrUX), which is data from actual Chrome users, to see how the web stacks up against Core Web Vitals. Their study found that only 33% of sites on the web are passing Core Web Vitals.

data from Ahrefs tracked on a line chart finds that shows only 33% of sites on the web pass Google's Core Web Vitals From Ahrefs.

Luckily, performing well on Core Web Vitals is possible with thoughtful, strategic changes to your site’s codebase. Here's what you need to know and how we can help.

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subscription model for publishers
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In 2022, Publishers Take Back Control With Subscription Success

Users are ready to pay for content that delivers

The Rise of the Mature User

It's been a long and winding path, but in 2022 the subscription model continues its upward trajectory as a top revenue strategy for publishers of all sizes. The tug of war between platforms and publishers reached its peak in the last few years of the previous decade, leaving users desperate for a modern user experience that's clear of any clutter from the duopoly that is Google and Facebook. This is why intelligent paywall models are a top choice for users looking to consume content right from the source. When done correctly, the strategy can work for any type of media. The New York Times, a frequent showpiece example of the power of paywalls, is constantly reporting record-busting subscription numbers, with 7.6 million digital subscriptions in 2021.

And it all makes perfect sense. The subscription model eliminates the middleman — such as the platforms — so readers get the experience and content they want, and publishers get the cash they need.

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Improve Your Site’s Load Time: Google Launches Signed Exchanges for Desktop
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Improve Your Site’s Load Time: Google Launches Signed Exchanges for Desktop

There’s been an important launch from Google that can help improve your site’s load time — signed exchanges (SXG) are now available on desktop. According to Google, SXG is a delivery mechanism that can help improve your Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) score by enabling privacy-preserving, cross-origin prefetch.

What’s an LCP score? The LCP metric is one of Google’s Core Web Vitals that determines your site’s performance. A page’s LCP score is determined by how long it takes Google to load the "above the fold" content of your site. This includes all content in the first viewport of a page, such as images, fonts, ads, and embeds. Click here to learn more.

Since SXG uses a cache to prefetch content that has been cryptographically signed by the origin, it helps speed up cross-origin navigations from referrer sites while also ensuring that pages remain unaltered and properly attributed, according to Google. To put it more simply, in certain browsers, the referrer site (Google) and destination site (your page) share cached information which increases your site’s ability to load quickly.

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RebelMouse’s Technical SEO Influencer Program
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RebelMouse’s Technical SEO Influencer Program

If you’re a search engine optimization (SEO) expert, we know you can do a stellar job of juggling a lot of tasks. That’s because there’s no magic key to unlocking a winning search strategy. High performance on search requires a deep understanding of how Google indexes and ranks content, as well as the flexibility to adapt to its frequent changes.

Today, SEO professionals aren’t just amazing content marketers. They double as savants when it comes to the technical aspects of SEO, which is often a piece of the puzzle that gets overlooked. If you are an SEO consultant, you know how frustrating it can be to make important suggestions to clients that never get implemented, and often, it’s the same problems over and over.

That’s why RebelMouse has decided to launch a Technical SEO Influencer Program to help SEO experts get access to the right technology that better showcases their talents. We know that you can do more for your clients on the right platform, and that’s where RebelMouse comes in.

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