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SEO Is Making a Comeback. Here Are Our Thoughts

Facebook was in the headlines again recently after an executive at the company said CEO Mark Zuckerberg "doesn't care about publishers." A story that Facebook has since denied. But since January's sweeping friends-and-family algorithm update, publishers have seen a dramatic decline on the platform. A recent report by Buffer found that Page engagement has decreased by 50%. The shift has publishers returning to search-optimized content over social-forward posts to gain followers and grow revenue.


The "Delete Facebook" mantra has also been popular among publishers and influencers, too, following Facebook's data misuse and accompanying Cambridge Analytica scandal. At RebelMouse, we think these concerns are valid. But we also think it's important to realize Facebook isn't going anywhere. On a traffic level, a lot of the resistance against Facebook is just noise. We have clients growing on Facebook every day, often seeing their reach increase — not decrease — by 50%.

Still, it's exciting to be in a space where Google can grow traffic again. The search engine has made a lot of changes to prioritize quality content this year. Previously, playing the "writing for SEO" game meant using a keyword-stuffing, robotic-esque writing style that often didn't serve the reader. With Google's recent updates, content can be optimized for SEO that's purposeful, relevant, and personalized for the right audience.

Facebook knows Google is gaining a competitive edge, and is trying to catch up. The platform recently announced several local-centric changes coming to Pages, including a "call to make an appointment/reservation" option for salons and restaurants, among other user-focused updates. Facebook's pivot toward helping Pages deliver what readers — not publishers — are looking for indicates that the duopoly is now in a battle to win back users and not marketers.

Luckily, we have always had a focus on both personalization and an optimized experience for the reader. If anything, Google's latest quality updates have given overdue credit to the content RebelMouse clients already regularly produce. We power the media property Motherly, which is currently winning the top spot for "baby names 2018." Our client GearBrain is ranking number one on Google for "cars with Alexa." Both are really tough phrases to win, but they were able to do so thanks to an SEO strategy that's engineered for the long game while backed by our deep technology.

Your content doesn't have to be chained to industry shifts and algorithm changes. At RebelMouse, we iterate alongside the industry's tide so you can focus on creating content that's engaging and profitable.

This article from NYMag does a really good job of summing up the shift to search. Give it a read and let us know how we can help you refine your strategy to optimize every post for site, search, and social.

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A Look Inside the Only Creative Agency Powered by Deep Technology

Strategic development of product that supports content distribution, conversion, and loyalty.

RebelMouse is a creative agency fueled by a publishing platform with deep technology. Our expertise is rooted in media and content marketing because there is no other team that understands distributive publishing better than we do. There is also no other CMS on the market today that provides content creators with the tools they need to unlock sustainable growth backed by sticky monetization methods. RebelMouse blends product and strategy together to move the needle where it matters most — organic traffic and user growth, conversion to loyalty, and revenue growth.

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Curate Well-Rounded Content: Embed Previous Posts With Assembler

Flat media is dead. That's why we are always updating our product to make it easier and more intuitive to create dynamic media. A great example of one of these features allows users to embed previously published posts into a new post through our Particle Assembler.

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Updates: Edit Email Templates in Entry Editor, Easily Select the Right Tags

We have two new product updates that will make editing each article easier and more customized.

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New: Simplify Your Workflow With Our New Copy and Paste Function

There's a new feature in RebelMouse's Entry Editor that easily lets you copy and paste an entire post, including lead media, headline, subheadline, body, social copy, and social scheduling information. Don't worry — we will only copy the social scheduling language you've previously set up. Using this functionality will not schedule the post to be sent out again.

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How to Set a Canonical URL

A canonical URL is an HTML element that prevents duplicate content. This helps prevent SEO issues by indicating whether a URL is a "canonical" or "preferred" version of a page.

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The CFO's Guide to RebelMouse

A look at how you gain more and spend less with our platform.

Every Chief Financial Officer (CFO) has an important mission: Balance efficiency with fiscal responsibility while eliminating risk. To survive and thrive in today's publishing industry, this can be a tall order. New options for vendors, hosting, and service providers pop up all the time, and as technology advances, so do the kinds of tools you need to grow reach and revenue.

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Be an Advocate for Engagement With Discovery Email Templates

RebelMouse's Discovery tool offers various forms of social outreach, including emails that you can send to influencers while you're editing your article. We utilize our proprietary technology to seamlessly pull in the email addresses of social media account owners. And now, coupled with customizable template language that automatically gets pulled into your workflow, you can easily send out messages to let these accounts know that you love their content and wouldn't mind if they shared a related story of yours.

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New E-Commerce Option: Easily Feature Products With Just a Few Clicks

Every year, the numbers of shoppers who choose to purchase online versus in retail stores continues to grow. It's estimated that the number of online shoppers will rise to 230.5 million by 2021. At RebelMouse, we've added a new particle layout for our clients that do e-commerce. This feature makes it super simple to highlight products right from within our Entry Editor.

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2018: A RebelMouse Year in Review

From product to personal, we flourished on every level.

It's always overwhelming to think about how far we've come as a company every time December rolls around. From all the peaks and valleys our ever-changing industry likes to throw at us, to the personal triumphs and challenges we experience as a team, each year is always one to remember. But this time, 2018 took the cake. It was 365 days of twists, turns, and far more shining moments than ever before.

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