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Leverage Our “Keep Reading…” Feature for More Page Views

Content creators are always battling the almighty "scrolling culture." The massive amounts of content available on virtually every topic imaginable is why we created our "Keep reading…" feature. The "Keep reading…" function is a great way to organize your content while enticing your readers to stay on site, but there are a few strategic tips worth noting first to make sure you get the most out of the feature's benefits.


How "Keep Reading…" Works

The "Keep reading…" feature is located in the formatting toolbar of Entry Editor:

By clicking on it, you create a break in your content that will prompt users to click the call-to-action to read more. Here's what it looks like live on a site:

The "Keep reading…" feature can be enabled for mobile views only and disabled for desktop, or vice versa. You can control how it works from our Layout & Design tool:

Build a Strategy Around "Keep Reading…"

At RebelMouse, we recommend setting up your site so that "Keep reading…" shows up for all of your mobile content, and is disabled only for the lead story on desktop. When it comes to mobile, think about how unfortunate the user experience can be when you have to scroll through a long article just to get to the next piece of content. Chances are, a user will just abandon the site altogether.

By enabling "Keep reading…" on all mobile content, it provides a less obtrusive user journey for readers interested in seeing a variety of content quickly, rather than having to scroll through the entirety of content they're not interested in consuming at all.

Here's where to turn on "Keep reading…" just for mobile in our Layout & Design tool:

Disabling "Keep reading…" on desktop for the first article only is good for readers because it instantly gets them to the content they clicked on all at once. The post will be displayed in its entirety — including any dynamic media elements — on a larger surface area that usually doesn't require a significant amount of scroll time.

It's also beneficial to disable "Keep reading..." for the first story on desktop for SEO purposes. Google will be able to crawl the entire body of your article without it in place, so you have more chances to improve your relevancy score and rank on Google for the search phrase or phrases you're trying to win.

If you have any questions about how the "Keep reading…" feature works and what settings are best for your site, contact your account manager today. Happy posting!

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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