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Make Sure Your Article Is SEO-Friendly

RebelMouse's Entry Editor features a rich SEO toolset that guides writers and editors to think about the right search phrase behind every story, as well as how to focus on small but meaningful modifications designed to improve organic search performance. Adding an SEO headline, a relevant URL slug, and a meta description to your article makes it easier for search engines to crawl, index, and understand your content.


SEO Headline

Your SEO headline should tell both users and search engines (e.g., Google) what the topic of your article is. If headline phrases appear in a user's search query, Google will consider your article more relevant and reward it. Creating and maintaining an SEO headline is your first opportunity to think about key search phrases you'd like to organically win.

For example, you may be interested in optimizing an interior design article for the search keywords "brownstone" and "apartment." To begin, you should update the SEO Headline field in Entry Editor with those keywords:


Note: Updating your SEO Headline will not change the main headline of your post.

Search Phrase (URL Keywords)

This field allows you to change the URL slug of your post. If your URL contains relevant words, this provides users and Google with more contextual information about your article page:

Here's what the default URL slug looks like before you make any changes to the "Search Phrase (URL Slug)" field. By default, we use the main headline of your post:

And here's how the URL slug appears after an update based on our example target keywords:

SEO Description

Your SEO description (or meta description) for your article gives Google a summary of what the article is about. And, once again, if key phrases align with a user's search query, your content will be rewarded. Unlike your SEO headline, your SEO description can be a quick sentence or a short paragraph. Write a description that'll both inform and interest users to click if they see your description in a search result.

Here's how our example updates appear in a Google search result. Keywords in the URL slug and description are bolded by Google if they match a user's search query. This helps give users clues about whether or not the content being surfaced is what they're actually looking for:

SEO Description + Metadata Best Practices

When writing an SEO description, look at it as an opportunity to describe to both readers and Google what each piece of content is about. It's best to keep these descriptions to 160 characters or less, and it's especially important to focus on relevancy. Avoid the clickbait and think about what your readers might search for that would lead them to a particular piece of content. Google can choose to not use the meta description you provide if it considers it to be irrelevant.

Meta descriptions are also handy ways to eloquently describe any page on your site, including sections. Keep in mind that social sites such as Facebook will use metadata content to preview articles in its News Feed, too. So don't be afraid to spend a little extra time on crafting a killer description.

Search Discovery (Search Phrase You Want to Win)

Search Discovery lets you define a search phrase you want to win, and then returns results from Google's first page for that search term. A checkbox option is provided so you can select like-minded articles that you'd like to include at the end of your post:

Your post will link to the selected articles in the Related Articles Around the Web module shown below your content. This is a proven SEO practice that's rewarded by Google. Click here for more on SEO strategy.

Google Search Console

Google Search Console is a free tool that helps you to understand and optimize your site's performance in Google's search results. When Google visits your website for tracking purposes, it performs what's called crawling and indexing — a process of adding web pages into its search results.

Search Console will allow you to add or remove specific content from Google's search results. The tool will also help you learn which keywords trigger your site to appear in Google's rankings, and which third-party sites are linking to yours. It also allows you to monitor your site's performance on search, including locating any errors on your pages.

  • Click here to set up your Google Search Console.
  • Click here to submit a site map in Google Search Console.
  • Click here to learn more about our SEO Keyword Win feature, which shows you what keywords you've won in the search engines so you can adjust your URL slug and related articles to improve SEO even further.

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.

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