The New Content Lifecycle: Build a Creator’s Universe with Discovery

Become the center of the universe on your topic.

In today's digital world, organic growth is everything. The old pay-to-play mantra adopted by many publishers is putting them at the mercy of Facebook's temperamental News Feed.

If you want to survive the constant algorithm updates and technological changes, your focus must be on building a community that constantly sparks conversations among its audience. To do so, you have to connect with likeminded Facebook Pages and social profiles at scale, and that starts with quality content. But sometimes good content isn't enough. At RebelMouse, we have a saying: "If you create quality content without distribution, does it even exist?" That's why we created Discovery, an integral part of our suite of sophisticated enterprise-level tools. Using proprietary technology, Discovery is designed to help you figure out the social ecosystem that's already having conversations related to your content. But before you can reach out to potential influencers, your content has to be set up for distributive success.


The good news is that content creation doesn't have to be an inside job only. By using the power of social feeds, your content can snowball into opportunities for new and dynamic content with every publish. Here's what we mean:

  1. Start with Core Content: Use original content to amplify your message on social. At RebelMouse, we've done this with our Particle Accelerator, which breaks down articles into micro pieces of content that can be shared individually across social platforms.
  2. Build Relationships to Accrue More Content: By sparking engagement with your content, you can start forming relationships with publishers interested in your message. The best way to secure these partnerships is to reach out and ask influential Facebook Pages and social profiles to share and send you their creations — whether it's a video, an article, or a part of an article (what we like to call a particle).
  3. Validate Your Own Message: The social ecosystem is built on reciprocity, and that sharing always has to go both ways. The best part of engaging in a sharing partnership with other influential Pages is that those relationships validate your own Page, deepening your roots as a publisher and establishing a foundation for continued growth both on social and on site. It's the Holy Grail of the creator's universe.

Using this content creation cycle alongside our Discovery tool, RebelMouse clients are able to experience growth and revenue gains, often from the ground up. The Dodo is a prime example of Discovery's magic. It's how The Dodo quickly became the center of the universe for animals on the internet. The formula is simple, but it takes experience to get right. Ask creators for their content. In return, repurpose it in a way that makes it both beautiful and validate their original message. Then, amplify the content. It's all about creating the kind of relationship where creators can't wait to share what you've come up with using their content as a basis. This content repurposing lifecycle is what fueled The Dodo's climb to the top.

By capturing content and making the remixing process systematic, you can create organic growth. But these tools need strategy and know-how to work, which is why we spend time with editors, social media managers, and even CEOs to help them understand how to shift their digital strategy. It's the only way they can take part in this amazing emergence of the creator movement that embraces organic social media strategy.

Take a deeper look into how we mimic this relationship-building, content creation cycle with every publish on the RebelMouse platform. Here's a breakdown of how our social Discovery tool works:

Utilize Article Tags

Discovery automatically pull in tags you've assigned to your article. These are the same keywords connected to your search metadata. In addition, Discovery will find relevant tags based on any videos or images you upload into or discover within the RebelMouse Entry Editor. These tags help slice and dice topics, so no detail or theme gets overlooked. The tags then automatically surface suggested Facebook and Twitter accounts that you can start reaching out to directly or via social signals.

Foster Relationships

Based on the suggested accounts that Discovery pulls in, you can reach out in a number of different ways. Socially, you can send pings to "like" their recent content, comment on an article, and begin to establish a reciprocal-sharing relationship. Or if they have a Facebook email address, you can take it a step further and send them an email. This initial outreach is crucial though, so you first have to figure out how to build in self-interest that isn't completely self-serving. Create your voice, tell them you'd appreciate their involvement, and ask if they'd like to share your story. Once you've established a clear message that works for you, you can utilize Discovery's email templates to streamline your reach-out attempts to other influencers.

Life After Publish

You're not done with your content the moment you click publish. Here are ways to get the most out of repurposing and monitoring your content with Discovery to drive even more engagement:

Optimize: It's important to continually optimize your content to increase its shelf life. Whether or not the content needed refreshing, you can easily click on any article's headline in the Discovery dashboard to re-perform outreach and grow more relationships.

Understand Your Ecosystem: The Discovery dashboard includes information on all of the social accounts that you've selected for each published article. You can then flip through each social platform to focus on a particular network. Clicking on any target account gives you even deeper insights.

Spot Your Wins: We identify any influencer who shares your content and mark it as a win. You can easily keep track of these accounts in the Pages Sharing section of the Discovery dashboard.

Interested in how Discovery can benefit your business? Request a proposal today to get in touch.

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Our Core Web Vitals drastically outpace every competitor, and we have the receipts

In an effort to build user retention and increase conversions, publishers are making a common mistake. They're adding more features to their websites, including ad placements, but losing sight of the main revenue driver: user experience.

The key to unlocking user retention lies completely in site performance. Currently, publishers are trying to build optimized websites that translate easily across devices and platforms, but fail to deliver an experience that checks all their boxes and prioritizes their readers. It takes less than a second of delayed load time to turn away a user. This is why Google has made page speed a top ranking factor on search, and shepherded the entire open web's newfound prioritization on site performance.

Game Changer: Google's Core Web Vitals Announcement

Google cemented its seriousness about page experience with the announcement of its Core Web Vitals measurements in Google Search Console. Core Web Vitals are three specific metrics that Google uses to determine a site's overall usability. While these data points will evolve over time, the 2020 version of vitals consists of three specific metrics:

Largest Contentful Paint (LCP): A website's LCP is the time it takes to load the main content on a page. Google wants LCP to happen within 2.5 seconds of when a page first starts loading.

First Input Delay (FID): This metric quantifies a user's experience when trying to interact with unresponsive pages. This usually occurs between First Meaningful Paint (FMP) and Time to Interactive (TTI) (more on what these two mean below). You want your FID score to be low to prove the usability of your site. According to Google, pages should haven an FID of less than 100 milliseconds.

Cumulative Layout Shift Score (CLS): CLS determines how often your users experience unexpected layout shifts or changes on a page. To ensure visual stability, you want your CLS score to be low. Google wants pages to maintain a CLS score of less than 0.1.

From Google.

Google says Core Web Vitals scores will be considered across every page, and will be a ranking factor in its Top Stories feature. While relevant quality content will always be the most important, the page experience ranking is now a make-or-break metric for your site's survival.

"A good page experience doesn't override having great, relevant content. However, in cases where there are multiple pages that have similar content, page experience becomes much more important for visibility in Search." —From Google's page experience announcement, May 2020

Core Web Vitals will determine every site's performance score. You can see your site's Core Web Vitals specifically via Google Search Console, but your website's overall page performance is measured using Google's PageSpeed Insights and Lighthouse tools.

At RebelMouse, we guarantee a performance score of 90 or higher via PageSpeed Insights. To do this, we've built out a platform infrastructure that exceeds industry standards on Google's key metrics, particularly its Core Web Vitals, outperforming most industry leaders.

You can read more about how we've mastered Google's KPIs here. But the truth is in the data. Below is table that provides a snapshot into how RebelMouse-powered sites score:

And here's what the scores look like for some of the biggest sites on the open web:

As you can see, there's a lot of data Google takes into account even outside of Core Web Vitals. Here's a quick summary of the other important metrics that Google trusts to measure page performance:

First Contentful Paint (FCP): This metric measures the time from click to the time when a user's browser renders the first bit of content from the Document Object Model (DOM), which is your site's HTML structure. According to Google, this is an important milestone for your readers because it provides signals that your page is loading.

First Meaningful Paint (FMP): This is the amount of time it takes the most important content, what Google calls "hero elements," to load on site. Hero elements are different for every site, but should be intuitive based on your content. This metric helps determine your site's usability.

Time to Interactive (TTI): This is the most important metric to keep an eye on. This is when the site is fully rendered and ready for user action. This is a critical point when slow load time can occur, usually because JavaScript or other complex content hasn't fully rendered. So, in short, think of TTI as how long it takes for your site to load in its entirety.

Total Blocking Time (TBT): TBT measures a page's load responsiveness to quantify how long a page is non-interactive prior to becoming interactive. You want your site to have a low TBT to maintain its usability.

Speed Index (SI): SI is the measurement of how quickly the contents of a page are populated. You want your speed index score to be as low as possible.

Creating quality content is only half the battle in 2020, and publishers are already burdened with the around-the-clock task of creating content that resonates. This is why quality content must be supported by modern technology that can keep up with the speed of the web. RebelMouse provides publishers with a CMS that supports the new content lifecycle with an editorial suite designed for reach on site, search, and social.

Click here to read more about our modern approach to web performance. If you want to make performance a priority, request a proposal today. We can easily transform your site into one of the fastest on the web, giving you increased user retention and better conversion rates than ever before.

A Modern Story of Web Performance From RebelMouse Founder + CEO Andrea Breanna

If I had more time, this website would have loaded faster

In the first months of 2020, we've focused at RebelMouse on page speed and performance. We worked very hard and found ways to take 90% of the sites we power to 90+ performance scores via Google's PageSpeed Insights tool — even with sites that are loaded with ads, embeds, third-party analytics, and other typical slow-loading elements. You can read more about our victories here.

A few months after we started this process, COVID-19 hit the world very hard. Suddenly, every media company was faced with a huge problem: Advertising fell off a cliff in what seemed like seconds. The only way to survive this unprecedented downturn is to grow traffic and control costs at the same time. So we started to shave our code and made our websites faster. We dropped costs just as dramatically as we were increasing scores.

Here are some surprises we found when doing this: If you want truly exceptional performance, none of the JavaScript and CSS frameworks that developers love so much make the cut. We thought the React version of RebelMouse was going to be the huge page speed breakthrough, until we realized the only way to achieve this goal was to write the code carefully and refactor it endlessly until it was as short as possible. As any author will tell you, like editing a book or a blog post, the revision process is never really done. By stepping away from frameworks, and methodically shaving vanilla code, our customers continue to see major improvements in performance.

As we announced this to our site network and rolled it out publicly, many of our clients asked me personally, "How did you do it?" The answer is easy to understand regardless of how technical you may be. It's perfectly summarized in this wonderful quote attributed to Mark Twain:

"If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter."
—Blaise Pascal, 1657 (and later, more famously Mark Twain)

The universe is sometimes very beautiful, and especially when you keep it simple. If you would like to start publishing on a site optimized for both speed and sustainability, request a proposal and let's start working together.

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