Overview: Mailchimp + RebelMouse Integration

One of the strongest methods to grow your readership is through newsletter campaigns. While sometimes metrics like opens and click-through rates can be low, emails are still a great way to target niche audiences to convert them into loyal followers. At RebelMouse, we have a detailed and intuitive integration with Mailchimp's platform. Here's how it works.


Linking and Customizing Sign-up Units for Mailchimp Lists

We have a unique integration with Mailchimp in our Layout & Design tool that makes it easy to plug in a newsletter widget anywhere and then customize it. You can choose which list or group the widget correlates to so that when you start collecting email addresses from sign-ups, they'll end up in the right place in your Mailchimp account.

For Mailchimp Groups or Embedding Custom Mailchimp Sign-up Widgets

You can easily copy Mailchimp newsletter codes for groups and drop them into RebelMouse as custom HTML. The style sheets and CSS needed can be entered as well.

Controlling and Customizing Templates

It's also easy to code your own RebelMouse-friendly template in Mailchimp that uses your site's tags. If you're looking to match the template to an exact RebelMouse post, the template should look something like this:

However, just using RebelMouse tags won't make the final product look completely optimized for Mailchimp. But you can further modify the template using ad tags and Mailchimp's styling tools. You can also populate content with those correct tags by using a daily or weekly newsletter, for example. This is how our example looks:

If you want to customize your daily or weekly newsletter so it looks similar to the template above, follow these steps:

Send the post you want to turn into a template as a campaign draft to Mailchimp. Then, find the post you want to edit in Mailchimp's code editor. It should be sandwiched in between <tr> tags.

Next, edit the image, headline, and description as needed. You can also link out to a post or other content in the same view. Here's how to do it:

Here's a screenshot of the example code in Mailchimp's editor:

Add a "Keep Reading" Feature

You can add a "Keep Reading" button to any Mailchimp template. Here's what it looks like:

To use this feature, add the following code to your template:

{{#has_brief}}{{{brief}}} <a href="{{post_url}}">Keep Reading</a>{{/has_brief}}{{^has_brief}}{{body}}{{/has_brief}}

Here's a description of the parameters:

has_brief

True if the post has a brief parameter filled (used to determine the "Keep Reading").

brief

Brief parameter (used to show the first part of "Keep Reading").

Sending a Campaign as a Post

Any article on RebelMouse can easily become a newsletter campaign. You can launch a newsletter right from Entry Editor, and then choose the Mailchimp list, group, or template you want to use.

Here's how it works:

Turn Native, Sponsored Stories Into an Automated Weekly Newsletter

RebelMouse has a dashboard that you can use to configure key newsletter preferences, including any daily or weekly newsletters you may have scheduled through Mailchimp.

Here is a step-by-step tutorial of how to set it up:

Set your newsletter settings in the newsletter dashboard, and make sure to uncheck the field labeled "Send this campaign automatically" for a daily/weekly newsletter so it will be sent as a draft. Make sure you take into account that the send time you choose will be reflected in Mailchimp as well.

In Mailchimp, click on the Campaigns tab, and then click on Draft:

Open your campaign draft in edit mode, and then fill in all the necessary fields, such as sender, subject line, etc.

To add a new sponsored post, you need to find the HTML version of the post (or posts) you're using in the newsletter. This code should be in between <tr></tr> tags. Once located, copy the HTML and paste it where you want to add it in the newsletter:

Now you can begin editing the headline, links, and images of the post's HTML:

Here is how to edit the post link out:

Here's how you can change the image:

And this is how the image looks after you save it:

Here's how to edit the post's headline:

If you want to delete a post, simply delete the HTML version. When your template is ready, you can schedule it for a later date and time or send it right away via Mailchimp.

The same header and footer for your Mailchimp campaigns will automatically carry over as well, which typically includes your social links. If you have any questions about this integration, please contact your account manager.

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The Search Tab

how to find the right search phrase

Every new article presents a new opportunity to win on search. RebelMouse's Entry Editor features an SEO tab that's designed to help you optimize every post to give it the best shot at winning a targeted search phrase. Here's a glimpse into how it guides editors through a perfected search strategy before the "Publish" button is even clicked.

Define Your Search Phrase

search volume data

It can be tricky to nail down which search phrase you want to win. Within the SEO tab, you can brainstorm your ideas in real time. Through the creative usage of APIs, we ensure writes and editors are armed with the right information when optimizing content for SEO. In the example above, the drop-down list is suggesting search phrases that are already performing well on Google. The number next to each recommended phrase is its monthly search volume.

This helps you determine which phrases are easy to win, or perhaps too competitive to strategize for, on an article-by-article basis. Click here to read more about this feature.

Optimize Your Slug to Match Your Search Phrase

submit url to search engines

The SEO tab in our Entry Editor is designed to repeat your desired search phrase throughout your content so that Google's crawler has every chance to index it correctly for search. With this methodology in mind, it's a best practice to have your article's URL slug match your desired search phrase. From the SEO tab, you can click the Optimize Slug button to automatically match your URL slug to the search phrase you want to win. Click here to read more about this feature.

Pick Smart Recirculation Links

seo outlinks

After you've defined your search phrase and optimized your URL slug accordingly, you can select highly relevant links to add as related content to the end of your article. We call these Around the Web (ATW) links. The SEO tab allows you to pick the best links from your own site, as well as from around the web, which leads to truly amazing traffic boosts. This is a proven SEO practice that's rewarded by Google. Since your article will link to pages already winning your search phrase, it can increase your own post's relevance score in the eyes of Google's crawler.

We automate the surfacing of both ATW and internal links for you, so it's as easy as ticking a handful of checkboxes to add them to your post. We've also done the math, and the data is clear: Adding ATW and internal links to the end of your articles can increase traffic coming to your posts from Google by over 300%! Click here to read more about this feature.

Craft Metadata Before Publish

what is seo metadata

When it comes to Google's site crawler, providing clever metadata is one of the best ways to contextualize your content for search. From there, Google's search algorithm will rank your site for search queries that it determines are relevant to your content. Our SEO tab allows you to write your metadata right from within our Entry Editor. Plus, our character counter will help you make sure that your SEO headline and description match Google's best practices for metadata text length.

It's important to make sure your metadata is clearly written in a succinct way so that Google can quickly understand the nature of your content. Click here to read more.

The RebelMouse Particle Assembler

how to optimize an article for seo

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The following steps demonstrate how you can use our Assembler to optimize an article to win a search phrase.

Use Particle Headlines to Reinforce Your Search Phrase

how to write headlines for seo

Assembler is accessible via one simple click in the formatting toolbar of our Entry Editor. From there, an organizational layout will be inserted into your article that will help guide you through building out the particles that will shape your Assembler. The best way to think of Assembler is by treating it as an enhanced list format. If your article is about vegan cooking trends, each particle can feature a new trend. But Assembler does not need to be a simple list. It can also cover the main points of your article and feature user-generated content or even related stories.

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Make the Most of Google's "People Also Ask" Module

how to optimize for people also ask

Particle headlines are also a great way to make use of Google's "People Also Ask" module. This will help you identify search patterns of users who are interested in your search phrase. By tailoring your particles to those patterns, it's likely that your post will move up in Google's search rankings. Click here to read more about this strategy.

Add Media to Every Particle

alt text for seo

Each particle is another opportunity to add relevant media to your post, and Assembler makes it easy to add alt text to every image you upload. Alt text is very important for accessibility and can also have benefits for SEO. Briefly, alt text is text that is added to an image to describe it to search engines, and also to allow people using screen readers to be able to know what the image is without actually being able to see it. You can easily add alt text to any image in RebelMouse from our Entry Editor. Adding your search phase into every alt text field will only bring you one step closer to the top of Google Search's first page.

Make the Most of Our SEO Toolset

RebelMouse's proprietary technology works for any kind of site, whether you're a brand, a new media company, or a legacy publisher. SEO doesn't have to be something that only developers and analysts can understand and augment. Our product is designed to put the power of search in the hands of content creators, editors, and social curators, too.

Start winning on search with every publish. Request a proposal today and let's start working together.

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