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Why RebelMouse Is so Fast

Quality content has always been the secret key to unlocking a winning digital strategy. While this remains true, it's now incredibly hard for content to be successful if it isn't delivered alongside speed.

Over the past few years, Google has made page speed a top priority for all sites on the open web. However, the search engine drew a hard line in the sand when it announced its Core Web Vitals metrics. Core Web Vitals are three measurements of a site's performance that make up what's now called a page experience ranking. A poor page experience score could mean huge hits to your site traffic.

Elevate Your Strategy With Speed

Think about it: Most users are just as smart as industry insiders now, and this means it's important to give them the most memorable experience with your content as possible. If not, they'll find it elsewhere. Page speed is just as important for high visibility on search as it is crucial for building loyalty. The logic is simple: A user base that knows they're in for a quality experience every time they visit your site will keep coming back. You would be surprised how much your site can grow in just 30 days when it's optimized correctly for performance.

Page speed is measured primarily through Google's PageSpeed Insights tool. We deliver scores of 90+ for all of the sites on our platform. If you aren't familiar with what this means, here's a look at how top sites not on RebelMouse score via PageSpeed Insights. Click here for more information on what each of these metrics mean:

By contrast, here's a look at how RebelMouse sites score:

How do we do it? Here's a look at just a few of the ways we power the fastest sites on the web.

Page Speed

  • RebelMouse has a global CDN with multiple partners that's automatically set up for every site we launch.
  • Our incredibly cool caching rules deliver assets blazingly fast, every time.
  • We have an amazing global front end team that packs an incredible amount of functionality into a super lightweight JavaScript app.
  • Everything is tested against Google PageSpeed Insights to optimize code as much as possible, while simultaneously balancing necessary integrations.
  • We prioritize every feature to help with speed, including your Facebook Pixel, Google Analytics, and ad calls.

Click here to learn how we've modernized web performance.

Stability and Monitoring

  • Your site will be managed by an expert team of traffic junkies, from DevOps to SysOps.
  • We employ an amazingly sophisticated, multi-region Amazon Web Services (AWS) setup that auto scales, alerts, monitors, and notifies.
  • As a globally distributed team, at least two people are always watching graphs, charts, and trends, as well as applying optimizations to your site simultaneously.

Click here to learn more about RebelMouse's technical infrastructure.

Editorial Efficiency

  • At RebelMouse, we believe it's not just the page speed or reader experience that needs to be fast. We also value every minute of a writer or editor's time.
  • Other CMS platforms often make writers do inefficient things that slow down the growth of the company. We subscribe to the mantra that content is king, and writers are the lifeblood of the kingdom.
  • We love social teams, too. We give you a fighter jet to use when other CMS solutions provide you with the Wright brothers' plane.

Click here to learn how you can customize your editorial experience on RebelMouse.

Superfast Product Iterations

  • Our fully distributed and global team not only passes the baton between time zones so that your site always receives the attention it needs, but each team member also covers a wide set of expertises that comes together in small teams.
  • The acceleration of history is a real trend and it is very hard to keep up with. RebelMouse gives you the power of a $10-million-a-year team for a fraction of the cost to keep up with all the changes of the digital industry.
Click here for a guide to every tech and creative service you gain by publishing on RebelMouse.

Data-Driven Product Cycle

  • Everything we release at RebelMouse is released to a small percent of traffic and A/B tested for performance impact.
  • Our testing includes how each version impacts page speed and user experience.
  • We then take those results and see how they correlate with bounce rate, time on site, pages per session, and conversion to goals — such as new shares, subscriptions, and purchases.
Click here to learn more about how we pay close attention to the metrics that matter.

Access to a Massive Data Set

  • Companies only get to see their own data, and they make conclusions based on their single view. We power experiences across nearly every topic, industry, and company type.
  • We bring the insights back into the product to make your workflow faster, your processes more efficient, and your time to market more informed and strategic.
Click here to take a look at the media powerhouses on RebelMouse.

Start Publishing With Speed

Chances are you spend a lot of time creating meaningful content that you know will resonate with your target audiences. Don't let your work get buried in Google's web crawler or abandoned by readers due to poor site performance. Request a proposal today and let's start working together.

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RebelMouse Q1 2021 Platform Updates

Speed, performance, and Core Web Vitals enhancements

Click here to read our Q2 2021 platform performance updates!

At RebelMouse, we pour our souls into making sure that our platform is always the most modern, high-performance CMS on the market. In fact, we invested over $100,000 worth of hours into our platform in Q1 2021 alone. This has resulted in updates and performance enhancements that publishers would have to pay for on their own to make happen on any other platform, such as WordPress. We're proud to be at a level of scale where we can invest this way into our platform, and we will continue to invest at this rate every quarter moving forward just as we have in the past.

Here are the major updates that we've added to the platform in Q1.

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Keep Search a Priority With SEO-Friendly Image Filenames

There are a lot of factors that go into a successful search engine optimization (SEO) strategy, including performance, structured data, and, of course, choosing the right keyword(s). Our proprietary search technology helps content creators prep every article for success on search. This all-encompassing approach includes the use of SEO-friendly image filenames.

On RebelMouse, if you assign an alt tag to an image in Entry Editor, that alt tag will also become the image's file name. Briefly, alt tags describe images for search engines, and also allow people using screen readers to know what the image is without actually being able to see it. Adding your desired search phase to every alt text field, and in turn every image file name, will reinforce its relevance to Google's crawler, bringing you one step closer to the top of search returns.

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Fuel a Data-Driven Content Strategy With Google Search Console Insights

At RebelMouse, we believe a data-driven content strategy is the key to success. Luckily, the era of "post and pray" is far behind us. Creators no longer need to create articles blindly and hope that they are successful. There are now tools that can help creators understand the kind of content that resonates with their desired audiences.

That's why we are excited to let you know about Google Search Console's Insights feature. According to Google, this new data view will help content creators and site owners answer the following questions:

  • What are your best performing pieces of content?
  • How are your new pieces of content performing?
  • How do people discover your content across the web?
  • What do people search for on Google Search before they visit your content?
  • Which article refers users to your website and content?
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