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Making Sense of PageSpeed Insights and Core Web Vitals

Page speed and Core Web Vitals are an important piece of the SEO puzzle. Having a quick load time and passing Core Web Vitals are important factors in Google's search ranking and results. But there are multiple ways of testing your speed and vitals, and it can get very confusing to try and understand the results since different measuring tools can result in different scores.

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New Feature: Stacking Sticky Elements

We always love to introduce new features to the RebelMouse platform, and today we're announcing a Double Sticky Bar. This will allow you to have two sticky elements at the top of your page, with the option to have one of the sticky elements disappear after a select amount of time. This can be very useful for an ad or banner you want to display briefly, and then be able to have the space back.

How Does It Look?

It's entirely up to how you want it to look, but here's an example screencast where we have an ad for our new book at the top, followed by a breaking news banner right beneath. You can see that as the page scrolls down, the behavior is set to have the ad removed after a couple of seconds of scrolling, and that it will reappear as the page scrolls back to the top:

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RebelMouse Q2 2021 Platform Performance Updates

Q2 of 2021 was a big quarter for the open web. Google delayed their release of SEO ranking by CrUX report, and they changed their method for Lighthouse scoring drastically. Our team was a few steps ahead of these changes, and we were able to update our platform so sites in our network had little, if any, performance interruptions.

We invested over 1,592 hours into our platform in Q2 2021 alone, and all of the sites on our platform received the benefits of these updates. To break it down into large buckets, we invested in the following key areas:

  • 538 hours dedicated to new features
  • 725 hours dedicated to improving existing features
  • 329 hours dedicated to performance and infrastructure updates

Here are the major updates that we've added to the RebelMouse platform in Q2.

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How to Use the Pagination Element

You can add pagination to section, tag, and archive pages using RebelMouse's Layout & Design Tool. This can be done through our Pagination element:

Using the Properties card, there are three options that you can configure on the Pagination element:

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New: Add Media Bar Now Supports More File Types

The Add Media Bar in our Entry Editor allows you to add rich media integrations to every post with just a few clicks.

Today, we're pleased to announce that Add Media Bar supports even more file types than before. Using the paperclip icon, you can now choose to upload Excel, PowerPoint, Word, PDF, and/or CSV files.

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Google’s June 2021 Lighthouse Update Changes PageSpeed Insights Performance

Google updated how their PageSpeed Insights scores are calculated by releasing a new version of Lighthouse on June 1, 2021. Lighthouse is a tool built into Google Chrome that lets you know how well your site is performing against Google's standards for a better open web. At RebelMouse, our team keeps up with updates from Google closely, and reads all of their release notes and GitHub updates.

This latest upgrade to Lighthouse had a negative impact on one of our previous methods for loading JavaScript in the JavaScript element of our Layout & Design Tool. Performance scores dropped as much as 20–60 points for sites that were using the JavaScript element in its previous state. However, our team kept on top of Google's changes, and developed a new approach that we call the post Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) method. LCP is a metric in Google's Core Web Vitals that measures the time it takes to load the main content on a page. Our post-LCP method loads JavaScript immediately after the LCP event has completed. Thanks to this new approach, scores in our site network have largely stayed intact, and many of them significantly outperform the open web.

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How to A/B Test Mailchimp Campaigns With RebelMouse

Mailchimp has a tool to A/B test campaigns on their platform. You can also use this feature through RebelMouse's native Mailchimp integration. Here's how it works.

First, you need to create a test audience in Mailchimp. We suggest creating one that consists of just your own email or internal team emails. Click here to learn more about how to create an audience in Mailchimp.

Once you have created your test audience, send the newsletter you wish to A/B test from RebelMouse to your newly created test audience. That way the newsletter will be saved to your Mailchimp campaigns on the RebelMouse platform. Click here to learn how to send a newsletter through RebelMouse.

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Optimizing Tweets for Zero CLS Penalties

Tweets are a very popular embed for media sites. They can contain lots of information and drive lots of traffic, and we have worked very hard to make it super easy for writers and editors to embed them by simply dropping a link into our Add Media Bar.

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RebelMouse and Amazon Onsite Associates Program

Amazon has recently begun adding editorial content to the search results on their site. This is a part of their Onsite Associates Program (OSP), which is an extension of their Amazon Associates (affiliate) program.

This is a really cool way for Amazon to pull in third-party content that discusses a particular product type to enhance listings, and it's a great way to give users detailed information about products that is divorced from the actual seller of the product. We've recently updated our RSS Feed structure so that you can easily send your content to Amazon to take advantage of this program.

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Google Page Experience Now Live in Search Console

Google has recently introduced a new page in Search Console, the Page Experience report. When you have Search Console properly set up, you will be able to access the Page Experience report directly from the side menu (currently this is only available for mobile pages). We will describe the features included in this report in detail, but briefly, Page Experience report provides a general overview of the user experience on your site.

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RebelMouse’s PageSpeed and Core Web Vitals Guide for Developers

The RebelMouse platform delivers tremendous page speed that's unparalleled by any other publishing solution. Our obsession with performance means that the sites within our network enjoy some of the fastest load times on the web.

Even with high-performing sites, it can be a challenge to balance monetization while maintaining a quality user experience on every page. Google has recently announced a new update that says its page experience signals will become a part of its search rankings. One major factor of the experience is Google's Core Web Vitals, which is made up of three key metrics that determine your site's performance:

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RebelMouse & Parse.ly Integration

Are you using Parse.ly to track your content analytics? Well good news! We've recently completed an integration with Parse.ly that allows you to easily connect your RebelMouse system to your Parse.ly instance.

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Create Custom Feeds With RebelMouse Feed Builder

We recently introduced our Custom Feed Builder that allows you to create and edit RSS, JSON, and Atom feeds. In this article, we go into the process of creating and editing feeds in much greater detail. By following the directions in this post, you will be able to create custom feeds to match your specific requirements.

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RebelMouse Supports TikTok Embeds

Let's be honest, we all love TikTok. And now you can easily embed TikTok videos into your articles in RebelMouse by using either an embed code or the URL of a post.

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Customize Your Entry Editor for Newsletters

At RebelMouse, we are always trying to make our platform fit with your workflow. That's why we recently introduced customizable Entry Editors that allow for different types of content to have different creation and editorial implementations. This lets you step beyond the bounds of most CMS platforms to help your writers visually understand how to create specific types of content.

One recent entry into our list of customizable editorial experiences is for newsletters. In this post, we describe how we've set up Entry Editor to allow you to search for past articles, drag and drop articles into the main post, and even visualize your newsletter template in Entry Editor while writing your post!

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Integrating Rumble Player on RebelMouse

RebelMouse has recently added Rumble Player as an option for uploading video content into your articles. Rumble Player is a fast and flexible video hosting platform that we have seamlessly integrated into our content creation tools.

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New Programmatic Ad Management on RebelMouse Yields Big Results!

If you're using AdSense Auto ads or managing other forms of programmatic, you know the struggle is real. Here at RebelMouse we are always innovating, and for publishers that includes site monetization. Thanks to Google's GAM 360 MCM account tool, RebelMouse is now able to effectively optimize Google Ad Manager for our customers, and so far we're seeing amazing results!

Premier Guitar recently launched on RebelMouse, and thanks to our help with ads, well, the numbers speak for themselves:

Premier Guitar saw major increases in eCPM, impressions, and revenue in their very first week after RebelMouse optimized their GAM.

If you're interested in optimizing advertising on your site, please contact your account manager or email support@rebelmouse.com!

Not on RebelMouse yet? Request a proposal today.

Custom Events and Journey Tracking

Being able to track your site performance and users' behavior on your site can be very beneficial in understanding what's effective on a given page. Using Google Tag Manager (GTM) in conjunction with Google Analytics (GA) and RebelMouse's Layout & Design Tool (L&D) allows you to glean many insights into what's working and, just as importantly, what's not working on your site. Let's start with a common example.

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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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Nordot + RebelMouse

RebelMouse and Nordot have joined together to provide publishers with access to Nordot's massive content library directly from the RebelMouse CMS.

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Facebook Instant Articles: Troubleshooting, Debugging, and Tokens

Facebook Instant Articles are a great Facebook feature, but sometimes there can be issues that need to be addressed. In this post, we'll be looking at a few of the most common, including:

  • Resolving Facebook Instant Articles errors
  • Resolving Facebook expired token notifications
  • Resolving any setup issue regarding Facebook Instant Articles
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SEO Decline? Google Featured Snippets Are Dramatically Reduced

You may have noticed a decline in your traffic recently, particularly from Google Search. It appears that Google has changed their algorithm to dramatically reduce the amount of featured snippets that are showing on the search engine's results page. If you consistently get traffic from featured snippets, this algo update will most likely have a negative impact on your search traffic.

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How to Add Custom Fields to Posts

Great sites will often have content that follows a particular pattern, or have specific fields that need to be added to posts of a particular type. That's where custom fields come into play. Custom fields can be anything you need them to be, from checkboxes, to free-form text, to even phone numbers! During content creation, you can then fill out the custom fields as needed for a post, adding great details for your readers without any additional coding or effort. You can even create custom fields for your users!

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Bot Traffic Filtering With RebelMouse

Bot traffic is essentially any traffic that comes to a website that is not an actual human visiting the site. Bot traffic can be either beneficial or malicious. For malicious bot traffic, you may want to consider blocking it. For many publishers, the free tools in Google Analytics may be enough, but we also offer a more comprehensive option.

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Using Mustache Syntax to Customize Mailchimp Templates

RebelMouse has many ways that we can help to simplify your newsletter campaign workflow. Our integration with Mailchimp allows you to automate your daily or weekly newsletter (using an algorithm to select the top-performing posts of either period) or to use our Entry Editor to create a post, which can then be sent to Mailchimp and distributed to your appropriate lists. You are also able to simply select the correct template for any post you send as a newsletter (or your automated newsletters).

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Driven by Data: RebelMouse’s Customized Google Data Studio Dashboards

RebelMouse offers unique, customizable dashboards through Google Data Studio that provide key insights into the metrics that matter most to publishers. We give our clients the ability to quickly understand the performance of their sites so that they can then make important decisions on the fly. Here's what you get out of the box.

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Affiliate Marketing on RebelMouse: Managing Products

If you have a website that mixes content with products, you've probably faced the difficulty of incorporating your featured products into your articles. At RebelMouse, we've created an innovative and elegant way to create, search for, and insert your products into your article pages.

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RebelMouse Feature: Improve Your Page Performance With Core Web Vitals Debugger

RebelMouse site owners already benefit from the incredible speed improvements delivered out of the box. For even more improvement specific to your site's own custom front-end design, RebelMouse site owners can now quickly determine what is hurting the key benchmarks Google calls Core Web Vitals, and find out how to improve your scores. We already know that better performance leads to more pageviews, lower bounce rate, and better SEO results, but with updates to Google Search's scoring algorithm coming soon, Core Web Vitals scores are about to play a much larger role in search rank!

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Pro Tip: Too Many B Tests? Use Shared Elements for Better Organization

RebelMouse offers unique multivariate testing that makes creating B tests for page layouts easy. However, sometimes having too many B tests can be hard for developers to organize and manage. If this is a problem on your site, you'll want to consider testing components of your site using shared elements. This helps your site's design workflow in a handful of ways:

  • Developers can work on different post layouts at the same time.
  • If you only want to process one B test, our servers will load all of them at the same time. Using shared elements prevents this from happening.
  • Our servers do not run shared elements if the conditional is set to false.
  • Post and Section pages will become more organized in Layout & Design Tool.
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RebelMouse: The Healthcare CMS

RebelMouse is an industry-leading healthcare CMS that provides all the tools needed to create, maintain, publish, and distribute content on the web. Our platform has proven success with many healthcare-based sites. Indeed, the stats we have seen with these sites are nothing short of remarkable.

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Rebel Case Study: Task & Purpose

Task & Purpose is a military and veteran-focused media company that delivers authentic reporting and perspectives enjoyed by millions of readers every month. They came to RebelMouse with their own tech team and grew immediately after making the switch. The beauty of our CMS is that you can be either a publisher with existing teams and strategies already in place, or just starting from scratch — we adapt to meet the level of support you need.

Task & Purpose is a wonderful example of a low-cost engagement that has resulted in awesome growth year over year. Their current year-to-date stats shown below, compared to the previous period, demonstrate the levels of success you can experience on RebelMouse when you focus on taking advantage of everything our platform offers. Huge tech budgets are not required to succeed.

Rebel Case Study: EcoWatch

Entering into its fourth year of partnership with RebelMouse, EcoWatch is still experiencing strong growth year over year. This is thanks to a healthy mix of viral hits and solid content coupled with best practices that take advantage of our proprietary social tools.


Rebel Case Study: GearBrain

GearBrain is an SEO and e-commerce case study in using our tools to effectively capture key phrases that drive purchases from users. They had a phenomenal year in 2018 that has continued into 2019.

Rebel Case Study: Knowable

Knowable is a very successful new media client of ours. Their user engagement is at a level that leaves even us breathless. Their pages and time per user are higher than any we've ever seen before. Their growth is on a trajectory to keep climbing higher, too.

Rebel Case Study: La Verità

La Verità is approximately a year and a half out from launch on RebelMouse. It's the highest growth media property in Italy, and they are doing all of this growth behind a paywall. The depth of engagement from their users is unheard of.

Rebel Case Study: SportsMap

SportsMap is a wonderful example of a growing site that's led by a strong client-side development team. Thanks to our guidance and their full usage of our platform's features and functionality, they've seen consistent month-over-month growth since launch.

Rebel Case Study: VYPE Media

VYPE Media launched on RebelMouse just before summer 2019, and across the board it has seen remarkable growth in a relatively short time frame when compared to its performance on its previous platform.

Rebel Case Study: PAPER Magazine

PAPER Magazine has been on our platform for four years, and saw another record year again in 2018. In one single day, they did 21M pageviews alone. Although that day dwarfs other aspects of these particular charts, they had continuous organic growth and premium campaigns with major brands.

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