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Why RebelMouse Is the Most Secure CMS on the Web

Delivering a secure, high-performing environment with extreme reliability is essential to all of our clients at RebelMouse. We only use industry-leading, reliable approaches to host our infrastructure. This ensures maximum stability and security for all of our clients’ data. Here are just some of the reasons we’re able to maintain a hard-bodied product that’s flexible, too.

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AI-Generated Images Available in Entry Editor

The AI boom of early 2023 has brought some amazing new technologies into our world, and RebelMouse is hard at work integrating the best of the best into our platform. We first introduced AI-generated tags with OpenAI, and now we have integrated Stable Diffusion into our Add Media Bar to allow you to generate unique images from specific requests.

From Entry Editor, you simply need to open the Add Media Bar, select AI Image Creation, and then you can enter your search query.

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A Guide to Google’s Algorithm Updates and Changes in 2023
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A Guide to Google’s Algorithm Updates and Changes in 2023

Protect your web traffic by staying up to speed with Google's algorithm updates and changes in 2023

Another Google Update in the Works? Here’s How to Prepare Your Site for What’s Next

As we enter February 2023, Google has been uncharacteristically quiet about updates, especially after a flurry of algorithm changes made headlines during most of 2022. In fact, updates from December 2022 were still lingering into January of the new year. Those updates — the December 2022 helpful content update and the December 2022 link spam update — completed their rollouts on January 12, 2023.

Still, that doesn’t mean Google isn’t working on updates that we will learn about in the coming days. SEO Expert Barry Schwartz said that there may have been an unconfirmed Google Search algorithm update that started around February 3 and continued into February 4. Reports from both the SEO community and SEO tools suggest that significant changes were made to Google Search’s ranking algorithms, according to Search Engine Roundtable.

Periodically, Google will roll out core updates that can be wide-reaching and impact sites of all kinds. Core updates are released to improve the overall quality of Google's search engine results, and can have an impact on a website's overall rankings, traffic, and visibility.

There hasn’t been a core update since September 2022, so it’s likely that we are due for another one in the coming months. So how can you prepare for whatever updates Google may be cooking up behind the scenes? Here’s a quick checklist of five things that you can do to ready your site for whatever algorithm changes are on the horizon:

  1. Monitor Your Website’s Performance: Keep track of how your website is performing in search engine results, as well as how long it takes for a page to load. You can do this through managing your site’s Core Web Vitals. Click here to learn more.
  2. Optimize Your Content: Make sure your content is written for users and not search engine bots. This includes using keywords and phrases that are relevant to your target audience. One way is to follow Google’s E-E-A-T content strategy. Click here to learn more.
  3. Improve Your Website’s User Experience: Ensure that your website is easy to navigate and that all pages load quickly. On top of performance, your site should have a taxonomy that’s easy to understand. Click here to learn more.
  4. Take Advantage of Technical SEO: Make sure your website is optimized for mobile devices, uses structured data, and doesn’t have any broken links. Click here for a technical SEO checklist to follow.
  5. Stay Informed: Keep up with the latest news and updates from Google. This will help you stay ahead of any changes and make sure that your website is always up to date. At RebelMouse, we keep on top of Google’s updates so that you can focus on the tasks that move the needle most for your business. Bookmark this post to check back on all of the latest updates from Google in 2023.

RebelMouse is an enterprise CMS platform that powers the fastest sites on the web. We take a holistic approach to search that consistently puts the sites in our network at the top of Google Search. Get in touch today and let’s start working together.

Two 2022 Google Algorithm Updates Carrying Over to 2023

As we make our way into 2023, the ghosts of Google’s 2022 updates are still lingering. Google’s Search Liaison John Mueller confirmed via Twitter that the search engine’s second release of the helpful content and link spam updates in December 2022 are still ongoing.

December 2022 Helpful Content Update

Google’s second installment of the helpful content update began on December 5, 2022. According to the official announcement, the second release of the helpful content update impacts content globally across all languages.

To recap, the helpful content update launched in August 2022. In its announcement, Google said the update aimed to prioritize content that isn’t deemed “helpful,” including content that is unoriginal, low quality, and was created primarily for search engines, not for the benefit of users.

So how are you supposed to determine if your content is helpful in the eyes of Google?

The best way to make sure your content is ready for this update is to follow Google’s quality guidelines. Remember, the helpful content update is focused on prioritizing user-friendly content, not content that’s been manipulated to rank high in search engines.

Luckily, Google did provide some additional advice on how to make sure that your content employs a “people-first” approach. Click here to read more.

December 2022 Link Spam Update

On December 14, 2022, Google announced the rollout of its second link spam update. According to the official announcement, Google says it's using SpamBrain, its AI-based spam-prevention system, to “detect spam directly,” and that “it can now detect both sites buying links, and sites used for the purpose of passing outgoing links.”

Google lists link manipulation as an official type of spam. Any links that are intended to manipulate rankings in Google Search’s results may be considered link spam. This includes any behavior that manipulates links to your site or outgoing links from your site.

Google said that the December 2022 link spam update impacts all languages, and some sites with links deemed “spammy” could experience changes in search ranking.

Spam updates from Google can happen occasionally throughout the year. Before this latest December 2022 update, Google released an October 2022 spam update and a November 2021 spam update. Before that, a link spam update was released in July of 2021.

When Will These Updates Be Complete?

Usually when Google rolls out an algorithm update, it will provide an estimated time for the update to be completed, and then will often let users know when the process is officially completed. However, Mueller recently said that the start and end dates projected by Google are not finite.

Mueller answered the following question posed by Search Expert Barry Schwartz on Mastodon:

Google updates are usually vague by nature, and knowing that not every update has a definite beginning and end adds to the mystery. This is particularly true when one new update seems to roll into another. In fact, Schwartz noted that web traffic volatility on January 3–4, 2023 was already indicating the possibility of another algorithm update. We will be sure to keep you updated on any new algorithm updates that Google releases in January 2023 and beyond.

Start the Year With Wins on Search

The team at RebelMouse is dedicated to keeping you abreast of every twist and turn that Google may throw at us this year. That’s because we’re a modern, enterprise CMS platform and web performance agency that’s built for consistent wins across search.

Our powerful platform has a rich SEO toolset that guides writers and editors to think about the right search phrase behind every story. It also empowers users to focus on small but meaningful modifications designed to improve organic search performance.

As far as keeping up with Google’s flurry of updates? We stay on top of those with frequent product updates that align with industry trends, and frequent communication on how to best update your content strategy to move the needle for your business.

How to Find Your Site's Feed Structure
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How to Find Your Site's Feed Structure

We support RSS and JSON feeds

All RebelMouse sites have automatically generated RSS and JSON feeds of their home page, sections, and subsections, and we support the ability to create custom feeds as well. Here's how to find a specific feed list for your site:

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