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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!

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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

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.

Rebel Case Study: Motherly

Motherly is a case study for moving from a bad CMS (that was "good enough") over to RebelMouse. For more than a year they were stuck with either no growth or declining. Since moving to RebelMouse, the growth has been incredible.

Rebel Case Study: It's a Southern Thing

It's a Southern Thing was a case study in how to turn a website that is underperforming into a massive growth engine. This is the highest growth property in the portfolio of its parent company, and it keeps growing.

Moving into 2019, It's a Southern Thing has continued its journey on RebelMouse with solid growth in most categories, and excellent gains from Facebook and Google.

Rebel Case Study: United Airlines

This was a massive year for United Airlines with huge organic reach for an entrenched brand. Contests and content expansion led to organic growth on all platforms and a deeper engagement with customers.

Rebel Case Study: GZERO Media

GZERO Media's move from WordPress to RebelMouse resulted in immediate, mind-boggling growth in reach and loyalty.

Approximately nine months after replatforming, GZERO Media continues to grow at a blistering pace. Since launching on RebelMouse, they have more than tripled their monthly users. And based on the recent trends we're seeing, the growth is just getting started.

And to really drive home how amazing GZERO Media's user and visitor growth has been since moving to RebelMouse, here's a look at their growth in 2019, year to date, year over year. The numbers speak for themselves.

Rebel Case Study: The Dodo

For the love of animals, a story of success in distributed content.

In January 2014, Izzie Lerer wanted to transform her love of animals — and animal rights issues — into something positive, informative, and entertaining.

The world of content surrounding animals and pets was crowded to say the least, but Lerer wanted something that could be easily managed with contributions across editors, content partners, and community members.

RebelMouse's platform was the solution. Lerer launched The Dodo as a participatory community platform — not just for animal lovers, but for everyone with a soft spot for a good story.

What happened next was extraordinary.

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Google News Initiative Creates COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation Fund

The Google News Initiative launched a new fund to battle misformation about the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 Vaccine Counter-Misinformation Fund is open to publishers all over the globe who reach audiences that are underserved by fact checking or targeted by misinformation.

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Google Opens up Its Question Hub to U.S. Publishers

There's no denying that the digital world suffers from an overwhelming amount of content, but there are still plenty of unanswered queries out there just waiting to be answered.

That's why Google created Question Hub. Previously only available in India, Indonesia, and Nigeria, the search engine recently opened up the hub to U.S.-based publishers. Question Hub collects unanswered questions from its search engine and makes the data available to content creators to help fill in the gaps.

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RebelMouse’s upLynk Video Integration

RebelMouse has partnered with Verizon Media on a new video integration. Verizon has a streaming platform called upLynk which THEOplayer uses as part of its video playback offering. THEOplayer allows users to play videos in different formats by integrating with different partners.

On RebelMouse, you can now search through upLynk's library for videos to feature on your site.

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Inside the Regions Dashboard

You can define different regions and languages on your site by using our Regions Dashboard. To access the dashboard, append the following to your site's URL.

r/dashboard/regions

The Regions Dashboard will look like this:

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How to Find an Image’s Original File Format

RebelMouse automatically converts images to Google's WebP format to optimize your media for site performance. If you need to convert an image back to its default file format, you can use a service like JWT.io.

To do so, first locate your image's current URL. Here's an example:

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RebelMouse + PostUp: A Guide to Our Email Integration

Email marketing is an effective way to reach your most loyal readers through a familiar medium. It's also a marketing trend that's gaining in popularity. In just the past 12 months, 78% of marketers have seen an increase in email engagement.

At RebelMouse, we want to make sure that email campaigns are a seamless part of your content workflow. This is why we offer easy-to-use email integrations, including PostUp. PostUp is an enterprise email solution for publishers that you can read more about here.

Here's how our integration with PostUp works.

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