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The Left Nav: all links explained

The Left Nav: all links explained

The Left Nav can be access by clicking on the hamburger menu on the left side of the Top Bar. It will open up on the left side of the screen.


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It contains mainly 22 links as following:

1) Home and other main sections of the site: these links will take you to the sections URL you have created.
Only the public sections will be displayed here (and in the top nav). Private and Unlisted sections can only be accessed by inputting the specific URL.

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2) Dashboard: Access this directly on

https://sitename-secure.rebelmouse.com /core/dashboard/overview

It shows you the performance overview, give you the chance to re-share some popular posts from the past, search published articles, search for articles. and a list of all published articles.

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- Sort articles based on specific creation dates, check total number of views, number of views during the last hour, shows how effectively you used our social and search optimization tools, and sort articles based on sections.

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3) Content Feeds: Can be directly accessed through

https://Sitename-secure.rebelmouse.com /core/dashboard/content_feeds/ feeds

The Content and Feeds dashboard allows you to easily and automatically bring in social or feed content. You can choose to publish your content directly or to send it first to the "For Review" tab where you may moderate content before publishing. You can also choose the section you want the posts to end up published on.

The Content Feeds dashboard allows you to manage and curate User Generated Content and connect RSS Feeds to your site to give visitors more of what they love without straining your editorial resources. Read more here and here

RebelMouse supports the following networks:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Google+
  • Linkedin
  • Flickr
  • Tumblr
  • RSS Feeds
  • Pinterest
  • Stocktwits
  • Giphy

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4) Stats: Can be directly accessed through

https://Sitename-secure.rebelmouse.com /core/dashboard/stats#overview

You can see how your content performing on social accounts (number of views) and you can see your top content, contributors and export your reports.

Our solid Stats dashboard provides insight into site growth, content engagement, social analytics, and viral activity. You can Judge overall performance of your site with a variety of metrics; from performance indicators such as views and referral traffic to engagement metrics like clicks and taps. Also you have access to a deeper layer of metrics, such as shares per social network, the percentage of traffic coming from outside your web property, and the number of community sign-ups resulting from your content.

You may view and compare data over custom time ranges, focusing on specific dates or milestones, or looking at broader trends.

You can integrate third part analytical platforms such as Google Analytics, Adobe Analytics (formerly Omniture), Chartbeat, and more.

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More options on left nav. :

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5) Layout and Design: can be directly accessed on

https://Sitename-secure.rebelmouse.com /core/dashboard/designer/Global

Using this tool enables you to style your site in a very flexible manner, you can use Rebelmouse ready templates or completely customize to your liking with advanced HTML / CSS tools and flexible JS control.

  1. You can control global settings that includes setting up default colors, font type and font size. Your site will follow the fonts and color palette you establish here but you can later customize styles by page template.
  2. You can configure the layout and design for specific page types, including home page, post page and section page
  3. Add element is a great way to customize your template with highest flexibility. The Layout & Design tool is set up in rows and columns, creating zones in a grid pattern. Read more here

For more details please check this out

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6) Posts Module: It allows you to add new posts, edit your drafts, access scheduled posts, and check posts that needs review and approval before publishing.

- New post: Takes you to our entry editor which enables you to create your post, format it, schedule it for later and many other great options.

Content built with our entry editor is responsive across all devices and platforms, and includes “what you see is what you get" functionality that eliminates surprises during the publishing process. With features that include input functionality for media, SEO and social optimization tools, and art direction and recommendations, creating content has never been simpler or more effective. Read more here

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- Edit Drafts: Visit this directly via

https://Sitename-secure.rebelmouse.com /core/dashboard/drafts

You can access your saved and deleted drafts, Edit and restore them.

Saved posts are new posts that were saved from the entry editor, what is really cool that even if you forget to hit save, our auto-save feature safeguards from the loss of all your work in unpublished and published posts.

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- Scheduled Posts: Access this directly via

https://Sitename-secure.rebelmouse.com /core/dashboard/scheduled_posts

You can access your scheduled posts, edit them, and schedule more posts.

You might schedule your post directly from entry editor as shown below

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- For Review: It takes you to feeds posts that needs review and approval before publishing. It allows you to delete and sort these posts according to your preference. Check number 3 above for more details on content feeds section.

7) Discovery: Visit this directly via

https://Sitename-secure.rebelmouse.com /core/discovery/posts/p1

It is an intuitive, singular interface and automated functionality that allows your team to efficiently connect your content to the social outlets. no need for to-do lists and manual spreadsheets to manage social content exchanges. Discovery filter stories to see the content most relevant to you. When you publish the social post, a ping automatically goes out to the linked social accounts. This addresses that you exist and are sharing their content so you can start of a fruitful partnership. You can take it to another level with Email Outreach drafts, where RebelMouse automatically pulls in email addresses of account owners and template language so you can easily message them, say you love their page, and indicate you have great stories for their fans, Read more about Discovery and Navigate the Discovery Dashboard

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8) Digital Asset Manager (DAM): Visit it directly via

https://Sitename-secure.rebelmouse.com /core/dashboard/dam/

Stores all the images you add either directly to the DAM or to your posts and allows you to keep source information, tag images, add them to your posts and more. DAM works as a centralized image database integrated into our entry editor. All admins will have access to DAM where they will be able to add new images easily and use existing ones with few simple steps. Read more about DAM

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9) My Page: Your profile page is public and accessible to anyone who clicks on your name from front pages or article pages of your site. Through this area you can view or edit your profile image, name, description, social handles and all your published articles. Read more about setting up your profile page

10) Account Dashboard: It is your interface to easily manage your team through the RebelMouse platform. It enables you to dd (or remove) individuals to the platform, invite them by email, and manage user's permission levels. Access it directly via

https://Sitename-secure.rebelmouse.com /core/dashboard/sites#users

You can also control your email account and password, email notifications, account details and domain settings. Read more about account dashboard

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11) Sections Dashboard: You can visit this directly via

https://Sitename-secure.rebelmouse.com /core/dashboard/sections

It enables you to create and manage sections for specific topics and content within your site, update the section status as 'Public', 'Private', or 'Unlisted, reorder your sections as it would appear on-site using the drag & drop functionality, and access advanced settings which contains:

  • Add a link out URL
  • A custom image header associated with each section
  • Content tags to automatically pull in any post with the same tag
  • Meta tags and title to optimize section content for search
  • Description

From entry editor you can select which section you want that post to be published to.

Read more about Sections Dashboard

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12) Stages Dashboard: Visit it directly via

https://Sitename-secure.rebelmouse.com /core/dashboard/stages

It allow you to set up and customize a workflow process that takes a draft through its editing process. You can add different stages you'd like posts to go through before they're published to your site.

After you finished your article you wish to save it and leave it for someone else to review and approve them, you will do this by saving your article in appropriate Stage in editor like "ready for review". When editor visit drafts they find articles they need to review by selecting Stage name "Ready for review" and all articles that are ready for review will be displayed there.

Read More about Stages Dashboard

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13) Slideshows Dashboard: Visit this directly via

https://Sitename-secure.rebelmouse.com /core/dashboard/slideshows

Slideshows dashboard is the place where you can create, edit and manage all slideshows for integration into any post. As you upload your images they will go through the crop tool, be sure to choose the right crop for each image so they can appear nicely in the slideshow. You can also add images to the DAM at the check of a box. Pixel tracking for each slide is supported, enabling seamless data integration/tracking.

Read More About Slideshows Dashboard

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14) Embed: An old feature that was used widely during Rebelmouse early years, It enables you to embed your Rebelmouse content to any other side through generation an embedding code.

15) Ad Manager: A direct link to this section is

https://sitename-secure.rebelmouse.com /core/dashboard/a_manager

If you rely on ad revenue, the best place is your article page. The RebelMouse Ad Manager dashboard enables you to easily swap out ads, change placement and generally experiment as much as you want, without relying on tech resources. Learn more about Ad Manager Dashboard

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More options on left nav.:

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16) ShortCodes: Reach this section directly on

https://Sitename-secure.rebelmouse.com /core/dashboard/shortcodes

This feature enables you to create shortcodes to be used on entry editor to embed content across multiple posts. This can be used for inserting ad codes inside a post or any other code you want to quickly embed in Entry Editor. Read more here

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17) Learning Portal: Leads you to http://learning.rebelmouse.com/

It is an amazing site where you can search for valuable answers about how to do something with your site. It enables you to get the most out of our features through implementing it in the right way. We are putting huge efforts to keep this portal updated and comprehensive for you.

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18) Newsletter: Directly access this section on

https://Sitename-secure.rebelmouse.com /core/dashboard/newsletter

The Newsletter dashboard makes it easy for you to set up and manage your newsletter to keep audiences engaged. You have the option to use Rebelmouse ready templates or to create your own (MailChimp Integration) which grants you full control on editing your templates. Read more here

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19) Badges: Directly access this section on

https://Sitename-secure.rebelmouse.com /core/dashboard/badges

Badges have multiple uses; some clients use them to flag their promoted content, others just to have a cool way to categorize their content. Read more here

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20) Bookmarklet: Access this directly on

https://Sitename-secure.rebelmouse.com /core/dashboard/bookmarklet

Drag the edit post button to your browser to quickly edit a post on the site. This is just an easy way to get into edit mode quickly.

21) Help: Leads you to http://learning.rebelmouse.com/category/rebelmouse-dcms where you can find everything you need to know about creating and optimizing content on the RebelMouse platform.

22) Logout: It loges you out of the site.

Left Nav links view differ according to permission levels; An admin can see all 22 links but what "Community Users" and "read only" users see is:

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Guest Writers will have extra option to access "Edit Drafts":

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Editors can access all admin links except layout & design tool, embed, and ad manager. Also they can't change users permissions via "Account" section.

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Revolutionizing e-commerce on RebelMouse

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Help your audience find its voice.

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How to Optimize Your Website for Search


The RebelMouse platform features a rich search engine optimization (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.

Here's a checklist of how we ensure the sites in our network consistently surge on search.

RebelMouse’s High-Performing Search Strategy Checklist

Structured Data

  • What is structured data?
  • RebelMouse's out-of-the-box integration

Optimize Your Website for Search: A Successful SEO Strategy Starts With Speed

Core Web Vitals metrics with meters for good, needs improvement, and poor scores

From web.dev

How exactly Google determines search ranking largely remains a mystery for publishers, but what we do know is that the search engine continuously rolls out updates to its algorithm. And while sometimes these updates are small and nearly unnoticeable, other times they result in massive changes around the way Google crawls content, often disrupting the rankings of webpages all across the globe.

One of these massive disruptions came in June 2021 with Google's page experience update. Developers are now feeling the impact of how their publishing platforms stack up against the new standard.

The update means Core Web Vitals are now a major factor in Google Search's ranking methodology, and sites big and small that haven't been prioritizing performance have seen their organic traffic hit stumbling blocks as a result.

The update has solidified the do-or-die importance of page speed as a key ranking factor. All too often, sites with poor performance plummet off of Google Search's page one results.

RebelMouse\u2019s core web vitals outperform traditional CMS solutions

Core Web Vitals scores are critical to your search performance. RebelMouse outperforms traditional platforms on the metrics that matter most.

Optimize Your Website for Search: Prioritize Google's Core Web Vitals

Google has set a high bar for the open web on what top performance should look like, especially on mobile. The following is a brief description of Google's Core Web Vitals.

Largest Contentful Paint (LCP): A website's LCP is the time it takes to load the main content on a page. Google wants LCP to happen within 2.5 seconds of when a page first starts loading.

First Input Delay (FID): FID quantifies a user's experience when trying to interact with unresponsive pages. You want your FID score to be low to prove the usability of your site. According to Google, pages should haven an FID of less than 100 milliseconds.

Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS): CLS determines how often your users experience unexpected layout shifts or changes on a page. To ensure visual stability, you want your CLS score to be low. Google wants pages to maintain a CLS score of less than 0.1.

The RebelMouse Approach: We are able to outperform competitors on Core Web Vitals because site performance isn't just a goal, it's a company pillar that's woven into our culture. We use this focus on performance to help new media powerhouses and legacy brands alike make the most of the open web by growing traffic and building revenue without sacrificing user experience.

Through never-ending performance optimization, the sites powered by RebelMouse score higher on Google's Core Web Vitals over other CMS platforms, including WordPress.

traffic from Google and site behavior increases due to RebelMouse\u2019s SEO optimizations

RebelMouse's SEO optimizations result in big traffic improvements.

Click here to learn more about how to improve your Core Web Vitals scores.

Optimize Your Website for Search: Make the Most of AMP

Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is a fantastic tool to increase mobile performance. The hyper-fast mobile format delivers a longer time on site for each reader, which encourages better conversion.

AMP pages are built to be fast and load almost instantly when clicked from Google Search, increasing user engagement and dropping bounce rates.

AMP is a rich environment, but implementing it properly can be time-consuming. AMP pages, in order to be fast, are highly structured, and companies need efficient tools to take full advantage of the opportunities that AMP provides. When implemented correctly, the impact on search traffic is remarkable.

The RebelMouse Approach: Our platform is fully optimized for AMP, and sites in our network use it as an often game-changing way to improve search performance.

Content creators can publish to AMP on RebelMouse with one simple click:

toggle on AMP configuration

On RebelMouse, optimizing your content for AMP is a one-click process.

Plus, our team is constantly making little tweaks to improve AMP performance for our clients. For example, we automatically enabled a required large-image setting across our sites to optimize for Google Discover. While the update may seem small, it has resulted in a significant and positive impact on traffic when an article makes it into Discover's feed.

Check out the visible boost it gave one of our clients, as tracked by Google Search Console:

Google Discover traffic spike

Our behind-the-scenes optimizations on AMP drive boosts to readership.

Click here to learn more about RebelMouse's AMP optimization.

Optimize Your Website for Search: Leverage the Right SEO Editorial Tools

how to increase search traffic

RebelMouse's SEO tools increase search traffic.

Our SEO technology centers around best practices for search, including detailed metadata that helps Google's site crawler identify, index, and rank your content quickly.

Here's a look inside our proprietary technology that helps our clients experience quick search boosts that turn into long-term SEO wins.

How to Optimize Your Website for Search: Define Your Search Phrase

It can be tricky to nail down which search phrase you want to win. Within RebelMouse's SEO tab, you can brainstorm your ideas in real time. Through the creative usage of APIs, we ensure writers 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 learn more about this feature.

How to Optimize Your Website for Search: Match Your Slug to Your Search Phrase

submit url to search engines

Easily update your URL slug to match your desired search phrase on RebelMouse.

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 learn more about this feature.

How to Optimize Your Website for Search: Pick Smart Recirculation Links

seo outlinks

Access outlinks for your search phrase directly from RebelMouse's editing interface.

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 in our Entry Editor 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 learn more about this feature.

How to Optimize Your Website for Search: Craft Metadata Before Publish

what is seo metadata

Update your content's metadata easily on RebelMouse.

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 learn more about this feature.

How to Optimize Your Website for Search: Structure Your Content to Reinforce Your Search Phrase

RebelMouse's Particle Assembler is a content creation tool within our Entry Editor that makes it easy to transform your posts into media-rich micro pieces of content, which we call particles, that can both be shared individually and crawled separately on search. Our Assembler functionality gives your content more legs, which means more chances to generate more traffic.

Assembler is accessible via a couple of clicks in the formatting toolbar of our Entry Editor. From there, an organizational layout gets inserted into your article that guides you through the process of building out the particles that will shape your Assembler.

A look at how to add particles in RebelMouse's 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.

Assembler is a helpful SEO tool because it can generate a unique URL slug for each particle, maximizing your article's ability to get indexed by Google for more than one key search phrase.

Click here to learn more about this feature.

How to Optimize Your Website for Search: Make the Most of Google's "People Also Ask" Module

how to optimize for Google\u2019s people also ask

Strategize search phrases to win with Google's "People Also Ask" feature.

Particle headlines are 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 learn more about this strategy.

How to Optimize Your Website for Search: Use Alt Tags on Every Image

alt text for seo

Easily update alt text with your desired search phrase on RebelMouse.

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. It also allows 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.

How to Optimize Your Website for Search: Conquer Structured Data

Google\u2019s Rich Results Test tool will check your structured data

Google's Rich Results Test tool will make sure your structured data is entered properly.

Google's algorithm is now savvy about robotically written articles designed to win a specific set of keywords. As Google's search engine has gotten smarter, its web crawler software, known as "Googlebot," has also evolved in terms of how it indexes data.

But what if you could tell Googlebot the story of your website so that it doesn't have to make any assumptions? This is possible through the use of structured data, or as Google describes it, a set of "clues" provided to its crawler about what defines your content. Using schema, or a vocabulary you share with Google about every page on your site, you can tell Googlebot the story of your content in human language.

structured data populates information for Google snippets

Rank higher on search by populating structured data for Google's snippets on search returns.

By following these rules, you're giving the search engine explicit clues about the meaning of a page. Structured data is a standardized format for providing information about a page and classifying its content. For example, on a recipe page, these classifying components could be ingredients, cooking time, temperature, and nutritional information.

The better Google's crawler can understand your content, the more easily it can index it highly on search.

The RebelMouse Approach: If structured data sounds like a big undertaking, it doesn't have to be. Every RebelMouse site automatically populates key structured data so that Google can better understand your site. This, in turn, optimizes your pages to win in search results. Our out-of-the-box integration populates all the standard schema data with information about article content. This works on desktop and mobile web, and the data also gets populated for Google AMP.

out-of-the-box structured data integration

RebelMouse properly marks up structured data for content with our out-of-the-box integration.

Click here to learn more about our out-of-the-box structured data integration.

How to Optimize Your Website for Search: Be Mindful of H1 Tags

To put it simply, an H1 tag is a piece of HTML, or HyperText Markup Language, that marks the heading of your web page. Here's an example:

This Is the Title of My Content

For SEO purposes, H1 tags are designed to win a specific search phrase for your page. In fact, a recent study from Moz found that the HTML title tag is the second-most important ranking factor for SEO, behind only the actual content of the post.

This is because Google recognizes the H1 tag as the highest-level tag on your page. Think of it as your chance to summarize what your content is about clearly and succinctly for Google's web crawler. The more accurate and relevant you make your H1 content, the easier it is for Google to index it for search.

When writing HTML, there are six different heading tags available to you: H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, and H6. Each heading has a different font weight. You can use this scale to organize your content's headlines and subheadings accordingly.

various heading tags can improve seo

Example of headings from W3docs.

The RebelMouse Approach: You can easily choose your desired heading in RebelMouse's Entry Editor by using the formatting toolbar:

choose headings to improve SEO

Select which headings you want to use right from RebelMouse's editing interface.

Once you choose your heading, it's automatically reflected in your site's code:

heading tags in HTML provide structure to your content for search

RebelMouse's headings are automatically implemented correctly to your site's code for search.

Note: You may have noticed that the H1 tag is not an option you can select in the formatting toolbar's drop-down menu. That's because it's best practice to use only one H1 tag per page. On our platform, we reserve the H1 designation for your article's headline. This is inputted into your site's code automatically.

Click here to learn more about H1 tags.

How to Optimize Your Website for Search: Follow Google’s Image Guidelines

structured data on Google Images

An example of Google Images information populated by structured data. Image from Google.

Google Images is undoubtedly the leader in image search online, and they have many guidelines on how images should be handled. Here at RebelMouse, we make sure that your site is able to follow those guidelines right out of the box. Google's recommendations fall under a number of general topics:

  • A great user experience
  • Be descriptive
  • Structured data
  • Speed
  • Alt text
  • Make images discoverable

The RebelMouse Approach: Being certain that everything on your site is optimized both for performance and for following Google Search's guidelines is an exhausting task. Fortunately, RebelMouse takes that worry out of your hands by building our platform around the principles of page experience and the belief that all sites built on our platform should be flawless. We follow all best practices for Google Image's guidelines.

Click here to learn more.

How to Optimize Your Website for Search: Measure Success with Google Search Console

page experience report via Google Search Console

A look at page experience data from Google Search Console.

Google Search Console is a free tool that helps you to understand and optimize your site's performance on Google Search. When Google visits your website for tracking purposes, it performs what's called crawling and indexing, a process of adding web pages into its search results.

Search Console will allow you to add or remove certain content from Google Search's results. The tool will also help you learn which keywords trigger your site to appear in Google's search engine results page (SERP), as well as which third-party sites are linking to yours. It also allows you to monitor your site's performance on search, including locating any errors on your pages.

The RebelMouse Approach: We offer full support to help our clients connect their sites to Google Search Console. Our strategy services also help you understand which content and site layouts are working the best for your audience through our custom Google Data Studio dashboards.

Optimize Your Website for Search With RebelMouse

boost your search traffic with RebelMouse

Google owns most of the referral traffic on the internet, and your site should reflect this reality. That's why the sites on our network follow all of Google's webmaster guidelines.

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. Get in touch with us today and let's start working together.

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As a globally distributed team, it's important for us to remain transparent about how we're able to power some of the best-performing sites on the open web. And while we're already looking forward to closing out the year stronger than ever before, here's a detailed look back at our accomplishments in Q3 2021.

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