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An SEO Strategy That Wins With Every Publish
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.
With each one of these algorithm changes comes a new approach to search strategy. It's a lot to keep up with in a competitive digital landscape. Publishers are already burdened with the task of creating high-performing quality content that's easy to find on Google and, in turn, easily shared across social. It's a job that can't be solved with advertising dollars either. It's estimated that nearly 80% of users disregard paid search results. Pair this with the fact that 93% of all online experiences begin with a search query and you're left with the realization that it's never been more important to prioritize search engine optimization.
The good news is that RebelMouse has a unique approach to SEO that leverages the tools available to us from the open web alongside our proprietary technology that enables users to win key phrases with every publish. The best part? The platform is designed to empower the people who live closest to content: writers and editors. Here's how it works.
Faster Page Speed: Google has set a high bar for the open web on what top performance should look like, especially on mobile. Each algorithm update further solidifies the do-or-die importance of page speed as a key ranking factor, often causing top sites to plummet off of page one.
Higher SEO Audit Scores: It's common to approach your SEO strategy from a place of reaction instead of being proactive — after all, SEO is likely only one facet of your responsibilities. But this usually results in a post-publish frenzy to tweak articles to boost search results. At RebelMouse, our front-end code is designed to give your content search success from the start.
Rich, Sophisticated 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. RebelMouse is fully optimized for AMP, and offers a game-changing way to generate revenue on AMP without sacrificing the experience it offers to readers. Our Particle Assembler allows for multiple page views and ad placements to occur within a single AMP article.
Rich, Well-Formatted Structured Data: Part of the way we optimize our sites for SEO is by ensuring that your HTML passes Google's preferred formatting for key metadata. By giving Google all of the data about your site in a way that the search engine's crawlers can easily read, Google can both understand your content and rank it quickly.
Proprietary Editorial Tools That Teach Writers SEO: RebelMouse's Entry Editor features a rich SEO toolset that guides writers and editors to think about the right search phrase behind every story, as well as how to focus on small but meaningful modifications designed to improve organic search performance. Adding an SEO headline, a relevant URL slug, and a meta description to your article makes it easier for search engines to crawl, index, and understand your content. We recently expanded our proprietary search functionality to include recommendations for keywords that are of high value to Google.
Iterations at the Speed of Google and Other Tech Giants: Our team is continuously launching updates that keep our platform modern. We've tracked social and search algorithm changes and how they impact the publishing industry for many years. And thanks to the massive scale of our CMS, we live close to various data points around site performance, which allows us to identify the key strategy changes publishers need to make to stay ahead of and on top of industry standards.
Case Study Snapshots: Google owns most of the referral traffic on the internet, and your site should reflect this reality. Every success we have at RebelMouse is ruled by data. Here's a look at some of the amazing surges in traffic from Google that our clients have seen by being on RebelMouse:
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RebelMouse's approach to search works for any kind of site, whether you're a brand, new media company, or traditional publisher. SEO doesn't have to be something that only developers and analysts understand. Our product is designed to put the power of search in the hands of content creators, editors, and social curators.
Start winning search with every publish. Request a proposal today and let's start working together.
To ensure every site powered by RebelMouse is high performing, secure, and optimized for user experience, we only use the best and most reliable methods to host our infrastructure. Here's a detailed look at some of the services and security measures we use every day to secure maximum stability and security for each of our sites.
Click here to learn more about what makes RebelMouse secure, stable, redundant, and high performing.
Stateless services, such as application services for front end and back end tasks, are deployed within an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) into multiple availability zones using Amazon Auto Scaling groups. Every service deployment is automated and can be done without an operator. Auto Scaling groups eliminate the need for manual recovery procedures in the event of hardware-related incidents. Additionally, Auto Scaling groups for stateless services provide the ability to balance resources according to current load.
Stateless services include:
- Front end and back end applications
- Background workers
- Dedicated services for paid content and statistics
All interactions with our internal services are done via Amazon Elastic Load Balancing (ELB). Load balancing allow us to control the flow of all incoming traffic and reroute it to the group of instances that are available as necessary, which covers any networking and hardware issues. Every load balancer controls the health of the listener instance by regularly performing health checks and removing failed instances from production environments.
Load balancing and Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances provide monitoring services with resource consumption data. Stateful services such as MongoDB, Redis, and Memcached are deployed within a VPC into multiple availability zones using Auto Scaling groups. Every data service has backup, recovery, and automatic failover procedures. Backup and recovery procedures are integrated into Auto Scaling groups and tested regularly.
Services performance is monitored by internal and external tools:
- Sentry is used to track errors.
- New Relic is used for application performance monitoring.
- Amazon CloudWatch is used to monitor performance extremes.
- Monit, Nagios, and Cacti are used to monitor metrics per instance.
Defense in Depth (DiD) standards are adhered to and applied at all levels:
- Amazon Web Services (AWS), such as Identity and Access Management (IAM) and CloudTrail
- VPC and subnets
- Load balancers (security groups)
- EC2 instances
- Operating systems use permissions-based controls
- AWS CloudTrail monitors all activities in our production data centers and grants us the ability to perform audits
- Secured storage
- Encrypted transition protocols
If you have any questions about RebelMouse's technical infrastructure, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Google’s page experience signals will officially roll out as a search-ranking factor for desktop in February 2022. The launch marks the culmination of a journey that began in May 2020 when Google first let the world know that its Core Web Vitals would become the new benchmark for measuring a site's performance in its search results. Six months later, Google announced that its page experience signals for mobile would officially roll out and begin impacting search rankings in May 2021. The final rollout wasn't completed until August 2021.
According to Google’s desktop announcement, the same three Core Web Vitals metrics — LCP, FID, and CLS, — and their associated thresholds will apply to desktop ranking. The other page experience signals, including HTTPS compliance, will remain the same. The mobile-friendliness signal will not be a ranking for desktop as expected. Click here for full definitions of all of Google’s page experience signals.
Here’s a chart of which metrics are included in the desktop update versus the existing mobile implementation of page experience signals:
Additionally, Google says when a site has separate desktop and mobile URLs with the correct configurations, the desktop signal is based on the URLs that desktop users see.
The desktop update is expected to be completed by March 2022. Site owners will be able to get a feel for how their desktop pages are performing through Google Search Console before the rollout begins.
At RebelMouse, our prioritization of performance is woven into our company culture. We outperform competitors on Core Web Vitals and can ensure that your site is ready for Google’s latest update. Click here to learn more about how we power the fastest sites on the web.
Let’s start chatting about your site’s performance. Click here to get started.
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Do you ever wonder if a few typos can impact your site’s search performance? According to Google’s Search Advocate John Mueller, it takes more than just a few grammatical missteps for Google’s crawler to determine your site’s quality.
During a New Year’s Eve Office Hours hangout, Mueller said that if certain portions of a website are deemed low quality, it can negatively impact the site’s search ranking overall. A good example of this is a site that has different language versions within the same domain. If the site has a French-language version that is made up of quality content, but the English translation isn’t up to the same standard, the ranking of the French version of the site could be negatively impacted.
“If you have a very low-quality translation that's also indexed and that's also very visible in search, then that can definitely pull down the good quality translation as well or the good quality original content that you also have,” Mueller said.
Watch where Mueller addresses this example:
English Google SEO office-hours from December 31, 2021 youtu.be
Click here to read more about site quality for multilingual domains from SEO Roundtable.
Even if your site isn’t translated into multiple languages, the example above serves as a useful illustration of how it only takes one page of low-quality content to negatively impact your site’s entire search ranking. This means that it’s more important to make sure your overall site is delivering quality content up to Google’s standards, rather than stressing about where exactly all those typos and grammatical errors are living on your site.
According to Mueller, site quality is “usually not something where they’re individual things that we could just point at and say, ‘Oh, if you have five misspellings on a page, that’s a sign of low quality.’ These things happen individually. All of these factors individually are hard to say that they are a sign of something being low quality, but rather we have to take everything together and figure out what the mix is together.”
Here’s more from Mueller:
English Google SEO office-hours from December 31, 2021 youtu.be
Since Google measures quality at the site level, it can take a while for Google to index a new content update. So if you’re working to improve the content on your site, don’t get discouraged if it takes longer for Google to register the improvements.
More from @johnmu: For evaluating site quality, Google looks at many factors together (no short list of items). This is why it can take a long time when improving site quality to see improvement (it can take months or longer for G's systems to understand) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrgtKt4u8nk&t=654s\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/UdsmLtdXqp— Glenn Gabe (@Glenn Gabe) 1641134005
Thread featured on SEO Roundtable.
In short, it’s important to make sure your site’s content is human-centric, which Google calls its E-A-T method. E-A-T stands for expertise, authoritativeness, and truthfulness. To put it simply, make sure that the content on your site is easy, enjoyable, and helpful to read. Click here to read more about Google’s standards around quality content.
Start Winning at Search in 2022
RebelMouse is a publishing platform with built-in, proprietary search technology that makes it easy for each piece of content to rank quickly on search engines. We can also make sure that your team is creating quality, SEO-friendly content at the site level so that you can drive the level of traffic your site deserves. Click here to start chatting with us.