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Google News Sitemaps on RebelMouse

RebelMouse supports Google News sitemaps. Google has specifications for how articles get treated in the Google News sitemap.

A sitemap is a file where you list the webpages of your site that tells Google and other search engines about the organization of your site's content. Search engine web crawlers like Googlebot read this file so your site gets crawled intelligently.


Your sitemap can also provide valuable metadata associated with the pages you list in the sitemap. Metadata is information about a web page, such as when the page was last updated, how often the page is changed, and the importance of the page relative to other URLs on your site.

Depending on your content, it may be worth it to submit a sitemap specifically to Google News. Here's why, according to Google:

  • Discover News Articles Faster: Sitemaps allow Google News to find all the news articles on your site more quickly.
  • Crawl and Index All News Articles: Sitemaps point our crawler directly to each news article's URL, which improves coverage of the content on your site.

Google News sitemaps will help identify important information about every article, including generes, access tags, title, publication, and date. This way, Google can quickly determine what's a news article on your site and directly publish that URL to Google News.

Click here to learn how to start publishing to Google News and how to submit a sitemap. Contact your account manager today if you have any questions.

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Spotlight Content with Facebook Tabs

If you're running a contest or special campaign, or want to spotlight specific content, you can add a tab to your Facebook Page that looks like this:

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New Embed Options for RebelMouse’s Amazon Integration

Designed to be an always modern CMS, our platform is constantly expanding as we continuously update elements of our product to provide even more options for content creators. For example, our Add Media Bar is full of elegant media integrations to make each article more dynamic.

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New Elements to Style SEO Links at Bottom of Articles

The team has pushed out a new update to our Layout & Design tool that is a styling improvement for our "From Around the Web" SEO feature we have in Entry Editor.

When you add a search phrase you want to win, you get offered two types of links: one from other sources, and the other from your own site.

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New: Updates to Version History + Diffs Tool

RebelMouse is always on a mission to empower content teams big and small, because creating engaging communities takes organized collaboration. This is why we've recently made some upgrades to our Version History tool to give users a full snapshot of the path to publish.

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Stay GDPR Compliant With RebelMouse Features

When GDPR went into effect in the EU on May 25, 2018, all platforms, developers, and publishers made an effort to comply and achieve exactly what the 99 articles and 11 chapters of the regulation requires.

We were no different. We've updated our platform in several areas to ensure all of our clients are covered. Here's a breakdown of the features we offer to help keep you compliant:

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New: RebelMouse Now Converts Images to WebP

At the start of 2019, we announced that performance would be our top priority of the year. At RebelMouse, we're traffic junkies that work every day to make sure our clients have the best-performing sites on the open web, often beating out industry giants on speed.

Our latest upgrade takes this mission one step further. We've switched to Google's WebP for image formatting and resizing. This means we'll be converting all GIF, JPEG, and PNG images to Google's next-generation image format.

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New! Update to 404 URL Tracking on RebelMouse

A 404 appears when your site isn't communicating properly with a server and an error page is delivered to your reader. Recently, RebelMouse deployed an update to better address how we track 404 pages on sites we power.

Previously, Google Analytics tracked 404 pages as if they were normal posts. This is because even if an article was deleted, the URL was still visible. For example, if your deleted post title was "Anne lives in Texas," Google would still crawl that headline.

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Native Multivariate Testing at Scale With RebelMouse

What Differentiates Our Approach

There are many popular tools that allow you to perform experiments and A/B tests on your users — primarily Google Chrome Experiments and Optimizely. But all of these solutions are JavaScript additions to your web page that sidestep the problem of old, outdated, and clumsy CMSs. These solutions work by calling on a third-party JavaScript library that rewrites a page after it's rendered. This approach adds extra page weight and creates strange user experiences due to having to wait for everything to load and be rewritten on the fly.

At RebelMouse, we've solved this in a very elegant way. At the core level of our platform, we can natively render different layouts and track the exact differences in performance when comparing a test to your other layouts.

Natively Test Across Multiple Dimensions With Core KPI Measurements

Creative teams with great ideas are most successful when they have an environment where ideas can easily be tested against each other instead of trying to find total agreement on one idea. One of the biggest problems we observed while studying CMS platforms in our space was that creative teams were forced to test a "new design" or a "redesign," jamming a ton of very interesting decisions into one. The amount of lost opportunities to quickly build and test great ideas across the industry is staggering.

We're proud of how we've solved this problem with our Layout & Design tool. Any idea can easily be built out from the base of an existing one. You can be knee-deep in the middle of redesign work and then quickly pause for a moment go test a variant of an idea with users or colleagues.

For creative environments to stay focused while being enabled with this type of creative capacity, it's vital that all ideas end up getting measured. An idea might sound awesome to the group or a team member, but it may not always perform. All of the variant testing we enable is measured against the core KPIs that were established at launch by default. So pages per session, bounce rates, total engagement, and conversion goals are all easy to measure for your exact mission.

Knowing that this data will get measured also has a huge impact on how meetings end up being conducted and creative ideas are expressed. It's often easier to be passionate about the importance of a new idea when you know there will be no hard measures of its performance, and those are the types of creative ideas and passions that often misalign with actual growth. When teams know every test can and will be tested against core KPIs, it keeps everyone's creative energy focused on actually moving the needle.

In addition to all these elements, we've discovered that dynamic multivariate testing has to happen across the site and existing users. Testing should also be based on traffic sources. For example, Facebook has declared fullscreen ad pop-ups to be an obtrusive user interface, and is heavily penalizing sites for it. However, that's very often the most premium and desperately needed source of revenue for a media site. On RebelMouse, we enable you to serve different layouts (and variants of those layouts) to Facebook so that you can keep that premium revenue, but serve it safely away from Facebook. The creative potential — when you understand how to test variants with our platform — is unlimited.

We always think about happiness at RebelMouse, and this feature has made our clients very happy. But it's not just because of the growth it creates. It's also the positive structure it gives teams to not only work with each other, but grow strong creatively together.

Request a proposal today to learn more about multivariate testing that works.

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