Amplify Your Content Creation Stategy with RebelMouse

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RebelMouse is a newish digital platform that serves to aggregate the user's social media content that is published across platforms. There is a paid and a free version. Large media outlets use the additional functionality provided in the paid version to curate UGC, or user-generated content in sophisticated ways. The free version, however, has some great features of its own and provides a great way for individuals to capture their own content with a quality design sensibility.

This tutorial tells you how to sign up for a RebelMouse account; how to add social media profiles to your account; considerations to think through when determining which accounts to add; and how to embed the RebelMouse code on your personally hosted site if you wish to do so. This is part of a larger article about RebelMouse which can be viewed at http://kaleyperkins.com/amplify-your-social-media-content-reach-using-rebelmouse/.

Thank you for taking the time to read. I hope this provides value. I can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kaley_perkins.

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Amplify Your Content Creation Stategy with RebelMouse

  1. 1. Curate Your Content with Rebel Mouse www.kaleyperkins.com Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook Amplify your reach. Automate the aggregation of your own social media content with RebellMouse.
  2. 2. www.kaleyperkins.com Sign up for account on RebelMouse Use your favorite social media site to create an account.
  3. 3. www.kaleyperkins.com RebelMouse Main Page Here’s my main page. Yours will look blank because you haven’t yet told RebelMouse which social media profiles to grab.
  4. 4. www.kaleyperkins.com Deciding Which Profiles to Add Considerations:  Reputation management: If you are using RebelMouse professionally, don’t link to sites where you post pictures of kittens – unless you are an purveyor of vegan, gluten free cat treats.  Keep in mind some of your social media profiles may be linked. If I post on my FB page, it automatically posts to Twitter. RebelMouse is good at catching redundancies, but test it before you let it fully fly without bird-dogging it a bit.  If unsure, select ‘save to draft’ as you link your profiles. This gives you the ability to manually post the content that RebelMouse pulls in. (More on that when I show you how I added Pinterest.)
  5. 5. www.kaleyperkins.com Add Social Profiles Let’s link to some social profiles so that RebelMouse can pull in your content from other sites. Hit the ‘Content Sources’ button.
  6. 6. www.kaleyperkins.com Add Social Profiles on This Page My primary social media links are already created, so this is just an example of what your page will look like. (Notice a feature is free now that they will charge for later…)
  7. 7. www.kaleyperkins.com Let’s Add My Pinterest RebelMouse now hosts Pinterest. I try to cite and provide links to all content, but I can’t guarantee I was doing that when I started over a year ago. Let’s add the platform in anyway. So scrolling down the page…
  8. 8. www.kaleyperkins.com Controlling Which Content Shows In my last slide, I told you how I feel sketchy about adding Pinterest pins to my RebelMouse site. Some considerations: • Pinterest is a more personal social media platform for me, and I want to use RebelMouse for my professional content. • I don’t want my RebelMouse page to be flooded with images of zentangles or owls or my encompassing love of all things fort. • I do have some professional Pinterest boards I would like to be able to pull content from. • I want to be able to control what content I add from Pinterest to RebelMouse. The next slide will show how to do that.
  9. 9. www.kaleyperkins.com Pinterest Has Been Added Pinterest has been added AND I can control if I want content to post directly to my RebelMouse page. I don’t. I want it to go into a holding pot so I can make that decision manually later. I hit the ‘save to draft’ button.
  10. 10. www.kaleyperkins.com Ways to Promote Content You can either direct people to your aggregated content which appears to be a website hosted RebelMouse or you can embed that content onto your own personally hosted website. Or both.  Direct to RebelMouse.  Embed  Both code on your own site.
  11. 11. www.kaleyperkins.com How RebelMouse Site Appears: This is what my content looks like if I go straight to my page on RebelMouse. Incidently, check out the tweet I just composed.
  12. 12. www.kaleyperkins.com (Sidetrack: Tweet from RebelMouse) Remember that tweet I just composed on RebelMouse? Check it out on Twitter.
  13. 13. www.kaleyperkins.com The Tweet Made a Live Update Remember the tweet I just composed? Here it is on the live site!
  14. 14. www.kaleyperkins.com How Embed Code Appears Here is RebelMouse content when I embed the code on my site. This is a basic explanation. If I were going to use RebelMouse as my primary site, I would alter the appearance of my WordPress website.
  15. 15. www.kaleyperkins.com Site Before We Embed RebelMouse Let’s back up. Check out the tabs. This is what my site looked like before I added RebelMouse code. No home for RebelMouse. We need to fix that. First we are going to make a new Page. Then we are going to add that Page to our menu bar between ‘Home’ and ‘Culture.’
  16. 16. www.kaleyperkins.com How to Embed Code on WordPress There’s more than one way. I created a separate page in WordPress, and I added that page to my menu bar. First, let’s make a new page.
  17. 17. www.kaleyperkins.com Adding a Page on WordPress Go to your WordPress dashboard and add a Page. I named mine Rebel Mouse. Publish the page. Now you need to add it to your menu bar.
  18. 18. www.kaleyperkins.com Find the Code on RebelMouse We have our new Page. Now, let’s go to RebelMouse to find the code we will install on it!
  19. 19. www.kaleyperkins.com Generate Your Code with Settings RebelMouse allows you to tweak the code. I left it as default because I don’t know how it’s going to look yet. Following these steps I can change it if I need to. Click the button to generate the code.
  20. 20. www.kaleyperkins.com Grab Your Newly Generated Code After you generate the code, it will appear on the bottom of the screen. You may have to scroll to find it. Select it all and copy it to your clipboard. Now let’s return to our new Page in WordPress and add it!
  21. 21. www.kaleyperkins.com Add Your Code to WordPress Now let’s return to the newly created WordPress Page we made for Rebel Mouse and add the embed code to it! (Your screen may still read ‘Add Page.’ Mine says ‘Edit Page’ because I did this step later.)
  22. 22. www.kaleyperkins.com Find Your Menu Bar We made a new Page and added our embedded RebelMouse code. Let’s add it to our menu bar. On your WordPress dashboard, navigate to your menu bar. It is under the tab ‘Appearance.’
  23. 23. www.kaleyperkins.com Add New Page to Your Menu You created your ‘RebelMouse’ Page. Now you need to add it to your menu bar. Click it. Then Save Changes.
  24. 24. www.kaleyperkins.com Re-position on Menu Bar Your new ‘RebelMouse’ Page will show at bottom of ‘Menu Structure’ list. Grab it and pull it where you want it. Save changes.
  25. 25. www.kaleyperkins.com There you have it! This is a very basic tutorial that assumes quite a bit of practice working with the WordPress dashboard. RebelMouse and WordPress are both powerful content promotion platforms. Tutorials abound on YouTube and on each of the platforms’ sites. As with any social media platform, the best thing you can do is take a weekend and experiment. I see great possibility for the free version of RebelMouse to be a solutions for both independent journalists and bloggers who are trying to leverage both their time and their content. The paid version has some fantastic features for more sophisticated curation of UGC (usergenerated content), but may be prohibitively priced for individuals just starting out. I hope this has been useful to you, and I welcome comments at www.kaleyperkins.com. Or by email at kaleydperkins at gmail dot com.

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