In this post a few weeks ago I mentioned a new social media site called RebelMouse.
It's a free service that lets you create your own social media homepage in literally just a few minutes.
Your RebelMouse page can be set up to feature posts from Facebook (including fan pages), Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Pinterest. You can also include any RSS feed you like.
I set up my own personal RebelMouse page, and you can view it here if you like. As I said in my earlier post, one thing I like about RebelMouse is the opportunity it gives me to review my own posts and links I have shared. Seeing them all with illustrations and excerpts is a great reminder of interesting posts I need to revisit, and gives me a useful overview of the resources I've been sharing. And, of course, my RebelMouse page provides backlinks to my own blog posts (good for SEO) and helps attract more traffic to them.
Even so, a new guide called RebelMouse Infestation - of which I was lucky enough to receive a review copy - has opened my eyes to a much broader range of things you can do with RebelMouse. It's by Jimmy Mancini and currently on special offer at The Warrior Forum. It's really a look at what you can do with RebelMouse from a marketer's perspective.
What you get for your money (under $8 at the time of writing) is a 35-page downloadable PDF crammed with screengrab illustrations. The first part takes you step by step through setting up a (free) RebelMouse account if you haven't already. The second part - which personally I found a lot more interesting - reveals various ways you can use RebelMouse as a marketing and money-making tool.
I discovered some very interesting info in this part of the manual, including the fact that you can "claim" up to 50 RebelMouse pages with any suffix you like as long as it isn't already taken. So as well as a page with your own name, you could have a page with the URL www.rebelmouse.com/worlds-best-writer or (undoubtedly more marketable) www.rebelmouse.com/justin_bieber_gifts.As RebelMouse gathers popularity, I can foresee a sort of online gold rush going on here!
Another thing I hadn't really considered is that you can use RebelMouse to set up affiliate sites with content from Amazon, eBay or other online stores by including the appropriate RSS feed with your affiliate ID. The manual does explain briefly how to do this, although for more info you might want to consider buying the OTO (one time offer), a video training course which goes into more detail about this and other matters. In case it helps, though, I've written down a few notes based on what I've learned about setting up Amazon affiliate sites on RebelMouse, which anyone buying RebelMouse Infestation via my link should receive as well (see below).
Even without the video training, however, after a little bit of additional research on the internet, I set up this "Space Operas" RebelMouse page, which lists popular books and e-books on Amazon that have been tagged with "space opera". All titles shown are automatically coded with my affiliate link, of course. I'm impressed by how easy the process was, and plan to set up a few more sites along these lines as well.
Overall, I thought RebelMouse Infestation offered useful step-by-step instructions on setting up a RebelMouse account (though this is actually pretty straightforward) and also an eye-opening guide to how to harness its potential as a marketing and money-making tool. It's not the best-written guide I've ever seen - the services of a good proofreader/editor would have improved it immeasurably - though the illustrations do make up for this to some extent.
RebelMouse is already growing at an astonishing rate, and they have lots of new features in the pipeline. RebelMouse Infestation is a handy (and inspiring) guide for anyone who wants to ride the wave of this latest social media phenomenon. Even if you don't choose to buy it, though, I do still strongly recommend setting up a RebelMouse site now while most names are still available. As well as your own name, you could set up sites for your pen-name(s), book titles, character names, and so on. Remember, if you don't do it now, somebody else very well might in the future!
BONUS: As mentioned above, I've jotted down a few notes about setting up Amazon affiliate pages on RebelMouse, which I'm giving away as a free bonus to anyone buying RebelMouse Infestation via my link. A download link for my bonus should appear below the link for the main guide when you order, though if there's any problem with this let me know and I'll send you my bonus directly. In any event, I'd be grateful if you could let me know what you see on the download page and how the process works out for you, as it's the first time I've tried doing this via the Warrior Forum.
Good luck, and see you on RebelMouse!
Disclosure: Some links in this review include my affiliate code, so if you click through and make a purchase, a proportion of the fee will go to me. This hasn't influenced my review, but you should of course complete your own due diligence and read the sales page (and this review) carefully to determine whether this product will be relevant to your needs.