Awesome! Thank you for your interest in writing for us. Once you get upgraded to author status you can follow these instructions for submitting articles (also known as posts).
First off, make sure you’ve followed the instructions to get author permissions on the site. Once you’ve done this, and your role has been updated by the administrator, you will see a new menu bar appear in the upper left corner of the screen.
This menu bar will give you access to several new functions within the website. For now, let’s focus on adding a new post.
To create a new post:
Hover over “New” and then click “New Post”.
This will open the new post page. We’ll go through each part of it now.
Enter the title of your post where it says “Enter Title Here”.
Enter the text of your article. You can use the format menu to add bold text, bullets, change text alignment, etc. Let’s look at that menu now.
Along the top you will see buttons for adding media, a map, and a contact form. We’ll go over all of these in more detail shortly. You’ll also see a menu bar with some drop down lists. For the most part these will reflect the options in the toolbar. For now we’ll focus on the toolbar and save those other options for advanced users. Here are the tools available in the tool bar:
This is the style selector. I strongly recommend using these predefined styles because they will blend with the site. There are many options to choose from. I also strongly suggest not using the H1 style as this may cause some weirdness with formatting and searches.
The next two buttons are for predefined text styles. These styles are controlled by the site’s style sheets to offer a uniform look and feel. The styles may not have been defined yet, but they will be soon, so please resist the urge to style these blocks through this editor.
Back to styling…
Allows you to quickly insert an image from another site (Photobucket, etc.). The “Add Media” button allows more options and the ability to create and embed galleries. This is the preferred method, but the insert image tool allows quick insertion of images that will not be managed by this site.
This allows you to create a table within the post. Please use this sparingly for data or other text that is best displayed in table format. Tables tend to break styling sometimes, so keep that in mind.
After the first 100 words or 1 – 2 paragraphs you’re going to need to put in a “read more” link. This helps format the article for the front page. Without it the entire article will be displayed. If you don’t insert one the editor will do it before he publishes the page. If you do it you’ll have a little more control how it is displayed. If there’s still too much article for the front the editor may change it anyway. To add the “read more” link click on the read more button on the format tool bar.
The media buttons at the top of the screen will allow you to add images, a slider, or a contact form to the post. These are all special features we will discuss later.
Now we move on to an important and oft overlooked piece of the Internet pie, Search Engine Optimization (SEO). There are things you can do to help your articles to show more prominently in Google and other search engines. Much of it is out of your control or just comes from a well written article. However, there are a few other things you can do. To start, in the “Snippet Editor”, change the description of the post where it says “Modify your meta description by editing it right here”. This is the description that will appear in the search results.
The Focus Keyword is a set of very specific keywords used to narrow the focus of the post. There should only be a few of them and they should relate to the core of the post.
At the bottom of this section there are the results of the analysis of the SEO for the post. Pay attention to this because it will help us place better in search engines, get us more attention, establish us experts in the field, and attract more members.
In the Tags section enter in your keywords. This will help users find the article on the site. You can enter a comma separated list of as many keywords as you like. However, please make sure the keywords are relevant to your article. The keyword “cake” should not appear on a post about robots (unless, of course, it’s some kind of super awesome cake making robot). The more relevant keywords you put here the better the results. We will actually get dinged in the rankings by entering irrelevant keywords here.
You’re almost done.
Select the category(ies) for the post. You can have more than one, but keep it to a minimum. The articles section of the site uses these categories for determining what posts to display.
Lastly, when you’re ready to publish the article, click “Publish”. If you’re not ready to publish and want to work on the post over time, you can click “Save Draft”. This will save the post without publishing it. If you’ve got a lengthy post, this is the way to go. You can start on it, create an outline, flush it out, come back and add images, and do what you need to refine it before putting it out there for public consumption. If you want to know what it looks like before you publish, click “Preview”. This will show you what it will look like to other readers. If you decide the article is crap and you don’t really want to post it you can click on the “Trash” link and it will delete the post.
That’s it, you’re done.
Now, go out and tell all of your friends about the article, post a link in Facebook, or however you want to go about promoting it. The more people who read our material the better situated we will be to attract new members. Because, as the officer put in charge of making that happen, that’s really what I care about.
Have fun and happy posting.