18
Dec

Creating Your Author Profile at Street Articles

Written by Kyle. Posted in Author Profile, How to Use Street Articles, Social Activity

One of the most important aspects at Street Articles, isyour author profile.  This is all about branding yourself as an author and if you are not delivering informative, engaging and personal content on your author bio, your following will be impacted significantly.

Remember, the author profile is “your place”.  It is where you can represent yourself in any way you like, but how people interpret you will coincide with how much of a following you get and how credible you are as a source for information.  The are several components to author profiles and I am going to explain these in detail here.

Before I get into this though, you are going to need to know where you can quickly update any of your Author Settings.

When logged into your StreetArticles.com account, you can visit the following page:

Author Settings - StreetArticles.com
This will be the place that you go to update all aspects of your author profile, from the images, description, and websites, to your social connectivity. :)

OK, without any further rambling, let’s get into the good stuff…

Getting your “Face” Out There

With the revolution of Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and other social mediums that we have become accustomed to the share of images, it is almost an expectation these days that if you want to create a personal following, you need to offer up some candid photos.

To upload images, you will need to scroll to the bottom of the author profile page.  Here is what my pages looks like:

Author Images - StreetArticles.com

To upload an image, you want to click the “Upload New Image” button.   Upon doing this, a screen will pop-up and allow you to Browse for an image on your local computer.  You will find the image that you want to upload, and then add it.  Once added it will load the image into the page. The loading screen will look like this.

Upload Image - Street Articles

The images is then loaded into an Editor where you will want to “crop” your image.  Note that all images within Street Articles are forced to be “square” dimensionally as this promotes visual consistency for the reader.   Drag the image the square and expand it to whatever aspect ratio you wish.  In this case, I just wanted the image of me hitting one of my massive golf drives (I actually think that one went in the bush!).

Crop Author Image - Street Articles

After I am done choose, I want to click Done.  This is also where you can set the image as your Default (the one that will show in your live profile).  In this case, I just want to upload it and don’t want to make it my default image.

Add Image Default - Street Articles
As you can see, this image is now added to My Other Images.

Image Added - Street Articles

Let’s have a peek at my profile now to see the update.
Kyle Profile Live - Street Articles

As you can see, my new image has been added.  You will also notice that my “default” profile image is unchanged.

You need to go SOCIAL

If you do not have your social entities set up already, you should take a minute to do this right away.  At Street Articles you can link your Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook accounts to your profile.  This can lead to a much greater following (more followers, more friends, bigger circles), better branding, and way more reach whenever you post content.

If you don’t already have social profiles within the following social networks, I suggest you set them up now.

After you have these profiles set-up, you will need to go to your Author Settings page and update the Social Networking links.

Social Profiles - Street Articles

 

Here are the examples of my profile links:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kyle.wealthyaffiliate
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kyleandcarson
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113249579666422568736

After you add these and save, you will see the associated icons show up within your Author Bio box that is within EVERY one of your articles as well included within your Author Profile page.   Here is an example of what I am talking about…

Author Bio Live - Streetarticles.com

Having a social following can lead to INSTANT reach with your articles, and depending ont he quality of your content, it could quite easily go viral.

Creating your Author Details

Your Author Name

Your author name is important, as it is the name you are going to be branding.  You cannot have multiple names within Street Articles as this removes author responsibility, credibility and limits brandability.

If you brand your real name and you want to use that, I would suggest this be your first choice.  If you use a first name primarily, that is fine, you can use that.  If you have a pen name that you use within all your profiles, use that.  It all comes down to branding.

I personally use my first name, Kyle, because I have branded myself within the businesses that I am a part of using my first name. These include WealthyAffiliate.com, StreetArticles.com, Jaaxy.com.

Author Name - Street Articles

Your About Me Description

This is where you should tell your story.  If you are a writer within a certain niche, you will want to engage this audience write your “about me” description with that in mind.  Tell people about your knowledge, tell people why you are like to write about what you do, perhaps give your readers some back story on who you are, and ultimately aim to engage people.

If you can connect with people here, you will likely have a follower for life (a good thing for an author!).

Author Description - StreetArticles.com
Your Websites/URLS

Here is another opportunity to get people going to your websites.  Note that you are NOT allowed to put affiliate links here.  These must be “non” affiliate links.  Ideally you want to link to your top websites that you own.  This will lead to traffic and further branding opportunities.

Author Websites - Street Articles

There you have it, your author profile.  A critical aspect to your authoring success and the more time you spend creating a quality, engaging and interactive profile, the greater the credibility and branding you will have.

Cheers,

Kyle (view author profile here)
Co-owner of StreetArticles.com

PS.  If you have any questions or feedback, please post your comments below! :)

14
Dec

Creating and Master Links on Your Articles

Written by Kyle. Posted in How to Use Street Articles, Linking

Links…what a dilemma!

Everyone is hungry to get as many links as they can within their articles, and for good reason. A link for many will be the medium to get traffic to their websites. On top of all the branding elements within Street Articles, we offer you the ability to create up to 2 links within your articles.

Here is the linking criteria:

400 word article (minimum) = 2 allowed links
600 word article = 3 allowed links
800 word article = 4 allowed links

People make huge mistakes when adding links however, and I want to help simplify the article submission process for you here.

How to Add a Link

Before we get into a big discussion about what constitutes a quality link, I am going to give the quick and simple steps that you need to know to create a link.

The first step is to highlight the text that you want to link within the Street Article editor.  In the example below, I want to link the term “physical training”.

Add Link Highlight Term - Street Articles
Note: There are a few rules associated to links.  First, you cannot create a link if you do not have 400 words within your article already (this number unlocks 2 links), and you cannot link a term that is more than 5 words in length. 

After you have highlight the text, you are going to want to create the link.  To do this, you will want to click the link button (looks like a chain link) within the top editor toolbar.
Add a Link Button - Street Articles
This will pop up the Link box where you will then add your link.  Do not touch the Link Type, you will simply want to add your URL into the URL field.  As you can see I have added surfingthebeaches.blogspot.com/ as this is the link to the page that I want to send people to.

Add a Link Pop-up Box - Street Articles

Note: If you have a www. in your domain you will need to add this as well.  An example of this would be: www.streetarticles.com

Then you can see the link is added.

Working link in Stret Articles

After you have added your links, then you will want to Save & Publish your article.   To do this, click the associated button at the bottom of the page.

Save and Publish Article - Street Articles
Upon moderation, your article will be live with your links added! It is as simple as that. :)

How to Avoid Getting Slapped with a Rejection

Many people take the entirely wrong apporach with their article content.  They aim to promote, instead of aiming to help.  I see it all the time!

But you say, what is the point of writing an article if I cannot promote something.  You can promote something, on your site.  The problem is that if you don’t put the READER “first” then they are never going to read your article and they will never make it to your site.  So your goal as an author is to offer value.  Engage the reader.  Help the reader.  Inspire the reader.  Inform the reader.

We do not allow promotional articles within Street Articles.  We also do not allow many different types of promotional links, links that you may be used to creating that you will want to unlearn.

Our reader is in our best interest.  Your reader should be in the best interest as well.

Here are my list of things that you should not do within your articles:

Don’t PROMOTE - Creating an article that is purely promotional is no better than creating one big ad.  Readers will not want to read this.  A product review is one thing, a helpful review at that.  Don’t go into an article trying to sell something, go into it trying to offer value to the reader.  That will sell itself and lead to the highest click-through rate.

Examples:  Buy my stuff, go to my website, check out this awesome product, go here.

Don’t SPAM - You delete spam from your inbox, so why wouldn’t someone leave your article right away (called bouncing) if your content comes across as blatant spam.  If your article has a hint of spamming within it, it will not be accepted by moderators.

Examples: Earn a million bucks doing this.  Get a free iPad doing this.  Lose 50lbs/day doing this.

Don’t SET-UP LINKS - People tend to find a way to set-up links with content that is filler text.  Avoid doing this as your article may not be approved.   You can avoid doing this mistake by writing your quality content, then going back after the fact to add your links.  Don’t create full blocks of text with useless content for the purpose of adding a link.   I hurts your article quality and will only hurt your branding in the long run.

The best way to get ALL of your articles accepted!

Write reader focused content.   If you can honestly look at your article from a reader’s perspective and say, I would share this with my friends if I was reading this, then you are on the right track.  You could even get a friend or a family member to read your article and give you feedback.

Not every article is going to be perfect, and that is OK.  The more your write, the better you get.  However, don’t make “selling” something your focus, make getting your article “shared” your focus.  Would someone want to share your content?

The Major Linking Rules are as follows

There are certain rules that you need to follow when adding links.  They are as follows:

(1) No Call to Action Links – Any link that requires an action or that has an action surrounded it should not be used.

Examples: Click Here, Join Now, Follow this link, Go Here, etc.

(2) No formatted links – Do not format your links, they must be normal text.  You should not bold, italicize, or underline links.

(3) No UPPERCASE links – Links should not not be UPPER CASE or have Upper Case first letters (unless they are product names or names).

Wrong:  You should not create UPPERCASE LINKS or First Letter Uppercase Links!

(4) No URL text – Your links cannot contain the text of the actual website URL.

Wrong: When I go to streetarticles.com, I do….
Right: When I go to Street Articles, I do…

(5) No links longer than 5 terms.  The phrase that you are linking has to be between 1-5 words in length.

Wrong:  This link won’t be accepted because it is 6 words.
Right: This is a link that will be accepted because it is only 5 words

(6) No Author/Website Profile Links – You should not be putting author bio or website related information within the article.  If you like, you can add this sort of info via the Manage Authors tab and include it within your details inside the StreetArticles.com control panel.

Every article you write has an “Author” module in the top left hand corner.  This is what links to author information and where you can add related information, images, website info, and a description. Adding another author bio to your article content will create redundancies and will take away from the quality.

How to Maximize Your Article CTR

CTR, or CLick Through Ratio, is ratio between article impressions and the actual number of times someone clicks on YOUR links within the article. So, if you had 100 views on your article and you received 10 clicks, your CTR would be 100/10 (views/clicks)…you would have a CTR of 10%, which is pretty good.

Most article directories claim that their average CTR is 5%, but it is possible to achieve a much higher CTR than that.  In many cases, you should be able to attain 15-20%.    Take a peak at some of my best performing articles…

Best performing articles - Street Articles

As you can see, a high CTR is possible.  These are just a few of my high CTR articles, all of which are over 18% CTR.    If you want to take a look at these articles for yourself and see how I am linking, here they are (in the same order):

Surfing Lesson in Maui – Learn How to Surf in Beautiful Hawaii (20.14% CTR)

Find Best Keywords – How to Make Your Research Count (19.11% CTR)

The Master Article – Writing Quality Content on Street Articles (18.43% CTR)

And here are the article “click” stats for the “Surfing Lessons in Maui” article.  You can get to the “Stats” page inside the Street Articles dashboard.

Article Stats - Street Articles

As you can see, the first link gets double the clicks (as shown below).  It is important that you do take advantage of both of your links, as it will lead to a much higher CTR.  As you can see, I am not using call to action links, I am not blatantly promoting anything, I am naturally linking within the artilce.

That is correct, my highest CTR articles have NATURAL LINKS, not spammy, promotional or call-to-action links!

What a Link Looks Like in Street Articles

What About the Landing Page?

Some of you may not even be sure “what” page to link to.  If you don’t have a page just yet, it is OK as you will be able to link to your articles later.

One thing that you need to be aware of is that we do not allow affiliate links. It is required that you have your own web page to link within Street Articles. This could be a website that you own, or it could be a free website like Blogger.com, WordPress.com or Weebly.com.

The landing page that you link to needs to meet some relevance and content quality guidelines. Remember, you need to consider the reader.  You want your flow of relevance from your article to landing page to be very good, meaning that if you are talking about the “physicality of surfing”, sending people to a landing page about surfing exercises would be relevant.  Sending people to a dieting page would not.

Relevance creates a quality visitor experience and leads to a higher engagement (which means greater time on your site and more opportunity to earn money).

Here are the core rules about landing pages:

(1) Must be relevant to article content
(2) Must be at least 250 words in length (cannot just be a few links)
(3) Must not promote sexual related products
(4) Must not promote illegal or copyright infringing products or services

If you follow these landing page rules, your articles will be much more successful and will get Approved!

I hope you have found these landing page and linking tips to be very helpful.  If you have any questions, comments or need any clafication, please leave them below.

Cheers,
Kyle
Co-owner and author @ StreetArticles

12
Dec

How to Add an Image to Your Article in Street Articles

Written by Kyle. Posted in How to Use Street Articles, Using Images

Image addition to articles is critical to article quality. Without having images that represent your content, you are losing our or simply are going to frustrate a very large audience. You can read all about this within the “making great use of images within your content” post.

But how do you upload images, and what are some of the best practices for finding, creating and utilizing images.

Within this blogtorial I am going to explain exactly how to where to find, upload, and easily add images to your Street Articles.

Image rules

StreetArticles.com accepts many different formats of images, but we do have some rules on the type of images that you add. There is some criteria that an image needs to meet for it to upload properly into your article and they are as follows:

(1) Must be .jpg, .jpeg, .gif or a .png
(2) Must be at least 200 x 200 pixels in size
(3) Must not contain watermarks. Here is an example of a watermark:

Example of a watermark based image

(4) Must not contact sexually explicit or graphic material
(5) Image must be relevant to the article concept. If your article is about “how to fix a golf swing” then your image should be relevant to “someone swinging a golf club”.
(6) No author images. Author images should be added to your author profile.

If you follow these rules, then your images will have no issues uploading images or getting them accepted. If you do have issues, leave your comments at the bottom of this post.

How to Add Images

Now I am going to show you exactly how to upload images.  You can upload them within your article editor (below the article).   Below the content editing area, you will see an “Upload Image” button.  To upload your image, you will need to click this button.

Upload Image - Street Articles

Then the Image Manager window will pop-up a window where you can Browse for an image from the local files on your computer.

Browse for image - Street Articles

Choose the file from your computer.  Once you do it will be uploaded into the Image Manager, where you will then be able to crop your photo:

Image Cropping - Street Articles

Resize the photo to whatever dimensions you wish, the click “Done”.  Note that the images are all SQUARE within Street Articles, so you will need to crop the image so that it is square in terms of dimensions.

Save and Publish Article - Street Articles

My image that I have uploaded is then shown within the article editor.  I can now either submit my article, or I can change my image to a new one.  In this case, I am going to “Save & Publish” my article, sending it to moderation.

After it has been moderated, my image shows up within my article (as shown below)!

Image added to live article - Street Articles
Here is the link to the article if you want to see the live version.

That is it.  You now know how to add an image to your articles on Streetarticles.com.  If you want to add images or edit your images, you can do so by clicking the article “edit” button within your article dashboard.

Edit article - Street Articles

Again, adding images to your articles is essential and it can lead to far better article success. By this I mean, more views, more sharing, more comments, more people that actual read your content, and a better author brand (read post about this here).

Hope you enjoyed this article! If you have any articles out there without images, I suggest you take some time and start adding relevant images to them.

Cheers,

Kyle
Co-owner and author @ StreetArticles

08
Dec

Properly Formatting Your Articles – Make Them Reader Friendly

Written by Kyle. Posted in How to Use Street Articles

A well formatted article is a readable one. Some of the most common mistakes that authors at Street Articles make are related to how they format Formatting an Articleand “show” their content to the end users. It can make a big difference to the readability, and whether or not someone will take the time to read your article.

If someone doesn’t read your article and does not become engaged in it, you lose all the benefits of authoring content. Because of this, I am going to explain the top 5 ways you can improve your content formatting within Street Articles.

(1) Proper spacing

Welcome the “social” millenium, the days of creating smaller paragraphs.  People are becoming more and more accustomed to reading information in smaller chunks.  If you think about this, it makes sense.  Twitter, 140 characters max.  Texting, very short.  Facebook messages, typically even more brief than Twitter.

It is becoming harder and harder to engage people enough to read a massive block of text, without separating it with white space.  Because every type of reader is a bit different and every market/niche is different, we suggest you use your best judgment when deciding on paragraph size.

I have provided an example of one of my articles below.

Smaller Paragraphs

As you can see, I keep my paragraphs to readable chunks of information.   This is what people tend to read with more ease, and as a writer you need to consider the reader.  If people are not reading your content, then you have not done your job as an author.  Again, use your best judgement as there is no “specific number”, but try to partition your ideas as best as possible.

(2) Using headings

Along with smaller paragraphs, utilizing headings is a great way to “compartmentalize” your articles as well as dinstinguish one concept from another.  A headline is simply a textual descriptor outlining what is going to come in the upcoming paragraphs.

Here is an example of a heading:

Creating a Headline
In this case, I was describing the “impact of social activity”, thus my headline being appropriate.  For a reader, you can quickly scan articles that have headlines and determine quickly what the main concepts of the content are related to.  This makes your article very reader friendly.

You should break up your article into main concepts, so it is OK to have as many headlines as you want, depending on your article length.  An average 400-500 word article would typically have 2-5 headlines.  It doesn’t have to, but it can encourage far greater reader rates.

(3) Using lists

Lists are wonderful organizational tools.  If you have an a list of related ideas, a sequence of events or items, or you are creating a numbered list, then using lists should be something that you start doing.

Here is an example use of a “bulleted” list.

Bulleted List

As you can see, I have broken down a list of ideas into a list.  Instead of using sequential “commas”, this breaks apart the text with some white space, adding to readability.  The same can be done with numbered lists (as shown below).

Numbered List

To create your own list, you will want to use the “list” buttons when within the editor (inside Street Articles).

List buttons

Simply click the area of your text where you want to add your list, and then click the appropriate list button, and it will insert your list.

(4) Don’t overuse text formatting

You want your text to flow naturally.  The worse thing you can do is overformat your content.  This means adding too much BOLD, Italics, and underlined text within your article.   If you have a tendency to do this without an underlying “point”, stop.  It only makes your article a more difficult experience for a reader.

This is exactly what I am talking about!

Not that easy to read is it?  Take care when adding text formatting to your article, it can add value if done correctly (and in moderation), but it can also detract from your content.

If you are looking to format your text, the functionality to do this is again within the Street Articles editor.

Bold Button

You simply want to highlight the text that you want to format, and click the appropriate format button.  In this case, I chose to bold the text. The I represents Italics, and the U represents Underline.

(5) Avoid uppercase

“DO YOU FIND THIS HARD TO READ?”

It is much nicer when it is written like this…

“Do you find this hard to read?”

I know that it is a male thing to write by hand in all BLOCK letters, however it doesn’t translate well in the online world. People want your text to be written in an easy to read way, and all uppercase does not accomplish this.

If you want to emphasize a POINT (as you would in your speech by increasing your tone), sure you can use the odd uppercase word, but it should be used very sparingly.

Some Extra Formatting Tips:

Microsoft Word Issues

Don’t copy your article from Microsoft Word directly into StreetArticles.com. MS Word has some very strange code that it adds to any text that you copy and paste and this can create automatic formatting issues. If you are using MS Word, I suggest that you copy the article into another editor like Notepad/Textpad first, or you use another editor like Google Docs that does not add the strange code when you copy and paste into StreetArticles.

Use Google Docs

Google Docs is a web based editor (and a free one) that works very well (I am an avid user). It allows you to access any of your content, regardless of your location…meaning it is entire web based (just need an Internet connection).  There is nothing more annoying than having to email documents to yourself.

You can also share your content with others before your submit it to get them to review your content.

If you have a Google account, you automatically have access to Google Docs through your account.  If you don’t already have a free Google account, you can set one up here:

http://docs.google.com
Hope you enjoyed this article!

Cheers,

Kyle
Co-owner and author @ StreetArticles

Chatter

  • Jonathan Lambert

    February 20, 2012 |

    Ok thank you, maybe I'll give a try !

  • Maurice Savaryego

    February 20, 2012 |

    Great! Thanks! I will be looking forward to it when I get back in April.

  • Robert Świerkosz

    February 20, 2012 |

    Kyle Wa ok my Opera was fail Javascript :) now is ok :) Signed up.

  • Kyle Wa

    February 20, 2012 |

    Robert Świerkosz It is below this line: Simply fill out the form below and I will send you Day 1 of the 30 in 30 challenge. Good luck!

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