Q: Does it cost anything for me to write here?
Q: How will I be paid?
A. Once we see 100 pages on the site, you get 25% ad revenue share – your ad shows up on your article 25% of the time.
You can also earn via affiliate links. You can have Amazon links, Commission Junction links and other relevant links. If you’re not sure if you can use it you can ask via the forum or the Facebook Group (links are at the bottom of this page). You will keep 100% of all your affiliate revenue.
Q: How do I submit a post?
Q: Can I write about anything I want?
A: Almost. There are some topics that are banned by Google Adsense and should not be written about here including (but not limited to): adult, promotion of drugs (including herbal), promotions of alcohol and cigarettes, gambling, hacking, “pay-to-click” sites, extreme violence, hate content, racism, and promotion of weaponry.
Q: Can I copy an interesting article I find online and paste it here to be published?
A: No. This is copyright infringement (and is also against Google Adsense’s terms of service) and is against the law. We have a zero tolerance policy and anyone found doing this will have their account deleted immediately.
Q: Can I publish an article here that I have published somewhere else, like on my blog or another article site?
A: No. Please publish ONLY your own original, never published before content here. If you have removed an article from another site or your own site and would like to publish it here that is ok but it MUST be de-indexed by Google first. You can check to see if it is de-indexed by copying a random sentence from your article, pasting it into Google search with quotes around it, and searching. If your old article shows up it is not de-indexed yet.
Q: Will my articles be published immediately after I submit them?
A: Yes, since you have already qualified to write on Trendzic, there will be no hold up on your pages. However, we will be looking at the first few pages every writer publishes to make sure they are of the quality we expect. Any page that is not up to our standard will be sent back to draft to be fixed by the author.
**NOTE: If you publish something that is obvious a spun article/spam, it will be deleted and your account will be deleted without warning. PLEASE do not spin articles or spam the site with links. Also, anyone who plagiarizes content from other sources (that includes PDF’s, slide presentations, and books) may have their account deleted without notice.
Q: Can I use pictures?
A: Yes you can use pictures. In fact, it is required
Q: When I can use pictures, can I use any picture I find online?
A: No. You can use your own pictures or copyright free pictures. Please cite your source or state that the picture belongs to you.
We have a tool to find pictures from Pixabay.com – a source for copyright free pictures. Although Pixabay doesn’t require attribution for it’s pictures to be used WE still require that you include a source so that we can verify it if need be. To add a Pixabay picture click on the Pixabay when you are in the post editor. Make sure that your cursor is placed where you want the picture to appear. Put in a search term. Choose a picture/size. Copy the code in the “caption” area. Choose alignment and size for your photo. Click on Use as Featured image and then click on Upload. Once it is in your post, click on the picture again, click on the pencil, then paste the code you copied into the caption box. You can just include the link if you do not want it to be a clickable link. If you choose to make it a clickable link remember that this counts as one of your outbound links.
Please also note that not all pictures on Wikipedia are free to use. To be safe, look for pictures from Wikipedia in the WikiMedia Commons files.
When you choose to use pictures from another source you must cite your source so that it can be verified. If you are using a picture from a source where it is not obvious that you have permission to use it you MUST forward us the email from the source that states that you have permission to use it. Send these emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
According to Google Adsense, you CANNOT use pictures of nude body parts or pictures that are sexually suggestive. Note:
AdSense is a family-safe network. Our policy regarding adult or mature content may include any material that is not appropriate for all audiences. While this obviously includes full nudity or sexual activity, it may also include textually explicit sexual content, image or video content containing lewd or provocative poses, strategically covered nudity, see-through or sheer clothing, and close-ups of anatomy that would be inappropriate if shown nude. Additionally, topics such as sexual health and sex tips may be held to a higher standard of professionalism than content that isn’t bordering on mature. Even if there’s no adult content hosted on your page, links to adult sites or displaying adult ads from a third party will also be considered as adult content. When in doubt about whether an image or text might be construed as adult content, our general guideline is this: if you wouldn’t want a child to see the content, or if you would be embarrassed to view the page in front of colleagues, then it’s probably not family-safe and you shouldn’t place AdSense ad code on it.
Q: Can I write my articles in a language other than English?
A: No – English only please.
Q: Do I need to bother with spell check or worry about grammar?
A: Yes! Please proofread your articles carefully for spelling, grammar, and readability by an English speaking/reading audience. This includes titles, categories, and tags as well.
Q: Is there a required word count?
A: No, but any good sales page starts out with an introduction paragraph(s) and a picture, so we do want to see this on Trendzic posts. It is also a good idea to include descriptions with your products, and introductions to groups of products. These are just components of a good sales page. What we don’t want to see is a page of nothing but links. This is unacceptable because it will make the whole site look bad and threaten our ranking. No “link farms” will be tolerated and if you are found posting them, your account could be deleted without warning.
While we have no hard and fast rules as to text to link ratios, Google will not rank your post if you offer little to no quality text in relation to the amount of links that you have. If you are not ranked in Google, then your page will not be displayed when your keyword is searched and you will get little to no traffic.
Q: Can I use unlimited tags and/or categories?
A. No. We allow a maximum of 2 categories and 6 tags per article. This is to avoid being flagged as spam and possibly even incur search engine penalties. We also do not allow one word tags or focus keywords (SEO).
If you need help getting your tags focused enough to meet our limits please see http://writedge.com/blog/stop-losing-money/ and http://writedge.com/blog/format-tags-seo-and-category-guidelines/
Q: Is there a limit to the number of links I can put in one article:
A: We have no set number allowed, however, we ask that you be reasonable. Your page should not be so long and link stuffed that it will turn off your readers. We will be keeping a look out for pages with unreasonable numbers of links. All links must be contextual, that is to say that if you are making a sales page about Christmas wreaths, you don’t include links to buy garden rakes or mixing bowls. All links must be in line with the subject of the sales page. We prefer not to see links in the introduction paragraphs. We reserve the right to delete links, without notice, that we feel they are too non-reputable or scam sales sites.
Q: Can I comment on my own posts?
A: Only if you are responding to someone please! Don’t comment on your posts for no particular reason and please make sure your comments have value. Posts like “Thanks, great post” or “I agree” have no value. If you want to comment please leave a comment that adds value to the page overall. And make sure that comments are not rude. Consider your wording carefully if you are disagreeing with someone. If you can disagree without being rude it might be better to not comment at all.
Q: Where can a writer connect with other writers and Trendzic Owners to ask questions, get advice or share knowledge?
A: The OFFICIAL Harlow-McGaw Media Support Group
Community Forums (just for writers)
Information for writers:
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