Cash bonuses for article milestones

 

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With DTC at almost 18k posts and WE creeping up on 10k I just wanted to remind everyone that whomsoever posts the 25,000th post and the 10,000th post will be eligible to claim a cash bonus. To claim your prize, email me at writedge1 (at) gmail.com and give me the link to the winning article.

As for the rest of our sites, the first milestone prize will be at 1000 posts, same method of claiming as above.

POLL: Profile Pages – What Features Matter To You?

We’ve had the fancy profile pages for quiet some time.  There are features that we like and some that we don’t.

It’s come time to evaluate how much the profile pages benefit the sites and of course, we want YOU to weigh in.

(This is also a test of a poll features that we are considering using on the site)

Please answer the following polls to give us your opinions:

http://www.wedgies.com/question/55d504d871b5860f00000733

http://www.wedgies.com/question/55d505834af762390000072b

https://www.wedgies.com/question/55d505ee0769700c00000741

https://www.wedgies.com/question/55d5063f9416f90e00000c6a

https://www.wedgies.com/question/55d5068da102242b00000c25

https://www.wedgies.com/question/55d507014af762390000074c

https://www.wedgies.com/question/55d507ed1566d30d00000750

https://www.wedgies.com/question/55d509edfe5e861000000c62

June Payments Sent

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DTC and WE payments for June have been sent. If you feel you were overlooked or missed, please email me at [email protected] with ‘June Payment’ in the subject line and your site, username, and issue in the body of the email. Payment related issues posted to facebook, forum, or comments will be ignored.

Inactive accounts

On DTC and Writedge when a brand new account has neither posted nor commented within 60 days, the site assumes the account is inactive or belongs to a bot and deletes it (all it takes is 1 post or 1 comment to safeguard your account from this automated process). Our other sites also have this software installed, but I’ve had it disabled during beta testing and growing pains. Now, as we continue to grow, we find keeping track of who is active becomes more and more difficult so we will be activating the software on Honest Reviewz and Listofied.

The activation will take place by the end of the month so if you have an account, but haven’t yet posted and/or commented on a post you’ll want to do one or the other to keep your account active.

Please note: If you account does get deleted from ANY HMM site for inactivity, you will always be free to reapply. All this is, is housekeeping to remove the dozens, hundreds, sometimes thousands of bot accounts that get set up every month.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Google Analytics comes to Harlow-McGaw Media

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You can enter your Google Analytics ID into your profile on any of our Per Per View sites for real time stats. Assuming all goes well, we’ll look into adding it to our rev-share sites too. I’ve drafted someone to write a tutorial on how to set up Google Analytics if you don’t use it yet and will announce it once it’s done.

Here is the tutorial: http://writedge.com/how-to-set-up-google-analytics-for-writedge/

Security Maintenance tonight

We will be offline for approximately 10 minutes tonight between 22:00 and 23:00 for a security update. If you are working during that timeframe please be sure to save a copy to your computer just in case. We don’t anticipate longer than 10 minutes downtime for this update.

EDIT: Maintenance complete.

Imagery is as important as tags and title.

Relevant Imagery is given higher rankings by search engines, and more loved by social media. Visuals catch the eye, and have a huge impact on whether or not someone hits the back button. If you are not using at least one (better if it’s one image per 250ish words) image, you are robbing yourself of as much as half of your possible earnings.

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Importance of imagery in an article

90% of information that is absorbed by the brain is visual. No images? 90% of people will not read your article. If you’re lucky, they may spend enough time scanning to the bottom for you to get your 15 seconds it takes to make a paid view. If you’re like most of us however, you don’t want your income to rely on luck, so good, eye catching, RELEVANT Imagery is key.

So what makes a good image?

1. Relevant – I can not stress enough how much you need your images to be relevant to your content. If I click on your brownie recipe and you have a cute picture of your kid, odds are I’m going to hit the back button and look at the next result in the search engine.

2. Colorful – With a few exception, such as newsprint for example, or nighttime photo’s, your images should be eye catching and colorful. You want to be noticed. For your intent to explode into their brain and excite them enough to keep reading.

3. Be memorable – If they remember your image, they’ll remember you (assuming you’ve done your job and entered your bio and completed your profile etc). If they remember you, they’ll want to read more from you. 1 image can create endless new views from new articles.

4. Establishes a major area of interest – Be sure the major object draws the eye and is relevant to your article.

5. NO distractions – Distractions could be neon/too bright areas especially at the edges backgrounds that are too busy, and foregrounds that have too much happening so you can’t tell what the focus is.

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6. Try to avoid symmetry – Having your focus dead center is boring and expected. Stand out by putting your focus off center (unless you are using a symmetrical focus).

7. Make sure your images have lighting and/or shadow that is appropriate to your subject.

8. Be sure your image theme fits your article theme. If your article is light-hearted and fun, make your image fun. If your article is serious, be sure your image is serious as well.

tips on using images

Feel free to use the above infographic on your site or blog by copying and pasting this code:

<a href=”http://writedge.com/blog/imagery-is-as-important-as-tags-and-title/tips-on-using-images/” rel=”attachment wp-att-627″><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-627″ src=”http://writedge.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/tips-on-using-images.jpg” alt=”tips on using images” width=”500″ height=”2000″ /></a>

Make more money! Help us in our summer 2015 viral marketing campaign

Want a big share of traffic like this? Here’s how you can help.

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For this summer’s viral marketing campaign our goal is to show as many online writers as possible that we exist. For tweets, use 2 or 3 hashtags (no more than 3) of the following. ‪#‎writers‬ ‪#‎writing‬ ‪#‎wahm‬ ‪#‎makemoneyonline‬ or use ritetag.com to find other relevant hashtags that will reach writers without spamming non-writers.

We’ve suggested setting your landing page as http://writedge.com/blog/our-sites/, but anywhere that they can get an idea what we’re about in this community works just fine. Tweeting your posts helps a little too, but for our goal of getting our name out there to as many writers as we can before summer’s end, a normal tweet works best.

Succeeding in this campaign will definitely mean another raise in pay. It will also mean going from a few hundred thousand views a month to a few million. How’s that for success 🙂

Please share your tweets/hashtags for retweeting here: Summer tweet/facebook campaign

You can see one I did (used too many hashtags, but you get the idea) here: https://twitter.com/UberGeekGirl1

and here is one from Danielle https://twitter.com/daily_2cents/status/618557347082969088

Captcha overkill?

If you find yourself getting asked to input a captcha on either Writedge or Daily Two Cents too often, please screenshot and send to [email protected] with a description of how often you’re seeing it and what you’re doing when you do.

thanks!

Are you sabotaging yourself when it comes to making money?

Are you living comfortably and well off on the residual income of the articles you have written? If you are, this post is not for you 🙂 If you are not, please read on…

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Scroll down to the bottom of any article you’ve written. Do this for every site you write on. On the spot that says “About the Author” do you have interesting and entertaining info there? Do you have an image of yourself? If you answered no to either of these questions, you are sabotaging your ability to make money.

Lots of people want to know about the author of the article they are reading. If you deny them that, they may assume you have something to hide or worse, that you just don’t care if they follow you or not. Giving your readers a bit of info about yourself is an easy and quick way to encourage them to follow you and read other things you write.