Random Thoughts From a Wikinut Moderator, a Letter to Wikinut Writers

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 11th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/41p2euil/
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Over the past few years as a Wikinut Moderator a few thoughts have passed my mind but none of them were big enough ideas to write as one article. As such I am sharing these random thoughts and ideas together as one larger article.

We Reject A Lot of Crappy Articles

You would not believe how many articles are rejected, sometimes I reject more than I publish.

If a moderator rejects an article they send a reason in the messages, sometimes the reason is a misspelled word in the title, an easy fix. Check your messages to find out why your article was rejected.

We reject a lot of crappy articles too, ones that are advertising (this is becoming more common), plagiarized, or have hideous grammar.

I have rejected some that have obvious copyright photos too - please do not use google or bing to find pictures, use your own or get them from a proper source for copyright free pictures that are legal to use on commercial sites.

Deteriorating Qualtiy of Aricles

I know many writers here also write for Bubblews, but Bubblews has caused a downturn in quality here as people who joined that site first then came here are use to writing very short articles which are rejected here. Search engines hate short articles, try to write at least 300 words if you are writing an informative article. Poetry can be shorter but know you will not get many views unless you have more words.

Again, along the lines of poor quality articles, simply rewriting a news story without putting your own opinions in, or adding more information, is not benefiting you. In fact this can be considered plagiarism even if not copied word for word, you are taking somebody's reporting and claiming it as your own!

Please use the "Preview" button to see how your article looks before hitting the "Publish" button.

Money and Earnings

Again, short articles will not get many views long term, so write better, longer articles to increase your long term earnings.

Every article should link to 2-3 other Wikinut articles thus possibly generating you more views overall, and note that search engines prefer articles with a few outgoing and incoming links!

Yes, Wikinut payments are lower than "some" other sites, but they do pay.

You can increase your earnings by sharing some of your best articles on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and so forth. Do not get spammy.

You can increase your earnings by visiting other Wikinut writer's articles and leaving a comment related to the article (do not tell them to view your article) and they may return the favor.

Also About Links

Every story that is written in sections or parts should link to the part following itself as well as link to the first part. That way if a reader happens to stumble upon a middle part and they want to read it from beginning to end, they can.

Long lists of links to unrelated articles hurt your article over all, only link to the most related, but always link to 2-3 other articles, even if they are not your own!

Amazon links and links designed to sell something are not allowed here.

Wikinut does allow you to share your Wikinut referral code in any of your articles but we do not allow referral codes from other sites.

Read here on how to add links if you are having problems.

Other Random Thoughts

Do not beg for a star, if you want to earn a star then write a star worthy article. To earn a star you must write a reasonably long article, ideally informative, and use some Wikinut formatting features (sections, bolding or italics, links, adding images).

Better titles get more views, a good title is at least 3 words long and uses at least 2 key words.

Do not submit tons of articles all at once, as only one article per author will show on the Featured Pages.

Note that moderator Peter B. Giblett has many articles offering further tips to being a better Wikinut writer.

Product reviews are excellent money earners, make sure you include the pros and cons of a product and are not just trying to sell something. A review is not the same as advertising, I will reject an article that looks like advertising.

Always have at least 6 tags.

If you quote somebody you should use italics as well as quotation marks, for example the other day my wife said "Make sure you tell people to use italics for quotes."

Note that moderators are human too, if you see an article that is crap, but was published, please message the moderator that published it to let them know your concerns about that page.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Mark, thanks for all the great tips. I'm learning as I go. I've had over a thousand articles published but I'm still a work in progress. There are so many talented writers on this site. I know a lot of them from other sites and I'm very grateful that I can read their articles here.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Weel done my dear Mark and thanks for the heads up again! this is a sort of reminder of how to perform and be a better Wiki user and contributor, cheers!

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author avatar Retired
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Good advice.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Mark, you have hit the nail on the head with your thoughts - I was moderating this morning and hit each of the issues you identified. I rejected a page from a writer that is male, yet was a blatant copy of an article written on a blog site by a female writer - we can see who has written what and in some instances can have member accounts terminated for blatant plagiarism.

I will add a note I sent to a writer who has been writing on Wikinut for as long as I have. As a new writer I expect to see errors and imperfections, but over time everyone should show improvement and for a native English speaker to demonstrate poor knowledge of language is neither helping the writer nor Wikinut.

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author avatar snerfu
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Nice ba! Got them all down, and eyeing stars for me pages.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Good afternoon, Mark; I still think there should be a "do your homework before you write for Wikinut" section. There is a wealth of information about how to specifically write for Wikinut here. Is it our arrogance that prompts us to bypass the directions? For myself, I spent several days reading Chief Nut, you, Peter, Johnny, Steve, and even some past moderators to try and make sure that what I posted here met criteria. In the long run, I believe it has paid off. I appreciate what all of the moderators do and will try to continue to submit articles that don't make you want to tear your hair out. ~Marilyn

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Sep 2014 (#)

you Marilyn and others of your ilk write pieces that are of interest and knowledge..keeping wikinut standard what it set out to be...thank you

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author avatar Retired
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you for all you do, Mark, in moderating and in imparting wisdom.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Sep 2014 (#)

so many thanks Mark for writing this..as a moderator it must be difficult for you...but I do agree that if we want to keep quality not quantity here on wikinut we need folk like you to do...

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author avatar Retired
12th Sep 2014 (#)

Great tips and feedback, Mark. Thanks for sharing your insights.

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author avatar Ptrikha
12th Sep 2014 (#)

I recently submitted an article and it was rejected, because it shared the URL of a E-Commerce site. I have removed it and re-submitted my article. I do share Business News, but add my opinions and do not copy verbatim. For me, sharing Image, Article and Video source is a must.
Great tips Mark.

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author avatar Mariah
12th Sep 2014 (#)

I agree, great tips, sound advice

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author avatar C.D. Moore
12th Sep 2014 (#)

Very helpful. thanks Mark!

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author avatar Athlyn
12th Sep 2014 (#)

This is very helpful information. Content sites differ in their criteria and you have outlined some key points.

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author avatar Retired
12th Sep 2014 (#)

Great reminders for all of us. I know we try to do our best but sometimes there may be a slip-up here and there.

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author avatar kaylar
12th Sep 2014 (#)

What I think is that there should be like a special section for quality articles. the very best.

Some 'Star' pages aren't that good. What we need is a page of really good stuff.

Not stuff that has five links, five bolds, with good grammar and good spelling, but really good articles which would entice and encourage readers.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Sep 2014 (#)

Always good to be reminded of the finer points that we tend to forget otherwise, thanks Mark. I try to put my best foot forward all the time and take it as a challenge to post read-worthy articles - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks for this.

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

vary intersecting post and thanks for sharing it with us.

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author avatar C.S. McClellan
27th Dec 2014 (#)

I really appreciate this since I'm new here and I'm still learning. I've wondered about the articles I've seen with major problems, even misspellings in the titles, and wondered how they passed muster. It's good to know that I can contact the moderator with suggestions. (As a newbie, though, I'll hold off on that for a while.)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
27th Dec 2014 (#)

We try to be forgiving for some people especially if English is not their first language. I have rejected many articles for spelling errors in the title, but moderators cannot edit articles so ultimately it is up to the writer to maintain their quality. For sure we should be tougher but sometimes we do miss things.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
27th Dec 2014 (#)

I normally reject articles that have errors in either the Page Title of Summary because it is about giving the writer the opportunity to put their best foot forward, if it is re-submitted with the same error present then I will allow it through (provided it passes other checks).

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author avatar jjmyles
9th Jan 2015 (#)

I appreciate these articles that give good advice on being successful at Wikinut. They are very helpful.

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author avatar pramalkumarsamanta
15th Apr 2015 (#)

Hearty thanks for very good advices in the article.

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author avatar chrysolite
4th May 2015 (#)

Thanks for the reminder! Will read your article over and over again to get better and better in writing for Wikinut!

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
16th Jun 2015 (#)

Very informative piece! I've read some great articles on wikinut (the kind that win writing prizes) and some awful, barely readable pieces. I shudder to think what was rejected.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
16th Jun 2015 (#)

Yes I admit some have been published that should not have been published. If you find any really bad ones, copy the URL send it to me (in a message) and I will contact Sam to delete it.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
16th Jun 2015 (#)

L. R. Laverde-Hansen - sometimes a fine balance has to be met. It is necessary to encourage a new writer to start and continue writing, but do you do that by rejecting their badly written pieces, or do you give then some encouragement and allow it through in the hope that they will in time improve?

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author avatar peachpurple
27th Jul 2015 (#)

thanks for your useful advice

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author avatar brendamarie
4th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank-you for the very useful tips and advice

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