So you are Moving Your Articles to Wikinut: A Few Tips

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 5th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Recently the Yahoo Contributor Network has closed (as has some other writing sites) and many writers have sought out a new home, finding Wikinut there are some things the new contributor should know in order to get the best out of the site.

The Closure of other Writing Sites

It is always sad to see the demise of sites that people have been contributing to for many years, the Yahoo Contributor Network and a few others have closed their doors permanently over recent months. Triond seems also to be on a downward trend, which is one reason I have been moving many articles myself. I have also noticed that social writing site Bubblews has introduced a maximum number of posts per day. The net effect is that this has left a vacuum for some writers and they feel it necessary to move their works to a new location, yet there are challenges in doing so and here are a few tips from one of the Wikinut site moderators to assist new members.

Firstly, welcome, I do hope you find that Wikinut is a great site to be a part of we have been developing a great community that is assisted by its members and their willingness to contribute in many ways. Personally I have been writing on many sites but generally I find most satisfaction from writing here and I hope in time you will as well, you will find that we have some really powerful writers that contribute regularly and whether or not you agree with the things they have to say you can at least be proud to be contributing to a great community.

A few things you Should know About Wikinut.

You should know that Wikinut is a moderated site and that means that when you submit articles they do not immediately get published, but they go into a Moderation Queue for the site moderators to look at, but remember this moderators are, like you, members of this community and wish to have their articles published as well as having day jobs, take a look at an article I recently penned about being kind to your moderators.

The reason for moderating articles is to help ensure articles are original and to attempt to keep quality high. Yet in saying the latter a moderator is encouraged to assist new writers in being published, yet in truth there are many posts where the quality of the English leaves much to be desired, yet I want to encourage those who are new, even if they have much to learn.

Wikinut prefers articles to be broken down into sections and as you are writing your article you should see a little tab at the bottom of your editor that says "Add new section" - please use this link to break your article into sections you will find this helps the development of the contributions you make. You should also note that each section may have an image attached to it, indeed Wikinut prefers articles to be associated with images, and to do this you should click the "Attach Image" button in your section heading to add your image, but only one image per section can be published,.

Please also ensure that you as a writer have a profile image - this does not have to be your picture, but it should be an image that people can associate with you, it looks so much more professional than the Wikinut default (shown here).

There are many categories on Wikinut under which articles may be posted, these may differ from those on the other sites you use - usually relevant categories can be found somewhere, but if necessary please ask a moderator if it is possible to add a new category (at a specific point) and we shall make a request to the site administrators.

Tips on Moving your Articles

Remember that even when the site where your article was previously posted has been closed by the site operators it is still possible for that content to be found by Google and other Search Engines and as a part of any plagiarism check, and it will therefore be possible to identify the article as not being original, yet there are several things you should do to help moderators know what is happening.

Firstly you should make use of the "Notes for the moderator" box to let them know where the article was originally published and under what user name.

Secondly it is best to take the opportunity to update the article, modernise it and include the latest thinking for one thing. I recently moderated an article that opened "Since spring is now upon us..." well it may not feel much like it but right now it is summer and that immediately told me the writer was simply moving content for moving sake. By changing the article just a little you are ensuring that is is not identical to the original and that the thinking has also been updated, you will also not re-post with those same stupid mistakes in it as you made last time.

Thirdly please remember that you are now appealing to a new community that works in a slightly different way. Many members on Wikinut love to read fresh material and they also love to comment on issues that interest them, covering a 3 year-old topic with 3 year-old references may mean that something that should still be relevant may be seen as dated and irrelevant (which may mean the reader will see all of your material in the same light).

Page Titles should be seen as important on any site and should be both imaginative and exciting and sometimes if you are publishing on a new site it is a good idea to come up with a new title and be relevant in the new time in which your article is being published. For Page Summaries you should also think about the time in which you are publishing, such things as predictions for 2013 elections once the election has passed may be of some historical relevance, but the original page summary which talks of predictions would be out of date and seem pointless on the new site.

Being Rejected is not always Fatal

If your submission happens to be rejected it is not always terminal.

We all make mistakes, and sometimes the moderator is rejecting your item to save you from yourself and often all that is required is a little fix, please look at the reasons for rejection and fix the issue, before attempting to post the article again.

The majority of reasons an article may be rejected are:

  • The article looks to have been copied/ripped off
  • It is too short
  • There is bad English in the Page Title
  • There is bad English in the Page Summary
  • The spelling and grammar used in the body of the article is unacceptable
  • Affiliate or advertising links have been included

One reason the moderator may think the article has been copied from another website is that you have not told them about other websites that you publish on and the names you use on those sites. Trying to claim that other people's work is your own though is likely to get you removed as a user.

When you get a notice that your article is too short it means that you have used less than 300 words. there is an opportunity to update your article to ensure it is of the right length (poetry is the only exception to this rule).

Unless you are being poetic (where it is wise to use moderator notes to ensure the moderator knows your intentions) it is important to use good English in both Page Titles and the Page Summaries because these are the first points where a prospective reader may get some idea about the material you are publishing.

The affiliate or advertising links element needs a little explanation. You are encouraged to share your own personal Wikinut link, this can be found on the "Invite friends" page, you simply need to ensure that you use your unique link address found on that page that looks like the following:

Putting links to invite readers to join you on any other site using a similar link is against the Wikinut terms and conditions and must be avoided.

Similarly if you are providing information about a product or something offered by another website then generally links that advertise or promote products are not permitted. In general terms if you are uncertain about how to apply this rule think about this when a page you wish to link to contains either discount offers or a price(s) then this is not permitted, yet linking to information pages that could enhance your article is always welcome. I have written a more in-depth guide about this.

I would be surprised if experienced writers are rejected for poor use of English in the body of their article.

Linking to Other articles

As I am doing in this section all Wikinut writers are encouraged to link to other material they have written or material relating to the topic, this ensures that more links are created to each of your articles which can ultimately upgrade Google and search engines rating your articles. When relevant I include links to other people's material but in general you should always highlight your own Wikinut material and invite other people to join Wikinut and make their own contribution, at this point you can make use of that link from the "Invite Friends" page.

The following are some of the more recent articles that I have published on a variety of topics.

Each person has a unique voice and Wikinut is great a place for you to share some of your wisdom, insight and knowledge, you could start by adding a comment, but perhaps you need something more in which case should join Wikinut, write then become connected to others who share a passion for writing, supporting one another, and learning on Wikinut.

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author avatar snerfu
6th Aug 2014 (#)

Ah! The Commonwealth Games is over and US Opens beckons! Just do not trip up on any empty chairs or alligators that may be around. Just joking, of course. As Chief says, "Let the mayhem begin!"

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
6th Aug 2014 (#)

Excellent article Peter. Yes there are many sites closing down, I know of Helium and Yahoo Voices.
Wikinut welcomes your articles, but follow Peter's tips for the best success.

I suggest reviewing your articles and updating them too as you transfer them.

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author avatar pohtiongho
6th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks for your post. I personally believe that most of the sites cannot hang on because the owners are cheats. One of them is www.helium.com
I contributed to this site for more than a year and earned $15.47 but was eventually told that only those contributors who had been awarded with a * would be paid. I don't need that money. Maybe they need it more than I do ?

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author avatar Joginder
6th Aug 2014 (#)

Why wikinut? There are better paying sites like dailytwocents etc

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
6th Aug 2014 (#)

Joginder, The point was not about whether there were better paying sites, the fact is there are many writers that are now moving to Wikinut from some sites that have now closed. They need to learn the new ways on their new sites (not just Wikinut).

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author avatar Joyce Singha
6th Aug 2014 (#)

Nice tips. Yes, it's a good idea to revise an old article when putting it here or elsewhere. Thanks for the info.

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author avatar spirited
6th Aug 2014 (#)

informative article Peter.

It is often a lot of work to re-write an old article, but this does need to be done before reposting it here as Peter has pointed out in his article.

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author avatar Ptrikha
6th Aug 2014 (#)

Quite useful tips, and when I use an older article, I try to "re-invent" it, thought the degree of that could vary.

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author avatar pohtiongho
6th Aug 2014 (#)

Joginder: money is not the issue here; I don't have to move my articles from any site because I keep the original copies., and the copyright.

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author avatar Retired
6th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you for the tips and for welcoming us refugees. Much appreciated.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
6th Aug 2014 (#)

Susan, I do understand the analogy of being refugees, it is not a good feeling to be kicked out of a place that becomes a home but I do hope you can find a new home.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Aug 2014 (#)

Very well explained, thanks Peter. It took a while for me to get the hang of this site after my longer stint with YCN and a shorter one with Bukisa. Now I stick to Wikinut only but every post is original as the earlier 400 plus are truly water under the bridge! I love the community here as I did at YCN and feel so glad some have swum to this shore and finding their feet - siva

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author avatar Retired
6th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you. I will be republishing stuff from YCN. I've been 'testing the waters', and so far, I like the way this is working for me.
I'm finding good people here ... and some good content.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
6th Aug 2014 (#)

I do hope you can find a home here.

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author avatar Bill Harbin Jr
6th Aug 2014 (#)

Good thoughts given here. I had 200 articles at YCN and receive more page views here. It is interesting how some categories so better here and some not as well. I write for fun, and this site has great people as well as good moderators.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Writing for fun is of course the best of motives. The thing about categories is that site developers cannot think of all possible ones and categories do continue to get added regularly, I am responsible for about 3 or 4 of the current ones but they are always being added to.

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author avatar Etc.
6th Aug 2014 (#)

I'm a new writer here, and this was helpful.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
7th Aug 2014 (#)

You are welcome and I hope you find it a great community to be a part of.

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author avatar Retired
6th Aug 2014 (#)

Are our articles "findable" online through keyword searches? Are pageviews generated by readers outside our Wikinut community?

You have written an informative piece here for us, Peter.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes Wikinut "page tags" do perform well on Google and other searches - about a year ago I tested a group of articles (by myself and others) and found they performed very well. By comparison I could not find articles that had been posted on Bubblews at that time - sorry these were the only sites I tested.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
7th Aug 2014 (#)

One of the things I did not talk about in the body of the article was keywords - called "page tags" here. When creating your article simply add them to the Page Tags dialogue box at the top of the submission page.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
7th Aug 2014 (#)

I wish all the newbies a hearty welcome -- and I try to follow them as I realize they are coming from YCN or Helium. Any that want to follow me are welcome to do so.

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author avatar Courtney
8th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you. I'm working on moving content from YCN as well and there are a lot of helpful tips I didn't know about in this article.

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author avatar pohtiongho
11th Aug 2014 (#)

Another site to avoid is www.bubblews.com
I have about $200.00 there and those cheats refuse to pay me. They don't response to your questions. There are thousands of others like me. Those cronies must be millionaires by now ?

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author avatar Etc.
11th Aug 2014 (#)

I'm new to the site, and it's very nice to find these helpful articles.

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author avatar reg430
23rd Aug 2014 (#)

I, too, am coming from YCN. I like what I have seen here so far. I especially like how everyone is attempting to help everyone else. This makes for a great writing community.

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author avatar Retired
23rd Aug 2014 (#)

Very helpful information. I don't want to mention which ones, but there are some sites that do not pay out as promised. Wikinut may not be a source of income, but there are some marvelous writers here and it is a privilege to be in their company.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
23rd Aug 2014 (#)

Mike, To let you know I get paid monthly, but I have a lot of articles published here and moderate articles.

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