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My Kid Craft FAQ

Can I be paid for publishing articles?
What is My Kid Craft?
Getting started - how to write an article
Is there a standard format?
How do I start and submit an article?
How do I include an image?
How do I create categories?
How do I include a link?
What is the appropriate article length?
Can I save my article and change it later?
How long does it take for an article to be published?
What about copyright?
How do I request payment?
What are paid links?
I wrote an article and so far I've only earned 8 cents, what's going on?
How do I change my pen name?
How can I get more people to read my articles?
I still have unanswered questions

Can I be paid for publishing articles?

Yes you can be paid for sharing your articles. Payment is in proportion to the number of people who read your articles.

The CPM value is the amount you will receive for every 1000 readers. You do not have to wait for an article to receive 1000 readers to be paid, it's just how the CPM value is expressed. Your account is adjusted each time someone reads one of your articles.

The current CPM value for an article is $10, or 1 cent per reader.

You can view your account balance on by clicking on "My Account".

Creative Kids also offers rewards at the editors discretion. Bronze $5, Silver $10, Gold $20. Interesting articles with a minimum of 3 good photos are most likely to receive awards. Please don't be disappointed if you don't receive an award as it's dependent on the amount of funds available at the time.

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What is My Kid Craft?

My Kid Craft is a place to publish articles on all the creative things you do with your children. Art, crafts, modelling, cooking and games are just a few ideas.
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Getting started - how to write an article

*Click on 'Share Article' in the menu bar
*Enter the Title of your article
*A page will appear with a yellow text entry pad on the left hand side.
*Enter your article text in the yellow boxes (there’s a template to help you)
*Press "update" to save your text as you go. This will save your text and you now can leave your draft if needed and come back to it later. You will find your draft article saved in "My Account"
*When you press "update" you will see an article preview appear on the right hand side.
*To add images, click on update first to save any work then "Add images" You can now select images from your hard drive (this will not work from an iPhone) and add any keywords to the photo to help Google searches. You will see photo thumbnails appear below your yellow draft pad on the left hand side. Each photo has a number e.g. "IMAGE1"
*In the text paragraph in your yellow draft pad, add the following text to insert a photo. "[IMAGE1 write your caption]"
*Press "update" and the article preview will refresh on the right hand side. You should see your photo appear here.
*Make sure that you don't leave a space between IMAGE and the number i.e. it should be [IMAGE1] not [IMAGE 1]
*Add your own keyword category tags at the bottom of the yellow draft page by adding the following code: #AddYourOwnCategoryText. This could be something like "#Easy" or "#Messy Play" You can choose your own description. Once your article is published these will appear on the homepage to help people search for articles. E.g. if someone clicks on Messy Play then they will see a summary of all articles tagged with Messy Play
*When you are ready to submit your article, press "Update" then "Notify Editor"
Your article should now be submitted and you can see the status under "My Account". An Editor should publish the article within 3 working days.
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Is there a standard format?

Most articles follow the format laid out in the default template.

Introduction - you can give a little background or information about the activity here.

Time - preparation or the actual activity time

Age - Under 5's, 5-10, Over 10 or All Ages

Level - Easy, Medium, Difficult

Materials (follow these with a * to create bullet points)

Method

#cateogies
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How do I start and submit an article?

Click on the share link on My Kid Craft homepage.

There is no guarantee that an article will be published, so if in doubt ask a question on the hub's forum.

Once your article is complete then click on notify editor
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How do I include an image?

Every My Kid Craft article needs at least one image. Adding them into your article is a simple process.

First you need to upload the images. Click on the 'Add Images' link, you can then add up to 4 images at one time. Make sure you update any changes made to your article before clicking the link.

Select the images from your hard drive using the Choose File button.

You can then also add any keywords for your image.

Once you have added all the files, click submit.

To use an image copy and paste the [IMAGEX] tag into the text. Replace X with the image number.

If I wanted to place my first image into the article, I would write [IMAGE1]. Make sure there isn't a space between IMAGE and the number.

If you want to add a caption, you just need to include it inside the tag like so: [IMAGEXMy caption goes here.]

[IMAGE1] will be the default picture used for your article when it's published.
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How do I create categories?

Any line in an article that starts with a "#" will be considered a category.

For instance:

#Paper Plate

or

#Paint

If the category does not exist it will be created automatically when the article is published.

Please include the age range category your article is relevant for i.e.

#Under 5's
#5 to 10 years
#Over 10's
#All Ages

as well as a level rating
#Easy
#Medium
#Difficult
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How do I include a link?

To include a link in the text of your article use the following format:

[LINK www.thelinkurl.com The Link Text]

"The Link Text" will become the link that points to www.thelinkurl.com.
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What is the appropriate article length?

Articles should be kept as short as possible while still providing all the information required for the reader copy the activity with a little extra space for background information or entertainment.

Try not to pad out an article just to increase its length as it will generally lower the editor score.

Each article should be at least 600 characters long, with at least one original image. 1000 to 2500 characters is the ideal length.

The character length of an article is displayed and refreshed each time you click on the "update" button.
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Can I save my article and change it later?

Once you have started your article, click the "update" button at any time to save it. Remember to do this before uploading images.

The article will remained saved and you can return to it at any point and make changes. Once the article has been published further changes cannot be made.

If you have any questions you can leave a note for the editor.
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How long does it take for an article to be published?

Allow a maximum of 3 working days for your article to be published. Most articles are published within 1 working day and are published in the order they are submitted.
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What about copyright?

Please follow these rules on Creative Kids:

Any photos uploaded must be taken by you actually making your creation or activity.

Material or ingredient lists for activities can be copied from elsewhere. They are considered factual.

Method text cannot be copied. Always use your own words when describing method, even if the method has not changed.

Howtoi assumes exclusive copyright of any text and images uploaded as part of a recipe.

If you would like to retain copyright leave a message for the editor on the article edit page. Payment will not be received for that article.
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How do I request payment?

To request payment first enter your payment information on your settings page.

Payments are made using PayPal, however Australian residents can also opt to be paid by bank transfer.

On the first of each month if your balance is over $50 (or 50 GBP) an account is created and placed on your Accounts page.

To request payment of a monthly account click on the "details" link, and then "submit invoice".

Payment is then made on the 1st of the following month as long as the invoice is submitted on or before the 10th. This delay is to allow for the time it takes to receive payments from advertisers.

For instance your January account would be created and placed on your accounts page on the 1st of February. If you submitted an invoice before the 10th of Feb payment would be made on the 1st of March. If the invoice was submitted after the 10th of Feb, payment would be made on the 1st of April.

If your balance is less than $50 on the 1st of the month, then it will be carried over to the following month.

Writers with a WeekendNotes.com account can also transfer their balances there.

The minumum amount for transfer is $20. The transfer link is on your accounts page.
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What are paid links?

Writers are paid for arranging links on other websites back to Creative Kids. The website is still being set up, with a new domain name to be created so hold off generating links for the time being. Once everything is in place, this is how the paid links will work.

Links on regular sites such as a blog are worth $10 each. $5 upfront and another $5 if the link is still in place in 6 months.

Links on business websites (such as craft shops or art classes referenced in an article) are worth $20. $10 upfront and another $10 if the link is still in place in 6 months.

Links from your own websites do not count as business links. Also business websites should be just that - business websites (such as a craft shop) - not compilation or directory sites.

All links need to be on proper domains such as www.tomscraftshop.com, and not subdomains such as tomscraftshop.blogspot.com. Sites like Facebook or Twitter are also not counted. See further down for the full list of conditions.

To request payment for a link click on "paid link" on your accounts page.

There are a few caveats - don't worry if you don't understand the conditions, the majority of links will be fine.

1) The link must not contain a nofollow tag. To check view the source of the page and make sure there is no rel="nofollow" in the link back to Creative Kids.

2) Links should be direct, and not redirected via another page or use javascript. To check hover your mouse over the link to see where it goes - it should show a creativekids.com.au address.

3) The links need to be on the actual website of the business, not Facebook or any other site. The website should be a proper domain such as tomscraftshop.com rather than a subdomain such as tomscraftshop.blogspot.com etc.

4) The domain needs to be in Google's index. To test this u search for the site on Google to see if it comes up.

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I wrote an article and so far I've only earned 8 cents, what's going on?

After submitting an article for publication many new writers are perplexed when they visit their account page the next day to see that they've only earned a few cents.

Because each article is paid in proportion to the number of people who have read it, it can take a while for earnings to accumulate.

The average article earns around $8 per year. That's only a couple of cents per day, so patience and persistence is the key.

Work on building up a library of articles that will keep attracting readers for months or years, and your readers and earnings will start to build up more quickly.
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How do I change my pen name?

To change any of your basic settings including email address and pen name click go to your profile on one of the hubs and click on "settings"
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How can I get more people to read my articles?

1. Submit at least 3 images and make them as colourful and interesting as possible.

2. Don't be shy, tell everyone you know about your articles. Once the article has been published, you can click on links to facebook, twitter and e-mail to make it easy to share.

3. Try to get a paid link for your article. You will then generate readers coming through from the other website. Read the FAQ on paid links for more details.

4. Hand out flyers and put up posters

5. Links on facebook pages and twitter accounts are not included on paid links. If you can't get a link on the business website, this can at least increase the exposure of your article and generate more readers.
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I still have unanswered questions

Click on the Creative Kids Forum link and leave a comment. No question is silly and it helps others who might have similar queries.
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