May 26, 2017

Posting an Article to KnowABit

In order to post an article on KnowABit, you will first have to get to your author dashboard. This should be the first page you land on when you log in to the site. If you log in to the forum instead, click on the KnowABit logo at the top of the forum, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Dashboard” link.

Editing Pane

Hover over the “Posts” menu near the top left of your dashboard, inside the blue stripe. When it appears, click on “Add new.” This will take you to the editing pane. Input the title of your article in the title box. Input the text of your article in the large empty box under the title box.

Categories

Locate the Categories box in the right sidebar. Drag it up to the top of your dashboard page, if it is down low on your dashboard.

Inside the categories box, check the little boxes next to the 1 or 2 most appropriate categories for your article. Please also un-check the “Uncategorized” box.

Categories make your article appear on the front page of the site from time to time. This is a random process, so the more articles you write, the better chance you have of being featured.

Tags

Locate the Tags box in the right sidebar. Drag it up to just under the Categories box, if needed.

Check the list of popular tags, before tagging your post. Use existing tags when appropriate. Tag all your articles about the same subject with the same single word. Try to use the same tags over and over.

The system creates a page that only search engines can see, with links to all the articles with the same tag.

Links

Always link to any online sources where you got information for your article. Either link in the text or link in a footnote, your choice. Only link the first time something is mentioned. If you use offline sources, then cite each one in a separate footnote.

KnowABit is equipped with two different editors: “Visual” and “HTML.” If you know HTML, then feel free to click on the “HTML” tab at the top right of the editing pane. Click on the “Visual” tab at the top right of the editing pane if you wish to use the “Visual” editor.

For links in the “Visual” editor, select the text you wish to make a link and then click on the icon with the earth and the infinity sign, above the editing pane. Inside the window that pops up, input the URL you wish to link, being sure to include the http://.

Images

Try to have at least one image on each of your KAB pages. Feature one and only one image for each page for two reasons: 1) so that an image shows up on the front page when your article is featured, and 2) so that an image shows up in search results on Google and other search engines.

Only use images you have sufficient permission to publish, or Google might take away your Adsense account and never give you a new one. Pictures you took yourself are the safest bet, until you know more about image rights.

Upload pictures. Do not link to pictures.

Re-size your pictures before you upload them. Make pictures as small as possible in file size. You can do this in Paint and in most photo-editing software.

To put a picture on your page using the “visual” editor:

Put your cursor where you wish to add an image.

Above the editing pane, click on the square with the alternate text “Add an  image.”

A pop-up window then allows you to: upload the image from your computer, write a 50-word description of the picture and select alignment for the picture. Once you have the url for your article, go back and add it to your 50-word description of the picture.

For one and only one picture in your article, inside this pop-up window click on the link that says “Make featured picture.” This will allow the picture to display on the front page of KAB when your article is featured.

Unless you are comfortable working with HTML, do not put any captions on your pictures. Captions mess up WordPress page formatting, unfortunately. Also, the smallest picture size is the least likely to mess up the page formatting. Make sure to allow enough space between pictures, too, about three lines of text as it appears in the visual editor.

Videos

Try to embed a video or two on every page you create for KAB. Find a YouTube video that helps illustrate your article. Make sure embedding is allowed on the video. If it says embedding is disallowed, then choose a different video. Once you find a good video that allows embedding, click on the “share” button and copy the url inside the “share” box on YouTube.

Then, on your KAB dashboard inside the editing pane, go to a blank line and put:

embed]video url[/embed

You will need to close the embed tags with the appropriate brackets. I am not able to do that here, or it will try to embed my example. Do not put any spaces and do not make the video link click-able.

Headers

Search engines favor paragraph headers, especially if they are named with keywords. The easiest way to create paragraph headers is to use our “Visual” tab in the editing pane. To gain access to the headers, you have to open up an additional line of icons called the “Kitchen Sink:”

On the “Visual” tab, click on a little icon with rows of colored dots. When you hover over it, alternate text says “Show/Hide Kitchen Sink.” This gives you the “paragraph” drop down menu where you make headers.

Select the text you want to make into a header. Click on the drop-down “paragraph” menu and select the heading size you want. The main headers on this page are in “Heading 2.”

Genesis SEO Options and Settings Pane

Locate this pane and drag it up to just under your editing pane. Look at the preview of your Google search page blurb. Check to see if your page blurb contains  information that will cause readers to click on it and read your article. You can input a different blurb and title here, if needed, to make clicking on  your blurb irresistible.

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