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FOR THOSE WHO PREFER A STEP BY STEP GUIDE, 

JOE SCHWABAUKER HAS GRACIOUSLY CREATED THIS REFERENCE MANUAL

IF IT HELPS YOU, DROP HIM A NOTE OF THANKS ON FACEBOOK
~**ENJOY**~

 

NOTE: Watch the video in it’s entirety BEFORE attempting to publish. It is timed numerically at the bottom which allows you to note time point references in the event that you need or want to refer back to any point within the video. MAKE SURE TO PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE LAST SEVERAL MINUTES OF THE VIDEO AND USE THE INFORMATION IN THAT PORTION AS A DOUBLE CHECK PROCEDURE.

  1. Log in at lower right corner of the site.

  1. Once you are logged in you will see a pop up. Take the time to read the pop up if it pertains to you as an author.

  1. If you are new make sure you click on “New Member Registration Video”.

  1. Once in to your dashboard look to the left side and click on “Post”. A sub menu will come up, click on “Add New”.

  1. The first important step is the title. It is important for your title to directly reflect with and be descriptive of the body of your article.

  1. Understand that as you write your article you can modify and/or completely change your title so that it continues to meet the necessary guidelines of step #5.

  1. Step #5 and #6 are important because your title is what sells your article to the public. You can also use images within your article as an added enhancement.

  1. To add an image place your cursor in your article where you want the image to be and click your mouse then go to the area below your title and above your article and just to the left and find the “Add Media” button. That brings up a page titled “Insert Media”. Go to the upper left corner and find the “Upload Files” button and click on that. Go to the center of the page and find the “Select Files” button and click on that. That will take you to your computer tree. Go to where ever it is that you store image files and select the one you want to use for your article. While you are waiting for the image to load to your dashboard go the right side of the page and find your “Attachment Details” section and drop down to the “Description” box. Fill in an accurate text description of your image. This is important and is mandatory.

  1. Drop down below the “Description” box to “Media Categories”, find your name and click on the box to the left of your name. If there is no box contact administration to have one created.

  1. Below the “Media Categories” list is a button called “Insert Into Post”. Click on that to insert your chosen image into the selected area of your article. To position it to left, right or center click on the image to highlight it and go to your tool bar just below your title and find the left, right, center command and choose the one you want. When you choose the desired position for your image click your mouse anywhere around your article to close out the editing around the image.

  1. Go to “Categories” on the right side of your dashboard. The “Opinion Piece” box is checked by default and you can leave it or uncheck it. You can choose 1 to 3 of any of the single word categories, 3 being maximum. If you choose any of the multiple word categories choose only 1 to 2. It is best that if you choose a multiple word category and want to choose another category, choose a single word category.

  1. Drop down to the “Publish” category. You will see a “Preview” button off to the right. Use that if you want to preview what you have so far.

  1. To the left is the “Save Draft” button. The programming auto saves your work as you go so the “Save Draft” button is there so that if you need to leave and come back later to continue, you can do so.

  1. Down at the bottom right is the “Publish” button and you will use that publish your article when you are complete.

  1. REMEMBER that CJNDaily is syndicated. That means that if you choose “Breaking News” or “Opinion Piece” in “Categories” your article will go directly to the AP. That means that you CANNOT use these two categories if they are not TRULY and opinion piece OR breaking news. This means that to be an opinion piece it has to be a first time creation by you, not something that you paraphrased from another article. Breaking news means simply that… unless it is brand new news that is just now breaking and has not yet been written about do not use the “Breaking News” category.

  1. There are free plagiarism checkers available online. Use one.

  1. Drop down to “Tags”. These are key words that will help find your article. As you enter Tags, use a comma after each one and a space… that is important. The programming may default some suggested words for you. You can opt to use those if you want but it isn’t mandatory. When you are finished with your choices click “Add”. You Tags will show up below the box you entered them in. You can use single word up to and including short phrases. You can enter as many as you want but they do have to reflect words in your article.

  1. Drop down to “Featured Image”. This is the image that will show outside the body of your article. Click on the button “Set Featured Image”. Follow the same procedure in step #8 starting with “ find the “Add Media” button”. There will be one variation. When you get to the “Description” box do not begin filling it in until AFTER your image is completely loaded or anything you have entered will disappear.

  1. Next follow step #9 after which you will choose “Set Featured Image”. You image will show up under “Featured Image” and this image IS mandatory.

  1. Bypass the “Shareaholic” category. You will not use this.

  1. The next step will be to fill out all the Meta categories. You will enter information in “HeadSpace”, “Snippet Preview”, “Focus Keyword”, “SEO Title” and “Meta Description”. These are ALL MANDATORY and each one must be filled in.

  1. In HeadSpace “Page Title” simply enter the title of your article here.

  1. Drop down to “SEO Title” and enter the title of your article here. It will not be solid black print but will be ghosted.

  1. If you have too many characters in your title you will see that in “Snippet Preview” the title will not be complete or finished. You can shorten it in the “SEO Title” until it fits the “Snippet Preview”.

  1. Next you need to fill in a “Meta Description”. Sometimes “Snippet Preview” will have enough text below the Title box so that you can copy and paste that into the “Meta Description” box. Sometimes that snippet of text will not make a lot of sense so it can’t be used . If that is the case then go to your article and find a snippet within the article that accurately reflects your article. Remember that this decision along with others in this process will define the success or failure of your article.

  1. Drop back down to the SEO section titled “Wordpress SEO by Yoast” and enter your chosen snippet into the “Meta Description” box. Pay attention to your character limit information below the “Meta Description” box and if you are over… CORRECT it to fall within the necessary character limit. It is okay if you haven’t used all your characters.

  1. Go back to “HeadSpace” and enter the snippet you just completed in step #26 into the “Description” box there.

  1. Go next to “Focus Keyword” in the “SEO” section and start entering potential key words. These are words that you would choose from your title and/or snippet body that you just created. You can click your mouse outside any of the text and a drop down menu box will appear below the keyword box with a green Yes with a number in parentheses next to the yes, or a red No. The goal here is to get as many Yes as possible AND the highest number next to each Yes as possible. This may take a little time but again… this is crucial to the success or failure of your article.

  1. Next you will go to the “Publish” category and click on the button “Save Draft”. Next you want to look below “Save Draft”. There will be 5 sub categories with the 5th one being “SEO”. Next to “SEO” will be a round ball and a link called “Check”. That ball is the next critical step and it has to do with the color of that ball. It starts out as steel gray and will change colors upward to yellow, then orange, then green and finally dark green. The colors correspond with with the numbers in the parentheses next to the green Yes. The higher the number in each of the categories the further up the color goes. Obviously the higher the better with dark green being optimum. Each time you change your focus keywords you can go back, save draft, drop down to “SEO” and view your color. If it isn’t where you want it to be you can click on the “Check” link and it will take you to the section called “WordPress SEO by Yoast”. Under that will be several tabs, the first one being “General”. “General” will be your focus keyword list of green Yes and red No. The next tab is “Page Analysis” and will help you understand why your “SEO” color is less than you want and/or need. Some you will be able to fix and some you won’t. Further explanation and understanding can be explained in the video.

  1. Once you have completed each step and met the necessary requirements in each step to the best of your ability you are now ready to publish. You go to the “Publish” section and drop down to the lower right corner where you will see a button called “Publish”. Make very sure you have done everything you need to do because once you click on “Publish” you can’t go back.

NOTE: At any point… while referencing this short step by step manual… that you need more explanation than what this gives you remember to reference the video. If all else fails you can contact administration. Be sure your email is a good email because it will need to be used and will be used by CJNDaily administration. In addition to referencing the video there is contact capability by way of message through the site. You can always use email and that is another reason to make sure it is valid.

ONCE AGAIN… MAKE SURE TO PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE LAST SEVERAL MINUTES OF THE VIDEO AND USE THE INFORMATION IN THAT PORTION AS A DOUBLE CHECK PROCEDURE.

 

 


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