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No. Authors MUST add their full name, a profile image with a picture of his/herself, a short bio and a Twitter account (posts are tweeted automatically with your Twitter name). All other fields are optional. Non-author users can fill in whatever they please.
Crown Crazed allow authors to enter their ad code from any ad network, affiliate program or personalized banner. Authors are allowed two ad sizes per article. Different networks refer to the sizes differently, but one ad has a maximum width of 300px, usually 250px or 300px tall. The other, a max width of 320px and a max height of 100px. This ad size varies greatly between the different ad networks. Once you have obtained these codes, send an email with the codes and your name.
Need Recommendations for an AD Network?
- Google Adsense
- Kontera – Authors should name their ad tags like – “CrownCrazed.com_(Author’s name)”
NOTE: Ads that automatically create links or popups on the article are NOT allowed.
Tags can be used to very quickly tell users what the post is about, a player’s name, for example… Something VERY short. Also, posts that contain the same tag will be grouped so readers can quickly click on the tag and find other posts that contain the same tag. On Crown Crazed, you are allowed to enter up to 5 tags. If you enter more, they will be removed automatically. Make tags as relevant as possible to your post.
Categories are the main method used to group similar posts. Crown Crazed uses categories to identify the main Royals affiliate of the post (or MLB/fantasy/gambling/etc.). Readers can click on the category and quickly find other posts in the same category. On Crown Crazed, you are allowed to select 1 category. If you select more than one, they will be removed automatically, keeping only the first category listed alphabetically.
While on the New Article page, scroll to the bottom right. Click “Set featured image”. Now upload an image, or select one from the “Media Library”. While viewing the image, scroll down and click “Use as featured image”.
1st advice, to find an image, use Google Images. Once you have searched for an image, simply hover the image to see it’s size. You can also click “More sizes” to check if this image is available in a larger/smaller size. Choose an image that is larger than, but as close to 640px by 360px as possible. As well, on the left in Google Images, there is the option to search images that are “Larger Than…”. Select 640px by 480px if you are having a hard time finding an image otherwise.
You may submit an article in relation to anything baseball you like, however, if the original source is from another place, such as a website, TV or Radio show or a Tweet, please cite it at the end of your post. Not all of the fields are required, but fill in as many as relevant. Examples:
- Source Title – Article title, TV show name, radio show name, blog post title
- Source URL – The full URL of the webpage where you found the information
- Source Name – The writer of an article, the name of a website, a person who verbalized the information
Yes, if you have been given Author status on Crown Crazed, you may use Twitter as @CrownCrazed. When you log in, go to the Dashboard. On the left, toward the top you will see the Twitter link. You may send tweets and reply to other people’s tweets. Do not misuse this, or you will be banned.
A few tips to get more traffic on your articles.
- Auto post your articles to Facebook and Twitter. Follow this tutorial – http://j.mp/JdpkuZ
- Make sure titles are descriptive and intriguing. Use team names, player names and be specific in describing the content of your article
- Add a link to your newest article (or your CC author page) in the signature section of all forums or websites you participate on and in your email signature
- Comment on EVERY article published on Crown Crazed. People are more likely to leave their own comments on a topic which already has an active conversation. You can be notified of new CrownCrazed.com articles via email here – http://crowncrazed.com/email
or get new articles via text message here – http://crowncrazed.com/sms
- Reply to EVERY comment left on your article for the reasons described above
- ReTweet your own articles periodically. You can use LaterBro.com to schedule a Tweet in the future
- Add a link to your article on websites which allow user submission. The SBnation.com websites are a great place. Also, other sites, such as Yardbarker, etc. allow you to submit your “really good” articles for consideration to be featured on their website
- Send emails and/or @mentions on Twitter with a link to your article to local and national sports media people, celebrity fans or sports teams. A ReTweet or mention from a big name can be really big to gain traffic
If you have any questions or if you use other methods to get the word out about your articles, let me know, so I can share with everyone.
You can, and maybe should, schedule your articles to publish at or just before peak internet traffic hours.
First, the peak times (listed busiest first):
- Monday – Friday: 8am-9am, 4pm-5pm, 11am-noon, 8pm-10pm
- Saturday – Sunday: noon-2pm
As you can see, the peak work week times are at the beginning of the work day, lunch time, at the end of the workday and just before bed. On the weekends, peak usage is after lunch.
Keep in mind, these are the times of the target audience. If your article is about the Kansas City Royals, keep the central time zone in mind. About the Burlington Royals, the eastern time zone.
Now, with this information, consider planning your posts to publish at these times. You are not required to do this, but it could help give you a boost in readership.
How to schedule a post to publish
On Crown Crazed, you can write an article any time you like, then you have three options:
- Save a draft, to continue working later
- Publish the article immediately
- Schedule the article to publish at a future date/time
When you begin writing your article, the publishing section of the screen appears like this:
To schedule your post, click edit. After you set the date and time, click OK
Now the publishing area will give you the option to Schedule your post instead of Publish
Prevent publishing overlap
A situation that occurs frequently – Authors publish articles at times very near to each other. A few weeks ago, there were 4 articles that published within 30 minutes of each other. In this situation, an article or two may get overlooked, or not get the traffic it would have, if it were scheduled to publish at a different time.
Following the graphic above, you can view the other articles that have already published and are scheduled to publish on Crown Crazed.
If you want to publish your article at 8am, but find there is already an article scheduled for 8am, you will be better served to schedule the article to publish at the next peak time of 11am… If nothing else, 9am is a better option than multiple articles at 8am.