Articles FAQ

Articles - Can I mention my business?

Articles are here as a way for you to help educate the world about the amazing therapies and services that are available, hints and tips on how to achieve a healthier way of being and inspire/motivate people to try new things, shift their mindset, do better and be better. They are a fantastic way of increasing your credibility as the expert in your field and also your visibility and exposure as an expert business owner.

Articles are a promotion tool of sorts in that they are your space to share your knowledge. We value your time and skills and there is a space at the base of each article you write where your 'author bio' appears. This text and picture can be edited from your account area and it is a space for you to explain a little more about your business and how readers can find out more about you (ie through your website link).

We will not publish articles that:

  • Are essentially a business listing disguised as an article
  • Purely self promotional
  • Have lots of back-links to other sources (unless they are very relevant to the reader)

If your article includes lots of links to your own websites then we may edit the article to remove these and still publish it, or we may not publish the article.

We do the above because we have found it to deliver the best results for a number of reasons including that when people are reading articles they want to learn, not be sold to. It reflects better on both the author and our website if we deliver articles of interest and not blatant promotional posts. The author area is your place to sell yourself to the reader, the article is there to show they how knowledgeable you are, which then encourages them to contact you to find out more. If you have any questions about this please get in touch.

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Articles - How should they be supplied?

You can add articles yourself via the website account area link 'Add an article'.

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Articles - I’ve registered as a Basic Member, what now?

You can add articles yourself via the website by registering for a 'Basic Membership' and then once you're logged in visiting the 'My Account' tab on the website - this will appear (instead of the Add Your Business tab) once you're logged in, which you can do top right of the website.

Once on your account page you will see some links to various things you can do on your account including 'Add and article' and 'Edit and article' - Add will open a form for you to fill in for your article and once you've clicked 'submit' it will get added to our selection of articles for review before being made live on the website. The article checking is required to ensure the formatting is the best it can be, that there is an image attached and that the information is suitable to go public.

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Articles - How many words should they be?

Articles should be between 250 - 1000 words in length. If you have a long story/piece to submit we recommend splitting it up with sub-headings to make it easier on the eye for people reading it on screen.

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Articles - What information is needed?

If you view some of the other articles we already have on the website you'll get a good feel forwhat we're looking for and you'll see that they are all about educating the readers about a particular topic, for example a treatment, therapy, way of life and some reviews too. all articles submitted are sent to an admin area where they are flagged as in need of checking before being made live on the website. This enables us to check that the article is suitable for our readership, it contains a good/appropriate image and is formatted to look its best. Once approved the article is placed live on the website.

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I want to add my ‘Avatar’ but it’s saying the file is too big, how can I resize it?

Avatars need to be less that 300 x 300 pixels to be uploaded. There are a number of ways you can resize images either online or on your computer and we have included a few links here that should help:

http://www.resizeyourimage.com/

http://www.shrinkpictures.com/

Resize a picture using Paint:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Resize-a-picture-using-Paint

How To Resize Images Using iPhoto [Mac]:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/resize-images-iphoto/

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I want to add a web link, image and some text to my article ‘Author Credit’ how do I do it?

To edit any of the information in your Author Credit go to your account page and click the 'Edit your account' link - the information on this page is the information on your Author Credit:

Real Name - this is the name that apppears as the author name
Location - this is optional to say where you are and does not show on your author credit
URL - this is the web address that shows next to your author credit
Bio - this is the text that shows next to your author credit
Billing details: this is your billing address for the account and does not show on your author credit
Avatar - this is the image that shows next to your author credit
Password - you can edit your password for your account (login) here

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I can see articles with text and images next to the ‘Author’ credit at the bottom, how do I do that?

Enter your account page and click the link to 'Edit your account' - in here you can edit the following:

Real Name - this is the name that apppears as the author name
Location - this is optional to say where you are
URL - this is the web address that shows next to your author credit
Bio - this is the text that shows next to your author credit
Billing details: this is your billing address for the account
Avatar - this is the image that shows next to your author credit
Password - you can edit your password for your account (login) here

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I have added an article but it’s not showing on the website?

All articles are submitted for approval by the Holistic Directory web team. Once approved the article will be made live on the website.

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