Last week I published an article with some of my hints on how to navigate Newsvine and I seems like it went over fairly well. So I decided to continue with some additional hints and explanations on how things work around here. Remember these are some of the ways I use Newsvine and there may be a better way to do it. I welcome any and all additions and corrections to what I offer here. My way is not absolute, it's just the way that works best for me.
So without further ado here we go:
Earnings, Yes we do get paid something for posting here!
To check if you have any earnings you would click on the word "Earnings" located on the black bar on any page. You will need to login again, after doing that you will see the Newsvine Earnings page. There is all sorts of information there. But the most important is the "Account History" which lists by month the amount you have recieved. The payments are for a month at a time and are 2 months behind. That is to say, if I get paid in December it is for October pageviews. The rest of the page is pretty self-explanitory so I won't go into that. You still need to set up a PayPal account with the same address that you used when you signed up on Newsvine.
You can start looking for new earnings to be posted on or around the 15th of every month!
Who has posted this seed???
One thing I find helpful from time to time is to know in advance of clicking on something from my conversation tracker is who has posted it. Now if it's an article you already know, but if it's a seed the way you can find out who posted it is by hovering your cursor over the name. You can see the url of the poster at the very bottom of your browser window. Try it and see!
I keep track of some of my favorite article by clipping them. The way to do that is when you find something you want to keep for later reference you would go to the top of the article. Directly above the title are 6 buttons, one of them says "Clip To:" it has a drop down list of all the groups you belong to along the option to clip to "Your Private Clippings" and "My Column".
If you use the private clippings they land on your "History" Page. If you clip to your column they land on your public column page.
Your private clippings can then be accessed by going to your "History" found on the black bar. Once you have gone to "History" You will see a statement that says: "Show Me" after that you have 3 options: The one we're discussing is: "What I've Clipped" press that and you will find all the articles and seeds you have clipped to save. They are listed in chronological order for you.
This is where you might want to clip this article.....(shameless plug)
Getting Your Article Seen
It's perfectly proper to make the first comment on your article and seeds. Doing this will cause it to show up on your friends Conversation Tracker. If you fail to do this your stuff could possibly languish and never be seen. Also it helps to publish it to any groups that apply. You can do this at the time you are setting it up. Just look for the "Publish To" section. If you fail to do it while publishing you can also clip it later using the "Clip To" function.
There is also nothing wrong with voting for your own work, if you don't think it deserves a vote, why are you publishing it?
LadySaidy explains the use of the "Title" function when linking.
This came from Tumbleweed58's article:
@wmolaw and anyone else...
The final "box" that is called Title is not for renaming the link. It's actually for text readers for visually the visually impaired.
Imagine this: A visually impaired person comes across a link. The reader will read exactly what the link is. Example: http: //www.anything.nom/eishhl/kdowit/so02934lfn=1934098s$020-3995/whateverelsesisthere.asp (this link goes nowhere
Read the above out by letter, number, slash, dot, colon, etc.
When you fill in the Title box, you give the text reader on the browser some actual words to read. So the above link could be read as "World's best cinnamon buns" or something. The title attribute can be especially useful for images.
It also creates a "tooltip" box to appear when you hover on a link.
The things you learn as a tech writer.
From the W3 consortium on the subject.
And I will be the first to admit, I don't always use the Title box.
Comment #1.30 - Sun Dec 14, 2008 9:26 AM CST
To add a copywrite statement to your pictures:
First I'll give you an example :
<p class="copyright" align="right"> Photo Courtesy of <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rottlady/">Rottlady </a> </p>
the URL between the quotes would be the address to the photo and Rottlady would be the name that would appear.
I would suggest that you copy the above code, make the changes you need and copy it to a notepad file for future use. You can test it in a comment box for accuracy (you will need to be in XHTML mode), just don't save the comment.
This is what you end up with:
Photo Courtesy of Rottlady
You've Got a Link Love Email, what the heck is that?
Newsvine has a function that makes you aware when you have a page that has been linked to another web site. It's always nice to know your stuff is getting attentions. Rather than describe it, I'm going to send you to the Newsvine Blog page that announced it.
You Just Got Some Newsvine Link Love