Naturally you want to type well, no misspellings, etc. Everyone knows this stuff. This post is more about how to do some of the things more standard with our site.
The first thing, and this is to help readers, is to start off with the city the review is being given in. So for Corpus Christi for instance, you would put “Corpus Christi – ” before your review. City, space, dash, space, your review.
Pictures are always good, but not necessary. If you do have pictures you want to use, there is an “Add Media” button/image right next to Upload/Insert in the text box you are typing in. This will allow you to upload a picture from your computer (or phone if you are using your phone to post).
When you upload a picture, you have several options once it uploads. You can crop it, rotate it, etc. You can give it a caption (text that appears under the image) and you can choose a few sizes for the one you want to insert into your post. The 530 pixel wide version will make the image the full width of the text are on the site. In other words, it is as wide as your post will be.
You can choose a smaller version and select one of the align buttons (right, center, left, none) to have your text flow around it. Just be sure to click the “Insert into Post” button otherwise it will not be associated with your post. You can use as many pictures as you want, just don’t get too carried away
One thing I would like to see on all posts, where applicable, is the location of the place getting reviewed. To do this, go to http://www.google.com/maps and search for the name of the place, the city and the state. What you want is to have only one result, unless it is a place that has many locations. In other words, you only want to have that business showing on the map, be it one location or many. You don’t want to have other businesses, this can confuse the reader.
To do that you may have to refine your search, maybe use the exact spelling the result is showing for that business. Once you have the results you want, in the upper left corner of the page you will see a chain image (chain link). Click that, click on “Customize and preview embedded map” and then check the “Custom” button.
Set the width to 530 and copy the code that is in the box at the bottom. You will then paste that code into your post at the bottom (after your review). Make sure you select the appropriate category or categories and click “Publish” (it may say submit or something similar).
For a more detailed in depth manual on how to use wordpress, check out http://codex.wordpress.org/Writing_Posts.
Now that you have your post submitted, you may have to wait for it to be approved. I am doing this when you are first starting, once I see you have the hang of everything and you fit the way we run our site, I will set you as an author and your posts will not have to be approved, once you publish it is live.
When your post is made live, the best thing you can do is share it with friends and family. You can post links to your facebook, send e-mails, etc. If you view your post on http://coastalbendcritic.com, you will see a set of social media icons that you can use to help promote your post.
Another great way to get your post exposure is to post on review sites. For instance, when you searched for the location on Google Maps, you will notice a link for Reveiws (usually next to the stars). You can click on that and put in a brief review, as well as the link to your post stating to go there for a full review. There are many sites you could do this on if you wanted to.
The more exposure you post gets, the more popular it will be. If there is ever a day we become revenue producing, you will certainly be compensated by the popularity of your posts.
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If I get some free time I could update this post with images for better visualization