Here are the basics of the rules:

  1. Stories/poems must include a featured image
  2. Stories/poems must be written in good quality English (some creative license allowed for poetry).
  3. All pictures must have attribution in the post and pictures must be licensed to use on commercial sites.
  4. No duplicate content.
  5. You can publish up to 10 Stories/poems per day.
  6. Tags must be two words or longer and relevant to your post (think about what someone would type into a search engine if they were looking for your article).
  7. Serial stories MUST use the pagination format (see related question below)
  8. Please limit yourself to 1 category and a maximum of 6 tags (no one word tags).

Click on any question below to have questions answered in greater detail.

 

 

Q: Does it cost anything for me to write here?

A: No.

Q: Will you pay me for each story/poem I write?

A:  You will be paid $2 per every 1000 views.  If you get 1000 unique views in a month, you would earn $2.  Keep in mind that unique views mean that someone has viewed one of your articles for the first time and stayed on the page for about 15 seconds.

You an see your ACTUAL earnings on your Profile page (see My Profile in the left hand menu in your dashboard).  It’s about a 3rd of the way down the page and will show how many views all of your articles combined have had and how much is owing to you for each month.

Q: How will I be paid?

Payment is via PayPal.  Once you have joined you can add your PayPal email to your Profile by scrolling down the page to where you see your profile picture and just under that is where you will see a spot for it.  Payment is once a month on the 10th.  You do not have to request payment as long as you have a minimum of $5 owing and you have your paypal information on your profile page.

We have made the additional option to receive payments by wire.  You can receive your payment by wired if you wait until $100 has been earned.  Alternatively, you can have a fee of $15 attached to your payment for anything lower than $100 as payout. Please send an email to [email protected] to let us know that you would like to receive payments by wire.

In order to ensure the longevity of our sites we use a net 30 days payment system.  That means that your payment for September’s earnings will be sent on Nov. 2nd.  Earnings for October will be paid on Dec. 2nd and so on. This gives us the ability to balance a budget better and adapt to surprises. This will not affect bonuses and contests, which will still be paid out the month after they are earned/won.

Q: How do I submit a story/poem?

A. First you must submit three links or posts that you have published or written yourself to demonstrate your writing abilities. Find more info about that here.

Once your account has been activated you can begin posting.

You can use the WordPress Dashboard to submit a post (Tutorial here)

OR

You can use the easy front page publisher to submit a post (Tutorial here)

**Please understand that posts are reviewed periodically and if you are not following the rules they may be sent back to draft for revisions.

***No more than 10 posts per day please.

Q: Can I write about anything I want?

A: Almost.  There are some topics that are banned by Google Adsense and should not be written about here including (but not limited to): adult, promotion of drugs (including herbal), promotions of alcohol and cigarettes, gambling, hacking, “pay-to-click” sites, extreme violence, hate content, racism, and promotion of weaponry.

Q: Can I copy an interesting story/poem I find online and paste it here to be published?

A: No.  This is copyright infringement (and is also against Google Adsense’s terms of service) and is against the law.  We have a zero tolerance policy and anyone found doing this will have their account deleted immediately.

Q: Can I publish an story/poem here that I have published somewhere else, like on my blog or another site?

A: No.  Please publish ONLY your own original, never published before content here.

Q: Can I use pictures?

A: Yes you can use pictures.  In fact, it is encouraged! Please do NOT use the same picture more than twice a week.

Q: When I can use pictures, can I use any picture I find online?

A: No.  You can use your own pictures or copyright free pictures.  Please cite your source (via a link directly to the picture as it is displayed with the copyright license) or state that the picture belongs to you.

We have a tool to find pictures from Pixabay.com  – a source for copyright free pictures.  Although Pixabay doesn’t require attribution for it’s pictures to be used WE still require that you include a source so that we can verify it if need be.  To add a Pixabay picture click on Add Media when you are in the post editor.  Make sure that your cursor is placed where you want the picture to appear.  Click on the Pixabay link.  Put in a search term. Choose a picture/size.  Copy the code in the “caption” area. Choose alignment and size for your photo. Click on Use as Featured image and then click on Upload.  Once it is in your post, click on the picture again, click on the pencil, then paste the code you copied into the caption box.

Please also note that not all pictures on Wikipedia are free to use.  To be safe, look for pictures from Wikipedia in the WikiMedia Commons files.

When you choose to use pictures from another source you must cite your source so that it can be verified.  If you are using a picture from a source where it is not obvious that you have permission to use it you MUST forward us the email from the source that states that you have permission to use it. Send these emails to [email protected]

Please see these posts for video tutorials on adding pictures:

http://writedge.com/blog/upload-a-photo-and-featured-image/
http://writedge.com/blog/pixabay-photo-tool-video/

According to Google Adsense, you CANNOT use pictures of nude body parts or pictures that are sexually suggestive.  Note:

AdSense is a family-safe network. Our policy regarding adult or mature content may include any material that is not appropriate for all audiences. While this obviously includes full nudity or sexual activity, it may also include textually explicit sexual content, image or video content containing lewd or provocative poses, strategically covered nudity, see-through or sheer clothing, and close-ups of anatomy that would be inappropriate if shown nude. Additionally, topics such as sexual health and sex tips may be held to a higher standard of professionalism than content that isn’t bordering on mature. Even if there’s no adult content hosted on your page, links to adult sites or displaying adult ads from a third party will also be considered as adult content. When in doubt about whether an image or text might be construed as adult content, our general guideline is this: if you wouldn’t want a child to see the content, or if you would be embarrassed to view the page in front of colleagues, then it’s probably not family-safe and you shouldn’t place AdSense ad code on it.

SEE MORE on Google’s Content policies here.

Q: Can I write my story/poem in a language other than English?

A: No – English only please.

Q: Do I need to bother with spell check or worry about grammar?

A: Yes!  Please proofread your articles carefully for spelling, grammar, and readability by an English speaking/reading audience. This also applies to titles, categories, and tags.

Of course, some creative license is allowed for poetry and for dialogue that is relevant to the story. For example, if you include the dialogue of a young child, it is acceptable to write in the voice of the young child, with improper grammar.

Q: Is there a required word count?

A: Yes.

400 words ( 1 external link allowed) for everything but poetry
100 words for poetry (no external links allowed)
200 words poetry (1 external link allowed)
Haiku – 100 words (no external links allowed)
Haiki – more then 200 words (1 external link allowed).

(We realize 100 words is a lot for Haiku, but we need the wordcount to offset the ads. So we suggest if you’re really into Haiku, that you write several for one post.)

We reserve the right not to publish or to unpublish a story/poem that is 100 words or longer but we feel has no value.  We will likely send  you an email about why we chose not to publish it.

Q: Can I include links in my stories/poems?

A: Yes.

400 words ( 1 external link allowed) for everything but poetry
200 words for poetry (no external links allowed)
400 words poetry (1 external link allowed)
Haiku – 100 words (no external links allowed)
Haiki – more then 200 words (1 external link allowed). (We realize 100 words is a lot for Haiku, but we need the wordcount to offset the ads. So we suggest if you’re really into Haiku, that you write several for one post.

This can be a link to other articles or blog posts that you have written OR an Amazon affiliate link (IF you do choose to include an Amazon affiliate link please make sure that it is related to the article and that it is relevant to the topic). You can use other affiliate programs, too, but please make sure that they are to products you actually support.  If we think it is a scammy or unreliable product we may remove the link at our discretion. You can interlink your own or others’ articles within Daily Two Cents, within reason and these will not count towards your  self-serving links but they must be relevant to your content.

ALL LINKS MUST BE CONTEXTUAL!  That means that you cannot say, “See this site for more info,” or “ABC.com can provide you with more information on this subject.”  In other words, don’t direct people off the site.  Instead, you should include your link like this: “Freelance writing, designing graphics, and eBay selling are some of the ways that you can earn money online.”

All links (including those in pictures) should be AFTER the first paragraph (or two paragraphs if your first one is less than 4 sentences in length).

We reserve the right to delete links, without notice, that we feel are to non-reputable sites.

Q: How can I earn with Amazon?

A: We allow you to earn with Amazon in one of two ways:

  1. You can include a contextual link to an Amazon product in the body of your text OR
  2. You can use the review module and add your link code.

Q: What is the revenue share for Amazon?

There’s no revenue share for Amazon!  The earnings you make from sales of Amazon products on your articles are 100% yours!

Q: Can I comment on my own stories/poems?

A: Only if you are responding to someone please!  Don’t comment on your posts for no particular reason.

**Also, regarding commenting, please make sure your comments have value.  Posts like “Thanks, great post” or “I agree” have no value.  If you want to comment please leave a comment that adds value to the page overall.  And make sure that comments are not rude.  Consider your wording carefully if  you are disagreeing with someone.  If you can disagree without being rude it might be better to not comment at all.

Q: What is this pagination format for serial stories that is mentioned above and how can I do it?

Pagination sets up a serial story like this: Hitting the Road

Notice how each part is on a new page? This allows the story to stay together so that when you post a new part readers can easily follow it through to all the parts. They can also comment all in one place so you can see all of you comments together. We require those that are publishing stories in parts (series) to use this format so that they will be more likely to get more views (which means more money for all of us!).

How do you do it? It’s pretty easy really.

Write the first part of your story as you normally would and publish. When you are ready to publish the next part, go to your dashboard or to your posts and edit that original first post. Then you should add a next page break. There are three ways to do this.

1. Click the pagination button in your menu. It looks like this:
pagination button
2. Insert your cursor where you want them to have to go to the next “page” and press Alt + Shift + P at the same time
3. If this doesn’t insert a page break (I had trouble with it on LI) switch to text mode and insert nextpage graphic where you want the page break to be.

Now, add your next chapter.

Once you’re done with the next chapter, go to the Publish box on the right and change the date to be current and this will put your story on the front page again to indicate that there is new content.
change date

See, not so hard right? Contact us or use the forum or the Facebook group if you have any problems with it!

Q: Where can a writer connect with other writers and Daily Two Cents Owners to ask questions, get advice or share knowledge?

A: The OFFICIAL Harlow-McGaw Media Support Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1582381325310232/

Community Forums | Daily Two Cents (just for writers)
http://writedge.com/forums/

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