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Healthy Hints FAQ

What are Quick Tips?
What can I write about for Healthy Hints?
How long does it take for an article to be published?
How do I include an image?
Can I submit recipes?
How do I publish an article?
How do I make text bold or italicised?
How do I include a link?
What images can I use?
What are supporters?
How do I organise a supporter?
How much am I paid?
How do I request payment?

What are Quick Tips?

Quick tips are short articles that give the reader a quick tip on any topic that involves natural and healthy living. Check the Quick Tips category for examples of suitable tips, and follow these guidelines:

* there is no minimum number of characters but there is an absolute maximum of 600 all up.
* must include one quality image
* do not give the tip away in the title or first couple of lines that show up in the article previews - the idea is for readers to be intrigued enough to click on the article.
* these tip articles are a great tool for linking to other full sized articles - the related must be just that - related, but not the same, or simply an extended version of the quick tip. Check current Quick tips for valid examples.
* Do not write tips that you have found on the internet and do not have first hand knowledge of.
* You do not need to allocate the Quick tip a number - that will be done by editors before publishing.

Quick tips will be published in the order that they're submitted, but a maximum of one or two Quick Tips will be published daily - so no need to chase up the editor unless a substantial amount of time has passed.
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What can I write about for Healthy Hints?

Articles on natural health and wellbeing. Possible topics include natural therapies, natural cures, healthy foods and recipes, fitness, yoga, motivational and inspirational, natural beauty etc. The idea is to help and inspire people to better their lives by giving them sound and practical information. If in doubt, email me at clare@healthyhints.com.au and run your article idea by me.
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How long does it take for an article to be published?

Allow up to 5 working days for your article to be published. They are published in the order they arrive in the editor queue.
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How do I include an image?


Every article needs at least one image. Adding them into your recipe is a simple process.

First you need to upload the images. Click on the 'Add Images' link, you can then add up to 4 images at one time. Make sure you update any changes made to your recipe before clicking the link.

Select the images from your hard drive using the Choose File button.

You can then also add any keywords for your image.

Once you have added all the files, click submit.

To use an image copy and paste the [IMAGEX] tag into the text. Replace X with the image number.

If I wanted to place my first image into the recipe, I would write [IMAGE1]. Make sure there isn't a space between IMAGE and the number.

If you want to add a caption, you just need to include it inside the tag like so: [IMAGEX My caption goes here.]
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Can I submit recipes?

Yes, healthy recipe ideas are accepted and encouraged. We may however have different ideas about exactly what healthy is, so feel free to email me at clare@healthyhints.com.au or start an artice and leave a comment for me if in doubt.
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How do I publish an article?

To publish an article login and then click on the "Share Article" link.

Once you've completed your article click on the "Notify Editor / Submit Article" link to let the editor know that it's ready.
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How do I make text bold or italicised?

Healthy Hints does not use regular HTLM formatting.

To make text bold add ** either side of the word or phrase you would like bold.

i.e. The **horse** is brown.
The word horse will appear in bold.

To write in italics ass %% either side of the word or phrase.

i.e. The beach is the %%perfect%% place to spend your Summer.
The word perfect will be italicised.
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How do I include a link?

To include a link in the text of your article use the following format:

[LINK www.thelinkurl.com The Link Text]

"The Link Text" will become the link that points to www.thelinkurl.com.
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What images can I use?

Original images are always preferred - these do not have to be credited (original images must be used for recipe articles).

If that isn't possible, here is a list of sites where writers can access copyright free images:

Morguefile.com free stock photos
http://www.morguefile.com

Wikimedia Commons
commons.wikimedia.org

The FreeImage Project
freeimage.sourceforge.net

StockFreeImages.com
www.stockfreeimages.com

Free Digital Photos
www.freedigitalphotos.net

stock.xchng
www.sxc.hu

Some of these sites require you to credit the photographer in your work and others don't - check the Terms & Conditions of each site you use.
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What are supporters?

Supporters are websites which have linked to an article page on Healthy Hints.

To thank them they're promoted at the top of the article.

Here is an example where WeekendNotes is supporting a pesto burger recipe on the RecipeYum hub: http://recipeyum.com.au/pesto-chicken-burger/

Writers are paid to organise supporters for their (or other) articles.

Payments range from $10 up to $30 depending on the website that is linking to Healthy Hints. Half is paid upfront, and the other half in 6 months if the link is still in place.

$10 - Any website on its own domain name.

$20 - High quality reputable websites with good content and related somehow to natural health.

$30 - Business or government websites. Business websites should be associated with a product or service and have a real world location and office.

All links need to be on proper domains such as www.tomscafe.com, and not subdomains such as tomscafe.blogspot.com. Sites like Facebook or Twitter are also not counted.

Each business/website is only paid for once, regardless of the number of links. Each business/website can only be featured on one article. See further down for the full list of conditions.
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How do I organise a supporter?


Many businesses/websites will be happy to link to an article in exchange for the free promotion at the top of the article page. Simply email or phone them and ask if they'd like some free publicity in exchange for a link.

Expect a success rate of around 1 in 5 for phone calls, and around 1 in 20 for emails. It usually takes 3 or 4 follow ups before a link is placed as well, so don't expect success straight away.

Often you'll have more luck if the business/website is related to the article in some way (though it's not necessary):

1) Perhaps they have a therapist who would like to contribute a "celebrity article" which they can link to.

2) The business supplies an ingredient that is featured in a recipe or a natural product that you've reviewed.

3) The business practices the therapy in your article.

4) Any other inventive way you can relate the article to the business/website.

To request payment for a link click on "new supporter" on your accounts page.

There are a few caveats - don't worry if you don't understand the conditions, the majority of links will be fine.

1) The link must not contain a nofollow tag. To check view the source of the page and make sure there is no rel="nofollow" in the link back to Healthy Hints.

2) Links should be direct, and not redirected via another page or use javascript. To check hover your mouse over the link to see where it goes - it should show a healthyhints.com.au address.

3) The links need to be on the actual website of the business, not Facebook or any other site. The website should be a proper domain such as peterscafe.com rather than a subdomain such as peterscafe.blogspot.com etc.

4) The domain needs to be in Google's index. To test this search for the site on Google to see if it comes up.
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How much am I paid?

Payment is in proportion to the number of people who read your articles.

Each article receives a CPM value on publication, determined by the editors score.

The CPM value is the amount you will receive for every 1000 readers. You do not have to wait for an article to receive 1000 readers to be paid, it's just how the CPM value is expressed. Your account is adjusted each time someone reads one of your articles.

A typical CPM value for an article will be around $10, or 1 cent per reader.

We also offer awards of $5, $10, and $20 for good articles which are well written with good photos. Extra income can be earned by arranging supporter links.

You can view your account balance on by clicking on "My Account".
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How do I request payment?

To request payment first enter your payment information on your settings page.

Payments are made using PayPal, however Australian residents can also opt to be paid by bank transfer.

On the first of each month if your balance is over $50 (or 50 GBP) an account is created and placed on your Accounts page.

To request payment of a monthly account click on the "details" link, and then "submit invoice".

Payment is then made on the 1st of the following month as long as the invoice is submitted on or before the 10th. This delay is to allow for the time it takes to receive payments from advertisers.

For instance your January account would be created and placed on your accounts page on the 1st of February. If you submitted an invoice before the 10th of Feb payment would be made on the 1st of March. If the invoice was submitted after the 10th of Feb, payment would be made on the 1st of April.

If your balance is less than $50 on the 1st of the month, then it will be carried over to the following month.

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