Publishing articles on InfoBarrel can feel like it is difficult. However, it doesn't have to be. By knowing what to do step by step you will be able to publish articles quickly and easily. You can get started publishing your articles with ease.
To get started you will click the “Create” button. This button only shows up when you are a member and logged in. If you haven't already signed up then you should do that. This button is located on the horizontal menu next to the “Home” tab.
Once you have clicked the “Create” button you will then get to choose your title and URL (article address). Choose your title. It is best if you include a keyword in the title. The URL will naturally take be www.infobarrel.com/The_Title_of_Your_Article. This is because this is the best option for search engines. You can change it manually, but this isn't recommended. Next you will enter the Human Test answer to prove you are indeed human.
Finally, you will want to click either “Check Title for Availability” or “Check Title & Start Writing”. If you are ready to get writing then the second option will work well. If the title is already on InfoBarrel you will find a red message at the top and you will need to pick a different option. On the other hand, if the title is available you will move on to the next page.
Write an Article
At the top of the “Write an Article” page the first few options will be filled in. First there will be a check mark in the “Enable autosaving to draft every 5 minutes?” You should know that the autosaving doesn't always work and shouldn't be the only thing you rely on to keep your work safe. That being said, it isn't recommended that you uncheck this.
Next there will be the Title. You can still make changes to this even though the URL is set and won't be able to be changed.
After that is a box that lets you donate the article to charity. When you do that InfoBarrel will collect the money that the article makes and donate that to the charity they are currently working with. This is a really cool thing and a great way to help others. You can also choose to have the article set as a charity article and change it back at any time.
Next is the category. Sometimes figuring out where your article goes is a pain in the butt. However, it is really important that you do your best to put your article in a category that it fits in with. You will use the drop down menu to choose a parent category. Once you have chosen one there will be a little red x next to it and an additional drop down menu allowing you to choose sub-categories. After that is a “reset” link that will allow you to start over if the category that you choose just isn't going to work.
Next there is a Signature option. You can choose a signature you have already created in the drop down menu or you can click the link “add new” on the right hand side. Signatures can be a powerful tool, but aren't something you should worry about too much when first getting started on InfoBarrel.
Next comes a Summary. This should be two or three sentences describing your article. It can be up to 100 words and will show up when your article shows up in search engine results.
Then there are Tags. They consist of one or more words that describe your article or that works for your articles. You can use Goolge's Keyword Tool in order to use keywords that people are using to search for your topic. You get up to five. You should put one on each line. This is not five words, but five tags or phrases.
The “Text” module isn't the only one that is available, but it is certainly a very important one. In order to edit it you will simply click on the edit button.
You will want to add these as you need them. At the top the text module asks for an H2 Heading. This will allow you to put subheadings into your article. This breaks them up and makes them easier to read. However, it also shows important parts to search engines. You can also put in an H3 tag which is smaller and works as a subheading to your section.
After you get through the sections heading and subheading (which are both optional) then you will find a text editor. Here you can bold, Italisize, Underline, strike out text, align left, center, align right, or align full. Next there is a drop down menu that allows you to change the type of text you are putting in from paragraph (looks like normal text, to DIV, Heading 2 (H2), Heading 3 (H3), block quote, or definition term. You can also choose the font family and the font size.
The next line includes cut, copy, paste, paste as plain text, paste from Word, find, find and replace, bullets, numbered list, decrease indent, increase indent, block quote, undo, redo, insert a link, break link, anchor, HTML editor, text color, and highlighted color. These options allow you to make any changes and formating that you need to.
The final line is insert/edit table, edit on the row or column, insert row before or other, insert column above or after, split merged table cells, merge table cells, insert horizontal line, remove formatting, show or hide guidelines, use a subscript, use a superscript, add a special character, add an emotions, insert block horizontal line, paragraph left to right, paragraph right to left, and finally spell check.
Most of these things won't be used on a regular article. Things that you should pay attention to if you don't know how to use all of these include bold, italic, alignment, bullet list, numbered list, and spell check. These things will be used to make your articles easier to read or skim quickly, both of which are good for your articles.
Once you have finished with the section you should click on “Save & Close”. If you want to close without saving you can simply click on “Close”. If you want to edit it again you will want to click the “Edit” button. You can also “Delete” it using the red x and Delete. You can also move the text modules around using the blue arrow buttons up or down.
You can publish an article by following these steps, getting familiar with the tools, and using just the text module. However, it is best if you learn to add a variety of other modules to the mix for a great looking article that is easier to read. Be patient when learning how to do all of these things and don't be afraid to make mistakes. You can easily fix them because you can do this!