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KidTown Sydney FAQ

Become a Kidtown Sydney writer and help us build a collection of fun things to do with kids.
What is Kidtown Sydney?
Why write for Kidtown Sydney?
What can I write about?
How much do I get paid?
How do I start?
How do I request payment?
How do I include a link in my articles?
How do I create categories?
Building up a library of articles.
Payment notes and conditions
Common Mistakes for New Writers
How do I claim article authorship on Google Plus?
What are Paid Links?
What are Likes?
Can I place affiliate links in my articles?
What about copyright?
Can I publish my Kidtown Sydney articles on my own blog?
How Do I Make My Text Bold or Italic?

Become a Kidtown Sydney writer and help us build a collection of fun things to do with kids.

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What is Kidtown Sydney?

Kidtown Sydney is a review website focussing on things to do and places to go with kids in Sydney and surrounding areas.
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Why write for Kidtown Sydney?

You get paid for reviewing fun things you do with your kids.

You can build up your portfolio and expose your writing to thousands of people, which may lead to even more work.

Working for Kidtown Sydney is flexible. Write when the kids are at school or at night after they’ve gone to bed. Or take your laptop to the park and write while the kids play.

Build up your network. Kidtown Sydney is a great way to meet other writers and parents in Sydney.
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What can I write about?

Kidtown Sydney articles should be about places to go and things to do with kids. For example, parks, playgrounds, beaches, classes, events, school holiday activities, family friendly restaurants and cafes, etc
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How much do I get 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.

At times, we also offer awards of $5, $10 for articles which are well written and have quality original photos.

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

Simply sign up for a free account at: http://sydney.kidtown.com.au

Then sign in and you will be presented with an option to “Share Article”

Write the title of the article, then press Submit

A new window will open, where you can post your article and images.

Write the article, then press “Update”
This will save the article.

Next add your images – you can submit up to 4 images at a time (up to 20 images per article)
Then insert [imageX] into the body of the article – (x is the number of the image)

Press update.

Please remember to spellcheck your articles. It is recommended you type your articles and save them on your computer first, then copy and paste them to Kidtown Sydney.

Here are some step-by-step articles, which will guide you through the process.

http://guide.hubgarden.com/your-profile-and-settings-information/

http://guide.hubgarden.com/writing-an-article/

http://guide.hubgarden.com/adding-an-image-to-your-article/
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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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How do I include a link in my articles?

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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How do I create categories?

Any line in an article that starts with a "#" will be considered a category.

For instance:
#Adventure Playgrounds
or
#Swimming Pools

If the category does not exist it will be created automatically when the article is published.
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Building up a library of articles.

Writers are encouraged to build up a catalogue of articles on activities and places which are useful to Kidtown Sydney readers in addition to events.

These articles will be referred to again and again and will continue earning long after they have been published.

Examples of good article topics include picnic spots, nice beaches, parks, playgrounds, museums, and child friendly restaurant and cafe reviews.

It also helps if the article is about something which people will search for using a search engine which applies to most of the examples above.
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Payment notes and conditions

By submitting articles to Kidtown Sydney you agree that you have read and agree to the following conditions. These conditions may be changed at any time without notice.

Australian residents have the option of being paid via bank transfer as well as PayPal.

Australian residents requesting an individual payment greater than $75 AUD will need to supply a "statement by supplier form" (see below) or quote an ABN (Australian Business Number). If neither a supplier form or ABN is provided the maximum payment of $75 will be made with the remainder credited to your account for future payment.

Australian residents can register for an ABN if necessary. It's a simple process and will allow you to claim things like computers and other work related expenses on tax.

You can read about statement by supplier forms, and decide if this applies to you here. We are unable to provide advice as to whether a particular writer qualifies to use a statement by supplier, however we will accept them if provided. The forms can be sent as an email attachment to support -at- weekendnotes.com. Once you've sent the form place "Statement by Supplier" in the ABN field (Settings -> Edit Details).

Writers not residing in Australia are paid via PayPal and are not required to submit an ABN or any other taxation information for any size of payment.

By submitting articles to Kidstown Sydney you agree that you are working as a independent contractor and are responsible for paying any tax due on all payments we make to you as well as any superannuation or other work related payments or insurance. You are also responsible for submitting your own tax return.

If you are registered to collect GST, then GST is included in all payments made to you. Payment for articles submitted to Kidtown Sydney, and acceptance of those articles, may be suspended at any time for any writer for any reason. Being accepted as a Kidtown Sydney writer is in no way a promise of future employment. The amounts paid for articles, and the method of calculating payments may be changed without notice at any time.

Payment rates may change from time to time. The latest rates will be published on this page.

Account balances are only maintained, and payments only accrue for active Kidtown Sydney writers. A writer is considered active if they have had an article published in the last 12 months. The date of your most recent published article is listed on your writer page.
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Common Mistakes for New Writers

The editors have compiled a list of the most common mistakes made by new writers.

If you're just starting out on Kidtown Sydney follow these rules and your articles will be published faster and receive higher editor scores.

1) Read the Style Guide (http://www.weekendnotes.com/style-guide/). There is quite a lot of information there, however it's all useful and important.

2) Use the most obvious title for an article. If reviewing a restaurant use the name of the restaurant. If reviewing a park use the name of the park. It may seem boring, but it is essential for good search engine rank.

3) Don't breach copyright with your images and credit them properly. Preferably use your own images. If in doubt, note the direct URL and the Editor will inform you if it is copyrighted content.

Google Images is not a source, it is a search engine. Credit images with as much information as possible, including the name of the photographer and the website.

4) Leave a blank line between paragraphs and images.

5) Event articles should be published before an event finishes, preferably at least 2 weeks (a month is even better) before it starts. This gives readers a chance to plan ahead and enjoy the event which you are writing about.

6) Always read your article out loud to yourself before submitting it. It's a great way to pick up mistakes. Make sure all your links work by clicking on them.

7) Articles submitted to Kidtown Sydney should not be published anywhere else.

8) Articles submitted to Kidtown Sydney should consist of 100% original content. Don't cut and paste press releases.

9) Kidtown Sydney promotes places, activities and events.

10) All reviews must be at least 600 characters and no longer than 4500 characters. You will find a counter on each article's preview page.

11) If your article reviews a business or other organisation remember that you can earn a bonus by asking them to link to your article from their website. It's as easy as sending them a quick email.

12) If you have a question (even if you think it's a really silly one) don't be afraid to ask an editor or leave a message on the writers' group. We're all here to help and there is a lot to get your head around.
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How do I claim article authorship on Google Plus?

While Google Plus is not very popular as a social network, claiming authorship of your articles can result in a profile picture appearing alongside your articles in Google search results, resulting in more visibility and higher click through rates.

It is strongly recommended that you set up a Google Plus account and link your articles.

At Kidtown Sydney we support the linking method of attribution which is option 2 outlined here.

http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1408986&expand=option2

Follow these steps:

1) Setup a Google Plus account.

2) Go to your Kidtown Sydney settings page, and click on "Edit Details".

3) Enter your Google Plus profile URL into the appropriate field, including the https at the start. Remove anything past the long number from the profile URL including the final forward slash. It should look something like:

https://plus.google.com/11252696679293004333

4) Follow step 2 of option 2 as outlined here:

http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1408986&expand=option2

to add Kidtown Sydney to your Google Plus "Contribute To" list. You can link to either the Kidtown Sydney home page, or your Kidtown Sydney profile, it's up to you.

That's it. Now you'll just need to allow some time for Google to register the changes, usually at least a couple of weeks.
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What are Paid Links?

Writers are paid for arranging links on other websites back to Kidtown Sydney.

The links are usually on the website of a business reviewed in a Kidtown Sydney article and point back to that article.

These links are worth $10 upfront and another $10 if the link is still in place in 6 months.

All other links are worth $5 upfront, and another $5 if they are still there in 6 months. Examples include a link on your personal website or blog.

Arranging a link to an article also has the benefit of increasing your reader count and therefore payments.

With a link in place you can also request for the article to be featured which will further increase your reader count.

Links need to be on dedicated domains such as www.tomscafe.com, instead of a subdomain like tomscafe.blogspot.com or general sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Blogger. A press, news, links, supporters, or friends page such as www.tomscafe.com/links.html is fine.

Only new links which are not already in the system are eligible for payment.

To register a link for payment click on "My Account" when you are logged in to your account. Then click on “New Paid Links”, and enter the URL (web address) of the page on which the link is located.

For two months after a business/organisation review has been published only the author can claim a link from that business/organisation.

The easiest way to obtain a link is to send the article to the business/organisation which has been reviewed, asking if they'd like to link to it on their website. Email is fine, however a friendly phone call is usually more effective. You can do this for your own articles, or any other article on Kidtown Sydney however be aware of the 2 month exclusion rule mentioned above.

Expect a 1 in 20 success rate for emails, and around 1 in 5 for phone calls.

The key is persistence and following up promises to place a link with a friendly reminder. Most links are only placed on the 2nd or 3rd contact.

Many websites have a dedicated links, resources, friends, news or media page, and these are usually the easiest to arrange links with as they are familiar with the process.

Most links are arranged after an article has been written as an afterthought, and that's fine, however if you want to concentrate on arranging links a very efficient system is:

1) Find a business that is suitable for Kidtown Sydney that also has a links, friends, reviews, media, or press page on their website. These businesses are already familiar with the concept of "swapping links".

2) Contact them to see if they'd like to swap a link in return for a featured article. The phone is most effective, but email does sometimes work. This is getting easier as more and more people have already heard of Kidtown Sydney.

3) If they agree to a link then write a review of them, and then follow up to make sure they place the link. This may take a few reminders.

4) Submit the link for payment through your writers' page.

5) Get organised. Maintain a list of businesses which you've contacted along with notes, business details, contact names, and how far along they are in placing a link. Work through the list once per week or fortnight following up with contacts on progress.


Linking Conditions:

There are a few conditions related to paid links. Don't worry if you don't understand the technical details, most links on business/event/organisation websites should be ok.

Each link URL must be indexed by Google. To check enter the entire URL (including http) into a Google search.

Each link must be clickable.

You must have arranged a link to take credit for it. Simply searching for links on Google and then reporting them is not sufficient.

Each link must not have a "nofollow" in the html tag which which instructs search engines not to use them to calculate webpage rank. To check for this look at the source code of the page, search for the "kidtown" link, and look for rel="nofollow". If you can find it, the link does not count. Most comments on blogs are now set to automatically include a "nofollow", which is a good thing as it discourages spammy comments.

There is a limit of 5 links per Kidtown Sydney article, unless more are agreed with the editor.

Links must be direct, not via a linking service (like bit.ly), or a redirect, or generated by javascript.

Links must be on websites written in regular HTML. For instance javascript or Flash generated websites do not count.

Each link is paid for only once for each website or domain. Subdomains do not count as a separate domain.

Search for links which are already in the system by clicking on "Search Links" on your writer page.

Excluded domains: facebook.com (including facebook inserts on the business website), twitter.com, digg.com, blogger.com, flickr.com, myspace.com, tumblr.com, pinterest.com, wordpress.com, meetup.com, blogspot.com, bloglines.com, google.com. Any blogs/websites on subdomains such as mylife.wordpress.com.
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What are Likes?

Each article is given a score depending on the number of people who have "liked" it by clicking on the like link underneath.

This is used to rank articles within categories, allowing readers to find the best articles more easily.

However it's slightly more complicated than that as not all likes are equal, and there are other ways to attract likes.

* Each article starts off with a number of likes equal to its editor score.

* Likes from different people are valued differently, a regular reader is worth 1, a subscriber 3, another writer 5 or more depending on how many articles they have published.

* 1 like is automatically awarded for every 50 readers.

* Awards also attract likes. 5 for newbie, 10 for bronze, 20 for silver, and 30 for gold.
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Can I place affiliate links in my articles?

Yes. You are allowed one affiliate link per article.
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What about copyright?

Do not breach copyright. Always use italics and quotation marks when appropriate and attribute. For instance:

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From the Festival Website:

"The interesting and informative quote"
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If you are found to have cut-and-paste from another website or source without attribution you will not be paid and will be removed from the Kidtown Sydney writers list. Using Google it is very easy to check for copyright breaches. If in doubt ask first.

By submitting an article to Kidtown Sydney you acknowledge that On Topic Media assumes copyright of that article, and you agree not to publish the same article elsewhere without written permission from On Topic Media.

On Topic Media also assumes all rights to photographs taken by you and submitted as "original" under "work for hire", and we ask that you do not publish these elsewhere. If you would like to retain copyright of a photograph do not specify them as "original", in which case you grant On Topic Media non-exclusive digital and print rights to the photograph. By submitting a photograph to Kidtown Sydney you agree to the above terms.
All articles with an editor score of 7 or more are placed in the email newsletter pool.

They are then sent to a random selection of readers to see how popular the article is. The most popular articles are then sent to larger numbers of email newsletter readers.

Because of this it is very important to create good email titles for your articles, which encourage readers to click through and read more.

Each email title is tested to see which is most effective. You can see the click through rate (ctr) for each email title on the article's preview page.
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Can I publish my Kidtown Sydney articles on my own blog?

Publishing your Kidtown Sydney articles on your own blog (or website), or publishing articles from your blog on Kidtown is not allowed.

The main reason for this is that duplication of content harms search engine rank.
However you can link to your article from you website or blog.
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How Do I Make My Text Bold or Italic?

To bold text, simply place ** at the beginning and at the end of the words, eg.

**Sydney Park**

To make text italic, simply place %% at the beginning and at the end of the words, eg

%%Sydney Park%%

You can even do both at once

**%%Sydney Park%%**.
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