If you’ve recently signed up to QwertyContent you might be wondering how you go about placing your first order. Getting to grips with any new system can sometimes be a little daunting.
To help you get underway quickly we’ve made this guide. It will show you everything you need to know to get your first project up and running in no time. It is broken down into four easy steps:
- How To Create Your First Project – The Project Brief
- Set How Many Articles You Need
- Select The Writers Experience Level (Optional)
- Use Your Preferred Writers (Optional)
1. How To Create Your First Project – The Project Brief
Start by logging into you account and clicking on the new project button on the dashboard. You can also click the get content link – shown in the top-most menu bar.
You should now see the project setup page. Start by selecting what kind of content you want creating. You can choose from Articles, Article Rewrites, Ebooks/Kindle Books or Press Releases. As you select an option the form will automatically change for you, only showing you the options you need for a particular content type.
For example, if you select an ebook you can enter how many chapters you want or if you select an article rewrite you can upload the articles you want rewriting and so on (more on this later).
Now you have selected what kind of content you want lets look at the Project brief and Instructions to the writer boxes.
The Project Brief & Instructions To The Writer
These two boxes provide you with the opportunity to tell the writer exactly what you want – and it is worth thinking about this especially when creating your first project.
I always find it useful to look at content posted by other sites in my niche to find out what styles I like and how I like the content to be structured. These are very easy to find, just use Google to search for a question in your niche. For example if your website is about Dogs you might type ‘how to train Labradors’ or ‘what are the best dog food brands’.
This should provide you with dozens of different articles you can use to help you decide what you prefer.
But, how should you write your brief? An example can speak volumes and we think a good basic brief would look like this:
Hi! This article will be used on one of my main websites so it needs be information rich. Please make use of the resources I have provided in the instructions to writer box because they will help you get the information you need to create this piece.This article is aimed at the domestic market so it should be easy to read and not use too much jargon. The tone should be conversational and interesting – like talking to a friend.
Of course, this is just an example, but it should serve as a good template to help you write your own brief. If you’re ordering articles for the same site over and over you can even use the same brief as a kind of cookie-cutter template. It saves time – just make sure it is relevant and up to date.
Next we need to provide more information for our writer to use and we can do this in the Instructions to writer box. This box is optional but well worth filling in. You can use it to give very specific instructions to your writer. It doesn’t take long to do and can mean the difference between and average and a great article.
Again, we have provided what we think a good set of instructions would look like that you can use:
- Please use subheadings to break this article into easily readable sections.
- You can use the following sites to get information on this subject: http://www.examplesite1.com/page and http://examplesite2.com/page.
- Please you bold and italics to carefully highlight keys points as required.
- There is no need to worry about keyword density, please write naturally and do not keyword stuff.
- An example of how I would like the article formatting can be found here: http://examplearticlesite.com.
You could even provide a granular approach to getting your article created:
Please make sure you article is broken down into the following sections:
- 200 words introducing widgets and why they are useful.
- 200 words on the most common uses of widgets.
- 200 words on 4 of the top widgets and why they are so good.
- 150 conclusion.
Project Brief Options
The final part of the project brief allows you define what category you want your project submitting to, the writing style, length and language needed. You can configure these options in seconds by selecting from a pre-set option.
Beneath these settings you’ll find one last option labeled: Disable Copyscape Check…
If you’ve been working online for any length of time you will probably have heard of Copyscape. For those of you who haven’t yet; Copyscape is a service which can be used to scan content and discover if it has already been published online in full or in part.
Essentially it is a system which can be used to ensure content is unique and has not been plagiarized.
When a writer submits an article to you we automatically use this service to ensure your content is unique.
But! If you have asked a writer to provide a lot of quotes or citations it can cause Copyscape to incorrectly flag an article as plagiarized. To prevent this from happening you should click the Disable Copyscape Check option if you have asked for quotes. Its a simple way you can prevent any problems with your writers from occurring.
2. Set How Many Articles You Need
Earlier in this guide I mentioned that the depending on what kind of content you select the options available to you will change.
As you select a content ‘type’ you will see one of the following four options groups appear below the project brief (shown below). Let’s take a look at each in turn:
When you submit an ‘article’ project you can have more than one article created using the same brief. All you need to do is enter a keyword or phrase for each article using the form shown above. This is a fast way to get a lot of articles created quickly because lots of different writers can work on each article and you won’t need to submit a separate brief for each one.
You need to enter a minimum of 1 keyword/phrase.
We’ll continue with the example theme used in this project and use Dogs as an example. For example, if you wanted 3 articles creating on different aspects of caring for a dog you might enter the following 3 phrases:
- How to make sure my dog gets enough exercise
- 6 tips for training your dog – fast!
- Why your dog needs quality food.
Each of these phrases represents a different article a writer can create. It’s that simple to get multiple articles created using the same project.
You can also get more than one article re-written using the same project brief. All you need to do is upload each article you want re-writing as a plain text document. This ‘attaches’ the article to project brief and allows you to get a lot of articles re-written without submitting the same brief over and over again.
All you need to do is click the upload button and drag and drop your article on to the popup window which appears (shown above).
To help make sure your ebook covers the topics you need it to you can specify how many chapters you need writing. All you need to do is select the chapter count from the drop down menu (shown in the image above).
You can even specify the titles of each chapter or you can leave this up to the author – it is up to you.
This is a fast way to get a lot of different press releases created quickly because lots of different writers can work on each press release and you won’t need to create a separate brief for each one.
You need to enter a minimum of 1 keyword/phrase.
Press releases are designed to convey information about a company IE news or developments. So, I’d recommend you vary your phrases/keywords here from generic article-style-phrases and make them more specific to your company.
I would also recommend that you make sure each phrase reads like a something a reporter would write. For example, if you ran (the fictitious) Pete’s Pet Food Company you might want one of the following press releases creating:
- Pete’s Pet Food Launches New Range of Healthy Treats
- How One Small Business Boosted Their Sales Using Mobile
- New Dog Food is Causing a Storm With Pet Owners
3. Select The Writers Experience Level (Optional)
Whilst it is your choice to choose any experience level, I typically consider where and how I will be using the content to help me decide.
For example, if I need content for SEO purposes (such as web 2.0s or PBN sites) I will usually choose ‘All Writers’ or ‘Intermediate’. Because I know that I need readable content but I am also OK with the fact that it won’t be perfect.
However, if I need much higher quality content, which I will send out to my clients or use on my websites, I always pick an ‘Elite’ or ‘Professional’ writer. This ensures the content produced is of a high standard.
4. Use Your Preferred Writers (Optional)
Lastly you can choose to submit this project to your preferred writers.
When you do this your project is NOT shown in the public project pool – this prevents any other writer outside of your preferred list from completing the work.
Adding a preferred writer to your project is easy. Simply start typing the writers username to begin searching. If any matches are found they are shown below the search box. Simply click the writers name to add them to the list.
You’re now ready to submit your project. Click the submit button and one of our writers will start working on your content (often within only a few minutes).