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  • #50048
    Robin Yacoubian
    Keymaster

    This guide is for contributors with Author status

    Once you are logged into the site you should see the black WordPress toolbar at the top of the screen. If you click the flickfeast link (below) it should take you to WordPress dashboard.

    In the dashboard screen you can manage your posts, comments and profile.

    A post needs the following items to be populated before it is published…

    Title – please try to keep the titles succinct. For Film Reviews please enter the Film Title with the year it was produced in brackets afterwards. E.g Star Wars (1977)
    Post body text – your article!
    Category – such as film review. Please only select a single category for each article.
    Tags (title, starring, director, genres, etc) – please, apart from normal capitalisation on names, keep to lowercase.
    Featured Image – an image for the article. Please see the How to add images to Posts post about adding images. Where possible use an existing image from the media library. If uploading images, please add the article title as well as the image name into both the ‘title’ and ‘Alt text’ boxes when uploading.
    Custom Social Message – in the Publish panel you should see the Custom Message box (click Edit Details if you don’t). Please enter some suitable text which will be used for the tweets/etc when it is auto published to Facebook, etc. Please use 2 hashtags, one from the official film’s Twitter page where possible. Also use an @ for the films’ official Twitter page and/or lead actor/director if possible. Please can posts be scheduled for either 11am, 1pm or 7pm and later rt’d from personal accounts.

    Additionally for film reviews please (whilst viewing the body text as “Text” and not “Visual”   add the following at the bottom of the Post body text and update accordingly:

    <small>WRITER/DIRECTOR:
    STARS:
    RUNTIME:
    COUNTRY: </small>
    <p style=”text-align: right;”><strong>Film </strong>[RATING:n]</p>

    Where n is your rating out of 5.

    E.g.

    <small>WRITER/DIRECTOR: Oliver Stone
    STARS: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nicholas Cage, Shailene Woodley
    RUNTIME: 134
    COUNTRY: U.S.A</small>
    <p style=”text-align: right;”><strong>Film </strong>[RATING:3]</p>

    Embedding the film’s trailer after these details is nice as well – please use the trailer from our youtube page wherever possible.

    The article titles on Film Reviews should be the film title followed by the year it was released (check IMDb if you need to). Any reviews from festival coverage need to be prefixed with the appropriate festival code (e.g. LFF, CANNES, VENICE)

    Additionally for Video posts please Change the Format from “Standard” to “Video” and put the video embed code in the the box in the “Post Options”. The article title of trailer posters should be in the format TRAILER PARK –

    A good strategy for social media posting is to ask a question that is answered in the article: Eg. “Is Justice League really that bad?” A simple trick is to include the film’s official hashtag, @ address and/or @ the director: usually these can be found on the official Twitter/Facebook page of the film in question. Posting whilst the subject is trending also helps or to coincide with the release. (E.g. Whilst everyone’s whinging about #JusticeLeague, we look back at Batman & Robin.)

    We’re great at commenting on each other’s work via Twitter, FB and Insta – can we try and shift that conversation on to the site itself to prop up the comments. It may look artificial to start with but it helps us in those all-important Google rankings.

    Making sure each post is rated as OK or Good on the Yoast SEO plug-in is essential. The readability part’s pretty insulting (except for the keyword density) so don’t fret too much about that, but the keyword SEO title, slug, URL and meta data is all easy to get your head around and helps people to find your writing more easily. Please emphasize the keyword in bold in its first and last occurrence.
    “Adding internal and external links helps support our link structure and keeps readers on our site. Please hyperlink to a relevant article/review from the Flickfeast archives. Make sure we tick the ‘open in another window/tab’ box so visitors also stay on our page when they click a link.

    Please proof-read your article before publishing and then you can either publish it or schedule it for publication at a later date (just click the Edit link next to “Publish immediately” to set a schedule date).

    You are responsible for ensuring all reviews are not published until the they are out of any embargoes. The PR people should tell you though if any films are under embargo (generally it is fine if the being published no earlier than the week of release). More details on that here: When to publish film reviews

    Once your review is published it would be great if you Added a IMDb External Links for it.

    Please ask if you have any questions and if in doubt just do as much as you can and let me know and I’ll check over the article for you.

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  • #54363
    Robb Sheppard
    Participant

    Post Scheduling for Authors

    Just to add to the above, to maximise the chances of our posts being read, please can all posts be scheduled for either 11am, 1pm or 7pm and later rt’d from personal accounts.

    A good strategy for social media posting is to ask a question that is answered in the article: Eg. “Is The Justice League really that bad?” A simple trick is to include the film’s official hashtag, @ address and/or @ the director: usually these can be found on the official Twitter/Facebook page of the fim in question. Posting whilst the subject is trending also helps or to coincide with the release. (E.g. Whilst everyone’s whinging about #JusticeLeague, we look back at Batman & Robin.)

    If there are any other tips you’ve found useful, please let us know.

    #54372
    Joe Bull
    Participant

    I’ve found the #film and #review get a couple of auto RTs from a couple of twitter handles (can’t remember them to be honest), which might encourage a few extra views!

    #54421
    Robin Yacoubian
    Keymaster

    Another little tip to get more shares of your articles…

    You can use the site traffup.net to get RTs, Youtube and Facebook likes.

    They are not quality shares as it is a traffic exchange site but they do help with social proof. You have to like other people’s stuff, so just sign up bogus Twitter, Facebook, etc accounts using your flickfeast email so you can do the likes from there and not impact your own social pages.

    #54539
    Robin Yacoubian
    Keymaster

    Also, another reminder to add external links on IMDb for all of your reviews, it really does help direct traffic to the site. More details in the link below…

    Adding IMDb External Links

    #55016
    Robb Sheppard
    Participant

    Just another few tips for increasing our readership:

    – Invite your friends to like, and follow Flickfeast on FB, Twitter, Insta, pinterest, subscribe to the Youtube etc. We don’t post excessively and we’re proud of what we do so let’s shout about it.

    – We’re great at commenting on each other’s work via Twitter and FB – can we try and shift shift that conversation on to the site itself to prop up the comments. It may look artificial to start with but it helps us in the Google rankings.

    – We’ve streamlined the categories so they make themselves more prominent to search engines. Please can all features be posted under Spotlight (with the title/subtitle used for ‘Feast Fam’ etc), Festivals under Festivals (obvs), and Flim Weakly (now Flim Weakly Review) with Film and DVD reviews under Reviews.

    – The Yoast SEO plug in is proving useful – I’m in the process of working through all of the old content so can we have a go with it for any new posts. The readability part’s pretty insulting (except for the keyword density) so don’t fret too much, but the SEO title, slug, URL and meta data is all easy to get your head around and helps people to find your writing more easily.

    – We’ve all been adding internal and external links, which is great. Can we just make sure we tick the ‘open in another window/tab’ box so visitors also stay on our page when they click a link.

    That’s enough for now but if anyone’s got any other suggestions then please holla.

    Thanks,

    Robb

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