Getting started on Bukisa may seem daunting, but it’s actually quite easy to quickly set up your first post, and maximise your readership. By following these basic tips, you can turn your Bukisa posts into goldmines!
Starting off: The actual process of writing an article on Bukisa is straightforward. Press the “Publish” button at the top of the screen, and you’re off! You have several boxes available here – Title, Category, Short Summery, Article Body and Keywords. First of all, get a catchy title. There’s no point in writing the best article in the world if you’re going to give it a common, boring or uninformative title. Your title should explain what the article is about, but in a way that makes it appealing and unique.
The Short Summery section should be similarly written. In this section, you write a summary of the article, up to 60 words long. This should be eye-catching, informative and interesting, as it is the first thing the reader will see. For instance, if you’re writing an article about, say, different types of cheese, you want a brief description that sums up what cheeses you’ll be writing about and why the reader should care. You should use the summary to catch the reader’s imagination and make them think about the subject – this will interest them in the article. Overlooking the Short Summery can lead to potential readers overlooking your article.
The Title box allows you to select the category and sub-category your article will appear in. If you’re unsure which category is best for your article, search for similar articles and see what they are filed under.
Keywords allows you to suggest a list of words important to the article to help people search for it. The software installed on Bukisa will suggest words to help you out, but don’t be shy about adding your own words of phrases, if you feel they’re important to the article.
Writing your article: When writing your article, keep the audience in mind. If you’re writing a how-to guide for object x, for instance, make sure you explain how to use x in a simple manner: don’t use complex language, or professional terms. If you want to know how to write a website, you don’t want to be confused by technobabble or the history of the internet. Stick to the point. Also, don’t swear or insult the reader. This is not a prudish request, but a practical one: readers who are offended or insulted by an article will stop reading it. Thus, they are unlikely to read your other articles or recommend them.
Also, include additional material if possible, such as links to other useful posts (possibly written by you). Readers will appreciate a thorough article, as it stops them having to look elsewhere. But don’t spam your post with links to other sites and pages, as this can be off-putting.
Monetising your article: So you’ve written your article! Great, but we can’t just sit back and wait for the money to flow in. The most obvious way to get more money from your article is to promote it. Bukisa not only allows you to repost your work elsewhere, it encourages it! If you go to one of your articles, you will see a “Republish article” button on the right-hand side toolbar. Click this to get the code to republish your article elsewhere, with a link back to Bukisa. If you have your own blog, republish there. Also, use social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter to promote your new posts. Sites, such as Digg.com, StumbleUpon and Reddit offer another way to promote your work.
Referrals are another great way to earn money. Refer your friends to Bukisa, and you’ll earn 25% of what they do. Link to relevant posts by people in your network to increase your earnings. However, be careful not to abuse this system – misleading readers so they visit your posts or the posts of people in your network is frowned upon. Include the link for referrals on any other sites you write for, if you’re promoting Bukisa around the internet, and in your signature on forums or blogs.
Later, after you’ve written a few articles, go back and edit them. Add links to new articles you or someone has written in your network, if they’re relevant. For instance, after writing this article, I added links to other articles about increasing your income that I wrote at a later date. Also, add links to similar articles you’ve written to attract people interested in your work.
Lastly: Check your stats. See which of your articles attract readers, where they found the article, and what they searched. This will give you an indication of what people look for in your article, as well as helping you work out if you are promoting your articles well. Don’t despair when the money doesn’t flood in – it will take some time to get established. The important thing to do is not give up. Write often, link and promote your work. After a while, people will start to notice your articles, and with any luck, you’ll start to make a tidy profit.