How To Submit Content To Bukisa

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  1. Write your article in Word or similar word processor. This will reduce your time on line and also allow you to spell check and word count. Minimum 250 words – maximum 2,500 words.
  2. Collect your graphics together. Re-size your pictures to fit the layout and compress the JPEGS by about 50% to keep the file size small. Select one photo as the icon for your article and re-size it to about 80×80 pixels. When laying out, remember that there is a large Google Adsense block ad top right of the article.
  3. Upload the graphics to http://photobucket.com or similar photo hosting service and copy and paste the URL for each graphic into your article. This way you will know which picture goes where and the address for Bukisa to find it.
  4. You will need a title for your article – more than two words but less than 150 characters. Make sure it contains key words for Google to spot.
  5. A short summary of 8 to 60 words follows which show up on search engine results, RSS feeds and the like. Again, concentrate on key words and make the first 10 to 15 words descriptive of the articles content. Check out a Google result to see what others will see. Don’t waffle!
  6. Save your word document in a folder together with your graphics so you can find the data should you need to edit the article in the future.
  7. Before you start to submit your content, log out of Bukisa and log back in again. Bukisa’s cookies have a fairly short life and it is irritating to be logged out part way through your submission and loose all your work. Click on Submit Content and choose Text.
  8. First, upload your thumb graphic. I know it sounds crazy but I have tried to do it at the end and lost all my work! Bukisa likes to crop it’s own graphics. Browse to where you have saved your 80×80 icon graphic, click Copy then Upload and it should appear. ‘Proceed to cropping’ and enter 72 for height and width. Drag the frame to your selection and click ‘Crop’ and ‘Save’. Your article’s icon should be displayed.
  9. Back to the top of the page, choose your category from the first window and then the right window opens with a selection of sub-categories.
  10. With your Word window open as well, copy and paste your Title, Summary and Body text into the boxes. Mark text as bold, underlined, italic, heading, etc. as required.
  11. Insert the graphics where you have noted in your article. Copy the URL address then click the little tree icon and paste it in the box on the General tab. Add a short description and title.
  12. Go to the Appearance tab and select how you want the graphic aligned, text flow, vertical and horizontal clear space between graphic and text (try 10) and a border if required to frame the graphic (try 2). At the bottom you will see your selection – Style margin; 10px; float; left; or similar commands.
  13. Advanced will allow you to choose mouse over/mouse out graphics and long description link options among others.
  14. Click ‘Insert’ and check the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) layout to see if you have indeed got what you wanted.
  15. Check also that you haven’t got the dreaded ‘Disallowed Key Characters’ warning. It usually appears after you have inserted a graphic. Placing a graphic inside a paragraph seems to trigger the error but there may be many other causes I have yet to have the pleasure of finding!
  16. As you work on your graphic insertions keep checking that this … submit1.jpg
  17. does not turn into this …    submit2.jpg
  18. Clean up the background code of the article by clicking on the little brush icon next to HTML. This removes surplus line breaks, spaces, etc
  19. Finally submit the article with Publish. I don’t use Draft or Preview as I have had the misfortune of loosing all my work that way. If there is an error, you will always be able to go back and edit by clicking on the ‘pencil’ icon in your profile area.
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