My Gardening Network Overview

A 21st Century Web production.

This page gives an overview of My Gardening Network and what potential writers may expect.

Purpose

To try to make money using both new articles and articles previously published on content farms, mainly Helium and Bright Hub, but also other content farms.

My Gardening Network is an Experiment.

If you don’t want to be part of an experiment, or can’t afford to lose any revenue you might be making at Helium or other content farms, then you should not contribute articles you have published in those places.

Full Disclosure: You May Not Make Any Money and You May Lose Revenue from any Article Published Here That is Also Published on Another Website. There is NO guarantee you make any money.

Experiment

An experiment follows certain rules and procedures which allow those performing the experiment to measure success or failure. The rules for publishing articles on My Gardening Network are going to be simple, but firm. We will follow specific article formats and specific SEO practices on ALLof the articles published.

There is the issue of duplicate content. Since Google’s Algorithm Panda Update in February of 2011, the issue of duplicate content strikes terror into the hearts of website owners and content producers. However, recently it was explained by Google spokesperson and SPAM expert Matt Cutts that the issue is less about duplicate content and more about user value. If a page adds value for users, then it will rank well. My Gardening Network and its writers must give site visitors a good experience they will not find anywhere else.

Helium and other content mills are suffering under site penalties for many issues. Duplicate content is not a big issue for most, but having many articles under the same main keyphrase and title ISin fact, a huge problem for sites like Helium. By adding value to articles by following a specific format, editing for good grammar, style, and voice, articles published on My Gardening Network should not experience a duplicate content penalty–In Theory.

What is worse for Helium is that unlike their promise, the best articles do not always rise to the top. When mediocre writers rate other writers, they rate based on what they believe is best. This causes the mediocre to rise above the cream of the articles.

Community

My Gardening Network will strive to become a global community of gardeners and gardening experts. A place where the common backyard gardener can ask an expert for advice on just about anything and get a good answer they can depend on. Within the site, we want a community of writers who love gardening and writing about it.

The intention is to engage site visitors through content, to encourage them to ask experts questions, ask questions on the site, and discuss gardening in the forums.

Writers will engage visitors in several ways. Through the publication of interesting and engaging content, by answering questions that visitors ask of them, by contributing to questions asked on the site, and participating in the forums. (forums are not yet implemented, nor are comments. Comments are expected in the next month)

Making Money

Writers will have the option of including advertising within their articles. Ads may be included at the top of the article, at the bottom, or anywhere inbetween. Google allows up to three adsense positions on any page. My Gardening Network reserves the right to use one Adsense position to monetize the site and pay for its existence. My Gardening Network may, at its option, include other types of advertising that may include affiliate ads or ads from other networks.

Ads placed at the top or near the top of an article have the best chance of making money. This prime position is given to the writer for the best chance at making money. Writers do not share their revenue. Instead, they keep everything they earn.

Historically, articles with too many ads are not likely to rank well or earn more money. In fact, Google penalizes pages that are too heavy with advertising. We will begin with one or two ads published by the writer, and one or two ads published by My Gardening Network.

Initially, an Adsense Banner Ad is created for each writer/editor/publisher on the site. Anything earned by those channels goes to the writer, editor, and publisher. Presently the revenue split is 70 percent for the writer, 20 percent for the editor, and 10 percent for the publisher. This may change in the future. Publishers are responsible for all content and must review and approve content before it is published. Editors also have a stake in making sure that content meets user experience guidelines and uses good grammar and spelling.

Right of Ownership and Publication

Any article you publish on My Gardening Network must be your own work to which you own the right to publish at will. Most articles that you wrote on Helium.com fit this requirement if they were first published more than one year ago.

Articles written for other sites are also acceptable, as long as you have the right to publish them. Another possibility are articles written for Bright Hub which were later deleted when they closed most of their channels. Those articles were returned to the writers.

If you publish articles on My Gardening Network to which you don’t have publication rights, you will lose your publishing privileges on My Gardening Network.

Special Note:Helium has released the How To guides from the one year exclusive license. That means you can use How To guides now, instead of later.

Editing

No one is perfect. Articles that contain errors or style issues may be edited by My Gardening Network editors or publishers to ensure good grammar, compliance with writing styles, correct spelling, or to correct factual errors.

Article Scope

Articles about gardening (indoors or out), landscaping, or botany will be considered. There are two article formats currently being accepted.

Essay. This format has an introduction of 50 to 100 words and four to six sub-heads, each followed by approximately 75 to 100 words. Additional pages are allowed, but each page must have at least four sub-heads.Growing Heirloom Tomatoesis one example. Possible subhead sections might include Planting, Transplanting, Fertilizing, Watering, Harvesting.

A sub-type of the Topic Essay is the List Articlewhich consists of an introduction followed by a list. The same guidelines apply.Red Flowers for Dry Climatesis an example. After the introduction, subheads list red flowers that grow well in dry climates. Each list item has descriptive text about that particular flower.

How To. Step-by-step instructions on various gardening topics. Each how-to should answer a specific question.How to Plant Radish Seeds, is one example. The articles consist of a 50 to 100 word introduction followed by a series of steps and an items required list.

Style

We not declare a formal style guide at this time. Instead, we would rather that writers focus on clear, concise articles written in the active voice. No fluff. No trying to extend a sentence by rewording it to include as many words as possible. An active voice sentence follows Subject-Verb-Noun construction. Any other arrangement is more than likely passive voice. Although passive voice is not strictly forbidden, 99 percent of all sentences should be active voice.

Note: Certain articles for Botany are normally written in passive voice. Check with the Botany Publisher for specific guidelines.

No Thin Content. Don’t try to submit articles that have no substance and rely mainly on keywords to get views. Articles like this will not be accepted.

Content

Many articles currently published on Helium will not meet the standards set forth in the Style and Article Scope sections. Writers should edit articles to fit the style and scope of the site. This will also help overcome duplicate content problems. Many articles on Helium don’t have good keywords in the title or in the article. See the section on SEO to improve your visibility to the search engines.

Control of Content

It our intention that writers retain control of their content and all copyright. However, The Best Interest of ALL Writersmust be maintained. The random deletion of many articles at once has the potential to hurt the earnings of all writers on the site by breaking links and incurring search engine penalties for too many 404 errors.

By submitting an article, writers grant a twelve month license to My Gardening Network to publish the article. You agree that while you publish the article on MGN, not to republish it elsewhere. For example, if you take an article presently published on Helium and publish it on MGN, then you agree we can publish it for a minimum of twelve months, and that you will not publish it on another site as long as it remains on MGN. We realize that Helium is not going to remove your article just because you published it here.

If you want to delete an article, whether one or many, the request must be submitted formally. We will make an attempt to replace the article within a reasonable period of time (no more than one month). If we cannot replace it, we will delete the article and redirect the URL to another page on the site.

SEO

An article is worth nothing if the search engines don’t know how to classify it. They make an attempt, but focusing on good key phrase selection to create a title, a good meta description, and natural keyword placement will help ensure good placement in the SERPS.

Read the guides on Researching Keywords and Keyphrases, writing meta descriptions, and forming titles.

Always remember, the best SEO is that which provides the best user experience.

Links within articles are permitted as long as the pages they point to directly relate to the topic of the article.

Article Photos

A picture is worth a thousand words and we prefer that all articles have an included picture. Pictures can be public domain, creative commons for commercial reuse, from Wikimedia Commons, or any license that permits commercial use, including your own copyright. You’ll be required to submit links to the photo and photographer profile if you use another person’s work. We discourage the use of photo’s from Flickr.com as they have a tendency to experience abrupt license changes without notice. However, obtaining permission to use a photo from a Flickr photographer is sufficient to allow use.

See the photo guidelines for finding and choosing good photos. If you don’t have a good image program like photoshop, we suggest GIMP. Allowed formats are .jpg and .png. An onsite photo editor might be a possibility in the future, but not until the site is earning enough to pay for the bandwidth.

Photo file names are lowercase main words separated by dashes.

Example: brandywine-tomato.jpg

Authorship

My Gardening Network will attempt to help establish writers as experts and to bolster their credibility, both in the writing world and in the gardening world. To accomplish this, all writers are required to establish a gmail account with a public Google Plus profile that includes a photo and “about” section. The “contributes to” section must include a link to My Gardening Network (http://MyGardeningNetwork.Com).

Google Authorship establishes the author of a given piece of work. Google hopes to someday use authorship to help rank pages, but as yet they are not doing that.

Biography

All writers are required to submit a biography about their writing experience and their expertise on the topic of gardening. A photo is also required that matches their photo on Google Plus. If showing your face is a problem, there are options. Each article you publish will contain a link to your biography page, which will also contain links to your other articles.

Jonathan E. Bass
 

Graduated from Middle Tennessee State University. I am currently a gardener. I have a small garden behind my house. I love it.

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