Congratulations on making it this far! Assuming you’ve been awarded a badge (either automatically after signing up or after being reviewed by the editors), you’re ready to start submitting posts. Here is some general information about how you can start sending in content and getting published on your favorite sites.
There are a few different ways to submit a post:
1. Via tagging on your blog – Definitely the easiest way of posting. All you have to do is tag your blog post with an applicable keyword for your community. The tag is usually just the name of the community or brand. For example, Lucky Community bloggers include the tag “lucky” on their posts – the post will be automatically submitted to the editors for review. Easy as pie.
2. Selecting an existing post from your dashboard. – On your Tidal dashboard, you can choose from a list of your most recent posts. Click on the one you want to submit and click the button – voilà!
3. Manually via your dashboard – This is how you can submit posts if you don’t have a blog, or if you’d like to re-submit a post you’ve written in the past. Simply click “create post” and use the content manager just like you would any blog software.
To access HTML view (allowing for code input), simply click the bracket button. You can also add tags, upload images, set the thumbnail, and add a creative excerpt.
What gets published and what does not?
There’s no one formula for creating a post that will get published, and each community is different. All editors are looking for engaging, insightful, and all-around high-quality blog entries with pictures.
Posts can be edited after submission and publication, via the dashboard.
Make sure your post falls in line with the theme and style of the network. If you’re having trouble getting posts approved, check out some of the more popular ones on the network and you’ll quickly get a feel for what works best. Each one is a little different.
As a rule, we do not publish promotional posts, giveaways, or anything that is not your own content. All photos used should be your own, or you should have permission to use them, including a link to where they originally came from. Avoid grainy cell phone pics, too – these look bad and usually get rejected.
The posts should be in English (depending on the site) and there is (obviously) no room for lewd or inappropriate language or nudity. Check your confirmation emails for more details and the specifics for each community.
Who chooses what gets posted and what does not?
The editors of the various communities choose what gets published and what does not. In most cases, Tidal is not involved in the editorial process and can serve only as the intermediary between bloggers and editors. If you have any questions, it is best to contact a high-level user or editor on each network.
Does my post get edited/changed before being published?
Most of the time, yes. The editors will always work hard to be true to the spirit of your post – they will not change anything that would skew or corrupt the essence of your post. We’ll make sure the spacing and formatting is consistent from your blog to our platform and/or remove irrelevant information. However, you have complete creative control over what goes into your posts. If for any reason you’re unhappy with how the post turned out, feel free to reach out to the editors of the page or shoot us an email and we’ll help you out.
Who owns the content?
You still own the content: you’re just giving us permission to use it. Thanks for that! For more information on content ownership, check out our terms.
How will I know if my post is selected?
If you submitted a post and it’s chosen for publication, you’ll get a congratulatory confirmation email with the link to where it’s published and a code for sharing via your social media channels. The more you share and promote, the more people see it and the better you do.
If you have written a post that you have not specifically submitted, and we would like to feature it, you may get an email asking for your approval to run it. Once you log into your dashboard and click “yes,” it will be published automatically. We will never publish a post you don’t submit to us or give us permission to use.
Keep writing and submitting! There is no limit on how many posts you can submit. If you have been published, you’ll soon find that you can become a regular contributor if you keep up quality, timely work. Share your success on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels and get some more exposure, plus more votes and likes for your posts on the site!
If you did not get published, keep trying! The editors are always looking for fresh talent and you never know when you could catch their eye.
What the status on your posts means
Not Submitted – You have not tagged the post or submitted it for review.
Awaiting Approval – Your post is submitted and in the community editors’ queues
Not Published – The post has been reviewed and has not been selected.
Published – Congratulations! Your post has been selected for the site. You can click on this word “Published” to be taken to where your post appears on your community’s site.
If you click on the post, you can see how many views and votes it’s gotten as well as any tags. You can also edit it before publishing.
Don’t worry about your statistics too much – you’ll only be rewarded for high numbers, never penalized for low ones!
If your channel editors have found a post you didn’t submit that they thought would be a good fit, there will be a box at the top of your dashboard that asks your permission to “Publish it.” If you choose not to publish, no hard feelings – it remains on your blog and will not go on the community.