Here at Moviepilot, we pride ourselves on being home to the most awesome movie, TV and gaming fans across all ages and genres, and we love to hear your unique, individual voice through the amazing posts you share with us.
We always want your posting experience to be fun and relaxed, but for those who are looking for a little help with the basics - the following is a quick 'go-to' guide to help you develop your skills and grow your presence in the MP community. These easy steps will help get your name on the radar of our millions of curious readers.
1. Titles/ Subtitles
Your title is the first thing the reader can see. It needs to grab them by the clicking finger and let them know their precious time will be well spent on your post!
DO be clear/ give context eg. 'Watch: First clip of Captain America, the Winter Solider is here!' ( Let the reader know exactly what they are looking at; KEY WORDS are... KEY! 'watch' 'clip' 'Captain America')
However, you can still maintain the element of surprise: mystery = curiosity = clicks!
DO be mysterious: 'You'll never guess who said NO to the role of Batman!'
DON'T be vague: 'Captain America'. (No context: is it a video, a review, fan art?)
DON'T use caps: 'CAPTAIN AMERICA IS THE GREATEST MARVEL FILM OF ALL TIME'
Use your inside voice. Share your excitement with your words, not your caps lock.
2. Sourcing and Unique Content
We are oh so happy for you to find breaking news by any means necessary, but please, please always do 3 simple things:
a. Use your own words: unique content is 1000% more likely to be promoted/ featured and respected on MP. We want your voice, your opinions.
b. Credit your source: if you've shared a story from another website (even in your own words) please provide a simple link to it within a post. We have tools to identify plagiarism, and any copied articles will be removed from the site.
c. Remember that it's not about who writes the news first, but who writes it well. Make it shareable and engaging, add a new element to the story, and always credit the original source- even for direct quotes!
Some tags are very important when it comes to getting your post seen by as many people as possible!
Always try to tag your post with the following info:
- Movie Title (if available)
- Genre (superheroes/ Action/ TV/ YA/ Gaming/ Animation etc)
- Type of Post ( News/ Casting/ Fan Casting/ Video/ Trailer/ Fan Art/ Review/ Rumor/ Spoilers/ Top List etc)
Sounds like a bore, but it's as easy as 1, 2, 3: Title [then] Image [then] Text.
In fact, I'm doing it right now. Mind = BLOWN!
IMAGES: Be sure to use high quality images within your post. Don't underestimate the power of a short attention span. (Note: 2mb MAX)
VIDEO: We support most video players- so you can upload almost anything within the editor
You can always use the 'preview' tool to view your post before publishing ('eyeball' icon on the top right above the toolbar)
5. Grammar and Spelling
Let's face it- we ALL make mistakes when it comes to the intricacies of the English language. But if you want to stand out as a creator who knows their stuff and not there stuff.. give your post a second glance before hitting that PUBLISH button. We've even installed spell checks so you can erase those nasty red lines!
- Looooooong paragraphs with no images to break up the text
- Using slang or abbreviations (eg. '& ur thinking y do I do this lol?')
- Capitalizing Each And Every Word (this is not necessary or grammatically correct)
- Long introductions that do not address the subject in the title- don't wait until the end of your post to get to the point; people will click away before they get there
** Note: we often make small amendments to titles/ spelling/ grammar and images if we want to promote your post on social media or google search rankings. If you want more info on this, email email@example.com
BONUS POINT: Word Length
Without going into the boring specifics: anything between 250 - 1000 words is Moviepilot (and Google search) GOLD.
You might not believe it, but the length of your post key to consistently pulling in the readers.
And that's the long and short of it! If you got to the bottom of this post, congratulations! You're one step closer to being the most trending creator on Moviepilot.
And to make sure everyone was listening...
ADD POLLS: The easiest way to get people reacting/ interacting
If you'd like additional help with your posts, we'd be delighted to chat with you: firstname.lastname@example.org