Last month, we deployed a new feature on the Tell! Web app which enables readers to reward writers for creating stories they care about. This is in our continued attempt to enable young African talents monetize their creativity and get rewarded for creating valuable content.
In this article, I would be sharing 7 tips which would help you create content that people would want to tip you for:
1. Write Something Relatable
Going through the best stories on Tell!, we notice that people tend to connect more with content they believe speaks to them. As a writer, you need to learn to leverage on this to build a relationship with your readers that would end up in them wanting to tip you.
2. Use Simple Words
Now is not the time to use ambigious language. It is always best to tell your stories in very simple words so that you don’t lose your reader’s attention by having them check the dictionary for the meaning of a new word in every sentence.
3. Write a ‘Timeless piece’
A timeless piece is an article or story that would consistently remain relevant regardless of when it is read. By writing a timeless piece, your article becomes a source of passive recognition (and tips) for you no matter when the story gets read.
4. Add the Link to your Tell! Blog on your various social media platforms.
This will ensure that your fans, friends and more potential readers get to read your stories on Tell!. And the higher the number of reads your stories gets, the more likely it is for you to get tipped!
5. Like, Comment, Share…and Tip
You can also increase your chances of getting a tip on your story simply by telling your network to tip you. Sometimes to receive, all you have to do is ask.
6. Use High quality Images and Gifs in your articles.
A picture speaks a thousand words, right? At Tell!, we have seen alot of great stories with so much potential that did not get as much engagement as they deserved simply because the writer did not use suitable images in their story. To find great images to use, there are several free online gallery options you can explore. I’ll personally recommend unsplash.com, pixabay.com, pexels.com and nappy.co.
7. Write Something People want to Read.
This is legit one of our core principles at Tell!. We built Tell! to be a place where Africa’s most talented creatives get to share stories and ideas that matter. If you want to get the most out of having a Tell! account, then just write something people want to read.
P.S: I can guarantee that if you follow these instructions religiously, you would be on your way to receiving tips from your readers in no time. Please do not forget to include your account details in your Tell! profile as tip reimbursement would be made there by the end of every month.
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