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FAQ - ALL ABOUT TREND HUNTER PORTFOLIOS




ADVANTAGES

Why should I become a Trend Hunter?
What are the key advantages and features?

CONTENT

Will everything I post end up on my Trend Hunter portfolio?
Why are my Trends not appearing on the front page?
What are the rules for posting?
What are the rules for posting excerpts from other sites?
Can I post personal updates?
How do I post a Gallery?
How do I post a Video?
DMCA Copyright Violations

EXISTING BLOGGERS

I already have a blog, can I post my trends on Trend Hunter?

INCREASING TRAFFIC TO MY PORTFOLIO

How can I make my trends more popular?
How can I drive more traffic to my portfolio?

CUSTOMIZING

Should I use my real name or something funky?
How often can I change my Portfolio username / URL?
How do I change my profile / the text on the bottom of my site?
Why do my trends appear on a different page / NOT in my portfolio?
How do I add my picture?
How do I change my portfolio’s colors / font / background?
Why don’t I see changes when I make them?
How do I customize my portfolio even more?

OTHER

I have a suggestion. Who do I tell?
Can I post in a different language?
What if I just want to post trends and don’t want a portfolio?
Legal Notes and Ownership of Content
I have editorial questions or need tips!



ADVANTAGES



Why should I become a Trend Hunter?


FAME – exposure to our massive audience!

GLORY – get published and enhance your career!

PRIDE – get a professionally designed portfolio that is easy to use


What are the key advantages and features?


- Syndication and Exposure – Your top trends will appear on Trend Hunter’s main page, galleries, and other online publications (listed below). This helps to drive more traffic to your trends and provide you with massive exposure

- Professional Layout – The overall layout of your portfolio is professionally designed and highly optimized.

- Easy Customization – In your personal profile page, you can select your portfolio’s colors, font, background, and a number of other design elements to reflect your personality. You can also upload an avatar of yourself and choose whether you want to use your real name or something more catchy.

- Easy to Use Interface – Our submission template makes it extremely easy to add a new trend. All you need to do is write a paragraph or two and upload an image.

- Free Image Hosting – It’s very easy to upload a photo from your computer or the net and we host the images on our server for free.

- Automatic Image Resizing - When you post a new trend, the Trend Hunter engine automatically resizes images and takes care of the dirty work.

- Turn Key Portfolio – The second you add a trend, your website will automatically appear. In minutes, you can add your profile, upload a picture, and select your own custom colors.

- Search Engine Optimized – We carefully design our layouts to ensure that our content and trend hunters are ranked very high in search engines.

- Automatic Pinging – Every time a new trend is added, Trend Hunter automatically pings all of the major directories to inform them that the site has been updated. This drives traffic and ads exposure.

- Global Network - When you join Trend Hunter, you are joining an influential community of Trend Hunters from around the globe. Working together, we can accomplish something greater and build a better site!




CONTENT - How to Get Published



Why are my Trends not appearing on the front page?

It takes about a day for us to review the trends that are posted. If you find that we are not approving any of your trends, either they aren’t considered cool enough or you are violating one of our rules. Most of the unpublished trends are duplicates or poorly written.


How can I get my trends published?


- Post Quality Trends – If your trend is poor quality then it may be removed.

- No Duplicates. No Duplicates. – Make sure you aren’t posting something that’s already on Trend Hunter by using our search engine. A HUGE number of the unpublished trends are duplicates.

- Check Your Grammar – If your post contains very poor grammar, then it may be excluded. Spell check and make sure the post is clearly written.

- Include Sources – If you found your trend online, it’s common courtesy to include the link to the site or portfolio where you found your trend. It’s also ideal to include a link to the actual trend / product page.

- Nothing Bad – No pornography, racism, plagiarism, or anything else that we deem as bad.

- Follow the Rules for Excerpts – Write your own text. If you are going to use an excerpt, it must be in the EXCERPT box and properly referenced. Read the rules below.



What are the rules for posting excerpts from other sites?


- No More than 2 Paragraphs - If you are taking an excerpt from a news article, it is okay to include two paragraphs. However, if you are getting an excerpt from a smaller article or someone else’s portfolio, make sure it is no more than 40% of that portfolio and include the excerpt in quotations.

- Include the Source Link – If you are going to include an excerpt from another site, you must have a link to that site.



Will everything I post end up on my Trend Hunter portfolio?

Maybe. We have several rules (listed below) to ensure high caliber content. If your trends break the rules, they will be taken offline.



How do I make a Gallery?

Trend Hunter adds the word (GALLERY) to any trend with 3 pictures or more. Gallery pages generate more traffic because people want to click on your trend to browse the gallery.


How do I embed a Video?

Trend Hunter adds the word (VIDEO) exlusively to pages that have YouTube or Google Video code embedded in the Video box. Video pages generate more traffic because people want to click on your trend to watch the video. To find the Video code in YouTube, go to the video page, and look for the box that says EMBED right beside the video. Copy this code and place it in the VIDEO box. To find the same code on a Google Video page, click BLOG which is on right of the video, then click click Embed HTML and grab that code for the VIDEO box.


Can I post personal updates?

In general you don’t want to add personal updates because it is better to keep your Trend Portfolio professional.


DMCA Copyright Violations

If you see copyrighted content from your site posted on Trend Hunter, please let us know. It is our policy to comply with all DMCA copyright violations, but we can respond even quicker if you just drop us a quick note. Show us the link to both your copyrighted content and the page on Trend Hunter which you believe violates your copyright.



EXISTING BLOGGERS AND CORPORATE TREND HUNTERS



I already have a blog, can I post my trends on Trend Hunter?

You would need to reword whatever you post on Trend Hunter because otherwise both sites will have duplicate content, which means that Google won't index them properly. Also, please make sure to add all of your pictures. We don't publish articles that have just one picture when more are available.



INCREASING TRAFFIC TO MY PORTFOLIO



How can I make my trends more popular?


- Quality Trends – Post cool stuff and you'll get more traffic. Also note that the majority of your traffic will come from Trend Hunter’s main page, so you want to get published.

- Original Content – If you find something unique, other sites on the internet will link to your trend. As a result, you will get dramatically more traffic. Some of our original trends receive 100 times more traffic than the average trend.

- Original Text – Using excerpts is a quick way to add content, but when you add your own prose, you get unique content for search engines and you give your readers a reason to follow your portfolio.

- Minimum 2-3 Paragraphs- If you only post one sentence, your trend will be less interesting and also less likely to rank well in search engines.

- Be Funny – Funny = good.

- Add a Video – Trends with Videos generate more traffic because everyone clicks the page to watch the video.

- Add a Gallery – Trends with Galleries generate more traffic because everyone clicks the page to browse the gallery.

- Use Keywords – You will drive significantly more content to your site if you use the keywords that people will search. For example, if you included the title, “New Laptop Looks Cool,” you will be far less successful than if you use the title, “See Through Laptops - The Transparent Dell XPS-1000 Laptop.”


How can I drive more traffic to my portfolio?


- Great Trends – Following our advice for hot trends will be the single greatest driver to your portfolio’s popularity.

- Frequent Updates – If you don’t update your content on a regular basis, people will stop checking for updates.

- Tell Everyone – Let your friends know about Trend Hunter, include your URL as your signature in your e-mail, include your URL in forum posts you make and broadcast that you are a Trend Hunter!

- Maximize Your Traffic - Don't just write articles -- promote them! Social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest are a great way to supercharge the views you get to your portfolio.



CUSTOMIZING YOUR PORTFOLIO



Should I use my real name or something funky?

This is up to you. Our general advice is that if you want to enhance your career, then using your real name is better. Also, your portfolio will be optimized for search engines, so if you use your name, people are more likely to find your Trend Hunter Portfolio.


How often can I change my Portfolio username / URL?

You can change your portfolio name, but you should try not to change it because search engines will get confused when trying to list your portfolio and you won’t show up as high in the rankings.


How do I change my profile / the text on the bottom of my site?

In your personal profile / control panel, update your bio. This will automatically appear on the bottom of each page.


Why do my trends appear on a different page / NOT in my portfolio?

This is actually the beauty of Trend Hunter. To ensure popularity of your trend posts, we use just one URL for each trend. As a result, other bloggers all link to the same page, and you get more traffic.


How do I add my picture?

In your personal profile / control panel, upload an avatar. The avatar should be a jpg file up to 100 pixels x 100 pixels. Ideally, it will be a black and white of your portrait. If you have contributed at least 10 trends, you can send us your picture and we will convert to black and white and adjust the picture for you.


How do I change my portfolio’s colors / font / background?

You can adjust all of your settings in your personal profile / control panel. Have fun with it!


Why don’t I see changes when I make them?

All pages on our server are cached for up to an hour. They won’t update until a new trend is posted or until the new hour. This helps make your portfolio and Trend Hunter run faster.


How do I customize my portfolio even more?

We are constantly adding new functionality. Drop us an email and let us know what you want to do. Maybe you’ll have a great idea that will be great for all of our Trend Hunters!



OTHER



I have a suggestion. Who do I tell?

We would love your suggestions on how to improve Trend Hunter. If you have ideas about how we can make the Trend Hunter portfolios better, let us know!


What if I just want to post trends and don’t want a portfolio?

That’s fine. We’d love to see the exciting new trends you’ve discovered for us!


Legal Notes

Our terms of service are subject to change without notice. Potential changes could relate to the layout, content, and / or revenue sharing. Content added to Trend Hunter may be edited before publication and becomes property of Trend Hunter Inc. Trend Hunter portfolios could be removed or banned at any time, which could occur due to copyright violation, click fraud or abuse of any of our rules.


I have editorial questions or need tips!

No problem! Contact our editors HERE