Writing an instructional guide on Funadvice can help our readers quickly solve specific problems. Typically these guides are a solid set of instructions that are easily digestible and help our readers to quickly fix a problem.
We want our readers to "get on, get help and get off".
This guide will show you how to write a guide that gets approved and gets seen by tens of thousands of our readers, while at the same time promoting your profile, and your website.
You need to decide on a topic that users will get some benefit from. The best topics are very narrow.
Broad topic - BAD: "How to train a dog"
Narrow topic - GOOD: "How to teach your new puppy not to pee on the floor"
By choosing a narrow topic, you focus the readers attention while providing a valuable resource. The very best internet searches have a very narrow focus.
You might be wondering what this has to do with the guide. But if you read the bottom of this guide, you will see a link to my profile and to my website as well a summary of what I do.
Take the time to return to your profile and make it the best it can be. Include a link to your site, add a great description of yourself or your company and don't forget to add your skills!
A summary for an instructional guide will:
Tell the reader what they will accomplish at the end of the guide
Tell them what resources (tools, supplies and time) they'll need
Reassure the reader that they will be able to follow the instructions.
Keep it to a short paragraph or two at the most.
Write down the steps your user will take in the form of bullet points on a piece of paper first. Once you have decided on the steps that you will need, go ahead and add them to the the guide one by one.
Each step needs a title, and some content. Keep the content in the step to no more than a couple of paragraphs.
You can include a URL to a video, photo or some resource on the web that is directly related to this step.
Once done, you can drag and drop to reorder the steps in your browser.
Psych! All guides are subject to approval and can only be published by the Funadvice admins. We've had to contend with a lot of spam and we do want the best guides for our readers.
So for the moment, we will be manually publishing every submitted guide.
If your guide is rejected you will receive an email notification and you can resubmit a new guide that more closely meets the real needs of our readers.
Because people respect others who they know and who help them.
For people to trust you or your business, you need to actually help them first. The internet is filled with businesses who just should "me, me, me, me and me!" without helping others first.
Have a great profile, continually help others relating to the subject matter of your business and you will build a great following of people who respect and trust you.
Once your guide is completed and approved by our admins, it will be published. If your guide is rejected, you will receive an email.
We hope you have a good experience writing your guide and getting exposure for your knowledge, expertise and skills!