What are Sponsored Posts?
Sponsored Posts are a type of Advertisement, but all advertisements are not Sponsored Posts. Sponsored posts gel-up with the environment of the other contents. As they are not disturbing and distracting for the readers.
In simple language, the Sponsored Post will almost look like the other articles, and sometimes the reader may not even realize that s/he is reading a Sponsored Post. These types of posts are more educational, entertaining, and informative, as compared to the advertisement, which doesn’t completely focus over sale of the product with “buy buy buy!” language.
Likewise, the promotion of any website can also be done by Content Marketing and Blogging. But the problem with this type of advertising is writing and publishing a content or blog post to someone else’s website and at every portal the content had to be fresh and unique. And it is quite difficult and a tedious process to implement it.
Whereas, the Sponsored Post can be an easy and quick option to increase the reach of your website. And the readers will like to go for your post, as it has been promoted by a reliable brand. Like, if a Consumer get to learn about your brand through someone s/he trust, then it would be an easy decision for the consumer or the reader.
Why I need Sponsored Posting?
It is very important to understand, Why we need to do Sponsored Posting?
As the competition is increasing with each passing day, then expecting to reach a good number of audiences just by Organic Searches, or Blogging won’t be a good choice.
However, we all know that the market is drenched with a variety of contents. So, it is quite difficult to stand out from the crowd, where the competition is increasing every day.
Keeping this in mind, one needs to work over not only in blogging, whereas, we require multiple campaigns to reach to a wider audience.
Through Sponsored Post, we can reach to the audience directly, instead of waiting for them to come to us and hoping they can find us easily and quickly and not our competitors.
Can I delete/deactivate my Sponsorship Registration?
No, you are not allowed to delete or deactivate your Registration for the Sponsorship. However, you can make a request through Email to deactivate your account, in case, you exhausted your Credit Limit earlier than the Package Expiration Date.
What is C Panel?
In General language, the C Panel (Customer Panel) is known as Dashboard. In C Panel the Sponsored User can see all his/her activities performed earlier and at what time.
In what Category can I Advertise my Product?
MindStick provides you various categories like Article, Blog, Discussion Forum, MindStick Q&A, YourView MindStick, and other sections as well.
Do Sponsored Posts are Targeted?
Yes, on the basis of ‘category’ the sponsored post will appear.
Will I be able to tell the difference between a Sponsored Post and Other items in my List or Recommended Feed?
Yes, Sponsored Posts are clearly marked to differentiate them from other items in your List of Recommended Feed.
What type of contents are allowed?
If you submit a Sponsored Post, please know that MindStick reserve the right for final editorial discretion and might not publish content unrelated to content and links or landing page.
Do the Publisher is expected to write only positive posts?
Absolutely not- you are paying to write in-depth, honest posts. Your constructive criticism is not only appreciated, it is expected.
What is the word/character limit for a Sponsored Post?
The article of Sponsored Post allows maximum 15,000 characters.
Can I post in my Native Language?
Yes, you can post in your Native Language.
How long does the post stay on MindStick Website?
The Post will appear for a period of 1 year as a Sponsored Post on the MindStick Website.
Can I show my post at the top of the page?
The Sponsored Post will be shown at the top of page but after a time the post will be replaced by another, so there is no need to prefer the top-most space of the page.
I don’t have Author, Can you provide Content/Blog for promoting my Product?
No, we don’t have such facility right now. But in future, we will work over it.
In how many hours/days my Submitted post will get approved?
The submitted post will take about 24 hours or maximum of 48 hours (i.e. 2 days) to get approved.
What should be the Landing Page for my Sponsored Post?
The landing page will be that page for that specific product, which you wanted to promote. The landing page can’t be your website Home Page or All Product List Page.
How many links can I share in a post?
In a single Sponsored Post, you are allowed to use maximum 3 Links, 5 Images, and 1 Video Link.
Where will my Sponsored Posts will be displayed?
Your Sponsored Post will be visible only at the specific portal of MindStick for which you subscribed the package i.e. MindStick, MindStick Q&A, and YourViews MindStick.
What is Add-on Package?
Add-on Packages are an additional package for Sponsored Post which appears on MindStick YourViews portal. You can get the other details about the Add-on Package on https://www.mindstick.com/ in your profile only.
Can I post a Question as a Sponsored Post?
No, you cannot post a Question as a Sponsored Post.
Can I submit a View as a Sponsored Post?
Yes, you can post a View as a Sponsored Post.
Am I allowed to post a Solution or Comment to a Sponsored Post?
Yes, you can. But Beware! Once the Sponsored Post gets deleted or removed then your Solution and Comment will also get removed. So, post wisely.
Can I Subscribe the Add-on Package separately?
Yes, you can subscribe the add-on package separately. But for this, you have to visit https://www.mindstick.com/ login your account and visit your profile sponsored post and choose the package you want to subscribe.
Can I modify or delete the submitted article?
Yes, you can modify and delete your submitted article within a time period of 3 days. After, 3 days you are not allowed to edit or delete the post by your own. If still, the need arises to edit or delete the post, then you can submit your request through email via email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I Subscribe more than one Package Service at a time?
Yes, MindStick allows subscribing more than one available package at a time.
Can I Subscribe same package twice or thrice or as per my need at the same time?
Yes, you can Subscribe the same package multiple times at one go.
Can I subscribe more than one Add-on package at a time?
Yes, you can Subscribe more than one Add-on Package at a time.
How much does it cost?
The cost will be according to the package (and/or Add-on package) you choose + taxes (Payment Gateway).
How the Taxes are charged for the Sponsored Post Subscription?
All the taxes are included in the charge of the Package you subscribed. There is no any hidden or extra charge in the form of Taxes.
Can I pay total amount at last, after choosing the packages?
Yes, you can pay the final amount after choosing the one or more packages at a time.
If I delete my post within a period of 3 days i.e. during the updating period, then can I get the Credit back or not?
If you delete the post in 3 days then the exhausted credit will not be returned back into your account.
If Admin deleted the post at any time, then can I get my Credit back of that particular post?
No, you won’t get your credit back. If your post has been deleted by the Admin then you must have violated the Terms and Conditions of MindStick, and in this case, MindStick won’t allow you to violate the rules and get the credit back for that.
If my Sponsored Post is inappropriate, then will the post be visible to user or removed for the period until it is modified?
If the post found inappropriate at any time, then the post will stop for public view for that time. Still, the post found inappropriate then the admin hold full right to delete the post at any time and for that, the credit will not be refunded.
After Post Expiration, can I retain or Renew my post?
Yes, you can renew your post any time after the expiration of the post. Whereas, you can also renew the post before 30 days of the expiration of that particular post. The ‘Renew link’ gets activated and you can renew the post during that time or after the expiration of the post as well. But to renew the post you need to Subscribe the new Package and in case you are already having a package then the credit will be used from that package automatically if you want to retain the same post.
Can I renew my post in MindStick YourViews portal as well?
Yes, you can renew your post again while visiting your Sponsored Post Dashboard by using https://www.mindstick.com/ link. The Renewal link for the particular post will get activated 30 days before the expiration of the post and later on, you can renew the post at any time after the expiration of the post.
Can I Renew my post of Add-on Subscription as well?
Yes, you can renew your post of Add-on Subscription at any time after the expiration of the post or you can renew the post 30 days before the expiration of that particular post.
Am I allowed to edit or modify my renewed post?
Yes, you can edit or modify your renewed post, but for that, you will get only the 3 days’ time after submitting or publishing the post for renewal.
Can I renew my post more than once?
Yes, you can renew the same post Multiple times, but each time the new credit will be used from your Subscribed Package.
Do I have to commit to a yearly subscription?
No, you need not Sign Up for yearly subscription, if you do not wish to. We offer a monthly subscription as well for the convenience of our members.
Do you offer Custom Plans?
Yes, if your business needs surpass our current plans. We can create a Custom Plan for you. Please send an email to email@example.com for more information.
How can I see the available or Total credit limit of the Subscribed Package?
You can see all the details from your Profile by clicking on the Subscription and then going to the Dashboard. In your dashboard you can see all the details regarding the available, used, and total credit limit in the form of graphs and numbers.
How can I get to know that I have exhausted the Credit limit or how much credits have been used?
You can simply check your credit limit status in your Dashboard, which you can understand easily in numeral or graphical form or both. As well as, MindStick will send you a reminder mail after you have exhausted your credit limit by more than 50%.
How can I use all my available credits of Subscribed Package?
You have to publish your sponsored post in the designated portals or sections of the MindStick, as it is mentioned in that specific subscribed package of Sponsored Posts.
If I used all my credit limit then in what time duration pack will expire?
The Pack Expiration Date will not change, whether you consumed all your credits in 2 days or the maximum days of the subscription package.
Can I change the Credit Type? For Example, can I opt for more Articles instead of posting in Discussion Forum?
No, we don’t allow any such kind of changes in the Package. It is only up to you that you want to use all the Credits in the available time-period otherwise the Credit will lapse after the Subscription Package expires.
Do the Credits are Transferable to the newly Subscribed Package?
No, the remaining credit of any package cannot be transferred or carry-forward on the new Subscribed Package. If Package expires and you failed to utilize all your credits then those credits will lapse.
What are the ways of making payments?
You can make payment through Debit Card, Credit Card, or directly to your Bank Account, by using the safest mean of money transfer i.e. PayPal Payment Gateway.
How can I get to know that Payment is Successful?
Firstly, you will get a Payment Confirmation Message form the Payment Gateway Portal i.e. PayPal. After that, you will get a Payment Confirmation Mail from MindStick, when the amount gets transferred into the MindStick Account by the PayPal.
If my Payment failed and amount get deducted, then whom should I contact?
The Payment is done through PayPal only, so in these cases firstly, you need to contact the PayPal Payment Portal. After that, any issue or problem left then you can contact to MindStick to resolve the issue or any type of guidance related to it.
In how much time my package will get activated?
Your Package will be activated instantly in working hours after we receive the successful transfer of an amount from PayPal.
Can I use my Credential Address as my Billing Address?
Yes, you can. But you have to provide your same address while filling the details for Subscription of the Sponsored Posts.
How can I change my Billing Address?
You can change your Billing Address from your account profile after clicking on the ‘Subscription’ then follow the steps and change your address in the Information Detail Page.
How can I get the amount refund for my subscribed package?
MindStick doesn’t have any provision of refund of money. But in case, you made the payment and due to some fault we couldn’t activate the package on time or any other genuine dispute arises. Then, we can get to the mutual result or maybe refund of the amount as mutually decided by the MindStick Authority and you. Like, a refund will be initiated after deducting the Taxes and the charges of used credits.
How do I get to know my Account has been suspended?
MindStick will send you an E-mail “Your Account has been Temporarily Suspended” with the reason mentioned in it.
How do I cancel service?
MindStick doesn’t have any provision of canceling the service after the payment is done and the package gets activated.
How can I get my queries sorted about Payment related disputes or other queries about Sponsored Post?
Can I manage the notifications for Subscription of Sponsored Posting?
Yes, you can very easily manage your notification for Subscription of Sponsored Posting. In your Dashboard, you are getting the facility to choose for what you want notification and for you don’t. You just need to select the checkboxes for what you don’t want notification and submit it.
Can I Unsubscribe my Promotional Mail for Package and other details?
Yes, you can unsubscribe the promotional mail by clicking on the ‘Unsubscribe’ link provided in the footer of each mail and after that, you will not receive any mail regarding that particular topic.
Where can I ask more question or provide feedback?
What kind of support can I expect?
The Best! We believe that any technology can be copied. It’s harder to copy a customer experience. Contact us anytime for any reason or any kind of query at firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
What is MindStick Developer Section (MSDS)?
"Developer Section is a knowledge-sharing community and a platform for programming and technology enthusiasts to share their thoughts, ideas, and knowledge with each other. MSDS focuses on growing the technical passion and capacity of your local community through access to a wealth of quality technical expertise. It consists of:
Who can participate and contribute in MSDS ?
"It is an open community, any person who is interested and passionate about learning new stuff in programming and coding could participate in the community to enhance their technical skills and always get updated with the latest and advanced trends in Technical world"
How do a user can participate in MSDS ?
"First, the User’s needs to get registered and create a profile. Once the account is activated and verified, they can participate in
Forum Discussions and are allowed to submit Technical Content (Articles, blogs, and Interview question). User is also allowed to test their programming skills in the quiz. Also, the Beginner section is there for novice and fresh coders."
So many things in one, is this free?
But, In these sections i.e. Article and Blog only 5 free postings are allowed.
How do I sign up?
You can join here (hyper link for registration page: https://www.mindstick.com/Account/SignUp )
How do I sign in to Developer Section?
"Enter your login email address and password in the login form and click "Sign in."
You can also log in with your social media/ existing account credentials for Facebook, Yahoo or Gmail / Google plus"
What is Technical Content?
"Technical Content section of MSDS allows the sharing of MindStick and community-generated content to be utilized for further learning,
training, and presentations with other members. Technical content includes Articles and blogs sections. Please review “Your Content” before posting because each post is reviewed and approved by administrators, then only it will be visible on the Website."
What is the exact difference between Article and Blog?
"Usually we use the term “Article” and “Blog” synonymously. Generally, articles offer more information and greater depth than blog posts.
Articles provide thoroughly researched and detailed information. As such, those making this distinction may expect them to be longer. They may provide informed, well-developed opinions on subjects relevant to the website on which they will be published. They also might take a more formal or professional tone On the contrary, a blog post may be less formal than an article. While the tone of a blog can address the sensitive or serious nature of a topic, those distinguishing between a blog and article may write the blog post in a more conversational manner. Length may differ — some blog posts are a few hundred words, though others can be much longer. Blog posts also may be more readily shareable, given their shorter length and informal tone."
Why do I share my code ?
"Sharing code and your thoughts is a great way to not only help others but also to become a better coder. With many lakhs of people downloading your code, you will not only get a lot of positive feedback, but also bug fixes, free testing, and more often than not, suggestions on how to make the code even better. It also encourages others to share their code, which in turn gives you access to an even larger base of free source code."
How do I submit an article/blog?
"You can submit the article/blog and code to in either of the two ways:
We can submit the article as .doc and .txt file. We can submit the associated code in a zip file.
We can post the article by filling the submission form ."
What does an article require?
"First of all, we need some explanatory documentation. This doesn't need to be anything fancy, but you will keep following aspects in mind before sharing our post then you should be off to a good start.
What does the code do?
How do I integrate and correlate it with my existing code or how do I use it?
If there is a similar article on the Developer Section already, then how does this one differ?
Why would someone want to use your version? Please state what that difference is in the article?
Is there some aspect of the code that is of particular interest that perhaps should be covered in the article?
Are there any particular environments the code is restricted to? (Windows 2000 or above, .NET SP1, etc.)?
The idea is to give the reader a clear idea of the purpose of your code, instead of forcing them to download a project, build it and explore and find out what the sample does. This means articles that are code snippets, with no explanation of what the snippet does, are of no use and will not be approved."
Where would I discuss my technical problems and ask for solution?
"You can post and ask your problems in the forum section. You can start a discussion and share your confusions and complex technical issues here. You need to Ask Questions here
Good answers are voted up and rise to the top. The best answers show up first so that they are always easy to find the person who asked can mark one answer as "accepted”. Accepting doesn't mean it's the best answer, it just means that it worked for the person who asked."
What I do in Interview Section
"Here users can submit the interview questions which may be asked during technical interview sessions.
It would help other users who are planning or scheduling for an interview session."
What I do in Quiz Section?
"Quiz section consists of numerous sets of technical Objective type test design for practicing and self-evaluation.
A user would attempt a test and submit the answers in the portal. As soon as he finishes the test or runs out of test time. Result be displayed immediately along with the correct options."
What I do in Beginner Section ?
"Beginner section is also designed for fresher’s and novice users.
It contains fundamental and conceptual posts which would be beneficial for new programmers to get the sink in the technological terms and concepts easily."
How does voting on articles this work?
"The voting system for articles is meant to guide readers to the best articles and advise authors on where they need improvement.
If you place a low vote you will be asked to include a comment on why you are giving the author that vote. A vote with no message doesn't help an author. A vote and a 'this is why I voted bad' help an author improve. A high vote is just a "Thanks - well done!" and doesn't really require a comment suggesting improvements. Votes are tied to messages. If a voter votes low and leaves a spurious comment (eg. 'asdf') then other members can report that comment as inappropriate and the comment and the vote will be removed."
How User Reputations work?
"Reputation is something you gain - or lose - as you contribute to our communal knowledge base. Posting an article/blog increases your reputation,
but posting a bad article that another member’s down- vote decreases your reputation. If your goal is to increase your reputation then write good articles, vote for other good articles, hope that others in turn vote for your articles, and help out by organizing and cleaning up the questions and answers. Vote them up, answer questions, or edit questions and answers that need a little help. Posting Good interview questions (and Answering actively in the forum section will also contribute to your reputations."
How Rating system works?
"Rating system is a way to rate the quality and usefulness of the content on the scale of 1 to 5 stars Every star adds up 2 points to the author’s reputation. If you rate 5 stars to a post then it will add:
5 x 2 = 10 points to user reputation
The overall rating of the post is the average rating calculated by all the rating given by the user. Suppose user A rates 5
star to a particular blog, but user B rates 3 stars to this blog.
Now, the average rating will be:
(5+3) / 2 = 4"
Why every time I am asked to add categories and tags in my posts ?
"All questions are categorized and tagged with their subject areas since a question might be related to several subjects.
Click any tag to see a list of questions with that tag, or go to the tag list to browse for topics that interest you."