The Perfect Petpage Guide in Six Steps
Petpages can be used in many different ways. It can be a place to display artwork
or creative writings. Some people use their petpages to post general information,
while others like to showcase essays, opinions, and even rants. However, one of
the most popular uses for petpages is petpage guides - guides which can help players
to a variety of neo-related topics. A petpage guide can be very useful and can
provide information and tips for other players. Yet, how can you be sure that
your guide is truly beneficial? That very question prompted to me to create this
six-step guide to maximizing the benefits of your petpage guide.
Step 1: Look at other guides
Before even beginning a petpage guide, you should look at previously made guides.
By doing this, you can see which subjects already have multiple guides and which
are 'guideless.' You can examine what other people have done that makes their
guides more or less efficient. All this information can help you in the creation
of your own guide, as you will see later on this article.
Step 2: Choosing the Subject
The subject is probably the most important aspect of your guide for it can
make or break your guide before you even start, if you aren't careful. First,
you need to be careful to pick a subject that you are very familiar with. When
you make a guide, you are stating that you are an expert on that particular
subject, so you need to be knowledgeable. For example, let's say I wanted to
make a guild on a competition. Would it make more sense for me to create a guide
to the Story Telling Competition, which I have won, or the Caption Contest,
which I have not? Obviously, it makes more sense for me to write a guide to
the competition in which I have been successful. It is also a good idea for
you to be able to demonstrate your 'expert' status. With games and competition,
it's easy because you can use scores or trophies. If your guide is about a current
plot or behavior, it might be more difficult. In cases where it is more difficult
to display your knowledge, trying posting on the appropriate message boards
and allow other players to see that you are someone who knows about the subject.
It is important to also note how many guides have already been created about
the subject you are considering. If there are already a lot of guides, yours
may be lost in the crowd or it may be difficult to provide new information.
If your guide is over a subject that is less known or less popular, it may be
tough to find people who are interested. However, neither of these should be
a deciding factor. If there are already guides to your chosen subject, then
your guide has to be different somehow. Perhaps you have new or more information
or you have presented in a very original fashion. If your subject is less known,
then talk to people about it and draw attention to it.
Step 3: The Content
After subject, content is the most important aspect. After all, people are
reading your guide to learn about something, so the more pertinent information
included the better. Never take for granted how much a player may know. You
should list all information to which you have access and always be open for
comments or questions. The biggest tip here is to be as thorough as possible,
without being insulting. If the guide is for a game, tell both where the game
is located as well as give the link. Remember, providing too much information
is better than not providing enough information.
Step 4: The Layout
I have seen wonderful guides destroyed by their appearance. The biggest thing
is that a guide is to be read, so everything needs to be as easy to read as
possible. Text which is too bright or light and backgrounds that make reading
difficult will kill a guide quickly. I recommend using light backgrounds with
darker font. If you want an image, especially a tiled one, trying using a text
box with a pastel background for your font. Too many animated gifs or sounds
are just distracting for the reader. Some images are fine - great, in fact,
for they will interest a visitor to your guide, but don't go overboard. Overall,
I would avoid music unless there is an easy way to turn it off in case your
visitor doesn't share your taste in music. Also, try to organize your information
within your layout so that it is not only easy to read, but easy to navigate.
Step 5: Advertising
Now you have made your wonderful guide, but how will anyone find it? Using
a neosignature is a good start because then you are advertising every time you
post. I used to have one that read, "Story Telling Competition Guide on Koi's
Page." It's also good to post about your guide, when it is appropriate. Don't
spam the boards, but if someone asks a question about the subject your guide
covers then it is appropriate to give them the link. Banners are also good for
advertisement. You can place one in your shop and then have a small sale. Anyone
visiting your shop will see the banner. I also like to have a link on my lookup.
Step 6: Listen to Feedback
You need to be receptive to any and all feedback you may receive about your
guide. In fact, I like to ask for constructive criticism. Of course, you need
to realize that you can't take all advice you are given. I received two comments
on a story where one person wanted it longer and another shorter. Obviously,
I couldn't do both. Yet, since you are making the guide for other people - find
out what other people would like to see. That way you can increase the benefits
of your guide.
Well, that's my six-step guide to creating the perfect guide. I hope that someone
found it helpful. If you have any comments or constructive criticism, feel free
to neomail me. Remember, I will listen to your feedback.