Frequently Asked Questions

On Guest Blogging

What does “Guest Blog” mean?

“Guest Blog” means that a user can join website(s) from niches of his/her choice and submit AMP Stories on the same. The guest blogging feature allows you to post content on one or more websites in the Visual Stories Network.

On what basis do I choose a website for my Story?

Refer to our Niches for Guest Posting to understand how to select an appropriate website for your Story.

How to structure or construct a Story?

  • A Story should have multiple slides.
  • Add content that is related to the topic of your Story.
  • Use images/videos that will enhance your content.
  • In each slide, you can add multiple layers like text, image, video, CTA.
  • To add a layer to a slide, click on the ‘+’ sign beside that particular slide and select the type of layer.
  • Select the layouts of the layers such that they do not superimpose on each other.
  • Select overlay and text colors such that the image/video is visible and the text is readable.
  • You can customize your Story at Story-level, layer-level or field-level, with the help of overlay color and opacity, font style, size and color, margins, padding, borders, and different alignments for text.

Refer to this Video Tutorial to know how to create an AMP Story.

Is there any character count limit for fields?

Yes. Here are the character count limits for -

  • Story Title – 70
  • Story Description – 360
  • Card Title – 80
  • Card Text – 360

The character limits are shown below each field, to the right.

Are multi-lingual Stories accepted as submissions?

Yes, we accept submissions in the following languages: Arabic, German, English, UK, English, US, Spanish, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Vietnamese, Chinese.

Are links allowed in a Story?

Yes, provided that they are authentic. Spamming the Story with too many links is discouraged and it may lead to the Story being rejected. Links can be added in text or with the help of CTA.

Is my Story shareable from the “Preview”?

No, a Story is not shareable from the “Preview”. A Story will be shareable once it is published.

What should I check for before submitting a Story?

  • A Story should have minimum 3 slides.
  • It shouldn’t have too many links or spammy links.
  • Your content should be original and not plagiarized.
  • Use images/videos that you are authorized to use legally.
  • Don’t spam your content with keywords.
  • Ensure that there is no text in the background image as it hampers the readability of the Story text.
  • Submit your Story only after it is completed.

Can I edit my Story once I submit it?

Yes. You can take your Story back for editing after it has been submitted by clicking on “Edit again” option. However, you cannot edit your Story if it is in the ‘Approval Pending’ stage.

What are the criteria that can get my Stories rejected?

A Story will be rejected if:

  • Your content is plagiarized, copyrighted work of others or is already published elsewhere.
  • Your uploaded images/videos are copyrighted by others or if you are not authorized to use the uploaded images/videos (legally or ethically).
  • Your content, in any case, endorses/promotes any kind of violence and/or obscenity.
  • Your Story lacks sufficient content. In that case, it will be sent to you for re-evaluation stating the required changes, after which you can resubmit the Story.

Refer to our submission guidelines for further details.

In how much time will my Story get published?

Depending on the quality of content and length of your Story, it may take anywhere between 2 to 8 days for your Story to be published.

Where will my Stories be hosted?

Your Stories will be visible on the website that you submit a particular Story to.

Where can I see all my published Stories?

Go to "visualstories.com/@yourhandle" to view your profile. Or Click on your username in the top right corner. Go to “Profile” and click on “View Profile”. You will be directed to a page where all your Stories are displayed.

Can I change the host website of my Story?

Yes, you can. Here’s how you can do it:

Step 01: Under “View Story”, click on ‘Click here’ beside ‘Want to change it?’.

Step 02: Under ‘Change Website’, click on ‘Select’. You will find a drop-down menu listing all the websites that you have joined. Select a website that best suits the subject of your Story.

Step 03: Click on ‘Submit’.

Step 04: You’ll find that the host website has been successfully changed.

Note: The host website of a Story cannot be changed once the Story has been published.

Can I edit the Stories once they are published?

Yes, you can edit the Story once the Story is published on the website. You will need to forward it again to the moderator, who will then publish it. Changes made to the story will reflect only after it is published.

How can I get in touch with the editorial team?

If you wish to contact the editorial team in case of any difficulties while creating a Story or regarding any other queries, email us at hello@visualstories.com.

On Creating a Website with Visual Stories

I own a website, how can I host AMP Stories on my website, created by the Builder?

If you wish to get AMP Stories on your website, you will need to host a domain with us. If you have a website already, you will need to point a subdomain of your existing website to our servers. All you have to do is sign up and click on ‘Get AMP Stories on Your Website' button in the ‘Get AMP Stories on Your Website’ tile. Click on ‘Create Web App’ and fill out your domain details under the ‘Custom Domain’ tile. Our technical team will review the details and get in touch with you to guide you through the further process.
Also refer to: Get Stories On Your Site.

How can I host a new website with Visual Stories?

Step 01: On sign up, click on the ‘Create Web App’ option in the ‘Create a Web App with AMP Stories Feature, for Free’ tile. Or click on ‘Create Web App’ in the left menu.

Step 02: Click on ‘Create Web App’.

For a Free Domain:

Step 03: If you want a free domain with Visual Stories, specify the name of the subdomain in the “Free Domain” tile and click on ‘Continue’.

Step 04: Fill out the necessary details about your website and click on “Submit’.

For a Custom Domain:

Step 03: If a website already exists on your root domain, then you’ll have to choose a subdomain like “app” or “stories” and specify it in the subdomain field and specify your root domain name in the domain field. Click on ‘Continue’.

However, if you want the web app on your root domain, then keep the subdomain field blank and specify your domain name in the domain field and click on ‘Continue’.

NOTE: If you only enter the root domain and click on 'Continue', you'll get a prompt asking "Does a website already exist on this domain?". If you click on "Yes" (it means that you already have a website on your root domain), you'll be asked to specify a subdomain name in the subdomain field.
If you click on "No" (it means that you want the web app on your root domain), you'll be directed to a screen where you'll be asked to fill out the details of your website.

Step 04: Fill out the necessary details about your website and click on ‘Submit’.

Our technical team will review the details and get in touch with you to guide you through the further process.
Refer to Benefits of Creating a Website with Visual Stories to know more.

Do I need to have technical/coding skills to host a website with Visual Stories?

No, our technical team will take care of all the setup. No coding skills are required on your part.
Refer to Start a Visual Blog to know more.

Can I earn from the website created with Visual Stories?

Yes, you can monetize the website you create through revenue sharing with your own AdSense account.

Where will my Stories be published and seen?

Your Stories will be published and seen on the subdomain of your existing website; or on the subdomain/new domain you create with us. The subdomain can be considered as a ‘Visualog’ on which the AMP Stories will be published and seen.

Can I Guest Blog on the other websites in the Visual Stories Network if I have my own website in the network?

Yes, you can guest blog on any of the website(s) of your choice in the Visual Stories Network.

A new story does not show up on my site's homepage right away.

It's the expected behaviour for PWA. We use amp-install-service-worker and it's a standard in PWA building. A PWA is offline by nature and takes some time to update itself. So it’ll take some time for the homepage to have the link to the new Story. In our tests, we have found that it sometimes takes even an hour.

Our Services

What services do we offer?

What does the Content Writing Services package include?

The highlights of the package are:

  • We will guest post AMP Stories on high-authority websites with do-follow links to your website.
  • We will set up a blog for you and on this blog, we will write 5 AMP Stories promoting your product/service and hand over the blog to you.
  • You can place a minimum order of 7 Stories.
  • You can get AMP Stories written for as little as $30 per Story.
  • Images and videos will be included as required by the content of your Story.

Refer to Content Services.

Customization

How do I add images to my Story?

You can add images from our free image library consisting of 600,000+ ready-to-use images, with hundreds of new images being added daily. You can also upload your own images and add them to your personal library.

How do I add videos to my Story?

You can access a library of thousands of vertical videos, that can be added in your Stories for free. You can also upload your own videos and add them in your Stories. To add a video, click ‘Add New Slide’ and select ‘Video’.

Can I upload my own images/videos?

Yes, you can upload your images/videos as long as they are not explicit, obscene, offensive, someone else’s copyrighted work, or trademarked. These uploaded images/videos will be added to your personal library and will be accessible only to you.

What should be the file format of the uploaded images?

The uploaded images should be in .jpg/.jpeg/.png format.

What is the size of the images that can be uploaded?

You'll have to crop the uploaded image(s) in three sizes: Portrait, Square and Landscape. Image size requirements are:

  • Portrait: 928 px or higher (height)
  • Square: 928 x 928 px or higher (width x height)
  • Landscape: 928 px or higher (width)

Why do I need to crop my uploaded images into 3 different sizes?

As AMP Stories format requires the Story posters to be of 3 different sizes, you need to crop them accordingly. Our AMP Story Builder provides you with the necessary tools to crop the uploaded images in the particular sizes.

How to crop and upload an image to my personal library?

Follow these steps to crop and upload an image:

Step 01: In the ‘Image’ tab, click on ‘Select An Image From Your Device’.

Step 02: Select an image that you want to upload from your device and click on ‘Open’.

Step 03: The selected image will be displayed in our Image Cropping tool. In ‘Portrait Format’, you can drag the cropping handle from the side, top and bottom to position your crop. The image can be rotated anticlockwise and clockwise, and it can also be swapped horizontally and vertically using the buttons below the image. Click on ‘Crop’.

Step 04: You can follow the same procedure for ‘Square Format’ and ‘Landscape Format’.

Step 05: In the ‘Final Cropped Images’ tab, you’ll see your image cropped in all 3 sizes. Click on ‘Next’.

Step 06: In the ‘Image Info’ tab, you’ll have to fill in the ‘Alt Text’ and ‘Keywords’ fields and click on ‘Upload’.

Step 07: If you wish to give image credits to the image you are uploading, switch ON the ‘Show Image Credit’ option. You’ll have to fill out the ‘Image Credit Text’ and ‘Image Credit URL’ fields. Click on ‘Upload’.

Note: Giving image credits to an image is optional. Filling out the ‘Image Credit URL’ is also optional.

Step 08: The image will be uploaded to your personal library and can be seen in the ‘Uploaded Images’ tab.

How do I apply a different background and a different foreground image to a slide?

  • When you add a new slide, select ‘Text & Image’ card and fill the fields you wish to. Add a background image from ‘Image’ tab.
  • You can upload your own images or use images from your personal library (Uploaded Images) or use the images from our Free Image library.
  • After you have selected the background image, click on ‘Save’ to save your card.
  • Now, to add a layer, click on the ‘+’ sign beside that particular slide and add a ‘Text & Image’ card, fill the fields accordingly and add a foreground image from ‘Image’ tab.
  • Adjust the layouts of both the Rich Text cards such that they don’t superimpose on each other.

Refer to this Video Tutorial to better understand the process..

How do I use a background image as a foreground image?

You can use your uploaded background images or the images from the free library as foreground images.
To do so, follow the steps mentioned below:
  • In the ‘Image’ tab, find and select an image of your choice. You can also upload an image of your own.
  • After selecting an image, go to ‘Layouts’ tab and select one of the layouts under the ‘Use Image as a Foreground’ field.
  • The image will be applied as a foreground image.
    NOTE: An uploaded image having a size below the recommended size will be, by default, added as a Foreground Image. To know the recommended size, refer What is the size of the images that can be uploaded?

How do I customize a Story?

Layer-Level: On any particular layer, click ‘Design’ and apply customizations, or click ‘Customize’ above each field in the layer and apply field-level customizations.

Story-Level: You can apply Story-level customizations through Story Settings. Note: Customizations selected through Story Settings apply to the entire Story. Layer-level customizations override Story-level customizations.

Can I upload my own videos?

Yes, you can upload your own videos. They will be added to your personal library and cannot be accessed by any other user.

What are the video requirements?

  • The uploaded videos should be in .mp4/.webm/.ogg format.
  • The videos should be less than 6 MB, and can be of 5 minutes’ duration at the most.
  • You can upload portrait, landscape and square videos. Portrait videos are preferred.

How to upload a video to my personal library?

Step 01: Click on ‘Add New Slide’ and select ‘Video’.

Step 02: Click on ‘Select A Video From Your Device’.

Step 03: Select a video file from your computer and click on ‘Open’

Step 04: To set the poster image for the video, click on ‘Click here to capture Snapshot’ under ‘Capture Poster Image’ tab. And click on ‘Next’. The Poster Image will be displayed in place of the video till it loads.

Step 05: You can recapture the poster image by clicking on ‘Recapture Snapshot’. Click on ‘Next’ after you have captured the snapshot.

Step 06: Under ‘Video Info’ tab, fill the ‘Title’ and ‘Keywords’ fields. Click on ‘Upload’ after filling the necessary details.

Step 07: If you wish to give video credits to the video you are uploading, switch ON the ‘Show Video Credits’ option and fill out the ‘Video Credit Text’ and ‘Video Credit URL’ fields. Click on ‘Upload’
Note: Giving video credits to a video is optional. Filling out the ‘Video Credit URL’ is also optional.

Step 08: The video is successfully uploaded and will appear in the ‘Preview’. Click on ‘Save’.

NOTE:

  • If you have uploaded a Portrait video, it will be set as a background and will play in loop by default. You can turn OFF the looping if you want.
  • You can change the layout from the ‘Layouts’ tab.
  • You cannot apply overlay for a background video.

How to apply a video as a foreground video?

Step 01: Follow the steps mentioned in the above question to upload a video.

Step 02: After you’ve uploaded the video, go to ‘Layouts’ tab.

Step 03: Select any one of the layouts under ‘Use Video as a Foreground’ of your choice. Click on ‘Save’.

NOTE: All landscape and square videos will be applied as foreground videos only.

After you’ve selected a foreground layout, you can fit the video in 1/3rd of your screen by switching ‘ON’ the ‘Fit 1/3rd of Screen’ option. You cannot apply overlay for this particular option.

Or you can apply the video as a square video by switching ‘ON’ the ‘Fill as Square’ option.

How to apply a different background and a different foreground video to the same slide?

Step 01: Follow the steps given in How to upload a video to my personal library? to apply a video in background layout.

Step 02: After the video has been successfully uploaded, click on ‘Save’.

Step 03: Click on the ‘+’ sign beside that particular slide.

Step 04: Select ‘Video’ under the ‘Add Layer’ tab to add a layer to your current slide.

Step 05: Follow the steps mentioned in How to apply a video as a foreground video?’ to apply a video in foreground layout.

General

What is the AMP Story Builder?

The AMP Story Builder is a one-of-a-kind tool available openly on the Web for any user to create AMP Stories. It taps the potential of Google's AMP technology and Stories format to create an immersive and visually rich experience. The tool has extensive customization options and can be used by anyone.

How can I change my password?

Go to “Settings and Privacy” and click on “Change Password”. Follow the prompts to change your password.

How do I recover my password?

If you have forgotten or lost your password, click on “Forgot Password?”, enter your email id and your password will be emailed to you. You can then login using that password.

What does the “Get Link” button at the end of the Story do?

The “Get Link” copies the link of your Story, allowing you to share it across multiple social media platforms of your choice.

Note: A Story can be shared using the “Get Link” button only after it is published.

Can I share my Stories on social media?

Yes, once published, you can share your Stories on social media platforms like Twitter, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Gmail, LinkedIn and Tumblr.

What is the Visual Stories Network (VSN)?

It is an ever-expanding network of websites that are powered by the Visual Stories technology. One can guest blog on any of them. They form a common userbase and harness the AMP Stories format. For more information, see: Visual Stories Network.

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