“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.
Refer to the list of websites in the Visual Stories Network and select an appropriate website for your Story.
Signing up with Visual Stories lets you create content in several different categories that range from animals, travel and lifestyle to technology, finance and health. These categories are websites in themselves, created on subdomains of Visual Stories. Examples:
Signing up once, you can create Stories in any of the categories with the Visual Story Builder tool and access a library of images, videos and music that can be included in your Stories for free. Learn more in Niches to Create Stories.
Refer to this Video Tutorial to know how to create an AMP Story.
Yes. Here are the character count limits for -
The character limits are shown below each field, to the right.
Yes, we accept submissions in the following languages: Arabic, German, English, Spanish, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Vietnamese, Chinese.
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.
No, a Story is not shareable from the “Preview”. A Story will be shareable once it is published.
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.
A Story will be rejected if:
Refer to our submission guidelines for further details.
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.
Your Stories will be visible on the website that you submit a particular Story to.
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.
Yes, you can. Here’s how you can do it:
Step 01: Under “Edit Story”, click on ‘Click here’ below website.
Step 02: Under ‘Change Website’, click on ‘Select’. You will find a drop-down menu listing other websites. Select a website that best suits the subject of your Story.
Step 03:Click the ‘Check’ button.
Step 04: Click ‘Submit’
Ensure that you have selected the correct website in the drop-down list and click ‘Submit’.
Step 05: 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can get AMP Stories on a sudomain of your existing website or in a sub-directory of your existing website.
Step 01: Go to https://visualstories.com/siteconfig Specify the website where you intend to get the AMP Stories feature. Select the CMS or platform where your site is hosted. Click ‘Continue’.
Step 02:If you intend to get the AMP Stories feature on a subdomain of your website, select sub-domain. If you intend to get the Stories feature in a sub-directory of your website, select sub-folder.
If you select sub-domain, specify the subdomain name and click ‘Continue’. If you select sub-folder, specify the name of the sub-folder and click ‘Continue’.
Step 03: If you had selected sub-folder, in the ‘Config’ step, you will have to select the platform your website is using and then complete the configuration steps.
If you had selected sub-domain, you will have to complete the technical steps for pointing the sub-domain to the hosting server.
Step 04: Specify the website details and click ‘Submit’.
Step 05: You can apply a theme for your website, and explore other features in Manage Web App.
Step 01:Go to https://visualstories.com/addsite
Step 02: Click ‘Continue’ and you will be directed to ‘Domain’. If you intend to create a website on a subdomain of VisualStories, select ‘Free Domain’ and specify the subdomain name. If you intend to create a website on your domain, select ‘Custom Domain’ and specify the domain on which you would be creating the AMP Stories website. There should not be a site already existing on this domain.
Step 03: Clicking ‘Continue’ will take you to ‘Config’. Complete the technical steps to point your domain to the hosting server and click ‘Configuration Done’.
Click ‘Yes’. You will be directed to the ‘Create’ screen.
Step 04: Fill the website details and click ‘Submit’.
Step 05: You can apply a theme for your website, and explore other features in Manage Web App.
If your site is hosted on a subdomain of Visual Stories, the website will not be approved if the subject of the website is one of these or if the website’s name implies any of the following subjects:
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.
Yes, you can monetize the website you create through revenue sharing with your own AdSense account.
In a sentence or two, the website’s intent and subject should be described. This description gets applied as the meta description of your website and is applied by default as the description of your PWA. The character limit for PWA description is 132.
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.
Yes, you can guest blog on any of the website(s) of your choice in the Visual Stories Network.
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.
You can upload your own images and add them to your personal library.
You can access a library of vertical Google Earth videos, that can be added in your Stories for free. You can also upload your own videos and add them in your Stories.
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.
The uploaded images should be in .jpg/.jpeg/.png format.
You'll have to crop the uploaded image(s) to the Portrait size. Size requirement is 928 px or higher (height).
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. 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: To the right of the image, you will see the image information fields like ‘Alt Text’, ‘Keywords’ and ‘Image Source’. Fill in the required information.
Step 05: 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. Note: Giving image credits to an image is optional. Filling out the ‘Image Credit URL’ is also optional.
Step 06:Click the ‘Upload’ button. The image will be uploaded to your personal library and can be seen in the ‘Uploaded Images’ tab.
Refer to this Video Tutorial to better understand the process..
Follow the steps mentioned below:
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.
For help with customization options and design ideas, see: AMP Story Design Ideas.
Yes, you can upload your own videos. They will be added to your personal library and cannot be accessed by any other user.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
Go to “Settings and Privacy” and click on “Change Password”. Follow the prompts to change your 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.
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.
Yes, once published, you can share your Stories on social media platforms like Twitter, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Gmail, LinkedIn and Tumblr.
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