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How to Write Tutorials by Markdown and Earn Money

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VPSServer provides an excellent opportunity to earn money by writing tutorials for the VPSServer community. You can write a tutorial on any topic related to VPS, whether it is a tutorial on how to create a virtual private network or it’s a tutorial on how to configure a firewall. If you have sound knowledge related to VPS, it’s very easy for you to earn money by sharing your knowledge with the VPSServer community.

How to write a tutorial for VPSServer

On the community page of VPSServer, you will find a link which says Write a Tutorial.

In order to write a tutorial you need to sign up in to the system with a username and password. Once you sign in, you’ll see the option to write a tutorial.

Title: As the name suggests, you need to provide a catchy title to your tutorial. The title can be up to 90 characters. Make sure the title is attractive and clearly indicates the reader what the tutorial is all about. A good title will ensure your tutorial reaches the maximum number of people in the community.

Some examples of titles:

  • How to Create a Virtual Private Network
  • How to Configure a Firewall on your VPS

Short description: This space is provided to describe the topic of the tutorial in brief. In a short paragraph, you should write what the tutorial is all about. For example, if your tutorial is about how to create a virtual private network, your short description will be as follows:

This tutorial talks about how to create a virtual private network, including how to avoid IP conflicts, how to create an incoming VPN connection, how to configure third-party firewalls, how to configure your IP address, and how to limit VPN traffic.

By reading the short description, the reader should get a clear idea of the contents of the tutorial.

Comma separated tags: Based on the topic of the tutorial, you need to assign appropriate tags to your post. Examples of tags can be ‘virtual private network,’ ‘firewall,’ ‘Ubuntu,’ or anything that’s related to the topic. This way all posts related to a similar topic become easily accessible for members of the VPSServer community.

Tutorial written in Markdown:

This section is used for writing the actual tutorial. You can use standard formatting such as Bold and Italic without any coding. You can also hyperlink the text in the tutorial by simply pressing the hyperlink icon. In case you want to use a block quote, this feature is also available as default without any coding.

Let’s look at each of these markdown features in detail.

Bold: If you want to put a certain text in BOLD, you need to select the Bold icon. With this, all the text appearing between the asterisks will appear in bold in the final published output.

Italic: If you want to put a certain text in Italics, you need to click on the Italics icon. This way, all the text appearing between the two asterisks will appear in Italics in the final version.

Hyperlink: If you want to insert a hyperlink in the tutorial (link to an external article or another article on the VPSServer community), you need to click on the link icon. A new window will open up. You need to paste your desired link into this box. This way, you can seamlessly link your text to other content

Blockquote: This markdown is useful if you are copying a quote from another source and you don’t want Google or other search engines to penalize you for duplicate content. This is a way of informing search engines that you’re giving credit to the original source.

This is a quote

Custom code: If you desire, you can also add customized formatting to the tutorials. For example, if you want to add tables to the text, you can do so by using the relevant Markdown language. Or if you want to add line breaks, that is also possible by Markdown language. You can do so by clicking on the Custom Code icon. In the text window, you will get an option ‘enter code here,’ where you can easily enter your desired code.

<?php echo 'this is code formatted'; ?>

Images: If you want to include an image in your tutorial, you need to click on the images icon. Upon clicking on the icon, you will get a box. You need to paste the link of your image in the box. Once you paste the link of the image, you will get an option to enter the description of the image.

Numbering: At times, you may want to include a list of items with numbers. In such an event, you need to click on the icon shown above. Upon clicking the icon, you will get an option to list items sequentially with numbers.

  1. A
  2. Numbered
  3. List

Bullet points: Sometimes, you may want to include text as bullet points. For doing so, you need to click on the appropriate icon.

  • A
  • Bullet
  • List

Heading: If you want to provide different headings/subheadings, you can use the heading icon. All the text inside the hashtags will appear as headings.

Large heading

Less large heading

Medium heading

Smaller heading

Small heading

Horizontal Rule: This option is particularly useful if you want to create a table. By clicking on the Horizontal Rule icon, you will get a horizontal line. Example:


Undo/Redo: Finally, you also have the Undo/Redo options if you want to make any changes to the text. Apart from the icon, you can also use the standard commands for undo (Ctrl+Z) and redo (Ctrl+Y).

About tutorial statuses:

Save tutorial as draft: This option is useful if you feel you need some time to review the tutorial before publishing. You can create a first draft and use this option for saving the tutorial. If you feel the need of adding/revising content, you can do so before the content is submitted for review.

Receive email notifications: Finally, this option is useful to get notifications about the engagement levels of your post. If you choose this option, whenever any user comments on your tutorial, you will get notified through email. With this feature, you can quickly respond to users’ queries and be aware of the discussions around your tutorial.

Submit for review: Once you are fully done with the tutorial, you need to submit it for review. If we have any questions, we will get those clarified with you before publishing the tutorial.

Once the tutorial is approved and published, you will be eligible for rewards from VPSServer.

Contact us to know more about how to earn money by writing tutorials.

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