How to Create a Knol

Got knowledge? Contribute to Knol, the free service from Google that allows you to communicate, collaborate, and share your know-how with the world – and gives you credit for your work.

You will need

  • Expertise
  • A computer with internet access
  • A willingness to share your knowledge
  • Media to illustrate your topic

Step 1 Choose a topic Choose a topic. The more you know about something, the better your knol will be.

Step 2 Get inspiration Before you start writing, get inspiration by searching the site or browsing through categories.

Step 3 Create an account Create an account. Go to Knol’s homepage at “knol.google.com”:http://knol.google.com, and click “Sign in” in the upper right corner. If you already have a Google account, type in your information. Otherwise, click “Create an account now” to choose a user name and password.

Step 4 Choose template Get started by clicking “write a knol.” Choose between creating a blank knol and copying from a template. Click “Learn more about templates” for additional information.

Step 5 Add title and summary Add a title and, if you have one, a subtitle. Search engines weight these fields heavily, so choose a title that accurately reflects your knol. Then, write a brief summary of your article. This will also help people find your knol.

Step 6 Write your knol Write your text in the box below the summary field. Editing tools are located at the top of the page, allowing you to format your text the way you would in a word-processing program. When you’re done with your knol, click “Save” at the top left.

Step 7 Edit your profile Add information about yourself. Click “Edit my profile” under your name on the right-hand side of the page. Your profile can help increase your exposure on Knol, so include anything that highlights your expertise and boosts your credibility, such as your name, profession, alma mater, and interests.

Step 8 Choose collaboration level Choose your level of collaboration by clicking “Change” next to “Moderated collaboration” on the right. Knol offers three levels: closed, meaning only you can edit your knol; open, where anyone can make modifications; and Knol’s unique moderated form of collaboration, which lets readers suggest edits that you can then accept or reject.

Step 9 Publish your knol If you’d like to make more edits, click “Edit.” When you’ve completed your knol, hit “Publish” on the right side of the page.

Step 10 Decide on ads Decide whether you want ads. Go back to Settings. Clicking “Show ads” will redirect you to another page with instructions on creating an AdSense account. If you’d prefer not to have ads appear alongside your knol, click “No ads.”

Step 11 Select interactions Choose how readers can interact with your knol. To increase the chances that someone will find your knol, check the “Categories” box and tag your knol with a subject. The more links and information you provide, and the more ways readers can interact with your knol, the more useful and engaging it will be.

Step 12 Save your changes Click “Save changes” at the bottom of the page to save your settings. You’re a published author! How easy was that?

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