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Your Account

Set Up Your Account

Get your profile picture

          • Profile pictures are hosted on Every contributor must have a profile picture.
          • To change your profile picture, log in to using the email address associated with your Forbes account and follow the instructions for adding a new photo.

Fill out your bios

          • Go to Your Profile at
          • Fill in your Short Bio, a 10 to 12-word, first-person description of what you write about. Go to Edit Profile > Additional Information. On your posts, it will look like this:

            • Use the first-person and present tense.
            • You have 70 characters, so clarity is important (you can be voice-y in your bio).
          • Next, create your About the User bio. This is a little longer than the short bio, but still keep it short and punchy. A breezy blend of a personal and professional tone works well. You should also use the first person. It will appear next to your posts and will look like this:

Add personal icons

About the Author icons appear at the bottom of the About the Author module on the right rail. Only the fields you fill out here will appear publicly.

          • Go to or, from your dashboard, click Your Profile in the left column and scroll to Contact Info.
          • Twitter: Add your username. No @ is needed. (Example: would be ‘kashhill’.)
          • Facebook: Add your username (Example: would be ‘Kashmir.hill’). You can find your username on Facebook by visiting Account > Account Settings.
          • Website: Add your website URL.
          • Book: Scroll down to Additional Information and add an URL to the Book field. This can be your own book or recommended reading.

How it looks in the right rail of your article pages:

Add the headline grab tool.

Headline grabs are a great way to stay engaged and share news with your audience. It can be a part of your daily routine.

          • Add the Forbes Story Grabtool:
            • In WordPress, click into one of your posts. Scroll down to the Forbes Shortcuts section on the right side.
            • Drag the Forbes Story Grab link to your bookmarks toolbar. In Firefox and IE you can also right-click to add the link to your bookmarks.
          • Use the headline grab tool:
            • Click Forbes Story Grab on your toolbar when you are reading a story of interest and want to add it to your contributor homepage.
            • In the Headline Grab window, the headline is automatically filled in. You will need to delete the source, which is automatically pulled in to the title, to make a clean headline.
              • Incorrect formatting: Sarah Palin story sparks Republican family feud – Jonathan Martin –
              • Correct formatting: Sarah Palin story sparks Republican family feud

Adding Facebook Subscribe (optional)

Use this if you’d like your readers to follow your Facebook page.

          • Log in to Facebook and grab your username by going to Settings > Username. (If you don’t have a unique Facebook username, click Edit and create one.)
          • Click Subscribers on the left-hand list. Check the Allow Subscribers option to enable it.

  • Now go to your profile in the WordPress dashboard (
  • Scroll down to Contact Info and add your Facebook username in the Facebook ID field. You can find your username on Facebook by visiting Account > Account Settings. Enter your username and click Update Profile.

Learn about your home page.

          • News Stream: Your homepage has a news stream which includes your posts, galleries, magazine stories and headline grabs. Items appear in the stream at the time of publication and in reverse chronological order.
          • Social Stream Tab: Here you’ll find the comments you’ve made, as well as particularly insightful reader comments that you have chosen to Call Out.
          • Magazine Tab: If you have written for Forbes, Forbes Life or Forbes Asia, this tab will appear with your story.
          • Archive Tab with Search Box: The archive displays headlines for all posts you have ever published, sorted by month. There is also a search box that you can use to perform a keyword search, which displays results by relevance.

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Change Your Password

Go to your Profile page by clicking your name or image in the top-right hand corner of your dashboard or by going here: Scroll down to the New Password field.

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Stats Dashboard

Your Stats Dashboard shows you everything that’s going on with your blog, including an expanded set of metrics on your posts, slideshows and magazine stories.

          • Notable features:
            • Slice your data by hour, day, week, month or year
            • See number of new followers and new comments
            • Track your performance and identify trends through graphs
          • To access your dashboard:
            1. Go to
            2. Select a time period using the date range in the top right
            3. Select an interval (please note, a monthly interval is required to view unique and repeat visitors
            4. Hit Select

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Engage with the community


As a contributor, you control the flow of conversation in your comments sections by replying and calling out readers’ comments.

            • How to manage comments:
              • On the article page you want to manage the comments of, click the Edit Post button.
              • You can manage the most recent comments directly on your dashboard.
              • To manage all comments, click Comments on the left sidebar. Once there, you can hover over the comments to Unapprove, Reply, Edit, Spam, Trash or Call Out comments.
              • In general, you should Call Out and Reply to comments rather than deleting them.

          • Called-Out Comments: Calling out a comment is your way of highlighting a user’s comment for other readers to see and help shape the conversation around your writing.
            • Call out comments directly on the article by hovering over an individual comment and clicking Call Out.
            • The comment will turn from gray to white and readers will see it featured when they scroll down the comments section.
            • Click Recall to remove a comment from the called-out comments section.
          • Making your own comments: Commenting on other contributors’ blog posts will help make you a part of the broader discussion on the site, whether it’s in your field of expertise or is just something that interests you. We encourage you to make some comments of your own.

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Members and authors can choose Forbes writers, people, schools, teams, places, companies, group blogs and BrandVoices to follow.

          • Click the Follow button that appears on articles, bios, channels, sections and profiles to receive email updates when new content is posted. You can elect to receive these updates immediately, daily or once a week. Manage your settings at

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Your Posts

Start A New Post

Note: It’s important to click Save Draft as you’re writing your post so you don’t lose your work.

Start your new post by clicking Add New at the top right of your WordPress dashboard.

          • You can expand your text box by clicking on the diagonal lines in the bottom-right corner and dragging down.

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Write your headline in the blank title field. This will help generate your article’s URL, so make sure the headline is both eye-catching and relevant to the content.

          • Always write your headlines in Title Case.
            • Example: “Every Word In The Headline Starts With A Capitalized Letter”
          • Use single quote marks only in headlines.
          • SEO tip: Avoid writing headlines that are witty, clever or contain puns. Your headline should be straightforward, should communicate the point of the post, and should use keywords that someone might search for in a search engine.
            • Good example: “Industry Whizzes Weigh In On Forbes”
            • Bad example: “Forbes Launches New Site For Expert Contributors”
          • Tips:
            • Tie in the news angle, when it’s applicable.
            • Clarity trumps cleverness.
            • Include specifics like names, companies, etc.

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Write your post in the main body field.

            • SEO tip: The first paragraph of your post should contain the same keywords used in your headline. This makes your article stickier to search engines.
            • Format the text in your post using the icons on the editing toolbar. They work much like Microsoft Word formatting tools.

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Tag your post: Add tags to your post in the Post Tags box on the right column of the publishing area.

          • Suggested tags will populate as you write your post. Feel free to select some of those.
          • You can also add your own tags.
          • Tags should be keywords that someone might use in a search for your article.
          • Quality is more important than quantity when using tags.

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Add Google keywords: We’ve added a module for Google Keywords on the Edit Post page. This module allows you to enter specific search terms that are mentioned within your post. These terms will help Google better determine what your post is about and match your post with what people are searching for. Since Google will look at these keywords for SEO, you will now have more flexibility in writing your headlines.

          • Google News Keywords are for NEWS articles only, do not use them if your post is not news. (‘Top 100 Inspirational Quotes’ is not news, ‘Carnival Tries To Stay Afloat By Forcing Billionaire CEO To Step Down’ is a news article).
          • Less is more. Use 3-5 keywords that are MOST relevant to your post. If you try to chase too many keywords you will not rank for any of them.
          • Stay focused. Avoid generic keywords. Use highly relevant keywords that are related to your post and each other.
          • You can find more important information on Google keywords here.

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Write an excerpt: The Excerpt is a very brief summary or teaser of your post (1-2 sentences) that is used as a description of your article in search engine hits. Excerpts will also appear when Forbes or our readers share your content across various social networks.

          • Make sure the Excerpt field is displaying properly by clicking on the Screen Options tab (below your name in the upper right hand corner of the Edit Post page), and check the Excerpt field.

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Post Features

Tickers: Add tickers to your post only when the story is financially relevant to the companies mentioned. Company tickers are used by news providers to pick up relevant news stories from Forbes.

          • Go to the Related Pages & Tickers module in the upper right rail of the Edit Post page.
          • Click the gray icon to the left of the exchange name of suggested tickers to add and/or enter in tickers one at a time in the following format: EXCHANGE: TICKER (example: NYSE:GOOG).
          • You can add a maximum of five tickers per post.

Auto-links: After you save a version of your post, WordPress will automatically highlight keywords (public figures, places, companies) in your article. In your published posts, they’ll appear as hyperlinks to Forbes’ profiles of those people, places and companies.

          • Deactivate the links by double-clicking on each link, turning them gray. Or you can click the D button in the tool bar to deactivate all links.
          • To refresh the links, click the R button in the tool bar.

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          • To link to another webpage, highlight the text you want to link.
          • Click the chain link icon in the first row of the tool bar.
          • Type or paste the URL into the URL field.
          • Click Add Link.

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Images: Photos should appear at the top right corner of your posts. There are two ways to add images to your entry.

      • From your computer: Click the Add Mediabutton (the camera/music note), select a file to upload and insert your image.
        • You must have the rights the use the image.
        • Make sure your image isn’t larger than 480×640 pixels before uploading.
        • Formatting: After you upload, you’ll see the formatting options for your file
          • Title: Make one using keywords from your headline
          • Caption: Use keywords and add any necessary photo credits
          • Link URL: Do not change
          • Alignment: Images should always be right-aligned
          • Size: Choose according to format of post
        • Click Insert to Post to add your formatted image.

      • Content Recommendations: When you create a new post, the Zemanta module — the box that says Content Recommendations along the right side of your edit post page — will suggest images based on your text.
        • Click the green Update button to refresh the images, or click Refine and search for specific images via keywords.
        • Then, click on an image to be added to your post.
        • After you’ve added the image, click on it to highlight it, then select the landscape button to open image formatting.
          • Title: Make one using keywords from your headline
          • Caption: Use keywords and add any necessary photo credits
          • Link URL: Leave it as is.
          • Size: Choose according to your preference.
        • Click Update to update your image.

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Videos: You can embed videos from 7 sources — Brightcove, Forbes, Youtube, Hulu, Vimeo, Metacafe, Revver, and Google.

      • Put your cursor where you want the video to appear.
      • Click the TV icon next to Add Media and paste the URL of the video.
      • Click Insert Video.
      • Then, save your draft and click Preview to check that the video’s been inserted properly.
      • Note: For Brightcove video embeds, click the Add Media icon and use the search function under Forbes Video.

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Vest Pocket:

          • What is Vest Pocket? Vest Pocket promotions are a manual way of promoting related content. Here, you can add videos and galleries to an indented module inside your article body. They’ll help lead the reader to other related content, such as your older articles on a certain topic.

          • Find related content: The first step to creating a Vest Pocket is finding related content. Go to the Vest Pocket module in your Edit Post page. Search using keywords or author name to find specific content.

          • Add Vest Pocket content: Choose up to four vest pocket promotions by dragging and dropping your preferred results into the Vest Pocket field on the left (below the body of the text).

          • Edit Vest Pocket content:
            • Order the content by dragging and dropping them into place.
            • Edit the headlines by hovering over them and clicking the Edit icon. Then click Save.
          • Place the Vest Pocket module: Enter the location number in the Vest Pocket Location field. This number correlates to the number of paragraphs and photos down into the post the Vest Pocket will begin. For example, a location number of 10 means the Vest Pocket will be inserted after the 10th paragraph or photo.
            • The location is defaulted to position 4. The system will reformat your vest pocket if the location doesn’t fit with your content (e.g. if your piece is very short).

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The Kitchen Sink: You’ll find The Kitchen Sink in the formatting bar over the main body field – it’s the fifth button from the right. The Kitchen Sink is the button that opens the second row of your formatting bar. Below is an overview of those buttons:

          • Paragraph Formatting: The paragraph dropdown menu provides formatting options. Highlight text and choose among the Heading options.
          • Underline: Highlight text you want underlined, then click the Underline button. Click again to remove the underline.
          • Align Full: Highlight the text or images you want to align, then click the Align Full button. You can also place your cursor on a line or paragraph of content and click Align Full. Click again to undo the alignment.
          • Paste as Plain Text: Use this option to remove all formatting from text.
            • Copy the text.
            • Place your cursor where you want the text to appear, then click the Paste as Plain Text button.
            • A small window will pop open. Paste the text in this window.
            • Click Insert and you’re done.
          • Paste From Word: Formatting issues are common when you post text you’ve written in Microsoft Word or other similar programs. To avoid this, it’s very important to use the Paste from Wordbutton.
            • Highlight and copy your text from Microsoft Word.
            • Place your cursor where you want the text to appear, then click the Paste From Word button.
            • A small window will pop open. Paste the text in this window.
            • Click Insert and you’re done.
          • Remove Formatting: Highlight text and then click the Remove Formatting button to clear out any prior formatting.
          • Custom characters: Add special characters to your post.
            • Place your cursor where you’d like the custom character to appear.
            • Click the Insert Custom Character button and a small window will open, featuring all the custom characters.
            • Roll over a character and you’ll see a larger view of it in the top-right along with the character name.
            • Click the character you want and it will appear in your post.
          • Outdent and Indent: Use this button to shift paragraphs or lists left or right.
            • Place your cursor on the line or paragraph you want to move left or right.
            • Click the Outdent or Indent button and the line or paragraph will shift.
            • To undo the move, just click the Outdent or Indent button again.
          • Undo and Redo: Click Undo to delete a previous action. Click Redo to reinstate the change.
          • Help: Click the Help button on the editing toolbar for help with rich text editing.

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Publish Your Post

Preview and Publish
  • Save your work early and often. Click the Save Draft button in the Publish module on the publishing page.
  • We recommend using Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome for the best previewing experience. Make sure to allow pop-ups from
  • Click the Preview button in the Publish module on the publishing page.
  • If the preview window stalls out on the green page, try it again, or right click the Preview button and click Open in New Tab/Window.

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Share On Publish

The Share on Publish option allows you to automatically share your article simultaneously to Facebook, LinkedIn and/or Twitter when you first publish your post.

  • Note: This option is only available the first time you publish a post and is only available to the author of the post.
  • In the Share Post When You Publish module on the Edit Post page, check any of the social media platforms you’d like to share your post to. If you have not already linked Twitter, LinkedIn and/or Facebook accounts, you will be prompted to do so.
  • You can also add a customized message when you share your post. See below for examples of what it will look like.

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Schedule A Post

You can schedule a post to be published later.

  • Next to the Publish immediately line in your Publish module, click Edit.
  • Change the date and time to what you’d like and select OK.
  • The Publish button will change to Schedule.
  • Hit Schedule to officially schedule your post.

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Lost Work

WordPress will store your five most recent saves, so save often. You can find these five versions at the very bottom of the Edit Post page.

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Publishing On Multiple Platforms


Posting from your phone

  • From a mobile browser:If you are accessing the site through the browser on your phone you will be unable to log-in and post, unless you go directly to We expect to be fixed as soon as possible.
  • From the WordPress app:In the meantime, you can post using the WordPress app. See instructions about using the WordPress app in the section below.
    • Download the WordPress app at or from the Apple App or Google Play stores.
    • Sign-in to the app with the following information:
      • Username:
      • Password:
      • URL:
      • Keep Geotagging turned off
    • You will then be directed to a screen that displays your Forbes site(s). Click on your site and press Add Selected.
      You will now be able to write new posts, edit old ones, and respond to comments.

Posting from your iPad

  • From a mobile browser: The Forbes website does not currently have an iPad mobile version. You can use the full Forbes website and publish as you would on a desktop, or follow the WordPress app instructions below.
  • From the WordPress app: The easiest way to post from your iPad is through the WordPress App. This has the same features as the iPhone WordPress app.
    • Download the WordPress app at or from the Apple App or Google Play stores.
      Once the download is complete, a pop-up will display that says, “Start blogging from you iPad in seconds.”
    • Click the Add self-hosted WordPress blog option.
    • Input the following fields:
      • URL:
      • Username:
      • Password:
      • Keep Geotagging turned off
    • You will then be directed to a screen that displays your Forbes site(s). Click on your site and press Add Selected.
      You will now be able to write new posts, edit old ones and respond to comments.

Requests to insert media: If you are at a conference or otherwise unable to access a computer, and you wish to add media or items to your post e-mail Be sure to include the following details for each request:

  • Image request:
    • Describe the image (eg. “photo of the Capitol Building”)
    • Position within the post (eg. “top right”)
  • Gallery request:
    • The name of the gallery to be inserted into your post.
    • Position within the post.
  • Vest Pocket request: Please be specific as to which stories, galleries, videos or profile pages should be placed in the Vest Pocket.

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