We often get asked if we accept guest posts. We do and we love receiving them. Guest posts provide us and our readers with points of view that differ from our own, and sometimes even challenge our own.
Here’s what we can do for you.
We can bring your post to a larger audience and provide more exposure to your work or your company. Our guest writers come from all kinds of backgrounds and businesses but all of them create great content that we know our readers will be interested in.
If you are interested in submitting a guest post you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
But before you do, it’s important you read the house rules.
Length: A minimum of 300 words but no more than 1,500.
Paragraphs: Dividing your content into clear paragraphs makes it easier for users to read.
Links: These can be included.
Media: You can include media such as images, videos, maps, tweets etc in your post.
Guest posts we like
Our readers know what’s going on in the tech industry, so they’re looking for articles that are interesting and different but full of useful information and tips.
Guest posts we don’t like
We don’t like posts that are too promotional of either the writer’s own business or of someone else’s (i.e. articles that look and read like ads). We’re happy to promote writers and their companies (see “What we need” below) and love to read interviews with interesting start-ups but articles should stand by themselves and provide the reader with new information rather than simply act as advertorial content – we spike more article for this than any other reasons (See “Will you spike our article” below).
What we need
We’ll need a biography for yourself, for your profile, as well as social media links, so our readers can get in contact or follow you. Also for your profile we will need a high-quality photograph of yourself.
Here are the house rules
Be open about who you are and who you work for. Our readers have the right to know your relationship to the topics you are writing about, including your professional experience. If you are interviewing someone, or mention a person or company, tell us what your relationship is with them. We’re happy to link to your own work or theirs but be transparent first. Our readers are highly knowledgably about the web and are unusually quick about point out potential conflicts of interests.
In order to publish content on the site we need to be certain that it is unique and of your own creation. There are search engine optimisation reasons for this as well as copyright reasons but we primarily want to ensure that our readers have the opportunity to read content that is unique.
We’re a technology and media site, so that’s what our audience is interested in reading about. We won’t be able to publish content that isn’t related to these areas. Have a read through our archives to see the kind of content we publish.
Sometimes readers submit content to us that is well written and interesting but is just an ad for their or another person’s company. Readers tend to notice these and generally dislike them, and so do we. If you work for a company we’re happy to give them a mention and a link in your bio but as for the main body of your article we want that to be about your area of expertise, not about how great your company is.
Copyright and defamation can be a legal minefield so be careful that sources are clearly stated (perhaps with links) and any statements are factual. We might have to edit or might not be able to publish your article if there are such issues or uncertainties.
Perhaps writing isn’t your thing, maybe you’re good at producing infographics or cartoons, or you have done a Google Hangout interview. That’s okay; if you want to see them published here we’ll be happy to have a look at them. The same rules about written copy apply, make it unique and be transparent about yourself and your relationship with anybody or company you mention. Also be transparent about copyright (be careful of music in videos).
I have a few ideas; can I email them to you?
Yeah. Have a look through the site to see the types of topics that we cover, we’re more likely to go for a post if it will be of interest to our readers.
Can anything help me get published?
A good track record is helpful when submitting content – when you’re submitting content let us know a bit about yourself; who, for example, have you written for before?
I work for a company, can we write a guest post?
Certainly, but the same house rules (above) apply as for individuals.
Will you edit our post?
We will probably edit your post for our house-style but we won’t change the message or meaning of your article. Here are some of the most common edits that we do;
- Spelling: We might change the spelling in your post to American English, although our news team is international.
- Clarity: We occasionally edit sentences for clarity.
- Grammar: Do you the Oxford comma? We usually do, so we might make this and other small grammatical changes to your article.
- Links: If you mention a topic that we have covered before we will link to our previous posts in yours – this will give the reader a greater knowledge of the topic and help put your post in context. We’ll also link, and we encourage you to do so as well, to third party websites, if their content is relevant. If you include links that are just designed to advertise other services we might remove these or render them with nofollow tags (remember Be genuine).
- Images: We will illustrate your post with a feature image (you can provide one if you wish; it must be at least 900px wide and of your own creation or from a recognised creative commons source, we’ll need the link to verify this).
- Rich Media: Occasionally we’ll illustrate your post with rich media, such as videos, maps, and/or tweets.
Will you spike our article?
One of the reasons we produced these guidelines is because we are contacted by a number of bloggers and companies that would like to contribute guest content on the site. The main reasons why we reject (spike) some guest posts is because we are uncertain that a writer has been transparent about themselves or any companies they mention. Sometimes it is because the written content was not unique. Legal reasons, such as copyright or defamation might also be a reason why a potential post is spiked.
Will you remove our article in the future?
We haven’t had to remove any gust bloggers’ articles yet but if a substantial complaint is made against a post may have to. But if you follow the rules above you should be fine.
I sent you an article but it’s not on the site.
Sorry about that. That sometimes happen, but we do try and respond to all emails.