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Guest Posting Guidelines
We absolutely accept guest posts on our blog.
Currently our blog receives over 500,000 page views a month and has an email subscriber base of 70,000+ that we send our best posts out to.
We are always happy to review articles on productivity, processes, technology and SaaS but note that we are VERY VERY picky about what we publish and only publish a small percentage of submissions so please take that into account before writing a post.
Here’s a list of what else we need:
- Original content
- 2,000+ words
- Facts sourced
- Conversational tone (not stuffy)
- Support points with screenshots and images, if you can
Make sure you also send over some samples of your work so it will be easier for us to see if you’re a good fit.
Here are some helpful guidelines to make it easier to write the perfect post:
Links and self-promotion
We welcome the unique expertise you bring to the table, and are excited that you’re interested in sharing it with our audience. Feel free to link back to some of your own resources if they’re relevant.
Overtly self-promotional posts won’t be accepted or published. If you have to ask yourself if you’re crossing the line here, you’re probably crossing it.
Style and tone
Concise, easy to read and understand
People have a short attention span. That’s why it’s important to keep things organized and easy to scan. Here are some quick tips on doing that:
- Break up long paragraphs
- Use sub headers (H2, H3)
- Use bullet points
- Use bold and italics to highlight key points
- Always ELI5 (Explain Like I’m 5) concepts
- Use active voice
- Researchers believe that recognition is crucial.
- NOT It was shown by researchers that recognition is crucial.
There’s a lot of garbage out there. Most people prefer to read publications that have a reputation for being reliable:
- Link to research where relevant.
- At least one solid resource for every 200 words is a good rule of thumb
- Get first-hand expert opinions where possible
- If there’s no research available, back with personal experiences
- If not, scrap it.
- Don’t be too serious; be conversational.
- Scrap jargon. It’s a barrier to understanding.
- Personal anecdotes can be a useful and relatable mechanism for explanation.
Grammar, punctuation, and capitalization
Stick to American spelling. (Prioritize it.)
We use the Oxford comma, because it makes sense. For a list of three or more items, always use a comma before the last item. For example:
This book is dedicated to my parents, Jimi Hendrix, and Taylor Swift.
NOT This book is dedicated to my parents, Jimi Hendrix and Taylor Swift.
We spell out all numbers under 10, and use numerals for anything above. Here’s an example:
Here are 10 reasons to ditch your annual review cycle, nine of which came from Fortune 50 companies.
There are two exceptions to this rule: 1) when used before the word “percent,” keep it a numeral e.g. 5 percent NOT five percent; 2) when used in the headline, use numerals only e.g. 5 Ways to Own Visual Marketing NOT Five Ways to Own Visual Marketing.
When talking about percentages, always use the word “percent” and not the symbol “%”. An exception to this rule is in the headline, where you should use the symbol instead. For example:
79% of companies are at risk of employee turnover. Here’s why.
NOT 79 percent of companies are at risk of employee turnover. Here’s why.
Periods and commas should go inside quotation marks, unless it just doesn’t make sense. For example, it would make sense in this case:
William says that he “has to make a checklist if he wants a task doing properly.”
But NOT in this case:
Have you read the article “10 Dead Simple Ways to Improve Your Company Culture”?
For headlines, always capitalize words that have more than two letters. Don’t capitalize prepositions (to, from, behind, etc.) For example:
Here Are 3 Ways to Build a Better Work Culture
NOT Here are 3 ways to Build a Better Work Culture
Do not put periods in headlines or headers.
For acronyms, always spell out it full on the first mention and add the acronym in brackets next to it. Thereafter, you can just use the acronym. For example:
The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) presented fascinating new research on employee retention. SHRM noted that the study was the largest done on the subject of employee retention to date.
NOT SHRM presented fascinating new research on employee retention. SHRM also noted that the study represented the largest body of research on employee retention to date.
Common troublesome words
- ecommerce, NOT e-commerce (same goes for email, epaper, and so on)
- content, NOT contents (when referring to written or web content)
It’s important to give your piece visual appeal.
Never use stock your run-of-the-mill celebrating-businesspeople-in-clean-office.png images. They stick out like a sore thumb and turn people off. Try to find relevant and inspiring images from these websites instead:
Image should be at least 800 pixels wide.
If you want to submit your blog post for consideration, you can do so directly by clicking on this link to launch a submission checklist. The checklist generated will be your means of communicating with the editors:
If you want to discuss your submission and propose titles to find what might fit us best, then send an email to [email protected] and he will chat over it with you!
If you’re submitting the article as part of a job application, please contact [email protected] instead.