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 with subject “Guest Post Request vrpe.me”
But before you do, it’s important you read the house rules.
Length: A minimum of 500 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.
Guest posts we like
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).
Here are the house rules
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 won’t be able to publish content that isn’t related to our content. 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.
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.
- 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).
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.