Guest posting guidelines for the ManageWP Blog!
If you’d like to write a guest post for ManageWP, you’re in the right place. There are a few things to consider:
- You should already be a ManageWP Blog reader and know why your idea(s) will benefit our readers.
- We only accept guest posts from people (not on behalf of businesses). It’s fine if you want to link to your WordPress business, but the post should be from you — from the heart, if you will. If you’re canvassing a number of blogs in the hope of getting a lot of posts published, we’re not right for each other.
- You need to have something unique and/or actionable to offer ManageWP Blog readers. You could share your own WordPress story and the lessons learned. Perhaps you have launched a successful WordPress business and want to share the trial and tribulations you went through. Maybe you have in-depth experience using a particular theme framework or plugin and feel you can help fellow WordPress enthusiasts make the most of it. The key is that it must be inspiring and/or actionable in some way. It should help other people in our community in reaching their own goals.
- The post must be original. You will not be permitted to re-publish the post on your site (or on any other site).
- Your spelling and grammar should be excellent and you should be familiar with how to submit properly formatted posts.
- You will be expected to respond to comments when your post is published. This is a big deal for us, so if you’re submitting an application – we’re expecting that you will also respond to comments.
At the end of each month, our editorial team will go through the list of submissions, pick the most relevant topics and get in touch with the authors that submitted the articles that we would like to share with our audience.
If you’re interested, fill out our:
*Please make sure that all your articles adhere to the editorial guidelines below.
Please adhere to the following editorial guidelines when writing and editing your articles:
- Prepare the draft and share it with the editor.
- Work with the editor on getting ready the articles from the 1st draft stage to the stage where they are ready to be published.
- We don’t mind how long (or short) your article is, so long as it is well written, concise and has a clear message.
- You do not need to include any images, but if images are integral to the article, add the image filename where they should be placed within the post and submit them in a high resolution format along with your finished piece.
- We highly recommend you study and follow the conventions of the Yahoo! Style Guide. It’s awesome.
- Please use American English spelling (unless otherwise instructed).
- The headline should be highly engaging and “click worthy” and no longer than 65 characters (including spaces).
- Write headlines and sub-headers in title case (this is a good tool).
- Write using short words, short sentences and short paragraphs. Keep it simple!
- Your writing style should be direct, yet conversational and personable.
- Unless otherwise instructed, articles should be broken up regularly by graphical elements (i.e. sub-headers/lists/blockquotes etc).
- With regards to linking, please follow the practice described here.
- It is only necessary to include title text within a link if further explanation of what the link points at (beyond the anchor text) is required.
- Please do not use ALL CAPS, bold, italics (with noted exceptions) or underlining (except with links of course!).
- Use a hyphen (-) to combine words (e.g. “full-time”) and two hyphens in a row (–) to create a break in a sentence.
- Please carefully check your piece for any errors in punctuation, grammar and/or spelling before submitting.
- Refer to books and articles in italics.
- Images should be at least 1420 px wide with minimum 72 px/in resolution.
- In your article, specify where the each image should be.
- When using stock photos, please send them in high quality with a link where the photos came from so we check the licensing details.
- When taking screenshots, screenshot the entire page/dashboard and our designer will crop the photo as needed.
- If you want to pinpoint something specific on the screenshot just let us know what you want to be pinpointed and our designer will get that done.
- Please do not use photos that are already in our Media library, we use different style of photos for our user guide, feature articles and standard articles.
We look forward toward reading your submission!