Contributor Guidelines & Style Guide
- Submit original and detailed content. We love content that you create especially for MissyWard.com. In fact, we will not accept content that has been posted to your blog or anywhere else. We will also not accept content that has been beaten to death. [All content is run through Copyscape, so please don’t submit content that you’ve have used on countless other blogs – even if it has a “slightly different spin”.]
- Be authentic and unique. It should always be clear that your content comes from YOU. Submit content on topics that you’re passionate, knowledgeable, and insightful about.
- Be relevant, authoritative, factually correct and engaging. Make sure that each piece of content is written to thoroughly inform and/or delight its intended audience. Remember that you’re talking to peers.
- Be succinct. The minimum post length that we will accept is 800 fluff-free words. Keyword stuffing is not permitted. [Tip: Too much to say? Break your topic into more specific chunks that can each stand alone as useful articles.]
- Proofread. We require correct grammar, structure, spelling, and punctuation. NSFW words will be replaced with SFW synonyms.
- Write strong, descriptive headlines. Tell readers why they should view your content and do so in 7 words or less. Please remember that only 65 characters of your headline will appear on most search engine results pages. Whenever possible, try and at least get a keyword into the title. For instance”Ten Secrets for Your Next Sin City Visit” isn’t as good as “Ten Things You Didn’t Know to Do in Las Vegas”. This means more traffic for your content. Avoid clever headlines that hint at a topic without explaining it. Humor can be a great asset, but it belongs in the body of the article. Do not use a title that has been previously used on the site. [We reserve the right to edit your title if needed.]
- Be accurate, and cite your sources. In the text, immediately attribute any specific facts and quotes to their source, and link to the specific page that verifies your assertion. At the end of your content, list any authoritative sources that informed your content as a whole, using a format that allows any reader to easily access each source.
- Provide full disclosure. When you submit a review or commentary, you must disclose any special relationship or material connection to your subject. (If the business you’re talking about happens to be owned by your spouse, or if you have received compensation in any way; disclose it.) When in doubt, disclose.
Technical Posting Rules
Linking, Anchor Text and Keywords
You may link to as many non-spammy sites as you want as long as the links directly benefit and educate our readers. Low-value links will be removed.
We will provide you with a submission deadline date based on evaluation of your schedule and our content calendar. You will upload your submission by that deadline. We will make every effort to edit and publish within 72 hours of your draft submission.
Choosing a Category
Please only post in the categories provided and choose ONE category for each post you do.
Three tags per post maximium.
The More Tag
PLEASE make sure to put the MORE tag after the second paragraph of your post. In the WordPress editor, simply put
after the second paragraph. This cuts off the post so it doesn’t show on the homepage in full. This is very important for design AND SEO purposes.
Insert an image by the 2nd paragraph of the post as this is important for the post to be visually interesting, as well as how it is displayed when syndicated to Facebook. Use images that are not under copyright protection. A good source is www.creativecommons.org. Image names must be descriptive and rich in keywords. The words in names must be separated with dashes (not underscores) and an alt-tag description must be used.
Subheading and Bullet Formatting
All subheadings should use the H2 tag and not anything else (such as H3, Bold, etc). Additionally, if you have a numbered list it should use the numbered list tags:
and if you have an un-numbered bulleted list, it should use the un-ordered list tags:
Quotes and Citations
If you are quoting someone else please use the
<blockquote> tag, and cite or link to the source if possible.
If you are embedding a YouTube video in your post, please use the 560×315 video size option and paste as html. Videos should be center aligned.
If you mention a topic you’ve previously written about or noticed that another contributor has covered, please link to the prior article.
Other Style Guidelines
- Do not use abbreviations or acronyms (with a few well-known exceptions such as SEO, CPA, ROI, EPC)
- Do not use exclamation points.
- Do not link to generic words like “Click Here” or use keyword-stuffed anchor text.
- No spammy or irrelevant links allowed.
- One link is allowed to your business site or blog within your bio. Links with keyword-stuffed anchor text are not
Post Publication Follow-up
After your post is published, please try to respond to comments. Commenters appreciate the acknowledgement even if is as simple as “I agree” or “Thanks for your comment.”