Write For Us!
Do you have a flair for helping DIYers, freelancers & small businesses build better websites & do more effective marketing?
Are you a smart marketer, developer, website owner or writer who loves to share knowledge that is appreciated & implemented by readers?
Then we’d love to connect and hear from you!
ShivarWeb.com is looking for contributions of in-depth “how to” guides, tutorials, case studies, and good articles related to digital marketing, advertising and DIY web development in general.
Edit 4-27-2016 – We’re not accepting guest posts right now. Thank you for your interest.
How To Get Published
First off, we’re huge fans of original, well-written, well-structured, highly researched pieces with plenty of complementary assets (ie, authoritative external links, images, screenshots, sourced statistics, etc).
Second off, we have very high standards for publication, and the last thing we want is for you to waste time on a piece that won’t get published. All contributions must be reviewed & approved by Nate (the publisher).
With that said, here’s a few guidelines for contributions.
ShivarWeb has a very diverse audience. Our readers love our content because it is detailed & descriptive. Bring out points to help readers understand things that don’t realize they don’t know.
Friendliness works. Our editors like to envision our articles as an email to a friend or a topic being explained over coffee. You’ll find no high-pressure tactics or disrespecting readers around here.
ShivarWeb publishes for the long-term. We believe in promoting our content, but we also don’t believe that a piece of content should live or die with the number of Retweets in the first 24 hours.
Every piece of content should be just as relevant next year as it is this year. We should be able to make minor edits and republish a piece over and over. The industry jargon calls it “evergreen content.” That’s all we do. Your content will be seen, read, appreciated & used for years to come.
To give you an idea of the content we publish, here are some general guidelines on the types of content we’re looking for.
In-depth Guide Guidelines
- In-depth Guides focus on a single concept, tool, platform or product.
- In-depth Guides should be concise, but are by their very nature long.
- If you Google your topic, the guide should go above and beyond every single one currently ranking on freshness, relevance, descriptiveness, structure & detail.
- You should be a true avid user of the topic of your guide. Read up on Planck Knowledge vs. Chauffeur Knowledge.
- Example of an In-Depth Guide that does well.
- Tutorials are generally focused on a pretty specific task.
- Very little “wind-up” or background should be needed to get to the core part of the tutorial.
- Numbered steps do well.
- Lots of screenshots & images are essential.
- Details & descriptiveness helps a lot. Assume the reader needs some help executing the tutorial. Advanced readers can always scroll.
- A list of additional resources is very helpful.
- Example of a Tutorial that does well.
Case Study Guidelines
- They need to be real with documentation and solid cause/effect.
- Screenshots help. 3rd party corroboration helps even more.
- More detail and more descriptive case studies do best.
- Tangible benefits help, especially if they relate to business goals (aka more money).
- Takeaways with a how to section & next steps are essential.
- Example of a Case Study that does well.
Payments, Copyright & Editorial Notes
We have a budget starting at $50 to upwards of $300+ for direct payment, paid promotion and/or complementary assets for each content piece. We also understand that compensation comes in many forms. Whether you are looking for visibility, relationships, direct payment or a high-quality portfolio piece – we are open to working with you.
All content provided is classified as works made for hire. And as such, must be original.
We want the content you create to gain the visibility it deserves. Nate specifically consults on content strategy and SEO. We will provide not only readability editing, but also editing related to generating organic & social visibility. We’ll also provide feedback throughout the publishing process.
On a related note, we do know SEO. We love to link out to high quality external resources. However, if you are considering a post solely for rich anchor text and/or a bunch of un-related external links, we won’t be a good fit for your contribution.
Things generally happens a little something like:
- You email us (see Next Steps below).
- Nate gives feedback on pitch & approves.
- You send an outline.
- Nate approves that & sends contract to sign.
- You send signed contract & start writing.
- You write the article.
- We edit it.
- Your work gets published & promoted.
- Payment, if part of contract, is sent.
Like any process, it’s changes to suit everyone!
Still interested? Awesome – send an email to email@example.com with:
- Email using subject line – Write For Us
- A brief title and description of your piece.
- Your compensation requirements, if any.
Nate will be in touch with topic feedback and specific next steps.
Lastly, we also have plenty of topics that we’d like to commission. If you are interested in that approach, just let me know your general interests instead of a brief title & description.
Additional PR Pitch Information
Due to editorial policies, we’re not able to accept sponsored articles, review articles, advertorials or public relations material from contributors. If you are a company looking for product exposure, please use the contact form to make a pitch.