Rules for Guest Contributors – Feedster
We don’t update these as often as we should but… If you want to write for feedster, then this short guide can be your best friend.
“Strategic and Tactical Stories That Entrepreneurs Relate With.”
To Uncover, Relate, And Share the daily walk of entrepreneurs. We are not about the “how to” articles. While we have those… Our article of choice is more in-depth. It has SOUL. It has a story.
The best article for feedster places you in the shoes of the person. If you want to write for feedster, then tell a great story. A great story has an arch… A narrative… and great examples. Storytelling has lived for ages… For some reason the internet made everyone want to turn into “writing guides” instead of “telling stories to teach.” We want to give our community a chance to live vicariously through others in their stories.
We believe at feedster that everyone is on a path… a journey. A walk. While the footprints are already there from the people that have come before you… We are all still just walking. The person directly ahead of you has a perspective you have not gained yet. While you offer critical moments of wisdom for the person one footprint behind you.
We try to find entrepreneurs from various walks and showcase their footprints. What leads them there. Why did they get there and make that choice? More importantly… What did it feel like? What were the bad times and the good times?
If you are an entrepreneur or entrepreneurial, then you get it. We want “real” information. We prefer a story over a guide (at Feedster) and we love hearing how you made it through something wie have been through or are going through.
More About Our Audience:
25-45 Years of Age (Typically 30-35) and attended college.
Owns or runs a business. Wants to focus on growth but has too many “irons in the fire.”
Embraces our community because of trusted advice that is strategic and tactical.
We do not embrace or “hock” products that are not proven. They trust us because of that.
Feels the pain of having too many tools that are not doing their job or too much information about what to do next using the tools. They have bought software and products before and have not gotten all of the use they want from them. Finding people to relate to, advice to follow, and stories that relate is where the community of Feedster thrives.
Reads books, magazines, and emails concerning business development, entrepreneurs, increasing sales, and gaining a mental edge (personal improvement).
We are filled with constant emotion. We are ambitious. There are not any lazy bones in our body.
We don’t mind working hard… but we insist on efficiency to work smarter also.
Stories Are The Most Important Part When Writing For Feedster
When you get the story right. The post will take off. It is the same as most popular movies.
When you write for Feedster remember that the audience is the hero. We are helping guide them through their journey. Their path. We help them find some cool people in our community and built a culture, a tribe.
Focus on a great story and really tell the possibilities of defeat and victory during the story when you write for us. Make sure you are clear about the external and internal struggles.
Please disclose all relationships in the posts. My Company, My Friends Company, etc…
We find that the longer the post is typically better.
- The sweet spot is between 1,300 words and 1,800 words.
- We love posts that are 1,500 to 2,000 words.
- Anything over 2,000 words will need approval first.
- Anything shorter than 900 words will typically get rejected.
Use short paragraphs. Three to four sentences each paragraph with a subheading every few paragraphs. Use hemingwayapp.com as a simple way to check for this.
- Remember that our audience is busy with many fires to put out.
- Short attention spans and tons of interruptions on top of content fatigue mean short reading times.
- Drive your points and make the stories engaging.
- Don’t believe me? Check out this post on the benefits of using short paragraphs.
SEO Best Practices
- Alt tags on all images
- One WordPress category
- Titles may be shortened in the meta title section to be tweeted properly
Without authority links pointing to authoritative sources, you are writing an opinion article.
It could be considered theory.
Use data and links to third-party sources that are credible.
- No links to people’s home pages for their companies for quotes or cited sources. Linking to sources’ Twitter handles is OK.
- No calls to action that are self-promotional (“Our new white paper covers this topic in detail. Click here to download!”).
- Any links that appear promotional or superfluous will be removed by editorial staff.
- We reserve the right to add rel=”no follow” to any link or remove a link at any time, before or after an article is published.
- No links to websites in these areas: pills/RX, porn, gambling, and payday loans.
Formatting and Grammar
- Headers in H2 tags
- Sub-headers in H3 and H4 tags, as needed
- No span tags
- No div tags
- No filler/font formatting that affects content appearance
- Please add a 1-2 sentence excerpt from every post (below text edit box, if you don’t see it click on screen options on the top right and click excerpt).
- Write out single numbers “one..nine”. 10 and up are written as digits. Percentages are written as digits.
- For Pete’s sake: one space after punctuation. Please.
- Example URLs (e.g., http://ABCsite.com) need to be plain text (not hyperlinked).
- Title Case: Use this nifty tool to easily convert to AP-Style Title Case! For grammar nerds, here’s “coordinating conjunction” words that do NOT get capitalized in titles:
- Required: Upload a featured image (found on the right sidebar) that is 720 pixels wide and 400 pixels tall. Please preview your post before submitting it to make sure your featured image is formatted correctly.
- Upload at least one image in your post. Place your first photo after 150 words or so.
- All in-post photos must be center-aligned unless they are aligned with the text.
- Display size for all images must be set to “Large” if applicable.
- You can use images from Shutterstock and sites that release all licenses (e.g. Death to Stock Photo, Depositphotos.com, Unsplash, and Pixabay) only.
- You can also use images that you created or photographs you took. Your own screenshots are great!
- No promotional images: Images cannot have a company logo or brand except Feedster.
- No external links on images.
- No memes. While we love memes, and there is the debate on whether memes fall under ‘fair usage,‘ we have paid too many Getty copyright violation penalties. No memes, please.
- The editorial team reserves the right to replace or remove images they deem irrelevant to the post or has negative connotation without prior notice.
- All images must have proper attribution at the bottom of your post:
- All images must have Alt Tags and Title Attributes. This can be the post title or a succinct description of the photo that fits the post’s topic.
Thanks for your interest in writing for Feedster!
One Giant Note That Will Help Everyone!
If you write:
- great content that tells a story
- add visuals that enhance the post
- you are willing to promote the post with paid social or Google PPC
Then you have a strong chance of gaining at least one post.
If you are an author who brings an audience (already has a following), then you have a strong chance of gaining an opportunity to post.
Before you submit, please run through this checklist. Have you…
- Added your name, Current User Name on Feedster, email, website, Twitter handle, Facebook, and Google+ profile link to the top of your post?
- Included your two-sentence bio at the top of your post? (HTML, please, if you know how!)
- Added two links to your post to other posts on Feedster? (Use relevant keyword anchors like this)
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I write about?
Great stories of how someone felt going through something entrepreneurial. Have you started a business? Were you homeless and found internet marketing kept you sober? How did it feel publishing your first post on your blog versus now when you are making a full-time income from your site?
We still have guides and other “me-too” articles, but we have found our community loves the stories more than in-depth information. The emotions that we all go through on the path to “success.” the journey and what we feel while on it is what feedster is trying to capture.
Do you pay to write for feedster?
Typically, no, aside from the occasional assigned post. Your contribution to Feedster.com gets you a byline and two-sentence bio that includes a link or two to whatever you’d like to promote your website, Twitter feed, latest ebook, etc. We’ll also share your post in our newsletter, and on Twitter and Facebook, to help you reach as many readers as possible.
How long should my posts be?
Aim for 1,300-1,800 words preferred.
Should I pitch you my idea before writing the post?
If you’d like to, go ahead. But we’re happy to consider a draft as well.
Should I include links in the article I write?
Yes. Please include links that will be helpful and relevant for the reader they can be to relevant posts on your site or any other news site or blog. When you can link to other posts on Feedster, that makes us happy, too.
Insert links in your copy via anchor text or keywords, for example, like this if you’re writing about networking. No HTML, please!
Should I write a headline?
That’d be great! We reserve the right to tweak it for SEO, style or just to make it more attention-grabbing. But if you want to suggest one, that makes our job easier.
Will you edit my post?
We’ll edit for content and clarity, doing our best to keep your voice. You’ll be able to see our edits in your author account.
What about my headshot?
Our system uses your email to grab your headshot from Gravatar, so make sure your photo is uploaded there. When you submit your first post and start to write for feedster we will set your account then.
What should I do after I submit my post?
When it runs, we hope you’ll be active in the comments, responding to readers’ questions or thoughts. You should also try to grab some social attention and maybe buy some ads.
When we look at the analytic’s of your post and see a spike in traffic (with low bounce rates), we smile and send emails to invite you back…
We look forward to your contribution!