Write for Us: Contributor Guidelines
Thanks for your interest in writing for Daily Social Media!
Submission Format Guidelines:
- Submission Format: editable google doc
- Set ‘share’ settings to ‘anyone with link can edit’
- Include your name, email address, website link and twitter handle to the top of the post
- Include a two sentence bio at the top of your post
- Preferred length: 600-900 words
- All submissions must be 100% uniquely written for Daily Social Media and not published elsewhere on the web
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Frequently Asked Questions
What should I write about?
To get a sense for the type of work we publish, read our previous posts! We look for practical advice, tips and informational pieces with clear, actionable takeaways. Write in your own voice, and have fun with it. Remember: you’re writing for other social media managers just like yourself. So write only what you yourself would find interesting and helpful.
Do you pay?
At this stage, we are taking guest post submissions on a volunteer basis only. As we grow, we plan to invite regular submitters whose content has performed well to join us as ongoing paid contributors.
Can I repost my submission on my blog?
No. If we run your post on Daily Social Media, we retain the rights to that content. We don’t allow republishing on your own blog or any other website.
How long should my posts be?
Aim for 600-900 words.
Why do I need to submit via Google Docs?
We use Google Docs because it allows us to easily collaborate with several people without passing around new versions of a Word Doc.
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 within the piece?
Yes. Please include links that will be helpful and relevant for the reader – they can be to appropriate posts on your site or on any other news site or blog. We also like when submissions link back to previous articles on Daily Social Media as well.
Insert links in your copy via anchor text or keywords, for example, like this if you’re writing about networking. No HTML, please!
Will you edit my post?
We’ll edit approved submissions for content and clarity, readability, grammar and spelling.
Anything else I should keep in mind?
Posts should be written in blog style, with short paragraphs. Bonus: we like subheading and bullet points. Basically: set up your post in a format that is easy to read and digest.
Should I include a photo?
Our editors will choose an appropriate image to go along with your post. (It saves us back and forth time of verifying the ownership of photo submissions.)
What about my headshot?
Our system uses your email to grab your headshot from DISQUS so make sure your photo is uploaded there.
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. We’ll notify all approved posts within 10 days of submission. If you don’t hear from us within that time frame, please feel free to submit your post elsewhere. Otherwise we will update you on the date your post goes live, and tag you on Twitter as well.
We look forward to your contribution!
~ The Daily Social Media Team