FLTrendz authors are typically web designers, marketers, business & brand owners, or experts in any industry just like our readers! We want our writers to share the tips and tricks they have learned, and we will help you along the way. If you have an idea to share, here is how to turn it into an impactful article.
Contribute on FLTrendz
Delivering quality content is our foremost objective. We would feel privileged if you could contribute an article sharing your experiences with a recent product, app, software, project, lessons learned, or instances of success and failure.
To increase the likelihood of your idea is accepted, we recommend that you read the following information before reaching out to us.
Who Can Submit An Article?
YOU! (As long as you’re not a spammer, of course.) We welcome writers of all levels, from seasoned professionals to aspiring newcomers. With our editorial oversight, we offer an excellent platform for publishing your first piece.
All you need is an idea, something you’re passionate about sharing, and the ability to provide an outline demonstrating its potential appeal to our readers. Once you have that, we can provide any necessary support as you craft and refine your article.
What Kind Of Articles Do We Publish?
We publish articles written by people who work on the web, for people who work on the web. These include:
- News: Anything trendy & new. If you have something to share in this regard. Don’t hesitate to reach out.
- Tutorials – Either helping people get started with new technology or walking them through the process of building a project.
- Opinion – Do you have a strong opinion on something in our industry and the research to back it up? These can make useful talking points.
- Ultimate Guides – Longer articles really dig into a subject. A reference piece that people will return to time and time again.
- Product Reviews – If you have any recent experience with using a product and want to share it with our audience. OR if you want us to review any product related to our audience, we are open to that too.
- App Reviews – If you are an Android or iPhone mobile app user and want to share the experience with our users, we would welcome you with both hands. You can also contact us to write a review for an app promotion.
- Software/ AI Tools – Our audience is also interested in reading about the latest software, AI tools, SaaS products, and any tool that is trendy and adds value to people’s lives.
- Company/ Brand/ Service Review – We also review local or global companies, e-commerce brands, SaaS brands, etc.
- Case Studies — What did you or your company learn from a particular project? These need to focus on practical examples which will be useful to other people, not just a good story.
Every article published on FLTrendz must fulfil certain criteria (see Publishing Policy).
What Do We Not Publish?
We work with company representatives. We will immediately reject pieces which are submitted on behalf of resellers or freelance writers.
We do not publish articles which are an obvious attempt at content marketing. While your experience in your company and with your product is valuable, pieces full of links to your product, or which are a walkthrough of how to use your product, will be rejected. Think about what you have learned, not how you can sell to our readers.
Press releases are unlikely to be interesting to us or our readers.
We do have sponsored post options for companies who would like to increase their visibility while sponsoring great content. Again, this is not a way to post an advert, but rather a way for you to put your name to some great content for our readers. Examples might be a company with a web performance tool sponsoring a series of articles about performance; an email service sponsoring an article about email design.
Visit our ADVERTISE PAGE if you would like to discuss this.
Who Are We Publishing For?
The audience are professional web designers, developers and other people involved in developing websites and online businesses. When you write, assume that your reader is a knowledgeable peer.
Writing a beginner article about technology is great (we are all beginners at something), but you can assume a starting point of familiarity with web technologies.
Practical advice that comes from real experience, plus well-researched opinion is what we aim for. See the writing and style guide for more tips on how to write for our audience.
What Will We Ask Of You?
When we give your outline the green light and ask you to write an article we ask that:
- The article is an original piece of work for FLTrendz, not something you have published elsewhere.
- You will work with the editor assigned to you, and be open to their feedback.
- You will establish a timeline for delivery with your editor, and if you realize you will miss a deadline, communicate with them.
- You commit to our publishing policy, this is especially important to consider if you are writing about something learned while working on your own products.
- You can always ask your editor if anything is unclear.
Between 1,000 and 2,000 words (long enough to be helpful and meaningful)
- Write in American English
- Write in clear, direct, and succinct sentences. (i.e. don’t use big words, jargon or long sentences)
- Format with headings, subheadings, and bullet points to provide an easy-to-read structure
- Business format is preferable (e.g., try to refrain from writing in the first person – any opinions expressed should be supported with relevant facts and references)
- Writing should not be used as advertising, sales, or promotional pieces for the author’s company or product. Your article should be marketing-neutral and written with the intent to add value for our readers.
- We will not publish articles that put other individuals or institutions down or that come across as defamatory, abusive, negative, or argumentative in nature.
Quality of Content
- Writing should be informative and actionable in nature (e.g., include tips, steps, strategies, examples, resources and/or guidance that can be followed by readers)
- The article must not be paraphrased or “repetitive in nature”
- The article should be research-driven or based on professional expertise and experience
- Please support your writing by incorporating and citing credible and trusted sources
- Use data and statistics to validate your content where applicable. Ensure the statistics included are not older than 3 years.
Visuals are not required, however, if you submit images and media, ensure that they meet the following requirements:
- Clear and easy-to-read screenshots, infographics, or tables.
- Visuals must be relevant to the point being covered.
- If you wish to include a video, provide us with its ‘embed’ link.
- For any images provided, please cite the source / let us know where you got them from and confirm that you have the right to use them.
- Do not provide images that you do not have a license for or a right to use (if you are not sure, do not send it to us).
- Ensure that you have identified a main keyword / focus keyphrase and that the keyword is included in the article title and throughout the article where relevant.
- Use long tail/semantic keywords throughout the article in addition to the main keyword.
- Add at least 3 FAQs relevant to the primary keyword of the blog topic.
The act of using or citing someone else’s work without permission or credit is plagiarism.
Any information that is taken from another source (such as a newspaper, book, government document or website), needs to be credited by either hyperlinking to the original source or putting the cited content in quotation marks with a footnote that includes the source URL (or if it is not a digital source then the author’s name, publication name, and date of publication).
Before submitting your article to us, double-check that it meets with the expectations noted above and check it for:
Submission & Publication
FLTrendz reserves the right to make edits, remove content, or change it in any way.
For example, we reserve the right to:
- Include calls-to-action, images, infographics or other media to enhance the article.
- Remove links that we find to be promotional, not relevant or low quality.
- Make edits for better readability.
We may reject your article if:
- It does not meet our standards after the second revision.
- If for any reason, we feel that it is poorly written and/or does not add value to readers.
Pitch To Us
We would like to see an outline initially, rather than a complete article. We can often help authors to refine their outline to something we can accept when had they sent the completed piece to us, we would have rejected it.
Your pitch should be sent via our contact form and include:
- Send an email with the following Email Subject: “Article Proposal – From [Your Name]”
- 2-3 topic proposals.
- Author name, bio and website.
- At least 3 relevant samples of the author’s writing or a near-final draft of the proposed article.
- Your plan to promote and market the proposed article.
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