Become a Guest Author at Clickfire by following these 5 Steps
Like lots of online publications, Clickfire is getting hammered with link builders requesting to be published. In most of these cases, it seems that the link builders don’t really care about taking the time to get create a beautifully written work of art that motivates readers and gets shared virally. In fact, I don’t get the feeling that many are reading the details below so I’m going to tell you exactly what you need to do to write and get your work published quickly.
1. Do This Before You Make Contact
- Ask yourself whether you want to offer your best work. Keep in mind that we spend our own time and money promoting your content on the web so it needs to be the best.
- Ask yourself if you’re really willing to offer work that you yourself would bookmark and enjoy reading later. Many writers prefer only to publish their best content on their own blogs.
- Ask yourself if your content idea is particularly brilliant. Does it stand out from piles of content being grinded out on the Internet every day?
- Be an author, not a link builder; an author is a person who enjoys writing. If you’re just looking to get a link, don’t bother.
- Leave comments on posts that you like as a way of introducing yourself and showing us that you generally have an interest.
- Share a post that you find particularly interesting on Clickfire.
- Subscribe, follow or link to Clickfire from a great destination – guaranteed to get our attention. Schmooze the editors is not mandatory but has been demonstrated to work in some cases.
- Check some examples of the types of guest posts we crave at Clickfire here, here, here, and here.
2. Do This When You Make Contact
- Make it a personal request. Write a personalized email – don’t use your templateRead the Guidelines to see if we are a match. Address the editor by name if you can figure it out. We always know when it’s a template and delete accordingly.
- Use your real first and last name. If you want to use a pseudonym… nah, just use your real name.
- Use your real email. Hiding behind a Gmail account may be construed as cowardly.
- Set up a gravatar image of your face (gravatar.com) for your email.
- Provide examples of your work – if your work has appeared on Mashable, CopyBlogger, Social Media Examiner, etc. we’re going to want you more!
- Say what site or social media profile you want to credit in your bio or what company you are affiliated with.
- When requesting to write, don’t use clichés like “I visited your blog at www…” or “all I ask is that you provide a link back to…” Don’t insult our sometimes sensitive editors by beginning your request with “Hi” or “Dear Webmaster”
- Send a sample, outline of your idea or just attach the full version so we can read it and get back to you.
- Use this email address to send your personal request to write for Clickfire:
yourbestcontent at clickfire dot com
3. Do This When You Create Your Content (Guidelines)
- Create an unusual title that scanners can’t resist clicking – very important!
- Write a quality post that is unusual, intriguing or bizarre. We dislike seeing anything that’s been done before.
- Write a post that you’re proud of.
- Upload your image (s), graphs, charts, etc.
- Don’t use exact match keyword anchor text or multiple link spam within your post.
- Link to a related Clickfire post if the opportunity exists.
- Do some quick reading to understand the subject matter. See other guest posts on the site.
- Make sure that your best stuff is unique and hasn’t been or been scheduled to be published elsewhere.
- Use correct grammar – if you’re not a native English speaker that’s okay, just make sure it has been checked.
- Be eclectic – cite sources, use footnotes, etc.
- Effective use of humor is a near guarantee
4. Do This After You Are Accepted To Write
- Log in and post to Draft.
- Fill out your profile – create a unique bio including info about yourself and add links to your social media, sites, books, projects or whatever fascinates readers about you. The more the better. Make sure to add your Google+ profile link to help your author rank.
- Format for the web - use h2 subheadings, short paragraphs, beautify and resize your images to fit (675 × 525), name images with correct syntax (example: name-of-file.jpg), use bold, italics, bullets artfully. Format for the web.
- Save your post as “Pending Review” when ready. Don’t publish it yet as we’ll want to schedule it for an opportune time when we can all begin getting the word out.
5. Do This After The Post Is Published
- Get a few friends to join you in retweeting, liking, plusing, etc your post on Clickfire
- Know that you’ve got a new friend – the door is open for you to write in the future. We promote our writers.