Thank you for your interest in contributing to Rocks Digital. We have a mission: providing business owners and pros in marketing, SEO, search and content with the information and insight they need to stay ahead in digital marketing.
We would love for you to add your wisdom and experience to a ROCKING collection of posts on these topics:
Get a feel for reader favorites; take a look at the 2016 top 15 posts. Our readers really love tips and how-to articles that help them become more effective in their digital marketing efforts.
All contributors will receive social media exposure when their post is published. All blogs are promoted in Rocks Digital’s daily and weekly emails.
Regular contributors will receive additional promotion such as social media “Thank You” shout-outs from the brand and the publisher’s social media.
Regular contributors receive a listing on the contributor page, along with a longer bio and link to their website. They also receive preference in opportunities available at the annual Rocks Digital Marketing Conference.
We welcome all contributors, but… we will need to verify contributor identity before publishing on Rocks Digital. Please complete this form. You’ll need to provide links to your social media accounts, previously published articles, and if you are associated with or work for a particular brand, supply a link where your bio resides on the brand or business website.
1. Content Must Be Your Original Work
Posts should be written exclusively for Rocks Digital. If you would like to publish an excerpt of your post after it is published on Rocks Digital on another site (such as your own or LinkedIn), you must include the canonical tag. Here’s an example: <link rel=”canonical” href=”https://www.rocksdigital.com/augmented-reality-retail/”>. You would replace the URL at “https://……” with the URL of the blog post on Rocks Digital.
An excerpt is usually the first paragraph of the article, and its purpose is to drive the reader to the Rocks Digital website to read the full post.
2. Hit the Right Post Length
The recommended length is from 600–900 words. But it’s also quite true that some of the top posts are longer, so use your judgment here. Posts less than 400 words will be returned for revision. Please be aware: if you submit a post over 1,500 words it might be divided into a series, depending on topic.
3. We Provide the Photos
We’ll add photos to illustrate the post. We love suggestions, so if you would like to select an image we can use:
If you submit images along with your blog post, we need to know the source of the photos. If providing screen captures, they must have been taken by you personally. Rocks Digital must give credit to all photos that we did not license directly.
4. Link Policy
Thinking about writing for us just to get a backlink? We appreciate your honesty. Here’s what you need to know when it comes to links:
Please don’t try to sneak a link past us. Our publisher, Lissa Duty, is a genuine link sleuth and personally checks every post for this type of bad link.
There’s a reason for these practices… we are happy to give and get link juice, but we want to keep readers onsite longer, and coming back for more.
Our site is accepted into Google News because we follow these best practices.
Great! Along with your first post, we’ll need your author byline and the email address you used to register your en.gravatar.com account where you uploaded your headshot. Keep reading for details on these.
We Need Your Contributor Information to Publish Your Post
To get a gravatar, go to en.gravatar.com and register a free account. Upload your headshot, then notify Rocks Digital of the email address associated with your account. The headshot uploaded to en.gravatar.com pulls across to the site and appears with your author byline on the bottom of the blog post.
Consider Contributing Biweekly, Monthly or Quarterly
We would love to have you as a regular contributor and appreciate your interest! Here’s what else we will need when you make a commitment:
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