Why become a Vox Laurus contributor?
The whole point of Vox Laurus is to recognize self-starters and to learn from them. I encourage potential bloggers to contribute an original article related to the premise of this blog (that is key), worthy of showcasing in front of a wide audience.
The purpose is to help you to reach out to a new audience base, to share your talent and expertise, and to give back something to the community. Having published work online will give you much-valued clips if you’re an aspiring freelance writer. If you’re in another field, having something published online, even if in blog format, gives you something to which you may point potential clients. It shows off your communication skills and enhances your credibility. It also showcases your knowledge base and professional philosophy in an alternative format, unlike a CV, resume, or LinkedIn profile.
I can’t afford to pay you for your writing, so I compensate in the form of social media and word-of-mouth promotion of your content.
How can you become a Vox Laurus contributor?
Vox Laurus is part of my professional brand. I expect contributing bloggers to maintain the same or better quality of material that I have included in my blog. I take my professional reputation very seriously. Following are some tips and points to consider before contributing an article. Paying attention to this information will ensure that your submission gets approved quickly. If these guidelines seem too strict for you, you should look elsewhere to publish a post.
1) I do all of my own editing for Vox Laurus. As owner of this blog, I reserve the right to edit all published material, including guest posts. If you are familiar with the Chicago Manual of Style and write your post following its guidelines, that makes my job easier and I am more likely to approve your post.
2) Write great content that is solely focused on quality and adding value for the readers. Readers should learn something after reading your post. Figure out your professional strengths and write something accordingly. For example, if you are social media-savvy and have a good grasp on social media’s usefulness in promoting your own business, that might be something good to write about. I will not accept posts from someone who is just cranking out content for links!
3) Here are some examples of topic categories from which I will accept articles. This isn’t an exhaustive list and I am open to suggestions. It will be helpful if you do a search on Vox Laurus first, to avoid submitting something that’s already been published:
- Tools, processes, or methods that are useful in your line of work. (e.g. How Evernote Preserved My Sanity –or– How Meditation Informed My Work as a Personal Trainer)
- Blogging tips, tutorials, and tools.
- WordPress how-to’s and SEO tools, as they relate to setting up your own business site or blog.
- Entrepreneurship or running an online business.
- Social media marketing and general marketing.
- Useful apps for the freelancer and/or small business owner.
- Useful apps on getting and staying organized.
- Listicles – especially ones that relate to a specific industry (e.g. 7 Insider Tips Aspiring Comedians Need
to Know –or– 5 Tips on How to Stop Procrastinating and Get Writing) or more general ones (10 Ways to Improve your Business’ Online Presence). You get the idea.
- Work-life balance or motivational/inspirational topics as they relate to pursuing an independent career, doing what you love, finding success in a chosen career, etc. (e.g. How Volunteering at a Homeless Shelter Improved My Writing)
Important things to remember before submitting your guest post
Credit and copyright: Vox Laurus respects individual work. If your idea is derivative of someone else’s work, please give them credit. The same goes for images that you use in your post. Make sure you use copyright-free photos/videos, original photos/videos (i.e. you own them), or photos/videos that you have permission to use. Proper attribution and credit is essential.
If I discover or it’s brought to my attention that you copied your post from somewhere, you will be banned from the site and all of your blog posts will be removed. Also, by submitting a post to Vox Laurus, you give me copyright ownership of the post. This means the post belongs to Vox Laurus, is credited to you (the author), and cannot be republished anywhere else. This protects from duplicate content issues.
Article Quality: Your article should be a minimum of 800 words and should cover the topic in detail, even in the case of a listicle. Ideally, you should shoot more toward 1500 words, but a well-written 800-word article is far more likely to get approval than will a 1500-word hot mess. Write an original piece, specifically for the Vox Laurus audience. My readers are people who either want advice on how to make it in a certain career field, who want to learn more about a certain line of work, or who are simply curious about what it took for someone to make it and be happy.
Article quality and originality are major considerations in accepting guest posts. I use services such as Copyscape to look for duplicate or similar articles. I will upload the guest post to a private URL and run it through Copyscape to be sure it’s not the result of content spinning.
Images and Video: It’s not essential to include images. I can include some for you, if you wish. If you do add images or video, be sure that they enhance and convey your message. Don’t add them just for the sake of it. If writing a tutorial, include a screenshot(s). If writing conversational topics, use Wikimedia Commons or Flickr to find high-resolution, colorful, copyright-free images. You can also embed video in your post, but again make sure it enhances your message and is copyright-free.
Self-promotion: Vox Laurus seeks and allows genuine contribution, so please don’t use my blog for a link building campaign. I will allow one link to your homepage in your bio, and links to your social media accounts, but no other backlinks. You have a chance to build a brand for yourself by contributing a post to Vox Laurus and by building your own blog or website for people to visit.
Additionally, affiliate links and spammy links within post content are forbidden. I won’t publish your post if you include them. Put them on your own blog.
Comments: Comments are the conversation that is generated when your article is published. Answer any query related to your article via the comments. This will give you more exposure and help readers.
How to Contribute your post to Vox Laurus?
If you have read and understood all the guidelines mentioned above, you can submit a completed article (as a Word doc) directly to me by email at janice [at] voxlaurus [dot] com. Include all images and charts (must be high-resolution and at least 600 px wide) as separate attachments. If your article meets my quality standards and follows my guidelines, I will email you within two weeks to confirm a publication date. If your article needs refinement, I will also let you know about any needed changes. You can always discuss a potential topic with me before submitting by emailing me at the aforementioned email address.
***Due to the volume of requests I receive, I cannot respond to all submissions.***