Do You Love SEO as Much as We Do?
Then share the love! We’re looking for contributors of all skill levels, in all areas of SEO and digital marketing. Got something to share? We want to see it!
Want to learn more? We just so happen to have some submission guidelines for you right here. Make sure you read them before you send us anything. We’d hate to have to reject a submission because it didn’t adhere to our guidelines. Thanks!
Important: Please note that you’ll need to send a full article for consideration, not just a title, a list of topics, or a pitch. To increase the chances of your article being accepted, please request and follow our style guide.
General Topic Ideas
Want to write, but you’re not sure what to write about? We get it. Staring at that blank page while the blinking cursor mocks you is the worst. We came up with a few suggestions to jumpstart your creativity.
These aren’t titles. Just prompts. And you’re not obligated to use any of them. In fact, we’d love to see your ideas.
What’s Google up to now?!
One thing I wish I’d known when I started working in SEO is …
My favorite tool/tactic to do X is Y, and here’s how you use/do it.
Are you still doing A?! Try doing B instead!
If SEO were an ’80s song, it would be this one because …
Frequently Asked Questions
In case you were wondering …
Why Write for iloveseo.com?
Your thoughts, ideas and experiences are unique. No one else can express them the way you can. When you write for iloveseo.com, you can share those ideas with an audience who appreciates them. You can help inform and educate others. And you can build your portfolio, if that’s one of your goals.
What Makes a Good iloveseo.com Article?
The best articles on iloveseo.com have these things in common:
- It’s actionable. We love how-to articles with clear steps to follow, and so do our readers.
- It’s detailed. The worst kind of article is a vague one. Be thorough. Don’t leave readers guessing.
- It says something new. Your article may be about a topic everyone’s discussing and writing about, but what can you say about it that no one else has said?
- It’s written for readers. Of course, we want it to be search engine–friendly. But readers come first.
- It’s well organized. The content is broken up with headers and subheaders, unordered and ordered lists, and other elements. Words that need to be emphasized are in bold or italics, and formatted with semantic markup in mind. The topic flows from one point into another, in a logical order.
- It’s user friendly and accessible. Are you including images with your article? Great! Then please also provide descriptive alt attributes. (Side note: Please also provide proper image credit. We can’t use your photos without it.)
- It’s your own original work. We check all submissions for plagiarism, including self-plagiarism. If your article is found to include content published elsewhere (outside of the obvious limitations of plagiarism checking software), we will not publish it.
Can I Republish My Submission on My Blog?
Yes, as long as you include a canonical tag pointing to your piece on iloveseo.com. However, if we run your article on iloveseo.com, we do ask that you not submit it to any other SEO news and information website or blog, or to any site where you’re unable to add the canonical tag.
Do You Pay for Submissions?
Not yet. This may be something we do in the future once we’ve established ourselves.
How Long Should My Article Be?
As long as it takes to cover your topic. Can you say everything you need to say in 500 words? Cool. Do you need 5,000 words to fully explore the topic? Then loosen up those fingers and let’s see whatcha got! In that case, though, please be sure to include a table of contents.
Can I Include Links in My Article?
You can and you should! We all know how important links are to content quality and performance. So yes, we need to see some links in your article. We’d love it if you included internal links if and when they’re relevant, but outbound links are a must, as long as they:
- are helpful to the reader;
- go to high-quality, authoritative sources;
- go to pages relevant to your article’s topic;
- are not affiliate or paid links; and
- don’t send readers to your personal site.
If you’ve written for us before, you’re more than welcome to link to your previous iloveseo.com articles, as long as they’re relevant to your current article.
Can I Include a Call to Action?
Yes. In your bio. You can include one call to action asking readers to check out or subscribe to one product of yours (course, book, newsletter, etc.), and to follow you on social media.
Any Style Guidelines I Should Keep in Mind?
If you’re interested in submitting an article, please request and follow our style guide.
A few things to know right now:
- iloveseo.com is an inclusive site focused on educating and informing people at all career levels, from all walks of life, from all over the world, in an authoritative, but friendly and approachable way.
- Because we’re based in the U.S., we use American English spellings (e.g., “color” not “colour;” “realize” not “realise;” “backward” not “backwards”).
- We allow the use of they as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun.
- Be kind. We do not allow any language that can be perceived as offensive or harmful to anyone. Also, please use sarcasm and snark sparingly and for appropriate effect.
Should I Write a Headline?
Please do! We reserve the right to tweak it for SEO, style, or just to make it more attention-grabbing, but when you suggest one, it makes our job easier, and we appreciate that. Plus, you might come up with something better than we do, so go for it!
Will You Edit My Article?
Yes. We’ll edit it for content, clarity and optimization, and will do our best to preserve your unique voice. You’ll see our edits in your Google doc and get the opportunity to review them before we publish. However, we reserve the final say in the content published on our site.
What About My Author Bio?
We definitely need that. We want everyone to know who wrote that brilliant article you submit! Your author bio can be casual and fun, or it can showcase your expertise. Please use third person (“she,” “they,” “he,” etc.). Feel free to mention:
- professional associations or other organizations you belong to;
- other publications or websites you’ve written for;
- your own site or business (if any);
- your preferred pronouns;
- something fun about yourself; or
- anything else you’d like our readers to know about you!
Note: Your bio must not exceed 100 words.
Do I Need a Headshot?
Our system uses your email address to grab your headshot from Gravatar, so please be sure to upload one there.
Important: Please ensure you provide us with the email address associated with your Gravatar account. Otherwise we won’t be able to access your photo, and we can’t publish your article without a photo.
I Just Submitted an Article. Now What?
Thank you! Pour yourself a delicious beverage, indulge in some fancy chocolate, and relax. You put in a lot of work to make your article the best it could be, and we appreciate it!
We’ll be in touch within the next 2 to 4 weeks. We’ll email you either way, to let you know your article has been accepted, or that we felt it wasn’t quite the right fit for iloveseo.com
What Should I Do after My Article Is Published?
Shout it from the rooftops! Or at least, on social media. Sharing your article will help bring more readers to your article, and will help our community grow. Also, we hope you’ll be active in the comments, responding to readers’ questions or thoughts.
Have a question that’s not here? Send it to us!
Before you submit your post, please run through this checklist. Have you:
- Added your name, email address, and author bio to the top of your Google doc?
- Included links to your website or social media profiles (optional)?
- Created a Gravatar profile and uploaded a headshot?
- Provided us with the email address that matches the one associated with your Gravatar account?
- Made your Google doc editable?
If so, you’re halfway there! All that’s left is to share your Google Doc with us at [email protected].
What’re you waiting for? Start writing!