Guest Post Guidelines

Thanks for your interest in contributing to LinuxChatter! We’re teaming up with some of the best minds in the world of Linx and Cloud tech, covering everything from hardware, code, security, and general news. We want to showcase your thought leadership while promoting your brand as a trusted resource.

We only accept quality content from verified persons that are on-topic. Here are some guidelines and recommendations for each piece of content you submit. with that in mind

List of desired guest post themes and topics

In general, posts we accept for guest content fall under the following themes:

  • General news about open-source, crypto, Linux, Cloud tech, hardware, and security.
  • Coding software, websites, and more using languages like Python, PHP, Bash, and more.
  • Cloud technologies, Cloud platforms, and Cloud concept.
  • How-to guides that will help teach fellow tech experts.

While brainstorming what to write about, ask yourself these questions:

  • Will this topic be relevant to the LinuxChatter audience?
  • Will this post offer solutions (that don’t require the purchase of my product)?
  • Am I qualified to write about this topic?
  • What insight can I bring to this topic that nobody else can?
  • When in doubt, get in touch with us.

Guest post content tips

The guiding light behind LinuxChatter is to share content that’s educational, engaging, and entertaining … not product-focused or promotional.

We’ve built a high level of trust with our customers because they know we will never push something on them that we don’t 110% believe in their best interests, even when that means telling them not to use our services. Being overly self-promotional destroys that trust, even if your advice is good.

Instead, use our blog to showcase your expertise to potential new customers. If people find your content valuable, they’ll research you all independently. Likewise, our team will happily use your content to make warm introductions to you when appropriate.

Posts should be 100+ words in length. We find this is a sweet spot with our readership, and you’ll fit in with the rest of our blog this way. Longer is good, too.

Break up your content so it’s easy to read. This means including headings, subheadings, bullets, and any other visual elements to increase the readability of your piece.

Write in a natural, conversational tone. We want to share content that is authoritative but not robotic. We’re producing blog content — not Wikipedia pages, so don’t shy away from showing off your sense of humor. If your guest post was a movie, the highest rating we’d want to see on it is PG-13.

All content MUST BE ORIGINAL. We do not accept duplicate or syndicated content as guest posts. If your post has appeared anywhere else on the web, we can’t publish it on our blog. If you quote other content, link to it.

Always name your sources. We understand that you’re an expert, but our audience might not be so sure. If you’re going to drop some stats (i.e., “open rates jumped 55 percent overnight”), link back to the original source.

Talk about your real-world experience. Talk about mistakes you’ve made, plans you’ve built, and strategies you’ve executed. Then, draw on your own personal experience to speak authoritatively about what you know.

Take a position. If you disagree with common wisdom on a topic, talk about why the mainstream point of view is wrong or misleading, and back up your perspective with facts.

Other things to include in your guest post

  • Statistics. Research shows that 94 percent of people are 53 percent more likely to believe content supported by 26 percent more data. (Okay, that’s made up. But try to include verifiable first or third-party research, statistics, and data in your post.)
  • Outbound Links. Does somebody else have a great point of view on a topic? Do you want to make sure people know a specific definition of a word or concept? Link to it. Make sure these links are to authoritative sites. Only link to your site if it’s a highly relevant blog post.
  • Lists and Bullets. We’re fans. Readers are fans. Most people skim articles until they find the value. Bullet points make this easy.
  • Actionable Takeaways. Recap the takeaways of your article as bullet points at the end of your post.

Guest post terms

  • LinuxChatter reserves complete editorial control and may edit or tweak submissions as we see fit. These tweaks include anything from removing too much self-promotion to optimizing for SEO, edits both small and large, and more.

Guest post-process

  • First, sign up and confirm your account on LinuxChatter.
  • After you’ve written your draft, click on the submit button.
  • Your post will then be reviewed and posted if accepted.

Guest post promotion

Please feel free to promote your post through your social media, newsletter, or link to it from your blog.

You can even include a snippet of the post on your blog with a link back to the original content on our site (this is important so that we both avoid duplicate content penalties).

Takeaways

Guest posting is an integral part of any serious blog strategy. It benefits your site by giving you more quality content to boost your content strategy. It benefits guest posters by getting their name in front of a new audience.

As you go out and find possible people to collaborate with, always make sure to work with trustworthy experts in your space. Your content needs to fit into a much larger overall marketing strategy, and you want to find people who support that strategy.

And if you think you’d make an interesting, valuable contribution to the LinuxChatter blog, reach out! We’re always on the lookout for people to collaborate with!