How do I write a blog for Eaalim Blog?
1) Can I write for Eaalim?
We want to attract the most talented guest bloggers and writers to share their opinions on everything from fashion to TV and gaming. If there’s a subject that you have a particular authority on, we’d love to hear from you.
2) What should I write about?
If you’re passionate about a subject or an expert in your field, and you have something original to say, we want to hear it. Some things to bear in mind though…
Keep it topical and relevant to current news and affairs (if stuck, have a look at the top stories on the Eaalim Blog homepage)
Keep it snappy. Eaalim’s known for being an easily digestible read so all blogs will need to be 200 words minimum and 500 maximum. If you need to write more, split it into different parts.
Write about something important to you.
Keep it original. Do a quick search on eaalim.com/blog to see if anyone else has already written a very similar piece, especially if it’s a popular news item. Let’s be honest, 10 blogs in a row about the same thing will be a little boring.
Structure it. Here’s a tip – think of an upside-down pyramid shape. That’s your article (bear with us). The most important stuff is near the beginning (at the widest part of the pyramid) to grab your reader’s attention.
Think about search engines. Are you including the type of relevant words and terms that you think people will search for to find content on the subject you’re writing about? The more you do that, the more readers you’re likely to have.
Put your content in relevant category (i.e. aqeedah, lifestyle) so we can show it off easily.
Remember to check your spelling and punctuation. If there are lots of mistakes, it won’t be much fun to read and we won’t publish it.
Please make sure your post is an engaging and immersive read
3) Is it read by anyone before it goes on the site?
Oh yes. Our team will read through every single guest blog and if it doesn’t meet our standards, we won’t be able to give the green-light to it going online. Other than the occasional simple typo, we won’t edit any articles as we won’t want to misrepresent the author.
If a piece is denied, we’ll let you know why and you’ll be able to make any necessary changes and then resubmit it for publication. Assuming necessary changes are non-existent or minimal, your article should be live within one working day (although this will be longer over holiday periods and during internal beta). Unfortunately we won’t be able to publish it until it meets our guidelines.
Please also note that the editorial team’s decision is final.
4) What guidelines do I need to bear in mind when I’m writing?
No swearing. We’re all adults here but it can make life a pain for people browsing at work or those who simply don’t like that sort of thing.
Anything that can be considered hate speech, sexist, racist, or otherwise discriminatory won’t be tolerated. At all. But remember – just because someone disagrees with you on an issue doesn’t necessarily make their statements hate speech.
No libel or defamation please. Nobody wants to get sued and people out there don’t deserve to have unproven speculation posted about them.
Please steer clear of anything that could be considered harassment, copyright infringement, solicitation or spam.
Please don’t post content that could potentially damage the Eaalim brand or reputation. This is a fairly wide-ranging, subjective condition that could cover anything from not linking to excessively violent content without warnings, to obscenity or ‘spam’ but generally, common sense applies. If you wouldn’t expect to see that content while flicking through the newspaper on the bus, it probably doesn’t have a home on Eaalim Blog. In order to maintain an area that’s safe for every Eaalim reader to browse, we will apply these standards at our sole discretion, if necessary.
No plagiarism. Please remember to cite other people’s quotes and ensure all content is original. We want to know what you think.
No linking to adult or illegal sites, or sites that’ll download all sort of nasty things onto people’s computers.
Keep headlines descriptive and to the point, and keep the puns for the article.
We love hearing about what you think of Eaalim but please don’t use this area for sharing thoughts on Eaalim or any of our parent company brands. Please contact us if you have any feedback, suggestions, complaints or compliments.
Please refrain from promoting political bias at the expense of intelligent, reasoned discourse.
5) What about formatting?
Please do the following:
Use single spaces between words.
Use no more than one line-break between paragraphs.
Steer clear of excessive capitalisation. It looks like shouting.
6) How do I get started?
Please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org telling us what you want to write about and why. If you can pitch a couple of blogs, so much the better.
7) Do I get paid?
Some of our top bloggers get a monthly payment in return for doing a certain number of blogs each month, plus the opportunity to earn a bonus if their blogs receive a certain amount of visitors. We can give you more details once you are signed up.
8) Wait just one second! I have a question that you’ve not answered here.
Please contact us here with it. We’ll be updating these guidelines as the blogging project evolves, and your feedback and questions will be really useful to us.