Guest post guidelines
Guest bloggers and writers – welcome to icould!
We’re always on the hunt for new and interesting content. But we do get lots of article submissions and it’s not possible to post everything.
If you’d like to write for us, here’s a list of what we’re looking for – have a good read through before getting in touch. We don’t pay for guest posts but can include a link at the end of your piece and credit you as the author.
We have a rolling deadline at the end of each month, so you should hear back towards the start of the month after you’ve sent your proposal or submission. Please do bear with us, as unfortunately we’re not able to respond to guest post enquiries in the meantime.
icould offers career ideas, inspiration and information to help young people make informed choices about their futures. At the heart of our site we have over 1000 personal video stories of people talking about their jobs, career paths and choices. We also feature a range of written content which falls broadly into two types:
- Personal career stories and insights
- More general advice and information on education choices, career options, job profiles, and work-related issues such as finding a job
Tell us your idea
- Take a look at our articles section for an idea of typical style and content and to check you’re suggesting something new (we don’t want new pieces on subjects already covered)
- Send us your proposed title with a short paragraph or a few bullet points outlining what your piece will cover. We will let you know if this sounds suitable and you can then get writing (see guidelines below)
Alternatively, you can follow one of our standard formats:
My day in five pictures
Five images and captions which give a sense of an average working day.
Five minutes with…
Writing guidelines for new content
Length and structure
- Keep it brief! Users have a short attention span so our word count for guest posts is just 350-550 words
- Break up text – keep paragraphs short, and consider using subheadings, lists and bullet points
- Include an introduction, setting out what you are going to cover and use the main body of your article to explain your points in more detail
- Put any sources for further information or next steps in a ‘Find out more’ section at the end of your piece
Audience, tone and language
- Our target users are 14-24 years old. For general pieces, write as if you’re talking to an average 14 year-old
- Be friendly and conversational – talk to the reader directly (use ‘you’), and feel free to use contractions (‘we’re’ rather than ‘we are’)
- Make copy clear and easy to understand. Use short sentences and simple, everyday language – ‘pay’ or ‘salary’ is better than ‘remuneration’
- Don’t waffle. If a word, sentence or paragraph is not adding anything then cut it out
- Avoid technical terms or those not in common use. If you must use specific terms, explain what you mean
- Use UK English
Style and messaging
- Try to manage expectations and be realistic. Avoid ‘you can be anything you want’ messages but do emphasise options and alternative routes
- Give examples and include practical advice and tips where you can
- Check what you’ve written is consistent and makes sense
- If you’re writing an overview piece about a particular job or sector, be specific. Try and avoid statements which apply to lots of different jobs or which are subjective. People have different ideas about what is boring or interesting
- We are a UK-based site, so please write for a UK audience
We’re not looking for articles about…
- Starting your own business (unless written from a personal perspective)
- Outlines of specific courses
- Masters courses
We signpost to other sites which do this well.
- icould-style author biogs now appear at the end of guest content. Biogs combine a light-hearted look at the individual nature of career paths with some information about the author. Please supply two or three lines in the third person which give a sense of your career to date. You can include details such as your childhood career dream, anything you enjoyed at school or went on to study, first or unusual jobs, plus any other conventional biog information, leading to your current job
- Take the Buzz Quiz and tell us your Buzz animal type – we’ll include this with your biog
External links and promotion of products and services
- Make sure any links go to sites suitable for our target audience. In general we feature external links at the end of a piece, rather than mid-article
- We don’t promote paid-for services or products in the main body of an article, but can usually include links and mentions in a line at the end of your piece
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can take things from there.
The deadline for the next round of article proposals is 30 September 2017, as we schedule content in advance. We welcome article suggestions in the meantime, but are unable to respond until after the deadline has closed.
Ready to submit your piece?
Here’s our quick checklist:
- Wordcount 350-550 words?
- Short sentences and paragraphs?
- Simple language?
- Easy to understand content?
- Buzz animal?