Social Media Today Blogger Approval and Posting Instructions
We welcome all submissions about social media but we can only publish a select few of the many articles we receive every day.
And thank you for your interest in Social Media Today. Posting your content on our site helps you gain increased visibility, increased promotion, and a larger audience than you might be able to reach on your own. We help our bloggers by providing a community that appreciates great content and access to larger promotional channels, such as Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest and Facebook.
Who Else Posts Here?
All the content on the site is contributed by other social media professionals and experts. All of it is edited and reviewed by our curation team before publication. While we review every post that we receive, most of them are not published. Please understand we can only publish a small percentage of all the posts we receive and we can't explain if your piece wasn't published.
Step 1: Sign up and Login to our site
In order to publish posts on our site, you'll need to have an active account here. User accounts on this site are shared with our sister sites (you can find a list of these by clicking on the drop down arrow at top left of this page where you see "a socialmediatoday community". If you have an account on this site or a sister site, login here. If not, sign up here. Once your registration is complete, you'll be given additional instructions.
Step 2: Fill out your profile
We like our posts to have a name and a face behind them, so please fill out your profile:
- Once you're logged in, click Edit Profile while hovering over your username on the top right of the page.
- In order to be published, you need to have a first name, last name, and picture of yourself. If you're having trouble adding an image, please read our Help page entry on avatars.
- Next fill out the Bio field with a short paragraph about yourself. Please also add your Website and your various social profiles.
- Once you've entered all your information, scroll up and click the big, green Save button to make the changes live. Now you're ready to add content!
Step 3: Blogger approval
Next, please email back to firstname.lastname@example.org with three links to your blogs (you can also attach samples, if you prefer). There needs to be a clear indication you are the writer. Also, please copy the url of your profile into the e-mail you send us.
A good guideline to go by is:
- All posts must be related to social media
- All posts must be edited for grammar and spelling
- No drop links please - links are fine, but do NOT include irrelevant links back to commercial websites
- No promotional or commercial articles will be posted
We always suggest you look at some of the "featured" posts that appear high on our home page at socialmediatoday.com, just to get a feel for what we're looking for.
If you're approved, continue on to Step 4.
Step 4a: Add your existing blog feed
The main benefit to adding your content to our site via a feed is that each post automatically comes into our system to be reviewed by our editorial team. A few things to keep in mind before you add your feed:
- Your feed needs to provide the complete text of your blog posts in order to be published. Summary feeds will be removed from the system. For more information on setting your feed to full, see our Help page entry on feed settings.
- Incoming feeds can only be attributed to one author. If your feed is a group feed or will have guest posts, they will all be attributed to the user account that added the feed. Consider splitting your feed using Yahoo Pipes or a similar service.
- Incoming posts from feeds are not published automatically, only added to our moderation queue. Feeds that continually provide off-topic posts will be removed without notice.
Step 4b: Add posts to our system manually
We love to partner with bloggers who provide exclusive content to us by posting directly on our site. The benefits for bloggers include:
- Access to our large audience
- Increased visibility and recognition
- Promotion through our network
- Preferential page position
You can find more info on how to do that by clicking ‘Add a Post’. We ask that all posts created directly on our site (if they were created specifically for us) be provided to us on an exclusive basis for a minimum of 14 days after the post is completed, and that authors honor this exclusive time frame even if we do not publish your post immediately.
Please be aware that we get hundreds of qualified submissions every day and can only publish a small percentage of them. Also, you'll only be notified if your piece is accepted, and if it's not we can't respond to questions why.
We read and consider every post. Please don't email us asking if we've seen your post or for explanation why it wasn't published.
If you're logged in (do you see your user name on the top right of this page?) and ready to add your proof-read, on-topic post, click here to begin. If you need additional help, please see our Help page entry on creating a post.
Thank you again for offering to share your content with us and our community.
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