Contributor guidelines

Today, business leaders are being asked to make business and technical decisions about IoT and the Connected World. But there is no resource where they can go to read the stories and join the conversation about what is coming next.

The OSD Mission

OSD is the media platform dedicated to SEO Marketing and the Connected World. We work with the industry’s top technologies, thinkers, and companies to tell the stories that drive this world forward. We strive on a daily basis to answer the critical questions on your minds – about the data, privacy, security, and platform issues, and how all these ecosystems come together for you. Our content lives at the intersection of entrepreneurs and enterprise, the birthplace of these new technologies that will impact every industry they touch.

Our Focus

  • We cover IoT and the Connected World…exclusively 
  • We cover new topics that no one has covered or even thought of yet
  • We also cover existing topics, but with a new angle or insight
  • We are provocative, but backed by data and rigor
  • We are controversial and sometimes combative, but always driving towards a conclusion
  • Why does someone need to read this (in other words, did we answer a question)

Not Our Focus

  • We don’t cover apps (RARE exception: An app that has connected a whole of new things into a community…which probably means it’s not really an app story, right?)
  • We don’t follow individual crowdfunding campaigns (although we do periodic roundups of interesting crowdfunding campaigns)
  • We don’t do games (sadly)
  • We cover AR (as a great interface topic) but not VR (see “games” above)

OSD Guest Author Guidelines

OSD is seeking guest contributors to enhance our relevant content with current, valuable information about topics like transport, smart cities, fintech, connected devices, industrial, health, and more.  All content shared is intended to assist our community of readers to understand today’s technology, including how to invest in, apply, and benefit from it.

We welcome high-quality guest post submission contributions from experts who fit our content style. The content should attract those founders and inventors who are building disruptive technologies and bringing those solutions to the masses around the world.

HOW TO ANNOY US

We get a lot of emails. But so does everyone, you might say, they’re free. Just delete them.

Deleting them is not free. It’s time-consuming. And the irritation it causes is fungible. Our colleagues don’t like us to be irritated. Then we do things like take the last cup of coffee and not refill the machine. And so on.

So, help us to help you help them.

We shouldn’t have to say it, but…if you send us an inappropriate pitch (by which, we mean something we clearly do NOT focus on as a subject), it will be ignored and deleted. Yes, we understand everyone has a client who “kind of” fits in one of our areas of focus. Spam is in the eye of the beholder. But that’s our call. We know inappropriate when we see it.

Your follow-up email asking us if we’ve had a chance to read your inappropriate pitch? Also deleted.
Ask us again, and we might just have a guy swing past your place to explain some things.

At best, you can expect us to have a bot at some point that will ask you to re-read these guidelines — like what you’d get if you furiously pressed 00000000 in the automated phone system of a large corporation.

The Internet of Things is a hot buzzphrase right now, but inserting it into a non-IoT pitch will not magically get our attention. In fact, it may garner our scorn, or perhaps even public ridicule.

And clearly anything biased – racially, religiously, whatever — will be terminated with prejudice. Ironic, in away. Now you know how whoever you slighted feels.

So, are we good? Good. Let’s hug it out.

Write and Submit Your Author Bio/Profile

When you establish an author profile with us, please include the following information:

  • Biographical information, which will be attached to every post that is published on OSD. This should be a short and sweet “tweet” type bio of who you are and why you’re important. We like to limit this to 200 characters.
  • Twitter profile. This allows us to tag you online so that you can share your post.
  • LinkedIn profile. This helps readers see your expertise, background, and credentials as well as connect with you.
  • Your other social media accounts, such as Facebook, Instagram, Medium, YouTube, etc.
  • Your personal website or company name along with role and URL.
  • A 200 x 200 profile photograph – This will be set up through Gravatar. Here is a step-by-step guide to setting up a Gravatar picture. This will also show up on any other WordPress site out there with this email.

Blog Post Lengths

  • We like to have posts that range from 1,300 to 3,000 words. Preferably, we aim for 2,000-3,000 words.
  • Longer blog post lengths provide more relevant information that readers can use and helps bring them back to read more on our site.
  • Longer, in-depth posts are also more likely to be picked up by some of our media partners.

Citations, Links, and Relationships

  • Please have the first two links in every post point to relevant internal OSD content that relates to your topic.
  • Use external links for any third-party perspectives, evidence, and statistics.
  • Only use credible sources, including research studies and major publications. Do not use Wikipedia.
  • Disclose the nature of any relationship with a company or person that is mentioned in your content.
  • If your post is a non-sponsored, non-affiliated product review, there needs to be a disclosure included at the top and bottom of the post.
  • If you use a quote within an article, you may only link to their Twitter handle unless previously approved by our editorial staff.
  • Please do not overly self-promote your own business if you include it in any of your content. We will remove anything that we deem too promotional.
  • Our editorial staff reserves to right to add rel=”nofollow” to any link or remove a link attached to words or images before or after publication
  • Do not link to any questionable sources or industries, such as pharmaceuticals, casinos, payday loans, or pornography.
  • Buying, selling, or trading links that appear in posts is strictly prohibited.

SEO Best Practices

  • HTML formatting related to bulleted lists, headers, bolding, etc.
  • 1 WordPress category
  • Shortened titles in the meta title section
  • Alt tags for any images used in the blog post
  • No keyword linking
  • All quotes must be cited properly
  • If there is a link in the post that isn’t valuable to the reader, it’ll be removed.
  • We do NOT accept the following types of links in articles: Gambling, Casino, Drugs, Violence, Real Estate, Lawyers, Porn, Adult, etc. We reserve the right to remove every and all links in every post. We rarely do this but occasionally we do.

Formatting

  • Write out numbers from 1, 2, 3, etc.
  • Write percentages as digits.
  • Use one space after all punctuation.
  • Use the Oxford comma format.
  • Capitalize first and last words in headings. All other words are capitalized in a heading except articles (an, a, the, etc.), coordinating conjunctions (for, and, or, but, etc.), and prepositions that contain three or fewer letters (in, one, at, etc.).
  • Headers in H2 tags and sub-headers in H3 and H4 tags.
  • No spam or div tags

Images

  • A featured image should be least 650 pixels wide and 400 pixels tall. Make sure that the featured image appears correctly before submitting your post.
  • Use center alignment for photos within the blog post unless they are aligned with the text.
  • Set the display size for all images to “large.”
  • Upload at least one image per blog post and place it within the first approximately 150 words.
  • If you want to include images, please also share them via an online service (Flickr, Dropbox, etc.) and include the link. You can use your own images, but please note that. Note the source if you are using an image from a photo licensing service like AP, Getty, or Shutterstock. Also, include the name and email address of your representative so we can verify that you have rights to the image. You are solely responsible for obtaining these rights. By submitting a post, you represent and warrant to OSD that you have done so.
  • All images must have alt tags and title attributes. Use the title of the post or brief photo description.
  • Do not use charts, graphs, or illustrations from other websites unless our editorial staff has approved it.
  • We do not accept any images that have a brand, logo, or external links displayed on them. There should not be any branded images that may appear to make the post into sponsored content.
  • Memes are not acceptable images for our site.

Our Publishing Process

  • You can apply to become a contributor here.
  • When submitting, make sure that the document is accessible to anyone with the link. Do not share it via a specific email address.
  • After you hit the “Submit for Review” button, here’s how our process works for reviewing the content:
    • Our Editorial Assistant checks that it follows our editorial guidelines.
    • The post undergoes a copyeditor review. Grammar, spelling mistakes, and content flow are checked. Links and references are reviewed for accuracy, relevance, and adherence to our linking guidelines.
    • If the editorial staff has requested that you make changes, it will go on Editorial Hold.  Your post will be published faster if you quickly respond and make the required changes. If you see “Editor Hold” on your post’s status but have not received an email with requested changes, please contact us.
    • Once all editorial changes are completed, your post will be changed to “Ready for Publishing” status. Typically, each post involves a two to four-week turnaround from post submission to publication.

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