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Article Submission

All content submitted via Wild Mag must meet our guidelines and is subject to editing. Before you submit an article, you must verify that it meets these guidelines.

As a member, you have the unique opportunity to get exposure by sharing your insights and advice with readers online. We believe that having a great personal and company brand is critical to your success — which is why our in-house editing team works with you to ensure every article or Expert Panel you submit positions you as an expert.

Before our editors can get to work, your content must meet the Wild Mag Content Submission Guidelines as well as the WildMag.com Contributor Terms and Blogging Guidelines outlined below. If you have any questions, email your member concierge. You can also read more about the editing process on our blog. NOTE: Before you submit, check that your “byline” in your member dashboard is up to date and contains 1 company link.

General Overview

In a nutshell, here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Write about your industry and/or area of expertise. Wild Mag members contribute articles to the appropriate WildMag.com channel. That means your advice or observations must be related to your area of expertise and based on firsthand experience in the industry and your role.
  • Don’t sell or self-promote. Readers are seeking your best tactical advice and industry expertise, not a sales pitch. So don’t write about how your product, company, service, or client is the best solution. (We won’t publish it.) Instead, inform and educate your audience. Useful content increases your visibility and leads to new opportunities.
  • Include your own unique insights and expertise. Avoid generic advice that readers have heard before. Look for specific, tactical, fresh angles on your favorite subject matter. For example, think “5 Unusual Ways to Test Your New Hire on Day 1” instead of “5 Top Interview Questions.”
  • Avoid jargon, long quoted passages, or academic-style writing. Readers prefer straightforward, accessible content that is easy to share and understand.
  • Include a takeaway so your audience remembers your advice. The best way to stay top-of-mind is to offer value. Don’t leave readers hanging.

Requirements

In addition to the guidelines above, every article must meet a few general requirements:

  • Your content must be original and previously unpublished. An article is considered published even if it only appeared on your blog, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Articles must be between 500-1000 words. We find 700- to 800-word articles do best.
  • Include an introduction and a conclusion.
  • All sources must be attributed (with hyperlinks) and trustworthy (e.g., Wikipedia is not an ideal source). Try to stick to data from the last 2 years.
  • Only links to trusted, authoritative websites are permitted. No keyword links, affiliate links, lead-gen links, company links, client links, etc. are allowed. See more in “Link” section below.
  • If you excerpt material first published on a trusted source verbatim, use double quotes and hyperlink to the original source. (Interviews/quotes from third parties are not permitted. Read more in the “Attribution” and “Link” section below.)
  • Fact check everything before you submit it to us.
  • No press releases, please. We are looking for advice/expert opinion. (But we can share your news on our blog.)
  • No self-promotion or conflicts of interest. (More on this below.)
  • No photos, videos or special formatting. (All images are selected from Wild Mag’s approved library. 
  • If you have a specific request, please leave us a description in the comments section and we’ll do our best to find a similar image.)
  • No book excerpts, though you are welcome to write about a concept from your books.
  • No offensive, partisan or discriminatory content. 
  • No puff pieces or listicles about vendors, products or people. When you do make a recommendation, be clear about why and offer several reputable alternatives. (If you have a conflict of interest, avoid any brand mention.)
  • Avoid statements that guarantee success or results (e.g., “these 3 marketing strategies guarantee you’ll make millions”).
  • We do not publish articles criticizing companies or people. Focus on giving positive, tactical insight.

Wild Mag also has guidelines for article drafts on current events and subject matters that may be deemed controversial. Any posts that could be interpreted as legal, financial, or health advice will be closely reviewed. If you are a lawyer, tax professional, or financial advisor, you may offer advice or suggestions regarding law, taxes, or investing, but please avoid specific recommendations or endorsements of particular stocks. It is also not permitted to write about any currency, stock or financial instrument that your company/subsidiary sells or trades, and if you personally own it, disclosure will be required.

In general, avoid guarantees and prescriptive language, such as “you should do X” or “purchase this stock.” Instead, use phrases like “If you decide to invest in this stock, I can tell you from my experience that up to 7% returns are not unusual.”

Any medical, dental, health or related content must be provided by qualified medical experts in the related field and supported by research. It should not diagnose, prescribe, or advise individuals on matters of health. Editors may require additional sources or supplementary information to support claims, and may add standard disclaimers to the end of the article when necessary.

Regarding byline and bio information, it is the responsibility of members to ensure that their name, company name, Twitter, website, and byline are all correct in their member profiles at all times. Bios should be brief, with only one sentence, and only one link is guaranteed to appear in the byline.

Wild Mag’s editors reserve the right to edit all content submitted for publication, including line edits for grammar, spelling, and syntax, as well as formatting. They may also update headlines, subheadings, and dek, and make revisions for length, appropriateness, clarity, and style. If substantive edits are made, the author will be advised and asked for final review.

Links leading to material considered offensive, harmful, or an attempt to solicit commercial sales from readers, such as affiliate links, links for lead-generation purposes, or links to company or client blogs, will be removed. The editors reserve the right to not publish content until it meets all guidelines. While Wild Mag strives to catch all grammar, style, and link issues, mistakes may occur, and authors should contact their member contact if they notice any errors.

 

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