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Pitch Advice from Mo Marshall — Analyzed

Nothing brings PR anxiety like crickets, especially when you pitch contributed content and include the submission. Was the pitch bad? Was the piece bad, or both? Or neither! Or maybe “they just didn’t see it, so I’ll ‘float it to the top of their in-box’ in a day or two.”

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Meet Wendy Almeida, community editor, Third Door Media

Placing contributed content ideally comes without strings — “pitch it, place it, forget it” — but that’s not how it works at Third Door Media, publishers of Search Engine Land, Marketing Land and MarTech Today. Third Door is in the community business. Community editor Wendy Almeida wants to help but you must help her too.

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Deconstructed: A Contributed Piece that Drew a Big Audience

What makes for a smart approach to contributed content? Answer: something that you know has worked. A Sept. 25 Enterprisers Project piece called “Beware the dark side of agile project management” drew more page views than anything else TEP published that month. Let’s deconstruct why.

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When Submitting a Post to G2, Know Your SEO

G2’s contributed content guidelines are refreshingly explicit and perhaps a bit demanding — you really need to know your SEO. Still, it’s worth it: submitting to G2 may land you a surprisingly effective hit while revealing how trade editors see their jobs these days.

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The Enterprisers Project Seeks Contributed Content

The Enterprisers Project, described by owner Red Hat as “a community of CIOs discussing the future of business and IT,” may represent a contributed content opportunity for you. Content director Laurie McLaughlin (yes, formerly of IDG and UBM) explains why.

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Profile: Marilyn Cohodas, CC Gatekeeper, Dark Reading

“I feel like I spend most of my week saying no,” says Dark Reading contributed content gatekeeper Marilyn Cohodas. The publication’s managing editor reviews the contributions submitted by PR folks. The good authors, she says, “understand the big picture and understand the problems that need to be solved.”

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Contributed Content 2019: Spotting the Beacon in the Dark

Which publications still accept one-off contributions? Of the 114 titles in our contributed content Google Doc, roughly 100 still accept standalone articles. Unfortunately, the most attractive venues — Forbes, TechCrunch and WSJ to name three — want ongoing commitments. Inc. and Entrepreneur already have hundreds of contributors and don’t hunger for more.

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Contributed Content Coaching from the Financial Times

Financial Times opinion and analysis editor Brooke Masters this month produced a short video — and companion article — explaining how to contribute content to the publication. Brooke offers five basic points that every executive author should consider before pitching — to the FT or for that matter anywhere else.

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