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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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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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Contributed Content by Membership: the Ad Age Collective

If you like the Forbes Technology Council, you’ll like the newly announced Ad Age Collective. It’s based on the same idea: paying an affordable annual fee for the right to publish content to a prestigious site and to enjoy additional benefits — such as professional introductions and early-bird pricing to live events.

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Axios and ‘Smart Brevity’

When Axios launched in 2016, its founders described its goal as “smart brevity,” or more colorfully, as “Twitter meets The Economist.” Take a look, for example, at Sara Fischer’s most recent Media Trends newsletter and you can see that Axios has succeeded. Observe the form, not necessarily the substance.

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Profile: Project Syndicate

Looking to contribute content to the world? Project Syndicate might be a place to do it. Founded in the early 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union, non-profit Project Syndicate is a web site that houses commentaries on economic, business and political issues of our time. Its tag line: “The World’s Opinion Page.”

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NYT Competitor Shellacked… by NYT

A thousand words about The Messenger, a well-funded news startup that had a few challenges out of the gate? Read for yourself (password probably required) with an eye toward whether the NYT’s audience is being served.

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