Writing For Poll the People

If you have great writing or design skills and would like to share your skills and knowledge with an audience of marketers, designers, product managers, UX designers, and business owners, we’d love to hear from you.

The Poll the People blog has thousands of monthly visitors and we’re always looking for exciting and engaging content for our blog.
Please review this entire page – it should answer any questions you have about the content we accept and how the submissions process works.

Overview

Successful guest blog contributors are experienced in creating engaging, exciting, comprehensive, and informative content that teaches our readers about Usability Testing, User Experience, Concept Testing, and A/B testing.

While most of our content focuses on Usability Testing, UX, and how it can help any business grow, that’s not all we write about. We’re interested in publishing content marketers, designers, researchers, and entrepreneurs care about. This includes topics like website, ad, design, or concept optimization, usability improvements, user and customer experience, and team development, among many other things.

The Basics

  1. We do not accept payment for guest posting, we are looking for partnerships, backlinks, and guest post swaps to help both our business and yours.
  2. Original content, compelling arguments, and high-quality writing. We do not republish content that has been posted anywhere else or content that is plagiarized.
  3. The article reflects the writing style and tone of the Poll the People blog. We want to be helpful, informative, and easily understood. We stay away from technical jargon and aim to cover complex topics in a way that anyone can understand.
  4. While we don’t like to put a limit on wordcount, our blogs tend to be 1,000 words or more.
  5. Proper use of quotations, resources, linking, and data.

Specifics

We don’t accept content that is not comprehensive or original. By detailed we mean a guest post needs to be at least 1,000 words without filler content. You can always beef up content with details and steps, why not take the extra hour and write a better blog?

We also don’t accept blogs on topics that have been widely covered or posted by everyone. The content on our blog is unique and specific to one topic that adds value to the reader and gives them new information.
We won’t accept content with spelling or grammar mistakes. If a post has them, we see it as the author not spending enough time or effort on the article. Please proofread your post before submitting.

Who Can Submit and Article?

We accept guest posts from anyone that can create high-quality content and can help our readers. Our authors range from experience guest bloggers to first-timers. Our process includes article review and editorial oversights, putting you in a great place to publish your first blog.
You need an idea, something you want to share with the readers, and the ability to put together a proposal and full post to show us your idea is going to be interesting to our readers. From there we can give you help with formatting, linking, revisions, and review.

Different Post Types we Accept

Here are some of the most successful blog types we accept:

  1. How-to Blogs: Helping readers understand a topic and how that can execute the task on their own.
  2. Ultimate Guides: Longer articles that dig into all of the details of the topic. A reference article that readers can return to time and time again.
  3. Informational: Covering what a topic or subject is, the benefits, downsides, and why a reader should care about that topic.
  4. Lists Posts: Explaining all of the options, variables, benefits, mistakes, issues, etc. that someone might encounter with a topic. These are not just a list but an explanation of each point.
  5. Case Studies: What did you or your business learn from a project? Focusing on specific examples that are helpful to other readers, not just a good story.

Formatting Preferences

  • You can submit proposals and content either as a word document or Google docs.
  • For the title use the H1 tag, for headings and subheadings use the H2 and H3 tags as needed.
  • Use short and concise paragraphs and bullet points as they improve readability.
  • When inserting a quote, make it a quote. Don’t just copy and paste a sentence as if it was your own, it can get confusing for us to spot what is a quote and what is organically written. And always properly cite sources.

Structure

  • Introduction – Create a hook/engaging opening sentence that shows some value and that the reader is in the right place.
    • The introduction should explain some of the value of the article without giving away the main benefits.
    • Set up/lead into the body of the article
    • The introduction should be brief, about 1-3 short paragraphs
  • Body – Deep dive into the article
    • The body should:
      • Explain the problem/topic
      • Give tips/tools/suggestions
      • Explain the value of addressing the topic
      • Include multiple sections all identified with a headline (H2)
      • Each point or section should stand out with its own value
  • Conclusion – Short summary/review and closing remarks
    • All ideas and content should have been introduced
    • No new value or concepts should be introduced summarize the main points, tips, problems, etc. that were covered in the body

Additional Requirements

  • Promotional links:
    • Maximum of 2 promotional links.
      • 1 link to the author’s business or relevant content/blog in the body.
      • 1 link to the author’s social media or personal page
  • Non-promotional linking
    • External, non-promotional links to relevant content, studies, infographics, etc. that reinforce the value of the article
  • Link to Poll the People
  • Images:
    • Poll the People will handle the featured image/thumbnail
    • Feel free to add images or content that supports the article
  • Title/Description
    • Please provide title tag (max. 70 characters), meta description (max. 160 characters), & alt text for images and sources
  • Author Name and Bio
    • Please provide a short author bio (1 paragraph) and optional photo

Content Ownership

The content of a guest post is owned by Poll the People if published. We retain the right to edit or optimize the content of the article.

Poll the People reserves the right to edit, change, or replace links, anchor text, images, or other content at any point without the author’s consent. Any changes to the promotional links or content will be discussed with the author before changes are made.

What we Won’t Cover

  • Anything that has already been covered in one of our blogs.
  • Anything that is too promotional for your company or organization.
  • Anything that is offensive or inaccurate.
  • Anything that is overly critical of another brand, business, or individual.

How to Submit your Post

To submit a guest post proposal, please contact us using the form below and specify your proposal details like: post title, description, a short one paragraph author bio, and any other resources that will help us make a decision. If you have any questions or concerns reach out to us via our chat box (in the bottom right)
If your submission meets our editorial standards, posting guidelines, and aligns with our content strategy, we will respond to let you know your article will be published. This process may take up to 1 week.
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