Article Guidelines

On this page you will find information on our article requirements, article types, styles and formats, and the qualities of a good article.

Article Requirements

  1. Posts must be 750 words or more, preferably over 1,000 words and less than 1,500 words.  Post length is a factor in determining approval for publishing.  Keep in mind that articles should maintain quality and context.  Extending an article’s length artificailly is obvious to the reader, and is more likely to be declined.
  2. Posts must be in English.  If you have a relevant article in another language, please have it translated for submission.  If English is your second language, please ensure that you have the article edited by an English-as-a-First-Language editor.
  3. Posts must be on-topic.  Please see the list of Article Wanted and understand the Topical Categories of CommunityBankNetworker.com.  All Guest Posts will be accepted for review, but if they are off topic they will be rejected immediately upon review.
  4. Posts must be original pieces with unique content written for CommunityBankNetworker.com.  Guest posts cannot be republished at any time and should not be reproduced anywhere else on the web including your own website or blog (neither party benefits from duplicate content).
  5. Posts must be nonpromotional and not filled with links.  A Guest Post should never read like an advertisement.  If the post has affiliate links or is a blatant sles pitch, it will be rejected.  Repetitive submissions of spammy articles will result in prohibition against further submissions.  You should not write articles around topics to justify a link to your blog and you should not actively encourage readers to visit your blog.  Promotional content which advertises for-profit services or plugs the author’s own written or online work will not be approved.  If you would like to include a promotional link within your article, visit http://communitybanknetworker.com/promote for more information.
  6. Posts are unpaid.  All Guest Posts are unpaid.  However, we can provide you with a ton of value that will benefit your own career and business ventures (check out the Benefits of Writing For Community Bank Networker).
  7. Posts may be edited for spelling, grammar, content, context, length, markup and optimization for search engines.  If an article requires extensive editing or rewriting the author will be notified and provided an opportunity to object or revise their work, or it may simply be declined with a brief note of explanation to the author.
  8. Posts must be factually correct and referenced.  We will do basic fact checking but we expect you to do the same first.  Where necessary, references and resources should be linked to.  Again, these are not to be self promotional links, but links to reference the content.
  9. Authors Grant License to CommunityBankNetworker.com including consent to the full article, extracts, samples, or examples from it appearing in other Hedge Ventures LLC  related sites, products and services.  By submitting an article you grant a permanent and nonrevokable license to CommunityBankNetworker.com and affiliates to be the exclusive  publisher of the article online.  You may publish brief and limited extracts online, limited to your own site, however the article in its entirety should not appear elsewhere.  You may also republish the article offline in any way that you wish, such as selling it to a magazine or submitting it to a book.

Article Types & Styles

The following list  outlines what sort of style or format you might consider using with your articles.  Take any one of our Core Topics or closely related topics, and apply one of the following styles to it.

Of course, there are many different post formats and styles you might explore beyond those listed below.  Consider these as a brainstorming list just to help get you started.

  1. Case Studies:  Profile best practice examples.
  2. Informational:  State the facts and explain them.
  3. How-To Article:  Instructional with a problem and a solution.
  4. List Article:  The Top 5, 7 0r whatever.  Questions, mistakes, tips, best or woest examples, and much much more.
  5. Interview Article:  Q&A interview format.
  6. Book Reviews:  Top selling books, or best best quality related to our core topics.
  7. Event Reviews:  Conferences, networking events, etc.
  8. Resource List:  List and short review of top forums, blogs or websites.
  9. Rants:  Got something to say about a topic?  We might not publish it, but it might be just the ticket.

Article Formatting

OK.  So this is a little high school for most of us.  But we should be reminded that website publishing relies a great deal on search engines and search engine optimization.  In order to efficiently optimize our content, we need to have a nice tidy format.

Please use this basic structure for organizing your information.

1.  Beginning-Introduction
1.  introduction of Topic/Problem
2.  Introduction of Main Points

2.  Middle – Body
1.  Point 1
2.  Point 2
3.  Counter Point
4.  Point 3
5.  Etc.

3.  End – Conclusion
1.  Summary of Points

4.  Call to Action
1.  Ask the reader to do something.
a.  Leave a comment
b.  Ask a question
c.  Follow up

Qualities of a Good Article

Please understand that we are a community helping each other and so the content we create should strive for a clear standard of helpfulness.  consider the following guidelines when writing your articles.

  1. READABLE  We are a community publication, not the New York Times.  We want to present quality content, but we believe that content is best received when written with a dose of personality.  Write like you’re having a conversation with a friend, not like you’re writing a finals paper for a difficult professor.  Please look at our website, CommunityBankNetworker.com, and read through some articles to get a sense of the tone we strive for.
  2. RELATEABLE  Every article must somehow relate to, and be of interest to, those interested in the community banking industry.  Ask yourself, why would I be interested in this?  Try to take an angle on the story and craft a narrative around your own experiences.  Most of all, be yourself.
  3. RELIABLE  Articles should contain some supporting facts and statistics, but these facts should only come from credible sources.  Each source should be linked to either in-text using the appropriate keyword as an anchor, or directly after the reference in parentheses.  Generally, popular magazines and newspapers should not be used as statistical sources, but they can be used for references.

Let’s Get Started!

Check out the following pages for more information on how to write for us.

  1. Check out our list of Articles Wanted.
  2. Submit a Guest Post.