Submission Guidelines

What we publish

IoT For All is dedicated to providing the highest-quality, unbiased content, resources, and news centered on the Internet of Things and related disciplines. All content must offer a good, clear answer to “how will reading this be valuable to me?”. Good answers include: It’s educational, it’s informative, or it provides useful resources to the reader. Ideally, it’s a combination of these.

What we do not publish

Posts that are trying to sell something – whether it’s a product, a service, a tool, a book, a training course, tickets to an event, or a website that profits from views and ads.

To maintain the quality and impartiality of our content, we reserve the right to refuse articles that do not align with our mission and beliefs. This is a very hard line to draw, and it’s obviously subjective – so please don’t take it personally. Our main objective is to be a trusted place for our audience to access the content and resources they need, without worrying that someone is trying to sell them something.

How to write your post

  1. Choose a Persona: Our target audience is comprised of three personas, which are detailed in our Guide: The Three Personas for IoT For All. Your topic must be aimed at one primary persona. It’s true that some topics may be valuable for multiple personas, but there needs to be a specific focus otherwise we risk appealing to no one.
  2. Choose a Category: Like personas, you should choose one primary category for your post, detailed in our Guide: Categories for IoT For All. Posts will often span multiple categories, but having a single category in mind will help your post stay concise and valuable.
  3. Choose Writing Style: Your post can be written to perform well in search results (searchable) or to perform well on social channels (sharable). Each has its merits and a distinct approach, detailed in our Guide: Writing for SEO vs. Writing for Social.

For the style of your piece, write in clear, easily understandable language. Too often, IoT content is created by engineers for engineers and overly technical. If highly technical language or acronyms aren’t essential to the specific piece, don’t use them. And add a little personality to your writing 🙂

If your writing is difficult to understand, awkwardly worded, and/or contains multiple spelling/grammar errors, it will be rejected.

Break up your piece and make it engaging with headings, images, and short paragraphs.

And finally, write in 350-2000 English words.

How the submission process works

  1. If it’s your first time publishing with us, just fill out this form.
  2. We will review all submissions thoroughly and get back to you within 3 business days. We rarely take longer than that to respond, but if we do, don’t worry – we’re just having a hectic week.
  3. After being accepted and reviewed, your article can take from 1 day up to 3 weeks to be published, depending on the queue and editorial planning. The best articles are not time-sensitive, so this shouldn’t be an issue.
  4. Once your article is published on iotforall.com, we may ask that you also publish it to our Medium publication. To do so, you’ll need a Medium account.
  5. Depending on the kind of article, we may also record an audio version. See below for details.

FAQ

What’s a Contributing Writer?

Contributing Writers are writers who have demonstrated excellence in their writing and particular field of expertise. Contributing Writers get their own author page, get added to our team page, have their articles featured in our newsletter, and have the opportunity to attend conferences for free; among other benefits.

How do I become a Contributing Writer?

You can apply directly to become a Contributing Writer by filling out this form with your information and including some samples of your best writing.

We’ll also reach out to writers who have shared content on our publication and who we feel would be a great fit.

What’s a Knowledge Partner?

Knowledge Partners are organizations who believe in IoT For All’s mission and have committed to providing valuable content to our audience. Knowledge Partners get their own company page, get added to our team page, have their articles featured in our newsletter, and have the opportunity to attend conferences for free; among other benefits.

How do I become a Knowledge Partner?

You can apply directly to become a Knowledge Partner by filling out this form with your information and including some samples of your best writing.

We’ll also reach out to organizations who have shared content on our publication and who we feel would be a great fit.

Do you offer any opportunities to promote or feature content?

Yes we do! Please head over to our advertising page for details.

Will IoT For All cross post content I’ve already written?

For the first post, absolutely! After that we’ll ask that you write an original post for IoT For All for every non-original post of yours that we share. And original just means that you wait at least two weeks after the post goes live on IoT For All before you publish elsewhere (like your own personal or company blog).

What are audio articles?

Audio articles are exactly what they sound like! We record our articles in audio format, usually in the author’s own voice, because we want our audience to have access to our content anywhere; whether they’re on their phone, computer, or going for a run or drive.

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