One of the most common questions we get at Lifehacker is "How do I contribute a guest post?" We love guest posts -- here's what you need to know.
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What We're Looking For
Lifehacker is all about how-to advice: telling people how to do things better. Guest posts are a valuable part of that mission, because they allow us to share experiences that are much broader than just what happens to the editorial team.
So we love to hear from people about how they've achieved something -- whether that's setting up their media centre, learning to code, dealing with temper tantrums, finding a better job or sorting out their money woes.
Experience counts -- we'd always rather hear about how you've achieved something than broad, generic advice. We're also happy to republish stuff you've written for your own personal blog if it seems suitable for Lifehacker (and we'll include a link back to the original).
How To Contact Us
If you have an idea for a guest post, the best way is to use our contact form. Choose the 'I have a story idea' option. (Using the form means our whole editorial team can see your submission.)
Be specific: tell us what you want to write about and why it's interesting. If you've already written on the topic for your blog, include a link. Don't write in and say "I'm happy to write about anything you like" -- we already have staff to deal with the ideas we generate ourselves.
Please note: we get a lot of mail, and we can't always respond to everyone. If we're interested, we'll be in touch. Note also that we'd don't have any budget to pay for guest posts -- sorry, but that's the budgetary reality here.
What Not To Do
- To reiterate: don't just write in and say "I'm happy to do a guest post on anything". That's not how we operate (and it's not fair on you either).
- Don't send in something that's wildly at odds with Lifehacker's tone: informative but casual. Spend time reading the site before you submit anything.
- Remember this is Lifehacker Australia, so the advice needs to be relevant to local readers, and you need to follow Australian English spelling and grammar conventions.
- Don't submit something which contains spurious commercial links designed to drive SEO -- we'll just bin that straight away. Nor do we want posts that are just thinly-veiled promos for a particular product or service.
Any other questions? Ask in the comments.