How to Contribute to MintTwist
For the most part, we invite people to contribute to MintTwist. That said, there are two other ways to get your foot in the door.
Posts Must Be 100% Original to MintTwist
Any columns accepted for publication must be exclusive to MintTwist.
Posts must be 100 percent original. This means:
- No plagiarism!
Please don’t pass off someone else’s work as your own!
- No self-plagiarism:
You can’t “borrow” sentences from your own prior published content, or from company blog posts (or other written materials). If you’re going to use someone else’s words/thoughts, it must be properly attributed.
What to Write About
You are welcome to draw from your own experiences to come up with your own ideas and topics.
Always try to go beyond the basics/obvious.
The most successful articles tend to be:
- Lists (e.g., examples, tips, tools, tactics)
- How-to articles/guides
- Explainer posts (e.g., what is… / why x matters)
- Expert roundups
- Opinion posts/commentary/think-pieces
Always provide actionable tips and practical advice.
Share your own experiences. Don’t rely heavily on quoting influencers, experts, or authorities from other sites.
Be the expert!
Posts Must Be Pitch Free
You aren’t writing to sell a product or recommend a particular product or service.
You’re writing to share your expertise, information, insights, and ideas with our audience.
If you write about an experience involving a client or business partner, you must disclose the relationship in the article.
How long should your post be?
- Posts should be at least 750 words.
- Most posts that appear on MintTwist are between 1,000 and 2,000 words.
The best posts are clear, concise and only as long as they need to be. After all, our readers are busy. Tell them what they need to know and get out.
Try to be concise.
Always try to keep your paragraphs short.
One sentence is fine.
Two sentences is typically OK. But no more than this. Please.
Short paragraphs are easier to understand and digest, help drive your point across, and encourage reading in this age of information overload and short attention spans.
SEO Best Practices
Let’s practice what we preach, folks.
Your headline should be interesting enough to entice people to click on it. It should be optimized for search and social media.
- A Caption is optional.
- Always add Alternative Text. This can be the post title or a succinct description of the photo that fits the post’s topic.
- Optimise your image file names. IMG_123454646572.png or screenshot3.png is bad.
Links to third-party authoritative sources tell the reader that you are incorporating third-party perspectives and evidence in support of your argument. Otherwise, all you’ve got is a theory without substantiation.
We only accept contextual links to relevant content. Hyperlinks to service pages with exact anchor text are not accepted as it goes against Google Guidelines.
PNGs or animated GIFs only, please.
We will choose an appropriate main image for your article.
- You can use images that you created or photographs you took. Your own screenshots are great!
- No promotional images: Images cannot have a company logo or brand.
- No external links on images.
- No memes.
- The MintTwist editorial team reserves the right to replace or remove images they deem irrelevant to the post or has negative connotation without prior notice.
- All images must have proper attribution at the bottom of your post
Editorial Review and Corrections
- We may add a disclaimer at the end of any article to disclose any relationships (or lack thereof) that either MintTwist or the author may have with organisations mentioned in the article.
- In the instance of corrections to byline, facts, or updates to published articles, MintTwist reserves the right to edit any post at any time.