Guest Post Submission Guidelines
On Paymo's blog, you can read and learn how to run projects better, manage your time and team, and, in general, be more efficient and productive at work. Read more about Paymo here.
We encourage you to read the entire guide carefully.
Here are the key points. Ignore any of these, and we’ll ignore you. Yep, we know it sounds harsh, but it’s just another way of saying we take this very seriously.
- We only collaborate with people who share their real identity – LinkedIn profile, Twitter, or personal website is mandatory.
- We hate stock photos and outreach templates. If you don’t invest time in writing a personalized email, we doubt that you’re going to invest time in crafting a legendary article.
- Show us a sample of your work that makes you proud—your A+ essay or your hot-off-the-press article.
- We have zero-tolerance for bullshit: republished content, plagiarism, “thin” content that demonstrates a lack of knowledge or research, self-promotional content, fluff. Put in the work to write a memorable piece.
- All links should bring real value to the reader and naturally fit the context. No affiliate links or links to unethical or spammy websites are allowed. Also, no links or mentions to our competitors (project or work management, time tracking, and invoicing software) are permitted.
- We don’t accept money to publish your article.
- We smell spamdexing schemes and link farms from a mile away. And we make sure to avoid them at all costs. And you should avoid us too.
- Send your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Understand your audience. Our readers are highly educated and intelligent individuals who love an insightful read. Don’t insult them. Craft your article to cater to creatives, project managers, digital marketing and social media experts, medium/small business owners, web designers and developers, business consultants, freelancers.
- Readers want in-depth, well-researched educational, engaging, and entertaining articles—NOT promotional. Make sure you include studies, data, statistics, plus the latest nuggets of (practical) wisdom. Do not include recycled ideas or generic information.
- Familiarize yourself with the Paymo blog and the topic site:paymoapp.com. You may write a more up-to-date take or approach existing topics with a fresh angle or a different perspective.
- You should be writing from your experience or conducting extensive research. Then back your arguments with facts, references, and relevant data. Draw your conclusions, metaphors, and examples explained in your way. Note: Preferably, all data should not be older than 2020.
- Word count is the result of quality research. Depending on the piece of writing, your article should fall in the range of 1,500-2,000 words. Guides and long-form content can go over the average length. Don’t add content for the sake of length.
- Write in a natural, conversational tone. Avoid overcomplicated sentences. We aim to be casual yet helpful, and we stay away from buzzwords and jargon.
- Break up your content in short paragraphs, so it’s easy to read. Write with a mobile-first mindset – include diagrams, charts, tables, infographics, videos, or other media files.
- Image sizes: send us the image(s) at least 1680px wide. No stock photos.
- Mind the structure! Titles and headlines can make or break the article. Make sure they grab the reader's attention. Your article must include a summary, followed by an introduction, body, and lastly, a brief conclusion containing key takeaways.
- Write for people, not for search engines. SEO is important to us, so we'll edit the content to help the article rank in SERP.
- Follow a style guide of your choice. We recommend The Economist or Micro Focus.
- Write original content. Always link to your sources. We check all articles for (accidental) plagiarism with Copyscape, EduBirdie, and Grammarly.
Topics We Cover
We'll give you a spreadsheet listing the titles and topics that haven’t been published yet. You can choose your topic of interest or pitch us variations to what’s listed there. Also, you can find here information about how to structure your article.
Paymo covers insights and guides from the following topics:
- work management, project management, task management
- time management and time tracking
- team collaboration & management
- accounting & invoicing
- office life: work relationships, career development, workplace benefits, etc.
- remote work
- Paymo reserves full editorial control and may edit or tweak submissions as we see fit. These tweaks include anything from removing too much self-promotion to optimizing for SEO, from edits for style and grammar to adding CTAs, and more.
- If your guest post gets accepted, you agree not to publish the post anywhere else (personal and external websites included).
- We’ll need your full name and profile picture. The headshot must be 500x500px — no sunglasses, headphones, cap, or fancy accessories.
- We reserve the right to refuse to publish your article even after the final draft is done if it does not follow our guidelines or any agreements discussed during prior conversations.
- Once published, we own the article, and we can edit it regularly and include new links to relevant educational resources. We won’t remove the accepted links you've added to the article unless those specific web pages become broken links.