So you’re looking to share your experiences and insights with Southeast Asia’s fastest growing startup community. We look forward to you sharing your amazing work with us.
To help you along, we have put together some simple tips to guide you on your way. Here is what our editors look for in contributed stories (and what we want to avoid.)
You can also refer to some of our most popular contributed content to date to better understand what works and what does not:
- PR for startups; a journalist’s perspective
- Southeast Asia’s shiny future as a digital gold haven
- Battle of the Chinese vs Western style UI & UX
- Indonesia is suffering from early stage fatigue
- How startups should measure success in PR… It’s not the amount of coverage
Why contribute with Tech Collective?
Well, we have thousands of readers a month that follow our in-depth pieces on the region’s technology and startup ecosystem, so it is a great way to engage them.
We also value quality over quantity, so we publish one article every working day and do our best to ensure it is unique, interesting and provokes thought and proper discourse. This helps us keep on growing without a large marketing budget.
There is also the fact that we are open to including a backlink or two in the content, as long as it is relevant and reasonable, so that will help with your domain authority.
What do we look for?
Here are some simple guidelines on how to make sure your article makes the cut.
- Original content: We only publish original content that has not been published anywhere and will do research to see if a post we like has been published elsewhere.
- Experience counts: While we appreciate that being an entrepreneur is a journey, contributions from seasoned professionals or those with relevant experience in the topic they are writing about is important.
- Advice is great: Have you been there and done that? Share some of your original insights and lessons learned with the community.
- Trends and predictions: Know something we do not know about the startup community in Southeast Asia or are the numbers telling you a story? Share that story with us.
Things to avoid
We have seen enough to know what we definitely do not want, so here’s a short list to avoid being completely ignored.
- Simple topics: ‘5 social media must-dos‘ is not an interesting article, because we can do the same.
- Plagarised articles: We use Copyscape, Grammarly and a bunch of other tools, so please do not send us something that has been published elsewhere. If you feel it is important, let us know, so we can assess it properly and see if it is really worth it.
- Obvious link building articles: We receive up to 100 submissions or requests a week for contributed content – we only publish 2 or 3 – so chances are we will ignore articles that link to completely random websites.
- Badly written content: We want authenticity and are open to different styles of writing, but there are basic rules to follow – proper spelling, good grammar and a good flow of information.
Rules that need to be followed
- Trustworthy resources: Embed links to original sources of information (studies, stats, etc.). Wikipedia should be the last resort and not the only reference used.
- Article length: An article should be a minimum of 1,000 words and a maximum of 2,500 words.
- Language: We follow UK English, so please make sure your contribution uses the UK standard.
- Proofreading and spell-check the document: Our editors are already overworked, so please do us a favour and run your article through spell check. We will reject articles with multiple errors.
- Photos: If you are submitting an article, please note that original images are required and they must be at least 1200*675 in size.
- Bios: Please include a bio of yourself (or the author) and a high-res profile image in landscape format (1200*675).
Tech Collective reserves the right to edit all content submitted for publication, including grammar, formatting, headlines and length. We reserve the right to reject content for any reason.
We reserve the right to remove any links or content we consider offensive, harmful or overly promotional. Any violation of our policies can result in removal of content or removal from the platform at the editors’ discretion.
Drop us a message at techcollectivesea(@)gmail.com or use our contact page.
If you read through this all and feel like maybe your content may not meet our standards, well you can always reach out to us for sponsored content or paid posts. These help keep our publication afloat and we do not spam our readers with sponsored content, so do not expect your content to get lost in the crowd.
We offer reasonable rates as well as guidance from our content marketing partners as part of a full sponsorship package – this includes writing, editorial guidance and placement on Tech Collective.
Drop us a message at techcollectivesea(@)gmail.com or use our contact page to find out more.