Write for Us
Ordb.org invites everyone with experience in the tech industry to submit guest content to our magazine. Our main requirements is that guest authors provide valuable content that can benefit our readers.
You don’t have to have a specialized degree to publish with us. However, we do take our content seriously, so we expect facts, references, and evidence to prove your points and back your opinions.
Naturally, we prefer original content, mostly around industry analyses. We also accept commentary on trends and new software. As long as your content isn’t recycled from another website, you can submit your articles and wait for approval.
What are we looking for?
Our format isn’t really blogging or column writing. We expect writers to submit original articles, often around 1,000 words. It could be more or less, and it depends on how much value the entire article provides. We actively avoid reposts from other websites, so keep that in mind.
For your drafts, you can take your preferred approach. We accept complete and partial drafts as well as quick pitches summarizing your arguments and outlines. Ideally, try to provide the most amount of content possible to make feedback more productive and detailed.
You can request resources, like style guides, and read our articles for ideas on what you can write. In general, we look for content that:
- Comes with a complete argument: study, analysis, or commentary.
- It needs to be engaging and valuable for our readers.
- Has real evidence to back up your claims: news articles, statistics, insight from experts.
- Is completely original. It can use information from different sources as long as you link to them as references.
What’s our target?
We cover everything related to IT, software development, and technological innovation. That includes apps, digital toolkits, market trends, and related products. Our main focus is to help our readers understand the industry and its innovations.
The systems we target are quite varied. We create content centered around the IT niche, and that can be beneficial for industries like eCommerce, entrepreneurship, marketing, real estate, and other sectors. As long as you can provide real insight oriented around tech, we can use your content.
For examples of platforms we cover, you can look at our existing content and content from similarly-oriented sites. We target productivity software like Notion, web design platforms like WordPress (and plugins) and even Shopify, and specialized platforms like Adobe, Jamstack, and different marketing solutions.
Of course, we also cover news, market trends, and relevant companies and individuals—as well as their contributions to the tech sector.
Following our style
As mentioned, we’re not too strict about how our writers style their content. Naturally, every author has its own voice, writing style, and language. We actually enjoy diversity in our content, and that extends to every author’s approach.
You can use the terminology you prefer, as well as the tone and nature of the content. Our main concern is that your content covers the niches we target. We also expect your articles to feel valuable and provide a serious tone that conveys authority.
Often, that sense comes from your references and insight. However, we do have a few guidelines our guest writers must follow.
Headings and subheadings should come with all words capitalized, except conjunctions, prepositions, and articles. Paragraphs should be uniform and follow conventional rules: proper capitalization for personal names and official titles, organizations, and entities.
You’re free to use acronyms for large organizations as you wish. Entities like NATO or the WHO are common knowledge. That said, you should break down acronyms for lesser-known organizations and brands.
For quotation, you should use them when citing your sources. You also need to link to the source, either within the citation or mentioning them before or after the reference. We don’t expect you to use quotes for NGOs or parties, but you can use them (or italization) for book and film titles.
As you can notice, we write using US English. That doesn’t mean you need to use every term equivalent, but you must aim to make the articles easy to understand for US audiences. Thankfully, it’s not difficult to adapt your localization to US English.
For dates, we use the day-month-year approach for dates, and the same is true for avoiding Roman numerals (i.e. 19th century instead of XIX century). You can feel free to use expressions like “1990’s” or “90’s” as long as precision isn’t crucial.
For figures, we’d rather you spell out the numbers up to nine. From 10 onwards, you can use numerals. The same is true for shortening larger numbers: 10 million instead of 10,000,000, or 5 billion. Figures require commas for figures above 1,000 and full stops for decimals: 10.75%.
We use US Dollars as our main currency, When using foreign currencies, please convert it io USD.
Spelling and grammar
We demand all articles to be error-free in all ways. Luckily, we don’t demand specialized dictionaries and style manuals. However, we do proofread submissions for clarity and reading ease.
Writers must stay away from contemporary writing styles. Leet writing (i.e. l33t wr1t1ng) and colloquial abbreviations—like “u r writing 4 us”—are strictly prohibited. While we don’t require strictly academical-level writing, our articles must remain professional.
Modern software, such as online spell checkers, are often enough to adapt articles to our style. Still, writers should proofread and make the text as clear as possible.
Citations and references
Make sure to link to all sources in your articles. We recommend our guest authors to mention the original publication’s author or website. When doing so, the hyperlink should be part of said mention.
However, writers can simply link to the original source within the sentence or phrase referencing the content. On the other hand, academic and official sources should be mentioned whenever possible.
If you’re referencing hardcover books, essays, or published papers, provide the title, author, and page you’re taking the reference from.
All authors should submit their bio and a photo along with their article. The picture should be high definition and clear, preferably portraits where readers can see the author’s face. There’s no need for a professional photo, but it must be clear and unedited.
For bios, they should be short and concise. Aim for 50 words, give or take a few. Mention your experience and education as applicable. If you have published works, feel free to mention them for authority. You can also add links to personal blogs or websites.
Additionally, you can also add amusing phrases about your personality or what you like. These details can help the reader relate to the author and improve engagement.
When is your content ready?
Once you submit your article, we’ll review it and decide whether or not it’s ready for publishing. If it meets our requirements, we’ll notify you once it’s published so that you can see it.
We can also send it back with feedback to help you improve it. Our review process can take a few days depending on submission volume.
How we handle invoicing and payments
Writers can submit articles without charging. If that’s the case, make sure to clarify that when providing your draft or pitch. Nevertheless, we do offer payment for articles we approve for publishing on our website.
You can submit your invoice to our contact email address after we’ve notified you that the article has been accepted and published.
We must make sure your invoice corresponds to work we’ve published on our website. Drafts, pitches, and rejected articles aren’t eligible. To ensure your invoice is valid, provide the following information:
- Your name as it appears on the published article.
- Unique invoice number.
- Invoice date.
- Your physical, business (if applicable), and PayPal address.
- The article (or list of articles) you’re invoicing for. All articles must have the URL of their publication on our website, not previews.
You can find the relevant contact information in our Contact Us page. Make sure your email subject clearly states that you’re interested in submitting a guest article. We’ll get back to you as soon as we review your draft so that we can provide relevant feedback.
A few considerations
- We prioritize original analysis and report articles. If you’re submitting a commentary or opinion draft, it might take a bit longer to receive a reply.
- We care more about value than length. If your article is shorter/longer than 1,000 words, make sure there’s no repetition and redundancy.
- Please, submit a Word document instead of PDF or other text formats.
- Make sure to clarify whether you expect compensation and other sites where your article is or might be published.
- Please, send only one email per draft or article.
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