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Submission Standards

Thanks for your interest in becoming a YFS Magazine Business Contributor. 

Articles submitted for consideration should be of interest to readers of YFS Magazine. We like articles that introduce new ideas and advance conversations around topics and trends that engage our readers–think op-ed rather than thinly veiled marketing messages with no valuable takeaways.

We appreciate lively, polished writing that balances research or news with fun and memorable anecdotes or examples that help illustrate your point of view. 

While we encourage drawing from your own experiences in business to support your ideas, over-the-top self-promotion (of yourself or your company) will prevent us from publishing your article. The same goes for dense jargon and abstract, blanket assertions.

Submissions should be unique, well organized, and of high quality. Anything derivative, too abstract, unclear, meandering, or lacking a clear purpose or take-away will be rejected. Personal takes and opinions are welcome, but diary-like blog posts are not.

Read YFS Magazine to get a sense of our editorial style and content to view examples written in a similar vein. Guest posts should be complete and ready for publishing.  

We do not accept pitches or press releases here, only complete drafts.

Guest Post Checklist

Please read this information. It will greatly improve your chances of being accepted. To get started, here's a brief look at our submissions standards. All guest posts should be:

  • relevant to our readership engaged in startups, small business and entrepreneurship
  • written in fluent U.S. or British English, well organized, and free of spelling, grammatical, and language issues (we recommend Grammarly – it's free)
  • submitted as final copy, between 500 and 1,000 words
  • evidential of cited sources to properly credit original authors when using quotes, data, case studies, statistics, etc.; hyperlinks should be relevant and support the citation
  • original content – plagiarism is strictly impermissible
  • proofread with the assumption that no editing will be necessary
  • correctly formatted for HTML – (we recommend Draft to write and export documents into HTML)

We ask all authors to disclose any business or financial relationships they have with companies cited in the guest post. Failure to do so will result in declined submissions.

For some wise words on the writing process, see “So You Want to Write an Article?” by A List Apart to learn about common pitfalls we see in submissions and how you can avoid them.

A Note On Links

A maximum of one permanent Do-Follow link and two No-Follow citation links per submission is permitted. The two citation (i.e., authority) links are used within content to add more context and to link a reader to another source that will add additional and important information to the topic at hand. Authority links cannot link to the Dofollow link domain. 

Links MUST be clean URLs (i.e., semantic URLs) that are readable and intuitively represent the underlying resource as well as relevant to the subject matter of the content (An example of a clean URL is: yfsmagazine.com/startups/top-startup-tips/). Links deemed promotional and spammy will be deleted. Submit content in HTML format if your article includes links. We recommend using an online text editor (e.g., Draft) to correctly format your guest post.

Inquire about our Analytics Package upgrade, to convert Do-follow URLs to tracking URLs.

Your Rights and Ours

Content must be the sole property of you the "Contributor" and must not violate the copyright, patent, trademark, right of privacy or publicity, or any other legal rights of any person or entity. If you are a third-party submitting content on another parties behalf, you must have expressed permission and authorization to do so.

You retain all rights to your work. However, by submitting a guest post, you grant YFS Magazine a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable license to the content, which YFS Magazine may use and distribute (along with your name and identifying features) on its websites, applications, and other properties and those of its affiliates and business partners, as well as for marketing and promotional purposes, online or offline, in any medium and mode of delivery. By submitting articles to YFS Magazine you indicate acceptance of our Guest Contributor Agreement.

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