10CarBest is looking for writers for our blog!
We have so much information we want to share and not enough time to write it all between the two of us, so we’ve decided that it’s time to bring some writers on board.
How it’ll work
At this point, we’ll come up with a headline for the articles that we want to be written, and we’ll give you the freedom to research and write them. For each article, we’ll state about how many words it should be. Then, when you’ve finished writing it, we’ll look it over and when we think it’s ready, we’ll publish it.
For most of our articles, we target about 2.000-3.000 words. For these articles, we will pay 3 cents per word which comes out to about $60-100$ for articles that we publish. As you gain experience writing for 10CarBest you’ll get more flexibility in choosing your own topics and outlining and writing articles as you like. As we move in that direction, your pay will increase.
What we’re looking for in writers
- We’re not looking to hire full-time employees. We just want to pay you for the articles you write.
- You don’t have to be a professional writer, but we do need people who can use correct English spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
- We want people who can commit to writing two to four (2-4) 2,500-word articles per month and do the research that goes into that.
If you have experience writing for a blog, that’s a big plus, but we’re really going to make our decisions based on a sample of your writing.
We believe in quality over quantity. Anyone can pump out mediocrity at a breakneck pace, which looks impressive as a whole, but lacks quality and originality when viewed up close.
What we’d like to see is in-depth, entertaining multimedia stories or guides that are well designed, formatted, and easy to digest. They’re shareable because they rival everything else on the internet.
10CarBest’s mission is to provide helpful guides to homeowners about automotive products. Articles need to answer every question a reader might have on a single topic using data we collect every day to inform what we write and improve. All content on our site can be improved is always evolving.
Content Layout Template
While each article may require a different strategy, outline the base into five main parts:
- Why the Reader Should Care About the Topic
- The Science Behind the Problem or Topic (i.e., a deep dive into the chemistry)
- How-To Steps to Solved the Problem or Accomplish the Topic
- Helpful Product Recommendations
- A Quick Recap and Links to Further Reading on the Topic
Readers shouldn’t scan through unnecessary and long sentences to get information. We recommend using apps like Grammarly to make your writing is easy to read and concise.
Avoid long introductions and unnecessary words to increase word count. Each sentence should have a purpose.
- There should only be one space between sentences. Case in point.
- Paragraphs should be short. Two to three sentences to help break up thoughts and look better on the website.
- Avoid adverbs like the word “basically” at the beginning of sentences.
The body of the article highlights actionable advice, ideas, and suggestions. The article should include:
- Subheadings: to break up the content and signpost what is coming next.
- External links: contextual links out to relevant, supporting, or interesting articles (keep in mind when you’re adding an external link that they are links are to high-authority websites). Please ensure all external links open in new tabs.
- Internal links: contextual links to previous relevant articles (if any).
- Quotes: quotes from appropriate sources or snippets from other articles.
Tone and Language
Articles should be written in the first person, using “we.” We refer to our readers to as “you.”
Articles should be friendly, as though you’re talking face to face with a real person. Use conversational language style, as if you’re explaining something to a friend. Never condescending or rude. And family friendly at all times.
You should write from a position of strength and experience. But this should never come across as arrogant. Our audience is intelligent and engaged.
Avoid using technical speak. Instead, use natural, plain language (unless the article addresses a specific technical question). Please use US English spelling throughout. Examples include:
- Purchase = buy
- Receive = get
- Require = need/want
- Represents = is/are
- Assist = help
Explain acronyms and initialisms when they first appear on the page. For example, the acronym CYA must have the explanation in parenthesis: CYA (Cyanuric Acid) or PPM (Parts Per Million).
Use contractions when possible:
- We will = we’ll
- You are = you’re
- It is = it’s
- That is = that’s
Length and Formatting
We strive to create written content that is at least 2,000 words or more. Studies show that posts with 2,000 words or more get more engagement and search engine traffic.
All article headlines and sub-headings (h1, h2, h3, etc.) should follow The Chicago Manual of Style:
- Capitalize the first and the last word.
- Capitalize nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions.
- Lowercase articles (a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions, and prepositions.
- Lowercase the “to” in an infinitive.
- You don’t have to use full stops at the ends of headings or sub-headings
Paragraphs should include these elements and rules:
- Bulleted or numbered lists (full stops are not required at the end of bulleted sentences, but should be uniform).
- Bolding for important words or phrases.
- Proper use of italics.
- No over-use of exclamation points(!!!).
Internal and External Linking
There are two types of links: internal and external. Contextual keyword hyperlinks should be utilized rather than featuring the full URL, for example:
a recent Twitter report reveals…
a recent report on http://www.twitter.com reveals…
Ready to Get Started? How to apply
Fill out the form below and paste a link to a shared file containing a 2,000+ word article about any subject you think would be applicable to 10CarBest. We guarantee that if we choose to use your article for our site, we will pay you for your work (via PayPal).