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Everyone has a Story to Tell and an Experience to Share!

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Writing for the Vigyaa Lifestyle Section

We are constantly looking for contributors and if you have great ideas, we want to see your articles on our platform.

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Vigyaa is an open platform for mesmerizing, inspiring, bright, compelling, unusual and somewhat crazy thoughts and ideas. Anyone can submit a story, but only the best make the front page. Those also receive n extra promotional boost. It’s a platform set up to promote thought leaders, or those wishing to become thought leaders.

In any article you submit, you can link back to your business and other websites through what we call a “tag.” When people hover over a tag, a pop-up window appears where you input text to describe the link. Self-promotion, on Vigyaa, isn’t seen as blasphemous, but smart, and it should be relevant. Your link should lead readers to your site because they’re so in awe of the thoughts you presented in the article.

Having “soft” launched in November 2018 (about four weeks ago as we’re writing this), we’ve already started to see incredible content and steadily growing traffic; reaching 10k views per week (editor's note: this has already increased by approx. another 10k per week as of January 9). We expect that number to more or less double week by week as we start marketing the platform properly.

In other words, publishing content on Vigyaa that links back to your site is clever SEO. Writing an article so good it ends up on our front page, is great marketing. We will promote it for you.

We also hand out prizes to contributors who have the most viewed post of the month. If you have some great ideas and a brilliant headline, that could be you.

The Mentorship Program

We offer a mentorship program for aspiring writers. The program runs for six month at a time, where each mentee receives various perks, as well as coaching form the Vigyaa team. You can read more about it here.

Contributor Guidelines

Vigyaa is a platform that was created to highlight ideas that make us think. We are looking for articles that solve problems, rather than get caught in the problems. We seek inspirational stories that give people hope. We want thought-provoking ideas that will turn us into better humans. We want fun and playful and crazy entertaining too, but we want it all to make us think. Think thoughts that actually move us forward as a human race.

Brand Guidelines:

  • inspirational
  • thought-provoking
  • looking for solutions
  • backed by facts/science/studies when relevant

Tone of Voice:

  • casual
  • inspirational
  • funny (if you feel like it)

Guidelines for Submitting a Post:

All posts must be at least 200 words, but we prefer longer posts (around 1,000 words).

You can import posts from other sites that YOU own the copyright to. I.e. you can repurpose your old content. However, we prefer new content and that’s, most likely, what will end up on our front page and get promoted by us.

Use relevant, high-quality, images for your posts — you need to own the copyright to the images, or use copyright free images (images in the public domain). You can find free images on sites like www.pexels.com. Please state the photographer’s name where possible.

You can import videos from a URL when relevant.

You may use outbound links that improve the overall experience of our community. No more than 3 do-follow links should point back to any particular domain. While lots of internal links make sense on your site, on ours they can come across as being spammy. Articles with more than three links to one domain risk being deleted.

Don't make claims that can't be backed up; focus on facts, and not opinions. Opinion pieces that don’t make claims are, on the other hand, welcome.

Always cite your sources at the bottom of the article, numbering them within the article (use AP style).

You may not copy someone else’s article and pass it off as your own. We use Copyscape to check articles and any articles we find that use plagiarism will be deleted from the platform.

“Spinning” another person’s work is strictly prohibited.

While not required, it’s recommended you write in short sentences, break up large blocks of text with bold headings and bullet your major points.

We adhere to AP (associated press) style editing. That’s not to say we are the grammar, or editing, police (really, we’re not), but for a chance of getting featured on the front page, use spellcheck and Grammarly to check your post before submitting it. While we may contact you with an offer to edit your article if we are interested in featuring it on the front page, chances are that poor spelling and grammar will ensure your article does not end up on the front page.

Your headline is important. Make sure it’s interesting and check it in TitleCaseConverter to ensure it adheres to AP guidelines. WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE ALL CAPS HEADLINES, nor all lower case headlines.

You may not post content that is hateful, or pornographic, nor link to sites that are hateful or pornographic in nature.

You may not post content that is illegal in nature, nor link to illegal sites.

If you want to be featured on the front page, bear in mind our brand guidelines — we are seeking inspirational and thought-provoking posts. Good luck!

Resources:

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/subject_specific_writing/journalism_and_journalistic_writing/ap_style.html

https://www.lssc.edu/faculty/heather_j_elmatti/Shared%20Documents/MMC%202100/AP%20Style%20Guide.pdf

https://store.stylebooks.com/apstylechecking.html

https://www.grammarly.com

https://titlecaseconverter.com

www.pexels.com

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