We have received many great applications and sample articles. Thank you very much for sharing your work and your enthusiasm for technology with us. At this point, we are in touch with a lot of writers and are still catching up on outstanding applications. We expect to re-open applications in mid/late April. Stay tuned!
If you follow the flowchart in our Infographic, you should be well on your way to writing something that we’ll love to publish. Your sample article, however, might need some editing to match our requirements. If you’re eager to submit something close to perfect — competition is tough and our expectations are high –, have a look at our Formatting Checklist and the tips below.
If the title of this page or our Infographic had not captured your interest, you would not be reading this. Now you’re probably trying to understand what we’re looking for. Well, we’re looking for titles that will make people read your articles; and not be disappointed if they do of course. Here are some ideas:
- Make titles, clear, to the point and attractive.
- Most Popular articles on MakeUseOf have a clear and somewhat attractive titles.
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- A little research has shown that keeping titles shorter than 70 characters is a great idea.
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We’re looking for one of two things with ledes:
- Summarize what’s going on in the article.
- Tease people so they’ll want to read more.
The lede can be one sentence or a short paragraph at the very start of your article.
Images / Screenshots
A picture is worth a thousand words. And since in today’s day and age only few people take the time to read a thousand words, we highly value great images and screenshots. Follow these tips and you’ll do fine:
- Screenshots need to depict the app or service you’re writing about.
- Use BIG and ATTRACTIVE screenshots. Ideally between 600-640 px.
- We ask you for at least 3 screenshots per article, but of course you can use more. The more the better.
- If you plan to use images from Flickr, make sure to check that the Creative Commons license allows for commercial use. Attribute those images at the end of your post with a “Image Credit: Name of Image Owner and link to image”.
- You may use Creative Commons image search engines to find free stock photos for commercial use.
- NEVER use Google Images to source for intro images or screenshots. Always either use stock images, or create your own images and screenshots.
You want to write about technology? Start by hacking your writing process and find a spell and grammar checker that works for you. Hint: It’s not your editor! :)
Applications Are Currently Closed
Do you think you have an article we’ll love? You have read this far, so you must be eager to write for MakeUseOf. Please feel free to email Tina under firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified when we re-open applications. Thank you!