Submission Guide

Contributors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Starting Business Library by examining recent articles, and to carefully review our Submission Guidelines before submitting their article for editorial review.

Please note that these guidelines may change from time to time without notice; we, therefore, invite you to consult them regularly. Your continued submission of articles will be deemed as acceptance of the updated or amended guidelines.

These guidelines were last updated on September 15, 2016.

1. Planning Your Article

  • When choosing one of our available titles, make sure you select a title that suits you and which you are comfortable writing about.
  • Perform the necessary research for the topic you have selected to write about, and make sure you include all the important aspects in your analysis.
  • Plan how you intend to deliver your message in the article and how you will address the various aspects of the topic you have chosen to write about.
  • Please make sure you carefully follow any instructions provided in the notes of the article you have selected in our list of available titles. These instructions may contain specific keywords that you are required to use or other information that is expected to be covered within the article.

2. Article Content

  • Articles must be a minimum of 1,500 words in length and must be resourceful, interesting, and use actionable language.
  • Articles must be written in either British English or American English, and should follow the appropriate grammar and spelling rules at all times.
  • Provide the reader with as much insight and depth to the topic you are writing about, and ensure that your article delivers all important information and is as complete as possible. Ultimately, your article should provide a comprehensive answer to the question being addressed.
  • Use short paragraphs and bullets.
  • Remember to add subheadings to your article to break up content.
  • Make sure your article is as unique as possible. Even if you’re covering a topic that has already been done before, try to provide readers with new information that is not widely known or accessible.
  • Don’t flood your article with keywords. Aim to use them in subheadings and in the opening and closing paragraphs of your article.
  • Make sure you properly reference any information, citations, and quotations within your article.
  • We take plagiarism very seriously. Any direct or suspected duplication of content will result in the rejection of your article and/or the suspension of your account.

3. Linking

  • Do not add more than three links to any domain.
  • Referencing is necessary where you use statistical or factual information from external websites. Factual data must always be backed up by a credible source.
  • Internal linking is encouraged; link to relevant and older articles where possible but don’t overdo it. Articles should not be stuffed with links as this can negatively impact user experience.
  • Avoid displaying and linking full URLs (e.g.: http://library.startingbusiness.com/).
  • Anchor text, the clickable text in a hyperlink, should be relevant to the page you’re linking to and should be a natural part of your sentence. A good example of this is: “One of the main reasons you should open an overseas bank account is to reduce political risks”. Please do not simply hyperlink generic text such as “click here” or “this”.
  • External links which are broken, directed to self-promotional material, irrelevant to the article, directed to offensive or immoral webpages, and/or classed as excessive are forbidden and may result in the suspension of your account.
  • The Starting Business Library reserves the right to add, edit, or remove any link at its sole discretion.

See a good example of linking >

4. Images

  • Aim to use a minimum of three images in your submission. Images and other graphics help break up content and make your article more visually appealing.
  • Images should be 700px (w) and 400px (h) and should not exceed 5MB in size. PNG, GIF, and JPEG are all acceptable submission formats.
  • Make sure you give your image a name like “Kittens playing with puppies.jpg” – image file names should be descriptive and should include keywords. Please avoid using default names like “IMG_0051.jpg”. The same applies to alt tags which are equally important.
  • Ensure that you have correctly attributed your uploaded images to the relevant source(s). The Source URL is the website URL the image was taken from (e.g.: http://library.startingbusiness.com/); the Source Title is the title of the website the image was taken from (e.g.: Starting Business Library).
  • Images that are blurry, poorly cropped, generic, and/or irrelevant will not be accepted and may constitute grounds for your article’s rejection.
  • Please ensure you have explicit written permission to use copyrighted and licensed images and other materials in your article. It is the contributors’ sole responsibility to seek permission to use licensed materials from their respective copyright owners, and the Starting Business Library disclaims all responsibility and liability for the use of such images that its contributors submit to its website.
  • If you struggle to find a suitable image for your article, please browse Shutterstock to locate an image you would like to use and then include its image ID or URL address in your article; we will then add it for you. You may also look for suitable images from free stock photo websites like Pixabay, StockSnap, and Unsplash.
  • The Starting Business Library reserves the right to add, edit, or remove any image at its sole discretion.

See a good example of images >