Everybody likes a good read

at barCode we are always on the look out for writers who are in the fitness space. Be it in tech, health or anything inbetween.

Contributor Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in writing for barCode. Before you submit, please run through this checklist listed below.

Have you:

  • Created an account with barCode and included a short bio of yourself.
  • Added your name, email, website, Twitter handle, facebook and Google+ profile link to the top of your post?
  • Added a category tag to your post?
  • Given it a title?
  • Turned your post into an editable Google Doc?
  • Checked for plagerism?

If so, you’re ready to submit!

Please share your Google Doc with writeforus@barcodeblack.com. You don’t need to send us an email. We will get a notification when you share the article with us.

Some do’s & don’ts

Do’s:

  • Be original: Posts must be unique and original to barCode.
  • Add to the conversation: We feature a range of topics and have a growing library of great content. Think about how your piece can add to what’s already there.
  • Source all claims: If you mention a statistic or a study in your piece, include a reference.
  • Come up with a great title that grabs readers’ attention and makes them want to read your piece: Ask yourself what problem does my article solve? How will reading this make someone’s life better?
  • Write a tight opening: Does the first sentence make the reader want to continue? Does your first paragraph tell the reader clearly and succinctly what the article will be about?
  • Provide tips readers can implement easily.
  • Write in your own voice.

Don’t:

  • Send SEO-driven submissions
  • Send articles from content farms
  • Send articles created to boost SEO
  • Plug a product or brand name.
  • Promote a business or service
  • Hyperlink: Put relevant links in brackets

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I write about?

Read our articles to get a sense of what we share. We like practical, actionable advice, posts that will help readers on their own journey. Please write in the “user submitted” section as much as possible, then support your advice with personal experience.

Does barCode pay for post?

Aside from the occasionally assigned post, nope. When you contribute to barCode, you’ll get linked to your profile and your personal social media sites along with your blog you’ve added to help you reach as many readers as possible.

Can I repost my submission on my blog?

Nope. If we run your post on barCode, we retain the rights to that content. We don’t allow republishing on your own blog or any other website. Reposting content can hurt SEO traffic results for everyone involved.

How long should my posts be?

Aim for 500-1000 words.

Why do I need to submit via Google Docs?

We use Google Docs because it allows us to easily collaborate with several people without passing around new versions of a Word Doc.

Tip: It’s best to create your post as a Google Doc, rather than uploading a Word Doc to Google. Sometimes if you take the latter route, we can’t edit even if you tell the doc to allow us to do so.

Should I pitch barCode my idea before writing the post?

You could but it’s not necessary.

Should I include links within the piece?

We prefer links to peer-reviewed scientific papers, academic journals, and/or credible news outlets. Put relevant links in brackets.

Should I write a headline?

Sure, if you want to suggest one, that makes our job easier. We do however reserve the right to tweak it for SEO, style or just to make it more attention-grabbing.

Will you edit my post?

We may edit for content and clarity, doing our best to preserve your voice.

Anything else I should keep in mind?

Posts should be written in blog style, with short paragraphs and lots of white space. Including a few sub-headings is much appreciated, and please use only one space between sentences!

Should I include a photo?

Yes, but please make sure you have the right to use that photo in a commercial sense.

What about my headshot?

When you create an account on barCode, you’ll be able to add your picture there.

What should I do after I submit my post?

When it runs, we hope you’ll be active in the comments section, responding to readers’ questions or thoughts.

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