Become a Writer at Tweak Your Biz

 

Want to be a business writer for Tweak your Biz? If so, we invite you to fill out the application form below and we'll be in touch with you. We review all applications carefully and if accepted you should receive your Welcome Email within one week. If you don't please email the Managing Editor - sian@tweakyourbiz.com - and she will look into it for you. NB. If you are just after links then please don't bother signing up.

Tweak Your Biz is a business community and online publication.

Tweak Your Biz is a business community and online publication

Today it is read by over 140,000 business people each month (unique visitors, Google Analytics, December, 2013). See our review of 2013 for more information. We look for professionals who can demonstrate a significant track record in the world of business and who are already active online and want to be more active.

  • Sign up for Tweak Your Biz. [Ensure that your e-mail is associated with a Gravatar which syncs up to provide your Avatar on TYB].
  • You must commit to at least one fresh 500+ word article every 60 days and to commenting often.
  • If you are approved to write for the site, you will be sent your log in details by email. If you haven’t used WordPress before then we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the platform.
  • Create your Bio. [Includes your website and social media channels] Please email your blurb for the bio box to sian@tweakyourbiz.com however ensure you fill in your Social Media channels yourself.
  • Submit your first business article. [at least 500 words, must be original content and not self promotional]. See our F.A.Q.s & Content Guidelines below. Also, read our blogging for business guide. Pay close attention to how we like Titles, SEO and Formatting.
  • Once your article is published, share it on your social media channels. We also expect you to help other Tweakers by spreading the word online about their articles. Share and comment on other articles you see on Tweak Your Biz and you’ll soon become part of the community and your generosity will be reciprocated.

Here's what our contributors have to say about writing for us and our authors/content are regularly featured by other publications:

So to get published:

Please review our F.A.Q.s, Content guidelines and terms below (and the following three articles are well worth a read)

Fill out our Application form

Your name *required

Your surname *required

Your Email (Ensure it is associated with a Gravatar) *required

What section/s would you like to contribute to?
 Sales Finance Marketing Management Growth Technology Global

What can you tell us about you? Please also reference recent blog posts by you

We promote your profile through our different social media outlets & we also expect you to share Tweak Your Biz content with your community.

Are you on Twitter? (enter username)

And on LinkedIn Profile? (enter profile url)

Have you got a Facebook Page? (enter url)

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Agreement Governing this Site

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF SERVICE CAREFULLY. THE TERMS OF SERVICE MAY HAVE CHANGED SINCE YOUR LAST VISIT TO THIS WEBSITE. BY ACCESSING OR USING THIS WEBSITE, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF SERVICE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL OF THE TERMS OF SERVICE, DO NOT USE THIS WEBSITE.

Effective Date: The Terms of Service were last updated on August 7, 2013.

The following are the Terms of Service for access to our website and all linked pages (“the Site”) and the use of this service. By registering with or visiting TweakYourBiz, you agree to accept the Terms of Service.

1. Acknowledgements

You hereby acknowledge and agree that:

  • The Site may only be used for lawful purposes; and
  • You will comply with the restrictions on content of published messages and activities using the Site as set forth in the Terms of Service.

2. The Site

The Site is provided subject to the Terms of Service and any guidelines, rules or operating policies that may be established and published from time to time, including without limitation our Privacy Statement. The Terms of Service may modified, revised or discontinued (in whole or in part) in our sole discretion by publishing updated versions on the Site, or otherwise providing notice to you. Children under the age of 18 are not permitted to register on this Service. If you do not qualify, you are not permitted to submit content.

3. Contributor Registration

Using the Site as a registered contributor is subject to our approval of your registration application and your continued compliance with the Terms of Service. In order to apply for registration, you have to complete our application form, submit tentative articles if requested, and check the "I ACCEPT" box to agree to the Terms of Service. Upon reviewing the application, we will respond via email, accepting or declining your application. This Agreement will commence on the date you receive an email from us confirming that you are a registered contributor.

By registering with the Site as a contributor, you represent that you are at least 18 years of age and that the information which you provide about yourself is true, accurate, current and complete, and you agree to all of the following: (a) that you will participate by submitting articles on approved topics; (b) that you will not appoint an agent for application or article writing purposes; (c) that you will not hold multiple registrations on TweakYourBiz unless expressly authorized in writing by us (including by email); and (d) that we may use your name to refer to you within the website and other marketing material such as presentations.

We reserve the right to refuse registration to any individual at any time in our sole discretion and without paying any compensation.

4. Submission and Publication of Contributors’ Articles

As a registered contributor on the Site, you agree to comply with the specifications provided by us from time to time to enable proper display, publication of your articles. All submissions must be your original content, ideally with a minimum of 500 words.

While you retain the right to publish your submissions in any media at your own discretion, it is expected that you will allow for a period of two weeks between the submission being published on TweakYourBiz for the first time and the submission being displayed or published elsewhere.

We reserve the right to edit your articles in their entirety and may also, from time to time, request you to rewrite your articles for them to be published. Not all the articles you submit will be published on TweakYourBiz.com. Publication will depend on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, our editorial preferences, relevance, originality and readers’ requests. Reasonable efforts will be made by us to keep you up to date on the topics or characteristics of the articles that are prone to publication.

We do not pay contributors for their articles.

5. Contributor Responsibilities

As a contributor, you are responsible for your articles, online activities on the Site and adherence to the Terms of Service. We reserve the right to investigate, in our sole discretion, any activity that may violate this Agreement. We are not responsible for any consequences arising from publishing your submissions or for your online activity.

6. Prohibited Content and User Conduct

We prohibit the use of the Site to communicate any information or send any messages that, in our sole discretion, we determine may do any of the following:

  • Advertise or solicit, whether directly or indirectly by including links in submitted content or otherwise, any user to engage in commercial activity such as buying or selling any products or services. It is also a violation of these rules to use any information obtained from the Site in order to contact, advertise to, solicit, or sell to any user without their prior explicit consent.
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  • Obtain password, account or private information from any user of the Site.
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  • Advocate, promote or otherwise encourage violence against any governments, organizations, groups or individuals or provide instruction, information or assistance to further the carrying out such violence.
  • Violate any laws (including but not limited to intellectual property laws).

With the exception of accessing RSS feeds, you agree that you will not use any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means to access the Site for any purpose without our express written permission. Additionally, you agree that you will not do any of the following: (a) take any action that may impose, in our sole discretion, an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; (b) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Site or any activities conducted on the Site; or (c) bypass any measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the Site.

You will not impersonate or attempt to impersonate another user or person.

You will not sell or otherwise transfer your profile.

We reserve the right to suspend, terminate or otherwise disable your access to the Site, immediately and without giving any notice to you and without paying an compensation to you, at any time, for no reason or for any reason whatsoever, including but not limited to, if we believe in our sole discretion that you are not in compliance with all of the provisions of the Terms of Service.

7. Username and Password; Identity

You are responsible for maintaining the security of your account and your identity as well as your passwords and files. We will accept the instructions of any individual who claims to be authorized to direct changes to your account so long as such person presents your username and password online, by email or by telephone. We have no knowledge of your personal relationships (if you registered on the Site as a person) or your organizational structure (if you registered as an entity). We are not responsible for the actions of any individuals who misuse or misappropriate your contact lists, identity or other assets using your username and password.

8. Intellectual Property Rights in User Content

By uploading, submitting or otherwise disclosing or distributing content for display or inclusion on the Site, you agree to all of the following: (a) that your submissions are not confidential; (b) that you own all rights in the content; (c) that your submissions do not infringe, misappropriate or violate the intellectual property rights of any other person; and (d) that you are granting TweakYourBiz (and its assignees) a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, sublicense, create derivative works from, transfer, and sell your submissions to the Site (in whole or part) worldwide and/or to incorporate your submissions in other works in any form, media, or technology whether now known or later developed.

9. Hyperlinks

This Site may contain hyperlinks to non-TweakYourBiz websites. These links are provided to you as a convenience, and we are not responsible for the content or availability of any linked website. We have no control over the content of any independent websites accessed from this Site. We are not responsible or liable for any damage or loss caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource.

10. No Implied Endorsements

In no event shall any link or other reference to any third party or third party content, product or service be construed as an approval or endorsement by TweakYourBiz of that third party or of any content, product or service provided by a third party.

11. Compliance with Laws; Monitoring

You shall use the Site only in compliance with the Terms of Service, the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 and all other applicable laws (including but not limited to policies and laws related to spamming, privacy, obscenity, defamation and child protective email address registries). Although we have no obligation to monitor the content provided by you or your use of the Site, we may do so and may block any email messages, remove any content or prohibit any use of the Site that we believe may be in violation of the foregoing.

12. Indemnification

You hereby agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless TweakYourBiz, its owners, officers, directors, employees, business partners, assignees, licensors, distributors, agents and third-party suppliers and providers against any damages, losses, liabilities, settlements, and expenses (including without limitation costs and reasonable attorneys' fees) in connection with any claim or action that: (a) arises from any alleged breach of the Terms of Service; (b) arises from any content or messages you submit to the Site; or (c) otherwise arises from or relates to your use of the Site. In addition, you acknowledge and agree that we have the right to seek damages when you use the Site for unlawful purposes, in an unlawful manner, and/or in a manner inconsistent with the Terms of Service, and that such damages may include, without limitation, direct, indirect, special, incidental and consequential damages.

13. Warranty Disclaimer

USE OF THE SITE AND ANY RELIANCE BY YOU UPON THE SITE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE; NOR DO WE MAKE ANY WARRANTY AS TO THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM USE OF THE SITE. THE SITE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT.

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We respect the intellectual property rights of others. Pursuant to 17 USC § 512 as amended by Title II of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the “DMCA”), the Site has instituted procedures to receive written notification of claimed infringements and to process such claims in accordance with the DMCA. If you believe your copyrights are being infringed, you may file a notification of such infringement with the following Designated Agent:

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3593 Medina Rd. #160

Medina, OH 44256

(888) 842-1186

admin@tweakyourbiz.com

To be effective, your notification of claimed infringement must be in writing, provided to the Designated Agent and include substantially the following information:

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Any notification of a claimed infringement that fails to substantially comply with the above provisions will not be considered as providing actual knowledge or an awareness of facts or circumstances from which infringing activity is apparent.

Please file a notice of infringement each time you wish to report alleged acts of infringement.

Please note that we will terminate, in appropriate circumstances, the account of any user who repeatedly submits infringing material on the Site.

Please also note that the information provided in your notification, including any personal information contained therein, may be forwarded to the person who has provided the allegedly infringing content, and sending us such notification constitutes your consent to share this information with the alleged infringer.

Please also note that if you make any material misrepresentation in your notification that the material or activity is infringing, you will be liable for all damages, including costs and attorneys' fees, incurred by us, the alleged infringer, the copyright owner or any authorized licensee of the copyright owner as the result of our relying upon such misrepresentation in removing or disabling access to the material or activity claimed to be infringing, or in replacing the removed material or ceasing to disable access to it.

We may give notice of a claim of copyright infringement to our users by means of a general notice on the Site, electronic mail to a user's email address in our records, or by written communication sent by first-class mail to a user's address in our records.

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17.3 No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employment relationship is created as a result of the Terms of Service, and you do not have any authority of any kind to bind TweakYourBiz in any respect whatsoever.

17.4 In any action or proceeding to enforce rights under the Terms of Service, the prevailing party will be entitled to recover its costs and attorney’s fees.

17.5 The Terms of Service shall be governed by the laws of the State of Ohio, USA, without regard to choice or law or conflict of laws provisions. All legal actions in connection with the Terms of Service shall be brought in the state or federal courts located in Medina, Ohio.

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 I Accept these Terms & Conditions

 If I am accepted I will submit fresh content (not pre-published) at least once every 60 days

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F.A.Q.s & Content Guidelines

Here are our F.A.Q.s and contributor guidelines for your reference. We will continue improving them as Tweak Your Biz evolves. Come back to this page every now and then so see what's new and what to expect!

Why would I want to write for Tweak Your Biz? What’s in it for me?

TYB is a respected international small business community with a large readership. We provide contributors with access to this audience in exchange for them becoming active members of our community. Here are the top 10 reasons to write for the site and find out how to claim your Author Rank.

Can I submit content that I have already published?

No, it needs to be original content. It cannot be something that has already been posted on your site or any other site.

How often do I need to submit content? 

You need to submit at least one new article every 60 days.

What happens after I get accepted?

If you are approved to write for the site, you will be sent your log in details.

Tweak Your Biz is a WordPress website. If you haven’t used WordPress before we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the platform. You will also need to create/have a Gravator with the same e-mail address that you used with TYB so your Avatar works. We cannot publish any of your articles until your Bio and Avatar are showing. 

If I get accepted, can I republish my TYB articles on my own blog or elsewhere?

You can re-publish your TYB content elsewhere after a period of two weeks. We strongly suggest you at least alter it slightly to enhance the possibility of it being indexed by search engines.

What type of content gets published?

We love business focused content that provides value. A great way to understand what to write about and how to write about it is to look at and study our already published articles. Here are some ideas for content to help you get started.

How long do my articles need to be?

We look for a minimum of 500 words. However, our analytics tell us that authors who consistently produce, researched, in-depth and well formatted articles get the best return with our top performing articles getting 10's of 1000's of views.

I've noticed the BizSugar button on your articles - what is BizSugar?

BizSugar is our sister site and one of the world’s leading small business social media. The BizSugar button allows our contributors and readers to easily submit TYB content to BizSugar. We recommend all our contributors create an account with BizSugar to take advantage of both communities and platforms.

Can I market my products/services directly?

Add value and avoid self-promotion such as promoting your services directly. Leave that for your biography or "resource box". It'll be more effective and keep readers engaged. Your articles should connect, inform or add value for the reader.

Can I link out?

It is accepted and recommended to point at different resource/s that support or serve as examples to your article and the overall message you want to convey. Please refrain from linking to your own website or affiliates you are writing for. Your author box (available in each article) displays information about you and a link to your website. We may remove links as we see fit in an attempt to keep Tweak Your Biz  fair to all writers.

How do you like your content formatted? 

A good headline and first paragraph will grab the reader’s attention. This is especially important if you are writing about perceived non-fashionable topics. Sub-headings are also a great way of breaking up your articles (use the h3 tag!), and help make them easier to read. Do not capitalize your sub-headings, keep them to normal case. Here's an article on how to best format your content for TYB and for internet readers. 

How much will I need to know about SEO?

Not a lot! But because TweakYourBiz.com is an authority site we expect that you’ll learn to do the basics well. We use the Yoast SEO WordPress plug in which walks our contributors through this process. Here is an article on creating SEO friendly content.

Can I add images and/or video? 

We add an Image to every article; they are great for grabbing attention. But we also encourage contributors to add their own suitable images where possible. Video is also an extremely effective medium so if you have one, making sure to include it. You can upload pictures but video should be embedded directly from your favourite video platform (e.g. Youtube, Vimeo, etc.)

How do you deal with copyright?

The onus is on you (the writer/contributor) to ensure that the image can be published and is not subject to licenses or copyrights. Provide the  name of the artist that created the image/video so that the due credit can be included under the image/video.

Should I ask for and respond to comments?

Ask for comments and respond to comments. If you truly want an interactive article that engages the readers, make sure to ask them questions and comment on their thoughts. We expect that our contributors will respond to comments in a timely manner and be a good net-worker!

Will I be expected to share and comment on other TYB content?  

TYB reaches a large audience because of great content and our lively community. Our culture is one where we support and help each other to grow our businesses. We expect all contributors to become team players and do their part to support the wider community. Sharing and commenting is an important part of doing just that!

What's other advice would you give new writers?

Be yourself! If you are passionate, then be passionate. If you are provocative, then be provocative. Let your personality out and be yourself. And finally remember to engage, engage, and engage!

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