Freelancer Articles Writing Guidelines

Freelancer Articles is a new destination on the web for helpful articles and tutorials. The goal of Freelancer Articles is to provide a well written, comprehensive resource for a variety of topics.

In order to maintain a common look and style, we have written this article as a template.

Writing Style

Articles are written to be as clear as possible. This means that you need to make sure all required steps for technical articles are detailed.

Format

  • Articles are submitted using our online rich text editor. This supports text, code snippets and images.

  • Although our reach is worldwide, we currently only accept articles in English, using American English Spelling.

  • Please use second, third and fourth level headers. Omit first level headers.

  • Articles should be no shorter than 500 words and should cover a single topic in depth to be interesting.

  • Please ensure that you have a high quality photo of yourself as your profile picture on Freelancer as this will be shown on your articles. It is also a good idea to have a completed profile on Freelancer.

Style

  • Omit needless words. Prior to submission, review your article and redact anything that might be deemed unnecessary.

  • Articles should have an introduction, several well-defined sections (including section headers), and a conclusion.

  • Freelancer Articles’ tone is conversational and friendly. Don’t be overly formal or too casual.

  • When referring to a person of undetermined gender, use the third-person plural they instead of him, her, or him or her.

  • http://www.hemingwayapp.com/ is a good resource for spoting any potential spelling or grammar errors.

Content

Articles are very self contained. When composing an article you should include all the necessary information and procedures within it. If some information or procedures require additional foundation, be sure to link to an onsite background article.

If a background article does not exist in Freelancer Articles, one should be written before a more advanced concept is introduced. This provides a richer overview of topics for our users.

Images

Images are very useful in providing additional clarification about a point.

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There should not be images of text or code snippets.

Code Snippets

Code snippets are intended to provide useful code examples where necessary. This should only be used for actual code and not plain text.

Tagging

Once you have finished writing your article and everything is formatted correctly, you can submit your article. As a final step, apply the articles difficulty level and tag the article. The difficulty level is marked as Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced, and should best match the difficulty level of the article.

We have many predefined tags which match to skills on Freelancer, you can also choose to add your own which will be created when your article is approved. Tags should only be added if they relate to the article.

Some DOs and DON’Ts

DO:

  • Ensure articles are accurate, well-written, and relevant

  • Test all tutorials before submitting them, especially tech related articles

  • Proofread your work

  • Follow all our guidelines stated here

  • Compose articles so that they can be understood by any smart user (even one without direct background knowledge of the subject).

Don’t

  • Plagiarize content. Articles must be unique and original

  • Republish the articles on another site or blog

  • Add contact details as this is against our terms and conditions

Additionally, please thoroughly proofread your sample article thoroughly before submitting it. Freelancer reserves the right to edit the works before they are published.