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VSN Groups Writing Guidelines

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VSN Groups website and blog attract more than 100000 monthly visits. We aim to provide high-quality content that is valuable to the developer community. We’re always looking for contributors to share relevant information with our users. If you have any niche writing skills and knowledge, we’d love to hear from you.

Please take some time to review our guidelines. It will give you a better understanding of the type of content, tone, and format that we want to publish.

The most successful blogs usually include the following best practices:

Article Title:

  • Include the target keyword in the title (preferably the first word)
  • Try to include keywords such as Tutorial, Code Examples, Tips, and numbered lists
  • Try to include the value they’ll get from reading the article.

First paragraph: 

  • Include the main keyword
  • Grab the readers attention
  • Present the pain point
  • Address the benefit of solving the problem
  • A short teaser on how to solve the problem

Content/Body

  • Use short paragraphs/lots of whitespace/bullet points when possible
  • Try to include a relevant image or code snippets every 4-5 paragraphs to break up the text
  • Include 3-5 internal links (relevant posts or pages)
    • Internal and external links, as well as their anchor text, are strong signals that tell Google what you’re writing about and the associated content that you value.
  • Include at least 2 high domain authority external links.
  • When writing about code, include snippets.
  • Give industry insights and data to back up your points.
  • Include how an APM tool, like Retrace, or a Dynamic Code Profiler, like Prefix, can be used with your topic.  For example, when writing about Kubernetes best practices, mention how Stackify Retrace can be used to improve the performance of your applications running on Kubernetes.

Headings

Try to always use headings. We use H1, H2, H3, and H4 headings in our posts. Be sure to properly set these styles. People tend to read the first few sentences and then skim blogs looking for a header that addresses their problem. Once they identify that header they take a deeper dive.

  • H1 – The title of the article
  • H2 – The main sections of the article.
  • H3 – Subsections of an H2
  • H4 – Less used subsections of an H3

Images

Include a royalty-free image related to your article.  Your image should be sized 1024 x 512 pixels.

Article length

Although quality is more important for us than quantity, in general, the post should have at least 1000 words.

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