Article Submission Guidelines

Writers

If you would like us to  consider your writing, article or story for publication on our website, please read and follow all of the guidelines below before submitting your work:

If you find yourself reading this, we assume you are interested in sending us an article for publication. Just before you do that, here are the things you need to know.

  • Types of articles we publish
  • Our Article’s Approach
  • Article’s Readability
  • SEO

Please familiarize yourself with our content and the articles on our website to get a feel for what we like to publish.  In a nutshell, we prefer content that is in-depth, practical and/or instructional, well-written, cited with sources if relevant and possible and approaches subjects from a fresh, insightful angle.

 

If you are submitting an article for review and publicationkindly submit it attached as a cleanly formatted word document.

 

Kindly keep your emails to the point and avoid long backstories. We get many submissions frequently and it significantly increases our work load.

 

We do  not accept articles that have previously been published elsewhere. The content you are submitting should be original and exclusive, except for Written Books and Recipes

 

Note: Any article with plagiarism score above 15% will be rejected.

 

Types of articles we publish

  1. Instructional articles – these are articles that are instructional/procedural, like the how to’s. Tips and tricks, technical guides, etc.
  2. Solutions – these articles offer solutions or clarifications to issues arising in our day to day life. Usually from teachers and healers in their respective fields.
  3. Opinion & Argumentative articles – these types of articles discuss the author’s opinion on contemporary issues. These opinions are usually backed up with facts and intellectual claims.
  4. Personal Experiences & Real stories – these are articles from the author’s personal life or someone else’s personal life. The consent of that someone else must be looked for.
  5. Fictional Stories – these are stories masterfully crafted with a moral by the author.
  6. Historical articles – this could include facts, notable figures, monuments and information about northern Nigeria and more.
  7. News Reports – This includes social media gossips, news, celebrity life and all forms of breaking news.

 

Our Article’s Approach

  1. Must be interesting
  2. Must be humorous (Not applicable to news reports and historical articles)
  3. Must be enlightening
  4. Must contain varying examples (Not applicable to news reports and historical articles)
  5. You must get to the point quick
  6. Must be what Arewa wants/needs
  7. Must contain snippet of real scenarios/stories by real people
  8. Must use simple and straight to the point Expressions

(Not applicable to solutions, news reports, historical articles, fictional stories)

  1. Article must be flowing all through, paragraph to paragraph.

 

Article’s Readability

This helps your readers understand and assimilate your text easily.

  1. Using Shorter Sentences: Sentences shouldn’t be more than 25 words. Longer sentences are often difficult to punctuate and read. Focus on using simpler and shorter sentences as opposed to boring long complex ones. Your readers will thank you for it.
  2. Use of Transition Words: This includes words like although, meanwhile, moreover, and ensures the audience’s attention is kept at the same thing keeping transitioning from one point or paragraph to another easier. At least 60% of the sentences should contain these words.
  3. Use of Active Voice: The use of passive voices in your article is discouraged. Active voices should make up a large chunk of your article. A maximum of 10% passive voice is recommended, except in special circumstances.

Examples of Active voices:

Audu ate six moi moi for dinner today

We are going to watch a movie tonight

Mum read a novel in one day

Examples of Passive voices:

At dinner, six moi moi were eaten by Audu today

A movie is going to be watched by us tonight

The novel was read by my mum in one day

  1. Shorter Paragraphs: Along with shorter sentences, short paragraphs should be prioritized too. You can categorize your points by breaking them into two or more paragraphs if a single one won’t suffice. A paragraph should not exceed 200 words, and 7 lines at most. This will ensure the reader is eager and looking forward to another shorter one.
  2. Use of Consecutive Words: The use of consecutive wordings (sentences that start in the same word or format) is boring/tiring and should be avoided. Use more variety.

Examples of consecutive words

I did….. I also carried….. I went to …..

She did … she climbed…. She sent….

Musa went to… Musa created… Musa is now….

 

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Some years ago, the art of writing was limited to only prints. Now with the advent of new media journalism, and the booming of sites and blogs, the art of writing has been transformed. It is not just sending an article and waiting to be published. Apart from editing, there are some tweaks needed to polish the final product and ensure others come across it. For every topic written on, there are several others out there. So how do you ensure your content stands out? How do you make others find your blog post? That is what search Engine Optimization (SEO) is all about.

 

How SEO Works

SEO is all about optimizing your articles to make them reach a higher ranking position in the search results on Google or other search engines. It is basically marketing your article without having to pay for it. Pretty big deal. There are so many platforms that offer you more information on SEOs.

Factors that contribute to your article being featured on Google’s algorithm include quality of the content, the structure of the post, social media activity and link by other sites to yours. These factors all combine to determine whether your content will be featured on Google and other search engines. This is why it is necessary to write articles in an optimized way.

 

How do we optimize our content?

To any frequent visitor, one might notice our posts follow a similar pattern. Right from the title, the subheadings, the content, images. Here is how we optimize our content for search engines.

 

  1. Keyphrase

Every article should have a focus key phrase. If your article is about “How to make money online”, your keyphrase should be “make money online” focus on that specific phrase. Don’t go veering off about something that has no relation to the topic. Now for search engines to recognize such an article, the focus keyphrase needs to appear in our article a number of times. For a 500 words article, the keyphrase should appear at least twice. For a 1000 words article, the key phrase should appear four times. For a 2000 words article, the keyphrase should appear at least Eight times.

Note: You should however be careful not to overdo it as too much keyphrase is less desirable. The keyphrase should also appear in the introduction, first paragraph and possible the first sentence.

 

  1. Subheadings

We recommended that your article be separated into sub-headings to enhance readability. You don’t want your readers to think they are reading a bulky study material or a novel. Let’s say the title of your article is “Understanding the idea of Child Psychology”, you could use other ideas on child psychology like Child’s Physical development, child cognitive development and so on as subheadings since they are all related to child psychology. Now when someone searches for Child’s physical development or child’s cognitive development etc, your article might show up on google as well. It doesn’t have to be your keyphrase that is searched on for your article to appear on search engines. That is how optimal the use of subheadings is and why you should use it.

We use 3 levels of subheadings, H2, H3 and H4

H1: Title

H2:    Subheading 1

H3:              Subheading 1A

H4:                       Subheading 1Ai

H4:                       Subheading 1Aii

H3:              Subheading 1B

H2:    Subheading 2

H3:              Subheading 2A

H3:              Subheading 2B

H2:    Subheading 3

H3:              Subheading 3A

H3:              Subheading 3B

 

Note: The subheadings are also written the same way as the title with each first word capitalized and bolded.

 

  1. Links

There are two kinds of links, inbound and outbound links. Both of them are essential for SEO. The inbound link links to another related article within the site. It can be done casually within a sentence or added as a related read more

…You can also read about The secret ingredients to my sushi recipe for more details.

or

Related article: The secret ingredients to my sushi recipe

Outbound link links to another site entirely you could. Citing a study, a piece of news, a site or social media handle of a person gives support to your claims or assertions. In fact, it is recommended, it adds value and genuineness to your articles. The more websites you link, the better your chances of getting ranked on search engines. Links create a better web (the core concept behind WEBsites).

According to a research by World Health Organization (link to the research), there are…

or

…a very close friend of mine Sample Name (link to the person’s profile) did…

Note: Be careful however to avoid linking an article that talks on the same topic as the one you are writing on.

 

  1. Images

The human eye is 2.7times more attracted to images than words. It isn’t rocket science. it is art. Apart from the featured image (images that appear at the top of an article or images that pops once the article is searched), other images or illustrations can be included in the text also for easy assimilation. This also optimizes your article for search engines.

After following the above guidelines, kindly submit your article to articles@messagearewa.com

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