At Sydney Sport, we desire each and every article to perform at its very best for the website as well as for the writer and/or business. Therefore, we have developed this set of basic guidelines that also respect copyright laws. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]THE BODY TEXT[/pullquote]
Articles are 500-800 words in length. If you go over the word count, please try to keep it under 1000.
All text must be original and exclusive to Sydney Sport. This is so that:
- Sydney Sport is the go-to source of the information
- the article doesn’t compete with another website
- the article isn’t penalised by Google’s search facility
- Sydney Sport and the writer are not risking plagiarism
Please keep articles short and punchy, which will make it more interesting for readers. Also, many will be reading your article on a mobile phone, so perhaps consider the following to encourage ease of reading.
- Breaking up the text into smaller sections with subheadings
- Using bullet points
- Inserting images to separate blocks of text
Articles are to be written in first or second person to keep it casual (using words such as you, yours, I, me etc). The exception is the promotion of a business or blog at the end of the article.
All articles are edited by Sydney Sport for grammar, accuracy, formatting and flow, and images may or may not be inserted. Unless there is an accidental error, the edited version is the final version that will be published.[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]FOR CLUBS/BUSINESSES & BLOGGERS[/pullquote]
Sydney Sport encourages clubs, businesses and bloggers to write for the site as it gives readers a wider perspective, adds credibility and provides expert information and advice. And while we can’t offer monetary payment at this point in time, we can offer exposure on the site and in social media.
Please avoid discussing your own club/business within the article, or you may be asked to rewrite it. This is because it does not benefit you or Sydney Sport if an article sounds like an advertorial – in our experience it deters readers and makes an article sound less credible as an opinion/advice piece.
The way around this so that everyone is at an advantage, and so that the article has a better chance of being read, is to structure the article around a general topic. Then, at the end you may write a sentence or two about your club/business/blog and include links to your website, Facebook, etc. For example, a tennis club may write an article about the pros and cons of playing on different court surfaces. And so at the end, they could write: ‘The Ace Tennis Club plays on clay. If you would like more information about playing on a clay surface, or would like to join the club, please visit ‘website’ or call Jenny on (02) xxxx xxxx.’[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]PERSONAL BIOS[/pullquote]
If you desire to be a regular reporter on Sydney Sport, we can set up a personal bio for you. Your photo will appear at the top of the article underneath the main feature image and allows people to click on it for more information about you as well as links to your website, Twitter account, Facebook Page and Instagram etc.
If you write a single article, you will be listed as a Sydney Sports Reporter on the article. You will, however, be mentioned by name within the article so that there is no doubt that you are the author of the article.[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]THE PHOTOGRAPHY[/pullquote]
Any photographs that are provided by you must adhere with Australian copyright laws. Therefore, the photographs will need to be either personally taken by you, or you will have written permission to show them on Sydney Sport (plus on social media for promotion of the article). We will not accept images that have been sourced on Google images, Instagram or another website. For more information about the use of photographs on Sydney Sport, click here.