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SmartData Collective Blogger Approval and Posting Instructions

Posting your content on our site helps you helps you reach a much wider audience than you may be able to reach on your own. We help our bloggers by providing a community that appreciates great content. Additionally we provide access to larger promotional channels, such as Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest and Facebook.

Who Else Posts Here?

All the content on SmartData Collective is contributed by other professionals and experts in big data, business intelligence, and analytics. All of it is edited and reviewed by our curation team before publication.

There are two ways to submit your work to SmartData Collective. The first is to publish posts directly to our site. We are always looking for bloggers who want to provide exclusive posts for our site and as such these posts get preferential treatment in terms of both promotion and page position. Alternatively, you can submit the RSS feed from your own blog and we will receive posts automatically. Whichever method you choose, please review the terms of use for contributed content.

Step 1: Sign up and Login to our site

To publish posts on SmartData Collective, you will need to have an active account on the site. If you already have an account you can login here. If you do not, you can create an account here. Once your registration is complete, you'll receive a confirmation email. IMPORTANT: To complete registration, you must click on the link in the confirmation email. This will enable you to fill out your profile (next step).

Step 2: Fill out your profile

We like our posts to have a name and a face behind them, so please fill out your profile:

  1. Once you're logged in, click Edit Profile while hovering over your username on the top right of the page.
  2. In order to be published, you need to have a first name, last name, and picture of yourself. If you're having trouble adding an image, please read our Help page entry on avatars.
  3. Next fill out the Bio field with a short paragraph about yourself. Please also add your Website and your various social profiles.
  4. Once you've entered all your information, scroll up and click the big, green Save button to make the changes live.

Step 3: Blogger approval

Next, please email the URL of your profile and at least three links to your blogs (you can also attach samples, if you prefer) to [email protected]. There needs to be a clear indication you are the writer.

A good guideline to go by is:

  • All posts must be related to business intelligence and data management
  • All posts must be edited for grammar and spelling
  • No drop links please - links are fine, but do NOT include irrelevant links back to commercial websites
  • No promotional or commercial articles will be posted

We always suggest you look at some of the "featured" posts that appear high on our home page at smartdatacollective.com, just to get a feel for what we're looking for.

If you're approved, continue on to Step 4.

Step 4a: Add your existing blog feed

The main benefit to adding your content to our site via a feed is that each post automatically comes into our system to be reviewed by our editorial team. A few things to keep in mind before you add your feed:

  • Your feed needs to provide the complete text of your blog posts in order to be published. Summary feeds will be removed from the system. For more information on setting your feed to full, see our Help page entry on feed settings.
  • Incoming feeds can only be attributed to one author. If your feed is a group feed or will have guest posts, they will all be attributed to the user account that added the feed. Consider splitting your feed using Yahoo Pipes or a similar service.
  • Incoming posts from feeds are not published automatically, only added to our moderation queue. Feeds that continually provide off-topic posts will be removed without notice.

If you're logged in (do you see your user name on the top navigation bar of this page?) and ready to add your full, on-topic feed, click here to begin or read our Help page entry on adding your blog.

Step 4b: Add posts to our system manually

We love to partner with bloggers who provide exclusive content to us by posting directly on our site. The benefits for bloggers include:

  • Access to our large audience
  • Increased visibility and recognition
  • Promotion through our network
  • Preferential page position

You can find more info on how to do that by clicking ‘Add a Post’. We ask that all posts created directly on our site (if they were created specifically for us) be provided to us on an exclusive basis for a minimum of 14 days after the post is completed, and that authors honor this exclusive time frame even if we do not publish your post immediately.

Due to the heightened demand in being a blogger on Smart Data Collective, please bear with us as we attempt to respond to all requests. You will be notified if your post has been approved and published. You will not receive a response from us if our guidelines are not followed. You can e-mail us at [email protected].

If you're logged in (do you see your user name on the top right of this page?) and ready to add your proof-read, on-topic post, click here to begin. If you need additional help, please see our Help page entry on creating a post.

Please be aware that we get hundreds of qualified submissions every day and can only publish a small percentage of them. Also, you'll only be notified if your piece is accepted, and if it's not, we can't respond to questions why.