Content Guidelines

Updated February 2017

Note: The following guidelines apply only to registered members.

General Overview:

Writer Town has changed its name to Listiller.com. This was done to better reflect on everything the site has to offer.

Definition:

dis·till
/dəˈstil/

“To extract the essential meaning or most important aspects of.”

Listiller.com houses a vast list of resources for writers, bloggers, freelancers and solopreneurs. We are here “to extract the most important aspects of” everything you need to succeed independently.

In short, we are all about working from home and freelance success.

Reasons to Publish on Listiller.com:

Publish your articles for some great benefits, including:

– Optionally earn 100% ad revenue (AdSense/Chitika required)
– Submit new OR existing articles (that you own)
– Include self-serving links
– Your article is exposed to thousands of monthly visitors
– We do some article promotion for you
– You may include a short bio or blurb

You may also claim some paid assignments on occasion (continue reading for details).

Acceptable Content:

While we do have a special interest in freelance writing, this is a general community of bloggers, freelancers and self-employed individuals that wish to learn more about the following topics:

Writing: Freelance writing tips and advice.

Blogging: Think social media, SEO, increasing blog traffic, WordPress, and general blogging success.

Freelancing and working from home: Creative ways to work from home, make money on the side, or becoming a solopreneur.

More Specifically:

Word count: 600 words minimum (more is always recommended).

Article Status: You may post either brand new or previously-published articles — as long as you own the content. Previously-published content must always link back to the original source. For example, you may say: This article was originally published on [your-blog.com].

Writing about working from home? Ensure that your content is fairly evergreen.

For example: Don’t post an article that reads, “XYZ Company is Hiring Right Now.” This isn’t evergreen. Write about it only if the hiring is ongoing (such as TextBroker, for example).

Also: Ensure that your tips are fairly open-ended and that almost anyone can implement them.

For example: An article that reads, “10 Websites that Hire Lawyers” is not exactly acceptable.

However, a generic website that accepts freelance tutors is fine (due to the low entry barrier).

Simply put: Your advice shouldn’t require that someone holds a traditional degree. Think of the stay-at-home mom or dad that sees an interesting idea and decides to try it out for himself.

Topics should focus on supplementing your income and/or helping you be more successful with your home ventures.

Tone and Linking:

Your tone can be casual, conversational, and even humorous. The important thing is that you deliver something truly helpful.

Important: Overly generic or low-quality content may get rejected. Your content must not focus on something that’s overly obvious or outrageously outdated.

Linking: You may include 1-2 self-serving links in your posts, but don’t make your entire article sound like a sales page. Articles must flow naturally.

If you provide a review, for example, try to find something negative about the item even if it’s minor.

Adding Images:

All articles must have a Featured Image. You should rely on the Pixabay icon available from the New Post screen.

 

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Featured Images should be rectangular (landscape). Try to avoid images with a significant height-to-width ratio.

That being said, you may include any image size (such as portraits) inside the article body itself.

Revenue Share Option:

You may optionally insert an ad code from the Revenue Share screen (AdSense or Chitika). You will earn 100% of the revenue for each click on your ad.

A Listiller-based ad may appear on articles without an ad code, unless disabled in the future.

Simply follow these simple rules:

  • Only one ad is allowed.
  • At the moment, we only accept rectangle ads (For example: 250×250 or 336×280).
  • Important: Insert your username along with the title of your ad. Something like this:

If your ad isn’t published, it’s likely due to not following the above guidelines. Make the necessary changes and resubmit it for review.

Claiming Paid Assignments:

Note: You must reside in the United States and submit a form W9 to claim direct assignments.

Also note: You DO NOT need to give us a form W9 for the jobs available on the main Job Board. Those jobs come from third-parties, not us.

Here is how to claim paid or “direct” assignments, which are found on the right pane of the New Post screen. 

Consider this just a small feature, or a bonus. They’re offered on a “first come, first served” basis every week.

  1. Click to expand the task you’re interested in.
  2. Click “Assign to me” to claim it.
  3. Click “Write it” when you are actually ready to work on it.
  4. Click “Mark as Done” when finished.
  5. Click “Submit for Review.” Please wait for approval or modification requests.

Misc. Tips and Notes:

The best place to get started is from the “Start Here” page, as it shows you every available feature on Listiller.com.

Other questions are answered in our “FAQ” page.

We own the articles that we personally pay you for. This means they go under the Listiller (or staff) byline.

You must fill out and submit a form W9 to us before claiming paid assignments. Click here to download a copy.

Paid assignments have an unofficial 5-7 day deadline. We may unclaim an article from you if it’s taking too long to complete.

We suggest that you break down paragraphs into small chunks of two or three sentences (for all articles, paid or otherwise).

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