Would you like to contribute a guest post to History Cooperative?

Are you passionate about history? Do you love to share that passion with others? If so, you’re in the right place. We are always looking for history buffs to contribute to the History Cooperative.

If you’re interested in writing a guest post, please read our guest posting guidelines below before contacting us.

Any submission that fails to meet these guidelines will be dismissed without reply so you’ll just be wasting your time. 

History Cooperative Guest Post Guidelines

Topic: You can write about the history of anything that is not currently published on the site. Our preference is for broad content with wide appeal rather than highly niched content (‘The History of Cars’ instead of ‘The History of Ford Falcons produced in Australia between 1972-1978).

Please check if your desired topic is already covered on the site by performing a simple check. There is a search box at the top of the sidebar on any article page.

If you’re firmly fixed on writing about a specific topic already covered on our site, we will consider publishing your article if yours is a SIGNIFICANT expansion of the existing content but please check prior to commencing work.

Length: To provide our readers with the highest quality content, all submissions MUST be a minimum of 2,500 words with a preference for content in the 3,000-5,000 word range. There’s no upper limit, but if you choose to write a mammoth article, please make sure all of the content is relevant, intereting, and engaging.

Content: There is no one way to write a good article, but we would like to share with you what we think works best:

  1. Include an exciting introduction. Use your first paragraph or two to show readers why this is an important topic to read about. Let them know why this topic is worth exploring. How has it impacted the world today? How has it impacted the everyday lives of ordinary people? Give them a reason to explore further. 
  2. Break up your work into digestible pieces. Use subheadings, short and punchy pararaphs (no more than 4 sentences), and include lists and bullet points where appropriate. 
  3. Include images, graphs, maps, videos, etc. whenever possible. Multimedia helps bring history to life. Make sure to properly cite where you get your images, and make sure to use royalty free images.
  4. Write a “so what” conclusion. Similar to your introduction, we like it when writers include a conclusion that does more than just summarizes the main points. Tell us why this topic is important, and touch on some of its implications for the future of human history. Remember: the impacts of events that happened thousands of years ago can often still be felt today.

Images: We like to include at least 3 or 4 images in each article so please attach them to your submission, indicating where they should be placed.

Please also include at least 2 potentail featured image for your article so we have a choice. Feature images must be in Landscape orientation and be a minimum of 1200px wide.

NOTE: You MUST either have permission to publish these images or have sourced them from websites that do not require you to have permission. Here are some excellent websites for sourcing free, royalty-free images:

  1. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
  2. Unsplash.com
  3. Pixabay.com

Quality: We expect writers for the History Cooperative to have a strong command of the English language, which means your work should read as though it was written by a native speaker. You do not need to be a native speaker to have your work published, so long as your writing is high-level.

Also, please proofread your work. We will be editing it, but cleaner work stands a much better chance of making it onto the site. Consider having a second set of eyes look over your piece before you send it in for us to review. If your work contains significant errors, we will simply ask you to rewrite it so you’ll be saving us both time.

Rights: When you publish your article on History Cooperative, you give us full rights. This means you cannot publish it anywhere else and it also means we won’t accept work that has been published on another website or print publication. However, you may include an author bio at the end of the article so that you can get credit for your hard work.

Sources: Please include at least five (5) high-quality sources in your article. This means:

  • Books published by reputable publishing houses
  • Academic journals
  • High-authority websites

IMPORTANT: WIKIPEDIA DOES NOT COUNT AS A “HIGH-QUALITY” SOURCE. PLEASE DO NOT LINK TO IT IN YOUR ARTICLE.

If you choose to use print sources, please cite them using MLA format in a “Bibliography” section at the end of the article. Don’t remember how to do MLA format? No problem. Search for the source you used in Google Scholar and click “Cite.” Then, copy and paste the MLA citation. Or, use this tool to enter the information and generate the citation for you.

Links: We understand that the motivation for a lot of people to publish guest posts is to obtain a link to their website. We are happy to accept backlinks to your website, so long as they meet the following criteria:

  • One (1) self-promotional backlink per article
  • The link must fit naturally into the article and add value to it and it MUST add value to the article. No homepage links in random locations. These will be removed.
  • Backlinks must be to high-quality/authority sites. No thin/spammy affiliate websites with low quality content. Once again, if the link does not add value to the article, it will be removed.
  • All links in the article must be to sources you used for research.

Compensation: The History Cooperative is a volunteer-run organization and, as such, all contributor positions are on a volunteer-only basis. If you’re looking for paid writing work, we’re unfortunately unable to offer this at this time. But we will gladly accept any work you wish to contribute to satisfy your passion for sharing history with the world.

We also do not accept payment for posting articles on our website. If you’re attempting to purchase links from our website, please instead direct that money into producting higher quality content to increase the likelihood that your content is published.

Submission: All work is to be submitted in Google Sheets as it allows all individuals involved in the process to view and submit feedback on the content produce.

If you have read these guidelines and still wish to submit a guest post, please email matt at history cooperative dot org with your topics ideas and he will reply within 7-10 days with his feedback.