Thank you for choosing Fan Insider and we look forward to working with you. Below is a step-by-step guide for becoming a contributing writer, as well as what we are looking for in article submissions.
1) Register: In the top left corner click “register” to create an account. All contributors should use their first and last name. This site is dedicated to building a rapport with its readers and establishing that credibility and trust. Doing so will also be a great asset to all contributors as they build up their portfolios and résumés.
2) Complete Activation: After clicking on “Complete Sign Up” you will be prompted to go to your email to complete the activation process. Please give at least five minutes for the email to come through which may or may not be in your junk mail.
3) Login: After activating your account, you will log back in at fan-insider.com with your username and password. After signing in, you will be taken to the homepage where you can browse articles or take the next step of submitting your own special piece.
4) Article Submission: In the upper left corner, click on the “+ New” upon which you will be directed to the posts section in WordPress. Here you will write your captivating headlines as well as your articles. After you are happy with your work, click on “Submit for Review” — on the right-hand side — and our editors will take it from there. Articles won’t be accepted unless they meet our standards which is highlighted below.
What We’re Looking For
Broadly, here’s what we are looking for when deciding to publish article submissions:
Give Us Your Opinion: We want to hear from you and your analysis rather than regurgitated facts. Authors will also need to provide facts/links that will help back up their statements.
Show Us Your Stuff: The saying “nobody likes a showoff” doesn’t apply here at Fan Insider. Maybe you’ve correctly picked who would win the NBA Finals for the past 10 years in a row. We want to know, and those traveling to Las Vegas do too.
Call The Experts Out: ESPN’s Stephan A. Smith has been wrong for the past six consecutive seasons on who he thought would win the NBA Finals — despite having a 50/50 shot. Desmond Howard recently said that BYU has an advantage in football because players serve missions and because of that are more mature and older. Something tells me that Desmond has never learned what a mission really involves but instead of walking down the hall and asking ESPN host and former BYU football player Trevor Matich what it actually involves, Howard spouted his nonsense.
Here at Fan Insider we pride ourselves on facts and calling the experts out. Don’t be afraid to tell them why they are wrong and why they should listen to you.
Write Clean: All submissions should be proofread already, and free of any grammatical or spelling mistakes. While nobody is perfect, please be sure to look over it several times before submitting.
Headlines: We all know that your title is your baby, so make sure that you give it its best shot at life. Take some time to reflect on what you wrote and tell readers why they should read the article. Don’t go crazy or write headlines that won’t deliver on a promises to readers. Nobody likes clickbait.
Originality: Assuming you are writing about a well-covered topic — Tom Brady and Deflategate — bring some originality by giving readers a new perspective that other writers have missed.
Links: No, we’re not talking about sausage links or Jack Links here. While some may overlook it, link building leads to the path of success. Putting links in stories not only shows that you know what you are talking about and provides that credibility, but allows search engines to discover your amazing articles which of course will help rank high on the world wide web.
High-quality: Last but not least, we are looking for articles that are high-quality. We always look for quality over quantity here at Fan Insider. Metrics that we look at are: Well-presented, entertaining, data-driven and a call to action for readers.
Have fun: Most importantly, we want you to have fun and to let your voice be heard. If you have any questions, send us an email at JustinGiles@fan-insider.com
Sample Story Ideas
- Which fantasy football players should you avoid and which ones are flying under the radar
- Five most overrated teams and the five most underrated teams heading into the season
- Measuring the impact of the movie Concussion (if any) has had on the NFL
- If LeBron James is the best player in the NBA, then why wasn’t he paid the most
- Why the Golden State Warriors won’t break the NBA record (73 wins) this year
- Why XYZ team is going to win the NBA Championship this season
- College football playoff update: Who hurt their stock and who impressed
- Poll attacks: Calling out the worst/biased AP voters of the week
- Week in review (highlights and lowlights from the past week)
- Which teams always overachieve and which disappoint come NCAA Tournament time
- Why it’s time for XYZ coach to call it quits
- Why should XYZ coach get a raise