NOSPlan Editorial Guidelines

Understanding basic type of content

To join our team as a regular contributor you will be required to submit 2 articles (800-1000 words) for evaluation purpose. These submissions will have a fix price of Rs. 200 per article.  You may or may not be provided with credits for these articles. These may be published on our website, our partner’s website or 3rd party websites in name of Planning Tank. After this evaluation, you will be informed if your writing style meets our requirement and we would like to have more articles written from you.

Different type of articles/ content we have on our website is divided below for your reference which will help you differentiate and categorise them and get you started.

  1. Keyword based – Such articles are written with the motive of getting users/ visitors (traffic) from search engines such as Google, Bing etc. You can read more about this in our SEO Guide for PT members. These are the topics which remain same and widely studied. The article focuses on single topic. The keyword might be the topic in itself or remains the primary focus area.
  2. Non Keyword Based – Such articles get readers by means of visiting the website directly, social media websites, referring and sharing the link directly. Search engines might show them in search results but it remains secondary source. These can be both formal and informal content type. These type of articles have readers who are looking for something specific which might or might not be widely searched. These articles cover a smaller audience but equally important. Some of the characteristics of such type of content is:
    1. Newspaper articles – Time and Event based articles, News or some other topic which is discussed only for few days. These are generally one time read for users and usually meant for awareness purpose.
    2. Opinion Based Content – These include anything on which author’s opinion is reflected. It may be right, wrong or controversial. The opinion might give a closed ending or invite discussion. These are generally qualitative type and involves supporting of opinion based on little or no data.
    3. Research Based/ Reports – This type of content involves a lot of research since the proposals and comments made are based out of credible data sources. These reports might result in new data itself which can be used and quoted by others. The length of such articles might be anywhere from 3-4 pages to hundreds of pages (when published in form of book).
    4. Everything Else – These may be overlapping type of content or cannot be categorised in any of the above category. Feel free to suggest us such topics and the best suited category. A new category can be made for them if we received appreciable number of such articles.

Credits, content ownership & copyrights

Content being submitted to Planning Tank will be used in different forms. Authors contributing this content can be largely classified into following types:

  1. Ghost Writers & rewriters – You will not be provided any credit in any form. Your content will be published as anonymous/ as that of Planning Tank/ any member of Planning Tank depending on our requirements. You will act as Ghost Author in this case with no rights over content in any form once it is submitted.
  2. Authors/ contributors – A short author bio (2-3 lines) at the end of the article when publishing on website or as considered appropriate by Planning Tank.
  3. Partial or Mixed Credits – You will be provided with Partial Credits i.e. your name will appear along with that of Planning Tank or as that of a Planning Tank team member with or without 2-3 lines of bio about you or Planning Tank or a combination of both. Such contributions will help you utilize our network and build a stronger presence over the internet. We will pitch the article to our partners which increases the acceptance of articles. Your contribution will be used as that of a Planning Tank member.