Welcome to Inbound.org - a community of marketers sharing and discussing the latest, more interesting news and ideas in our industry. You can read more about us and watch our founders video interview here.
We like to keep things simple, but even simple things need rules and guidelines. These are to help make the community valuable for you and everyone else.
Whatever the situation, it boils down to this:
We'd love to see you build your influence and profile on Inbound.org. This is a place for all marketers to share ideas and opportunities, and become better together.
But, we'll also flag, restrict and ban members who don't help make the community better. Hey, we're looking at you spammers!
To keep the community valuable and free from trolls (we try not to feed the trolls), we have a strict "no self promotion" policy on the site. It's not in our communal interest to hear everyone's sales pitch all the time. But if you link to something you did or wrote (that provides value and helps people) in the context of a discussion or guest post, we're definitely A-Okay with that!
As long as its valuable by itself and not your long form sales page for a "how to make money with horses" info product. The community voted overwhelmingly in favor of being able to self-submit, but only if it's something useful. The best submissions that drive the most traffic tend to evolve into discussions. So share your stuff and make sure it's conversation worthy. Be controversial (but not quarrelsome). If you do it right, you'll definitely get noticed.
You might be wondering how you can get noticed in such a large community. Here are five insider tips we've picked up over the years for getting noticed in the community:
People in the community respond best to actionable, insightful and newsworthy discussions. Make sure your submission covers at least one of those bases. The moderators might even feature your submission too!
The best submissions leave something to be talked about (submissions that get comments earn 176% more views on average). So what questions and debates are there to be had? Perhaps share something as a poll or discussion to help guide and nurture a discussion?
What blogs, links and ideas do you have that few other people know about already? What are things you've found that others haven't? Help the community find new ideas and things to think about. Your unique, valuable insights will help you stand out on Inbound.org.
Lead the discussions you start. Post your thoughts in the comments, then invite your peers in. Discussions work best when there's back and forth between members. Be that connecting power to make conversation happen.
Headlines make the difference in getting your submissions noticed on Inbound.org. Remember - we're all marketers, and we all crave good content and copywriting. Your titles are headlines too!
If you have something awesome and unique to offer, why not write about it? Check out our guest post guidelines here.