Here’s how to come up with ideas that will get traffic—and get you noticed, whether it be a written article or Tech Talk.
Keep your idea short and sweet, and get right to the point. Focus on AI Exchange’s core mission: To deliver practical information that your peers—AI and ML professionals and practitioners—can use. And back up your idea with research to make sure you have a winner. Spending a few minutes up front refining your idea outline is key to building an audience with AI Exchange—and building your own personal brand.
You bring the idea, and your editor will work with you to develop it. Here are six steps to a successful pitch. Y
Research your idea. Do the research to find a good idea that fits into the core topic areas we cover. Keep up with papers and publications to see what topics are hot and where the pain points are. Look at what's trending and find an angle that advances the discussion. How can your article advance the knowledge or provide greater understanding of the issue? Look at news sites, social channels, such as LinkedIn (join groups) and Twitter (use hashtags and follow influencers), and frequent Quora, Slashdot and Reddit, where story ideas can commonly be found within discussions on daily topics.
Vet your idea. Go to Google and do a few searches using a few related search terms and keyword phrases to discover what's been written already. What queries would people type who you want to find your story? Type them in, see what comes up, and find an angle. What makes your article unique, different or better that what’s already out there? Your story will do well if it increases understanding by clarifying, by prompting discussion by practitioners, or by presenting a contrarian or different view of, or approach to, the problem. By having a new angle that's relevant and either hasn't been covered before, is more comprehensive, or takes a fresh angle, your article has a better chance of owning that keyword and turning up in the top search results.
Cite a few examples (with links) of what's out there, and think about/tell us why your article will be unique/different/better—and land on the top of the search results page.
Here are key tips for creating great content for AI Exchange.
The Importance of SEO. To grow your audience, it's important to optimize your content for search engines, as well as make it streamlined enough that it's easily shared in peoples' social networks. Below are some helpful hints to help you write compelling article that will get attention.
Title. Create a title that is short, snappy and compelling and that highlights the main idea of your article. Doing so optimizes your article's placement in search engines and, as such, enhances your ability to reach a broader audience.
Article Body. Eight seconds is the average attention span of an adult online. That’s why it's crucial to grab the reader's attention in the first few sentences and convince them to stay. This is your “nut graph,” where you tell them what’s in it for them. Specificity is key to achieving this. Talking in broad statements rather than targeted issues that affect your audience is a quick way to turn off an audience. Know who you are writing for (role) and address the reader (“you”) directly.
Keywords. Make sure keywords or keyword phrases are included in your story several times, including at least once in your lead paragraph.
Sentence structure: Online readers skim and scan. Keeping most of your sentences between 15-20 words will ensure optimal readability for the Web and mobile devices. Though feel free to throw in longer sentences occasionally to vary your structure and avoid repetitive rhythms.
Avoid using the editorial “we,” unless you are a recognized expert advocating speaking to your peers or practitioners who are at a lesser level of expertise. Otherwise, address the reader directly “you” (preferred) or use third-person “they.” Avoid chatty, or “bloggy” sentences. Be direct and to the point.
Short, digestible paragraphs: Try to keep your paragraphs short - no more than 7 lines. The goal is to make your article more consumable by a broader audience—especially on mobile —and to enhance scannability.
Sources: When quoting or referencing people in your article, include a link to their LinkedIn handle on first mention.
H1 Subheads: Break up your text: Use a subhead every few paragraphs. These help provide a better flow and allow your reader to scan the article. Subheadings should be creative and descriptive of the content in the paragraphs that follow.
H2 Subheads: Use these when a main section of a story has several subsections that fall under it.
Bullets: Use where appropriate highlight key points or lists of short items. They increase consumability and will improve your article's SEO performance.
Images: Images and figures should pertain to the discussion in the article. They should not contain any objectionable or copyrighted content. Each figure should include a title, a caption explaining the figure, and a source credit. If you are not the source, you’ll need to get permission to reprint it. While it’s OK to paste figures and images into your document, be sure to include the original source files when you send in the article.
After you submit your article, the editors will review it for consistent and quality tone, voice, structure, content, and sourcing. They will ensure your article is SEO-optimized, and is written in a way that is authoritative.
1. Submit your proposal by contacting your editor. The editor will work with you to develop the idea.
2. Submit your article for review. When you submit your article, an Editor will review it and work with you to improve it.
3. Publication of the article. When the Editor approves the article, you will receive an email informing you that the article has been published and will let you know the estimated publication date.
The time from when your article is accepted to when it actually goes live on the site depends on our editorial calendar, but is typically 1-2 weeks.
We encourage you to promote all of your articles and Tech Talks. Whenever you notice that your content has been approved, share the article or talk in your social networks, as well as liking and republishing promotional posts of your article on Twitter, LinkedIn and other channels. We will handle publication on the official Scale AI social media channels.