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Guest Posting Guidelines

Thanks for your interest in the Civil Engineering Notes! We love guest posts because they allow us to provide a diverse range of topics and expert insights for our readers. We do, however, get a lot of requests, and we can’t accept them all! But these guidelines will give you the best chances of success.

About the Civil Engineering Notes

The Civil Engineering Notes is an authoritative yet friendly resource for civil engineers and civil engineering students looking to improve or learn in the various civil engineering fields, from theory to practical.

Our topics:

Building Materials, Building Construction, Concrete Technology, Environmental Engineering, Surveying & Levelling, Estimating & Costing, Geotechnical Engineering, Lab Reports, Civil Engineering Project & Presentation, RCC & Steel Design, Civil Engineering Software Tutorial, Water Resource Engineering and Other Civil Engineering Related Topics, which might be interesting to the readers

Our posts:

We publish a wide variety of post types, including (but not limited to!):

  • New or different angles on common topics.
  • Lab Experiment Reports
  • How-to guides
  • New techniques and platforms related civil engineering.
  • Lists of tips, tools, or compelling strategies.
  • Creative ideas and real examples.
  • Examples/templates.

Guest post requirements

We love guest posts, but we do get a high volume of requests on a daily basis. As such, Civil Engineering Notes only accepts posts that are high-quality, timely, accurate, actionable, original, and resonate with our audience. Here are some best practices that will help us to respond to you faster and, if your topic is a go, get it published sooner.

1. Familiarize with the Civil Engineering Notes

Please do this! To get a feel for not only our topics, but also our tone and basic format (short intros, lots of headings and subheadings, short paragraphs, value-adding images, etc.). Read a few posts in full, and then do some skimming and exploring.

2. Check to see if we’ve covered your topic already

We’ve been around for over two decades, so this is a must! If we have covered your topic, we may still be interested if you can offer something more up-to-date or approach it with a fresh angle or different perspective. The best way to see if we’ve covered your topic is to do a site search on Google:

site:civilenggnotes.com [your topic idea here]

This search operator is your best friend. Do not include the brackets in your actual search.

3. Check our specs

Here’s what we want!

  • Sufficient length: 1,000 words minimum
  • Short intro: ~150 words. Introduce your topic and then tell the reader what the post will cover.
  • High quality: original, actionable, organized, and accurate! 
  • Readability: headers, subheaders, short paragraphs
  • Images every 2-300 words: As much as possible. It may be harder with some topics, so don’t force it, but attach minimum 3 Pictures.
    • NO STOCK IMAGES. Images should add value! (An occasional meme is okay.)
    • Use screenshots, graphs, charts, visuals, images from our existing posts, etc. 
    • If image is from another site, hyperlink to source via “Image source” anchor text under each image.
  • Civil Engineering Notes links: 3 links to existing and relevant Civil Engineering Notes’ Post.
  • Backlinks: no more than 3 per post
  • Short bio: 1-4 sentences, can include links to your website or social accounts.

Here’s what we DON’T want!

  • Thin content that demonstrates a lack of depth of knowledge on a topic.
  • Fluff: redundant, filler words, uses many words to say little.
  • Overly promotional content.
  • Previously published or sponsored content.
  • Stock images! (Worth mentioning again.)

What to expect

We get a large volume of guest pitches, so please be patient with us throughout the process.

  1. Pitch response: If your pitch is chosen, we’ll do our best to respond within 1-2 weeks. Please follow up in three weeks if you haven’t heard from us. 
  2. Outline: Once we nail down the topic and title, we’ll request an outline. If the outline is approved, you’ll get drafting!
  3. Draft: If the draft meets our quality standards, we’ll move on to editing. [If the draft does not meet our quality standards (i.e., it is thin content and/or cannot be improved without heavy edits), we will let you know that we cannot move forward with the post.]
  4. Edits: We will edit the content to align with our standards as well as the Civil Engineering Notes style guide. If we need anything on your end— a better quality image, a change to a section, or further elaboration on something, we’ll let you know.
  5. Publishing: Depending on the level of edits needed and our content calendar needs, your post could get published anywhere from 2-4 weeks after you’ve submitted it. This can be longer if we are particularly backlogged. 

Ready to pitch?

Send an email to Dibyandu at [email protected]!

Here’s what to include:

  • [GUEST Post] in the subject line
  • A little about yourself: What experience or expertise will you be drawing from in your post?
  • Proposed ideas: Topic ideas are great, title ideas are even better!
  • Writing samples: Please link to at least one existing publication. 

We’re looking forward to learning from and working with you!

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