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The IoT Agenda guest contributor network is an opportunity to shape what enterprise IoT looks like, as well as how businesses approach IoT product development.

Have something to say? Join the IoT Agenda contributor network! We are looking for influential voices in IoT to join our cross-disciplinary hub and actively write unique content, sharing their real-world experiences and thought leadership with their peers.

Check out our list of our IoT Agendists!

Want to learn more? Check out our FAQ below or email us with questions.

Ready to join the network? Email us! Please include your name, title, company and IoT experience.

Please note: IoT Agenda's guest contributor network is not a marketing platform; it is a place for IoT-related articles and discussions, and is not to be used to pitch companies and/or products. Otherwise, pretty much any enterprise IoT subject is up for grabs, so let us know if you'd like to join us.

FAQ

How do I join the IoT Agenda guest contributor network?
If you are interested in the internet of things and would like to become part of a lively group of contributors, we'd be thrilled to have you join the IoT Agenda network. We welcome anyone with IoT experience (except marketing and sales professionals and content writers -- it's not that we don't like or appreciate these folks, it's just that this isn't the venue. It's true we have occasionally made an exception for a heavy-hitting engineer whose current title includes marketing, but that's a rare day).

To apply, shoot us an email with your name, title, company and IoT experience and we'll be in touch.

What topics can I write about?
IoT Agenda is a place for everything related to enterprise IoT -- platforms, security, networking ... you name it. Industrial IoT, smart manufacturing, IoT in healthcare, autonomous vehicles, smart cities -- we cover it all. We do not cover consumer IoT -- the latest smart fridges and smart watches are surely interesting, but we cover IoT from an enterprise view. However, building connected products, IoT user interfaces and experiences, and topics along those lines are fair game.

When brainstorming topics, ask yourself: What am I interested in? What would I want to read? If you find it interesting and important, chances are others will too.

Note that this is an open area for discussions about the internet of things, not a marketing platform. Please do not use it to pitch your product or your company. You can, of course, mention your company and relevant products on your contributor page (more on that below).

Please refrain from publishing press releases -- either in full or regurgitated form -- whether they are product-focused or not.

Need help picking a topic? We can help you brainstorm ideas and write titles to increase traffic to your articles.

How much traffic will my articles receive?
The TechTarget network of 140+ technology sites has an audience of more than 18 million members, and we actively promote contributed IoT articles across complementary sites on the network. We have seen a steady increase in traffic since our launch in late 2015 and expect the trend to continue as the internet of things becomes more pervasive.

How long should my articles be?
While there is no limit to the length of content, we require a minimum of 300 words. We have found, however, that 500 - 1,000 words is the sweet spot for both readability and searchability.

How often do I need to post?
In an ideal world, we'd like to see at least a post a month from contributors. We know, however, that there are prior commitments and that you have a life, so are very accommodating schedule-wise. Email us to discuss further.

Do I have to be a good writer?
You don't need to be an experienced writer. Just find a good topic to write about and let the words flow. Chances are you'll end up writing something others want to read.

Note that opinions are not always facts. Please try to be clear in this sense. Also, it's okay to be familiar -- if you want to use first-person narrative, go for it.

Will you be editing or fact-checking my article?
While we will never change what you have to say, we reserve the right to edit articles for spelling, readability and house style. Please edit, proofread and run spellcheck and grammar check before submitting your article.

That said, fact-checking is up to you; please be honest and write to the best of your ability. Citing sources is also a good practice.

The following statement will appear at the end of all posts:

"All IoT Agenda network contributors are responsible for the content and accuracy of their posts. Opinions are of the writers and do not necessarily convey the thoughts of IoT Agenda."

What do I get when I write for IoT Agenda?
While we do not offer monetary compensation, you will be rewarded with a voice in an active and engaging community on the vast TechTarget network, where business leaders go to learn about technology and make enterprise technology decisions. Our business audience is the largest of its kind, serving as the online intersection of technology researchers and buyers, targeted technical content and technology providers worldwide.

What is a contributor profile?
As an IoT Agendist, you will receive a dedicated contributor page that aggregates all of your articles in one central location and is also the place for you to showcase your name, company and bio, as well as social media and related links.

Can I link to my company or organization's website?
All links to company-related information and products can be done in your contributor profile.

Can I include links in my article?
You are welcome to suggest links. However, we at TechTarget have arguably the most fine-tuned engine for content optimization and full-time staff that knows the effect of links on articles. It is up to us, then, to determine the effectiveness of proposed links and react accordingly.

As a guideline, links to technically oriented data sheets and whitepapers are ok; links to marketing pages and homepages are not. Please refrain from linking to direct competitors of IoT Agenda.

We reserve the right to add links to your article from within the TechTarget network and non-vendor sites; this will help readers reach relevant content and also optimize the searchability of your article.

What visibility will I receive?
Articles will run through the "most recent starts at the top and works down" rotation.

Editorially, IoT Agenda will spotlight pieces of particular interest at our discretion. To get extra promotion (for example, being featured in our weekly newsletter, promotion across others sites and other sites' social media profiles, etc.), write exceptionally about exceptional topics and do it in an authentic voice. Otherwise, you cannot directly influence whether your piece winds up in an extra-promoted spot.

Who retains copyright of my articles?
As the author, you have copyright of your article. However, TechTarget retains the rights to existing and future publication. Contributors must agree not to republish articles, except as part of a longer book written primarily by the contributor, within a period of six months after the piece goes live on IoT Agenda.

Duplication of articles actually works against you in a web search, and we want your article to receive the traffic it deserves.

Will I get credit if my article is posted elsewhere?
While TechTarget reserves the right to republish content or redraw graphics/charts/images, anything republished will retain its original author attribution.

Can I submit material I've already written?
No. We strive for original content here on IoT Agenda, offering our readers the latest and most up-to-date info. Plus, search engines aren't fond of duplicated data. If the same article is posted in two places, search engines will penalize both IoT Agenda and the other site where the article is posted. Therefore, your work will not rank as high in search results, limiting the number of people that will see it.

Can I reuse the articles I wrote for IoT Agenda?
You must agree not to republish articles, except as part of a longer book written primarily by you, within a period of six months after the piece goes live on IoT Agenda.

Can I link to the IoT Agenda network?
Of course! Links on social media and blogs are a great way to stir up readership and increase visibility. Be sure to tag (and follow) us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Can I respond to comments?
Interaction is always welcome; comments and discussion are the markings of great content. When commenting, please remember to be respectful of your fellow contributors and readers.

Can I include photos or videos?
Photos, charts, graphics and videos are welcome, but please be sure you have the right to use the material and that you've asked permission to use the material when necessary. Make sure to credit your sources, even if you are the copyright holder.

The following statement will appear at the end of all posts:

"All IoT Agenda network contributors are responsible for the content and accuracy of their posts. Opinions are of the writers and do not necessarily convey the thoughts of IoT Agenda."

Anything else I should know before starting?
Be nice to each other! Understandably, opinions will vary. Please respect your fellow contributor and readers -- civility is key. Disagree with what someone has to say? It'll happen. Maybe you should even write an article with improved information -- as long as, of course, you remain within the bounds of IoT Agenda's house rules.

We are all here to discuss IoT -- the opportunities, the challenges and the implementation. Teach something, learn something and enjoy!

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