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Vultr Docs Program Guide

Last Updated: Wed, Jun 29, 2022
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Program Overview

Vultr Docs is our knowledge base for the Vultr community. You've come to the right place if you are a technical writer looking for assignments. This article covers our rules, payments, and frequently asked questions. After you've familiarized yourself with the program, a review of the following resources is required before getting started:

Program Rules

  • An account in good standing for the previous 60 days is required to request an assignment.
  • A payment method linked to your Vultr account is required to be eligible for assignments. (See the FAQ below for more details)
  • An assignment must be requested before submitting articles to Vultr Docs.
    • Unassigned or unsolicited article submissions will not be accepted
  • Articles must be in English, with proper spelling and grammar.
  • Articles plagiarizing from other Vultr Docs or other sites will not be accepted. Only original content that no one, including yourself, has published will be considered.
  • All rights and content of an article published within Vultr Docs become the property of The Constant Company LLC. Articles published by The Constant Company LLC. shall not be published elsewhere without written permission.
  • We may reuse the content as needed or rewrite it to improve readability.
  • At the authors' request, we may publish your name as the author of the article, but we reserve the right to decline to give the author credit if the article requires extensive editing by our team.
  • Other providers that offer similar services to Vultr shall not be mentioned.
  • Use a minimum number of URL links to resources outside Vultr Docs.
  • Violations of any program rules may lead to suspension from the Docs program and disqualification from future submissions.

Articles related to the following shall not be accepted:

  • Blockchain and cryptocurrencies
  • Peer-to-peer sharing guides for programs such as BitTorrent
  • Anonymous surfing guides for programs such as Tor, Shadowsocks, SOCKS5, or other proxy software
  • How to bypass or "crack" licensing systems of applications
  • Products primarily used to violate Vultr's Acceptable Use Policy, such as media servers, robodialers, and shopping bots

Article Due Dates

Article due dates provide a structured timeline for the author as well as the Vultr Docs Team. All articles must be submitted for review within four weeks of accepting the assignment. We do not send reminders or status requests; it is your responsibility to contact us with questions about the assignment deadline. If the Vultr Docs team has not received your article by its due date, we will consider the assignment incomplete and re-post it on the assignment dashboard for another author.

Payments and Rates

These payment rates are guidelines; each article is evaluated individually. Payments are based on the amount of original writing, excluding code blocks. The Vultr Style Guide must be used for all assignments.

  • If you desire the highest payment for your article, we recommend these resources:
  • The Vultr Docs Team shall review your account for payment eligibility.
  • For PayPal payouts, your PayPal account must allow you to receive payments. We do not process PayPal requests (to Vultr) or donation pages.

If the Vultr Docs Team discovers technical errors or needs to edit your article, the article is not eligible for full payment, so carefully proofread and test your work before submitting it to us.

New Articles

New articles that are ready to publish without editing by Vultr are eligible for the highest payments and an author's byline.

  • New articles greater than 1500 words are eligible for up to $600.
  • New articles between 750 and 1500 words are eligible for up to $300.
  • New articles less than 750 words are eligible for up to $150.

Article Ports

Vultr Docs pays 50% of the new article rate, up to a maximum of $300, for ports of existing articles. Ports are guides rewritten for different platforms, such as an Ubuntu installation guide adapted to support FreeBSD. Ports should contain important new information and should not plagiarize the original article. Ports with only minor differences are not eligible.

Article Updates

Vultr Docs pays 50% of the new article rate for updates based on the amount of new content. Updates should contain significant new information and should not plagiarize the original article. Updates with only minor differences are not eligible.

Topics

Users reading your articles are primarily interested in server administration and applications. Therefore, our documentation library consists of these major categories:

  • Installation Guides are step-by-step installation and configuration instructions. The majority of our documents are installation guides.
  • Quickstart Guides are helpful for users who need a cheat sheet. For example, they know they need to open a port in a firewall but don't know the exact command.
  • Best Practices are short documents that explain the best way to do a particular task.
  • Troubleshooting Guides are step-by-step instructions to resolve common problems.
  • Frequently Asked Questions are common questions with short answers, rarely more than one paragraph, and link to other documents as much as possible.

How to Request an Assignment

  1. Choose a title from our assignment dashboard.
  2. Log in to your Vultr account.
  3. Make your assignment request through the Request Article form. Please include a link to the specific assignment you are requesting.

Ensure an assignment has been approved before you begin writing. There may be suggestions, questions, or updates to the assignment notes. We will notify you when your assignment is ready.

How to Submit Your Article for Review

  1. Please edit and test your article.
  2. Upload your completed article to the Vultr Docs team.
  3. We will review your article and provide status reports via the ticket system at each step.
  4. If we approve the article, we will send you a payment proposal.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I include images in my articles?

Our article submission system does not allow directly embedding images in Markdown for security. If your article includes images, please upload it to a public location such as imgur.com, and then use a standard Markdown image directive like this:

![Alt text for image](https://i.imgur.com/example-filename.png)

Important note about images: Articles in Vultr's documentation library must be accessible, which means all images need alternative descriptive text. As a general rule, use images sparingly unless required. If you use images, include sufficient information so a person who cannot see the image can use your article.

Can I write articles anonymously?

You can be anonymous instead of publishing your name on your articles.

I want author credit, but I prefer to use an alias instead of my real name

Vultr does not publish aliases for author credit. You can leave the author's name blank if you prefer not to use your real name.

Why do I have to link a payment method to my account? Do I have to pay to write for Vultr Docs?

You do not have to pay to write for Vultr Docs, but we need a linked payment method to verify your account. When you connect your credit card, you can choose "I just want to link my credit card - $0.00 deposit," and you will not be charged. However, you must test your article's steps to produce quality documentation. This usually means you need to deploy a small cloud server for a few hours, typically costing less than $1 — a small critical investment in your article that pays up to $600 when published. If you cannot afford to deploy a Vultr cloud server, you could test locally in QEMU or VirtualBox, but most authors see the value in testing on our infrastructure.

Do you have a list of available assignments?

Yes, Vultr has an available assignment list.

I wrote an article but didn't request an assignment. What do I do?

Before you submit your article, please request an assignment:

  • An assignment must be requested before submitting articles to Vultr Docs.
    • Unassigned or unsolicited article submissions will not be accepted If you want to write about a topic that is not on our available assignment list, please let us know; suggestions are always welcome. If it's appropriate for Vultr Docs and doesn't duplicate another article, we'll add it to the list and assign it to you. This step is required to prevent assignment conflicts.

How many articles can I request at a time?

To avoid assignment conflicts, we assign one article at a time. Creating multiple accounts to circumvent this policy is prohibited and violates Vultr's Terms of Service.

How can I make as much money as possible?

Some authors rush to deliver multiple articles to maximize their income. Unfortunately, these articles are usually low quality and require our team to edit them, resulting in lower payments if published. However, you can increase your payments by following a few tips:

  • Thoroughly understand your topic and write unique content instead of hastily rewording another guide you found online.
  • Don't submit your first draft. We have editing tips in our style guide.
  • Test your article by performing all the steps exactly as you wrote them. The secret to earning money by writing for Vultr Docs is straightforward: Deliver tested, edited, valuable content.

Why didn't you agree to publish my article?

Requesting an article assignment or accepting an assignment does not create any obligation by Vultr to publish your article. We may ask you to make changes or corrections, or the team may decline to publish your article without an explanation. We will make a payment offer after reviewing your article.

Will you tell me why my article was not published?

We do not provide reviewer notes if we choose not to publish your article.

My article meets all the guidelines, but it wasn't published. Why?

Not every article will be accepted for publication even if it meets all program guidelines. The decision to publish an article depends on many business factors, and Vultr reserves the right to decline to publish articles without a detailed explanation.

I sent an outline, and it was approved, but you didn't publish my article. Why?

Our approval of an outline concept does not create a contractual obligation to publish an article. It only means the outline isn't on our list of unpermitted topics.

Can I advertise as a Vultr employee on my LinkedIn profile or blog?

Payment for articles does not constitute an employer-employee relationship. Therefore, authors may not represent themselves as Vultr employees online.

I was offered less than expected. Why?

These payment rates are guidelines; we evaluate each article individually, prepare a payment proposal, and obtain your consent before publishing. We will not publish your article unless you agree with our proposed payment.

Can you send me a copy of my article?

Unfortunately, no. Please keep a copy of your article before submitting it. How did you test and edit the article if you don't have a saved copy?

How can I receive payment for my article? Can you pay in Bitcoin or Payoneer?

We do not pay in Bitcoin or Payoneer. You may choose to receive payments through PayPal or Vultr account credit.

Must my PayPal email address match my Vultr account email address?

You are welcome to use a different PayPal address than your Vultr email address.

Can I write articles about virtualization technologies such as VirtualBox, VMWare, KVM, or XEN?

Yes, if the article is specific to Vultr Bare Metal. Vultr cloud servers do not support nested virtualization.

Can I host my code samples on GitHub, GitLab, or elsewhere?

No, you must include all code samples in your article. However, at our discretion, we may choose to migrate your code samples to the Vultr Docs GitHub repository.

How long does it take to receive payment after I submit an article?

After you submit your article, our team will review it. The review time varies; we publish a current estimate on the assignment dashboard. If your article is approved and you accept our payment proposal, the payment team typically makes the payment within five business days.

I checked my article with Vultr Markdown Toolkit (MDTK), and I disagree with some of the warnings. Must my article pass MDTK to be published?

MDTK is helpful, but it is not a substitute for a human. Most articles will have MDTK warnings that don't need corrections. Please send us suggestions and comments on issues you find. Make sure to download the latest version of MDTK from GitHub because we update it frequently.

Summary

Thank you for contributing to Vultr Docs! Please use the "Suggest an update" button below each Vultr Doc to report errors in our documentation. Also, if you have questions about the Vultr Docs program, do not hesitate to contact us. We appreciate your feedback.

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