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Vultr Docs Program Guidelines

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 25, 2021
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Program Overview

Vultr Docs is our knowledge base for the Vultr community. If you are a technical writer looking for assignments, you've come to the right place. We pay top rates for articles, ports, updates, and technical summaries.

We've published several guides to assist you as you plan your Vultr Docs contributions.

Thank you for contributing to Vultr Docs. We look forward to reading your articles!

Program Rules

  • Articles must be in English, with proper spelling and grammar. See our style guide for more information.
  • You must submit original content. Do not plagiarize from other Vultr Docs or other sites.
  • A limited number of articles that need editing may be accepted as technical summaries. See our policy below. Submissions with technical errors are not accepted.
  • Articles submitted to Vultr are exclusive to Vultr Docs. Do not republish the article elsewhere after submission to Vultr Docs.
  • After payment, the content becomes the property of Vultr. We may reuse the content as needed or rewrite it to improve readability.
  • Do not mention other providers that offer similar services to Vultr.
  • 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 disqualify future submissions.

Payments and Rates

These payment rates are guidelines; we evaluate each article individually. We base payments on the amount of original writing, excluding code blocks.

  • We 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 you desire the highest payment for your article, we recommend these resources:

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

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

Article Updates

With pre-approval, we pay 50% of the new article rate for updates to existing articles. Updates should contain significant new information, and should not plagiarize the original article. You'll find more information about our Request For Article system here.

Technical Summaries

If your article needs our editing assistance, we may consider reviewing it as a technical summary. If it is accurate and we publish it, we pay 50% of the usual rate without an author byline. If you are a technical expert and need help editing your article, please include this editor note in the article submission form:

Please edit this technical summary for me. 
I know there will be a 50% reduction in payment.

We accept a limited number of technical summaries each month. This policy applies to new articles, ports, and updates.

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 useful 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.

We do not accept articles about:

  • Blockchain and cryptocurrencies
  • Peer-to-peer sharing guides for programs such as BitTorrent, etc.
  • Anonymous surfing guides for programs such as Tor, Shadowsocks, SOCKS5, or other proxy software.
  • Game guides focusing on SteamCMD installation. Game guides should concentrate on using and customizing the game server.
  • Guides that require virtualization technologies such as VirtualBox, VMWare, KVM, or XEN. Vultr does not support nested virtualization.
  • 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.

If you need help selecting an article topic, see the Trusted Author Program requested topic list.

Submission Process

  1. Please edit your article.
  2. Use this form to send the article to us for review.
  3. We perform an initial screening for spelling, formatting, grammar, and topic suitability. This review may take several days. We will contact you with a status report after the screening is complete.
  4. We perform a full technical review of articles that pass the initial screening. We test all the steps exactly as written. The article must pass this test without errors to be accepted. Depending on the number of pending submissions, the process may take a few weeks.
  5. If we approve the article, we will send you a payment proposal.
  6. If you accept payment for the article, you may not repost it elsewhere in any form, modified or unmodified.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do you have a list of requested articles?

Yes! Please see Vultr's Request for Article (RFA) System.

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

Thank you for writing the article. Please do not submit it until you have requested an assignment so we can verify it hasn't been assigned to another author.

Q: How many articles can I request at a time?

Due to the high demand for articles, we request that you work on one article at a time. After your article has been approved for publication, you may request another assignment. We do not assign multiple articles to a single author at one time. This prevents conflicts where multiple authors request to update the same article.

We don't have a limit on the number of articles an author can submit in total. Authors who submit a few high-quality articles will generally earn more than authors who submit many substandard articles. If your goal is to earn as much as possible by writing for Vultr Docs, our advice is to slow down. Please pay careful attention to our style guide and focus on good technical writing.

Q: 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.

Q: 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, proofread, and edit the article if you don't have a saved copy?

Q: Will you tell me why my article was not published?

Vultr does not provide editor notes for unpublished articles. Because we pay well above the industry standard rate, we expect our authors to submit ready-to-publish articles. As a member of the Trusted Author Program, you should be a skilled technical writer that does the research required to produce a quality article without coaching. If you need a refresher course on technical writing, we recommend the free Google technical writing course.

Q: 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 may decline to publish articles at our sole discretion without a detailed explanation.

Q: 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 write articles anonymously without joining the Trusted Author program?

Sure! Joining the Trusted Author Program isn't required to write for Vultr Docs. We accept unsolicited articles, and you can choose to be anonymous. Please send us your article here. You'll need to create a free Vultr account so we can contact you and arrange payment.

Q: Can I advertise myself as a Vultr Author 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.

Q: 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.

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. If you have questions about the Vultr Docs program, please contact us. We appreciate your feedback.

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