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Vultr Docs Program Guidelines

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 15, 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. This article covers our rules, payments, and FAQ. We've also 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 is technically complete, but you would like to request 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
  • 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

If you need help selecting an article topic, please see our Request for Article 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 topics?

Yes! Please see our Request for Article list.

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

We accept, and sometimes publish, unsolicited articles. However, you should check our Request for Article list first to verify the topic is not already assigned to another author. If you cannot find a similar article in the list, please let us know what you plan to write before you begin. We will give you an assignment ID to to prevent duplicate articles.

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

To avoid assignment conflicts, we assign one article at a time. After your article has been published, you may request another assignment. Creating multiple accounts to circumvent this policy violates Vultr's Terms of Service and disqualifies you from the Trusted Author program.

Q: 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. You can increase your payments by following a few simple 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.

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 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?

You can choose to be anonymous instead of publishing your name on your articles. Joining the Trusted Author Program is not required to write for Vultr Docs.

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.

Q: I'd like author credit, but I prefer to use an alias instead of my real name.

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

Q: How can I receive payment for my article? Can you pay in Bitcoin?

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

Q: 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.

Q: What are the benefits of joining the Trusted Author Program?

A Trusted Author can elect to display their name on their articles. We plan to announce other benefits for this program soon.

Q: 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 Compute, High Frequency Compute, and Dedicated Cloud products do not support nested virtualization.

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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