For Site Visitors
- Do I need to register or provide my email address just to read your articles?
Of course not! Browse the site to your heart’s content—there’s lots of good stuff here. All of our articles are fresh, and available only at Thingswomenwant.com. We do, however, invite you to join our mailing list and receive regular updates about what’s happening at Thingswomenwant.com. We also invite you to contribute articles of your own. If you choose to become one of our authors—or better yet, a contributing editor—you’ll need to provide us with a little more information about yourself (which we will never share with anyone). But if you just want to hang out with us a read all of this great stuff, go ahead and enjoy yourself.
- Is Thingswomenwant.com free?
Yes—completely, absolutely, no fine print, no trial period, no catches, no tricks, 100% free. And it always will be, too. You’ll never pay a penny to enjoy all of the great content at Thingswomenwant.com.
- Will I ever have to pay for something on Thingswomenwant.com?
Same answer as above with one minor addition—only if you want to. Thingswomenwant.com carries ads from some great companies who sell some awesome products and services. As much as we’d love to give those things away, we can’t. So if you decide to buy from one of our trusted vendors. Yes, you’ll have to pay for your purchases. But that’s between you and the vendor—Thingswomenwant.com does not participate in those transactions, and will never charge you for anything—ever.
- Will you give my email address to anyone else?
Our list allows you to opt-in and receive selected offers and emails from time to time from our trusted and selected marketing partners. However, it’s an opt-in list that you can opt-out of anytime. This gives you the option of receiving only updates from Thingswomenwant.com without getting any other mail from anyone else related to Thingswomenwant.com. Of course, if you don’t want to get mail from us either, no problem—just unsubscribe entirely from our list, and we won’t send anything else your way.
- How do I unsubscribe from your email list?
Simply follow the link to unsubscribe or to opt-out of our partner list. The choice is yours. You may also send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
- What do I do if I’m offended about something I saw on your site?
You can do several things. The easiest is to stop reading the article, forget about it, and move on to another one. But we don’t want to lose you as a reader, so if it really offended you, drop us a note here, and we’ll look into it. By the way, we take all such comments very seriously, so if you send us a note, we’ll make sure the issue gets resolved.
- What do I do if I strongly disagree with something I saw on your site?
Simple—write and post a response. That’s what Thingswomenwant.com is all about—good information and a challenging dialog. We review content to make sure it conforms to our standards, but we don’t edit it. The information on Thingswomenwant.com is not necessarily the opinion of Thingswomenwant.com or the TWW Networks, LLC. So there are bound to be differences of opinion, and we feel that that is a good thing. So step in, step up, and write an article that challenges what you’ve taken issue with.
- If you’re never going to charge me for anything, how does Thingswomenwant.com make money so it can continue?
Our advertisers pay us to display their messages. We’d of course like you to patronize them, but that’s really up to you. Thingswomenwant.com will always be free because it is 100% supported by ad revenue.
- How do I change the email address that I used for Thingswomenwant.com?
We use an outside service to manage our email lists so it might seem a little complicated. In reality thought it’s not—the company we use is very strict about the security of the email addresses they manage for us, and keeps those addresses in an extremely secure environment. So the best way to change an email address is to add a new one using the signup button.
- I really like one of the articles I saw on your site. Can I republish it on my site with a credit to Thingswomenwant.com?
Sorry, nope, that we don’t allow. You are however welcome to publish a synopsis of the article and then provide a link back to Thingswomenwant.com telling your readers to click on the link to read the full text. That link to our site will also help your site’s Search Engine Optimization (SEO) ranking.
For Authors and Contributing Editors
- How do I become a writer on Thingswomenwant.com?
GETTING STARTED: Your Photo and bio
First things first. We need a good, clear headshot of you. This will go on your contributor profile. We also need a great Bio that explains who you are, what experience you bring to Things Women Want, and a link to your personal website or blog. You may also post any videos or books you have produced for added exposure.
We will also need links to your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter,Pinterest, Google+). It’s very important to include links on your profile. It helps build credibility and encourages your readers to interact with you and the content that you are producing for the website.
Please keep things professional. We love your unique personality and encourage your bio to be fun. We do not, however, want to give our readers the wrong idea about the site so we must approve your photo and bio before placing it on your author page.
How To Write for Things Women Want
Submitting Your Work
All content submitted to TWW will be reviewed by an Editor prior to being published. This policy is for our protection and for yours, too. We screen all content to make sure it’s a good fit for our audience.
Here’s how the submission process works in detail:
- Make sure your content is ready to go live on the site. Proofread your work several times to make sure that it reads well and that there are no spelling, grammatical errors, and typos.
Once certain that your post is publishable, the next step is to send it to us at email@example.com
- The third step is up to us. A Things Women Want editor will read your submission in detail. We first review your material to make sure that it conforms to our editorial guidelines and meets our readers’ high standards. If your submission is riddled in errors, has not been fact-checked and properly credited or has nothing to do with the audience, it will be rejected.
- If your article was accepted and published, that’s it. A Few Submission Guidelines. You’re done and congratulations, you’re a published writer! If your article was returned to you, read through the editor’s comments, and modify your content. (You’ve worked hard on this so please don’t get angry and abandon your work. Take some time, go back through the piece and make the requested changes. We really want to work with you.) Once the changes have been made, re-submit your work. Our editor will then take it from there.
We want to make it easy to publish your articles on our site. We don’t want to act as censors. Here are the only things you should remember when submitting to Things Women Want:
- No Pornography
Frank discussion about sexual or relationship topics is one thing. It’s perfectly acceptable but we don’t need graphic details. Common sense is the order of the day on this one.
- No Advertising
People are coming to the site to get good information, not to read ads. Use this forum to display solid thought leadership in your chosen topic. That’s the best kind of advertising there is. If you have a business to promote, you can include a link to it in your bio which will be featured on the website and the bottom of the articles that you’ve written for us.
- Articles are Subject to Review
An editor will review every article submitted for publication. If the article is rejected for any reason, it will be returned to you with suggestions for acceptance.
- At Least 600 Words
We are looking for solid articles that deliver solid, interesting, and substantial information. Five hundred words is not as hard as it might first seem. Think in terms of six paragraphs with five sentences of 15 or 20 words each.
That’s it! Once you’re in the groove, you won’t even have to think about it. The words will just flow. We will also accept longer articles up to 1200 words.
- We Own the Rights
Once an article has been accepted and published on our site the copyright becomes ours, with your accreditation, and cannot be published elsewhere online.
- Writing For Expression and Exposure
Thingswomenwant.com is a free site. We don’t charge people to visit and read the articles. We also don’t pay for the articles that you submit. You will be able to express yourself publicly, however, and the exposure you receive, both personally and professionally, can be substantial.
Please feel free to submit articles that are in the spirit of the categories you currently see on TWW. If you want to be a featured writer, let us know which topic is of interest to you. We want to encourage you to share your knowledge, expertise, and creativity with our readers. If you know something well, you’ll come off as an authority on the subject. This helps build credibility and a following which in return can help you with your personal pursuits by driving traffic to your blog, website or online storefront.
And by the way, contributing writers receive a private page on our site where they can post their bios, their professional backgrounds and backlinks to both their personal and professional sites. It’s a great way to get some exposure—we get a ton of traffic at Thingswomenwant.com—and to expand your professional horizons.
- Do I get paid for writing for Thingswomenwant.com?
No, we don’t pay for submissions. The reason writers write for us is that they want to be a part of the common dialog, and want a voice online. If you have always wanted to express your thoughts, ideas, emotions and feelings to others, Thingswomenwant.com is a great place to do it. Also, if you think that you have a special way to solve problems for people. Thingswomenwant.com is the perfect place to get your information out there. So although you won’t be paid for writing for us, our writers derive a tremendous amount of satisfaction from being heard. Also, after you’ve written 10 articles for us, you’ll get your own web page on our site (which a lot of people will see). It’s a great way to break in as a “published author” and get some exposure in the process.
- Can I publish articles that I write for Thingswomenwant.com on other sites or on my own website?
No. Once you submit an article to Thingswomenwant.com and we publish it, we own it. If it is published elsewhere, Google will penalize the second publisher for what they call “duplicate content.” The other problem is that we pride ourselves on offering fresh, original articles from a wide range of authors. We do not want to be seen as a website that simply gathers up content from other sources. What you can do however is to publish a short synopsis of your article with a backlink to Thingswomenwant.com. And by the way, once you publish an article for us, you still receive a byline and full accreditation as the author. We are certainly not taking that away from you. So by linking back to your original article on our site, you’ll still get full credit for the article, plus the reader will see your work in its original glory, along with your bio as well.
- If you’re not going to pay me, what are the benefits of writing for Thingswomenwant.com?
There are many benefits, but the first and foremost is exposure. After we publish your first article, you can legitimately refer to yourself as a published writer. And because our site has so much traffic flowing to it, there is the potential for a large number of people to see your work. Of course, you also have the benefit of writing something, publishing it, and seeing your work in a public forum where the rest of the world can see it too. That’s a self-satisfaction issue, and for anyone who wants to write, it’s important. If you are someone who would someday like to write professionally, this is a great place to begin that journey as well. Writers write, and by writing for us, you’ll get into the habit of getting your thoughts and ideas down on the screen, and you’ll improve your writing skills in the process.
- What should I do if I want to change an article that’s already been published?
Unfortunately, you can’t. Once it’s published, it’s out there. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that the article is just the way you want it before it’s submitted. The reality is that many writers don’t know when to stop. That’s why there are so many unpublished manuscripts out there—the author keeps on tinkering and the work never gets to see the light of day. So when writing for Thingswomenwant.com, once we publish it, it’s done. Our advice is that if you feel strongly that you wanted to change something, simply publish another article with us to set the record straight.
- If I should decide that I don’t want to write for you anymore, how do I end our relationship?
You can terminate your relationship with us at any time. Simply send us a note explaining that you wish to discontinue your relationship with us and we’ll delete your personal information from our files, and remove your personal web page from our site contact us here. We should point out however that your submitted articles—which are our property—might remain on the site, even though you’ve discontinued your association with us. We will make that decision on a case by case basis, depending on the factors involved.
- Can I refer my friends, family and associates as writers for Thingswomenwant.com?
Absolutely! In fact, if you refer 10 or more authors who write and publish articles on Thingswomenwant.com, we will immediately invite you to become a contributing editor, with your own page on our site. The more the merrier—invite everyone you know. Also, even if there are people who don’t want to write for Thingswomenwant.com, just about everybody will love our content. So make sure you send them to the site to see what we’re doing here.
- How do I change the personal information that I’ve entered on your site?
We are working on providing external access so that you will be able to do this yourself. However, until that feature is ready, you will need to send us a note here and we will do it for you.