10 Facts Post Writer for Handshake 2.0

We invite you to write top 10 Facts posts for our 10 Facts category on Handshake 2.0!

Your job

  • Make a list of possible topics. “10 Facts about the Business of __________” is a great potential topic!  Add to the list timely topics and topics in which you already have interest or knowledge or want to learn more. Use Handshake 2.0’s search feature to make sure we haven’t already covered the topic. Run your final list of topics by us. We’ll let you know which topics work for us.
  • With an approved topic, do online research to find 10 great facts.
  • Write the post in this format: 1) brief intro, 2) 10 facts written as sentences, followed by the word “Source” linked to the source.  (See this post for an example of the format., 3) your one-line bio.
  • Enter a draft of the post on Handshake 2.0 with links to the sources at the end of each fact. Here’s an example of the format.
  • Select 3 possible images to accompany the post from iStockphoto – 5 credits or fewer for XSmall and not marked “Editorial Use” – and send us the links. We will make the final selection and purchase rights to use the image. (If you have an original image to accompany the post, we are open to it.  Here are our image specs.)

Your pay

$30 per post upon acceptance. 

We anticipate the learning curve for post 1 to take you about 4 hours to research, write and enter, and post 2 and subsequent posts to take you 2 hours.  Once we receive, accept and publish post 2, we will compensate you with $15 per hour for the extra 2 hours you spent teaching yourself how to do post 1.  For posts 1 and 2, you would itemize your invoice and bill us for a total of $90. For post 3, you would bill us $30, for post 4, $30, etc.

About you

  • You love a list of fascinating, who-knew?!, hot-topic, decision-enhancing, savvy, surprising, unusual information about business.
  • You want your information to be first-class.  You routinely check a site’s About page to make sure they know what they’re talking about. Information sources must be impeccable – top journals, news publications, top-rated blogs, research organizations like Pew or Jupiter, published this year, or last year at the outside.  The data, information and/or statistics will rarely be opinion – they will be verifiable through some kind of research and analysis.  An opinion can be cited only if the source is a leading expert in the field.
  • You understand that content that appeals to readers – and gets shared by readers with their networks –  interests the mind, relates to human emotion, and includes human interest details.
  • Your stats and facts lists are rich with action verbs and specifics – numbers are great- rather than general statements. 
  • You understand that the best “top ten” lists begin with a high-interest fact, expand on that information, then save the most amusing or amazing fact for #10.
  • You have high standards for online publication. For example, the link extending beneath the period at the end of this sentence drives you crazy.
  • You value what our clients value.

Your application

Using other companies’ or organizations’ email accounts can cause property rights conflicts, so please use an independent email address to initiate contact with us, such as Gmail or from your own domain name. 

We require you to have a public profile on LinkedIn, photo visible to the public also required, to verify your online identity.  Your byline on your posts for Handshake 2.0 can be linked to your LinkedIn profile or your own site, your choice. If interested, here’s how to customize your LinkedIn URL. If you have your own site, please send us that URL as well.

We require first publication rights, but you own the content you create for Handshake 2.0.

To apply for the position, please send an email to Anne Giles Clelland, [email protected], with

  1. subject “10 Facts Post Writer”
  2. your LinkedIn profile URL and, if you have one, your site’s URL
  3. a “2 Facts” post in the body of the email, set up in the format specified and demonstrating the skills we require, on the subject of your choice.  Note that we only request 2 facts, not 10, to assess quickly your understanding of the task and your ability to do it.

If our work together looks like a fit, we’ll send you an invitation to TypePad via email.  Handshake 2.0 is built on TypePad’s blogging software. A TypePad invitation would include a link to this page which explains how to create a post for Handshake 2.0 using TypePad.

We pay invoices once per month at the first of each month with a direct deposit option (preferred) and require an itemized invoice like this and are real fans of invoices created with FreshBooks. Prior to paying your first invoice, we would need you to submit a W-9 form to our accountant, Jamie Dunn of Hodges, Jones and Mabry, and a direct deposit form – a PPD Recurring Credit Authorization – to us, which we will supply.

Your top 10 Facts posts

This 10 Facts post seemed like a good idea at the time because of various announcements about entrepreneurship in Virginia, but it received little traffic and wasn’t shared much in social media.

This 10 Facts post, however, is one of the top ten posts receiving the most traffic on the site.

So the first post is the format we want – a brief intro, then the stats, but replaced with a hot topic.

The second post has too long of an intro, but has the right hot stats.

Top our tops with your 10 Facts posts!

And this may be of interest and inspiration – note the number of numbers in Inc.’s “Most Viewed” posts on the right-hand side of its site.

Questions?  Please ask.  Contact Anne Giles Clelland, [email protected].

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