ToughNickel is advice about money: making it, saving it, investing it, working for it. Would you like to write for us? You can, especially if you have some unusual expertise, you can support your advice with a detailed account of your experience, or you can support your advice with research.
Articles on ToughNickel have to meet the quality standards for the HubPages family of niche sites, which you can read on our HubPages’s Editorial Policy.
In addition, many ToughNickel topics offer advice about financial or legal questions that could seriously affect a reader’s well-being, and require authors to demonstrate credibility: topics like investing, avoiding foreclosure, obtaining government benefits, or deciding whether to bet your future on some moneymaking opportunity. Google calls these YMYL (Your Money or Your Life)topics.
When evaluating your article, we are looking for you to demonstrate credibility in one or more of these three ways:
Here are some ToughNickel articles where the author may not be a certified business guru but has the necessary experience to write about their subject.
And when you are writing from personal experience, nothing builds credibility like real details and original photos. Take a picture of your recycled yogurt cups, the things you sold on eBay, or your worm farm.
When what you write can impact your reader’s economic well-being, it is important to establish trust right from the start. Three easy features that appear at the very beginning of your article will help you do just that:
Multiple Stock Photos.Stock photos have been overused in the business world to illustrate abstract ideas. After a while we run out of ways to illustrate “success,” “decision,” “confidence…” Photos of money, stick figures, question marks, forks in the road: use them sparingly.
Excessive Promotion of Your Business or Site. On ToughNickel, our main purpose is to inform: not to promote our livelihoods on other sites or places. It’s true that many of us who write about money have many “hats,” ways in which we make a living. Your ToughNickel article with links can’t just be a teaser, making readers go elsewhere for the real stuff, and it can’t just be a duplicate of the material you link to.
Here are some examples of articles on ToughNickel that exhibit the type of high-quality work we wish to see on the site:
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