Writers Agreement

Rules for Submitting Articles to Life in Italy LLC   ( Includes website LifeinItaly.com  ItalyBest.com ….) from this point on referred to as LifeinItaly

Duplicate content: Only articles written exclusively for web use at LifeinItaly will be purchased. Material that has appeared on another website or that is under consideration by other websites will not be accepted for publication. Authors are, however, free to republish their articles in hardcopy publications, (magazine/books) as long as the publication is disclosed to Lifeinitaly.com.

Original work: We rely on the author’s integrity in submitting the original work. Any material derived from other sources should be clearly identified as such within the text. The AUTHOR represents and warrants that he or she is the author of the ARTICLE; that the ARTICLE is an original work; that the ARTICLE does not infringe any copyright or other proprietary right of any third party; that the AUTHOR is the sole owner of the rights herein conveyed to Life in Italy LLC  and that such rights are free and clear of any liens or restrictions against distribution, copying or use by lifeinitaly.com. The AUTHOR shall indemnify, defend and hold Life in Italy LLC  harmless from and against all claims or losses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs) incurred by Life in Italy LLC by reason of AUTHOR’S breach of this term of the agreement.

What we look for: We evaluate submissions for their news value, timeliness, credibility, readability, length, time spent on research, but above all – quality! The article should be based on the knowledge, experience, and research of the author and fact-checked before submission. It can use examples, sources, photographs, videos, and any other reporting that will make the point in a professional and credible manner. Supporting data and images may be appropriate, and are highly encouraged.

Images: Images should be submitted in JPG or GIF format only! The video should be compressed for web usage or inserted from Youtube or similar channels. Images should not infringe copyright laws ( see https://www.lifeinitaly.com/image-usage-rules/ ). Images uploaded on Life in Italy (and Italy Best) should be at least 800px, preferably landscape format!

Videos: Some Youtube videos that play fine in Italy do not play since they are blocked overseas for copyright issues. If your articles include Youtube videos, before you publish the article, email paolo@lifeinitaly.com – Paolo can test if the video is showing in the US or if it is blocked from view.

Length: Ideally, articles should be at least 800 words. The ideal articles are at least 1000-1500 words, but they can be longer as well! Articles can be submitted to Life in Italy LLC by contacting helga@lifeinitaly.com or if you have user access, you should upload them in WordPress.

SEO GUIDE: We use Semrush for keyword research and Yoast SEO for on-page SEO. If you’re working on our websites, Life in Italy or Italy Best, make sure you’ve got familiar with these two platforms. Keywords can be found with Semrush Keyword Magic Tool. – This is a research process where you should use different combinations of important items from your article and use in your posts at least 4 keywords!

Keyword numbers: The focus keyword of an article should be used at least 6 times. The main areas to use keywords: H2 and H3 subheadings, introduction paragraph, and another few times over the post. The other 3-4 keywords you use, you should do at least 2 times in order for the post to rank for them!

On-page SEO: Under each post, you can find the Yoast SEO platform. You must include a focus keyphrase, and review the notes generated by Yoast to see how you should improve the on-page SEO.

SEO Title and Meta Description: Focus keyphrases should be used both in title and meta description. You should always think about interesting, trending titles and relevant “summing up” descriptions. Also, you should use your other keywords as well at least one, either in title or description. Make sure you write a long enough title and description until the length sign gets green.

If you have any issues, difficulties, or confusion, or you need help with the keyword research, or examples on how to do it, reach out to Helga at helga@lifeinitaly.com.

Subjects: Subjects include just about anything having to do with life in Italy. The author should check his or her ideas by using the Google search function on the Life in Italy LLC homepage to make sure similar articles are not already published on the website. Authors are strongly encouraged to discuss article ideas with the editor and submit an outline or summary before investing time in writing. Life in Italy LLC reserves the right not to publish an accepted article if the material becomes dated or does not meet our standards, or other concerns arise.

Editing: We will review and edit all articles for content, accuracy, style, grammar, and punctuation. However, it is expected that authors will have already proofread their work for such errors. Works containing large amounts of poor grammar, misspellings, bad translations, or factual errors will be declined. Editors may contact authors when questions arise during the editing process. Authors will be given the opportunity to review the edited version before it is published.  EMAIL to either paolo@lifeinitaly.com or helga@lifeinitaly.com for review before you publish your first articles.

Copyright and credits: Since the content of Life in Italy LLC is copyrighted, any other website wishing to use the article after if has appeared on our website must obtain permission from Life in Italy LLC to do so. We do not publish articles that promote the author’s company, products, or services. The Author’s byline will appear at the bottom of the article unless the author requests otherwise. Life in Italy LLC reserves the right to omit an author’s byline when the published work has been significantly altered or rewritten during the editing process (the article gets outdated with time and needs editing). In these cases, the chief editor will not include anymore an author’s name in the work. If we receive requests from other publications to reprint the article, we will contact the author and act so that we all benefit. We usually ask the publication to credit both Life in Italy LLC and the author’s name. For publication on paper, we usually allow the author to publish on paper and a credit to life in Italy will be optional.

Payment Method: To our writers, the preferred method for article payment is Paypal but we also use Xoom for payments of $1000 or more. If you’re reading this page but you’re looking to get details for sponsored posts, email helga@lifeinitaly.com with your query.

Governing Law. This agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland, without reference to the principles of conflicts of law therein.

Arbitration. All disputes arising under this agreement shall be resolved exclusively through final and binding arbitration before a single arbitrator in accordance with the American Arbitration Association’s Rules for Commercial Arbitration then in effect. All arbitrations shall be held in Rockville, Maryland. The arbitrator shall award the prevailing party his or its reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs. The prevailing party in such litigation shall be awarded his or its reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.

Amendment, Waiver or Modification. No amendment, waiver or modification of this agreement shall be binding unless it is in writing and signed by both AUTHOR and Life in Italy LLC and dated subsequent to the date of this Agreement. No waiver by LifeinItaly of any breach by AUTHOR of this agreement shall be construed as a waiver as to succeeding breaches. Performance of work by AUTHOR, acceptance of payment by AUTHOR for work performed, or work performed for Life in Italy LLC beyond the scope of this agreement does not constitute acceptance by Life in Italy LLC of amendments or modifications to this agreement nor shall they be binding.

Thanks: Thanks to all the contributors so far!

If you agree that this letter accurately sets forth the terms of our agreement, please email official@lifeinitaly.com  – The email should contain a copy of this text and your First Name, Last Name Date, and a note that you agree with the conditions.