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GUEST POSTS: Guidelines

I’ve opened my blog, Idea Crib, for guest posting! Want to contribute a post to Idea Crib? Read on.

 

Guest Posting Guidelines for Idea Crib

by Patricia Mirasol

 

What Idea Crib is all about

Idea Crib is my personal lifestyle blog and it publishes posts on wellness tips, foodie adventures, and outdoor travel stories every other Wednesday. Its tagline is “Live healthy. Celebrate life.”

 

My blog’s readers are in the 25-45 year-old range in the ABC market. They are usually interested in food as well as hiking, exercising, and other outdoorsy activities. Most are from the Philippines, though some hail from other countries like the U.S., Singapore, and Canada.

 

Who can submit pitches

I accept pitches from wellness enthusiasts, foodies, and adventure-seekers. I especially encourage pitches from health experts and specialists.

 

Where to submit pitches

Email your pitch at admin@ideacrib.net. You may also message me your pitch on the blog’s Facebook page.

 

Compensation

As of the moment, please be advised that I do not pay for guest contributions.

 

The types of content I accept

I do not accept the following:

  • Syndicated or unoriginal posts
  • Press releases
  • Sales pitches
  • Other forms of advertising

I also do not accept:

  • Anything that may be construed as a link-building scheme
  • Anything that’s offensive or inaccurate
  • Anything that’s overly critical of individuals or companies
  • Anything that’s too promotional of individuals or companies

I prefer topics related to the following:

  • Holiday recipes
  • Quick, easy, and healthy recipes
  • Eating well on a budget
  • Adventure travel itineraries
  • Budget travel recommendations
  • Off-the-beaten-track travel stories
  • Active lifestyle stories
  • Fitness how-tos
  • Beginner workout routines
  • Corporate wellness tips

 

Tips for creating a good pitch

Send a pitch with an outline and appropriate sources.
Corroborate all facts with reliable sources. No Wikipedia, please. Please cite all your sources. If the source is a link, you may hyperlink it to the relevant text.
Write in a casual tone, and make your content useful, relevant, and timely. Note that the tone of this blog is casual and light, but also informational and inspirational.
Use examples and anecdotes to clarify your points.
Show me how Idea Crib’s readers will benefit from your post.
The more in line your pitch is with my blog’s identity and voice, the higher the chance of it getting accepted.
If you have published works, please send me links to them as well so that I may gauge your writing style.

 

Publishing schedule

I publish every other Wednesday. If your pitch gets accepted, expect it to go live within 2-8 weeks.

 

Guest Writer Agreement

I require all guest writers to sign a Guest Writer Agreement.

 

Style guide

A post should be between 500-1500 words.
Again, note that the tone of this blog is casual and light, but also informational and inspirational.
Include a title that attracts interest, but don’t make it click-bait.
Make your introduction interesting so that it encourages the reader to read further.
Please divide your post into a few sections with subheadings. Please add a subheading after every 300-500 words.
Use a bold font for key sentences.
Create a bulleted list if necessary.
Have a conclusion with a call-to-action.

 

Important notes

I do not accept all pitches. The average review time is two weeks. If you do not hear from me after a month, consider your pitch rejected. (Sorry!)

Offer links to at least 3 copyright-free images that can be used for your post. Please cite the image sources. You may also send me your own images if you’re okay with me using them. I will credit you as their owner.
Please do not send complete drafts. Just send pitches with outlines first.
No plagiarism, please. I will Copyscape everything.
I reserve the right to edit the body copy, headlines, subheadings, etc. of the post for greater clarity, grammar, punctuation, etc. or as I deem fit.
All links should be hyperlinked to the relevant text. I will vet all links. No sales-y pages, please. I reserve the right to delete links that are too self-promotional, manipulative and/or immaterial to the topic.
All sources should also be listed at the end of the post.
If you mention a company or organization that you’re affiliated with in your post, please include a disclosure. That said, I will delete lines and paragraphs that are veiled advertisements.
Please include the phrase Red Fanny Surfer in the subject line of your pitch.

 

Promotion and engagement

Guest writers are highly encouraged to promote their guest posts in Idea Crib to their social networks.
Once the post goes live, please be prepared to respond to any comments.

 

Rights

All contributors will get a byline.
All contributors may add a short bio with links to their public profiles. A bio should be between 50-200 words only. I reserve the right to edit bios and remove text and links that are self-promotional and/or manipulative. Here’s an example of a bio I will accept: “Marta James is a digital media expert and mother of two. She is also a licensed broker currently affiliated with X Real Estates. She is passionate about property development and all things digital. Contact her at hello@martajames.com. Here’s an example of a bio I will edit liberally: “Marta James is a digital media expert and mother of two. She is also a licensed broker currently affiliated with X Real Estates. X’s luxurious ABC Twin Towers, located right across the posh BB neighborhood, is pre-selling its 2-bedroom units right now at massive discounts. Tower 1 has already been sold out as of June 2017. Tower 2 is currently selling like pancakes. Call (0900 000 0000) or email (hello@martajames.com) her before the end of the month and get even more discounts (she might even be able to throw a freebie or two!)! Hurry! These properties are hot, hot, HOT!!” You catch the drift. 🙂
All contributors may republish their post elsewhere after 60 days.
I reserve the right to edit or delete parts of the body copy, headlines, subheadings, etc. of the post for greater clarity, grammar, punctuation, etc. or as I deem fit. I reserve the right to edit or delete links that are too self-promotional, manipulative and/or immaterial to the topic. If I accept a link for publication but then discover later on that it’s been redirected to a spammy page, I will delete the said link without prior notice.
My blog, Idea Crib, reserves the right to include calls-to-action to Idea Crib content, including but not limited to email newsletters, eBooks, and other downloadable content.

 

Accepted formats

Please email your post to admin@ideacrib.net via an editable Google Docs link. You may also send it via an Open Office document. Please attach all JPEG or PNG images in your email too.

 

Thanks a whole lot!!
Patricia