How to Be a Guest Blogger


place settingGuest posts are a great way to give our fabulous readers a fresh take on topics that matter to them. It’s also a wonderful way to introduce talented writers to a wider audience.

On this site, we accept about one or two guest posts each month — but ONLY from folks who are writing for themselves and will link back to their own websites (we do NOT accept posts written solely for SEO purposes). Here’s how to move the odds in your favor:

Please pitch your ideas to me before writing them. I don’t want you to send me something you’ve already written unless we’ve already discussed the topic. Also? I will NOT give you the ideas. That’s your job.

Send along links to at least two blogging samples — at least one of which is a post on your own blog. I’m not saying it’s an absolute requirement, but I usually don’t work with writers who don’t have their own websites.

The biggest thing I look for in a guest post is insight. You have to have a new idea or a new way of looking at an old problem.

And the next most important thing? Personality. If you can share a new insight creatively, using a metaphor that involves food and/or cooking, even better!

Also – this probably should go without saying, but please express YOUR opinion. Use a personal story and give us some engaging details. Then pull it all together by giving the reader your advice. What did you learn from your experience and how might we follow in your footsteps?

Original content:

All posts submitted (and accepted!) are exclusive to Word Chef and will not appear elsewhere on the web for at least 30 days following the post here. You can of course, publish them in print in the offline world.

Length:

Posts should be somewhere between 600 and 1000 words.

Bylines:

Add a blurb at the beginning of your post that reads: Editor’s note: guest post by XXXX XXXXX. You can link from your name. Then, add a two-sentence bio at the end of the post, including no more than two links.

Formatting:

Copy and paste the formatted guest post into the body of the email for readability. In addition, copy and paste the HTML version of the post and email it as a .txt attachment. Make sure there aren’t any < span > tags specifying fonts.

Images:

I like to use free images whenever possible. Check Flickr’s Creative Commons or Photopin.com. In your email, include one or two links to suggested photos.

Links:

Your post may not include any affiliate links. You can link back to a post on your blog, but only if it is absolutely relevant and critical for the topic. Otherwise, these are generally frowned upon.  Links to existing content on the Word Chef site (this one) are encouraged; as well as one or two outbound links to other highly relevant sites that provide more information on your topic.

Proofread:

Please ensure your post is free of spelling and grammatical errors.

Editing:

Be prepared for edits — both at the initial submission and final post stage. Don’t be offended. I want the post to be as successful as possible and generally have a good feel for what will work with Word Chef readers. In the end, we both have to be happy with the post before it’s published. I will never edit your work without your permission (except for spelling/grammar).

Comments & Marketing:

Plan to answer all comments when your post goes live. Tweet it, Facebook share it, Stumble it…whatever you can to get the word out. You can be sure I’ll do the same.

Right to Remove:

If after your post is accepted and published, the content is found to be previously published elsewhere and/or you fail to hold up your end of the marketing and answering of comments, I reserve the right to remove the post in its entirety.