I’m so excited that you might be interested in being a contributor!
To help you understand what to expect, here are some general guidelines and tips to make sure it all goes smoothly.
The Nuts and Bolts:
- Choose a topic for your post and then choose a longtail keyword for it. It tends to be easier to write with a keyword in mind than to try to adapt your article later to “fit it in.”
- Write your draft and try to use the keyword in the title, the first and last paragraph, and in one header “in the text. If you choose a natural-sounding keyword, this isn’t too hard. Beyond that, don’t worry about the keyword. Write for people, not Google.
- Posts between 800-1500 words tend to be ideal, but exceptions can be made depending on the content.
- Your post can’t include any affiliate links or promote a product or service unless previously agreed upon.
- If you don’t already have a Gravatar, go to gravatar.com and register for free. You can upload an image and link up to you blog and social media accounts. This Gravatar image will be your author byline avatar (photo). Use the same email address that I have for you, or provide me with whatever email you use for your Gravatar account.
- I will create a Contributor account for you on my site and you will receive a password via email. (Check your spam folder!) Once you get this, you can log in and choose to edit your user account. Now you can write your author bio and link up your social media accounts and your own blog, too!
- At this point, you can paste your blog draft into the site by logging into the WordPress Admin Page and you and I will both have editing privileges until the blog goes live. We will work together until it’s ready to go, and I’ll let you know what date it will be scheduled for launch and give you the final link!
- Unless you have an image ready, I will create a “pinnable image” (900×600) for the main image and a horizontal image (122×627) for the thumbnail and Facebook sharing.
- On the day your post goes “live,” I ask that you help promote it on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter (if you use it), and to be available to respond to blog comments. If you have a blog, please make a short post linking to your article here.
- And lastly, have FUN with it!
If you’d like, you can copy and paste the following code into a text widget somewhere on your blog!
(You will need to paste the code first into Notepad or something similar to convert it to plain text and remove the formatting. Then copy again and paste into your widget).
<center><a href=”http://www.thedistractedmom.com/stories-from-readers/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://www.thedistractedmom.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/badge4.png” alt=”Grab button for The Distracted Mom Guest Post” width=”175″ height=”175″ /></a></center>
When clicked, will direct readers to the Reader Stories category on The Distracted Mom. It will look like this: