***Currently seeking local Coffee shops around the world guest posts.***
If you know of a fantastic local coffee shop/bakery/cafe in a city or town that is NOT a chain like Starbucks, we would love to hear from you. If you wish to pitch this section, please include the following:
City or Town with Country where the coffee shop/cafe is located
What makes it a local favourite over the chain shops like Starbucks
Any special beverages and/or offerings that make this coffee shop a perfect fit for our local tourism section.
300 words minimum for the piece, minimum 3 photographs, and 2-3 keywords with green difficulty must be worked in the post along with a link to a high DA site that is relevant.
The photographs that you must have for the local shop in order to be accepted must include:
Outside picture of the shop with the name.
Inside picture of the owner/workers making the beverages or demonstration of the atmosphere that screams local favourite.
Photo of a beverage served there- this must be clear, centred, and must be instagram-worthy. Our photography guidelines are listed below.
If interested in writing for us, but for a different section, see below for our other niche considerations. Keep in mind that this section is taking top priority at this time.
***Note: Guest Posts are only considered if the writer has proven research on our niche and style. We do not offer do-follow links for payment and only work with bloggers and writers at this time. If you fit this stipulation continue below for our Write for Us guidelines. ***
As Fill My Passport is a brand, we must ensure it is maintained in all published content. So without further ado, here are our guidelines and requirements for your reading pleasure:
First and Foremost
If you would like to Write for Us, we can offer a do-follow link back to your site (if content is not paid or sponsored), and social shares through our channels. We cannot offer any monetary remuneration and do not offer do-follow links for payment.
Write for Us: Our Niche, Our Style, And all that Jazz…
Fill My Passport fits comfortably in the blogosphere at the moment with ever-growing traffic and notoriety. As of January 2018, we have a DA of 34 and PA of 45. Our traffic is nearly 11k page views per month. With this, we take pride in the content we post and do our utmost best to remain aligned with our niche and target audience.
We are a one-stop resource for city breaks, local tourism, Disney holidays, and lifestyle subjects.
We are NOT:
A platform for Travel Blogging posts.
We consider road trips and long weekends heavenly as opposed to 5 months living on a budget.
Folks who wish to Write for Us for the above subjects, or who pitches anything that does not match our niche criteria, we will not be accepted.
Style, Voice, and the Boring Regulations
Here are the guidelines to keep in mind when writing your accepted pitch idea:
We like informative prose that screams experienced traveller who actually went to the destination and is knowledgeable to write about it. We may accept a researched post for our Dream Trips section, but only if we truly do wish to go there and have not been there personally.
As much as we love listicles, we would prefer an itinerary style guide for cities or towns, and thorough description and detail for activities or excursions. Things we expect in our city guides are attractions a first-timer should not miss, tips on getting around easily, a bit of history to the place or quirky facts, and more. You know, the type of information you would want on your first time visiting a particular place. We want our readers interested and informed without finding gaps requiring them to search somewhere else for the missing info.
If possible, please provide high-res, good quality, Instagram-worthy images that are YOURS. Please do not steal images, copy from Google without proper credit references, or submit crap that is blurry, dark, irrelevant, offensive, or that may be outdated. There are many free stock photo sites as well as places to purchase photographs. *We will not reimburse for purchased photos so that expense is entirely your choice.
Your picture needs repair? Picmonkey is a cheap alternative to Photoshop and costs a mere $30 for a year.
If you steal a photograph or do not provide proper credit, just so you know, lawsuits or court threats for copyright infringement would NOT be fun for us to receive. The last thing YOU will want is our bill for our legal fees…Just saying…
SEO your post like crazy! Make sure you fully understand the message and the voice of your post and ensure the keywording and SEO within it is top-notch. Ensure 2-3 Keywords that are green difficulty, a link to a high DA website is within your article, and you meet the minimum word requirement we set.
Here are topics to keep in mind that would be relevant to our readership:
Long Weekend trips
Foodie Bucket Lists for Cities and Towns
Ethical Animal Awareness
Local Coffee Shops around the World – NO CHAINS.
Once your Idea is Accepted….
If you have passed our decision process, these are the steps to follow ensuring a guest post is created to our liking:
Content is Original. We will check for plagiarism.
No verbatim copy and pasting from your site or someone else’s. As you may or may not know, Google penalizes for duplicate content and we wouldn’t want that now would we…
We like posts between 1000-2000 words in order to be accepted. We will take less than 1000 words, depending on the criteria of the requested article.
We will require a bio and an optional photograph of yourself to include at the bottom of the post. The bio should be 50-100 words. Photo – professional. No selfies or duck faces are acceptable!
Your Social links can either be from Facebook (your business page, no personal pages), Twitter, or Instagram. I do not share Pinterest accounts or YouTube.
As noted above, please send through photographs per our guidelines. If we are not happy with the photos you submit or you are unable due to circumstances at the activity (like photos are not allowed in a spa etc.) than we will choose our own at our discretion.
Should we require edits to your post, we reserve the right to do so to ensure the voice and niche alignment are met. This may also happen to include affiliate links, internal links, and SEO implementation.
We will add the publish date to our editorial calendar and advise you accordingly when it has gone live on the site.
Show Us Your Ideas and Write for Us!
If the above didn’t phase you and you think you have the best idea for Fill My Passport, please send us a pitch at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you within 72 hours (3 business days) with our decision.
Thanks so much for your interest in contributing to our site! We are looking forward to your great ideas!
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