Guest Post Guidelines

guest post guidelines

 

GUEST POSTS GUIDELINES

I do accept guest posts at both AmateurTraveler.com and CaliforniaTravelMedia.com. I would go further to say that some of the best posts we have on the site were written by other travel bloggers, travel journalists, and travelers. None were written by an offshore SEO team.

I am very very busy now that I have gone back to work full-time. I am doing 2 travel blogs and 4 podcasts so I could use some guest posts, but really I am looking for 1 or 2 good posts a week. I get pitched at least 100 times a week. So just know that I am looking for a reason to say quickly no to 99 people a week. So if you want me to say yes I want to believe you have read these guidelines. 

Links for Bloggers and Travelers

If you want a link back to an article on your blog that’s fine. To bloggers, I offer one link back per thousand words of content.

Links for Companies

I have some additional requirements for companies.

  • I offer one relevant link back per article counting a link in the author bio
  • I do not accept links for casinos and outline gambling, marijuana, essay writing services
  • I want to see only one link in your article, but feel free to include a list of other suggested links.

Cost

I do not currently charge per link. I do charge if you want me to write an article. If you don’t have a good writer you can pay me to write the article or pay me to find you a writer. $200+

Photos

I need to make sure I have a legal right to use any photos. Don’t bother sending me photos you don’t own. I can find creative commons licensed or public domain photos if I need to.

What I am looking for

I looking for posts of 2000+ words.

What I am looking for is good travel writing stories.

  1. The stories have to have a point
  2. They need to be written in such as fashion as not to need a lot of editing since I don’t have time for that
  3. They need to be written by someone who has actually traveled to a destination
  4. Posts can either be destination pieces (a trip that others could also take) or essay but I strongly prefer destination-based content
  5. Stories should not have appeared elsewhere
  6. I am looking for articles that are helpful to readers that they will read for 2 minutes or more

See What Makes Good Travel Writing? and Improve Your Writing – Tell A Story

How to get rejected

  • Lie to me. Tell me that you loved reading a post and then include a link to a podcast episode.
  • Have poor English in your pitch letter.
  • Get your facts wrong. Tell me that the Woodstock festival was held in Woodstock NY. Tell me that surfing is good in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.
  • Be generic. Be vague. “There are lots of great museums in the city”. Oh? Like what?
  • Have bad writers. If you don’t have a good writer you can pay me to write the article or pay me to find you a writer. $200+

What to pitch

  • I am unlikely to say yes if you pitch me great places to see in the World or the U.S.
  • I am more likely if you pitch me things to see in a specific state, especially California
  • But I am even more likely if you pitch me great museums in Los Angeles for families or favorite California State parks for history lovers. Get specific.
  • Include some keyword research that shows me why the post will be good for my blog to make me really love you.

Show me you read to this part of the instructions. Include the password “I can follow instructions” as the first line of your reply or don’t expect to hear back from me.

Submission

  1. You can submit a story via email to [email protected]
  2. Please include a two-line bio for the author of the article. My biography, for instance, is:
  3. Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.
  4. 3) Make sure you have a gravatar at http://en.gravatar.com/ which is registered with the email of the author.
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