Thanks for your interest in writing a guest post for the Heart Health Journey.
We may decline to use your post because of its quality, the relevance of your topic, because we have more posts than we can use, or because we’ve published a number of posts on the topic recently.
To help you with your writing, to increase the chances of our being able to use your post, and to help us get your post ready for publishing on Heart Health Journey, we’ve put together a few guidelines and suggestions for you below.
In short, before you send us your submission, please make sure it:
- Conveys quality, practical advice presented with Heart Health Journey readers in mind
- Is able to be used exclusively at Heart Health Journey
- Includes all the information—links, link text, reusable images, etc.—you want the published version of your post to include
- Infringes no copyright laws, either in terms of text or images
- Includes a headline, body text, your byline, and an image.
We ask that the posts you submit to us are written exclusively for use by Heart Health Journey. While you’re more than welcome to write on the same topic elsewhere, our desire is that posts that appear on Heart Health Journey don’t appear in the same form elsewhere.
Posts that work best on Heart Health Journey are those relevant to our overall topic—staying healthy to avoid heart disease. Of course there’s a lot of room to write about this overall topic. Anything that helps a person improve their heart health will be helpful for our readers.
Heart Health Journey readers love practical tips and research that are easy to apply to their daily lives. Any information that can help them make small adjustments to their day that allow them to become healthier.
Formatting and markup
Feel free to submit your content in Word or plain text format.
Please do include everything you want to have included with your post in your submission. If you want to include links, paste them in the spot where you want them to go. If you want to use particular link text, tell us. If you want to include a specific image, send it in (see below for more on this). Don’t assume we’ll know what information you want, and where: please tell us clearly.
A note on links to your own blog or site…
If it’s relevant to the topic you’re writing about, you’re welcome to link back to your blog within the post. Keep in mind that this relevancy is very important. If we feel your post includes too many links back to your own blog, we may remove them, or reject the post. We don’t mind promoting you, but subtlety often works best. A high-quality, helpful post will get people checking out who you are more effectively than will lots of links back to your blog.
We love to include images in posts on Heart Health Journey. We find that posts with at least one good image gain more attention than posts that lack images. A few suggestions for images:
- Images can be of any size, but the maximum width is 540 pixels.
- It’s up to you to ensure that the images you submit are able to be reused in terms of copyright.
- Images can be illustrative (screenshots), descriptive (something that’s more attention-grabbing on the theme of the post), or anything else that you’d like to include.
Feel free to either submit images as separate files in your email, or send us a link to the location on your own server where we can download the image. We’ll then grab the image and host it on the Heart Health Journey server (so there are no worries about us crashing yours). Please don’t submit images by pasting them into your post document.
Your post should be as long as you need it to be in order to convey your message.
We publish posts that vary greatly in length. Anything goes—length isn’t a factor, but quality is. Stick with your own style and voice, and choose a length that sits well with you.
All posts that appear on Heart Health Journey are edited. We rarely edit them heavily, but we will change titles, rework openings or conclusions, or correct grammar and spelling.
Don’t be offended by this—we are just trying to make every post we publish as successful as possible. We also know what generally works well with the Heart Health Journey audience.
Occasionally, we’ll send a post back to you with suggested additions, omissions, or changes. This generally suggests we feel the post could be further enhanced in ways that go beyond some basic editing.
Our hope is that we get a post that hits the mark with the readership—that’s good for you as the author, good for Heart Health Journey readership, and good for the blog as a whole.
You’ve worked to give us great content, so let us help you promote you. We want to highlight you, your blog, or any product or service that you have to offer. This is largely done in your byline.
Bylines should be a sentence or two explaining who you are and what you do. Feel free to include up to two links in it. Some guests include a link to an RSS feed here, which can convert well.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us and we’ll do our best to answer them.
Thank you for your involvement with Heart Health Journey.