Guidelines and Suggestions for Guest Posts at DrinkedIn

Thanks for your interest in writing a guest post for DrinkedIn.

We get pitched a lot of guest posts, and we’re not able to use everything that’s submitted. 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.

We may also decline to use your post if it covers information we’ve already covered on the site. We’re really looking for guest posts that present new ideas, fresh perspectives, and innovative approaches. We like to present readers with ideas that we haven’t seen elsewhere online.

Please note that it can take up to 10 days for us to review your submission. Please do not send us “reminder” emails within this time—they won’t help us get to your submission any faster.

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 DrinkedIn, we’ve put together a few guidelines and suggestions for you below.

In short, before you send us your submission, please make sure it:

  • is in English and conveys quality, practical content presented with DrinkedIn readers in mind. Some examples might include:
    1. Finding great bars in city XYZ (you may also name specific bars) – if the bar has an entry on DrinkedIn, we will link to its DrinkedIn listing.
    2. Best 5 cocktails for XYZ occasion
    3. What makes a fun bar
    4. What’s the best Irish Pub in city XYZ
    5. Beer tasting technique – why IPAs are better than a Pilsner
    6. Scotch whisky – are all blends really inferior to single malts?
    7. Comparisons – compare 3-4 brands and describe why one is better than the others
    8. Comparisons of bars in a local area
    9. What country consumes the most beer per person?

Note that the above list is NOT exhaustive by any means – DrinkedIn is fun, so humor is definitely part of the mood for DrinkedIn (although we do not accept postings that are too offensive or using inappropriate language excessively - sorry, we will have to use judgment here)

  • is able to be used exclusively at DrinkedIn – your article MUST pass CopyScape.com and should NOT be reposted elsewhere.
  • includes all the information—links, anchor text, etc.—you want the published version of your post to include.
  • infringes no copyright laws and that includes any images you send for inclusion in the article
  • includes a headline (title) and body text.
  • You may submit your content directly to the blog section by adding a new blog article. Once you submit it, it will not be published until we review it. You will have to sign up first for DrinkedIn and create a profile before being able to post a blog - please make sure your profile has some appropriate picture (e.g. you holding a beer or something on the topic).

Exclusivity

Unless previously negotiated, we ask that the posts you submit to us are written exclusively for use by DrinkedIn. While you’re more than welcome to write on the same topic elsewhere, our hope is that posts that appear on DrinkedIn don’t appear in the same form elsewhere.

Topics

In the listing above, we already gave some examples of appropriate topics. We are flexible at DrinkedIn and will consider some articles a bit off topic, but we will use judgment and we ask that you describe your topic in detail before writing. The best guideline is that you should keep in mind that DrinkedIn is a community (social network) for drinkers who are interested in bars, pubs, alcoholic drinks, etc. We have over 150,000 listings of bars, pub, mixed drink recipes, brands of liquor and the community includes thousands of members from over 40 countries.

Voice

Some guest posters worry about what voice or style to write in. Ultimately this is up to you. We encourage you to bring your own voice to your post.

Style of English [IMPORTANT – please read]

DrinkedIn makes use of an automatic translation mechanism that provides translations into many other languages. We realize that automatic translation is far from perfect and we do make quality improvements from time to time. In order to help the quality of the translation, we suggest the following:

  • Use straightforward and clear English
  • Avoid too many expressions, slang, and other colloquial expressions.

We have a growing non-English speaking audience and keeping your posts in clear and unambiguous English will help expand the readership of your article. Note that if you do speak a foreign language and that you want to make corrections to the translated version that appears, you are encouraged to submit the corrections and we'll be happy to do this for you and our readers in that language.

Formatting and markup

Feel free to submit your content directly to the blog. It’d be great if you could also follow these points in preparing your post for us:

  • Font: please do not use bold font in your post’s prose. We will do the formatting if necessary.
  • Subheadings: Mark your headers starting with Heading2 or higher - don't use Heading1.
  • Links: if you want to mark up a link and link text using HTML, by all means, do so. Otherwise, include the URL in brackets within the prose, immediately after the text you’d like to use as the link text.
  • Images: make sure you own the copyright to any images you submit with your posts. We will scale your images if necessary, but we will take care to preserve the aspect ratio and try to do it with the highest quality. If you do want to publish a picture of yourself or others, they should be in a drinking setting (e.g. holding a beer).

Please do include everything you want to have published with your post in your submission. If you want to include links (maximum of 2 per article - links to DrinkedIn listings of bars or liquor brands do not count against your own external links), paste them in the spot where you want them to go. If you want to use particular link text, tell us. Don’t assume we’ll know what information you want, and where: tell us clearly.

A note on links to your own blog…

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. A high-quality, helpful post will get people checking out who you are more effectively than will lots of links back to your blog.

Post length

Articles should be at least 400 words – we don’t reject articles that are long (e.g. over 1000 words) and in fact, encourage it. We can consider shorter posts – but we might return the article back to you stating that it is too short.

We publish posts that vary greatly in length. Anything goes—length isn’t the only factor, quality is more important. Stick with your own style and voice, and choose a length that sits well with you.

Editing

All posts that appear on DrinkedIn 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’re just trying to make every post we publish as successful as possible. We also know what generally works well with the DrinkedIn 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 DrinkedIn readership, and good for the blog as a whole.

DrinkedIn Profile [instead of bylines]

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 DrinkedIn Profile – we highly encourage you to join DrinkedIn and setup a profile – your posts will be posted with you as the author. We don’t want to say “Guest” – but prefer to have a name (even if it’s not your real name, but we do prefer a real name if you don’t mind).

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to contact us with your post, please contact us by emailing us (see the Contact Us on the website or you can send a DrinkedIn message to “drinkedinadmin” (the site admin).

Please note that we follow Google's Best Practices in terms of guest blogs, linking, authorship, etc. This is a DrinkedIn policy.

Thanks for your involvement with DrinkedIn and we hope you always keep the spirit of fun.

Cheers!!!

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