Thanks for your interest in writing a guest post for FeelGooder.
FeelGooder is a site that relies upon the wisdom, insight and experience of its community to create content—we’d love to have you involved!
We get pitched a lot of guest posts, and we’re not able to use everything that’s submitted. We prefer posts that:
- present a unique insight or perspective
- shed a different light on a topic, or consider it from a fresh angle
- take a practical approach that lets readers apply the information in their own lives, today.
We may decline to use your post because it fails to present information in a new way, because the topic lacks relevance for our readers, 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 FeelGooder, 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 FeelGooder readers in mind
- is able to be used exclusively at FeelGooder
- includes all the information—links, link text, etc.—you want the published version of your post to include
- links to credible third-party sources where appropriate
- infringes no copyright laws
- includes a headline, body text, and your byline.
Once your post is ready, submit it through our contact form. You can also pitch ideas there.
Unless previously negotiated, we ask that the posts you submit to us are written exclusively for use by FeelGooder. While you’re more than welcome to write on the same topic elsewhere, our hope is that posts that appear on FeelGooder don’t appear in the same form elsewhere.
Posts work best on FeelGooder that are relevant to my overall topic—practical inspiration for life. Of course there’s a lot of room to move in this overall topic. Anything that helps readers improve their enjoyment of life will be helpful.
FeelGooder readers love practical, empathetic advice. Give my readers information that they can apply in their own lives immediately, and you’ll be popular here. Even more theoretical posts that have something in them that readers can “do” rather than just “know” are good.
Topics in which we’re particularly interested right now include:
- social good
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.
Formatting and markup
Feel free to submit your content in Word or plain text format. It’d be great if you could also follow these points in preparing your post for us.
- Please don’t use bold font in your post’s prose.
- Subheadings: wrap any subheadings in your post in <h2> tags, or simply bold them so they stand out.
- 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.
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. 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. 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.
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 FeelGooder 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 our 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 FeelGooder 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 contain 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. Your byline will appear at the bottom of your post, but we’ll also write a short introductory sentence that will include your main link, and will appear at the top of the post.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via our contact form and we’ll do our best to answer them. Also please submit your article ideas via that form. Thanks for your involvement with FeelGooder.