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Write for Us – Guest Blogging Guidelines

 We are currently accepting high-quality travel guides and foreign cuisine-related guest posts. To be considered, YOU MUST read these guidelines.

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Share your travel stories on As We Saw It

If you’re a fellow travel blogger looking for more exposure and have a great idea for a story or article, we welcome your guest post.

As We Saw It has a good page rank and we are active on social media. Publishing on our site will:

  • allow you to display your talents
  • give you more exposure as a traveler and writer
  • add another story to your portfolio.
  • be spread far and wide on top social media channels

Bloggers: Write for us! We want your great stories!

If you’ve been there, you have something to share. We are looking for original, first-hand, inspiring and informative travel articles, photo essays, travel tips, itineraries, top 10 lists and personal travel stories. 

  • Destination guides, itineraries
  • Cultural insights, 
  • Food, wine, international cuisines
  • Travel tips and how-tos
  • Recipes for foreign foods
  • Wellness for travelers

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • How to Spend a Day/Weekend/Month in _______
  • Road Tripping Through ______: A __-Day Itinerary
  • What I Learned by Visiting _______
  • 7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Going to _______
  • Complete Guide to _______ (UNESCO site, museum, kayaking trip, park, etc.)
  • Top 10 Foods to Try in ______
  • How to Make ______ (with recipe)
  • The Best Street Food I Ate in _______

Be creative!

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Here are our writer’s guidelines

Everyone has them, from National Geographic to the local newspaper. We want to publish your story as much as you want your hard work to appear on our site. But please understand … our readers are expecting consistency.

So … here’s what we need.

Articles

Our articles are based on personal experience. That’s what our readers expect. We know you’ve seen some amazing places and done some incredible things. Tell us about them!

  • Content – All articles must be original content, of course. They must not appear anywhere else on the internet now or be shared elsewhere in the future. Please break paragraphs up. Readers prefer 2-3 sentences each.
  • Word Count – Articles must be a minimum of 1000 words (more is definitely better!) and must be written from your personal experience.
  • Photo essays – These are acceptable, but please group them by subject with <h2> subheads and include a few sentences about each. (People want to know what they’re looking at, right?)
  • External links – You’re welcome to include relevant external links that will help the reader get further information, such as tourist bureau and official destination websites. We must reserve the right to add, change or remove links as we deem appropriate. (See the note to DMOs below.)

Are you a foodie or wine lover?

If you write about food, that’s fantastic! As travelers, we want to encourage people to try new foods and sample local beverages. We especially welcome articles about traveling on a special diet, because we eat clean and follow a Biblical diet.

This is why WE CANNOT publish articles that promote eating pork, shellfish, rodents and other unclean animals. If you’re unsure about whether we consider something to be edible, feel free to ask. We won’t bite your head off. (Ew, that would be nasty! 🙂 )

Photos

It’s not a coincidence that our most popular articles are full of photos. People read our blog not only for its content but also for its photography.

  • Please include a minimum of 6 photos. The more, the better. Please label them so we know where everything belongs. (It’s also good for SEO.)
  • Videos are acceptable as well.
  • Photos must have been taken by you or under creative commons license. 
  • Alternatively, if you’re writing about a place we have been to, you’re always welcome to use photos from our photo gallery. Just let us know and we’ll send you details on how to get the links for larger formats.
  • If your photo is hosted online (on your site, our site, SmugMug, Flickr, etc.), include the embed code/HTML link to every photo  … NOT the URL of the page where the photo is located. This is essential.
  • Preferred size for landscape photos is 1000-1200px wide.
  • Optional: We welcome Pinterest pins; they are great for publicizing your story. The recommended width is 735px. (We recommend PicMonkey and Canva, both free to use online.)

Here’s the thing:

  • ALL photos must be original or accompanied by appropriate credit.
  • Using someone else’s photos without permission is a violation of international copyright law and can lead to serious problems. We will not be held responsible for any legal issues that may ensue if you violate copyright.
  • Please be aware that articles will be removed from our website immediately if we discover that the photos are not original or do not contain appropriate credit.

Format

  • Submit your articles in HTML. See STEP #8 in this article for the how-to’s as well as 10 Steps to Writing a Killer Guest Post.
  • We reserve the right to edit and reformat to ensure consistency and ease of reading.
  • We use <h2> tags for subheads.

Authorship (all about you!)

  • Send us a shot of your beautiful face so people can see who wrote the post! 🙂
  • We want to promote you so be sure to include links to your website and your social media accounts.

Ready to write?

Great!

  • Send a message to linda [at] aswesawit [dot] com with the subject line “I want to share my travel experience on AWSI.”
  • Tell us where you’ve been and what you’d like to write about, or share a few possible ideas. (We’ll be happy to help you narrow down your topic, but please be more specific than just saying that you want to write a travel article, okay?)
  • Tell us how many photos you plan to include and who gets the credit for taking them.
  • Include a link to your blog and to anything you might have written previously. Go ahead, brag away!
  • Mention that you have read these guidelines in your inquiry. This is a REQUIREMENT. (Okay, obviously you have done that because you’re at the end of the page. Trust us: It saves headaches.)

We’ll get back to you ASAP.

Once we both agree on the details, you can send us your article, photos and a brief bio that includes your blog’s official name and URL. It would be nice to have a photo of your smiling face to accompany your bio. If you would like, we will be happy to include links to your major social media channels as well.

We will let you know when your story goes live.

 


Note to DMOs, tour companies, travel agencies, et al.

Be advised: The above guidelines do not apply to advertising or sponsored posts. We would like to help you promote your destination, product or business; please visit our Work with Us page for details.

We regret that we are unable to provide free publicity to businesses. As We Saw It is a business as well and should be treated as such. We deserve adequate financial compensation for publicizing your destination or service.

The guidelines on this page only apply to individuals and fellow travel bloggers with their own personal websites, who wish to share their personal experiences, tips, photos, and videos with a wider audience. Our policy is that, unless previously agreed, “Guest Post” articles written to promote a business will be published with all backlinks removed.

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