Guest Post Guidelines Template
Thanks for contributing to The College Monk! We’re teaming up with some of the best minds in the world of marketing and sales to educate founders and revenue leaders on their growth strategy. By partnering together, we want to showcase your thought leadership while promoting your brand as a trusted resource in your space.
Being a large college site, we get dozens of inbound requests for guest posts all the time who aren’t quite the right fit for our site. When that happens, we prefer to refer these leads to trusted partners.
With that in mind, here are some guidelines and recommendations for each piece of content that you submit.
Before you write: What we look for
In general, posts we accept for guest content fall under the following themes:
- Higher Education
- Grad School
- Masters Degrees
- Online Learning
- Educational Technology
While brainstorming what to write about, ask yourself these questions:
- Will this topic be relevant to The College Monk’s audience?
- Will this post offer solutions (that don’t require the purchase of my product)?
- Am I qualified to write about this topic?
- What insight can I bring to this topic that nobody else can?
- Is the content already covered on the blog?
When in doubt, get in touch with us for any questions at email@example.com.
Note: We want content from individuals who have industry level experience in the edur. If you’re a freelance writer trying to get experience, feel free to apply separately!
NOTE: *The College Monk reserves full editorial control and may edit or tweak submissions as we see fit. These tweaks include anything from removing too much self-promotion, to optimizing for SEO, edits both small and large, and more.
Posts should be 1,000 – 1,500+ words in length unless previously discussed.. We find this is a sweet spot with our readership, and you’ll fit in with the rest of our blog this way. Longer is good, too.
Break up your content, so it’s easy to read. This means including headings, subheadings, bullets, and any other visual elements to increase the readability of your piece. Write in clear, direct and succinct sentences. (i.e. don’t use big words to sound clever!)
Write in a natural, conversational tone. We want to share content that is authoritative, but not robotic. We’re producing blog content — not Wikipedia pages.
All content MUST BE ORIGINAL. We do not accept duplicate or syndicated content as guest posts. (i.e. you can’t republish the same article/articles).
Always name your sources. We understand that you’re an expert, but our audience might not be so sure.
Content posted today should still be relevant next year.
Your article should be education-neutral and written with an intent to add value to our readers.
No defamatory or abusive content will be allowed, no matter how strong or justified your emotions or arguments are.
Only 2 links throughout the article. If placement of links is your goal, then The College Monk is not a good fit for you, unless that link actually is relevant and provides value, e.g link to a blog article back to your site that is helpful.
At least 1 – 2 Internal links are required to the most relevant content on The College Monk.
A minimum of 1-2 images in total are required for either paragraphs including one featured image
Actionable Takeaways. Recap the takeaways of your article as bullet points at the end of your post.
- First, we’ll collaborate and agree on a topic and title. Don’t start writing until we’ve done this! But please don’t feel intimidated and pitch us your ideas if you have any.
- Once we’ve agreed on the topic, give us a deadline for when you expect to submit the article for us to review.
After you’ve written your draft, send it to me as a Google Doc. Use these sharing settings:
- On – Anyone with the link.
- Access – Can edit.
- We will check for any plagiarism and spelling mistakes.
- Please give us 1-2 weeks to respond back accordingly. If you do not hear from us, it is likely that we have passed on your article. Please feel free to re-pitch again.
Submission of Article
Submit your article to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Guest Post“, only after you have contacted us.
- We’ll make edits in this Doc, so make a copy if you’d like to keep an original version of your writing.
- Send a short, couple sentence bio. This can include a link to your LinkedIn profile and/or your website.
We’ll let you know when the post is scheduled to go live.