Thank you for your interest in contributing to the blog! We’re more than happy to welcome new writers with fresh perspectives to the table, but before submitting your post, there are a few guidelines and suggestions for getting your post accepted at My Social Game Plan.
What You’ll Receive
- Posts will be featured on our home page for an undetermined period of time.
- Heavy promotion to our email subscribers, Facebook fans, Twitter followers, and other social connections.
- Two to three backlinks of your choice in your author byline. Backlinks within the body of your post if the links are very relevant to the content of your post and overall context of My Social Game Plan. More details on backlinks at the bottom of this page.
- Your post will be included on the Past Contributors page along with a link to your blog or social account.
- You should operate a blog or have demonstrable experience with blogging. If this isn’t the case, you should have some demonstration of your writing ability and expertise.
- No affiliate links.
- If you’re pitching from an SEO company (trust me, it’s easy to tell), we’re probably not going to accept the post, but we can talk about other potential advertising opportunities on the site. Send us an email!
We ask that any posts submitted to us be written only for our use, unless otherwise agreed upon. This applies only to written content. If you would like to rehash your post into a video, eBook, etc., that’s perfectly fine.
Of course, blog posts need to be relevant to the niche of My Social Game Plan — social media marketing and digital marketing.
Some broad topic categories could include:
- Social media news or latest trends
- Social media marketing guides, tips, suggestions for specific social networks
- Blogging effectively especially if the subject ties into small business blogging
- SEO topics related to social media
- Statistical analysis of what does or does not work on social media
- General marketing principles and how they relate to social media
- Much more…pitch an idea to us, we’re pretty open and flexible
A good strategy is to check out our “Popular Posts” section in the sidebar or glance through the social sharing buttons on posts to get an idea of what type of content performs best here.
Below is a list of topics we think would perform well with our readers. You aren’t obligated to write on any of these topics, but if one catches your eye feel free to submit a post about it.
- X Ways to Optimize Your Pins on Pinterest
- X Ways to Integrate Instagram into Your Social Media Strategy
- X Reasons Your Facebook Page Has Low Engagement
X Digital and Inbound Marketing Blogs You Need to Read
- X Must-Have WordPress Plugins for Better Blogging
- WordPress Plugins That Foster Community-Building
Why Google+ Must Be a Piece of Your Content Strategy (SEO benefits, Google authorship and author rank, communities, etc.)
To give you an idea of what “voice” to write in, our audience mostly consists of digital and social media marketing professionals, as well as business owners seeking to better understand how they can apply social media to their brands.
Your post should be as long as you need to make your point. While we don’t enforce a specific word count, we find that most valuable blog posts (with the exception of posts with infographics) typically land in the range of 800 – 1400 words.
We do reserve the right to edit submissions before the final product is posted. It’s unlikely any major changes will be made, but we may make minor revisions to titles, keywords, links, spelling and grammar, headings, and so on.
If you find that your post has been edited, please don’t take it as an insult. We know our audience well and simply want to ensure the best targeted product reaches their eyes. This is to the benefit of both authors and readers of the blog.
If major changes are needed for your post, we may make some suggestions and ask that you resubmit your post.
Byline and Author Links
We want to help those who write for My Social Game Plan, so please include a byline when submitting your post. This will appear at the end of the post. A byline is:
- One or two short sentences introducing yourself and telling readers how they can connect with you. Many people will include their Twitter or blog address here.
For example: Tim Timmy (@Twitter username) is a blogger at [blog name], where he blogs about [blog subject]. Connect with Tim on [social account] and grab his [newsletter/free report]!
On the subject of backlinks: If you have content or a post on your own blog that ties in very well with the guest post, we have no problem with you including that link in the body of the post. Of course, we can’t allow guest posts with random, irrelevant links tossed in and removal of links is at our discretion before the post is published.
If you’re interested in writing for us, send an email describing your post idea and 2-3 bullet points you might discuss to contact[at]mysocialgameplan.com or use the form below. We can’t wait to hear from you!