If you have exceptional writing, graphic, design, photography, or other skills that would interest the readers of The Alaska Life and would like to share your expertise with a large audience, we’d love to hear from you! To be a part of Alaska’s largest social media audience and growing blog, please take some time to review this entire page — it should answer any questions you have about the kind of content we’re looking for and how the submission process works.
THE BARE ESSENTIALS FOR EVERY POST WE PUBLISH
Successful guest contributions are comprehensive, original, and interesting posts that educate, entertain, or otherwise contribute to the readers’ experience on The Alaska Life blog. While we tend to skew toward content about specific topics within Alaska, that’s not all we talk about. We’re also interested in publishing any topic that Alaskan’s and people interested in Alaska care about, which includes things like general information on activities we do here including hiking, hunting, kayaking, fishing, canning, gardening, among almost countless other things. Be well-written, clear, interesting, and above all, helpful.
- 100% original pieces with high-quality writing. We will not republish anything that’s been published elsewhere.
Article should reflect the writing style/tone of The Alaska Life. We aim to be casual, yet helpful, and we reserve the right to change/reject submitted content based upon style/tone.
- Proper attribution of data, quotations, and outside content referenced in the article.
- External links can be acceptable as long as those links are beneficial to the readers. If they are not, we will not accept your submission. Protecting our readers is paramount.
- Proper grammar/punctuation/spelling. Having to re-write your content takes up valuable time, so please re-read your piece and ensure there are no errors. If our readers are going to spend time reading it, the expectation is that time was spent ensuring the content was as close to perfect as possible.
THE DIFFERENT POST TYPES WE ACCEPT
The Alaska Life is looking for a variety of content to publish to our readership and we feel that having a varied selection to choose from will enable users to either dig deep on a topic, or breeze over a list of items they need for an excursion, for example.
- Authoritative (How-to’s/Tutorials): These posts give readers in-depth takeaways that are supported by relevant, recent examples, original graphics and/or photos, and current data, if applicable. While we don’t like to put a word count on our posts, these tend to run at 1,500 words and above. When readers finish this type of post, they should be able to immediately execute on the given topic and have very few questions left on how to do it.
- Lists: These posts give readers streamline information into a numbered list that’s easy to read/share/put into action. Often accompanied with photos, these posts are effective ways to share information or educate a reader on a subject to get them to look deeper.
- Cheat Sheets, Checklists, To-Do’s: Readers looking for direction on a topic will be drawn to this type of post. If they have questions, we want to supply them with answers (or get them pointed in the right direction). These posts differ from a ‘how-to’ post in that they are to-the-point and ensure nothing is forgotten
- Reviews: Reviews of different services/places/businesses/activities/etc. in Alaska could be a great way to help readers choose where to go, how to get there, and what they want to do after they’ve arrived.
- Controversial Posts/Lists: These posts will certainly drive interaction and spark ideas from readers. Stating ‘reasons why you’re not prepared for X’, or ‘reasons why traveling to X is wrong for your vacation’ can certainly both educate and entice a reader to dive deeper.
- Infographics: This type of post can fall into two categories; creating your own, or embedding one you find into an applicable post.
- Blog Series: Have a ‘big idea’ to write about? Break one large topic up into a series where we maximize the impact of a large idea to not only give more detailed information but also build anticipation.
- Have another idea? We are up for a wide array of pieces, so if you feel your submission is a good fit for our site, we’d love to take a peek!
While we certainly publish posts from time to time that don’t fall into any of those categories, your post has the best chance of being accepted if it matches one of these formats.
IMAGE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
WHAT WE WON’T ACCEPT
- A topic that has been previously covered. Please do a search of our site before submitting your articles as we do not want to cover a topic that has been beaten to death, unless there are reasons for the content to be updated.
- Anything that may be construed as a link-building scheme.
- Anything that’s too promotional/spammy for your company or organization.
- Anything that’s offensive or inaccurate.
- Anything that’s overly critical of individuals or companies — this is not a site to air grievances.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR POST
Send your completed post to ‘blog[at]thealaskalife[dot]com’ with the subject line “Submission”. Please note that while our editors strive to respond to every inquiry in a timely manner, they are not always able to do so. However, we do strive to get in touch with everyone at some point.
- Your completed post as an HTML file or Word Doc.
- Image files (with attribution) as separate attachments.
- Short author bio including a maximum of one anchor text link to your own website.
THE FINE PRINT
- Editors reserve the right to reject contributions at their discretion and submissions must meet The Alaska Life blogging team’s quality standards.
- The Alaska Life blogging team reserves the right to edit and adapt your guest blog content as we see fit, and update it in the future for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
- Guest contributors may not republish their published contributions to The Alaska Life blog anywhere else.
- Calls-to-action to other content on The Alaska Life may be added to published submissions including, but not limited to email newsletters, eBooks, or other downloadable content.
- In rare cases, contributed posts may be removed from the blog.
- The Alaska Life will not accept guest posts just because you think it will increase traffic. Our editorial staff will accept them based upon the beneficial content to our readers.
Thank you for your interest in contributing to The Alaska Life blog. We look forward to receiving your work!