Thank you for your interest in submitting a guest post or article to Arts Mansfield. We welcome guest posts and new voices. 

Benefits of Guest Posting

Guest posts are an excellent way to promote your blog or small business. Suppose your guest post gets 10,000 views and 5% of them follow you on social media or visit your blog. That is 500 new visitors. The best part is that they are targeted traffic who are interested in what you have to say. Another reason is building backlinks to your site, and every SEO pro knows how important this is to driving traffic. Backlinks help you rank higher in the search engine results, and they help you build authority. 

If you would like to submit a post, here are a few things you need to know. 

The editorial staff has the right to reject any submission for any reason. We want to keep a high level of content. We are picky but easy to work with.  

1. All guest posts should be useful, in-depth, practical, and entertaining to our readership. We welcome event reviews, artist interviews, and content that is similar to other content on our page. Please look around to get an idea of what we accept and our style. If you have a new idea, we would love to hear it. 

2. All content must be suitable for a general audience. No drugs, alcohol, illegal activity, violence, or other content that would not be appropriate for an audience under 18 or the community-at-large. The editorial staff has the final decision on this, period. 

3. All content must be 100% plagiarism free and be able to pass Copyscape. No exceptions. No spun, derivative, or rehashed content is allowed. 

4. We are not interested in content that regurgitates content that other local news agencies have covered on a basic level. We want to know how it made you feel, what you liked about it, and we want to take the reader to the event with you. Make them feel a part of it. We want content that is in-depth and personal. 

5. KEEP IT POSITIVE. We are a website that is here to PROMOTE the arts. Don’t say anything negative. If feel you must say something negative, say it in a positive way. Anything that slams someone else will be edited out or returned to you for revision. 

6. Word count: Ideally 500-1200 words (Do not word stuff or add fluff to make word count. Every sentence should add to the content.) 

7. Casual writing style and voice. Be conversational. Talk to the audience like they are sitting in front of you. 

8. Be relatively free of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. We will correct minor ones but will send it back to you if there are too many. 

9. We use the AP stylebook, latest edition with one exception. We use the Oxford comma. 

10. Your post can conclude with a 1-2 sentence bio. You can promote your business, website, or social media in the last paragraph and include one link to it. The entire article cannot promote your website and services. Google frowns on overly promotional articles, and we do, too. Give the article substance. 

11. If you cite a fact, include a link to the site where you read it. It should be recent information (within the last three years), and there are some deal killers. If you link to a deal killer, we will not publish the article. 

Link Deal Killers: 

Spammy links.

Anything illegal, black hat SEO, or link-building schemes.

Product-oriented, promotional pitches.

Overtly mean, spiteful, or offensive material.

No affiliate links.

Tips: 

– Use bullets, lists, and short paragraphs whenever possible as it improves the readability for our guests and improves SEO. 

– Break the content up with scannable headings for readability.

– If you are including images, please source them from royalty-free sites like Unsplash or Pexels, or use ones that you have taken yourself and to which you own the rights. Any images that you have taken yourself will be subject to the Copyright and Terms of Publication. We might resize or edit them to fit into the site format but will not do substantial editing. 

– Keywords are not required, but they are welcome.

– If you do include keywords, no keyword stuffing or black-hat business techniques. We consider anything over 5% to be keyword stuffing. 

– Voice: 1st, 2nd, or 3rd person

Editor pet peeve #1: Don’t start sentences with conjunctions. The words “and” and “but” are used to tie two thoughts together and should not start a sentence. Yes, I know you see it all the time, but don’t do it here. 

Editor pet peeve #2: Irregardless will prolly get your submission rejected. 

COPYRIGHT and Terms of Publication 

Your submission indicates that you accept the following terms. 

1. You guarantee that you are the exclusive owner of the content and that you have the right to license it to us.

2. You agree to give us a non-exclusive, transferable and sub-licensable, irrevocable, international license to use, copy, modify, distribute, publish, display, translate, run, copy, publicly perform and create derivative works of your content.

3. If we publish your content, you agree to let us use your name, profile picture, and information about advertisement interaction without providing compensation.

4. If we publish your content, you agree not to republish or guest post it, or any derivative version. It is exclusive to us. You agree not to publish it on your own blog, LinkedIn, or anywhere else.

5. We reserve the right to edit and adapt your guest blog content. We reserve the right to edit the submitted posts to correct grammar, usage, or punctuation or make any changes in their title, style, format, etc. as necessary to conform to the editorial usage, format and style of the blog before publication. We may update it in the future for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

6. We have the right to include calls-to-action inside your content, including but not limited to email newsletters, e-books, and other downloadable lead magnet content.

7. Although it is rare, in some cases contributed posts may be removed from the blog and their URL may be recycled to updated content.

8. We maintain the right to reject your submission or to request any kind of revision if we found that that article is not suitable for our audience. 

Submitting Your Guest Post

You can submit your guest post in one of two ways. You can email it to us at contact@growthzonemedia.com. Please include “Guest Post” in the subject line. We can accept word documents, Google docs, text, or just write it in the email itself. You can attach any photos to the email. Make sure the file you attach has Read/Write Permission and is not password protected.

We like to publish reviews of events within 48 hours of the event. If your article is a time-sensitive article, such as this, please include GUEST POST URGENT in the subject line. If it is longer than 48 hours, we might still accept it, but we prefer to get those types of articles up quickly. 

If you are a new author: please let us know the pen name you would like to publish under. Please be sure to include a headshot and photo credit.

Please do not include HTML tags. We will format it when it is published. If you want to indicate a header style, you can do it like this. 

H2: Great Information About Art

We only accept H2, H3, and H4 header levels in the body. 

When Will I Hear from You? 

We do not limit the number of guest posts we publish per day, but we are only human. If you mark the article as time-sensitive, you will probably hear from us the same day or early the next day. If it is not time-sensitive, we try to get back to you within the week, depending on the workload.

If your article is accepted, we will email you and let you know the link, so you can include it on social media posts and other promotional activities. If it is not publishable or we request revisions to get it ready, then we will email you. If we do not consider your article publishable, you can read the guidelines and resubmit it. Any rejected posts or pitches can be distributed to other sites or published elsewhere. You retain the rights to any rejected article. We are sorry, but we cannot provide coaching. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at contact@growthzonemedia.com

We are looking forward to reading your submission!