Freshome Post Guidelines and Policies

Please review the guest post guidelines below before sending your post for review. We’ll know if you haven’t, trust us. We’re savvy that way.

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The Most Important Thing :

Evergreen content is quality, useful content that is relevant to readers for a long period of time. There is no specific length of time for how long evergreen content remains relevant. Some evergreen content lasts forever. Some lasts a year or two. As long as the post can be linked to and gain traffic long after it is originally published, it qualifies as evergreen. This is the most important thing to keep in mind when writing your post.

Your Guest Post Should be Relevant :

Freshome covers topics including architecture, design, furniture, decorating, cool products for the home, creative ideas to name just a few. Before starting to write you should make yourself familiar with the style, tone and content of Freshome, and be aware of recent articles to ensure your chosen subject has not be covered in the past year or so. All we want to see is that you care about your work.

Your Guest Post Should be Well Written:

We expect posts that demonstrate a good command of language, grammar, punctuation, organization, clarity, style and tone. We don’t expect perfection, but you shouldn’t expect us to edit, rework and clean up your post.

Your Guest Post Should be Useful :

Our readers appreciate interesting, useful, inspirational, practical, helpful, actionable information that brings them significant benefits, so bring it to the table. We are looking for posts that teach and give value to our readers. We would like to avoid posts on topics that have been covered many times over. We are not looking for rehashed posts from other blogs.

Here is the ultimate guideline: “A Freshome post should make our readers want to stop what they are doing and say WOW, SMART, COOL …I HAVE TO SHARE THIS POST !”. To put it succinctly: Your post should be inspiring!

Before Writing The Post “Ask Yourself”:

  1. Is this the best this post can possibly be on this topic?
  2. How can readers benefit from this?
  3. Would I be happy posting this on my own blog?
  4. Am I being relevant to the audience of the blog I’m posting on?
  5. Your reader has learned something new ?
  6. Your reader has found new inspiration ?
  7. Your reader has found a new way to do something ?
  8. Your reader has found a new way to think ?

Your Guest Post Should Be Unique :

  1. Be creative : It’s simple: think outside the box. Write a new perspective, different take or fresh angle to an old topic.
  2. Be unique : Browse our archives, figure out what we haven’t written about yet and beat us to the punch
  3. Be interesting : Tell a story, use a great metaphor, or take an opposing stance. You can even write on controversial topics, if you’d like.

Editorial Guidelines :

  1. Our mission is simple – we want to provide our readers with the best writing, the best photographs and the most authoritative facts.
  2. When you file a story with us, it is assumed that the piece is original and exclusive to us. Your post must be original and must have never been published before on the Internet
  3. You agree to not publish the post anywhere else (i.e., in your own blog or as a guest post in other blogs)
  4. Your post should be written in a warm, friendly and non-judgemental tone.
  5. There are no limitations on style, as long as the writing is lively and interesting.
  6. We value originality, insight, and good reporting.
  7. LINKS: are allowed if they are relevant to the subject matter at hand. Linking to your blog or website is fine, so long as
    it’s relevant to the topic.

Formatting Guidelines and Final Tips :

  1. Start with a  clear, attention-grabbing post title ( a catchy but relevant title )
  2. Have an introduction that attracts interest and makes the reader want to read further ( create interest and lead the reader into the main body ).
  3. Use headings, subheadings, bold font for key sentences and bulleted lists so it is easy to read. Format your post for easy reading online and provide an easy structure for readers.
  4. Ensure that your piece has a strong central theme that moves the reader forward and provides a point to it all.
  5. It’s easy to write what you think. It’s much harder to produce data that backs up an argument. Use research, charts, and expert quotes to back up your argument, and create an interesting thesis.
  6. Use short paragraphs. Try to stick to 4-5 sentences. If it’s more than this, the content looks too dense. Readers will give up and move on. (Notice how newspapers usually follow this rule.)
  7. Use simple words. I love language, so I am often tempted to use big words. However, I have learned to avoid this. My goal is to communicate, not to impress my readers with my vocabulary.
  8. Be 800 – 1500 words long.
  9. We love images and they are a must for posts. The better the images translates into more eyeballs so pick some good ones! When you use images to illustrate the post make sure to credit the original source with a link. The minimum size for a picture is 1000px wide and the images must be crisp and clear.
  10. We place a premium on surprise and good storytelling—the compelling anecdote, the colorful character, the lively quote, the telling detail.
  11. Write a conclusion to sum everything up.
  12. Promote your post by broadcasting it on your social networking sites ( Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc ).

Here Are Some Posts Examples You Should Take a Look At:

  1. 10 Things You Need to Know About Dating an Architect
  2. 15 Hottest Fresh Bathroom Trends in 2014
  3. 18 Fresh Interior Design Trends to Watch For in 2014
  4. 11 Hottest Fresh Outdoor Trends in 2014 You Must See
  5. 15 Fresh Furniture Trends to Watch For in 2014

Thank you for adhering to these guidelines. We strive to provide the most quality content possible and hope that these guidelines set reasonable expectations and keep our readers pleased.

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