Write For Us

What topics do we accept?

Our audience consists of visitors and residents of the North East of England.  The main areas we cover are below, however, we do accept articles about surrounding areas.:

    • Newcastle
    • Gateshead
    • Durham City
    • Sunderland
    • Tyne and Wear
    • Northumberland
    • Durham

The topics we accept are:

    • Things To Do
    • Places To Stay
    • Food and Drink
    • Culture
    • Shopping

We are particularly interested in vibrant, interesting information.  Posts should be evergreen where possible.

Who can write for us?

Our author offer is for bloggers, marketers and businesses associated with tourism who write about the North East of England.  We are happy to showcase your expertise and to introduce interesting topics for our audience.

We only accept original articles

All articles must be original, not published elsewhere in any form.  This is to avoid search engine penalties for duplicate content, which are severe and can affect both websites involved in posting duplicate content.

After a period of 30 days, authors may repost articles elsewhere if we are informed in advance.  We also ask that a link to the article on this network is attached to the article stating it was first published here. If it subsequently transpires the article has been duplicated without the link to the original, we will consider deleting the article.

    How long an article will remain on the site

Once an article is accepted, it will remain on the site for a minimum of two years.    You should try to submit evergreen articles which stand the test of time.  Articles that become outdated or stale will not stand the test of time.   In reality, we will keep generally keep an article on-site for much longer than 24 months and ideally permanently.  Articles may be deleted after 24 months if:

    1. The content is thin and not/no longer relevant to our audience
    2. Articles are not attracting readers
    3. Articles become stale or old news

Writing your article

    • Individual posts should run between 400 and 1500 words.
    • Posts should be written in a clear, engaging and accessible first-person style that minimizes jargon and buzz words.
    • The most successful articles contain interesting perspectives and new ideas, “how-to” and experiences of the author.
    • Articles should “add value” to the reader and give them some interesting information to read and think about, and should not be promotional.
    • Articles should be SEO friendly and meet Google’s readability standards.  See more below.
    • We will not publish an article without a completed bio. The bio contains all your contact information, so there is no need to input this information at the bottom, or the body of your article.

Best Practice writing

Our passion is to create a unique and professional experience for our readers.  Creating real value and worth so they come back again and again.  We want to help them consider Exploring North East England from several angles. If you are interested in finding out more about writing a first-class article, these tips will help you.

About links in your article

Links in your bio

You will be able to have a no-follow link back to your own site via your bio.  We may require proof of ownership.   Any link must be entered in the designated space provided in the author profile box.  We do not accept links back to your site or any third party websites or URL’s in the body of the bio.   You will be able to include links to your social media pages and these must be included in the designated spaces provided in the author profile box.

 Links in the body of your article

We do not allow links in the body of your free article.  However if you wish to include links to businesses or other promotional content then we do charge a nominal admin fee.  So if this is the case, then please contact us.

SEO Guidelines

    • Your article should contain a keyword or key phrase. This keyword or key phrase will describe your article in a nutshell.
    • Develop an engaging heading. Studies show that the most engaging headings are those which are read most.  Your heading must include your keyword or key phrase.
    • Your article keyword or key phrase should appear 2 – 3 times for every 200 words.
    • Include an external link(s) to other useful information the reader might be interested in.
    • An SEO checklist is available underneath the post, if you are familiar with this, please complete it, otherwise, the exploring team will optimise your post. We may make minor changes that do not change the substance of the article but will help the article more likely be indexed by search engines.

Images

Please upload a featured image for your article.  You must have the right to use the image with your article, and therefore we ask that you credit the image with the original source. We take copyright infringement seriously, and if an image is credited incorrectly, we accept no liability for any damages or legal action thus, if you do not credit your source, we will use one from our own stock.   If you do not upload an image, we will use one from our own stock.

Accuracy and checking your article

    • You as the author are responsible for the content you post, meaning any facts, dates etc. Should be correct and you should also spell-check your article before submitting it. We undertake a very basic check before posting and we will not be held responsible for any inaccuracies or errors posted by authors.
    • Although you as the author are responsible for the content you sent us, we have the final say on headlines, illustrations and placement of the article. If necessary we also require authors to confirm exclusive copyright, including the right to electronic distribution.

Completing your profile

Your profile should not include any links in the body of the text.  (There is a designated space for author website).  Your profile should not consist of more than 200 words.  You should include all social media links.

It’s important to make sure you are happy with your profile.  The profile nestles at the end of the article and is the first thing a reader will see once they’ve read your article.   Simply click on “profile” on the menu on the right under the dashboard and scroll down to “name”, and complete the required fields.

Sharing your article

We want your article to be shared as widely as possible.  As well as sharing across our vast network, we hope you also share with your own.  Here is a checklist of useful places to share.  We would also be grateful if you would share other member articles which you feel might be valuable for your own network!

  1. Twitter
  2. Your Linkedin profile page
  3. Your Linkedin Company Page
  4. Your Linkedin Profile (there are spaces within your own profile to showcase your articles)
  5. Across Your Linkedin Groups
  6. Facebook Profile
  7. Facebook Company Page
  8. Pinterest Boards
  9. You Tube
  10. Your Newsletter
  11. Link to the bottom of your email
  12. Slide share

Sharing is easy!  Simply use the share buttons on the left-hand side of the website and at the top and bottom of each post.

Want to get started?

We are here to help you.  If you want to submit an article, then contact donna@exploringnortheastengland.co.uk

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