Guidelines and Suggestions for Guest Posts at Dominant Guide

Thanks for your interest in writing a guest post for Dominant Guide.

We’re really looking for guest posts that present new ideas, fresh perspectives, and innovative approaches. We like to present readers with ideas that we haven’t seen elsewhere online.

We’re not able to use everything that’s submitted.  We may decline to use your post because of its quality, the relevance of your topic, because we have more posts than we can use, or because we’ve published a number of posts on the topic recently. We may also decline to use your post if it covers information we’ve already covered on the site.

Please note that it can take up to 10 days for us to review your submission. Please do not send us “reminder” emails within this time—they won’t help us get to your submission any faster.

To help you with your writing, to increase the chances of our being able to use your post, and to help us get your post ready for publishing on Dominant Guide, we’ve put together a few guidelines and suggestions for you below.

In short, before you send us your submission, please make sure it:

  1. conveys quality, practical advice presented with Dominant Guide readers in mind
  2. is able to be used exclusively at Dominant Guide
  3. includes all the information—links, link text, etc.—you want the published version of your post to include
  4. infringes no copyright laws
  5. includes a headline, body text, and your byline.

Exclusivity

Unless previously negotiated, we ask that the posts you submit to us are written exclusively for use by Dominant Guide. While you’re more than welcome to write on the same topic elsewhere, our hope is that posts that appear on Dominant Guide don’t appear in the same form elsewhere.

Topics

Posts work best on Dominant Guide that are relevant to my overall topic—helping novice Dominants. Of course there’s a lot of room to move in this overall topic. Anything that helps a Dominant learn more about Dominance will be helpful for readers.

Topics in which we’re particularly interested right now include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Learning to be Dominant
  • How to use particular toys or participate in specific play activites
  • The mental and emotional aspects of Dominance and submission
  • Social and community involvement
  • Book reviews of Dominance-focused books

Voice

Some guest posters worry about what voice or style to write in. Ultimately this is up to you. We encourage you to bring your own voice to your post.

Formatting and markup

Feel free to submit your content in Word or plain text format. It’d be great if you could also follow these points in preparing your post for us.

  • Font: please do not use bold font in your post’s prose.
  • Subheadings: wrap any subheadings in your post in <h3> tags, or simply bold them so they stand out.
  • Links: if you want to mark up a link and link text using HTML, by all means do so. Otherwise, include the URL in brackets within the prose, immediately after the text you’d like to use as the link text. We don’t publish affiliate links in guest posts; please do not include them.
  • Images: make sure you own the copyright to any images you submit with your posts. We can’t use images that are wider than 500px. We do not publish author headshots, so please don’t send them to us.

Please do include everything you want to have published with your post in your submission. If you want to include links, paste them in the spot where you want them to go. If you want to use particular link text, tell us. Don’t assume we’ll know what information you want, and where: tell us clearly.

Post length

Your post should be as long as you need it to be in order to convey your message.

We publish posts that vary greatly in length. Anything goes—length isn’t a factor, but quality is. Stick with your own style and voice, and choose a length that sits well with you.

Editing

All posts that appear on Dominant Guide are edited. We rarely edit them heavily, but we will change titles, rework openings or conclusions, or correct grammar and spelling.

Don’t be offended by this—we’re just trying to make every post we publish as successful as possible. We also know what generally works well with the Dominant Guide audience.

Occasionally, we’ll send a post back to you with suggested additions, omissions, or changes. This generally suggests we feel the post could be further enhanced in ways that go beyond some basic editing.

Our hope is that we get a post that hits the mark with the readership—that’s good for you as the author, good for Dominant Guide readership, and good for the blog as a whole.

Byline

You’ve worked to give us great content, so let us help you promote you. We want to highlight you, your blog, or any product or service that you have to offer. This is largely done in your byline.

Bylines should be a sentence or two explaining who you are and what you do. Feel free to include up to two links in it. Some guests include a link to an RSS feed here, which can convert well. Your byline will appear at the bottom of your post, but we’ll also write a short introductory sentence that will include your main link, and will appear at the top of the post.

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to contact us with your post, please contact us via our contact form.

Thanks for your involvement with Dominant Guide.