Guest Post for Tao of Bachelorhood

I'd really prefer that submissions not be on paper, but if you must...

Although the Tao of Bachelorhood is generally a one-man shop, I welcome guest posts that are in tune with the Tao mission (building the best man, one habit at a time) and offer something new to the thousands of readers who pop in every month.

I also understand that guest posting is a “currency” of the Web, offering strong linking and “Google juice” for your own site. For that reason, I’ve crafted the following instructions so that together we can both help each other and create unique, valuable content.

How to Guest Post

I get a fair number of guest post requests each month. However, it’s clear that most of them are “blind,” and blind or form-letter requests will always be rejected. This site is my special baby, not just a means to make money fast, and you must treat it as such.

To have a guest post accepted, use the following steps:

  1. Read these instructions carefully. There are embedded items you must include in your “pitch” email in order to receive a reply.
  2. Read the site and gain an understanding of the type of article I’m looking for.
  3. Pitch me on a specific, unique, relevant article (or two or three) that is useful and actionable to my readership.
  4. Write it according to this site’s style specifications.
Let’s take these one at a time, starting with Step 2:

Read the Site

Before you even think about guest posting, read the site and get a grasp on the content. Yes, this is a required step. Your guest post should mesh with the content here, and your pitch should demonstrate how it fits.

For example, while an article called “10 Best Bars in Dallas” might be welcome in Maxim, or “20 Watches Under $1500” in GQ, it doesn’t really fit the premise here. Think outside the men’s-magazine box and offer something to make the reader think.

Your post should fit one of my major categories:

  • Dressing
  • Grooming
  • Health & Fitness
  • House & Home
  • Living
  • Mating & Dating

The ideal post is unique, useful and easily actionable for the Tao of Bachelorhood’s predominantly male audience. It won’t be negative in tone (e.g., “Why Women Laugh at You Behind Your Back”). Also, where it pertains to dating, a “woman’s perspective” will be a hard sell—that perspective is readily available throughout the mainstream media. In fact, because dating is a topic full of cliches, you had better have a super-cool and unique angle on it, whether you’re a man or woman.

If you specialize in fitness, and your article isn’t specific to men, consider posting to my other site, Pump Up Your Fitness, instead.

Pitch Me on a Specific Article (or Two or Three)

When you have a topic (or two or three), there are two ways to go about sending in your query:

  1. Write the post first. If for some reason I don’t accept it here, you’re always free to use it elsewhere.
  2. Pitch me your topic. You’ll still have to write the post before I can promise to actually run it, but you’ll at least know if I think the topic is good. Simply asking to write an article “on Dating” is not good enough. If you don’t have a unique and useful spin, it won’t fly.

Whichever you choose, send it to me in an e-mail to bachelorhood@gmail.com along with your name, the URL of your own blog or site, the word “triangulate,” and any other information relevant to the post or your credentials. (See what I did there?)

Write a Great Post

When you write your post, keep these details in mind:

  • Keep it between 600-1000 words. Posts here tend to be a little longer than on many sites, so feel free to thoroughly explore and explain your topic. If you come in under 600 words, expect me to ask for more substance.
  • Use headings to organize the material. Headings are signposts and readers like to have them.
  • Don’t forget to include your byline, which should include your full name as well as your site and URL for the link. It can also include a tidbit about yourself that might make someone want to click your link. 2-3 sentences max.

I’m not expecting you to write like Hemingway or to be a name-brand guru, but I do expect good grammar, thoroughly checked spelling and enough research to make your post flow smoothly and feel authoritative. Even if I approve of your topic, the draft you send will be accepted or rejected on its own merits, or I might ask for some changes. I’ll also have the right to edit for brevity, clarity or any old reason that comes into my head.

If you have any further questions about guest posting, please ask.

Thank you for reading this far, and remember the secret word!