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Sample Guest Post

H4 header that has your main keyword and condenses the point of your article into one or two sentences. Google and social sites use this as a description.

This is the lead-in paragraph. Use your main keywords as soon as you can.

The above header image should be centered and NOT link to anything (see below for more about images).

Using several short sentences instead of one huge paragraph lets the user scan faster and keeps them reading longer.

IMPORTANT: Don’t add any headers until you have a few sentences. An ad will be on the left of these first few sentences, adding a header here will make an ugly layout!

Your First H2 Header

This is a good spot for your first header. Only use H2 and lower headers If your main keyword is in the title and try to put longtail keywords in them. Using H1 headers can be confusing for Google because they look for keywords in them, and this will dilute your SEO and hurt your traffic. Great SEO = more traffic to your articles!

See, now we’re using full paragraphs. We’ve captured their attention and now it’s time to give the reader some meat. Paragraphs with several sentences work well now.

Here I will show you what a link block is. You don’t have to worry about adding link blocks, in fact you should never add them, ever. We use link blocks to give users related content and to interlink posts for SEO. A link block will look like this:

Top articles on our site that are related to this topic

We try to include one of your articles in a link block if you have published more than one article. Sometimes we can’t or decide not to if the quality or traffic is low, but we always consider your articles first.

Don’t worry too much though, link blocks don’t get a whole lot of clicks, it’s more for SEO interlinking than anything.

We also use plugins to automatically include big orange “Related:” link blocks. These appear about every 500 words but the plugin isn’t perfect. It’s best to review your articles and see if everything looks ok.

Sometimes you may need to add a sentence or two to a paragraph ABOVE the big orange “Related:” link block to push it down some. For example, if you add an aligned left or right image and the “Related:” link is somewhere between the image instead of above or below it. In those cases you should add more text ABOVE the big orange “Related:” link block.

We know, it’s a little annoying. Suggestions of a better (and free/cheap) plugin or (even better) some code that automatically adds related articles after so many words is welcome.

Here it is:

Another H2 Header Breaks Up All This Text

Speaking of plugins that automatically add things, we also use a plugin that automatically adds links to certain words. Like if I say the word fire piston it is automatically turned into our affiliate link for an Amazon product.

Breaking It Up
Using shift + enter lets me add a line right below this one, so then I can bold the above line and turn it into a “mini-header” or sorts. This breaks up the page flow and keeps the reader from seeing a giant wall-o-text that causes reading fatigue and leads to scrolling.

Another One
You can do a couple of these suckers. Or not. Whatever. Just make sure you’re not writing huge paragraphs or readers get bored and start scrolling. Attention spans these days…

H3 Headers Work Too

That is an H3 header. H3 headers are smaller than H2 (obviously) so they are good sub-headers, like when you need to make another point about whatever your H2 header is about.

Adding lists also breaks up a post.

  • Like this list
  • And how it is breaking up this paragraph
  • Into a new type of format
  • That gets the reader’s attention back on track

H4 Headers Are A Little Smaller.

That is an H4 header. It works the same way. The size difference is a little more pronounced so you may prefer H4 instead of H3 as a sub-header.

At this point I’m going to switch to some made up text to illustrate a few other things. I’ll add a real conclusion at the end of this article, so please do read that.

Below you’ll see some image examples. But for now, you can quit reading.

BONUS: If you want to learn how to write ridiculously great content for any website, we created a resource called Writing Best Practices that can be applied to any website, not just our own.

It includes best practices, tools, and links to resources and further reading from the best experts on content writing.

The goal was to make anyone, first timer or a seasoned pro, a better writer for the web as a whole and not just a better guest poster for BeSurvival.

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New H2 Header, Maybe A Topic Related To The Above Image

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Speaking Of Images

Welcome back to the real text. You made it.

A note on the above tall images: Always upload full size images (735px wide) and then use a custom image size to make it fit the page. 350px wide works pretty good for most skyscraper images. This is mostly for Pinterest, which our readers absolutely love.

We get a lot of high quality traffic from Pinterest, adding tall images will let them pin and repin your post to their hearts content.

Wide images don’t do so well on Pinterest but are needed for Facebook and Twitter. This is why we suggest using both image sizes in each of your posts.

Images should be .jpg or .png. Unless your image has a transparent background it should be a .jpg.

Our server will automatically compress all images using tinyjpg.com, so as far as optimizing images go just try to keep the pixel size at the recommended sizes above and keep the file size down to a minimum by saving images as .jpg with 80% quality.

Image upload file size limits:

  • Images uploaded within a Page/Post – 1200px wide x any height
  • Images uploaded directly to the Media Library – 1200px wide x any height
  • Max Image File Size – 2MB

The max width of 1200px is provided for clickable infographics. The largest any image will appear on a post is 687px wide. The reader will have to click the image to see a larger version (if you set a url when you upload the image, that is).

Before you upload images, change the name of the image to something useful. “image09302.jpg” is terrible for our cataloging and for SEO purposes.

If your keyword was “bug out bag” I would name the image “bugoutbag-header.jpg” or “bugoutbag-tall.jpg” or maybe use your longtail keywords in your image name and alt text.

Then just copypaste the image “title” field to the “alt text” and “description” of the image when you upload it. We have a plugin that automates this too, but it doesn’t look as good if you do it manually.

Final Thoughts

This is the closing paragraph or three. It’s a good time to add in one more point and summarize everything. This is your last chance to drive your point home, to elicit some emotion, to make them feel motivated.

A good article length is at least 1,000 words. For reference, this post has 2,023 words. You can use a tool such as WordCounter.net to see exactly how many words your article has.

Longer articles are shared the most, get the most traffic and clicks, and are generally loved by our readers more than shorter articles.

Remember that we do have a minimum word count too (see the Basic Guidelines in Write For Us for the minimum).

BONUS: If you want to learn how to write ridiculously great content for any website, we created a resource called Writing Best Practices that can be applied to any website, not just our own.

It includes best practices, tools, and links to resources and further reading from the best experts on content writing.

The goal was to make anyone, first timer or a seasoned pro, a better writer for the web as a whole and not just a better guest poster for BeSurvival.

Try to write in your own unique voice. Be yourself and make it easy to read. Be comical if that’s part of “you”. Remember that you’re trying to inform AND entertain the reader.

Well that’s it. Are you ready? If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

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