If you want to share your insights that could help other people learn, grow, and improve themselves, you are welcome to contribute to Visual Meditation.
Below you will find certain guidelines and tips you need to consider before contributing to our website.
1. The topic of your article should fit our website
Please visit our blog and take a look at the content that we post!
2. Advertisement, Guest posts, and link placement
We are glad to help our guest contributors promote their writing and work. Still, there are certain rules regarding advertisement, guest posts, and link placement.
Free guest posts are intended only for bloggers who seek to get more exposure for their website. Feel free to include the URL of your blog’s homepage and social media profiles in your author bio. However, we do not accept guest posts written for SEO purposes only and do not allow keyword-containing anchors in the article body.
Such kind of link placement is acceptable only for sponsored content, which is the option you need to choose in case you want to promote an online store or a corporate website. We also give the option to place banners in the sidebar.
In both cases, note that all links will contain a rel=“nofollow”, in order to comply with Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.
3. Make sure your content is original
We publish only original posts written exclusively for Visual Meditation. If your article has already been published elsewhere, it is not a good idea to send us a request to repost it. Make sure your text uniqueness is high too (we recommend text uniqueness above 85%).
4. Your article should be well-written and mistake-free
Before submitting your text for our review, please make sure to check spelling and grammar. You can use grammar check software for this purpose – we recommend using the service called Grammarly. However, it seems that typos and grammar mistakes are not the most common problem among guest contributors, especially if English is their second language.
Try to avoid the following:
- Using the same words and phrases multiple times throughout the text – consider synonyms instead
- Incorrect word order and confused sentence structure, which make the text sound awkward to native English speakers
- Missing articles
If English is not your first language, make sure to carefully review your article before sending it to us.
5. Your story should be thought-provoking, informative, and/or inspiring
Posts featured on Visual Meditation aim to make people evolve personally, mentally and spiritually. We also accept inspirational posts, such as personal stories or articles about inspiring people. If your piece is none of the above, it is probably not for us.
6. Provide credible and valid information and make sure to include all the related links
If you write about science or related topics and refer to studies, books or names in your article, make sure to include the related links. It is particularly important in the case you cite someone’s words. When you include links to credible sources, such as .edu or .gov websites, you make our readers know that the information you present is valid and based on actual facts.
You may also want to consider linking to informational websites, such as Wikipedia, in order to make it easier for the reader to capture the meaning of some words and terms mentioned in the article.
7. Try to give clear instructions and actionable tips
Many readers come to Visual Meditation to find information on how to boost one’s brain power, practice spirituality and solve personal issues. If you write about spirituality or self-improvement and your article is meant to give the reader a piece of advice, make sure to provide clear and actionable tips that have a practical implementation.
Please avoid vague recommendations, cliché and stating the obvious, such as “be positive” or “motivate yourself.”
8. Write an introduction and a conclusion
These two parts are extremely important for the reader. The introduction is meant to give the reader a general idea about your article and help them decide whether they want to continue reading it. Ask yourself the following question: Does the first sentence/paragraph of my article make it clear what I’m going to write about?
The conclusion is a no less important part and is aimed to further provoke the readers to think or call them to action. For example, you can use this section to ask the readers to share their personal experiences related to the topic of the article or their opinion on the issue you wrote about.
9. Think up a good title
Did you know that a good title is the key to a post’s success? The title helps your story attract the reader’s attention and make them want to open and read it. When you are trying to think up a good title, ask yourself the following questions: What issue/question does my article describe/answer? How will reading this article affect the reader’s views? In which ways will my article help the reader?
10. Word count
A minimum word count for guest articles is 650 words. It would be great if your article is above 1000 words, especially if you write about self-improvement and any kind of speculative topics that require much elaboration to fully cover the chosen subject.
If you want to contribute to Visual Meditation, you can send us a message through this contact form or send us your e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.