200bar blog has over 4000 subscribers and attracts more than 10k monthly visitors, and we're always looking for more brilliant contributors to join our ranks.
If you have exceptional writing and/or dive industry skills and would like to share your expertise with a like-minded audience of divers, dive operators, and industry related businesses, we'd love to hear from you.
Please take some time to review our Guests Blogger Guidelines, it should answer any question you have about what type of content we're looking for and how our submission process works.
200bar Guest Blog Guidelines
Diving Into The Details For Every Post We Publish
Successful guest contributions are comprehensive, data-driven, and interesting posts that teach our readers something new about the world of diving. While we tend to swim toward content about dive career development and professional dive training, that's not all we care about. We're also interested in publishing any topic that is related to the diving industry, which includes things like hiring, team development, job hunting, writing, underwater imaging and videography, brand design, social media and online marketing ideas for both individuals and businesses, ocean conservation, popular culture, random topics, and internet trends among other things!
We also look for a few things in everything we publish:
- Original concepts, compelling arguments, and high-quality writing. We will not republish anything that's been published elsewhere.
- Article reflects the writing style/tone of the 200bar Blog. We aim to be casual, yet helpful, and typically we stay away from buzzwords and jargon.
- Proper attribution of data, quotations, and outside content referenced in the article.
- No more than one link to your company's website in the body of the post.
The Different Post Types We Accept
200bar is dedicated to Professional Divers and quality diving related content. Here are some of our most successful blog post types:
Training and Employment support: Did you recently took on a new job or hired a new team member. Or maybe you completed a new course or an analysis of your own or your customers' data that yielded fascinating insights the world show know about? Write it up and send it to us. These posts should include hard data, actionable takeaways, and thorough explanations of each step in the experiment or analysis process. Readers should have enough information to get a base idea and resources to dive deeper into research or learning new skills or tricks.
Guides and Workshops: These posts give readers in-depth tactical takeaways that are supported by relevant, recent examples, original quotes, original graphics, and current data. While we don't like to put a word count on our posts, these tend to run at 1,000 words and above. When readers finish this type of post, they should be able to immediately execute on the given topic and have very few questions left on how to do it.
Graphics: These posts rely heavily on an infographic, images, video or SlideShare created by the author. Usually, they feature a few paragraphs of introduction, the embedded media itself, and not much else. The graphic should be comprehensive and easy to read, have a compelling narrative, contain plenty of white space, and feature up-to-date data that's properly sourced.
Sponsored: These posts are written with a commercial or marketing goal in mind, either promoting a new product or service. Sponsored posts are typically paid blog article commissioned by a company or agency. These posts will be clearly labeled "SPONSORED" to ensure that our audience has full disclosure regarding the content they are about to engage with. If you wish to submit a Sponsored post, it is best to contact us first for more information and costs associate with publishing such content.
While we certainly publish posts from time to time that don't fall into any of those categories, your post has the best chance of being accepted if it matches one of these formats or is proposing an original idea which brings value to the 200bar community.
200bar Link Requirements and Policies
- It’s very important to understand that our blog and website content is aim to provide our members easy access to information.
- Whenever possible it is recommended that you link to other posts found on our blog or website, or make it clear you’ll add external link to outside resources.
- We prefer to retain our readers within our community and blog as much as possible.
- We don’t accept affiliate links or promotional programs unless it is linking to 200bar authorized programs.
- Whenever possible, please be mindful of the keyword density in your post and try to keep the content clear and concise.
- As a guest blogger, you are allowed to have one external link in your personal bio. (We recommend you link to your website or personal profile)
200bar Post Image Requirements
We require our post to have a minimum of 2 images. One will be used as the feature image and the other can be inserted in the post. We find that post with more visual content tend to do better with our readership. Your images should be a minimum 1200px by 800px and submitted with your post. Each image should be properly label “nameofarticle_nameofimage.jpg”. You should own the rights to use these images, and be able to grant us a universal, unlimited licence to use the image on our platform, social media channels, and other promotion tools. If you are using an image from another source, you must provide us with the image attribution and link to original image or image owner. Images should be relevant to the post content.
200bar Republishing Policies
Some blogs allow republishing of guest posts; some don’t. The traditional position is that the post belongs to the blog owner (in this case 200bar), is credited to the author and cannot be republished anywhere else. This protects 200bar from duplicate content issues. Some authors may be unaware that they can’t publish their guest post elsewhere, so it’s best to make clear that we only accept original content.
200bar Editorial Policies
200bar reserves the right to edit your post to ensure it is following our website and content policy. We will first ask you to edit the post following our editors’ suggestions. If the rewrite still require some editing, we may opt to do this internally. “Please don’t be offended if we suggest changes, or chose to do minor editorial change on your guest blog post.”
Please Respect Copyright
If it is not yours, don’t use it. It is very simple. It is everybody’s own choice to share his or her ideas and materials with the world, not yours. Before posting someone else’s work, please check with the owner first. When you do make a reference, where possible, link back to the source.
It’s on you!
You are personally responsible for the content you contribute to the 200bar blog and your guest blogger name will appear. The 200bar team does not warrant that any comments are correct and/or complete.
200bar Post Formatting Preferences
The following describe how we best prefer content to be submitted to us.
- Blog post title should provide clear insights on the post content and grab the attention of the readers.
- Blog post title should have capitalized first letter of each word. i.e “This Blog is Using Capitalized Lettering for Each Words in the Titles”
- Use subheadings in the post body (We ask guest posters to include H2-H3 tags).
- Subheadings should have capitalized first letter of each word (same as title)
- 200bar prefers the post to be HTML formatted.
- Consider using short paragraphs and/or bullet points (to make the post easier to read).
- Consider using images or video to augment your post and content.
- A typical post on 200bar blog has between 500-1000 words. Larger word count posts as mentioned above should fall into the specific categories we suggested.
What We Won't Accept
- There are some things we simply can't accept:
- Anything that's been covered on our blog before. Please do a search of our site before submitting your articles.
- Anything that may be construed as a link-building scheme.
- Anything that's too promotional for your company or organization.
- Anything that's offensive or inaccurate.
- Anything that's overly critical of individuals or companies -- this is not a site to air grievances.
How to Submit Your Post
- Please email guestpost [at] 200bar [dot] co with the following:
- Your completed post as an HTML file or Word Doc.
- Image files (with attribution) in a separate folder.
- Short author bio including a maximum of one anchor text link to your own website, plus a head shot photo of you.
If your article meets editorial standards and aligns with our content strategy, we will respond to let you know your article will be published. That process may take up to several weeks. We will do our best, however we can’t guarantee we’ll be able to respond to all submissions.
The Not-So-Fine Print
- Submissions must meet the 200bar blogging team's quality standards in order to get published.
- We cannot allow you to republish your guest post to your own blog, LinkedIn, Medium, or Inbound.org afterward.
- The 200bar blogging team reserves the right to edit and adapt your guest blog content as we see fit, and update it in the future for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
- 200bar reserves the right to include calls-to-action to 200bar content, including but not limited to email newsletters, ebooks, and other downloadable content.
- 200bar reserves the right to remove guest posts from our website as we see fit in the future.
These guidelines are subject to change as 200bar deems appropriate and necessary. Current version published on February 8, 2018.
How to be a guest blogger
You may be interested in reading the following article on how to be a guest blogger, it has some valid information on what to expect, how to represent yourself and setting goals as a guest blogger to ensure you are successful with your writing aspirations.