RandyRCPlanes has been creating content for a number of years. We have created content in a variety of formats for this site (and others) and we want to help you share your expertise to Entertain, Educate, and to inspire enthusiasm amongst our audience!
Below are our general guidelines for guest posting on RandyRCPlanes. Please note, a guest post is not the same as becoming a regular contributor with us. But who knows, if we like your work, we may ask you to become part of the Randy RC Team!
We’re pretty flexible about the RC topics we publish here at RandyRCPlanes, as long as it is useful to our readers and speaks specifically to planes, we are cool with it. We request that your submission meets the following criteria:
It’s really good – Seriously, our standards here are high, and we want your best material. Once we approve your topic, your work may go a few rounds of revisions. But if you’ve got a solid idea, we’re happy to work with you until your art is ready. We do not want second class material, so don’t hold back!
Originality – We do not care if the content has been published elsewhere. We acknowledge that the Internet is a large venue and crosspolination is critical to everyone’s success in the RC Plane hobby. So long as it is your best material and it speaks to our audience, we are happy to spotlight you here!
Relevant to our topics and audience – By which we mean people (young, old, and in between) that are new to the hobby, passionate about the hobby, and desire to spread RC plane flight to the next generation. Our audience are people that want to learn how to fly RC planes, have some air under their wings, or are flight school veterans and they are located around the globe!
It should be valuable – We don’t have word limits or requirements – the post should be as long as it needs to be, and no longer. That being said, it’s rare to be able to squeeze much value into less than 350-500 words. We like posts that are between 400-600 words. There are exceptions, though, sometimes a simple (yet valuable) tip can be covered in a couple hundred words or less. Yet other times it cannot become valuable unless there are diagrams, audio, and even video that helps explain it – focus on creating your best art, not on meeting word count requirements or sticking strictly to the written medium.
No shameless promoting – Your content cannot be an advertisement for your product/service or the equivalent of a sponsored post. If you are interested in such, then RandyRCplanes may consider a review post format that we generate in conjunction with you. We also have advertsing positions available if you are interested in promoting yourself or your organization.
You should read:
“Anatomy of an Effective Blog Post” by Michael Hyatt
“9 Ways Become an Exceptional Guest Poster” by Darren Rowse
“7 Crucial Tactics for Writing a Radically Successful Guest Post” by Blog Tyrant (via CopyBlogger).
“Seven Steps to Writing a Successful Guest” Post by Jeff Goins
“Blogging Your Passion” by Jonathan Milligan
These all contain some very helpful tips to maximize your content, whether it is written, spoken, or seen.
You may provide up to three byline links: one for your blog or Web site, one for your bio or About page, and one for your Twitter username (optional). Here is an example:
This is a guest post by John Doe. His organization, RandyRCPlanes, is comprised of RC Plane enthusiasts that want to Educate, Entertain, and pass the love of this hobby onto the next generation. Regardless of where you are located in the world they want you to learn how to fly RC planes, from the best! You can interact with RandyRCPlanes on their site and follow them on Twitter.
Plan to be around when the post goes live. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s been scheduled, and you’ll have plenty of notice to make sure that you’ll be available. We expect you to be around during the day, and the following day, to interact with readers in the comments. We use the Livefyre commenting system, so please be sure you are registered and have a profile (complete with image) established with them. There is no charge for Livefyre.
Do your part to spread the word. This is really the most important factor after your content has been approved by us. If you create content with us you should be proud of it. We expect you to tell your networks about it!
We will likely copyedit your work for grammar, punctuation, spelling, styling etc. If it is not ready to go, we will not use it but will work with you to make it publishable.
We may provide a short introduction or conclusion to your post to provide context or the rationale as to why we think the post is important. We will make sure that our comments are set off from yours stylistically, so that our audience is clear that these are ours and not yours.
We understand the work that it takes to write a blog post or create audio or video content. However, the fact that you have created a piece of art and submitted it to us does not obligate us to publish it. The only guest posts we will publish are those that in our sole judgment add value to our audience.
If your art meets the above criterias:
- Please email it to us for consideration. If you have audio or video content that is too large to email, please submit it via Dropbox and email us to let us know it is waiting for us (just in case the Dropbox shared folder notification gets caught in our spam filter.) We will respond with a “yes” or a “no” within 72 hours.
- Please include the size of your audience: number of blog readers, Facebook friends or fans, Twitter followers, g+ connections, video channel(s) and subscribers, and podcast listeners.
You may create content in one of three mediums; audio, video, or written. Links to hosted content will not be accepted.
Audio – .mp3 or .mp4, original, final edited, file sent to RandyRCPlanes and hosted by us on one of our audio outlets. Content may be adapted to a video with still image for display on social media avenues.
Video – H.264 formatted, original, final edited, file sent to RandyRCPlanes and hosted by us on one of our video channels.
Written – .docx, .potx, .key, .keynote, Google Docs, or contained within the body of the email submission, a Blog post, eBook (.pdf), or other written work such as an infographic or digram (.png).