Writing for Hustle & Groove

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the Hustle & Groove blog!

Guest posts get shared in our weekly newsletter and on social media.

Here’s what you need to know:

GUIDELINES:

Hustle & Groove topics range from operating a successful blog or business to marketing a blog or business, all geared towards people who are starting or expanding their online business.  They are generally freelancers, course creators or digital product providers.

Our readers love simple, actionable tips on a specific topic or examples of results that can inspire them.

Our readers are both just getting started with a side hustle or online business, and those that are farther along in a full-time online business but looking to expand and grow with different strategies.

POPULAR CATEGORIES:

Business → Starting an online business (as a side hustle or full-time), starting or expanding an author blog (platform), online tool reviews/comparisons, systems or processes for creative entrepreneurs
Marketing → Effective websites, social media strategies, book launches, email marketing, lead generation
Productivity → Strategies, software/tools, processes to minimize admin time for specific tasks

Content

Guest Posts should focus on providing valuable content to readers and must include practical, how-to/action steps readers can use immediately.

Readers should be engaged with your post and inspired to take action with what you've provided.

Your post should not aim to sell any products or services (that’s what your bio is for!).

Tone

Conversational, first-person language. Write as if you were talking to a friend, make it personal. Avoid adding 'fluff' or irrelevant words that don't help the reader.

If you're not sure, spend some time on the H&G blog to understand the types of posts I write and emulate that.

Length

Posts should be 1000+ words. Focus keyword(s) must be provided.

Format

Use headings/lists/bullets/italic/bolding where possible to encourage readability.

Keep paragraphs to no more than 5 lines long, remember people skim-read online, make it easy for them to do this.

Links

Do not include links to your own products within the post content (that’s what your bio is for). You can link to one blog post from your own website.

Please include at least three anchor links to relevant articles already published on Hustle & Groove and/or products sold by Hustle & Groove. These articles must not be guest posts.

Images

If you have an image (that you own or one that you can use under Creative Commons) or screenshots that will help explain your point, please add to your post and include the images separately when submitting.

Please ensure all images are submitted as separate JPG files, including a picture to use for your author bio. Make sure all images have been optimized for the web.

Promotion

You should aim to share your guest post, once it's published, on your social media accounts, link to the post from your own website or blog, and be present for comments after the post is up.

We require your URL (so we can promote you too!), and your number of email list subscribers. Please specify all other social media accounts you broadcast to and numbers you reach.

Editing

We reserve the right to edit any piece submitted to Hustle & Groove.

Rights

You must provide original content. Your post cannot have been previously published and it must be copyright free.

This will be checked, so please ensure you're only submitting original work you own.

Exclusivity

You agree that every post you write for Hustle & Groove will only be published on Hustle & Groove unless otherwise granted permission by Lise from Hustle & Groove.

Preference is given to writers and/or authors.

HOW TO SUBMIT

  1. Your post needs to be submitted as an editable Google Doc. If you create your post in another program like Word, please copy and paste it into a Google Doc. No exceptions.
  2. Title the doc with your submission date, your name, and main keyword. Example: 12Oct16-LiseCartwright-EmailMarketingTips
  3. Add your name, email, and website at the top of doc.
  4. Add a bio (up to 300 words) and headshot at the top of the doc. This is where you can include your own links.
  5. Review the guidelines to ensure your post meets them.
  6. Share your Google Doc including editing capabilities with [email protected] and send an email to let us know you've submitted your post. Also send your images to this email address as well (not required, but happy to receive them).

AFTER SUBMISSION

An editor from Hustle & Groove will review your post and let you know if it’s been accepted within two weeks.

If it's not right for the Hustle & Groove audience, you're free to use the post anywhere else.

If accepted, any necessary edits will be made and scheduled to be published.

You will be notified via your contact email, once it goes live. Please ensure that you're active in the comment section and then share it on your social media accounts.

We look forward to sharing your awesomeness with the H&G Community!