Thanks for taking the time to consider writing a guest post for us. We’re a family owned and operated wine of the month club & gift basket business based just outside of San Francisco. If you have a look around the blog, you’ll notice that I’ve written(I’m Mark btw) well over 300 blog entries since we started and I spend an inordinate amount of time writing. So I get it, I understand the reasons why you say you’re here looking to write for us, but I also realize some of the unspoken reasons you’re here as well.
I’ve also written a few guest blogs over the years, so I wanted to provide a few concrete examples of ways that you can earn some space here, as well as what you should expect in return. If you’d like to be a guest blogger here at Uncorked Ventures, please email me directly with some ideas about what you might enjoy writing about. Given that our business deals only with wines from California, Oregon and the state of Washington, priority will be given for those topics. Here’s some more information about contributing to our site:
Who Can Write?
Basically, we’re happy to run anyone who isn’t a competitor, of which there’s only a few. Before you ask, no wineries aren’t competitors. I hope that our customers, through our wine club shipments find wineries that they love and buy wine directly from them.
Do We Pay for Content?
On occasion, we do. We’re also considering having a staple of writers on staff to churn out consistent work. For now, if you require payment, you should send us an email to dicusss.
What Kind of Content Do We Want?
So it’s got to be wine related and we enjoy more local topics than broad generalizations.
What You Receive:
A link back to your site or portfolio, as well as a short bio. We want you to feel comfortable using this as part of your portfolio.
What We Require:
Original content (yes, we do check both through Copyscape as well as Google directly). Pleasant people to work with. We’re not too enamored with minimum word counts, or limits on the places that you can link out to (assuming they’re real sites that actually serve a normal purpose). Really, we want well written and interesting articles about wine and wine related topics. If you do that, this should be easy.
Some Things You Can Do To Have Your Guest Blog Published More Quickly:
- Include images that you took yourself
- Write something that meets my guidelines
- Don’t zip your file and expect me to open it.
- Remember that I don’t have to accept your guest post. Sure, I’d like more people to write for us, if they’re able to provide good content. But I’m not desperate.
- I know my site is a good guest posting spot. I expect you to treat it as such.
- Remember that running the blog, isn’t my business. Running my wine club and gift basket business is. It may take me a couple of days to get back to you. If you’ve emailed me 5+ times after not following these guidelines though, it’s most likely I’m not interested in your spammy guest post pitch.
Lastly Some Topic Suggestions for Your Guest Post:
- Wine (Duh)
- A feature on a local winery, or winemaker
- How wine and food culture in your city is changing
- A trip you took to wine country
- A winery visit you recently made
- A comparison of a few local wine bars or wine shops in your neighborhood
- Your opinion and/or experience with wines from Oregon or Washington State
- How your wine preferences have changed over the years
Still want to write for us? Get in touch with some topic suggestions. If you’re simply going to push a guest blog that you’ve written, or worse, had written by someone on Fiverr or Upwork, to every wine site online, please don’t waste my time, or yours.
Lastly, I’ve gotten a ton of requests of late for “sponsored posts”. Of course, that seems to mean that someone pays me like $20, or $40 to add a link in violation of Google’s guidelines, for a terribly small fee that doesn’t even pay for a grocery store trip. No thanks. Please follow the guidelines above.