Interested in writing a guest post for the Nutrition by Carrie blog? I would love to hear from you, if you meet these simple rules:
- You are a nutrition professional, or will be, soon. This means you are a registered dietitian nutritionist, a student in an accredited dietetic program, or a non-dietitian nutritionist who has a degree in nutrition (bachelor’s or master’s). If you don’t meet this basic requirement, you can stop reading now. I’m serious…if you do not fit into one of the three categories I just mentioned, do not email me and ask if you can guest post, because I will just delete your email. Otherwise, please continue.
- You want to write the post specifically for my readers. I don’t accept “canned” posts.
- The post fits within the general theme of topics I write about. The most blatant examples of topics I won’t publish are dieting tips, how to detox, or posts that are about nutrition therapy for specific health conditions.
- The posts are not a thinly veiled sales or marketing piece. In other words, don’t pitch me posts about products.
- The topic nutrition- or food-related. I shouldn’t even have to include this one, but you would be amazed.
Why Should You Write For The Nutrition By Carrie Blog?
I get question from dietitians and dietetic students all the time asking, “How can I get into nutrition writing?” In many cases, they don’t have their own blog and possibly haven’t published anything, anywhere. Starting your own blog (and posting consistently) and guest-posting on other nutrition blogs is a good place to start!
How Do I Submit A Guest Post?
- Contact me with your pitch.
- Wait for a response. If I’m interested, I’ll respond within a week (honestly, it depends on when I get your email and what’s going on with my own writing deadlines).
- If I’m not interested, I will do my best to respond to let you know that, as well, but I can’t guarantee a timeframe.
Which Topics Do I Cover?
Here are some suggestions for topics I’m looking for:
- Mindful and intuitive eating
- Meal planning and kitchen organization
- Ideas for eating in a Mediterranean-style or anti-inflammatory way (this can be recipes or other tips)
- Detailed posts about single-ingredient foods (i.e., a seasonal vegetable or fruit, a spice or herb, a type of seafood, a whole grain)
- Body image or acceptance
- Tips for building cooking confidence
- Joyful movement/exercise
What Am I Not Looking For?
There are certain topics and types of posts that will never see the inside of my blog:
- No clickbait. Your post needs to follow through on the promises your headline makes.
- No posts that only promote yourself or your business. I’m happy to provide a link to your blog or website in a short bio at the end, but my blog is my business!
- No affiliate links. If I find an affiliate link in your draft, I will not publish your blog post.
- No canned posts you completed prior to pitching me. Your post needs to be written for my readers.
- No product promotions.
- No dieting tips.
- No extreme eating suggestions (i.e., posts promoting total exclusion of any foods or food groups).
In order to make life easier for both of us, I have some firm submission requirements:
- Write an original post, and don’t plan on publishing it elsewhere. I want fresh, original content that’s targeted to my readers. Don’t start writing until after I’ve reviewed and approved your pitch.
- Do your research. Use data and statistics to back up your claims where appropriate and provide links to reputable sources (I may or may not include the links in the post, but I will verify any claims that I’m not already familiar with through my own research and experience).
- Cover your topic thoroughly. Your post can’t have missing details. Don’t leave out any information that is necessary for readers to understand what you are talking about.
- Make your post actionable. Readers need to have some sort of takeaway or call to action.
- Write 500 to 800 words. This is a good mid-length. Lists are fine as long as they provide context.
- Propose a target keyword. It doesn’t necessarily need to have high search volume. It just needs to be aligned with your topic and relevant to a task my audience would have questions about.
- Include some subheads. This is important for SEO, but it also makes a post easier to read.
- Follow through on your pitch. If you say you’re going to write 10 tips and you only provide five, that’s a deal breaker.
Sound good? Contact me when you’re ready!