Wild Hearted Guest Post Guidelines

Hello! Wild hearted is currently accepting high-quality guest posts. These guidelines are detailed. The better the post does on Google and social channels, the better for you too.

What’s in it For You

  • Up to 3 do-follow links to relevant articles of yours, or your homepage from DA39 (fluctuates between 39 and 40) and 30k monthly page views. 
  • Author’s bio and social media links.
  • Promotion of article on Wild Hearted’s social media platforms (your post will gain even more traction if you do the same!) and tag your pages.

About Wild Hearted

Wild Hearted is a resource for travelers who seek responsible and sustainable experiences in the world. I embrace a mindset of traveling to connect, learn, and share experiences across cultures, all while seeking to minimize the negative impact on the local culture, economy, and environment. Articles do not need to be explicitly about sustainable tourism but should be approached with sustainable tourism in mind.

Responsible travel is the overall theme of Wild Hearted. Specific topics under this umbrella include, but are not limited to:

1) Social sustainability – supporting the local economy and community by buying local (farm-to-table, farmers markets, locally-owned businesses, b-corps, etc). Respecting the local culture, traveling ‘like the locals’, learning about the culture, and so on.
2) Environmental sustainability – minimizing the impact on the environment. Outdoor adventures easily fall under this category.
3) Vegan Travel – articles about vegan travel tips, cruelty-free packing tips, vegan destination guides, etc.

All food topics must be strictly vegan.

All animal topics should be ethical in nature. If you are unsure, please ask first. Under no circumstances are the following allowed:

  • Zoos
  • Roadside attractions that include live animals
  • Pseudo-sanctuaries

Articles I’m Looking for Specifically

  • Destination-specific tips: These can be fun topics but with substance.
  • Sustainable destination guides: For example, Sustainable Guide to San Diego and Sustainable Guide to New Orleans
  • Roundups for a destination: 
    • Any destination is welcome, but keep in mind that the more popular the destination, the harder it will be to rank–you’ll need to get more specific/narrow for popular destinations.
    • I’m not likely to accept a pitch for a topic in Tennessee unless it’s something I couldn’t write myself and you are a local.
  • Scuba Diving, hiking or outdoor adventure guides to specific places.
  • Itineraries (focusing on local shops, local food, non-touristy, etc).
  • Cultural insights and reflections: Including tidbits about history, language learning, cultural significance of places.
  • Vegan guides: Thorough vegan destination guides – needs to include a thorough list of – at a minimum – all vegan and vegetarian places and many vegan-friendly places as well as ethical animal tourism, vegan-friendly markets and stores and more. The format needs to look like this
  • Sustainable travel and outdoor adventure tips.
  • Animal activism/Anti traditional animal tourism – these do really well such as my stop supporting dog sledding or why not to attend the Kentucky Derby articles. 
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Topics and destinations I’m currently prioritizing:

  • Vegan Destination Guides
  • Sustainable Destination Guides
  • Scuba Diving
  • Florida 

Example articles

How To Pitch

  • Please read through the guidelines and pitch a couple specific article ideas.
  • Include a brief introduction about yourself and include a link to your website.
  • Send pitches to info@wild-hearted.com

Writing Style

  • Keep the style conversational and not too formal. I like to think that I’m sitting down to coffee with someone or writing an email to a friend about a place in order to keep the style personal. 
  • I am open to bending grammatical rules for the sake of style, but it shouldn’t be overdone.
  • Slang is acceptable.
  • Feel free to add humor/sarcasm (if that’s your thing) or personal anecdotes as they relate.

Content Guidelines

  • 1500+ words (more is always better)
  • American English (i.e. traveler instead of traveller)
  • No extensive grammatical or spelling errors.
  • No commercial links. 
  • No previously published content, period.
  • Please add a disclaimer if something was sponsored.
  • Use H2 and H3 formatting for subheadings.
  • Add up to 3 links to your own website.
  • Link to other relevant, high-quality sites (no commercial or affiliate links).
  • I reserve the right to edit phrases to optimize for SEO and readability. You will be able to review the edits before publication. 
  • I reserve the right to add affiliate links, internal links, and external links.

Photo Guidelines

  • Please provide at least 3 high-quality photos. More is preferred.
  • If images are not a good fit for the visual aesthetic of Wild Hearted, I reserve the right to use stock images. 
  • By submitting the images, you agree that you own the rights. 
  • Photos should be 1200px wide; 72 ppi.
  • Landscape photos only.
  • Please name the photos for clarity.

Submission Guidelines

  • Send article, bio, headshot, and photos via Google Drive to info@wild-hearted.com
  • Include your website and social media links.

Thank you! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email me at info@wild-hearted.com and I will be happy to help.