How to Submit a Guest Post – Guidelines for Your Money Geek

Your Money Geek was founded with a mission to make personal finance fun and provide a judgment-free place to help readers reach their financial goals.

Before submitting a post or pitch for a guest post, please familiarize yourself with our guidelines and with our site.

Watch Our Video on How to Submit a Guest Post!

Who we are: Your Money Geek is all about making personal finance fun. We jokingly say that we are a personal finance website for people who are not personal finance “junkies.’ Our readers range from the more sophisticated to those that are just starting and looking to have a few bucks left over after all the bills are paid.

Who Can Write for Us?

Your Money Geek accepts both free guest posts and sponsored content.

Who May Contribute Free Content?

  • Non-Corporate Blogs
  • Independent Authors
  • Insiders
Your Money Geek accepts free guest posts from bloggers and authors as well as The Money Mix Insiders. We do not accept guest posts from freelancers or content marketers looking to build links to their clients. In other words, if you don’t own the blog or are employed by the company you are looking to promote, then we most likely won’t accept a post. If you are looking for backlink opportunities to promote your blog or brand, check out our guide to backlink building

Additionally, please don’t send us pitches to review your infographic, we are not interested in linking to them. 

Sponsored Content 

Guest posts on behalf of corporate blogs or websites or posts that are written to lead readers to purchase a product or service would be considered sponsored. Blogs owned by insurance companies, lenders, lending sites, advisors, robo-advisors, credit cards, lawyers, real estate agents, etc. would all be considered sponsored. If you are interested in securing a sponsored post or other advertising opportunities, send me a message here; I will send you our current pricing and media kit.

Affiliate, CPA, or CPL Offers

Please refer to our, work with me page for our policy on affiliate, CPA, and/or CPL offers. 

Do I Wanna Link to Your Epic Content?

TL:DR NOPE!!! 😉 I purchased a totally rad gaming PC when I launched the blog. It’s tricked out with the latest hotness and can surf the web at blazing fast speeds.  So im totally capable of doing my own research and finding quality resources to link to in my own posts.  Also, the computer was pretty expensive and blogs are not exactly free. You have to pay for hosting, software, tech geeks for when the software goes nuts, email providers, Girl Scout Cookies, things to distract the cat from rubbing on your gaming pc when your blogging, and more.  If I spent all day handing out links, not only would I get nothing done, I wouldn’t be able to promote my own site or build my own links. Then I would run out of Girl Scout Cookies and Dell’s finance department would send Vince over to take the PC back. (You cant pay those guys with backlinks) But, I digress, so to stay in the good graces of the Girl Scouts, the cat, and the money nerds over at Dell, I can’t give you free advertising on my blog.  If you would like to send me cookies, links, or deal with Vinny then maybe we can talk.  Linking to Your Epic Content Let’s face it every blogger and content market wants backlinks, myself included. However, if you would like us to link to your epic piece of content, we expect the content to actually be epic and for you to be willing to link to our site. Due to a high volume of asymmetric offers, we will not be responding to pitches that do not meet our criteria.

 How to Pitch a Post

  1. Please do not start your pitch with a fake compliment. I’m not sure who started this trend of insincere flattery in guest post pitches, however its a huge pet peeve of mine, which I complain about publically often. So if you hit me with a gushing love note, and then I go on social media and find out we’re not even BFF’s I’m going to be sad and also promptly delete your email.
  2. Identify what blog or website you write for, if you try to conceal who you are, I am going to assume you are a spammer and delete your pitch.
  3. Visit our about page and familiarize yourself with the topics that we cover.
  4. Make sure you offer a few topic ideas that make sense for both my site and your blog/brand. If your brand is about graphic design, then I would expect a post related to graphic design, not how to save money on insurance.
  5. While not necessary, it’s nice to offer something in return, such as helping to promote the post, a reciprocal opportunity to post on your site, or linking to the post from your press page. (Offering something is waaay better than a sleazy fake compliment)
  6. Put Your Money Geek is Awesome in the subject line, so I know you have read and agreed to our terms.
  7. Please submit guest post pitches via our contact form

Content Guidelines

  1. All posts must be original and unique content (You may not publish the post on your site or elsewhere after publication)
  2. We ask that you write a minimum of 1.5K words and prefer longer.
  3. All posts must cover the approved topic in detail and add value to the reader
  4. Please spell-check your work,
  5. Included a short bio indicating why you are expert or qualified to speak on the subject matter

Style

Use MLA Style Capitalization Rules for all Titles (H2, H3, H4, Etc)
  1. Capitalize the first word of the title/heading and any subtitle/subheading
  2. Capitalize all major words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns) in the title/heading, including the second part of major hyphenated words (e.g., Self-Report not Self-report)
  3. Capitalize all words of four letters or more.
Please Italicize the Following:
  • Blog names
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Movies
  • Newspapers
  • Podcast series
  • Television shows
  • Web publications (e.g., SalonSlate)

How to Send an Approved Post

Please send all posts in either a Word Doc or Google Doc; you may either send an HTML version or standard text. Please send any photos in a separate attachment.

Fine Print

Any guest posts you submit to Your Money Geek will become the property of Your Money Geek LLC. By submitting a guest post, you give Your Money Geek full rights in perpetuity to your submission and permission to syndicate and/or distribute the post across partner blogs and sites, social media, and editorial sites. 
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