How to Submit a Guest Post – Guidelines for Your Money Geek
Before submitting a post or pitch for a guest post, please familiarize yourself with our guidelines and with our site.
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 guest posts and sponsored posts.
Who May Contribute a Guest Post?
Your Money Geek accepts only accepts guest posts from Money Mix Insiders.
Your Money Geek is a founder member of The Money Mix Insider network. We created the network to provide bloggers with an opportunity to grow their blogs and secure guest post opportunities, so if you are looking for guest posts, that's the best place for you to start.
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.
The Spirit of Guest Posting
The whole idea behind guest posting is that bloggers open up their blog to host cool content from fellow bloggers. Traditionally, these fellow bloggers would then reciprocate by offering a guest post in return. Guest posting was intended to be a mutually beneficial relationship where the community worked together to boost each other.
Sadly, the guest posting has been co-opted by large media outlets, large for-profit blogs, and businesses looking to game Google. When evaluating a pitch for a post, the question I am going to ask myself is, “Are you looking to develop a mutually beneficial relationship, or are you just looking for free advertising.”
Incases of the later, I'm going to send them to the trash been where they belong.
Additionally, please don't send us pitches to review your infographic; we are not interested in linking to them.
Sponsored Posts (Paid Placements)
Guest posts on behalf of corporate blogs or websites or posts that are written to lead readers to purchase a product or service would fall under our guidelines for paid placements.
Blogs owned by insurance companies, lenders, lending sites, advisors, robo-advisors, credit cards, lawyers, real estate agents, etc. would all be considered a paid placement.
Note: Our fee for a paid placement starts at $2000; please keep our base rate in mind when sending us a pitch. We are not interested in negotiating our rates as we know the value that we offer.
Are You Looking a Paid Placement?
Advertising On Your Money Geek
If you would like Your Money Geek to represent your brand, company, or service, please see our work with me page.
Affiliate, CPA, or CPL Offers
At this time, we are not representing financial firms, investment companies, cryptocurrency products, REITs, and financial products on a CPL, CPA, Affiliate, or performance-based model.
Do I Wanna Link to Your Epic Content?
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 I'm capable of doing my research and finding quality resources to link to in my 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, I wouldn't be able to work on my site. 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.
Is Your Post Better Than What I'm Linking to???
I totally get it; you have been listening to Neil Patel and decided to produce some epic skyscraper content.
Let me save you some time if I don't know you, never heard of you, and we are not BFFs, I'm not going to link to your dope AF post.
I know its a bummer because Neil and the other web gurus said that's what you should do for backlinks. Maybe go ask them for backlinks and see how it goes.
Since there is still some confusion on this matter, let me be explicitly clear, I didn't create the blog and invest countless hours and money to give you free advertising.
Note: Seriously, don't come at me with an infographic; if I feel a post needs an infographic, I have crayons, I can make my own.
How to Pitch a Post
Due to a high volume of asymmetric offers, we will not be responding to pitches that do not meet our criteria.
- 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.
- 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.
- Visit our about page and familiarize yourself with the topics that we cover.
- 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.
- 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)
- Put Your Money Geek is Awesome in the subject line, so I know you have read and agreed to our terms.
- Please submit guest post pitches to Michael[@]Yourmoneygeek.com
Tips for Submitting a Successful Pitch
Please use the following template to send us your pitch.
Into: Who you are and who you represent, ie, “I am x with y company/blog.”
Ask: State what you are asking for, ie, “I would like to submit a guest post on x.”
Offer: State what you are offering in exchange for the ask, ie, “I would like to give you lots of money.”
- All posts must be original and unique content (You may not publish the post on your site or elsewhere after publication)
- We ask that you write a minimum of 1.5K words and prefer longer.
- All posts must cover the approved topic in detail and add value to the reader.
- Please spell-check your work,
- Included a short bio indicating why you are an expert or qualified to speak on the subject matter
Use MLA Style Capitalization Rules for all Titles (H2, H3, H4, Etc)
- Capitalize the first word of the title/heading and any subtitle/subheading
- 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)
- Capitalize all words of four letters or more.
Please Italicize the Following:
- Blog names
- Podcast series
- Television shows
- Web publications (e.g., Salon, Slate)
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.
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.