Are you looking to guest post on a health or fitness website? As a writer or blogger, it’s not always easy to get your articles accepted. Wellness is a crowded niche and most website owners receive tonnes of pitches everyday. So, how can you beat the odds?
In this article – we share 10 tips for writing health and fitness guest posts (that actually get published by website editors).
There are lots of reasons to guest post on another website…
- It can help to build your authority in the fitness industry and position you as a credible expert.
- Guest posting also provides backlinks which help with SEO.
- It can drive new visitors to your own site and is especially helpful if you’ve just started a new blog.
- If you’re an aspiring copywriter, then it’ll help build your portfolio.
- Guest posting can even generate leads, sales and revenue when done strategically.
But it’s a crowded market. We receive several emails everyday from people wanting to guest post on our website. But we only accept a couple a year, because we’re really picky about the content we publish. And so are many other fitness websites.
The good news is, we also know what makes a really good guest article. So, if you’ve found a fitness website that accepts guest posts, then here are some tips on crafting your content…
#1 – Check the guidelines
Before you begin creating your article, review the website’s guidelines to ensure it’s the kind of content they’re after. This may sound basic but most pitches we receive haven’t read ours…
What subjects are they interested in? Is there a specific word count? Will they accept email attachments or do you need to paste the content into an email?
If you fail to follow their guidelines, they’ll likely reject your submission without hesitation. Even a quick skim of their ‘about page’ and menu headers will tell you what kind of content they’re interested in.
So, to maximise your chances of being published, take the time to research before you get started.
#2 – Write for their audience
Have a look around the site and review the existing content to get an idea of what resonates with their readers. What kind of topics are they covering? What’s their ‘tone of voice’? Which articles get the most comments or shares?
This will enable you to align your writing with their brand and create a fitness article that readers will love. Doing this will ensure the best chance of your blog post being published.
#3 – Write what you know
Websites that accept guest posts are generally seeking content from industry experts. They want people who can offer genuine insights or a new perspective to their readers.
If you’re a specialist in a particular area or have niche experience, then lean on your expertise. Leverage what makes you different from other bloggers or guest authors.
#4 – Back it up with science
This is a particularly important point for fitness and nutrition content. These are topics that can affect people’s health, arguably the most precious thing any of us have. So, it’s vital to do your research and base recommendations on sound science.
It’s not just an ethical point – it affects search rankings too. Google places health content in the ‘your money or your life‘ category and will penalise poor quality articles. Which means fitness website editors take the science very seriously.
In practice, this means backing up any health claims or statements with scientific research. You’ll also need to link to it so that editors can see where you’ve sourced it from. It’s well worth reading Google’s quality guidelines too so you know what they’re looking for.
#5 – Make it unique
As well as being informative, your content needs to be 100% unique. Blogging sites don’t want articles that have been published elsewhere. And they won’t be interested in fitness blog topics that have already been covered to the point of boredom.
Most will also run your content through a plagiarism checker to ensure it’s not copied from elsewhere. So you’ll get caught out if you try. Make sure your guest post offers something unique and different.
#6 – Provide actionable insights
Particularly in the health and fitness industry, guest blogs should offer tangible, actionable advice and recommendations.
It’s not enough to write about the benefits of a certain training method or the latest nutritional discovery. You need to spell out what it means for the reader and how they can use the information. Ensure your guest post offers practical tips that readers can take away.
#7 – Don’t waffle
While long-form content can be great for SEO, you need to avoid waffling. Don’t go on for 3,000 words if you can get overall point across in half that.
Check the guidelines for the site you’re posting on, but 1000-1500 words are usually more than enough.
#8 – Make it easy to read
Guest posts that do make it through our selection process almost always have to be edited for readability. It’s a common mistake that even seasoned writers make so avoiding it will bump your submission to the top of the pile.
Avoid lengthy paragraphs and complex sentences. Readers will find your content much easier to digest if you keep your paragraphs short and your sentences snappy.
Don’t forget that most people now browse the web on their mobile device. This means paragraphs should only be 2-3 sentences long. Otherwise they’ll take over the entire screen and be hard to digest.
Use clear section headings with H2 and H3 formatting. Bullet points and numbered lists help break up key info into bite-sized chunks. A well-structured page is also great for SEO.
#9 – Include internal and external links
A few links to external sites will help to lend your article a little more authority. Choose links that are relevant to the post, sites that have solid traffic, and a healthy domain rating (DR).
Including one or two internal links will help the site’s SEO and demonstrate that your article is well-researched. Both of these things will improve your chances of getting published.
#10 – Write a great author bio
Most guest blogging sites will happily include a short author bio (or byline) at the end of your piece. Use this as an opportunity to tell their readers who you are and why you’re a credible authority on the article’s topic. Include a link to your own website, blog or social media profile.
You might also like… How to write a killer fitness bio.
By following these guest posting tips, you’ll give yourself the best chance of being published. If you’re passionate about fitness and enjoy writing, then why not share your knowledge to inspire and educate others?
Now you know how to put together the perfect guest blog, you can start crafting some super-insightful content for your chosen blogging site. Good luck!
Fitness Business Templates
Take the time, hassle, and guesswork out of sales and marketing…
Our ready-made templates make it quicker, cheaper, and easier to promote your fitness business. They can improve the effectiveness of your sales and marketing campaigns. If you aren’t an experienced marketer, then templates also provide a useful guide for you to follow.
Whether you run a gym club, fitness studio, or personal training business, these templates will save you time and effort. They’ll help you to plan and organize your promotional activities so that you generate more revenue. You’ll get 40+ templates covering sales, marketing, and business start-up resources.