Our Guest Post Guidelines and Policies
If you’d like to submit a guest post for potential publication, that’s awesome. This is an opportunity for you to be part of the Christchurch Rebuild and share your experiences and knowledge.
We have a number of ways in which you can submit articles. You can either create a profile and manually post articles or you can contact us to link your exisitng blog/website to rebuildchristchurch.co.nz
First, a few things we need you to know:
We don’t accept posts from random companies looking to get a link to a product or service we’ve never heard of. Sorry we want to help people in Christchurch so tell us about it first.
You’re probably a really nice person with something smart to say and a good idea on what to write. If that’s the case, please read this page. It provides valuable information that helps your post get accepted. (Besides, we know when someone hasn’t read it – we’re really savvy that way.)
Your Post Should Be Relevant
This website focuses on the rebuild and recovery of Christchurch from the Earthquakes. Our audience wants to explore and read relevant post topics on new, different or better ways to experience Christchurch. They are hungry for information and variety.
In short, don’t ask if we want a post on hair dryers, the weather or peanut butter jelly beans. The answer is no. (Unless you’ve somehow creatively tied that into the rebuild - then we will contact you and want you to work for us)
Your Post Should be Useful
Our readers appreciate interesting, useful, practical, helpful, actionable information that brings them significant benefits. Be an expert –educate, teach and give strategies to help them improve their lives.
Noticed a common problem you know how to solve? Tell everyone
Are there tips, tricks and tactics that have improved your dealings with contractors or insurance compaines etc? Tell our audience and help out our fellow cantabs.
Do you feel strongly about a situation? Explore the pros and cons, and present your opinions clearly with good, persuasive arguments for change. Start a movement in our rebuild.
Your Post Should Be Unique
Our audience expects content on topics that are different and relivent.
Be thoughtful. Talk about new ideas. Notice what everyone’s doing – and figure out what they’re not doing. Zig when they zag, and shake things up a bit.
Be original and unique. Go through our archives to find what we haven’t covered yet – beat us to the punch. Or take an opposing stance to one of our opinions. Challenge us – and challenge our readers with a fresh idea.
Be interesting. Give your writing some swing. Tell a story, use a great metaphor, or write some thought-provoking material. You can even write on controversial topics if you’d like.
Please include an author bio with your guest post, and make it fun and interesting. (Yes, you can include a link to your site, because if you’ve read this far, we’re pretty sure you’re not some random shady company.
It’s smart to include a link or two to a relevant post on our blog within your post. You may also link out to other relevant posts on the ‘net if you’d like, but no more than three links, please.
Affiliate links are not permitted.
We’ll take care of finding a nice photo to match to your post – no need to send one in.
Please credit all sources, assets and use common sense.
A guest post is a gift that you give away. If your article is accepted, you grant a license for Rebuild Christchurch to be a publisher. (We don't want to own your ideas or content, this is a place for sharing openly for everyone to be better)
If your article is accepted, you consent to the full article, extracts, samples or examples appearing in other Rebuild Christchurch products and/or services. Don’t worry – we’ll credit you as author.
Whew – You Made It! What’s Next?
Go ahead. Create your profile here and then submit your article here.
We’ll receive receipt of your submission and schedule its run through The Gauntlet. That Gauntlet takes time, and we’re very busy around here, so please be patient. It may take between a few days before we can confirm acceptance for publication.
Rebuild Christchurch reserves the right to delete comments or links that contain:
(i) offensive language;
(ii) personal attacks of any kind;
(iii) improper comments that target or disparage any ethnic, racial, or religious group.
Rebuild Christchurch also reserves the right to delete comments that are:
(i) spam or include certain links to other sites;
(ii) clearly off topic;
(iii) advocate illegal activity;
(iv) potentially defamatory;
(v) infringe on copyrights or trademarks
Please note that the comments published on rebuildchristchurch.co.nz by users do not reflect the opinions and position of Rebuild Christchurch our offshot businesses or its employees.
The following will hopefully help you get your comments and views published on our site:
Reasons for rejection or removal of comments include:
* Offensive language - we often receive comments which are valid, except they are riddled with swearing. This is a really easy one to fix - say it without cursing and it will most likely get through. Just imagine you are explaining something to your grandmother.
* Personal attacks - the saying goes that you should play the ball, not the player. If you are going to insult other commenters, as opposed to responding to their arguments, your comments will not be published.
* Legal risks - This is a big one and a common reason for rejection. A rough rule of thumb is to not say or imply anything about someone you would not want said about you. Defamation laws extend to websites. If you write or even imply that someone is something he/she is not - be it dishonest, corrupt, criminal, unfaithful or financially troubled, among others - your comment will be rejected. It's the court's job to describe who is guilty - not yours or ours.
* Comments targeting any ethnic, racial or religious group (racism or bigotry) - there's enough bigotry and intolerance in the world, as is. Derogatory comments targetting specific groups will not be published.
* Spamming - We often receive comments made several times in the hope this will get them published faster. It does not. Comments are also not a place to advertise your business or website.
* Links to unknown content - If you are going to link to an outside website in your comment, you should clearly describe where the reader will be taken. The use of URL shorteners is discouraged as it makes the destination uncertain.
* Excessive length - Comments are not meant to be rants - anything over 400 characters is unlikely to make it through moderation. Keep it short and sharp.
* Clearly off-topic - Pointless or off-topic comments reduce the signal-to-noise ratio of a comments thread - stay on topic and address the issue.
* Infringing on copyright or trademarks - this includes links to copyrighted material or improper use of a trademarked term.
As a rough guide, just ask yourself before you post:
- Is this comment offensive?
- Would I say this to someone's face?
- How would I feel if someone said this to me?
- Is this a constructive, well-thought-out comment?
- Is it readable?
- Did any swear words slip in?
- Is this a rant? Could it be shorter?
Comments which appear on our website and social media pages do not reflect the opinions and position of Rebuild Christchurch, its partners, sponsors and its employees.
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