Hillspolk.com Guest Blogger Guidelines

Who Writes for HP

The people who write for the HP news blog are the pillars of the the community. If you network and operate your own business that caters to the community, or you’re an ambitious local publisher or writer, you’re what we’re looking for. If you live and breathe Hillsborough and Polk Counties, or you have your own local blog, we want your insight.

In other words, we’re looking for contributors who are constantly seeking out new ways to shine a light on the counties.

What we’re not looking for: Freelance writers with amazing chops, but no real insight into the counties.

What HP blogs About

At Hillspolk.com, we like to keep things simple. That’s why we limit our content to six major topic areas:

  • News
  • Business
  • Education
  • Politics
  • Economy
  • Lifestyle

These are the big content anchors that hold HP on course.

In addition to your tips and advice, we encourage you to share your personal anecdotes, experiences, and stories. For example, if a certain experience with a client taught you something that changed the way you think about the counties, that’s something our community will relate to.

We’re Well Written

Our desired content level on the HP blog is anywhere from Beginner to Intermediate. Perhaps the best word is “approachable.” Focus on keeping your content entertaining, informative, succinct, and GOOD FOR THE HEART & SOUL.

We encourage you to interview thought leaders, break down complex laws, give step-by-step guides, and tell stories that help illustrate your ideas. Be interesting.

The only ironclad rule we can give you is that your content must be 100% up-to-date. Things change fast online, strategy must change with it.

We Are Quality

Our target word count is exactly how many words it takes to get your point across in a blog post — no more, no less. We are looking for posts that give value to our readers. Share what you know, cover new ground, tell readers what you’ve discovered… and run spell check for heaven sakes.

When it comes to your writing style, remember to keep it conversational. Break down your ideas into jargon-free, easy-to-read sentences that any beginner level reader can engage with. Remember that this is a blog, so the better users can understand, the more they’ll appreciate your content.

What’s in it for YOU?

The HP blog is a great place to build your personal brand. In fact, it’s all about you — the community of digital experts who are constantly innovating and always willing to share your resources. Each day, we’re telling the story of this community, which both our readers and contributors are a part of.

As a contributor, we want to help you tell your story. We’ll provide you with an opportunity to link back to your site in each article and our social team will make you feel like an online celebrity.

However, we do require helpful, informative content… not sales copy. We want to sell YOU, the local celeb blogger, on the HP blog… not your products and services.

In addition to linking to your website in your author bio, you’ll be plugging into the hyperactive community of proud Hillspolkians that visit the site each day looking for fresh, useful content.

Guest Blogger Submission Flow

All HP content will get one last check through by our managing editor to check for grammar, punctuation, etc. If there are any issues that need to be resolved, we’ll contact you via email. Think you’ve got the chops to become a DM guest contributor?

Send your guest content for consideration to: submissions[at]hillspolk[dot]com

Please include at least one link and one photo in each submission. All guest posts must be edited and proofread prior to submission.

ALSO, don’t forget to include a short 3-5 sentence bio, along with relevant website and social media links — so we can make you famous!

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