Industry Voices: HAR's Guest Blog Guidelines

January 12, 2021

Oh hey there! Welcome to a peek behind the curtain of HAR1. If you’re here, *high five!* Welcome to the HAR community.

Community is the operative word here: We’re really excited to expand our blog to use HAR as a platform to highlight the diversity of travel industry voices.

Here's what Industry Voices is all about: It's all about YOU! HAR's Industry Voices series is all about travel professionals (YOU!) sharing your unique experiences, personalities, interests, obsessions, and/or industry expertise. Contributions can run the gamut from personal stories (in the vein of Travel Agent Chatter) to personal opinions on industry trends, to wildly creative marketing ideas for travel professionals that only you could ever think of. We want to hear it, publish it, promote it, and shout it from the mountaintops!

Do you need to be a professional writer? Definitely not. Do you need to be a marketing expert? No. All you need is to be a travel industry professional or ally that has a unique story you want to tell.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, take a look at HAR’s guest post guidelines. (Psst, reading all the way through these guidelines will highly improve your chances of getting your fab idea on the site).


Here’s What Makes Us Tick: Big Picture Stuff

First things first: if you’re familiar with our site, you already know that we’re a small crew that does big work. We follow our wild whims and we follow them all the way through. We’re a combination of creativity and pragmatism to make our ideas come to life.

Interested in joining us in our fantastic shenanigans? Fabulous. The most important thing is that you get to be yourself. We’re more concerned about originality, reader engagement, and quality than we are about you matching HAR’s writing style. Our primary aim is to highlight unique voices, perspectives, resources, and stories.


What We’re Looking for:

Great pitches will be on-topic, well-written, original (no plagiarism, obviously), and add value to our site (not self-promoting or otherwise spammy). Here’s more on what we’re looking for:

Any travel industry professional, peripheral player, or advocate can submit a pitch.
  1. We’re looking for travel industry professionals (or industry advocates): Our site caters to advisors, but any travel industry professional, peripheral player, or advocate can submit a pitch. If you're an advisor, that great. But you definitely don't have to be! You can be a supplier BDM, a lawyer, an accountant, a professional sweater-knitter with a unique POV on trying to transition to a career in selling travel, you can be a traveler with thoughtful insights from you and your fellow travelers on what you look for in an advisor. If you have something to add to the conversation that's relevant to our audience, we want to hear it!!!
  2. We’re looking for diverse perspectives: Are you a travel industry professionals or advocate with a unique POV? Check out Steph’s awesome Travel Agent Chatter Podcast for great examples of sources that are unique, personable, and targeted to our audience.
  3. All writing must be high-quality and original: Do you have to be a professional writer? Absolutely not. But we want something new. If we’ve already covered the topic on our site, we suggest you find a different topic. Also, it probably goes without saying, but if some/all of the content is plagiarized or previously published we’ll reject it out of hand (even if it’s published on your personal blog).
  4. No links to your business or affiliate links: Industry Voices is not the place to promote your business. We know, backlinks are gold. But any links you include in your post must be relevant to the content. No links to your business may be included in the body of your content unless it’s abundantly relevant to the post (know that will be a red flag for us). Absolutely no affiliate links. We will allow one link to your site in your bio. Don’t worry, our smart and very engaged readers will find you 🙂
More interested in promoting your business with a sponsored post instead or want to advertise on the site? Hit us up here!
  1. If you’re Ryan Gosling, we will shamelessly allow you to post just about anything on our site: Ryan? Is that you? Steph has been waiting to hear from you. We just want you to know that the rules don’t apply to you. You can post your grocery list for all we care about.


Steps to Submit a Pitch or Post to HAR

We’ll accept thoughtful pitches or full posts for review. It’s really easy and you can do it in two steps. Here’s how!

1. Make sure we don’t already have a blog on your topic:

We have so many great blogs on the site that sometimes I even surprise myself with what I find (yes, even if I wrote it!). To make sure you’re not repeating content here’s how you can search our site:

  1. Go to Google
  2. In the search bar enter, site:hostagencyreviews.com
  3. Hit the space bar and enter your topic. Here’s an example: site: hostagencyreviews.com Ryan Gosling. (Like so)
Industry Voices Site search


You’d be surprised how many posts we have that mention Ryan Gosling!

2. Develop a phenomenal pitch or post!

We’ll have a form you can fill out to submit your pitch. In summary, a great pitch will include:

  1. An introduction to who you are, your POV, and how you heard about HAR
  2. A clearly communicated topic or story
  3. How that topic or story will benefit our readers (the takeaways!)


What You Can Expect from Us

I know, I go on and on about how awesome I want your pitch to be. But what about YOU?! What can you expect from us? Here’s what will happen after you submit your amazing idea:

  1. We’ll get back to you within two weeks, or sooner: Wow, that sounds like a long time, right?! But we want to be intentional about this process.
  2. If your topic is already in our backlog of posts, we’ll let you know: We’re busy bees here. We have a never-ending scroll of ideas for our blog in our queue. We understand that you can’t read our mind, but if your topic coincides with something that’s already in HAR dugout for pieces that we want to create in-house, we’ll discuss other ways to partner or ask for a new topic from you!
  3. If you send us a form email, we’ll send you a form rejection: Wow, sounds harsh, right? It totally is. But if your pitch starts with “Dear editor” or “Hey you" or "Dear ma'am or sir" that does not bode well for your familiarity with our site.
  4. We’ll follow up with the next steps: If we’re unable to use your story, we’ll tell you why. If we want to hear more, we’ll follow up with details on submitting a full (and final) draft if you haven’t already.
  5. We’ll pay you an honorarium if we publish your blog post: If we publish your blog post, we’ll pay you an honorarium as a token of our gratitude for your time and talents. Not gonna lie: it's not going to make you rich (like all the other writers out there), but the HAR crew will also be added to your long list of huge fans (which I'd like to think is invaluable). :)


You're Ready to Pitch Us!

I'm literally giddy with anticipation about what you have to share with us! We can’t wait to hear from you and build our online community. Check out our form below!!

Have any burning questions? You can email me at Mary[at]HostAgencyReviews[dot]com . . . Please put "Industry Voices" in the subject line.

We’ll chat soon! 💚

~Mary & the HAR Crew



Footnotes

  1. If you’re not familiar with what HAR means, it probably means that we’re not a great fit for your awesome blog! Go ahead and familiarize yourself with our site and come by again soon!
About the Author
Mary Stein - Host Agency Reviews

Mary Stein

Mary Stein has been working as a writer and editor for Host Agency Reviews since 2016. She loves supporting travel advisors on their entrepreneurial journey and is inspired by their passion, tenacity, and creativity. Mary is also a mom, dog lover, fiction writer, hiker, and a Great British Bake Off superfan.