Are you interested in writing for Go Wander Wild?
We’d love to hear from you, but first let’s talk details…
We get many inquiries each day from people interested in writing guest posts, and we are very selective with which posts we accept.
If you have an idea in mind, keep reading to see our guest post submission process, and completely fill out the form below. Remember to read everything first, because it is very obvious to us when you haven’t.
PLEASE READ: We do NOT accept guest posts from companies trying to promote their product or service. All guest post submissions of this nature will be deleted and you will not receive a response. If you are interested in promoting a product or service, submit a form on our Work With Us page and we can talk about a potential paid partnership (which is different than a guest post).
We delete all inquiries that do not meet our requirements.
What we are looking for
We’re looking for guest posts that will be inspiring or helpful to our readers that focus on the following outdoor adventure related topics:
- backpacking (the hiking kind, not the hostel kind)
- waterfalls, hot springs & other natural wonders
- outdoor gear
- van life
- road trips
- national parks
- responsible travel in the outdoors
- other outdoor adventures (such as kayaking or climbing!)
Right now, we are only looking for content based in the United States and Canada, specifically the Pacific Northwest. (But we are open to hearing submissions from all over the US.)
We are not interested in publishing “travel journal”-type articles. Instead, we are looking for helpful, informative outdoor guides where the main focus is not on you, but instead on how you can help the reader plan their own adventure.
Important note: We reserve the right to edit, update, alter or remove any articles on our site at any time. We will of course contact you and let you know in this case.
1. Create a pitch
Your first step will be to create a pitch! Come up with an idea (or a few) and pitch them to us by filling out the form below.
Without submitting this form, we will not consider your guest post.
You’ll be asked to provide photos to accompany your article. This goes without saying, but these should be high-quality relevant images.
Your pitch must be unique and not published anywhere else on the Internet, now or ever in the future!
We do not accept pre-written articles. Don’t pitch them, please. We will not respond.
2. Wait for our response
We will try our best to get back to you within one week. We will let you know if we’re interested in your pitch.
3. We’ll discuss details
If we are interested in your article idea, we will give you an outline that covers what to focus on, and a Style Guide which you will need to follow as your write.
We’ll also set a deadline based off of what you indicated in your submission form.
4. Submit first draft
When you are finished with your article, you will send us the following:
*PLEASE READ CAREFULLY* If the draft you sent us is not up to the quality or tone of our site, we will decline your article.
a) Draft that is free of spelling and grammatical errors in a Google Doc.
- Please make sure you are paying attention to basic SEO and writing in a fun and informative tone. Familiarize yourself with the style of our site.
- For the consistency of our site, please use American spellings of words (ex. use color instead of colour).
b) We publish long-form articles, and ask that your submission be at least 1,000 words (1,500 – 2,000 words is even better as long as it is informative and engaging).
c) You may link to your website once within the article (only if it is a natural fit). You will also receive a backlink in your author’s bio.
d) You may include other relevant and helpful links in the article (no affiliates), but it is up to our discretion whether or not we will keep them.
- For example, if you are describing a hike, you can link to the Department of Conservation website that explains trail conditions, however, an affiliate link to hiking boots would not be acceptable.
e) Quality photographs to accompany your article.
- Please send original photo files. Light editing is ok, but do not resize.
- Try to aim to have one photo per H2 if possible. Plus some general photos to be placed elsewhere in the article. Let us know if you have questions about this.
- Include an exciting cover photo that demands attention. We find photos of people against an epic backdrop work well. This is the photo that defines your article and should entice the reader to click on it.
- Please title your photos. For example: Describe the subject “trail head” or “base of waterfall” so we know where in the article it should be placed.
f) A headshot of yourself along with a short bio (written in third person) and a link to your website and/or social media (if applicable).
- This is a do-follow link.
g) An SEO-optimized excerpt. This should be roughly 70-100 words and should describe your article. It must include keywords while still sounding natural and engaging. Below is an example of an excerpt for an article on Waterfalls in Washington. (Main keywords have been bolded, secondary keywords are underlined.)
From waterfalls near Seattle that can be seen on a day trip to those that require a bit of a drive and hike to reach, it should come as no surprise that Washington State is a waterfall-lover’s paradise. We’ve rounded up a handful of the best waterfalls in Washington State to add to your PNW bucket list, and we’ve included insider tips as well as important things to know before visiting.
5. Make edits
We will send back any overall edits we’d like made. Please note that we may edit the final draft to better fit our site if needed.
We will inform you of this before publishing.
Important Note: In the future, we might edit your article to keep it updated and to boost rankings. We will try to let you know of any major edits we make. However, small updates should be expected to keep it relevant. We will of course contact you and let you know in this case.
6. Get published!
Once your final draft is submitted, we will let you know as soon as your article has been published.
7. Share the good news!
We’d appreciate if you share on your website or social media to get a larger reach.
Important Note: We reserve the right to edit, update, or remove your article in the future. We will inform you of this.
Guest Post Submission Form
READ FIRST: Before submitting this form, please be sure you’ve read ALL of the instructions above carefully!
Once again, we DO NOT accept guest posts from companies, and you will not receive a response. Instead, contact us on our Work With Us page to discuss a potential partnership.