Guest Post Guidelines

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How to Submit a Guest Post (Updated January 2017)

I’m pleased to announce that Drop It And Drive™ (DIAD) has been incorporated into the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF; www.tirf.ca). Beginning in 2017, DIAD will operate under the auspices of TIRF as a TIRF educational program. TIRF is an internationally recognized, independent road safety research institute, and a registered Canadian charity dedicated to identifying evidence-based road safety solutions.

We welcome quality guest post contributions to our popular distracted driving prevention & road safety awareness site. All guest post submissions must adhere to Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. Our goal is to allow guest authors to post articles containing quality, relevant content for our readers. Our site currently has an average of 1,500+ unique visitors/day and we actively promote articles through our social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

Please be sure to review and follow our Guest Post Guidelines: Due to the increasing volume of requests, submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines cannot be considered for publication and email response is moved to the bottom of the list.

Following these guidelines not only assures our readers of quality content, but, also increases the efficiency of the publication process.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Up to 1,500 words – if longer, break down into a series
  2. Guest authors must have permission to use text links to businesses within articles – failure to do so will result in non-publication or removal of published articles, without notice, and may result in the guest author being banned from future submissions.
  3. Editorial-style submissions are welcome; however, the content must be evidence-based with factual data that is properly cited to support perspectives.
  4. **To ensure consistency with our messaging, use the term ‘crash’ or ‘collision’ instead of ‘accident’ – accidents are not preventable, but when referring to distracted or unsafe driving causing a road incident, it is preventable and therefore a crash or a collision.** ‘Accident’ may be included in the guest author bio and meta tags in order to retain SEO and keyword preferences.
  5. Only include organic links relevant to the article content
  6. Submitted in a Word document
  7. Content relevant to: road safety; distracted driving; distracted walking; vehicle technology; transportation infrastructure; safe driving; pedestrian safety, automotive industry, car safety, workplace safety (distraction-related)
  8. Must be educational and/or informative and/or entertaining
  9. **Review our site to ensure you’re submitting fresh content**
  10. Must include an image provided as an attachment in JPG format and a statement from the author that they have permission/copyright to use the picture; photo credits are acceptable – do not send embedded into article or as links
  11. Include link to source when quoting a study, research paper or 3rd party document
  12. No typos
  13. Proper grammar and sentence structure – only press ready pieces will be considered for publication (Note: See editing fee below)
  14. We cannot accept submissions that appear to promote specific products or services because they can be misperceived as promotional or as an endorsement.
  15. Overt marketing links within articles are not allowed. Links to for-profit businesses may be used as the single link allowed in the author bio.
  16. 1-2 sentence writer bio
  17. 1 link per submission bio
  18. Submit via email: karen@dropitanddrive dotcom or send your proposed topic(s) via our Contact page

Publication Schedule

We strive to publish submissions within a week; however, publication dates can be approximately 1-2 weeks depending on the current volume of incoming requests that have already been scheduled for publication. Once the post is received, and assuming it meets the criteria within our guidelines, it can be scheduled for publication at the next available date with the link provided when live.

Please note that with the volume of guest post requests we receive, we cannot guarantee a turnaround time. If there is a deadline for reply, please note that in the submission and every effort will be made to meet the deadline. Replies are not necessarily according to the date the submission is received, often it is connected to content relevancy to topical issues, publication readiness and creativity of the title, e.g. Does it make ME want to read it?

Editing

Due the volume of contribution requests, we cannot provide complimentary editing services. If your submission requires editing and you’d like us to do that for you, an editing fee of $60/hour will be charged with a one-hour minimum fee paid in advance.

We look forward to reading your submission.

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3 thoughts on “Guest Post Guidelines

    1. Karen Bowman Post author

      Our posted guidelines are provided in order to remove any need for editing services; however, should those submitting articles prefer not to follow our guidelines, we charge an appropriate rate when our editing services are requested.

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