If you are an expert in mental health, addictions, relationships, or therapy, I invite you to publish your work on Blunt Therapy.
Table of Contents
- What we write about:
- Our Objectives:
- Who Should Write For Us?
- WHY Should You Write For Us?
- Guest Posting guidelines
- Sponsored Post Guidelines
- General Editorial Guidelines
- Do’s and Don’ts of Article Writing
- How to Submit Your Article
- Before You Submit!
- Article Submission
- What Happens After I Submit an Article?
What we write about:
Blunt Therapy is a professionally-written blog that focuses on the following topics:
- Mental and Behavioral Health. Example.
- Substance Abuse Treatment. Example.
- Relationships. Example.
- Effective Parenting. Example.
- Counseling and Psychotherapy. Example
Please note that Blunt Therapy is not a forum for personal narratives or poetry.
- Inform readers about issues related to mental health.
- Destigmatize and demystify mental health and mental health treatment.
- Provide useful, actionable tips that increase our readers’ quality of life.
- Stimulate thought, discussion, and debate.
Who Should Write For Us?
Our preference is to publish and promote articles and essays written by masters and doctoral level counselors and therapists who have an expert understanding of the subject matter about which they are writing.
We want people who know what they’re talking about. Preference goes to licensed mental health professionals and those with special education, training, or experience in the field. These qualities need to be reflected in your author bio as well, as we want all readers to know whose work they are reading.
While you need not be a professional clinician, you are nonetheless expected to know the subject matter about which you are writing. Please demonstrate your mastery of the subject matter in your post.
Please do not submit articles if you are under 21 years of age, or if you are not proficient in English. All authors must be identified by their real name, have an accurate bio, and use a headshot for their profile pic.
WHY Should You Write For Us?
- Your own profile pic and byline;
- Author bio with backlinks to your home site;
- Featured on our Authors Page;
- Free exposure to thousands of targeted readers;
- Add to your resume or online writing portfolio;
- Blunt Therapy is a trusted blog about mental health, addictions, relationships, and parenting.
Guest Posting guidelines
Writers with an expertise in mental health, relationships, addictions, therapy, or parenting are welcome to submit posts free of charge, provided they are not promoting a paid-for service.
- Strong preference is given to mental health professionals.
- Authors may link back to their own blog in the text of their author biography.
- The article may not include a call-to-action to a specific product or service with which the author may be affiliated.
Authors of both guest and paid posts may choose to republish their articles on their own blog, provided two criteria are met:
- A canonical link is added back to the URL of the post on Blunt Therapy.
- The article acknowledges at the beginning or end that it originally appeared on Blunt Therapy, with a corresponding backlink to the original article, or the Blunt Therapy home page.
PLEASE NOTE: Guest posts get one do-follow link in the author bio. All links in the body of the post will be no-follow and are not guaranteed to remain just because they are submitted.
Sponsored Post Guidelines
In order to protect it’s valuable online reputation, Blunt Therapy is highly selective about which articles it accepts for sponsored posting. We believe that this is important both for the reader (our clients) and for the companies that wish to promote their services. The web is filled with spammy, low-value websites. Blunt Therapy is not one of them. We are certain you will appreciate our desire to maintain our reputation, as this will benefit you as well.
For writers who represent a company or who plan to endorse or promote a product, please be advised that your post is subject to the following:
- Sponsored posts will be indicated as such at the top of each post. They will also be listed under a category called “Sponsored”.
- Links to products or services will be marked with the “rel=sponsored” tag per Google’s TOS.
- A disclaimer will be added, stating that the opinions in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Blunt Therapy.
- Sponsored posts must be relevant to the topics included on Blunt Therapy, be well-written, and must be original.
- Sponsored posts will include an author byline, headshot, and author photo. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
- Sponsored posts will be paid through PayPal, and will remain active for a period of 12 months.
- Sponsored posts are subject to an editorial and insertion fee.
General Editorial Guidelines
Please review the following section so that you understand the type of article we publish, both in terms of content and style. We want every article on Blunt Therapy to be well-written, informative, authoritative, and well-researched.
Author Identity and Bio
Readers have a right know who is giving them health-related information and what experience, expertise, and/or training that person has that makes them an authority on the subject. Anonymous posts are not accepted. Fake names and fake bios are not accepted, either.
In order for your post to be published, you must submit:
- A 200×200 color head-shot of the author;
- A 50-100 word author bio that lists any relevant education, experience, or expertise;
- Link to at least one social media profile.
Tone of Articles
Articles should be written in either 3rd person. The tone should be informative but down-to-earth. Articles should be written for a web-audience, meaning clear and crisp sentences with multiple headings and short paragraphs. Please avoid technical and/or jargon-heavy writing. The focus should be solution-focused and mindful.
Format of Articles
All posts must be list-style, how-to, or what is/why-style articles. A well-crafted blog post will answer a question and have the following qualities:
- A target keyword
- An engaging title
- A clear audience in mind.
- A friendly, informative tone.
- An introduction
- A conclusion
- Sources and/or research.
Length of Articles
We ask that posts be a minimum of 1,000 words, with an optimal word length between 1000 to 1500. Articles below 1000 words will be rejected.
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Do’s and Don’ts of Article Writing
Submit Original Posts: Posts must be unique and original to Blunt Therapy. Posts must not have been published or submitted elsewhere online. This includes your personal blog and venues such as Medium and Tumblr. Articles will become the property of Blunt-therapy once submitted.
Share Your Expertise and Passion: Blunt Therapy focuses on mental and behavioral health. You can add value to our work by bringing your own unique voice and views, infused with your own passion and personality. Please write from your heart, based on personal experience and/or professional expertise, and please write as if you’re talking to a friend. The more down-to-earth the better. The best articles are the ones that seem like the author is talking to you, not at you.
Choose a Great Title: When choosing a title, think about the reader. What are they looking to learn? What problem do they want to solve? Write your title keeping those things in mind.
Use a “Hook” in your Opening Statement: The first few sentences will determine if your reader actually reads or moves onto the next article. Please be engaging, tell the reader exactly what they are about to experience, and make them want to keep reading.
Logical & Succinct: In the body of your article…
- Word Count – Please submit articles of at least 1000 words.
- Sub-Headings – Please split up your content with relevant subheadings to make it easier for readers to follow the logical flow of ideas.
- Short Paragraphs – So readers can easily digest your awesome article, please keep paragraphs short and succinct (2-3 sentences each).
At Least One Call to Action: Articles should do one of the following:
- Prompt the reader to consider the topic in relation to their own situation and/or
- Give practical tips that the reader can easily start applying in their life.
Inspiring Quote/s: We encourage you to include to provide at least one authoritative quote within your article that relates to the topic.
Videos Inside Your Article: You are welcome to insert a Youtube video into your article if it is directly relevant to the article topic and the content of that video is positive and appropriate. If you wish to include a video, please ensure you put brackets around the Youtube video URL in the exact place in your article that you wish it to appear.
Quote Sources: If your article references data, facts, statistics, or research studies, please be sure to include a link to a credible source. Feel free to hyperlink the text.
Infographics: If you have produced an infographic, we’re happy to publish it along with your article. Please make sure to include all the relevant links. If the infographic is not yours, please provide the proper citations so we can give credit.
Check Before Submitting: Please spellcheck your work. Read it out loud before you submit it and make sure all errors have been corrected.
We ask that you avoid doing the following…
Don’t send articles that have been, or will be, published elsewhere.
Don’t send superficial articles: We provide high-quality content that has real substance based on personal experience and/or professional expertise. We are not about spinning content, or about linking just to increase traffic. Please bring your A-Game.
Don’t send anything that’s not related to mental health: Please don’t send articles or bio references that promote a business, service, or product that has nothing to do with the focus of our blog.
How to Submit Your Article
Please email your article, exactly per the below guide, using the contact form below.
Submit your article as an attachment using Microsoft Word.
Make sure to include:
- Title of your article
- Article text
- Your bio – 100 words or less
- Link to your website or blog, if any.
- Links for your social media profiles, if any.
Don’t forget to provide us with the correct spelling of your name and a good contact email.
PHOTO: Plus please attach a high-resolution photo of yourself for your bio. .Jpeg format, square, 200X200.
OPTIONAL: Any images, with sources, and/or infographics.
By submitting articles to Blunt Therapy you acknowledge the following:
- Article submission does not guarantee that it will be published. Articles will be accepted or denied based on quality, relevance, and uniqueness.
- Blunt Therapy does not pay for content contributed.
- You allow Blunt Therapy to make edits and revisions in order to maintain a high standard of quality.
- When an article is published on our site, it is then owned by Blunt Therapy. You are not permitted to re-publish that content without prior approval from Blunt Therapy.
We reserve the right to:
- Decline articles submitted, without providing reasons. (It is not possible for us to provide feedback on individual articles. We appreciate your understanding.)
- Adjust article titles where necessary, in order to optimize reader engagement and SEO.
- Make edits to articles (including but not limited to spelling, grammar, and paragraph/sentence structure for the purpose of improving readability)
Before You Submit!
If you want your article to be accepted, make sure that your submission is:
- At least 1000 words
- Well-researched, with links to citations and/or a references list
- Optimized for SEO
- Has an identified target keyword
- A List-Style, How-To, or What-Is Post
- Relevant to mental health/therapy, addictions, relationships, or parenting
And that you have included:
- The author’s name
- an (up to) 100-word bio that lists relevant degrees, experience, or education
- includes a 200×200 headshot of the author
Effective January 1, 2020, all articles published on Blunt Therapy from third parties must be submitted using the following form. All forms fields are required. Thank you for your cooperation.
What Happens After I Submit an Article?
Please allow up to 14 days for Blunt-Therapy to read and review your article. We will notify you via email if we decide to publish your content, along with an estimated publication date. Please allow 2-4 weeks for publication once your article has been vetted.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation!