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How To Write A Guest Post For The Shape Blog

We welcome guest posts on our blog if they fit with the below guidelines.

Are you an avid fitness/health blogger? Have you just written some amazing, unique & informative content that needs to be shared with health and fitness fans alike?

Well, Team Shape wants your voice to be heard.

We welcome guest posts on our blog if they fit with our rules and guidelines and if they have a different/interesting angle on a particular topic.

Shape Guest Blogger Guidelines

Please read these guidelines carefully before contacting us with your post proposal as we will not accept any posts that do not adhere to these rules.

We have first and foremost three rules:

1. Say something new in the guest post

Shape readers are particularly well-informed, not only because they follow us, but because they read other fitness sites, and a wide variety of other personal blogs and forums.

Our readers are particularly interested in real advice that helps them progress in their fitness, ideally with a hint of science and/or technology.

If you submit a post that says something you read elsewhere, we’ve almost certainly read it too — and we won’t run your piece.

If you think people don’t understand that getting in shape is hard, it’s up to you to clearly explain why. Please focus on what’s new, what’s interesting, what’s actually proven to be helpful and what people don’t understand about your topic of choice.

Here are a few topics we LOVE to cover:

  • Digital Health
  • Fitness Trackers & Smartwatches
  • Body Composition, Nutrition and Fitness Measurement & Tracking
  • Tools/Strategies to enhance Sports/Athletic Performance
  • Biohacking (within realms of legality!)
  • Quantified Self

So please don’t send us another post on “6 Exercises to get a Six Pack Beach Body” or “7 Healthy Avocado Recipes”, there are better sites for general health topics as such! Thanks!

2. We don’t run advertorials

Don’t attempt to masquerade your company or product pitch as thought pieces, a press release dressed as a guest post.

Sure, this caveat is naturally more complicated, because very often the author is actually knowledgeable about the problem their company is trying to solve. But we simply won’t run advertorials by and for companies.

Backlinks to your business should be reduced to your author bio at the end of the article.

3. We don’t support vices & fraud

We promote health, sometimes tech-savvy content and we refrain from partnering with anyone in a morally questionable business.

Shape does not work with businesses or individuals in any way affiliated with drugs (including tobacco, e-cigs and alcohol), gambling, sex, prostitution, multi-level marketing and questionable supplements.

4. Ideas for Blog Posts

Considering the nature of our product (helping people more accurately track and measure their progress over time) we like to keep our blog posts in line with this theme. Therefore, we have included some examples of headlines we would love to share.

  • The hottest fitness apps of 2017
  • Alternative ways to measure your progress
  • How to utilize technology to help you achieve your fitness goals
  • The best apps/gadgets for tracking your macros

These are mere examples but you get the idea.

5. Include an “About The Author” section.

Our readers want to know who you are, what your passions are, what your background/experience is in. Don’t be afraid to add some personality to the biography.

If you’re confident your post fits within our guidelines please submit your guest post here. We will review the guest post and we can discuss how we proceed from here.

This link will take you to an example of a guest blog we have posted before.

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Charlie Farmer

Charlie is content writer and community manager at Shape.

2 Comments

  1. Hello,

    Greetings of the day!

    This is Dr. Gerard Brown, a reputed medical practitioner from New Jersey over the last 15yeras and attached with a super specialty clinic as well and I like to share my experience and knowledge with the audience to make them aware before going to the doctors for home remedies & others to prevent any diseases and while searching to share my guest article, I found your blogs in Google and would like to share my articles for your readers and I can make sure that it would be the interesting and informative to them. And, I have selected the topic “6 Vital Questions that You Must Ask Your Community Healthcare Center” and if you like to review the article then I will send to you soon with some relevant images and I can make sure that it would be unique & informative for your readers too.

    1. Hi Gerard, as it stands, we are looking to focus on fitness tracking or fitness technology or apps that will help boost your performance or understanding. Do you have anything in mind that aligns with this direction?

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