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Submissions Guidelines

Updated October 19, 2016

Guidelines

Your submission to CatsStories.com must be created by you (not copied or borrowed), must be original, non-infringing of copyrights owned by others and relevant for this website.

Furthermore, your submission must be G-rated, adhere to good taste, non-threatening, non-defamatory, and non-confidential.

Except the invitation for submissions on any web page on this website specifically permits, requests or states otherwise, your submission should be non-promotional and non-commercial in nature, and should not contain commercial telephone numbers, email addresses or commercial website addresses.

Rights

CatsStories.com reserves the right to edit and/or delete any parts of your submission that violate this agreement, including the right to reject your submission and to ban violators of this agreement from submitting again.  

CatsStories.com also reserves the right to edit, delete and/or add to any submission to improve clarity, to correct grammar, spelling and typos.

Agreement

By your act of submission, text, photos and images, to CatsStories.com, signifies your agreement to the Rights and Guidelines above, and grants CatsStories.com an exclusive, irrevocable, transferable, royalty-free license to publish and publicly display your submission on CatsStories.com; except photos or images are on a non-exclusive basis.  

You grant CatsStories.com the right to pursue violators who infringe copyright by copying your submission.

Additional Guidelines for Personally Invited Guest Authors

Artist writing blank image courtesy WPClipart.com

"Artist Writing Blank" image courtesy WP.Clipart.com

Guest posting is a great way to make new friends and to bring your original, high quality story, article, book or product before a new audience.

Acceptable Submissions

In addition to the guidelines below, I welcome submissions of unique (not spun), original, high quality content, from authors with integrity.  

SEO-ability

All content is carefully search engine optimized (SEO) to bring in traffic, back-links and to encourage good click through rates.

Part of this SEO includes a minimum word count of 400 words, so search engine spiders have enough information to determine what the article is about, and to crawl and index the content.

Keywords

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It’s important to keep the content single keyword focused with the keyword in the opening headline, in the first 90 characters of the opening paragraph, in one headline in the body, and in the description (tag or meta-data), which should be no longer than 200 words. 

If you have any keyword suggestions, shoot them my way and I’ll research their traffic and profitability potential, or I’ll choose from my keyword list, subject to your approval.  

Making a good keyword choice will benefit us both.  I really want this to be successful for us.

Text Format

I accept documents in plain text, Microsoft Word, editable PDF, HTML, and from the text editors Notepad++, and CoffeeCup.  If you have another format you would like me to consider, let me know and I’ll check to see if I can accept it.

Images and Photos

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Your images and photos are essential content.  The point is they are yours.  So, I think it's important to watermark your photos with a copyright. 

While I have a "no copy" script to protect content on my website, I can’t make any warranty against nefarious efforts to violate copyright.  

If you wish, I can watermark your images and photos using my photo editing software.  If you choose me to do this, I will need to know what text, font and font color you would like for the watermark.  

Each image and photo file name should also include the keyword and article title so Google Images can index your images

Submit photos and images no larger than 640 X 480 pixels maximum in .jpg, .png, or .gif format.  

"Attach" images and photos to your email submission.

Books and Products

Do you have a book you've published or a product you've developed that you wish to feature?  Please submit sales information, an image, and include a link for purchase.

About the Guest Author

I need an author bio for your wonderful post.  Include a clear "head-shot" to go with your bio. 

Contact information is important.  Please include a link to your featured website, your other websites, if you have any, and to your social media; other contact information is optional.  We’ll want to include a link to your G+ profile for authorship purposes.

Collaboration

Once you've submitted all the elements required and I have the piece put together, I will re-submit it back to you for your final input and approval before publishing.  

Sometimes this collaboration process requires passing the piece between us several times.  We want this done right for both of us.

Publication

Upon publishing, I will send you a link to your guest post on my website. Your post will then be broadcasted via RSS feed to my subscribers, and through my social media networks.

Be sure to check back now and then in case there are comments you wish to respond to.

That's It!

Though the requirements might seem overwhelming at first glance, there is a lot of flexibility built in. Good, upfront communication helps.

It’s important to me that you are very comfortable with doing this, are relaxed and have fun with it.

Pawsitively,

Cat McMahon

Cat McMahon





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