Benefits of Writing for One Great Gut
- Get Paid – While we don’t directly pay you, your post will give your voice, your brand a platform to get noticed and result in more visitors to your website, social media page or blog.
- Spread Knowledge – Whether you have scientific, laboratory, or anecdotal based evidence, sharing what you know could help someone struggling, possibly even save lives.
- Build Resume – Writing is work, and the work you’ve done make up your resume. Writing for One Great Gut will help build your resume, and increase potential for future writing jobs.
- Build your Brand – As our cell phone is within arms length pretty much 24-hours a day, more and more people are using Google as their go-to first opinion Doctor.
- Create Hope and Possibility – Inspirational stories inspire us, motivate us, and make us smile. When someone is down, lost without hope, sometimes all it takes is reading one person’s story of recovery to change our mood and habits, or simply inspire them to reach out for help.
- Credibility – When your article is accepted for submission you’ll want to display the One Great Gut Logo on your online presence. “As seen on” builds instant credibility for your brand.
- Google and Health: 3 out of 4 Internet users look up health information online. That’s about 93 million Americans. 77% of online health seekers say they began their last session at a search engine. Half of online health information research is on behalf of someone else — information access by proxy. 35% of U.S. adults say that at one time or another they have gone online specifically to try to figure out what medical condition they or someone else might have. And we’re making an impact: Nearly one third of teens changed health habits based on online search.
One Great Gut Blogging Guidelines and Topics
- Length: Suggested word count is usually in the ballpark of 800 words, but shorter (video with a unique intro or personal take) or longer is always fine as long as you feel you’ve kept the readers’ interest. Word count as low as 275 can work, as well as heavily researched 2000-2500 word posts can work as well.
- Submit finished guest-blog post, bio, your social media links, and high-resolution professional portrait photograph of yourself
- Do: Submit your bio (120 words or less) with links to your website, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter pages, in brackets: [http://facebook.com/onegreatgut]
- Do: Submit a high-resolution professional portrait photograph of yourself
- Do: Submit photographs to accompany your article that were taken by you, or that you have rights to use
- Don’t: Send SEO-driven submissions: We can’t use posts from content farms or created to boost SEO or to plug a product or brand name. We are unable to accept submissions or bio references that promote a business or service not in line with our philosophy (e.g., a weight-loss gimmick).
- Don’t: Submit photographs/images to accompany the article that are not royalty-free or owned by you or someone you know who has given you permission to use and publish
List of potential topics for content. We are also open to additional ideas not listed.
At a high level, these topics are of interest. Click here to scroll down and read additional topics of special interest
- Healthy recipes
- Personal essays about major transformations
Advice pieces with actionable tips to improve gut health, happiness, relationships, parenting, communication, beauty routines, and nutrition; pieces with specific yoga, Qi Gong sequences or fitness routines. If it’s not about Gut Health Living, it’s probably not for us.
(Edit by JS: June 27, 2016: Considering my recent Prostate Cancer diagnosis, and diving deeper into chronic health underlying causes, toxins(pharmacology, environmental, organic, bio), heavy metals, infections, metabolic pathways, structural imbalances, genetic causes(phenotypes and genotypes), nutrient deficiencies, mental/emotional etc.. We are re-defining the topics and overarching themes for content. In other words, we’d love to hear from you, even if your message is outside of gut health)
- Recipes: Start with a short paragraph about how you serve the dish or why it’s one of your faves. In the recipe, please include serving size, ingredients (with measurements), clear prep directions, and a royalty-free photo.
- Yoga/workout/fitness: Provide specific instruction on how to complete the activity. Assume your reader is fit but new to this particular exercise. Include royalty-free photo or a three-minute video illustrating the activity.
- Personal essays: Keep the spotlight on one time in your life; include a perspective shift (let us see that transformation); let us into your thought process (what were your motivations?); and be personal — the more honest and vulnerable you can be about your struggles and victories, the more readers will be inspired by and empathetic to your story!
Tone is everything! Your tone should be inclusive, accessible, inspiring, informative, educational, and generally positive. Help our readers grow and feel inspired! We don’t do snarky or sarcastic.
Some Other Tips & Guidelines
- Source all health claims: If you mention a statistic or a study in your piece, include a link to that source. If you claim a certain food is healthy, tell us how you know. We prefer links to peer-reviewed scientific papers, academic journals, and/or credible news outlets. Put relevant links in brackets: [http://facebook.com/onegreatgut].
- Come up with a great title that grabs readers’ attention and makes them want to read your piece. Ask yourself: What problem does my article solve? How will reading this make someone’s life better?
- Write a tight opening: Does the first sentence make the reader want to continue? Does your first paragraph tell the reader clearly and succinctly what the article will be about?
- Provide tips readers can implement easily. Here’s an example: Inhale, count to 10, then exhale as you count to 10 again. Here’s a murkier tip: Let go. (See the difference?)
- Write in your own voice: How would you explain your idea to a good friend? Use that conversational tone when you write.
List of potential Blog Topics for Doctors, Practitioners, and Patients
- Healthy Weight
- Juices and smoothies
- Diet for Gut Health: (Elimination, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, SCD, Gaps, Paleo, Paleo AIP, Vegan etc.
- Traveling on a strict diet
- Blood, urine, stool lab tests
- At home kits
- Applied Kinesiology
Symptoms(Any gut related symptom and accompanying)
- Joint Inflammation
- Brain fog
- Diarrhea, GERD, SIBO, constipation, bloating, distended belly, rectal bleeding, anal fissure etc.
Other topics related to Gut Health
- Brain Health
- Fecal Microbial Transplant
- IV Therapy
- Drugs(Remicade, Humira, Imuran, Lialda, 6-MP, methotrexate etc…)
- Helminthic therapy
- Cannabis – Marijuana and Hemp – CBD/THC
- Juicing, edibles, raw flower, smoking, salve, tincture
- Food as medicine
- Surgery – Ileostomy, colostomy bag, j-pouch
- TCM(Traditional Chinese Medicine)
- Medical Devices like PEMF, Ozone Therapy, HBOT(Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber)
- Yoga, Qi-Gong, Tai-Chi
- Other movement practices
Style and Beauty
- Travel and Vacation
- Different types of breathing techniques
- Self Love