How to submit to swissmiss…

I highly appreciate reader submissions and I receive about an average of 10-20 emails a day. These submissions are as diverse as can be. One thing I’ve learned: There’s a fine line between ‘pointing me to a cool product/site’ and just flat out saying ‘you have to link to this’. When you approach a blogger and seriously want to be considered to be featured on their site, keep a few things in mind:

1. Send a personal email. Show that you actually read their blog. Address the blogger by name. Mention a recent post you’ve enjoyed and explain why you think your submission is a good fit.

2. Suggest, don’t ask. Suggest a product/site/artist for review but do NOT flat out ask to be linked up. If a blogger thinks your submission is a great fit for their blog they will get to work right away anyway. Let it be up to them. Always remember that most people don’t like to be asked to do something. Also, NEVER ask to be added to someone’s blogroll.

3. Keep it short. A lot of bloggers, like me, do this in their free time and have an overflowing inbox. Keep your email short and sweet.

4. Prepare a potential ‘post’. Chances of your suggestion being considered raise tremendously if you prepare a possible blurb about your suggested product/design/link. The blogger can then take that writeup as a starting point for a post. Do NOT send Microsoft Word documents, or PDFs. Everything should be in your email, ready for ‘copy and paste’.

5. Enclose images/screenshots. Include images but make sure that they are low resolution (screen resolution: 72dpi) and do not enclose more than 3-4. If there’s an image downloads page available, make sure to mention the link.

6. Don’t take it personal if you don’t hear back. Sometimes it’s hard for bloggers to keep up with their ever-growing inbox. If you are confident that your submission would be a perfect match, you could potentially resend your email with a sweet little note saying ‘just in case you might now have seen this the first time’. But do not resend more than twice.

7. Say Thank You. Should your submission have been considered, make sure to send a note of thanks.

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8 Comments leave a comment below

  1. I just posted a link to this article. GREAT advice. I hate PDFs.

  2. hahahaha… very interesting tips. I didn’t mean to laugh, I just do find it very humorous that people have done this. I don’t think I’ve done this, at least I hope not; but I agree that I love hearing suggestions about things to write/review– but I hate being demanded and/or forced to write about something I didn’t want to in the first place. As a matter of fact, I may just have to share this on my site.

    =)

  3. I don’t have anything to promote, I just wanted to say that I love your blog. I read it daily (or play catch up when I don’t) and appreciate the work you do (like wading through email and posts) to produce this great blog.

  4. Hehee… very interesting. Great tips.
    I don’t have a blog so I have no clue that bloggers experience these things.
    I can imagine how annoying it could be. Thanks for the tips! You posted about my totes last year and I thank you so much for that (:

  5. In my company, we call this posting a polite “smack-down.” Thank you for enlightening, once again, this time in the realm of manners and common sense.

  6. Tina,

    Thanks for posting this– I found it incredibly helpful (and articulate) and I just read the entire article over at Behance. I’ve bookmarked this article to assist with future etiquette when submitting to bloggers!

    Best,
    Nubby

  7. Thank you! Very helpful.

  8. Tina — I really liked your video blog detailing your eight pointers. Yes, it’s a great idea to always do something you’re afraid to do. Have you read the book “Transformational Speaking” by Gail Larsen? If not, check it out. My philosophy in life is to be a courageous lion at all costs.

    I’m contacting you in the hope you’ll review the Kickstarter site (www.kck.st/TbU1b7) of my 13-year-old son who invented a goodwill candy bar. Tucker wants to use the profits of his “College Bound Bar” to put himself through college and help other kids with scholarships.

    Right now it’s countdown time for Tucker, with just six days left of his fundraising campaign. As Tucker puts it in his video “the more I’m helped, the closer I am to helping someone else.”

    I know you are a champion of goodwill. In the “Kickstarter Handbook” you say “Having the massive readership I have now, which is so mind-boggling, I feel I need to put it to good use and help people who are starting out.”

    Tucker says he hopes to make a difference and here’s an interesting twist — the inventor of the Jelly Belly Jelly Bean (David Klein) is so inspired by Tucker’s story that he recently offered to mentor him.

    If you’d like to contact Tucker, just let me know. (707-479-3880), or here’s a potential post:

    Tucker Fish is 13 and he has invented a goodwill candy bar. He wants to use the profits of his “College Bound Bar” to put himself through college and help other kids with scholarships. If you have an appetite for goodwill, show some generosity on his Kickstarter page (www.kck.st/TbU1b7).

    Tina, thanks for your time. And do check out “Transformational Speaking” so you can have even more fun with your “original medicine.”

    Sending all good thoughts,
    Peg Melnik — the mother of the goodwill candy maker.

    pegmelnik@gmail.com
    707-479-3880

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