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Style Guidelines

Travel for Food Hub’s style guidelines for content contributors:

First of all, thanks for your interest in writing for Travel for Food Hub, we are always looking for foodie travelers to contribute to the community!

Before you write a post you should register and login. If you have any questions about how to do so, here is a complete guide on how to create an account to become a contributor.

Before you submit an article, please check if we already have a similar one as we don’t accept very similar content.

Read our style guidelines and follow them carefully to ensure we can publish your post. You will see that there is quite a lot of detail because we want your contributions to be engaging to readers and shareable through social media. This is essential for us to protect our brand’s reputation for quality and to build yours as an author too!

Topic

Any article must talk about food; generally local food, street food, food markets, restaurants, food experiences, etc. The topic of the article should be preferably linked to a specific destination, be it a city, a region or a country. We don’t accept articles about recipes, unless it’s a list about exotic dishes and how to prepare them. We don’t accept articles about health, fitness or diet foods either. In any case, the article should be interesting to readers.

Length

All articles must be around 800 words.

Structure

Most articles will be lists, so please make sure you follow this structure:

  • Introduction: one or two paragraphs giving an overall view and presenting the topic.
  • Subheaders: for each point, followed by one, two or three paragraphs explaining the idea. In terms of format, if you are writing your post on WordPress, please make sure all your subheaders are “Heading 2”.
  • Conclusion: one or two paragraphs concluding what has been presented and when possible referencing an idea displayed in the intro.

The number of subheaders to include in a list article will be of your choice – although we recommend to include between 3 and 8. For instance, “5 dishes you should try when visiting Barcelona”.

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Each article should include a curious fact that we call the article’s takeaway. This curiosity will be highlighted within the article and will be the main takeaway for readers. It can be something interesting that the audience will want to share with their travel companion or with locals when traveling. It will also have the purpose to awake your readers’ interest, help them create a bond with Travel for Food Hub and its writers and come back to the website to learn more interesting facts about gastronomy in other cultures. For example:

TAKEAWAY: ‘Tapar ’ in Spanish means ‘ to cover ’ and the term dates back hundreds of years. Back then, the ham legs that hung in bars would attract swarms of flies. Bartenders used to give a free plate of ham or chorizo to customers when they ordered a glass of wine, and they would use this plate of meat as a covering for the drink to protect it from the insects. (From the article “7 Differences Between Tapas And Pintxos“)

When including the takeaway to your article in WordPress, make sure you use the quotation marks (blockquote button) and add “TAKEAWAY:” at the beginning.

Style specifications

  • Be specific, avoid being too general and vague.
  • We ask for unique content that is not posted anywhere else — either prior to submission or afterwards. We will always double check and any case of plagiarism will not be published. So please avoid copying and pasting content from other websites.
  • PROMOTIONAL LINKS AND ARTICLES ARE NOT ALLOWED. You may use your author bio to include links to your website, services or products.
  • You should include a couple of external links to support or expand your ideas. Always reference and link back to your sources and use quotation marks when paraphrasing. Avoid including unnecessary links or links that only have SEO purposes. Links to Wikipedia pages are not allowed, since there are many better sources. When adding a link, never use a structure such as “to know more about Greek cuisine, click here”. The anchor word should be a meaningful word; for instance: “to know more about Greek cuisine, visit the blog Tasting Greece”.
  • You can use American or British English but make sure you keep consistency using the same one along the whole piece.
  • Try to use as many synonyms as you can so you don’t repeat the same word or expression more than twice in the same paragraph or in following sentences. Obviously, if the article is about (for example) “food markets”, you are allowed to use the word “market” more times than the rest.
  • Always bear in mind that the article might be read by someone who doesn’t know that specific culture, so you should explain any foreign terms.
  • To make your article easier to read, make sure you break down the information into different sentences. Avoid using very long sentences. Remember also that one sentence is not the same as one paragraph. Therefore, every paragraph should include more than one sentence.
  • Any insider tips are welcome. This kind of information gives a real value to the article, so if you would recommend a certain dish from a menu or to visit a restaurant at a specific time to avoid queues, then definitely mention it.

Images

The articles published on Travel for Food Hub always include some Instagram pictures to help us get to a broader audience in social media. You can include an Instagram picture by openning the Instagram picture you want to use, selecting and copying the URL, and pasting it inside your article.

If you have photographs taken by you related to the article and are not uploaded to the internet, you can send the .jpg or .png to maite at travelforfoodhub.com for review. We won’t publish any pictures for which we don’t have the rights, so don’t send us or include pictures you found on a search engine such as Google.

Review

When you finish writing the article, be sure that you read through it again to check that you fulfill all points mentioned above. Try to read it from your reader’s point of view. Moreover, make sure that the overall organization and cohesion of the text is appropriate and pleassant to read.

WordPress settings

  • Category: Select the country you are writing about. Please, choose just one country category, the one that best fits your article. If you can’t find it in the list, leave it like “Uncategorized” and we will add it and change it for you.
  • Tags: Remember to always add between 4 and 10 tags to the article. They should be keywords that sum up the most important things you have written about. The name of the city should always be a keyword. Dish or restaurant names are also good tag options.
  • Readability: It should be marked as “ok” (orange) or “good” (green). In case it is marked as “needs improvement,” the Yoast SEO plugin will suggest some things for you to change. We recommend you to follow the advice about making shorter sentences, adding more transition words or connectors, and making sure that each paragraph doesn’t include more than 150 words (by dividing it or by deleting some sentences).
  • SEO: Its status should always be “good.” There are two main aspects to take into account to get a good SEO assessment. Firstly, you need to select an appropriate keyword. It should be one term (1-5 words aproximately) included in the title and that is mentioned several times in the article. A good keyword could be “vegan restaurants in Brooklyn”. Secondly, you need to add a meta description. The meta description is the information that appears in Google results below the title of the page. In this case, it should be a couple of short sentences (under 156 characters) that sum up what your article is about. If after doing these two things the SEO still isn’t “good,” don’t worry, we will take care of it.

Note that once you submit your work to Travel for Food Hub, it belongs to the publication and you are not allowed to publish it anywhere else. Travel for Food Hub has the right to make amends to contributor’s work if considered necessary without the author’s permission.

Here are two examples of excellent articles to inspire you:

5 Pittsburgh Restaurants Foodies Can’t Miss

8 New York Foodies To Follow On Instagram

Thank you so much for contributing to Travel for Food Hub, you make this community better!