Submission Guidelines

We welcome guest articles from fellow health experts and healthcare practitioners. By writing for Ask the Dentist, you can change lives and reach millions of readers from all over the world.

If you are interested in writing for us, our best advice is to familiarize yourself thoroughly with our website before submitting anything.

Please do not send SEO-driven submissions; we can’t accept articles created to boost SEO or to plug a product or brand name. We are unable to accept submissions that promote a business or service not in line with our philosophy (e.g., a teeth whitening gimmick).

What we are looking for:

  • Evergreen content that gives our readers practical and evidence-based advice for solving problems
  • Specific step-by-step actions for our audience to take
  • Unique content
  • Information that helps our readers navigate and understand their dental health problems
  • A friendly, yet professional voice that informs, encourages and clarifies, without shaming them

Ask the Dentist readers respond best to:

  • Lists
  • Tips
  • How-to’s
  • If this, then that’s
  • What to do’s

What we’re NOT looking for:

We are not interested in a rehash of other content out there, generic summaries, or content light on substance.

Who will be reading your article?

Our readers are health-conscious men and women between the ages of 35-55. They are concerned about not only their own health, but how to raise healthy children and grandchildren. They’re looking not just for information, but for concrete takeaways they can implement for better health today.

Why Contribute to Ask the Dentist?

  • Your post will receive broad exposure, promoted to more than 200,000 of our community on Facebook, Twitter, and our newsletter.
  • Every post includes a bio with a link back to your site. Most contributors say that featuring their writing on Ask the Dentist increases traffic and subscribers to their own blog.

If you are interested in submitting a guest post for consideration, please follow these guidelines:

1. Write comprehensive posts with 100% original content.

An article that’s too short, or lacks depth, will be not be published. We’re looking for at least 1,500 words. Once you’ve finished writing, ask yourself…

“Is this the most clear, comprehensive, and actionable information available on this topic?”

If not, rework it.

2. Include actionable takeaways and recommended next steps.

Readers always like a story and engaging writing, but what they need is to learn specific lessons and “to do’s” from your post. Here’s a good example. Giving information by way of content writing is great, but it’s much more effective when there are clear, actionable items included that readers can easily apply to their own lives.

3. Follow content writing and SEO best practices.

Write content that is reader-friendly. Include subheads throughout so readers can skim, use short sentences and paragraphs (no more than 3 sentences long), and give it an informal tone. Also, please be sure to include the target keyword in at least one H2 subheadline and throughout the article in a natural way (don’t force it). Check out these guidelines for how writing for the web is different.

4. Follow our philosophy.

You can find our philosophy here.

5. Back up all claims.

We want to provide readers with simple, actionable, and authoritative health information.
Therefore, make sure to reference studies that back up your claims. As an example, don’t just say “blueberries are the number one source of antioxidants” and leave it at that. Provide a study to support the statement and provide a better understanding of what it means to the reader. Do not use websites as your reference, rather cite the source directly.

Also, note that we reference external studies by using a “number in brackets at the end of the sentence” (instead of endnotes) with a link to the external scientific abstract – like this. (1) So, please hyperlink the reference in the number.

Keep in Mind

 

Ready to Submit?

You’ll need to include the following in your submission:

  • Your full post with a working title
  • Any relevant images for your post. Send only images that you own
  • Your bio (120 words or less) with links to your website and social media pages
  • A headshot or photo of you to use for your bio

If your submission is accepted, there will likely be edits made to your post. Any major revisions will be sent for approval by the author prior to posting.

Please understand that not all guest post submissions will fit in with our vision. Because of the sheer number of articles we receive every month, we regret that we are not able to give personal explanations for why we chose not to publish a particular piece.

We sincerely thank you for your time and look forward to reading what you have to say!

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