The TravelingMom Writers Network is a the leading network of family travel writers and social media influencers who are moms and grandmoms, sisters, daughters, and significant others. We are always happy to consider quality writers who want to join us. We are looking for Traveling Moms who share our passion for travel, families, social media and inspiring others to travel, with and without their kids.
Becoming a TravelingMom Writer, Phase I
The TravelingMom Influencer Network is a tight-knit group of travel writers, bloggers and social media influencers. We are looking for a few new members who fit our supportive, positive, enthusiastic culture.
We don’t pay for posts, but we have a revenue sharing program based on pageviews each quarter. In addition, there are often opportunities for paid work available to writers who meet their monthly commitment to the network. You’ll also have access to teams of people supporting you, including:
- Editors who will help make your prose the best it can be
- Social media teams that will help promote your content
- A sales team that is always selling TravelingMom
- Experts that offer education and tutoring in everything from good SEO to Pinterest strategy.
What We Expect of TravelingMom Writers
In return for all of that, we ask writers to write two posts per month (800-1200 words), complete with at least 5 great photos, a Pin and the right SEO. Alternatively, writers can choose to write one post per month and take on a TravelingMom Network job, such as being a part of the Twitter team or working with the editorial team.
What We Look for in a Good TravelingMom post:
1) A BFF voice. Tell us about the topic the way you would tell your best friend. What works? What doesn’t? What are your insider tips? What do you wish you had known before you went to that destination or bought that product? What did your kids like/not like about it and what would have made a difference for them? Our motto is “We’ve been there.” We want the posts to reflect that.
2) 800-1200 words. Include a summary/teaser paragraph at the top of the post giving readers a synopsis of what they will find if they read on.
3) Minimum of 5 photos and a Pin. The main photo must be 1200×600 horizontal. Other photos should be 750 wide. Include a caption and photo credit for each photo. Name the photos using the SEO keywords with the number/order you want them to appear in the post (e.g. New-York-Subway-with-kids-1, New-York-Subway-with-kids-2). Note that we can only run original photos taken by you or given to you by the destination or company you are covering in the post. We cannot run photos that were downloaded from the web without the express written permission of the photographer. The Pin must be 600×900 vertical.
4) At least 2 links to other posts on TravelingMom or TravelingDad. You may also include external links to the destination, hotel or product or to your own site.
5) Short sentences, short paragraphs and subheads every 2-3 paragraphs. Use the subheads to reinforce your SEO keywords.
6) A disclosure. If you are writing about something you got comped or at a reduced rate in return for a review, it must be disclosed under FTC rules. We use our own disclosure wording, so just note in the word doc you send if the post needs a disclosure.
7) An SEO-friendly headline, SEO keywords, and metadata. That’s the brief description of the post that will appear on the Google search page and on Facebook when you promote the post.
8) Writer bio. This should be 2-3 sentences long and may include a link to your personal site. (This will run at the bottom of the first three posts, which will run as guest posts. If/when you join the TravelingMom Influencer Network, the posts will be shifted to your profile.)
After Your Post is Published on TravelingMom
This is where you prove your social media chops, which is just as important at TravelingMom as your travel expertise and your reporting and writing abilities. Promoting your own work and the work of the other writers in the network is what the TravelingMom Influencer Network is all about. After all, isn’t that why you wanted to join a strong, supportive writer network in the first place?
Promote your guest posts via your network. While this is not the only reason we might ask you to become a permanent member of the TravelingMom Writer Network, readers’ response to your posts matters. Do the posts get hits? Comments?
After your third guest post is published, send an email to Deb (email@example.com) with the links to your three guest posts and links to where you have promoted them. She will then get you set up as a full member of the TravelingMom writer network.
Apply to Join the TravelingMom Team!
Are you ready to join the most respected family travel network? Then fill out this form. We review applications as a team at the end of every quarter. Expect to hear from us within a month after the end of the quarter in which you applied (April, July, October and January).
The form asks you to tell us about your life as a traveling mom and include links to at least three posts or clips previously published elsewhere. Include relevant information about your social media stature—a link to your own site, links to your social media accounts–Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Google+. Tell us which TravelingMom niche you think might be right for you. (A list of our current TMOM writers and their niche/writer names is here.)