The GuitarBased blog is now accepting and welcoming free guest contributions.

If you are in need of a platform to help you share your passion for guitars and music, then this could be a great opportunity for your to get in front of a new audience.

Our goal as a website is to be as helpful and valuable to guitar players as possible, no matter what their level of proficiency is.

Every topic we write and share on our site has to be of interest to our readers and provide some direct value.

If you think you have found out something that we have not already mentioned in any of our content, then we’ll be more than happy to have you as a guest contributor.

Please follow the guidelines below if you are considering having your work featured on our website.

What do you get in return?

Aside from the exposure and organic traffic that our website gets on a daily basis, once your article gets published, it will also include your photo, bio, and a do-follow link ; ) back to a URL of your choosing.

This URL should be pointing to guitar or music-related content; in other words, no other industries or categories outside of those.

No keyword-optimized links are allowed on your author bio either.

For example:

If that sounds like a deal to you, then keep on reading to learn about our audience and our requirements and submission guidelines.

Our audience

We are a guitar-based website : ) so our readers are therefore either guitarists or people interested in reading and learning about guitars.

You should write having in mind most people that live in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

People that visit GuitarBased.com are knowledge seekers, with prior to no knowledge about what they search for.

Non-guitar owners who haven’t bought a guitar yet and people that are not guitarists themselves but are wanting to buy a guitar (or guitar accessories) for a friend or family member are also always visiting our content.

The writing tone is mostly informal with the use of first-person sentences; think two friends respectfully giving each other advice.

Topics that we love

Now that you know a bit about our readers, you should have a better idea of potential topics you could write about.

Some examples include:

  • Product reviews
  • How-to questions about playing guitar or taking good care of your guitar.
  • News in the guitar industry
  • Buying guides for beginners

Requirements and Submission Guidelines

  • Headings

Your final draft should have at least 3 main headings and 5 subheadings in total.

Headings should be related and relevant to the main topic that is being addressed.

For example:

  • Heading 1: How to make money playing guitar?
    • Heading 2: Uploading guitar videos to YouTube
      • Heading 3: What types of guitar videos make more money on YouTube?
    • Heading 2: Becoming a guitar tutor
  • And so on…

As long as you keep your work as organized as possible for the reader and have some knowledge of SEO (Search Engine Optimization), you should be in good shape.

  • Length

Articles should all be 2000+ words, no exceptions.

In case that all possible content for a specific topic has been covered in less than 2000 words, then you could start talking about other possible questions that readers might have.

This should be done as an FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) section.

Sentences should not exceed approximately 20-30 words, and paragraphs should not exceed two sentences.

👍 Good example: 

good paragraph example👎 Bad example: 

bad paragraph example

  • Images and videos

Your submitted contribution should have at least 3 images (with its source link) and at least one link to a helpful and related YouTube video.

Only use good quality optimized images that either you have full rights to, or are free to use from stock image sites such as Unsplash, Pixabay, or Pexels.

  • Internal links to other content on our sites

This is very important as we will also be able to tell whether or not you have taken the time to check out our content.

Internal links could have mainly two different formats:

1. In-content links

These include links within your own content to other articles on our website.

For example:

There are many great carbon fiber guitars out there that sound amazing, but are they better than wood guitars?

2. ‘Read More’ links

You are welcome to create mini ‘Read More’ sections throughout your article.

The structure should be: Call To Action -> Benefits 

For example:

I encourage you to read this article titled How To Travel With A Guitar Without Damaging It? It will give you a different insight on whether traveling with your guitar by car is safer than traveling by plane.

  • If it sounds obvious, don’t include it

As we have a length minimum of 2000 words, it can be very easy to start repeating your ideas just for the sake of fulfilling this requirement.

Content is important, so no filler sentences should be used at any time.

If you find yourself saying something very obvious to the reader, then it might be better to not say it at all.

For example:

As obvious as it might sound, you should practice in order to get better at playing guitar.

At the same time, we understand that for the sake of having a good transition of ideas, somethings should be said throughout the article to give an introduction to a new topic, this is more than fine to do.

Getting started

Before you go ahead and write your content, is more than recommended for you to reach out to us via email with at least 3 different titles.

If you want to go the extra mile, include some of the headings that you already might have in mind for each of your potential ideas.

We read and go through all submissions, and it might take us at least 5 business days before we get around to your submission.

Please wait at least 2 weeks before resubmitting your content to us.

This is how it normally goes:

Step 1: Brainstorming ideas

Check out some of our work and come up with at least 3 original ideas that we currently haven’t covered on our site.

You are more than welcomed to take notes on our writing style, and how we go about sharing ideas with our readers.

Step 2: Contact us for the first time

After that, you should email us at contact@guitarbased.com with the titles of your content and also a link to your website or previous work so that we can check whether your brand aligns with ours.

If you are a guitarist with no website, links to videos of you playing guitar or social media are more than okay.

As a rule of thumb, reach out to us from your company email rather than your personal email.

For example:

  • 👍 Good email: contact@slash.com
  • 👎 Bad email: slash032@yahoo.com

Even though this is not necessary, it makes it easy for us to check out your website already from your email domain.

IMPORTANT: Please include the phrase “I read the guidelines, so I know cats can’t play guitar” so we know you’ve actually taken the time to read this thoroughly.

Step 3: Wait for us to read your email and get back to you

Wait at least 5 business days for us to read your ideas and get back to you.

We might even send you some ideas that we already have in mind.

Also, while we try to reply to every email that we get, if your email looks spammy, or feels like part of a mass email marketing campaign, it will be ignored.

Step 4: Write your article or content

After we get back to you, you can simply start writing your article.

By following our requirements and guideline you will position yourself in better shape to prevent back and forth revisions later on.

Step 5: Send the final draft and get published

After you’re done writing it, send it to us, and we will review it.

Make sure to include your author bio and your desired link pointing back to a guitar-related website or content.

If we approve your work, your article will be published immediately, unless we are running based on a certain posting schedule.

Here are some of our posts that you can use to gain some knowledge on the writing tone that you must utilize:

Very important

By submitting your article to GuitarBased.com you accept that we retain the copyright of every post published on our sites.

If approved, you cannot republish your work elsewhere. 

You also consent that your work is 100% original and that we are not liable for any potential plagiarism that might occur.

We are free to add our own links to your article and those can be affiliate links from websites that we partner with or might create partnerships with in the future.

Other images and texts may be added to your article to complement your ideas, and grammar mistakes will be fixed; sometimes to the extent that ideas might be fully rewritten.

Ads can potentially appear on your articles as part of third-party advertising.

We are also free to share your work on other platforms such as social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.