Writers requirements

Background

The following requirements only apply to writers who are collaborating with Destguides to produce content. All other writers must ensure their content satisfies our content guidelines only.

Requirements

The following requirements must be satisfied before the content will be accepted.

Overall

  1. Use short paragraphs. Each parapgraph should have 2-4 sentences. A sentence should be less than 20 words.
  2. Write in the first person ('I' and 'you') and speak from your experience or knowledge.
  3. Ensure all work is original. Content is checked for plagiarism.
  4. Ensure all content guidelines are satisfied.
  5. If provided a "brief", ensure that all aspects of the brief are satisfied (word count, keywords, number of days or activities, etc.)

Title

Titles must reference the main:

  1. Purpose of the itinerary (top N sights, N days, etc.)
  2. Destination of the itinerary (Paris, New York, etc.)
  3. Differentiator of the itinerary (for coffee lovers, complete guide, etc.)

Introduction

  1. Should be a minimum of 150 words
  2. The first sentence should hook the reader in. For example, use an interesting fact or pose a question about the place
  3. Provide a brief overview of what the itinerary covers (Day 1, Day 2, key points of interest, etc.).
  4. Explain why the reader should care about this itinerary. Are you targeting a particular group of people, like coffee lovers, couples, etc.? If so, identify and explain a problem this group of people might have and how this article addresses their need.

Multi-day Itineraries

For multi-day itineraries, ensure that:

  1. Each day has:
    1. A minimum of 100 words
    2. A catchy title
    3. A brief overview that explains what the day will cover and why the reader should be excited
  2. Each stop has:
    1. A minimum of 100 words
    2. A catchy title
    3. An overview of the stop, explaining why it is being recommended, why they should visit this stop, and what they should do at the stop
    4. The business URL included
    5. The USA (.com) Trip Advisor URL included
    6. The Google Places ID

The days and stops must be in order. Please make sure you can easily walk or transit between the stops. The itinerary must make logical sense.

List Itineraries

For each activity in a list itinerary, an activity must have:

  1. A minimum of 100 words
  2. A catchy title
  3. An overview of the activity, explaining why it is being recommended, why they should visit this stop, and what they should do at the stop
  4. A URL for the business or tourism website
  5. A URL for the Trip Advisor listing
  6. The Google Places ID

Conclusion

  1. Should be a minimum of 150 words
  2. Should summarise the highlights of the itinerary
  3. Should leave the reader excited about visiting the destination