Guest Blogger Guidelines

PCAG is both the voice of and the voice for Point Cook residents. As such, we welcome guest posts from Point Cook residents and business owners to ensure fresh perspectives and the full story is provided on current local issues.

Guest Bloggers must adhere to the following guidelines:

Quality Requirements and Formatting Preferences

Posts should be well-written and concise, at least 600 words long (content, not counting the titles and bio), but not too long.

Posts must be 100% original. It can’t be a post that has been posted on your own blog or anywhere else before. In other words, it must be a new post and should not be re-published elsewhere in the future. The PCAG website will be the ultimate home of the post provided and can be linked to and referenced to in other blogs produced in future by the Guest Blogger.

The post must be either fresh or comprehensive. A fresh post has fresh ideas or takes a fresh approach to a subject. A comprehensive post has comprehensive treatment of a subject, usually in the form of a list (such as 30 reasons why we need a Pool in Point Cook).

Use short paragraphs, subheadings and/or bullet points to make the post easier to read. Lists are practical and scannable.

Articles should be submitted as either a document file (i.e. Word) or a text file.

Tips for Writing a Blog Post

Preferred Topics and Subjects

Posts should be relevant to the Point Cook Community. This may include but is not limited to:

  • Community Leisure
  • Education
  • Local Services
  • Neighbourhood Pride
  • Responsible Pet Ownership
  • Transport

The post should provide a specific angle to a topic, for example:

  • Unique take on a current issue
  • Provision of expertise
  • Review of local services
  • How to guides or steps to achieve
  • Facts, policies and/or guidelines
  • Outcomes of research project
  • Industry announcements
  • An open letter

Link Requirements and Policies

  • Links should be used as appropriate to the content of the post.
  • Links are encouraged to other posts found in the PCAG website where appropriate.
  • No links are permitted to unrelated sites or affiliate links.

Guest Blogger Bio

  • Guest Bloggers should include a short biography of no more than 75 words, plus a photo. Guest Bloggers may link to their own work in their bio. This bio will appear at the end of the post and should be provided along with the post.
  • There will be a paragraph at the beginning of the post introducing the Guest Blogger that will also include a link to the Guest Blogger’s site.

Your Post Image Requirements

  • A minimum of one image, video and/or downloadable file should be submitted with the guest post to make the post attention-grabbing.
  • All images should be properly attributed and have been credited.

Editorial Policy

  • PCAG reserves the right to edit the post as needed (for example to fix spelling, grammar and/or create clarity). Please don’t be offended if we suggest changes or ask you to rework part of an article to meet with our requirements.
  • PCAG reserves the right to reject posts if not appropriate.
  • Posts that criticise individuals and/or may be perceived to victimise or bully will not be accepted.
  • If your post is approved, I will give you an idea of when the post will be published.

Promotion Policy

Guest Bloggers are expected to promote the Blog via their regular communication channels with their regular audience, including (but not limited to) their blog, website, e-news and/or social media channels.