CanPhoto.Net was created to be an online community for working Canadian photographers and a repository of the very best Canadian photography resources and information available online. It has always been a labour of love and, while the growth of the site has been slow and steady over the years, we still have long way to go to realize its full potential.
We all know there is strength in numbers, so I would like to invite other professional Canadian photographers to collaborate with this one-man band called CanPhoto.Net. If you’re a photographer working in Canada and you are willing to share your experiences being a photographer – be it business advice or technical expertise. I would like to invite you to become a guest blogger on our site.
Why Guest Blog?
You may be a photographer, but it is your writing that will help your page ranking within search engines like Google. The links that point back to you from an external source such as CanPhoto.Net, are a GOOD thing, for both of our sites. If you want to rank higher for keywords that are important to your business, then write a blog post using those keywords and the links back to your site will do their magic. It’s an accepted practice where everyone wins.
You don’t have to be the next Hemingway to write for us, you just have to be passionate about the business of photography and have some ideas or opinions that you want to share. In fact, you don’t even have to write at all, because video blogs are also welcome. If you’re interested, here are some basic standards that we’d like you to meet.
Guest Blogging Guidelines:
1. Be a working Canadian photographer (we need to see an online portfolio) or someone who works in the photography industry.
2. Already have a blog or a website so we can link to back to you.
3. MUST link back from your site to your own post on CanPhoto.Net.
4. Be able to write simply (approximately 500 words minimum), or produce a professional looking video.
5. Whenever possible provide images to accompany your written article.
6. Submit a portrait of yourself.
7. Be open to have your blog post critiqued and/or edited for grammar and clarity.
8. Respond to blog comments in a civil manner.
9. Be willing to provide original copy and not repost the same thing word-for-word, anywhere else on the Internet, including your own website or blog. Sorry, Google and other search engines will penalize us both for publishing redundant copy and I am sure neither one of us will want that.
Please Note: None of these guidelines are written in stone and this process is all about collaboration. So if you have any ideas at all please let me know.
Topics To Write About:
Here are some regular CanPhoto features and other ideas you might want to write about:
- CanPhoto Kits: Send us some creative pics of the equipment in your camera bags or lighting kits and tell use why and how you use it.
- CanPhoto Profiles: Photographer interviews. We can send you some questions if you want to be profiled, or you can interview another photographer you find interesting.
- CanPhoto Questions: How’d they do that? Tell us about an interesting photo and the story behind it’s creation.
- CanPhoto Questions: How much did it cost? Share the details about how you negotiated and priced an assignment. You don’t have to reveal the client’s name or other sensitive information if you don’t want to.
- Other ideas: How you stay productive and inspired during the slow times, details about how you landed a great gig with a dream client, the process behind the creation of your latest promotional piece or portfolio, your post-production techniques, your favourite piece of equipment, lighting techniques, image archiving and backup strategies… whatever gets you excited about photography and will help other photographers improve their craft and their business.
These are just a few ideas and if you have any other suggestions I would love to hear from you! Please email andrew [a] canphoto.net or use our contact form available here: http://www.canphoto.net/contact/