Frequently Asked Questions - Copy
- I know I can’t use content previously published on the web, but surely I can use my own blog?
- Why can’t I find the hotel I’m looking for in the hotel recommendation tool?
- I added a new hotel recommendation recently – the form has changed. Why?
- What can I do to improve my guide?
- Why has my guide not been approved?
- How long will it take for my guide to appear on site?
- Should I write about a whole country, just a region or a particular town?
- What if there are lots of articles about the place I want to write about?
- Is my guide guaranteed to be published?
- There is a guide with factual inaccuracies
- Someone has written an unfair comment about my article
- How long does my guide need to be?
- Can you explain tags?
- When it comes to hotels, restaurants, etc, should I put the contact details in the body of the copy?
Sorry, no. Any content previously published on the Internet will be picked up by the duplication check. Your guide will then be returned to you as ‘Not approved: existing web publication’. You may re-write your own work, but it must be significantly different from the previously published content.
It could be that it doesn’t exist in our database yet, in which case you should check out the advice on adding a hotel using the new hotel recommendation form above.
You should also try a couple of variations of the name of your hotel. For example, users looking for London’s Connaught hotel might have been tempted to search for “The Connaught” or “Hotel Connaught”, but the hotel will only be found by typing Connaught. This is an area where Simonseeks is looking to improve functionality. We’ll keep you posted.
Indeed it has changed. If your choice of hotel is not already in the drop-down list, you’ll find a new form when you add it manually, which will allow you to add photographs among other new features. Find out more here.
The dos and don’ts are a great place to find suggestions to enhance your guide-writing skills.
See the writing dos and don’ts. You'll find the guidelines that must be adhered to for your guide to be considered for publication. Please follow them carefully.
By the way, the majority of guides that are initially rejected are subsequently published after the writer has addressed this feedback.
Once you have submitted your guide our editors will look at it as soon as possible, currently two working days. We will let you know whether or not we can publish it on the site, or whether any changes or additions might be needed. Please see the 'Write a guide status' block on the write page for the average time between a guide being submitted and being reviewed by our editors.
It's quite hard, if not impossible, to write an inspirational and useful guide about a whole country in 800 words!
Don’t try to cram too much in; covering a whole country, such as France, is a lot to attempt in one guide. Be more focussed. Even Paris would be hard to tackle in 800 words and themed guides work well for larger cities – eg “Six perfect romantic hideaways in Paris”.
There’s no getting away from it that some destinations are more popular than others but that shouldn’t necessarily put you off writing about it. Be creative - can you write about a particular aspect of the place that nobody else has covered? Can you give insights that nobody else can? If so, then go ahead and get writing.
After your content is submitted one of our editors will take a look at it before going live on the site. We want to ensure we maintain a high quality of writing. However, if our editors feel that your article needs improvement then they will let you know and give you guidance on how to improve it so it can be published on the site.
If so, then please leave a comment on the article. The beauty of a website over articles published in print is that the information is always fluid – so if something changes from the original article you can inform our readers with more up to date information.
It depends what you mean by “unfair”. We want to keep the site as open and free as possible – a real open forum for discussion about travel and travel related topics. Just because you do not like a response to your article does not necessarily make it “unfair”. However, if you think someone is breaking the terms and conditions of the website, which include certain prohibited activities then please contact us to report abuse.
The ideal length of a guide is between 800 and 1,200 words; we rarely publish a guide longer than 1,500 words.
A tag is a keyword or “label” that helps readers find relevant articles on the site. Tags should relate to the main themes of the article, but should not include names of hotels, destinations or trip types – these are already covered in their own separate areas. We recommend that you use only about six tags per article.
Yes please. For a restaurant, bar, attraction etc, the ideal is - address; phone number; website. For example: "The food and service is top-notch at Example Restaurant (21 Example Street, example area, postcode; 01234 567 89; www.example(dot)com)".
You only need the street address for your hotel recommendations, as you will add these using the Hotel Recommendation tool so they appear in the Make it Happen box.