Sponsored Content, Paid Posts and Guest Blogs

Sponsored Content provides advertisers with a chance to present themselves with something other than an ad. A sponsored blog post is a post/article on one of our websites that is written or provided by the client – or created by one of our in-house copywriters for and on behalf of clients.

X-Ray Mag accepts sponsored content and guest blogs with the following provisos:

Topics and link targets must be compatible with our editorial profile and readership.  It should be family-friendly, acceptable for minors under 18 and culturally appropriate with respect to the geographic footprint of our readership.

Specifically excluded are:

  • Adult sites
  • Alcohol and Tobacco
  • Gambling
  • Content inappropriate for minors

Outlandish topics, unscientific claims, fake news, spurious advice, offensive, contentious or slanderous statements are also but some examples of content we reserve the right to give a pass.

Disclosure

Governing marketing laws and regulations makes it a legal requirement that cannot be waived that paid-for content and sponsored blog posts are declared, tagged or designated as such - just like on major news outlets.

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Backlink compatibility

Link targets must be compatible with our editorial profile and readership as described above.

Link attributes / observing Google Guidelines

“Not all paid links violate our guidelines. Buying and selling links is a normal part of the economy of the web when done for advertising purposes, and not for manipulation of search results. Links purchased for advertising should be designated as such."   (Google guidelines)

Applying dofollow or nofollow attributes to links is at the discretion of the editors.

Rates pr. post

  First post w./setup Subsequent posts      
Euro

€115

€100

     
USD

$125

$110

   

 

Payment

Rates payable by PayPal unless other arrangements are made.

 

Note: Our campaign packages already include a number of sponsored blog posts at no additional charge in as follows:

Campaign package: Full Service Premium Mid-size Standard Basic
Blog posts pr month included 4 3 2 1 -

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Process / workflow

Option 1: Advertiser provided content

Materials:

  • One main image.
  • Up to five secondary images, to be displayed in a gallery below main image.
  • Body text, max 600 words.
  • Description of the sender.

Notes and provisos:

  • Supply captions and credits to all photos and illustrations provided.
  • By supplying images you acknowledge that you either own or have cleared the copyright with the rightful owner.
  • No fancy formatting or overly complicated mark-up. Text embedded links allowed.

Process:

  1. Submit content elements by email;
  2. Blog post uploaded to test-site ; (test.xray-mag.com)
  3. Changes made if requested by the client;
  4. Final copy approved;
  5. Payment is taken;
  6. Blog post moved to live website;
  7. Blog post published.
     

Option 2:  Created content

In the short term, it may seem cost-effective to write your content in-house or outsource it to marketers without a background in journalism. However, in the long run, your content will be stronger if you invest in solid journalists who have experience and the cache to ensure that your content is top-notch.

Rates for web copywriting: $130 / €110 per hour.  Flat rate offers can be provided on request.

Process:

  1. Payment is taken;
  2. Headline approved;
  3. Blog post is written and posted on test website;
  4. Changes made if requested by the client;
  5. Final copy approved;
  6. Blog post scheduled;
  7. Blog post published.

 

 

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