Wanting to write a guest post on the Forever Wingman blog?
We’re open to guest contributors for all topics dealing with life and careers in the US Air Force, and more!
I launched Forever Wingman in 2016 because I wanted to help folks learn a little more on what life could be like in the Air Force.
The Air Force helped me tremendously. It’s given me job skills that I use every day. It’s given me a security clearance that’s helped me get jobs. It introduced me to my wife while deployed to Savannah, GA. It paid the medical bills for my second son. It’s given me friends to lean on when times get tough. These are all things that I believe can help future Airmen.
Our mission here at Forever Wingman is to help the next generation Airman make more informed decisions. We accomplish our mission by teaching prospective and current Airmen about life and careers in the US Air Force.
Over the last year we’ve reached nearly a million readers, and our reach is growing every month. We get over 40,000 visitors to our site every month with over 150,000 page views.
If you’re looking for the chance to write a guest blog post on life in the Air Force, the recruitment process, BMT, or a guest post on a specific AFSC, we’d love for you to share your knowledge and experience with our audience!
Writing a guest post for our site is a great way to expand your own YouTube or blog’s audience and grow your site’s authority!
Guidelines if you want to submit a guest post
Here’s what we’re looking for at a high level:
- Relevant | We write about all things Air Force. Your blog guest post should be relevant to our site.
- Original content | Your post must be unique, and uniquely about you! We want to hear about your experiences only and not anyone else’s. We run all guest posts through a filter to test for duplicate and plagiarized content.
- In-Depth | Aim for 1,500-2,500 words in length with plenty of sub-headers, bullet points, and numbered lists (i.e. make it super-easy to read).
- SEO Friendly | We want every guest post to have the potential to get traffic long-term. We’ll work hard to make sure that the post does well in google and sends you referral traffic. In return, we ask that you work hard to write a post that strategically targets a focused idea and ideally a keyword. We can help you with all of this if you are not familiar.
How to help us help you
While we absolutely love guest posts and hearing about your different experiences, we have a very limited amount of time. With that being said, here are some best practices that will help us to respond to you faster and, if your topic is selected, get published sooner.
Familiarize yourself with the Forever Wingman blog. Read a few posts in full, and then do some skimming and exploring to get a feel for our tone and our basic format.
Have topics in mind. When you connect with us be ready to share ideas or topics that you would like to focus on for your potential guest writing spot on our website. We love it when you come to us with topic ideas or ideally, titles. Check to see if we have already published your topic. If we have already published a similar post, consider whether you could write something more up-to-date, or approach it with a fresh angle or different perspective. The best way to see if we've covered your topic is to do a site search on Google:
This search operator is your best friend. Do not include the brackets in your actual search.
Tell us about yourself. If you have a specific experience or expertise that makes you the person to write this post, tell us! Also, if you have existing writing samples or publications, please share a few! But no worry if you don't.
What we need in your guest post
Once we agree on a topic and you get the go-ahead to start writing, keep these tips in mind:
- Adequate length: 1,500-2,500 words please!
- Forever Wingman links. We'll add more internal links when we're editing the post, but ~3 internal FW links you add to the post would be great.
- A short bio at the end. Just 1-3 sentences about who you are, what you do, and/or what you're passionate about. Feel free to include links to your business website, LinkedIn profile, or social media handles.
- Images. THIS IS A BIG ONE! All Forever Wingman posts include one image early in the introduction, and then periodically throughout the post. Please include 2 images that are relevant to your topic.
If you get stuck with images
Including images is sometimes easy and other times not so much. Here's help you if you get stuck:
- Types of images. All kinds of images can work for a blog post, but here are some ideas:
- Screenshots of a process you are describing.
- The graph or visual depiction of a stat you provided (just provide a link to the source).
- Real-world examples of the strategy or tactic you are describing.
- Air Force photo repository. All DoD photos are open for public use. It is through the very talented AF photojournalists that we are able to have the great photos you see on FW.
The best way to provide images
Paste them right into the Google or Microsoft doc and we can save them off of there.
BUT, keep image sizes no smaller than 800px wide as much as possible (in some scenarios it just won't be applicable or necessary;).
When taking screenshots, Zoom in and then take the screenshot, to avoid a too-small or pixelated image. If you're using an external monitor, move the window to your regular screen for the best quality image.
What to expect
Response time to your pitch
Once you've emailed your pitch, response time will vary depending on the current content calendar, but we do our best to respond in 1-2 weeks. If you haven’t received a response after 2 weeks, please do follow up!
Once we accept your pitch
Once we've reviewed your pitch, we'll let you know whether we’ll consider a draft. If the draft meets our quality standards, you can expect the following:
- Edits. Because the content we publish varies so significantly, our process for editing guest posts isn’t strictly defined. We do edit the content to ensure it matches the Forever Wingman style guide. If we need anything on your end— a better quality image, a change to a section, or further elaboration on something, we'll let you know. Depending on the level of edits needed, your post could get published within anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks. We will be in communication about that date so you can know when it'll get published.
- Exposure. The Forever Wingman blog has been publishing Air Force content since 2016 and sees over 40,000 viewers with over 150,000 page views each month.
Ready to pitch?
Email us at [email protected] and please prepend your subject line with [GUEST POST]. Thank you!
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