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Frequently Asked Questions About POPSUGAR Select

POPSUGAR SELECT OVERVIEW

FEATURING YOUR BLOG CONTENT ON POPSUGAR

SPONSORED OPPORTUNITIES WITH POPSUGAR

    POPSUGAR SELECT OVERVIEW

    What is POPSUGAR Select?

    POPSUGAR Select is our premier network featuring the best fashion, beauty, fitness, food, living, moms and video bloggers, all hand selected by our editors. As part of POPSUGAR Select, you will not only have the opportunity to have your original content featured on POPSUGAR alongside our seasoned editors, but you will also receive exclusive access to paid opportunities sponsored by brands, partnerships with POPSUGAR, invitations to private events and more.

    How will I be notified of all these opportunities?

    After you've joined POPSUGAR Select, you will start receiving a POPSUGAR Select newsletter which features all our blogger opportunities. Simply pick and choose the ones you want to participate in. In addition, we will contact you privately via email when certain sponsorship opportunities are available so be on the look out for emails from us!

    Where do I get my POPSUGAR Select badge?

    Now that you're a POPSUGAR Select blogger, make it official! We recommend that you place your POPSUGAR Select badge on your blog. Your badge links to our official POPSUGAR Select site where your blog is featured! If you do not have your badge, just email us to get your badge details.


    FEATURING YOUR BLOG CONTENT ON POPSUGAR

    

How can I feature my blog content on POPSUGAR?

    POPSUGAR is the leading online destination delivering up-to-the-minute news, tips and trends in entertainment, fashion, beauty, fitness, food and more. We receive 40 million monthly unique visitors and look forward to them getting to know you!



    As a POPSUGAR Select member, you will regularly receive invitations via our blogger newsletter to feature content from your blog on POPSUGAR. Every invitation will feature a specific editorial topic based on seasons, trends...etc. To submit a post, just click on the link below each invitation to access your POPSUGAR Select editorial platform and follow the instructions on how to submit a post.



    We review your submissions once a week and when we think something you've written will resonate with our readers, we publish it and actively promote it.
    
Every post we feature on POPSUGAR will include your byline with links back to your blog and POPSUGAR Select blogger profile. Each post will also be promoted through POPSUGAR's social media channels.

    What kinds of posts are most likely to be featured on POPSUGAR?

    We like to feature posts you've already published on your blog but if you feel compelled to write a new post based on one of our editorial topics, feel free to submit it too. We'll gladly review it!

    
Content submitted to POPSUGAR should have a friendly and positive tone and should complement our coverage. All content must be written by you, must be PG-13, and utilize conversational, but professional language. The content you submit must not be objectionable in POPSUGAR's reasonable but exclusive opinion. No racist, hateful, discriminatory, illegal, unlawful or otherwise objectionable content will be published. Any content you provide may not feature nudity or obscene language or material that is libelous or defamatory. You must not plagiarize others. 



    Clever and catchy headlines and content packaging will increase your chances of getting featured. Sparing use of personal anecdotes/details. Content should be service-y, inspirational, sharable and not too personal. Refrain from doling out advice unless you're also willing to share how you came by the wisdom yourself. Keep it authentic!

    What photos can I use?

    All images must be at least 728 pixels wide. When prompted, please select the "retina@2x" image size when uploading images.

    All photos you include in a post submission should with be your own original content or images that you have all necessary rights and permissions to use on POPSUGAR. Simply sourcing images is not enough.

    In addition to using your own photography, we are able to grant you access to use photos from the following agencies as specified in the parameters below:

    Thinkstock

    • Go to http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/
    • Use the search field to search your term (ie lipstick, kale, yoga...)
    • Narrow your results on the left hand side (make sure the Creative box is checked)
    • Copy and paste the Item Number of the image you'd like to use in your post draft
    • Do not try to download the photo
    • Do not use the photo requested on your personal blog or any other site. ***Images are to be used solely on POPSUGAR properties.

    Shutterstock

    • Go to http://www.shutterstock.com/
    • Use the search field to search your term (ie lipstick, kale, yoga...)
    • Narrow your results on the left hand side
    • Copy and paste the Image ID you'd like to use in your post draft
    • Do not try to download the photo
    • Do not use the photo requested on your personal blog or any other site. ***Images are to be used solely on POPSUGAR properties.

    Getty

    • We can provide you access to Getty's entertainment collection
    • When you're in your post draft, click "insert image" from draft view, above the body section
    • Click "search Getty"
    • Type in your search term (Kate Middleton, Paris Fashion Week...)
    • Select the image you'd like to use
    • Uncheck the box with the caption info, so that doesn't appear below the photo
    • Click "insert"
    • The image will automatically be inserted and sourced in your post draft
    • Do not use the photo requested on your personal blog or any other site ***Images are to be used solely on POPSUGAR properties.

    POPSUGAR Original Photos

    • You can use POPSUGAR's original images found here: www.popsugar.com/latest/original-photos
    • Include a link to the photo you'd like to use in your post draft
    • Our editors will then add the image for you when reviewing your post
    • Do not use the photo requested on your personal blog or any other site. ***Images are to be used solely on POPSUGAR properties.
    • Do not try to download the photo.

    Please refer to our terms and conditions for further guidance on use of third party images.

    Are there deadlines when submitting content?



    Yes! A deadline will always be specified in each newsletter featuring an editorial invitation.

    Will my post be professionally edited?



    Every post we select for publication and promotion will be professionally formatted and copy edited. We sometimes also rework titles and add sub-headers to hone a post's appeal to our readers.

    What if I can't login to submit my post?

    Your access will be denied if you try to access the submission page without first logging into POPSUGAR. 

Before trying to log in again, please clear your browser's cache and cookies.

 Then, login to POPSUGAR using your existing blogger account credentials. Visit http://www.popsugar.com and click on the Login/SignUp button in the top right hand corner. If you still can't log in, please email us.

    How do I submit a post?



    1. All posts you submit must be sent through your personal POPSUGAR Select editorial platform. Your first step is to simply click on the link below each invitation in the newsletter and login! Your login credentials should be the same as your POPSUGAR account. If you cannot find or click on the link, please email us and we will send it to you!

    2. Once you're logged in, to submit a post, click on "Create" at the left side of the page. Select the type of post you want to submit, whether it is in a text, gallery (slideshow), or video format.

    3. Once you've selected the type of post you want to submit, simply copy-paste the content from your blog in to the fields provided. If you would like to preview your post before you submit it to us, please click on the "Save Draft and Preview" option towards the bottom of the page. When you're ready to submit your post to us, please click on the "Submit Post for Review" option, which is also located towards the bottom of the page. Please make sure to click on the green "save" button at the bottom of the page for whichever option you choose!

    Congrats! Your post is now submitted to our editors!

    A few notes for navigating your POPSUGAR Select editorial platform

:

    • Dashboard: Your dashboard contains 5 tabs — Drafts, Submitted, Not Selected, Pending, and Published. Please see below for what each of these tabs perform:
        • Drafts: Your "drafts" tab is where you can view the posts that you are currently working on. If you'd like to submit these posts to be considered for publication on POPSUGAR, please make sure to save and click "Submit Post for Review" so our editors can review them.
        • Submitted: Here is where you can view the posts that you have submitted to our editors for review. This section is also where any feedback regarding your submission will show up.
        • Not Selected: Here will be the posts that our editors are unable to publish on POPSUGAR at this time.
        • Pending: The posts in this tab are the ones that have been selected by our editors and pending publication on POPSUGAR. Please note that you cannot edit the below posts, as they are currently being reviewed by our editors.
        • Published: Here is where you will be able to view your posts that have been published on POPSUGAR!

      Note: Whenever you want to visit your dashboard page, please click on the "POPSUGAR Select" logo at the upper left corner of the page.

      • Feedback Messages: Any and all communication regarding your post submissions will be managed through your editorial platform, including the status of your post and any feedback from our editors. The feedback messages from our editors will usually include small things they would like you to fix in your post, whether it's swapping out an image, or changing some text. When our editors have sent you a feedback message, you will see a small, blue circle next to the envelope icon at the upper right corner of your dashboard page. Simply click on it to see your feedback! To respond to the feedback, just click on your feedback message. You should then reach a feedback page where you can type in your response. Please make sure to click on the green "Submit" button towards the bottom of the page to send your message!

      SPONSORED OPPORTUNITIES WITH POPSUGAR

      What are sponsored opportunities?

      From time to time, we offer our bloggers the chance to work on programs sponsored by brands. When such an opportunity arises and we think that its a good fit for you blog, we will send you an email invitation to gauge your interest and availability for participation. You can accept or decline the invitation on a case-by-case basis.

      Why do I need to include a disclosure when I participate in a sponsored opportunity?

      The Federal Trade Commission requires clear and conspicuous disclosures in order to prevent deceptive and unfair advertising practices upon consumers. At POPSUGAR, we must comply with all FTC requirements and, if you work with us, you must also comply. When you create a blog post or a video blog post, the FTC considers these posts to be endorsements and these endorsements need to represent the accurate experience and opinion of the blogger. In its effort to protect consumers, the FTC requires a disclosure from you about your endorsement.

      What type of disclosure do I need and where does the disclosure need to go?

      If you are a BLOGGER, an FTC disclosure such as the following will be required in your post:

      "This post was sponsored by [XX Enter Sponsor Name Here XX] through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about [XX Enter Topic Here XX], all opinions are my own."

      If you are a VIDEO BLOGGER (or your post includes any type of video), the following two FTC disclosure(s) will be required:

      FIRST, you will need to include a verbal disclosure such as the following within your video, and you can say:

      "Company [XX Enter Sponsor Name Here XX] sent me [XX Enter name of product] to try, and I think it's …"
      OR
      "Some of the products I'm going to use in this video were sent to me by their manufacturers" at the start of a short video for multiple products.

      SECOND, you need to include a written disclosure such as the following that accompanies the video:

      "This post and video were sponsored by [XX Insert name of company sponsor XX] through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to [star in or create/produce] a post and video about [XX Insert name of brand/product XX], all opinions are my own."

      Be honest and don't be misleading

      The FTC requires that your endorsement of a product represent your actual experience, so do not talk about it if you have not tried it. Also, if you were paid to try a product and thought it was terrible, do not say that you thought it was terrific.

      Do not make claims about a product that would require proof of that claim which does not exist or that you do not have. For example, do not say that a product will cure a particular disease if there is no scientific evidence to prove that is true.

      You are solely responsible for, and may be legally liable for, any false or misleading claims you make about a product, its manufacturer or promoter. You must review and adhere to all restrictions or guidelines regarding product reviews and content guidelines that are provided by POPSUGAR and/or POPSUGAR's advertising partners.

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