We’re committed to high quality content, and post only a fraction of the content we receive. In the event your blog is not accepted to be on the front page, it will be put back into your Pinkbike blog.
Generally we will not give a reason for rejection—in the past we’ve given detailed reasons for rejection, but the volume of posts we now receive doesn’t allow us to do that. If your post is awesome and we want to run it, but it’s missing something critical like a thumbnail image, clicking the ‘Rejected, Read Why' link beside your blog entry may tell you what needs fixing before resubmission.
If you don’t see your content on the homepage please keep in mind that we often choose to run content in limited regions. Regional event results from BC aren’t relevant to our readers in South Africa, and vice versa. We often run product press releases just in our Press Releases section
, and then compile them in a monthly Tech Briefing
. Common reasons for rejection:
• Quality of content
— we have high standards and our readers do too. We always prioritize content that is authentic and exciting, with compelling visuals and engaging storytelling. If a video is super short, or super long, or super producty, or we just aren't that into it, it's unlikely to be featured.
— we’re excited about all kinds of mountain biking, from World Cup XC, to bikepacking, to Enduro, to Red Bull Rampage, to everyday trail riding. That being said, we won’t post a press release for your electric recumbent racing tandem bike, unless you’re going to ride the Rampage course on it. (please don’t do this)
• Technical issues
— low resolution imagery, poor grammar, CAPS LOCK, excessive vertically oriented images, etc. all contribute to the decision to reject content.
— racism, misogyny, hate-speech, or any other sort of bigoted language or behaviour is unacceptable on Pinkbike. That includes song lyrics in submitted videos.
— we appreciate brands building high quality press releases on the Pinkbike platform, but do not post anything that is written to mimic an endorsement from our technical editors. Eg. no 3rd party “interviews,” Pinkbike logos, or anything else that may mislead readers.
— we generally don't publish crowdfunding stories, fundraisers, or press releases.
• Shady shit
— no affiliate links, user tracking, plagiarized or stolen content, 3rd party contests, unverified product claims, links to other media sites, etc.
— avoid "brown pow," coffee-truck-unloading-goggles-pedalflip-ride montages, AWOLNATION - Sail, and other tired MTB tropes.
• Obtrusive watermarks or borders
— we respect photographers using clean watermarks on their images, but we don’t post any stories with large, obtrusive watermarks on the images. Please don’t put any borders on your images.
If you run into any issues, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
with a link to your blog post and any other information or resources our team might need to help assess your content. We deal with a high volume of emails, so if your question is answered in this guide we may not be able to respond.
Keep up the good work.
have a merry Christmas and happy new year.
Once again I don't necessarily need to know the finer details as long as you communicate properly with the authors of published material. I understand you can't personally write everyone about rejected material but you need to have the capacity to at least communicate with those whose material you do publish. So as long as you do that, great, I'm happy !
We also 100% adjust most headlines. It’s a gradual shift, but we need to get more descriptive in our headlines; otherwise, everything is “Dust to Dust” epic titles for simple web videos or “These Fork Decals Will Make You Faster” on press releases, without readers knowing what they’re actually about to see.
All of this is a work in progress and I agree with you we need to step up our communication with authors—especially the ones that are submitting kickass user-generated content and not just the guys like Ryan who are promoting a (very cool) product. Like I said, hopefully this guide simplifies things and folks like Ryan have a better picture of how we work.
PS. We met at Oak Bay Bikes years ago with Derek. Happy to have you “clutter” the conversation. This site thrives when the community is involved. Cheers!
Once again I'm not writing this because I want to start a discussion with you. It is actually more out of courtesy because you also took the time and effort to respond to me . I trust you worked things out with Ryan in closed communication (e-mail, phone or whatever) so I don't want to make this public post make it seem like you didn't. Anyway, cool to hear that you're stepping up your communication with the authors whose work you do publish. I think it is important. Even though it is your (that is, PB) website, it still says the original authors name underneath so by the audience they're going to be held responsible for the complete content.
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Has anyone even been paid by Pinkbike for a submission? It seems like the site is mostly undigested press releases, manufacture-backed promotional videos and user generated features. The only Pinkbike-produced material is polls.. All the meaningless polls that surely only manufactures can benefit from. How much do you sell them for?