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.