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Submission Guidelines

FoodSpreading is all about having fun, share and discover. You can browse, share, click, discover, bookmark, get inspired and love every single entry in this site, everything is free, and there are no restrictions to do so.

However when actively sharing and submitting, make sure you follow these guidelines. We invite you to take a look at the following video, you’ll have a better understanding on how FoodSpreading works and how to use it.

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Who can submit?

Anyone! That’s right contribution is open to anyone that has something great to share with the community and the world. Please keep in mind that if you want to submit an entry you’ll have to register and create an account, it is completely free.

What can I submit?

Have a guess! Obviously everything related to food! That’s what FoodSpreading is all about. You can submit blog post, news, recipes, even a video! basically anything represented by an image. You can submit content related to a recently launched product, kitchen gadgets and tools, a chef interview, delicious recipes, anything you think is worth sharing, but please only submit high quality content, otherwise our editors won’t approve it.

You can submit content you publish on your blog or website. You’re allowed to submit content from any other site, content you find interesting and worth sharing, you don’t have to be the publisher. FoodSpreading doesn’t claim credit on the content published here, so you should do the same. If you’re going to submit something you found somewhere make sure you provide the correct link back to the blog post where you discovered it. Just make sure you add “Via: (Blog Name)” in the description.

What content is not allowed?

Well obviously anything related to hate, violence, racism, pornography, profanity, drugs and alcohol, spam or anything not related to what this site is about. our editors are very strict and have trained eyes for that so don’t submit that type of content, it simply won’t be approved. If a user keeps submitting prohibited content that user will be permanently banned.

How to submit

The process of submitting an entry is very simple, the first thing you have to do is make sure you’re a registered user, if you haven’t done that please do it, it’s 100% free as everything else here. Once you have registered and created an account, you’ll be able to start submitting entries for approval. To submit follow these steps:

  1. Register – There are no requirements to register, anyone can contribute, just make sure you use a valid email address.
  2. After that login and go to the Submit page by clicking the “Submit a link” button.
  3. Enter a title that best describes what the content is about, make if brief and preferable use a max of 50 characters.
  4. Enter a description or caption, a brief summary of the content you’re sharing.
  5. Enter a link, this should be the destination URL. This link should be go to a specific post or page not to a site’s homepage.
  6. Select the category and assign the tags that better suit your entry. This way other people will be able to find your submission.
  7. Select & upload an image for your submission, it should be 250px X 25px or larger in size. (See image requirements)
  8. Submit it and wait, our editors will take a look!

Image requirements

The image is one of the most important elements of an entry, this is what draws attention to your submission. The image you submit should be visually appealing and high quality. It should reflect and be related to the content you’re sharing. Your images should meet this criteria in order to be considered for approval:

  1. Must be cropped, all images used are 250px X 250px in size, but you can submit larger images, the site will crop them automatically to the right size. But if you can crop them yourself then it will be much better. We recommend a tool called CutMyPic to edit and crop images online.
  2. The image should not be smaller than 250px X 250px, larger pictures are accepted but not smaller.
  3. Must be in JPG, JPEG, or PNG format.
  4. Must be visually appealing and with good resolution
  5. Must not have any watermark of reference to another site.
  6. Must be a really good pic!

Take a look around and browse what others have submitted, look at the images to get an idea.

What content gets published?

Having mentioned what you can and can’t submit then let’s discuss what entries get approved and published. An “Entry” is composed of these elements:

Image – This should visually describe what the content is about, it should be eye-catching and high quality. The image should have good resolution and no defects.

Link – This is the destination URL where the content is located. The link goes to specific post or page with additional information, can be a full recipe, some news, etc.

Title – Brief but good enough to describe what the content is about. Can be the same as the title in the destination post.

Description – A brief summary of what the content is about. If you’re sharing something from someone else’s site make sure you give proper credit in the description.

That’s about it, so in order to get your entry approved and published the first requirement is to have all the elements above. The second requirement is that the entry in general has to be good enough to be shared here. If your entry is complete and meets the quality requirements of our editors, it will be published.

How many entries can I submit?

FoodSpreading is all about quality, not quantity.  It is recommended that you keep the number of submissions to a maximum of 3 per day. But if you happen to have many great things to share, then by all means, don’t limit yourself. It is important to mention that while not all submissions get approved.

About the moderation process

Our team of well trained editors and moderators who happen to love everything related to food and good taste will moderate every single entry submitted. Once you submit something it usually takes anywhere from a few minutes to 24 hours to get get approved and appear on FoodSpreading, in some really rare cases, it can take a bit longer. If after a period of 48 hours your submission doesn’t appear then this automatically means that it didn’t passed the moderation process; if this happens, don’t worry, don’t get discouraged, try again, check what you submitted and see if it meets the criteria.

We review every single submission and we check everything, the image, we check if the link is working and if it goes to a specific and related page, and we do read every title and every description.

IMPORTANT: In some cases where we feel the submission is worth sharing but doesn’t meet the minimum requirements, we may send a notification email with some suggestions to the user. But we can’t comment on every single submission we receive.

Additional & useful tips

These are some useful tips and advice you should consider that will help your submissions get approved and have a much better experience in general.

Edit your profile – When registering and creating an account edit your profile and add all the necessary details, this will help you create a better profile page. You’ll be able to share your profile page along with your “Collection” of entries with others.

Check first – Before submitting something browse what others have submitted and see what has been approved.

Don’t submit duplicate entries – Please, this is not bad, sometimes happens but please don’t do it.

No text in images – Make sure your images don’t have unrelated text or watermarks.

Don’t be afraid – This is a place to have fun, share and discover, don’t be afraid of submitting something, try, the worst thing that can happen is that it doesn’t get approved, but don’t worry you can try again.

At the end we publish what we like and what we feel is going to be useful for the community.

These are our submission guidelines, don’t worry our editors are very flexible. We’d love to see what you have to share.  Additionally please make sure you read our FAQ page or contact us if you have more questions.

Have fun.