Getting featured in well-known magazines like Southern Living can help you instantly get regional exposure and sell more of your products or services.
The only problem is most business owners and writers don't know how to get featured in the mag. The Southern Living website doesn’t help either, as it contains little to no relevant info.
Fortunately, our link building company has helped many businesses get published in Southern Living in the past. We’ll reveal everything we’ve learned in the process in this guide.
Let’s dive in.
Southern Living brands itself as “the ultimate insiders’ guide to Southern culture, recipes, travel, and events.” And its stats support this claim.
Just consider that the magazine reaches more than 26.2 million people every month. Their website alone has over 11.4 unique monthly visitors:
So, getting featured in Southern Living can help you instantly get in front of millions of people in the South and around the country. But it also has some extra benefits for both businesses and writers.
We’ll walk you through them below.
If you’re a writer, journalist, or blogger, publishing your story in Southern Living can help you:
Take Lynn Coulter as an example. As an author and a freelance writer, she writes about gardening for Southern Living. She has also been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, HGTV, The Spruce, and other notable publications:
Our point? Being featured in one authoritative publication makes it easier to get featured in others — and to get new business opportunities you wouldn’t get otherwise.
Businesses can also benefit from being featured in high-authority publications like Southern Living. A mention in the magazine can help them:
Let me show you how that works in action. Consider this article published on the Southern Living website:
The article is promoting a particular beauty brand and its products. That should help the company raise brand awareness and make more sales.
On top of that, the article contains do-follow links to the brand’s website (we highlighted one such link in the above photo). And do-follow links help the sites they’re linking to gain credibility and perform better on search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
So, one article in Southern Living can help brands improve their SEO, increase their reach, and potentially sell more products. If that sounds good, let's now see how you can get featured in the magazine.
Generally, there are two ways to get featured in Southern Living:
We’ll look at both options in the rest of this section.
Buying ad space is obviously a better option for businesses than for writers.
According to the Southern Living’s media kit, brands can choose between several advertising formats:
You can also buy more traditional advertising units within the magazine. How much you’ll pay depends on the color and size of the unit you want:
If you’re interested in buying ad space in Southern Living for your company, contact email@example.com.
If you don't want to pay for ads, you can get featured in Southern Living by writing and submitting an article.
The magazine usually publishes three types of stories:
Of course, the type of story you’ll submit will depend on the subject you want to cover. You can also consider switching between different types, especially if your initial pitch gets rejected.
We’ll talk about how you can pitch your story to the magazine in the rest of this guide.
Learn how you can pitch your story to the magazine below.
Southern Living publishes articles on a wide array of topics, from delicious recipes and holidays to house interiors and beauty tips. The articles are divided into sections and subsections of the magazine based on the topics they tackle. For example, an article about perfumes and an article about lip balms would both belong to the Style section and the Beauty subsection.
You probably already know which section you want to write for. If you don’t, simply choose a section that best fits your niche and goals.
You can find all the sections on the Southern Living website:
You'll be able to see the subsections when you click on a section you’re interested in. For example, by clicking on “Culture and lifestyle”, we can see that it’s further divided into Travel, Healthy living, Coastal living, and other subsections:
From there, you can click on a subsection to see its own sub-subsections:
Make sure you know exactly where your story would fit before moving on to the next step.
Once you’ve decided which section you want to write for, you need to come up with a topic for your article.
Enter a niche-related keyword, hit enter, and let the tool come up with topic ideas for you:
Notice you’ll also be able to see the search volume for every suggested keyword/topic. That will tell you if a topic is popular among users.
For example, “living room” is more popular than “coffee tables,” and “coffee tables” is a more popular topic than “dining room.”
Of course, you shouldn’t blindly follow these suggestions. Use common sense — and make sure you actually have the expertise needed to write about the topics you’re considering.
How you write is as important as what you write about.
Your article should reflect your personality — but your style still needs to fit that of Southern Living.
That’s why we suggest reading through a few past issues of the magazine. As you read, take note of things like:
If you’re writing for the travel, food, or similar sections, photography may be important, too. Consider if other contributors in your chosen section included original photos in their articles. If so, check if there’s a common thread between the photos and try to replicate it.
It’s almost time to pitch your story. Before that, get really clear about what you want to get from the magazine and what you’re giving in return.
Here are a few Qs that can help you get that clarity:
Make sure your pitch answers these questions.
Finally, it’s time to pitch your story to the magazine. We’ll show you more ways you can do so, but let’s start with the most straightforward one: contacting the staff.
According to the Southern Living website, there are two ways to get in touch with its representatives:
Unfortunately, both contact options are mainly reserved for customer support.
Still, customer support may be able to forward your pitch to the editors — or, at the very least, they may give you more relevant contact info.
The easiest way to get published is to get your article approved by Southern Living’s editors. So, why not contact them directly and send them your pitch?
Which editor you should contact depends on the section you want to write for. For example, if you want to share tips on house décor, you should contact the editor in charge of the Home section.
Here are all the editors of the Southern Living magazine:
Finding them on social media shouldn’t be difficult. You can send them a message there. Or you can try to find their email addresses using an email scraping tool like Hunter.io:
As you can see above, email scraping tools will look for (and often find) the email addresses connected with a domain you enter. We suggest sending your pitch to emails connected with a specific person, like the ones we highlighted above.
The downside of this strategy is that editors usually receive dozens of unsolicited pitches every day. That means they may pay little to no attention to yours.
That’s more the reason why you need to ensure your pitch stands out. It needs to be persuasive, concise, and spark the editors’ interest. If you need help writing such a pitch, feel free to rework our template for pitching to bloggers.
If reaching out to editors doesn’t work, don’t worry. There’s still one more method to try: contacting other contributors.
Again, you want to contact contributors that are most relevant to you — contributors that publish articles in the same section you want to write for.
Simply browse through the section you’re considering, click through a few articles, and check out their authors.
Your goal is to find independent contributors. These are writers that aren’t a part of the magazine’s staff but rather independent journalists, writers, or freelancers:
Just like in the case of editors, finding contributors on social media should be easy enough. You’ll probably also find other contact options by googling contributors’ names:
Once you find a way to contact a contributor, try asking them if they could connect with the editors. Be ready to showcase your previous articles, as most contributors won’t be open to recommending someone with no insight into their work.
Most importantly, don’t get discouraged if you get rejected by one contributor. Simply reach out to another one. Or hire our link building company to help you get your first feature in Southern Living.
Think about what your readers would be the most interested in while reading. Then give them exactly that in your article. The editors will take note of this.
Meredith Corporation owns Southern Living magazine.
You can’t get featured in Southern Living on your own? Our link building agency can help. We’ll handle the entire process for you, from the back and forth with the editors to writing the article we’ll submit in your name.
And you don’t pay us a single cent until we get you the placement you want. That way, you’re only paying for results — not promises.
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