Editorial Policy - CalorieBee - Diet & Exercise

Editorial Policy

Welcome to CalorieBee. We are a community of people just like you who want to find the healthiest ways to get fit and slim and stay that way. We share diet, exercise, nutrition, and supplements advice that works. CalorieBee is your community to support weight loss goals, health, fitness, and well-being.

While we welcome enthusiastic writers on CalorieBee, we only approve high-quality articles—authors must comply with the HubPages editorial policy. Some of the content on CalorieBee, particularly nutrition and supplements articles, are held to an even higher standard than our general editorial policy because they are considered YMYL (Your Money or Your Life) articles; in other words, the advice could have an impact on the reader’s health and well-being. YMYL content on any of our Network Sites must be trustworthy and accurate.

Credibility: Authors demonstrate credibility in a number of ways. If your content is YMYL, e.g., health content, you must meet the following benchmarks to be on CalorieBee.

  1. Professional Experience. Are you a medical or health professional, or an educator, e.g., nurse, doctor, fitness instructor, nutritionist, etc.? We would love to have you educate us about some aspect of your practice or professional experience. Make sure your author bio includes this experience!
  2. Personal Life Experience. Do you have personal experience with a specific condition or nutritional supplement? We would love to hear your unique story. If your story explores how you dealt with a particular problem or experience other people might also have, then it will likely be helpful to others. Articles written from experience build trust. Personal experience should also be mentioned in your author bio.
  3. Citing Your Sources. If you do not have direct personal or professional experience with your topic, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t write for CalorieBee—it just means our criteria might be a bit different for you. Clearly, you’ve done your homework to write your article, and we’d like you to share where you found your information. (See “Citing Your Sources,” below.)

Make Sure the Reader Trusts You: Because your content can potentially impact your reader’s health, it is important to establish trust right from the start. Here are three easy features that appear at the very beginning of your article that will help you do just that:

  1. Write a Strong Author Bio. Nothing builds trust like an author bio. Say something about who you are, what you do—and most importantly—whether you have any personal or professional experience with your topic. Please note that the About the Author bio is different than the Profile bio you may have already created on HubPages. The About the Author bio will be seen by your readers ON your article. Your profile is shown on your profile page on HubPages.
  2. Add an Author Photo. We think your dog is cute, but for the author photo it’d be great to see a picture of you. Your reader is more likely to trust your content when you’ve included a real photo of yourself.
  3. Use Your Real Name. Using your real name (or a pen name), rather than a cute/clever/random moniker, can also help build reader trust. An author named “coolbeans” doesn’t sound quite as credible as an author with a name that sounds real.

You can add your name and avatar image under My Account > Profile and the About the Author Bio under My Account > About the Author.

Citing Your Sources: To establish credibility if you don’t have personal experience with your YMYL topic, you must cite your sources. Here are some guidelines:

  • Tell us more about your research process. Which websites, books, etc., did you consult?
  • Create a "sources" section at the end of the article. This will significantly boost your article's credibility. A “sources” section also gives readers a great place to start if they’re interested in learning more.
  • Are you writing a personal account of a medical condition or health issue? You may wish to provide context with background facts and figures about the condition. Create a “sources” section so the reader knows where you got your information.
  • Every coin has two sides, and most research topics have at least that many angles. If you can also cite counter research, and perhaps explain the limitations of that work, you may increase your article’s credibility.

A Few Additional Tips: In addition to these requirements, we have listed a few tips and some recommendations to help craft a high-quality article that will have the best chance of being accepted on CalorieBee.

What We Love to See:

  • Your Personal Journey: It’s important to us that our writers write about what they know. It’s so much more helpful to read about a diet or routine from someone who’s done it. If you have personal experience, you can share the challenges, the tricks you learned along the way to make it easier, and, most importantly, the results! Here is an example of a great diet article.
  • Original Media: We love it when people write about exercises, diets, and regimens they’ve tried and loved. We fall head over heels when these processes are documented with original photos or video. This will make your workout or diet article so much better and easier to follow. Remember to emphasize safety and correct technique! Here is an example of a great exercise article with original media.
  • Supported Health Claims: We love articles about nutrition and supplements, but we apply stricter standards to them. Readers make decisions based upon what they read, and those decisions can have health impacts. We require that articles include links to studies that back up any claims about health. If you are having trouble finding the right study, let us know and we can help. Here is an example of an excellent nutrition article with appropriate references.

What to Avoid:

  • Extreme Health Benefit Claims: Health claims that are considered dubious (miracle cancer cures, for example) and/or lack objective, peer-reviewed studies, or scientific literature to support their effectiveness will not be accepted.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to be a personal trainer or dietician to write for CalorieBee? Absolutely not! If you do have those credentials be sure to include them in your author bio. However, we are a community of everyday experts. If you want to write about a diet or workout regimen, you must have tried it yourself, but you do not have to be a professional. Be sure to include your own experience in the article, as that will help your readers trust you!
  • What can I do to let readers know that I know what I’m talking about? Good question! When it comes to nutrition, readers want advice that is trustworthy and credible. Include links to studies in your article to back up your claims. Avoid extreme statements about foods or supplements that “cure” illnesses or conditions. Stick to language like “can help prevent” and “strengthen the immune system.”
  • Can I promote my business on CalorieBee? No. You can include links to your business on your profile page but not in articles. We encourage professionals to mention their credentials in their author bio.
  • How can I include products in my articles? You can only include Amazon links for products that you have tried yourself and have specifically recommended in the article text. This means recommending the same brand, not just the item in general. It is preferred that product links be embedded in-text and that product capsules are not used.

Here are some examples of articles on CalorieBee that we would like to showcase. These articles exhibit the type of high-quality work we wish to see on the site:

SHOWCASE ARTICLES

A quick note: All of our Network Sites are a blending of professional editing and writers like you.

If you would like to write for CalorieBee, we’d love to have you! In order to set up an account to begin writing, please sign up on HubPages. Articles are initially written on our parent platform and then, if they are high enough quality, moved to one of our Network Sites like CalorieBee.