Home Expert Network: Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Home Expert Network?

2. How will I benefit from joining?

a. What kind of exposure will I get on eLocal?
b. Who else participates?
c. Can I give you a bio to post on eLocal? 
d. Is there a badge I can post on my website showing that I’m an eLocal Expert?

3. How much time will it take to participate?

4. How does it work? What’s the schedule?

a. When does the question go live?
b. When does the Home Expert Awards post go live?
c. When does the Follow-up article go live?

5. What’s the difference between an Ongoing Contributor and a Member of the Expert Panel?

6. How do I become an official member of the Expert Panel?

7. Does the Home Expert Network accept guest posts?

a. Who can submit guest posts?
b. What can I write about?
c. I'm ready to start writing, what guidelines do I have to follow?
d. How can I promote myself in an author bio?



1. What is the Home Expert Network?

Our mission is to provide homeowners with advice from many professionals in one convenient place. To do this, we’ve created the eLocal Home Expert Network, which unites home improvement professionals across all major industries, from roofing and plumbing to architecture and design. The ongoing Q&A series culminates in feature-rich articles distilling expert opinions from our participating professionals.

2. How will I benefit from joining?

a. What kind of exposure will I get on eLocal?

As an expert panelist, you’ll share ideas and network with other professionals that span the nation. Your contributions will be seen by followers of your website, your fellow experts, and all eLocal readers. The platform provides national exposure, helping you brand yourself as a top expert in your industry.

b. Who else participates?

Our panel includes over 80 home improvement experts, including representatives from major national brands like KOHLER, Mr. Rooter, Mother Earth News, and HGTV.

c. Can I give you a bio to post on eLocal?

Absolutely. Your bio will be added to our “Meet the Experts” page and will include a link to your company’s website. We feature this section on the Home Expert Network main page as well.

d. Is there a badge I can post on my website showing that I’m an eLocal Expert?

Of course! Contact us at HomeExpertNetwork[at]eLocal.com for the HTML code you’ll need to embed an ‘Expert’ badge on your site.

3. How much time will it take to participate?

We understand our experts are busy, so we’ve created a process that streamlines your
participation. Comments on our bi-weekly questions can be as short as a few sentences
or as long as a few paragraphs; how you participate is up to you! We estimate that most
professionals spend less than 30 minutes per month on the Expert Network.

4. How does it work? What’s the schedule?

Our schedule is bi-weekly and each round contains 3 posts: a question, a comment awards post, and a follow-up article.

a. When does the question go live?

When a new round begins, the initial question goes live on a Monday. The post will remain active and open to answers through comments for one week, closing on Friday at 5pm PST.

b. When does the Home Expert Awards post go live?

After the question closes on Friday, we read the contributions from all of our experts and determine the very best comments of that week. The Home Expert Awards post announcing the best of the best, complete with a link to the bios for the featured authors and businesses, goes live on the following Tuesday.

c. When does the Follow-up article go live?

The final follow-up article wraps up the round and is posted on Thursday, following the Home Expert Awards post (10 days after the initial question). This article will distill information from all expert comments as well as pull in information from outside sources via research conducted by our creative team.

5. What’s the difference between an Ongoing Contributor and a Member of the Expert Panel?

Both our Ongoing Contributors and Expert Panelists are experienced professionals who
are active and trusted in their industry. Our Expert Panel members are those who go
above and beyond normal participation and make the eLocal community great. If you’d
like to discuss more how you can participate or become an official panelist, email us at
HomeExpertNetwork[at]eLocal.com.

6. How do I become an official member of the Expert Panel?

If you would like to apply to join the Expert Panel and start participating, please send us an e-
mail at HomeExpertNetwork[at]eLocal.com.

7. Does the Home Expert Network accept guest posts?

Yes! We do accept guest posts; however, there are some guidelines and restrictions.

a. Who can submit guest posts?

We accept guest posts from active participants on our panel of experts. We define ‘active’ as having answered the previous two questions in your field.

b. What can I write about?

Send 3 different ideas for a guest post related to your field to HomeExpertNetwork[at]elocal.com. We will review them and let you know which one we like best before you start writing!

c. I’m ready to start writing, what guidelines do I have to follow?

Most importantly, the article should be original content submitted exclusively to our platform. Pictures, videos and any other forms of media are encouraged so long as you or your company have the rights to them. Furthermore, the article should not be self-promotional, but provide valuable information about the approved topic. Self-promotion is allowed in the bio at the end of the article. All submissions are subject to approval by our editor and eLocal’s Terms & Conditions.

d. How can I promote myself in an author bio?

At the end of any article you submit, we can include an author bio about you and your business. The bio should, at maximum, be a short paragraph (2-3 sentences). It can include one link to your website or social page, though we do not allow optimized anchor text. The link will be on your name, your business name, or in plain URL form.

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