Boost Your Startup's Media Coverage With Journalist Collaboration

Boost Your Startup's Media Coverage With Journalist Collaboration

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Phase One: Building a Foundation 2.1. Researching and implementing on-site optimization tactics 2.2. Understanding and implementing off-site optimization strategies
  3. Phase Two: Collaborating with journalists and editors 3.1. Identifying target publishers 3.2. Drafting an objective and informative press release 3.3. Submitting to a distribution network
  4. Phase Three: Collaborations and exclusives 4.1. Interview opportunities 4.2. Profile features 4.3. Contextual participation in news pieces 4.4. Leveraging real-world events for exposure
  5. Conclusion

Phase Two: Collaborating with Journalists and Editors

In this episode of the podcast, we are diving into phase two of our series on SEO for startups. Now that you have laid a strong foundation for your website's optimization, it's time to start thinking about how to communicate and collaborate with journalists and editors to get your brand covered in the media.

3.1. Identifying Target Publishers

The first step in this phase is to identify which publishers you want to target for media coverage. This requires evaluating publishers based on several quality metrics, including domain authority, unique referring domains, relevance, audience, and quality. Websites like can provide a list of publishers ranked by traffic, making it easier to narrow down your options.

3.2. Drafting an Objective and Informative Press Release

One approach to gaining media exposure is by writing and submitting your own press releases. This is a beginner-friendly option that allows you to use a newsworthy event related to your company to distribute to potential news sources. However, it is crucial to ensure that the event is timely, relevant to a wide audience, and not inherently self-promotional.

When drafting the press release, it is important to adopt a more conservative and objective tone compared to content marketing. Keep the sentences concise, avoid colloquial language, and remain neutral in your descriptions. Include a relevant link to your website in the press release, following basic rules for link building such as using contextually appropriate anchor text.

3.3. Submitting to a Distribution Network

Once your press release is complete, you can submit it to a distribution network to reach a wider audience. Tools like PRWeb allow you to filter out specific publishers to target your desired audience. Keep in mind that not all publishers will pick up your work, so don't solely rely on this method for exposure.

4. Phase Three: Collaborations and Exclusives

Collaborations and exclusives offer different types of news coverage that do not require manual article submissions. These opportunities typically involve joint work between journalists and individuals or personal brands. While they can yield varying degrees of exposure, they often require pre-existing relationships or a strong reputation.

4.1. Interview Opportunities

Interviews provide significant exposure for your personal brand and allow you to control the content that is published about you. However, they can be challenging to secure for startups with limited reputations. Keeping an eye out for interview opportunities, especially those involving multiple authorities in your industry, can be beneficial. Platforms like HARO (Help a Reporter Out) connect journalists with potential sources, providing an opportunity for startup founders to establish connections.

4.2. Profile Features

Profile features involve short but close examinations of businesses, organizations, or individuals. These features may include reviews or investigations into the motivations behind a company's success. Getting featured in profiles typically requires having something powerful to offer, so it is essential to focus on building a strong brand presence.

4.3. Contextual Participation in News Pieces

Contextual participation involves contributing to news pieces that incorporate perspectives from multiple sources. This participation can range from providing quotes in traffic reports to contributing to industry reports with expert opinions. Conducting original research and publishing research reports showcasing interesting findings can be an effective way to secure mentions and links in media coverage.

4.4. Leveraging Real-World Events for Exposure

Participating in real-world events, such as speaking engagements, can provide exposure through collaborative pieces. By being a part of an event and delivering a presentation, startups can gain networking opportunities and attract the attention of journalists covering the event. While attending events is not a standalone strategy, it can serve as an additional benefit by connecting with journalists and industry professionals.


In this episode, we explored phase two of SEO for startups, focusing on collaborating with journalists and editors to gain media coverage. By identifying target publishers, drafting objective press releases, and submitting to distribution networks, startups can start generating media exposure. Additionally, collaborations and exclusives, such as interviews, profile features, contextual participation, and leveraging real-world events, offer further opportunities to boost brand visibility. Stay tuned for the next episode, where we will delve into the topic of pitching.


  • Phase Two: Collaborating with Journalists and Editors
  • Identifying target publishers for media coverage
  • Drafting objective and informative press releases
  • Submitting press releases to distribution networks
  • Collaborations and exclusives for enhanced exposure
  • Interview opportunities to gain authority and control content
  • Profile features that examine businesses and organizations
  • Contextual participation in news pieces with multiple sources
  • Leveraging real-world events for brand exposure


Q: How can I identify the right publishers for media coverage? A: Evaluating publishers based on domain authority, unique referring domains, relevance, audience, and quality metrics helps in identifying the right ones for media coverage.

Q: What is the best approach for writing a press release? A: When writing a press release, maintain an objective and informative tone, avoid self-promotion, keep sentences concise, and include a relevant link to your website.

Q: Are there any tools to help distribute press releases? A: Yes, tools like PRWeb allow you to submit and distribute press releases to a wide range of publishers, providing broader exposure for your brand.

Q: How can I secure interview opportunities for my startup? A: Signing up for platforms like HARO (Help a Reporter Out) can connect you with journalists who are seeking sources, increasing your chances of securing interview opportunities.

Q: What are some ways to participate in news pieces outside of press releases? A: Contributing quotes in news reports and conducting original research to publish research reports are effective ways to participate in news pieces and gain media coverage.

Q: How can attending real-world events contribute to media exposure? A: Participating in events as a speaker or presenter allows you to network, gain exposure, and attract the attention of journalists documenting the event, creating opportunities for media coverage.


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