[Note: As of August 29, 2012, I no longer accept guest articles.]
Casual observers and many Internet marketers may not realize that I accept guest articles on this blog. Well, I do, and it’s usually from people who simply contact me via my contact page. I haven’t made a big deal out of it because this is my primary blog and I usually have something to write about and I’m not trying to meet any deadlines. I’ll tell you how to submit a guest article for this blog after I write about why people write guest articles and why people accept them.
Why Write a Guest Article?
There are multiple reasons you may want to write a guest article. You may simply want to share your thoughts on a somewhat popular blog or you may want to get one or more links pointing back to your own website (or websites). The reasons people write guest articles are as varied as the reasons authors write books, whether they’re for sale or not.
If you’re already an author on another blog (or other kind of website) and your subject matter is extremely focused, writing a guest article allows you to write about something outside of that subject matter, but in a different location. Writing is a creative process which can be extremely limiting if you confine yourself to one subject at a time.
Why Accept a Guest Article?
Despite writing as actively as possible, you may find yourself with a lack of ideas for continuous writing or you may find yourself without the time to write due to other commitments. Accepting guest articles can fill in the gaps. Even if you don’t have any gaps, guest articles can make you seem more active than you really are, which looks really good to the casual observer (and the search engines).
It’s a winning arrangement for both parties. The guest author gets an article published and you get additional content.
How to Submit a Guest Article
I’m easy. Your article doesn’t have to be perfect and it doesn’t have to be related to anything I’ve written myself (such is the beauty of having a general blog as opposed to a specialized one). Your article will include your own “by line” and the only external links within the article will be the ones you embed there yourself. Too much sauce spoils the goose and too many external links will spoil your articles, so be conservative.
You can contact me via the contact page or if you already have my email address, you can just send me a message. Whenever you send me a message, don’t just ask if you can submit a guest article, since I rarely turn one down – go ahead and attach it to your e-mail message.
Other than running your article through a grammar checker and spell checker (and possibly altering some punctuation), I won’t make any changes to the content. I don’t want to do any more work than I have to.