In the past, I have been asked to contribute articles to other people’s blog posts. While I have always been open to offering my readers the similar opportunity to read guest posts from other authors, I have never fully communicated my policy to the public. After reading a blog post from Michael Hyatt about his Guest Post Guidelines, I was inspired to write my own.
Effective immediately, I will accept guest posts. Currently, I do not plan to publish more than one post per week. These will likely appear on Tuesday each week.
Your post must be on one of five topics:
- Sales & Marketing
- Operational Excellence
Your post cannot be an advertisement for your product or the equivalent of a sponsored post.
If you would like to submit a guest post to this blog, follow the instructions below for consideration. Only guest posts that meet these criteria will be considered for publishing.
- The post must be useful to the readers of this blog and deal with issues that are relevant to Hardware Maintenance, Service Lifecycle Management, Reverse Logistics, and Field Service professionals.
- The post must not criticize or condemn software vendors, hardware manufacturers, or service providers.
- The post must be grammatically correct and well-written.
- The post must not include marketing-related links and must not be self-promotional or sales oriented.
- The post may include up to three byline links: one for your blog or Web site, one for your bio or “About” page, and one for your Twitter username (optional).
- Guest posts must be original and may not have been published elsewhere online.
- You agree not to publish it anywhere else, including your own blog or Web site. You may, however, post a brief “tease” or summary on your site that links to the post.
- Guest posts should be at least 500 words long and no more than 800 words.
- I will likely copyedit your post for grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. If I make substantive changes (unlikely), I will email the post back to you for your approval before posting.
- I may provide a short introduction or conclusion to your post to provide context or the rationale as to why I think the post is important. I will make sure that my comments are set off from yours stylistically, so that my readers are clear that these are mine and not yours.
The fact that you have written a post and submitted it to me does not in any way obligate me to publish it. I will only publish guest posts that in my sole judgment add value to my readers.
Furthermore, if I do not approve your guest post, I will not explain why I did not approve it or provide any detail.
If your post meets the above guidelines:
- Please email it to me for consideration. It may take me 2–3 weeks to respond.
- Please include a one to two-sentence byline that includes what you do, along with your blog address and your Twitter and/or Facebook address.
- Please confirm that you are willing to engage with my readers in the comments about your post. This is hugely important and a non-negotiable. My readers have come to expect this.
- Please include the post in the body of the e-mail. DO NOT include it as an attachment. Also, please do not include HTML coding.
If I reject your post, you are obviously free to do whatever you want with it, including publishing it elsewhere.