Something totally different today. I decided to write about the blog, or more specifically the people who guest post here. I write at least one post a week most of the time, I have a partner writer in Joshua Rodriguez who writes a new post the first Wednesday of every month, and all the other posts on the blog are from those few people who followed the rules, at least initially, and thus got to feature a post on this site.


A couple of Google Panda updates notwithstanding, overall this is a nicely ranked blog that can give some folks who are hoping to help jump start either blogs or websites a bit of a lift by having a guest post here. It also helps this blog move up because of consistently new content. In general, it should be a win-win.

However, it’s not all the time. There are issues that come up, and here and there it takes me more time than it should to keep up with the maintenance of the blog, the reviews of article submissions, and generally writing people via email who overlook or misunderstand the guest posting policy that’s over there as a link on the top right.

It’s in that vein that I decided to write this particular post, which is both self serving and even more informative than what’s at that link if you happen to be an article writer who hopes to have a post listed on this site, and to get credit for it. I already know that I’m going to get 10 requests to add a post to the site linking to this article yet proving it wasn’t written; so be it. Here we go:

1. Are you sending out template emails? This means are you using the same exact language to everyone you send your request to. Trust me, it’s easy to tell, especially when someone links to an article from the blog as proof that they actually read something; please. In the guest posting policy, I say if you don’t mention me by name I won’t even respond, so if you’re sending your email to “admin” or “to whom it may concern” or anyone else other than me specifically (want my name, see the guest posting policy or the about page) it was trashed. Now, if you write me 3 times and I recognize the name I might send something back saying to read the policy, but that’s rare.

2. Have you read your own article? Many of the people who contact me aren’t the writers of the articles, but are representing two separate parties, the writer & the client. This means I end up getting a bunch of garbage that has tons of errors or inaccuracies and have to turn them down. Even when it’s the same person writing and submitting I see a lot of things that make me cringe.

Everyone makes mistakes; I know I make some. However, more than 3 errors and I’m not fixing anything. If it’s not easily understood, if you use the same word too many times so it reads like spam, if you use a word that doesn’t mean what you think it does, if you write on a topic I’m very familiar with and your facts are wrong, along with misspellings and such, I’m rejecting the article. If I reject it 3 times we’re done; I don’t have unlimited time after all.

3. Do you plan on responding to any comments on the blog? Everyone tells me they’ve read the policy and will follow the policy, yet maybe only 20% of the people who initially get a guest post here will respond to the comments. Understand this; blogging overall is a 2-way street. You write content hoping that people will respond to it. To keep people coming back, or to get them interested enough to follow your link to your site, you need to respond to them.

That’s why I have a policy on this blog that says I need a one line bio with someone’s name in it, and that person is expected to respond to any comments on their article. And the writer or representative only has 2 weeks to respond to at least the initial wave of comments, otherwise their links and possibly their names and everything else is removed; that’s in the guest posting policy and, when I send writers the link where they can find their article, I always remind them to respond to comments. I don’t care if the article was paid or not; the rules are the rules, and no refunds.

4. Are you sure the company you’re representing knows what their link is doing for or to them? Over the past year I’ve started getting lots of requests from companies or representatives of companies to remove their links from articles they requested to post here in the first place because of some perceived problem with Google & their rankings. Sometimes it’s in the comments but most of the time it’s within a guest post. I remove the links but it’s irksome & I never tell the people I’ve removed them; that is, unless the request comes from an email that doesn’t include the name of a company. There are scams involving people using gmail and such to ask for the removal of links where it turns out to be their competitors; sneaky.

This is a financial blog. If your article was written about finances in some fashion and your company has anything to do with finances and you’ve linked here your article is good. That’s what Google and other search engines want to see. If you’re getting advice to remove your link from this blog and you fit the qualifications, it’s bad advice and you should fire the people working for you. However, I will remove your link and hope to never hear from you again. But this is another reason I’m so hard on people who initially contact me wanting to have an article here.

The blog owner

5. Can you be patient and help me help you? I’m an independent consultant and that’s how I make my money. I make almost no money from this blog. I offer free opportunities to link back to blogs and websites that aren’t ranked that high, even when I know they’re probably paid an intermediary to find places to post content for them. Sites that are highly ranked are required to pay for a post, and of course if someone requests that I write an article for them I get paid for it. However, that’s rare and far in between.

How can you help me help you?

Don’t send me something and then push me to review it, approve it, add it and tell you when it’s going live; I’ll get to it when I can, usually within 2 to 3 days.

Don’t send me something you haven’t read yourself first, and if you wrote it, try to get your grammar up to snuff.

Remember that any submission must be geared towards an American audience; I live in New York and though, strangely enough, only half the people who visit the blog are from the United States, it’s a significant number. What’s even stranger is that 60% of the requests to post an article come from the UK while only 10% of the visitors are from there; thanks to you my British friends. 🙂

Don’t forget to check out on this blog, or anyone else’s blog or website you ever reach out to, the guest posting policy.

And if you say that you’ve read an article, actually read it and comment on the content in the article; that’s how we know that you didn’t read it, just like how we can discern fake comments.

I’ve had my say. This article fits the topic because you’re hoping to generate income from your posted article, and I hope to generate income from advertisers who like the content on the site and the potential traffic. If we work together we can pull this off. Thanks for reading… if you actually read this.

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