Guidelines For Guest Posts

Thanks for your interest in writing a guest post for TheBAFSignal. Here are some guidelines and suggestions for you to consider before composing a post you wish to appear on TheBAFSignal.

It is important to know I am often asked to post guest posts. I do not use everything submitted. Sometimes I say no based upon quality, other times it is based upon relevance of topic, other times I simply say no because it just doesn't feel right. It's my blog.

To help you with your writing (and to increase the chances of me being able to use a post) and to help me with getting your post ready for publishing on TheBAFSignal I’ve put together a few guidelines for you below.

Please Note: these are not hard and fast rules. Ultimately I want people to write in their own voice. However the following might help your post to ‘fit’ better with TheBAFSignal and get the attention it deserves.

Topics

Posts work best on TheBAFSignal that are relevant to my overall topics – Time Management and/or Current Events/News you are passionate about.

Increase your chances of having your post selected by checking topics with me before you start writing.

Voice

Some guest posters worry about what voice or style to write in. Ultimately this is up to you and I want to encourage you to bring your own voice to your post. My readers are used to my voice (I try to be personal and relatable) however it’s up to you how you approach it.

Images

A picture is worth a thousand words. I often include images in posts on TheBAFSignal. As my themes are fairly text oriented. Images add personality, break up content and grab attention. I find that posts with at least one good image in it get more attention than others.

Images should be small. Take a look at TheBAFSignal and the images I use to see what is acceptable. Please ensure images are able to be used in terms of copyright. This is important to me, and I am relying on you to be certain the images you provide can be posted on TheBAFSignal.

Post Length

I am always asked how long posts need to be and my answer is always the same – posts may be as long as you need to convey your message.

I post a large variety of posts in terms of length and anything goes. Stick with your own style, voice and choose a length that sits well with you. I’m happy to post long and short posts – length isn’t a factor, but quality is.

Editing

Please note that I do edit posts that appear on TheBAFSignal. I rarely heavily edit them but it’s not unusual for me to change a title, rework an opening or conclusion or correct grammar/spelling.

Don’t be offended by this – I’m just trying to make it as successful a post as possible and know what generally works well with my audience.

Occasionally I’ll send a post back to you the author with suggested additions, omissions or changes. This is generally if I feel the post could be further enhanced in ways that go beyond some basic editing.

My hope in this is that we get a post up that hits the mark with my readership – good for you as the author, good for TheBAFSignal readership and as a result also good for the blog as a whole.

Exclusivity

Unless previously negotiated I’m assuming that the post you’re writing is exclusively for the use of TheBAFSignal. While you’re more than welcome to write on the same topic elsewhere – my hope is that posts that appear on TheBAFSignal don’t appear in the same form elsewhere. Please feel free to publicize and link to the post on your own blog, or elsewhere.

Byline

As the author of the post I want to highlight you, your blog or any product or service that you have to offer. This should largely be done in a byline.

Bylines should be a sentence or two of who you are and what you do. Feel free to include up to 2 links in it. Some guests include a link to an RSS feed here – this can convert well. This byline will appear at the bottom of your post – but I’ll also write a short introductory sentence that will include your main link that will appear at the top of the post.

In post links – if relevant to the topic you’re writing you’re welcome to link back to your blog within the post. Keep in mind that this ‘relevancy’ is very important. Some guest posters have included too many links or irrelevant links back to their own blogs and have come in for criticism from my readers as a result. I don’t mind promoting you – but sometimes subtlety works best – a high quality helpful post will get people checking out who you are more than lots of links back to your post.

If you have any questions or concerns – please do contact me.

Thanks for your interest in adding to the quality content of the TheBAFSignal with your guest post. Please connect with me on Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube
 
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