Guest Posts Wanted – $50 Per Post!

by Paul Wolfe on September 12, 2011

Back in May I read this post by Carol Tice from www.makealivingwriting.com about the reasons why she’s started paying $50 for guest posts:

Why I’m Starting To Pay For Guest Posts On My Blog

I remember reading that article and agreeing with the sentiments.  And thinking about doing it myself.  (If you read the comment thread you’ll find I left a comment).

And it’s something I’ve been thinking about more recently.

Several things are about to coincide and it will help to maintain my publishing schedule here on One Spoon by having some Guest Posts.

  • (i)  I’ve got four products to create for my bass website in the next six weeks.  This is on top of my existing schedule of creating a 50 page magazine every week.  With videos.
  • (ii) I’ve got my part of a Video Marketing Course to finish creating and then launch – launch is scheduled for early to mid November.  As well as creating content I need to do my share in promoting the launch.  (And yep, I will post details here too).
  • (iii) I need to get my shit together and lose 15 lbs – part of that will involve me going swimming 4 times a week.  Getting to the pool, swimming and getting back takes around 90 minutes every time.

So to maintain my twice a week publishing schedule and do all the above I’m going to actively look for guest posts for One Spoon.

Once I’d made that decision I remembered Carol’s article and went and re-read that article (you should too, go click the link above) and found myself in almost 100% agreement with her reasoning.

Now I know people happily guest post for exposure to a different audience and getting backlinks to their own site.  But I don’t think that’s enough.

I think they should be paid too.

So I’m going to follow the path that Carol set out back in March and start paying for Guest Posts.  I think Carol’s price of $50 is a fair one, so I’m going to start there.

To start with I’ll be publishing one or two paid guest posts per month – and this will start in October.  If you’re interested, you probably need to know my guest posting guidelines – so here they are:

Guest Posting Guidelines

1.    Know the kind of content I write about on One Spoon.  And know what I don’t write about.  (To give you some clues on what I DO write about….video marketing, infoproduct creation, ways to write more effectively, ways to write more productively, creating pillar posts, unusual blogging tactics, etc.)

2.     Don’t send me a complete post.  Email me (use the contact form) with a pitch first.  Make the pitch short and sweet. Include the proposed headline, along with a one paragraph (max) description of the post.

3.    If I request that you write the post based on your pitch – that’s not a guarantee that I’ll accept the finished post.

4.    Posts should be original and unique.  Note that the copyright to the post is retained by you and that I have no objection to you republishing the post on your own blog or in an eBook 60 days or more after publication here on One Spoon.

5.    I expect comment interaction in the comment threads.  I don’t expect you to answer every comment…but I do expect you to be present and answering questions and comments.  (This is in both of our interests btw!)

6.    There are no length guidelines – except I’m more likely to publish longer, highly detailed, specific and actionable posts than shorter, generic posts.  List Posts aren’t something that I’m actively seeking – though if you have an idea for a sensational list post then I’d consider it.  But it would have to be sensationally good.

7.    Payment will be via Paypal and upon publication.

And that’s it.  If you’re interested, read the guidelines again, do some research by reading through some past articles and shoot me an email with your idea.

Your Shout

Here’s what I’d like to ask you: would you pay for guest posts on your website?  If not, why not?  Please note that there’s no right or wrong answer to this question – everyone’s model is different.  But I’m genuinely intrigued – and think this could be a lively debate!

Over to you

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  1. The Guest Blogging Trade-Off And How To Guest Blog On Your Own Site
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{ 31 comments }

Carolyn@The Wonder of Tech September 12, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Hi Paul, I wish you the best of luck with your offer. I hope the deal elicits quality authors who take the role of guest posting seriously. Your terms seem fair and reasonable and your goals are respectable. I just hope this doesn’t generate a lot of responses from those who are trying to make a quick buck and waste your time.

I look forward to more posts from you and your new guest authors!

Paul Wolfe September 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Hey Carolyn

I hope so too! The bottom line is that anyone who submits low quality posts just won’t get accepted, it’s that simple!

Paul

Sam September 12, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Hey Paul,

Interesting concept and not something you come across too often, but I agree with it. I would see the main benefit of the concept would be the quality of the content of the guest post. Psychologically I can see where people would put more effort for the end goal than just backlinks or exposure. I will send a couple ideas via described above. Keep up the great work Paul.

Sam

Morris @ Get Found with Navegare Inbound Marketing September 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Hi Paul,
So much for taking a long holiday. I too need to get back on to a weight loss program.
I second Carolyn’s comment and am certain you will find exactly the person you are looking for.
Best,
Morris

Paul Wolfe September 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Hey Morris

Yep, France is a dangerous place for those of us who have a sweet tooth! (The patisseries….aw that is just unfair for a weak willed guy likes me….mille feuilles…chocolate eclairs filled with chocolate custard…pain au lait….even though I swam twice a day there was no chance!).

Got something to get over tomorrow – and then be on with a diet/fitness program of some sort.

And I too hope that I find some excellent posters! Catch you around.

Paul

Brankica@images for blogs September 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Let me do the maths here, if I write all of your posts I can make $400 a month… not bad, lol

I think this is a great idea and I might start thinking about something like this as well.

Paul Wolfe September 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Hey Bran

That is good maths! However I only have budget for one to two guest posts a month….that may change in the future, and if it does that will be cool. But go read Carol’s post that’s linked in my post – I remember reading that and agreeing with everything. I want to see more quality writing on the blogosphere….the more people who pay good rates for quality posts, the more quality writing there will be.

Plus I hope this will encourage up and coming writers! We’ll see how it pans out…I’ll blog about the results in a few months time!

Paul

Steve@Affiliate Marketing Tips September 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Paul,

You (and Carol) may be on to something here.

The current “hot” topic on the Internet seems to be “Write Guest Posts for backlinks”. Because of this my inbox is pretty flooded with offers. Frankly most of them are far below what I would consider satisfactory. Even some of the ones I accept take 2-3 revisions sometimes.

That is a lot of back and forth and time spent. And then after all that some people do not comment even though they agree they will.

It gets frustrating.

Ultimately this has led to me allowing some guest posts, that while not BAD, are not great.
I am back from my “summer break” now and i have pretty much decided I am done with guest posts unless they really blow me away. (of course YOU are always welcome, Paul.)

Attaching a monetary value though makes the whole process easier. I wouldn’t feel bad sending it back after I have already asked for 3 revisions saying, “this still lacks originality”

I am still likely to just stay away from guest posts for a while, but attaching really strict guidelines and some $$ may be what I will do for the next time I plan on going away for a while (and can use the guest posts to shore up regular content)

Paul Wolfe September 12, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Steve

Some good thoughts there.

Firstly I think if someone submits a guest post and it’s not good enough, then my feeling is that you don’t publish it. For me the process is about:

1) Is the idea something I want to see on my blog?
2) If it is, does the writing display the idea in the manner I want?
3) Is the finished result something I’d like to share with my audience?

If the post fails on any count, it won’t be published.

The monetary element is because I believe in writers – and I think ‘writers’ as a species often undervalue themselves. Things like Kindle WILL prove a difference – if you’ve not read Sean Platt aka Ghostwriter Dad, then go read his blog. I’ve got a post planned on an interesting fiction experiment he’s running.

The internet has opened up the whole field of writing in all shapes and sizes – to succeed you need to be a good writer though. I’m hoping that paying $50 for guest posts will help me uncover some good writers…or help some up and coming writers by rewarding them with a small fee in return for their time. (The confidence boost of this could be somethign that make a big change in a writer’s life….).

Ultimately I’m not comfortable with the traditional guest posting wages….namely links and exposure to a different audience.

Will I still offer some guest posts to other blogs – I’m guessing yes. But I want other writers on One Spoon – and I don’t feel good about not paying them. That’s the bottom line….

Paul

Steve@Affiliate Marketing Tips September 12, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I have checked out Ghostwriterdad from time to time. But only as a lurker so far. (it is in my feed under “writing”) I do think he has some good content. I missed the “fiction” experiment, though. I will look for it.

Being a reader I am all for paying writers. Everyone is for “killer content” but then few put their moeny where their mouths are with the willingness to really pay out what such, “killer content” is worth.

Paul Wolfe September 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Steve

Sean hasn’t posted as such about his fiction experiment – he’s in my ‘blogging tribe’ though, and I follow him quite closely. (Plus he always tweets my posts and has a good following – which is extra cool!).

I’ll write a post about it – have already OK’d it with him (you know what a stickler I am for courtesy!) – look for it in the next week or two. It’s to do with Fiction and Kindle. Really itneresting experiment – and a good example of ‘thinking outside the box.’

Paul

Julie | A Clear Sign September 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Interesting! I think it is an intrinsically good idea to offer a modest but enticing payment in exchange for quality work. Personally, I do my best when I am Guest Posting and even though I have an oddball topic, it can always be related back to any other topic at core level. I have had great comment feedback from the Guest Posts I’ve allowed or requested on my own blog, but that’s probably a function of the fact that my blog is small but has a very interactive audience. Great idea and good luck with the swimming :)

Adrienne September 12, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I have no doubt that you’ll get some quality posts after making this type of decision. I know you NEVER let anything slip by you my friend. Now on top of all that work you have to do, you’re going to have to keep with with all of that because we know you’ll have to read through them to make sure they meet your standards.

I sure wish you the best of luck with that and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that it all goes smoothly. I’ll look forward to reading some of those posts.

Adrienne

Ricardo Bueno September 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

Hey Paul,

Based on what I’ve read and given what’s on your project plate, I think this is a very smart move. Of course if you have the budget for it, why not? And ultimately, you have editorial control over what gets published, period.

Would I pay $50 for a guest post? Sure. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. I see it as both parties getting something of value.

Paul Wolfe September 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Ricardo

Thanks for stopping by – seen your name in the ‘Anubis’ streams for a while and been meaning to check you out. Just had a shortage of time recently – will try and rectify that soon!

I’ve noted in other comments that I’d really like it if a decent pay rate became the norm for guest posts around the blogosphere, rather than guest posting for brand exposure and a link. And if I can be a small part in that sea change happening….I’ll be delighted.

Paul

Vernon September 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

Hello PAUL,

Your ideas and Guide is great and I really appreciate it. This guide will help me to move forward and earned more than what I have today this post helps a lot to me. I’m looking forward to it. I think paying to it is really good and the return to you is positive.,

Jason September 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Paul, as one of those writers who hopes to be discovered, I appreciate your invitation. :)

If I could afford to pay someone $50 to write articles, I’d do it. Anyone who’s tried to write quality content knows how long it takes. The $10 (or less) that people have offered me is a waste of my time. That couple hours would be better invested in my own blog, not someone else’s. $50 seems like a good balance between a fair wage for the writer and not breaking the host-blogger’s bank.

-j

Paul Wolfe September 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Jason

I’m hoping that at some stage paying for guest posts will become the norm on the blogosphere. I know there are people who will tell you that you should do it for exposure and backlinks – and although I WILL guest post on some big blogs in the future, I would love to know that I’m playing a part – however small – in trying to get that norm changed.

And I think you’re absolutely right about $10 being derisory and the time you spend writing being a better investment by publishing on your blog.
These are potentially great times for writers….the Kindle and KDP is potentially revolutionary. I hope I can help give confidence to newer writers by paying them for their writing.

Paul

David Thorpe September 14, 2011 at 9:22 pm

On the lookout for tips on creating guest blogging criteria for my own website, I found this article, and Carol’s, very interesting. I’ve never come across the idea of rewarding for a guest post – only having to pay for the privilege of writing one.

I thought there would be issues with getting bombarded with tons of sub-par content, that’s why I like the idea of having to write a pitch first. This should mean that you’re being contacted by serious writers who understand your quality requirements.

I think it’s a great idea to reward for the extra input the guest blogger brings to your site too, such as the traffic they drive to their post (and your blog), interacting with your readers and of course saving you time on creating content yourself.

Here’s hoping that reviewing all of those pitches doesn’t take longer than writing the blog posts yourself.

Luke October 11, 2011 at 11:47 am

Hi Guys,

I noticed you’re looking for guest posters to help build content on your website and thought you might be interested in a new beta site called Guestr.com. Guestr aims to help website owners attract guest posters; think of it as Guest Post Wanted classifieds.

We’re currently asking a small group of website owners to help us with the beta release, so if you’re interested, please check it out at http://guestr.com/ .

If you’re not interested, no prob’s, you’ll never hear from me again.

Kind Regards,
Luke

Musthafa@Latest gadgets review October 21, 2011 at 11:19 am

However, I am a Tech Blogger, I get some guest posts, which are free and I accept only quality articles about latest technology, gadgets and blogging tips, which makes me relief from stress many time. Some of those posts brings good traffic also.

Liz November 2, 2011 at 5:42 am

Found your post while searching for guest posting opportunites. I had to chuckle though – getting back to swimming has been on my to-do list for some time. I’m inching ever closer to actually doing it (by virtue of ordering a bathing suit online) so I had to question my own inclination to write rather than tackle the to-do list. How to fit it all in…

Carey Giudici November 3, 2011 at 3:24 am

Hello Paul, I’ve been a writer for decades and ten years ago won an award for a 3,000-word magazine article from the Society for Professional Journalists. Not long before writing that, I’d begun using a modified Mind Map to brainstorm with myself about what to include in each article and how to connect each sentence, paragraph and section. This immediately improved my writing’s cohesion and flow, since faulty transitions and logic will torpedo an article as fast as poor word choices.

The process also makes it easier to make sure pieces have requisite relevance, proof and value.

Since then I’ve sketched out every article using this technique, and have taught it successfully to writers of everything from cover letters to theses and proposals. This is what I propose to introduce in my guest blog.

Looking forward to hearing what you think. Problems with my previous web site’s administrator have kept me from updating it, but you can see examples of some older work at http://www.careygiudici.com.

Cheers!

Paul Wolfe November 3, 2011 at 7:32 am

Hi Carey

Thanks for the comment – and the proposed post in the comment. That does sound of interest. What I’ll need to do is head over to your website and hceck out some of your writing. If you’ve not heard from me by Monday then nudge me with an email.

Paul

Bridgett @ Singorama Review December 12, 2011 at 3:28 am

This post was published in September. Does your offer still stand?

Paul Wolfe December 12, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Hey Bridgett

Yes the offer stands….but any potential posts need to be HIGH QUALITY. (And being 100% honest and transparent…I reject 99% of the post ideas I get submitted as either being too generic or being not written well enough. )

Paul

Jacko October 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm

What’s the latest on this offer does it still stand?

Paul_Wolfe October 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm

It does still stand…but see below….any potential posts need to be HIGH QUALITY. AND they have to be authentic, video marketing posts.

Chadrack November 17, 2012 at 10:08 am

Hi Paul, this is really wonderful idea. But from your reply it does appear that you are only accepting video marketing posts. How about content marketing posts seeing that content marketing is a hot topic right now would you accept one if it is really of high quality and authentic?

Rajeesh Nair December 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Hello Paul,

Is this offer still on at this blog?

Paul Wolfe December 11, 2012 at 10:05 am

Hi Rajeesh

At the moment I am on hold with One Spoon. And don’t know when I will be ‘off hold’ as it were. When i am, then yes, this offer will stand. But until I start publishing again it’s not ‘live’ as it were.

Paul

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