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:
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.
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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