Want to Write a Guest Post?

An invitation to write for, and be featured on my blog

Thank you for your interest in writing a guest post for this blog. Guest posting offers a fantastic opportunity for a win-win-win situation by providing value to the reader, creating exposure for you, the article writer and enhancing the authority and value of this site.

For that reason, a good fit must exist between
   (a) your article,    (b) this site, and      (c) your site (or the site that you wish to link to). 

1.  Aspiring Guest Writers: Please read this first

I am inundated with requests for site promotions and pitches for article submissions. While I love to help fellow content creators, I am selective about the articles I accept. This helps to maintain a tight focus on the theme of the blog and not water down our good content with bad. 

Blanket email blasts using a scraped email address or a generic request sent through the contact form will not be successful. Quite frankly, most of these are low quality and rarely considered.

That said, if you have something legitimately interesting, entertaining or informative to share, and it passes my strict selection process, you have a much higher chance of success. If selected, your article will be published with an outbound link to a page on your site.

I am always open to the idea of collaborating with, or cross-promoting complementary products or businesses.

To help speed up filtering and selection I have a simple 3 step process.

STEP 1: Send me your website address 

Please send me the address of your website or the webpage that you intend to link to. If the website is for something completely unrelated to the nature of this site or provides no benefit or value to my readers, the game ends here.

  • Please send to guestpost |at| officemastery.com and introduce yourself in 1-2 sentences. Obviously, change |at| for @.
  • Address me by name (Jason) and put "I have read the guest post guidelines' in the subject line.
  • If you have a website and a decent product, service, story, idea or offer, this is an easy step.
  • If I deem your site to be a good fit, you will be invited to move to step 2, usually the same day.
  • If your site is not a good fit, your request will be politely declined.
  • If you attempt to bypass step 1 and decide to pitch me or contact me directly, without first sending me your website address, your request will be immediately declined.

STEP 2: If invited, pitch me

If, after reading the guidelines below, you are happy to continue, then pitch me between 1 and 5 article ideas for consideration

Craft a good title/headline for each idea that would stop an interested reader in their tracks and make them click.

If necessary, add 1-2 sentences to clarify the idea or intent behind the article.

STEP 3: If accepted, submit your article

I look forward to receiving your article.

I respect the time it takes to write a good article.

I will not waste your time. I ask that you do not waste mine.

Please re-read the guidelines on this page again, as a checklist, before you submit your article.

2. Content Guidelines

1.  The content must provide value and benefit to my readers.

2.  Your article and website must be relevant and closely related to the theme of this site (Microsoft Office), but you have some scope to be creative. For example you might have some useful templates, software tools, resources or services to offer or some quality insight into computers, IT, cloud technology, security etc.

3.  Your post cannot be an advertisement for your product or the equivalent of a sponsored post, although you can include an offer link in your bio (see below).

4.  The post type can be a 'how to', a case study, a comparison / review, an opinion derived from your own personal experience or anything that provides value to the reader and this blog. 

5.  Your post should be at least 800 words long and no more than 3,000 words..

3. Originality and exclusivity

1.  Your post must be your own original work.

2.  The article must not have been previously published on the web or in print.

3.  You agree not to publish the same or similar article anywhere else, including your own blog or web site or as a guest post on another web site.

4.  You may, however, create a brief 1-3 paragraph summary on your site that links to the post.

5.  If an image is not your own, you must have a license to use it (e.g. purchase the image from a reputable stock photo site or ensure the image has a creative commons license). It must not infringe an owner's copyright.

4. Style Guidelines

1.  Use H1 for the title.

2.  Only use H2 for headings and H3 for sub-headings.

3.  Use default paragraph text and single-level numbered or bullet lists for the main content.

4.  You may apply bold, italic and underline.

5.  Do not use different fonts, font sizes, font colours etc, as your content will be re-styled to fit the rest of this site.

5. Bio / Byline Guidelines

1.  The combined author bio and byline links must not exceed 100 words.

2.  Please include a 1-2 sentence author bio and a good quality image of yourself. 

3.  You may include byline links for any/all of the following:

  • your own blog or web site
  • your Bio page or About page
  • how people may contact you (email, twitter, facebook)
  • one special offer for our readers, such as a product discount or useful resource. Discount codes must be 'officemastery' and special offer URLs should end with '/officemastery'

6. Outbound & Reciprocal Links

When considering your guest post submission, 2 key questions are considered.

1.  Does your post provide value or benefit to my readers?

2.  Is your website a natural fit with this website and does your outbound link provide value or benefit to my readers?

If these criteria are met, then I have no hesitation in providing an outbound link to your site.

We would appreciate an inbound link from your site to your published guest post but it's not obligatory. You are invited to link to other posts, services or products on this site that you consider useful to your own readers.

It's not about spammy link building.

It must make sense and flow naturally. 

I'm about building the right connections and working together in a mutually beneficial way to enhance the value we both provide. If you're good with that, I look forward to receiving your submission.

7. Submission Guidelines

If your post meets the above guidelines:

1.  Please submit your guest post in docx or html format.

2.  Attach a zipped folder containing all images used. Alternatively, provide a link to a shared cloud drive. Name each image starting with the image number within the post (e.g. 01) followed by a one sentence description. This simplifies the process of uploading and inserting the images into the post.

3.  Please include your monthly audience size (blog post readership,  podcast listeners, youtube subscribers and views etc.). The figures will have no impact on whether or not your submission is accepted (I'm just interested). All requests are considered.

4.  Please confirm that you are willing to engage with my readers in the comments about your post. This is non-negotiable.

5.  It may take me up to 7 days to respond. This doesn’t mean I have rejected your post.

6.  If I decline your post, you will receive a response outlining the reason. You are then free to do whatever you want with it, including publishing it elsewhere.

7.  If I accept your post, I will likely edit your copy for grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. 

I may provide a short introduction or conclusion to your post to provide context or opinion. 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.

If I make substantial changes, I will email the post back to you for your approval before posting.

8. Disclaimer

I understand the time and effort required to produce a quality blog post. However, the fact that you have written a post and submitted it to me does not obligate me to publish it. The only guest posts I will publish are those that in my sole judgment add value to my readers.

Thank you for your interest.

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Jason Morrell
Founder & Creative Director
Office Mastery

Office Mastery