I have been receiving and increasing number of inquiries about requesting to put guest articles on the site in order to increase my audience and get more Facebook likes, etc. The most recent one I received was last night, and a portion of that message reads as follows:
I came across this http://www.jamierubin.net which says you accept guest posts and I would like to submit one for your consideration.
I found this to be particularly odd, since I have a site policy that says explicitly that I do not accept unsolicited guest posts or advertising. I suspect that the author of the message didn’t really look at the site at all, but rather than make that assumption, I made some minor tweaks to the site in order to make sure that the site policy pages were more readily available. Here are a few of the changes I’ve made:
- Added a link to the site policy in the footer of every page.
- Added a reference to the site policy on the About page.
- Added a reference to the site policy on the Contact page.
I try to keep the policies to a minimum, and they are as much for reader’s benefits as for my own. But for anyone who is considering asking about guest posts, or advertising; or for those inquiring about whether I’ll review your book or comment on your manuscript, I urge you to check out the site policies before proceeding.