ansleyRDgroup has been creating content for a number of years. We have created content in a variety of formats for this site, other sites we own, and our client’s sites. Because of our experience with content and our desire to live out our motto “building generous business”, we are firm believers in creating an environment where others can succeed.
One of the most valuable strategies of success online is to write guest posts. Therefore, we want to be generous by allowing you to write guest posts with us.
Below are our general guidelines for guest posting on ansleyRDgroup. Who knows, if we like you here we may even invite you to produce content elsewhere!
We’re pretty flexible about what we publish here at ansleyRDgroup, as long as it is useful to our readers. We request that your submission meets the following criteria:
It’s really good – Seriously, our standards here are high, and we want your best material. Once we approve your topic, your work may go a few rounds of revisions. But if you’ve got a solid idea, we’re happy to work with you until your art is ready. We do not want second class material, so don’t hold back!
Originality – We do not care if the content has been published elsewhere. We acknowledge that the Internet is a large venue and cross-polination is critical to everyone’s success. So long as it is your best material and it speaks to our audience, we are happy to spotlight you here!
Relevant to our topics and audience – By which we mean “business development” topics for entrepreneurs, solo-preneurs, small business owners, startups, upstarts, new business owners, and established medium to larger businesses. We want to help business owners build their business, so they can change their lives and the lives of their families, to ultimately have a greater positive impact on the world. Our audience is located around the globe!
It’s substantial enough to be useful – We don’t have word limits or requirements – the post should be as long as it needs to be, and no longer. That being said, it’s rare to be able to squeeze much substance into less than 400-600 words. We like posts that are between 500-800 words. There are exceptions, though – focus on creating your best art, not on meeting word count requirements.
No shameless promoting – Your post cannot be an advertisement for your product/service or the equivalent of a sponsored post. If you are interested in such, then ansleyRDgroup may consider a review post format that we generate in conjunction with you. We also have advertising positions available if you are interested in promoting yourself.
You should read:
“Anatomy of an Effective Blog Post” by Michael Hyatt
“9 Ways Become an Exceptional Guest Poster” by Darren Rowse
“7 Crucial Tactics for Writing a Radically Successful Guest Post” by Blog Tyrant (via CopyBlogger).
“Seven Steps to Writing a Successful Guest” Post by Jeff Goins
“Blogging Your Passion” by Jonathan Milligan
These all contain some very helpful tips to maximize your art, whether it is written, spoken, or seen.
You may provide up to three byline links: one for your blog or Web site, one for your bio or About page, and one for your Twitter username (optional). Here is an example:
This is a guest post by Jason Ansley. His organization, ansleyRDgroup, is a full service business development concierge. ansleyRDgroup specializes in business coaching, business consulting, and producing deliverables such as websites, logos, print materials, and functioning as an online business manager for clients by managing and executing social media, email marketing, content marketing, and paid online advertising such as with Facebook Advertising and Google AdWords. Regardless of where you are located in the world Jason wants you to succeed! You can read the ansleyRDgroup blog and follow them on Twitter.
Plan to be around when the post goes live. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s been scheduled, and you’ll have plenty of notice to make sure that you’ll be available. We expect you to be around during the day, and the following day, to interact with readers in the comments. We use the Livefyre commenting system, so please be sure you are registered and have a profile (complete with image) established with them. There is no charge for Livefyre.
Do your part to spread the word. This is really the most important factor after your art has been approved by us. If you create content with us you should be proud of it. We expect you to tell your networks about it!
We will likely copyedit your work for grammar, punctuation, spelling, styling etc. If it is not ready to go, we will not use it but will work with you to make it publishable.
We may provide a short introduction or conclusion to your post to provide context or the rationale as to why we think the post is important. We will make sure that our comments are set off from yours stylistically, so that our audience is clear that these are ours and not yours.
We understand the work that it takes to write a blog post or create audio or video content. However, the fact that you have created a piece of art and submitted it to us does not obligate us to publish it. The only guest posts we will publish are those that in our sole judgment add value to our audience.
If your art meets the above criterion:
- Please email it to us for consideration. If you have audio or video content that is too large to email, please submit it via Dropbox and email us to let us know it is waiting for us (just in case the Dropbox shared folder notification gets caught in our spam filter.) We will respond with a “yes” or a “no” within 72 hours.
- Please include the size of your audience: number of blog readers, Facebook friends or fans, Twitter followers, g+ connections, video channel(s) and subscribers, and podcast listeners.
You may create content in one of three mediums; audio, video, or written. Links to hosted content will not be accepted.
Audio – .mp3 or .mp4, original, final edited, file sent to ansleyRDgroup and hosted by us on one of our audio outlets. Content may be adapted to a video with still image for display on social media avenues.
Video – H.264 formatted, original, final edited, file sent to ansleyRDgroup and hosted by us on one of our video channels.
Written – .docx, .potx, .key, .keynote, Google Docs, or contained within the body of the email submission, a Blog post, eBook (.pdf), or other written work such as an infographic (.png).