Since the focus of my blog is on helping readers find the best way to use their valuable reading time and/or spend their money and to promote authors whose books I’ve enjoyed, the guest post must be a benefit to authors and/or readers and not a promotion of an individual author’s books (I reserve the right to remove self-promotional content and links). The guest post must also bring something unique to the table. Something which I’ve not written about — at the moment, that leaves a lot of leeway, *grin*. That said, tell me:
- Title of your post: why do you believe this post will be useful for my readers?
- The hook: What makes your post different from other articles or blogs on the same topic?
- The audience: Who do you see as the audience for this post? How does this tie in to my blog?
- Value: How does this help my readers (the readers and writers)? What new idea or insight does this provide?
- Relevance: How do you see this post tying into my blog?
Requirements of a Guest Post
Ideally, your guest post would be original and exclusive to KD Did It Takes on Books. That said, I am aware that I don’t have a huge audience — yet!
- I will not accept guest posts that appear on more than four other blogs.
- I run Copyscape on all posts to verify that it’s your original work.
- I try very hard to give credit where due, and I expect the same of authors submitting a guest post, so please include proper citations for any ideas, text, or data that is not original.
- I don’t restrict myself to X-number of words when writing a book review, so I won’t be restricting guest posts unless the information is repetitive.
- I will perform a light edit on your post to catch those bits and pieces that may have escaped notice. If the post requires more editing, it will be rejected until it receives a more professional edit.
- Images help liven up and break up the text. If you choose to include images, videos, or infographics, you must have permission to use them. Creative Bloq has a great post on finding free images. Do please fill out all ALT tags.
- I would love to include an author bio of up to 300 words. You may use your Twitter handle as part of your byline.
Since I don’t want to run afoul of Google and its rules, I also require:
- Any links in the post must use “nofollow”, i.e., <a href=”yourLink” rel=”nofollow” title=”what this link is about or for”>
If I reject a post for whatever reason, I will delete it from my computer as well.
KD Did It will work with you.