Due to a backlog of guest post submissions, unsolicited guest posts will only be accepted from current students and graduates of Jon Morrow’s Guest Blogging course.

Guest posts offer a fresh perspective and introduce talented writers to a delightful group of readers (if I do say so myself). Guest posts tend to do very well on this blog.

I highly recommend pitching ideas to me before writing them, along with links to writing samples, either to other guest posts that you’ve written or posts on your own blog. The number one quality I look for in a guest post is insight. You have to have a new idea or a new way of looking at an old problem. Posts that overturn conventional thinking, and are well supported in doing so, are particularly welcome.

And while it may sound obvious, make sure your guest post expresses an opinion. Ground it in personal stories and details. Then wrap it up by giving the reader some advice. What have you learned from your experience and how can the reader apply it? How does your experience translate into the context of the larger world?

Examples of particularly well done guest posts:

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Original content:

I ask that all posts submitted are exclusive to Everyday Bright and will not appear elsewhere on the web.

Length:

Posts should be somewhere between 600 and 1000 words, although variations are fine as long as the topic justifies it.

Bylines:

Add a credit at the beginning of the post which reads: Editor’s note: guest post by XXXX XXXXX. You can link from your name. Add a two-sentence bio at the end of the post, including no more than two links.

Formatting:

Copy and paste the formatted guest post into the body of the email for readability. In addition, copy and paste the HTML version of the post and email it as a .txt attachment. Make sure there aren’t any < span > tags specifying fonts.

Images:

I prefer to use images from Flickr’s Creative Commons. In your email, include one or two links to suggested photos.

Links:

Your post should not include any affiliate links. You may link back to a post on your blog, but only if it is absolutely relevant and critcal for the topic. Otherwise, these are generally frowned upon.

Proofread:

Please ensure your post is free of spelling and grammatical errors. This isn’t my strong suit either, so don’t count on me to catch them!

Editing:

Be prepared for several iterative edits, both at the topic and final post stage. Don’t be offended. I want the post to be as successful as possible and generally have a good feel for what will work with Everyday Bright readers. In the end, we both have to be happy with the post before it’s published. I will never edit your work without your permission (except for spelling/grammar).

Comments & Marketing:

Plan to answer all comments when your post goes live. Tweet it, Facebook share it, Stumble it…whatever you can to get the word out. You can be sure I’ll do the same.

Ready? I’m looking forward to hearing from you and sharing ideas.

That’s what this blog is all about!