I am willing to publish guest posts. However, I have been inundated with requests to publish poorly-written, vague, non-physician-directed posts that mostly serve as a way to link a third-party site to my blog. Many of these are clearly not submitted by a native speaker of English and I would, frankly, be embarrassed to publish them. In fact, if I publish something that my readers feel is just an ad for a company, I get the heat from it. I get enough of these that I could publish one every day and never write a post on my own. Needless to say, 90% of them aren’t published on this site.
I have plenty of material to post on this blog and am not desperate to publish “anything.” I generally have 5-15 posts in queue to be published at any given time. If I ever get short of quality stuff to publish, I’ll just start posting less frequently. The purpose of a guest post is to publish something from a new perspective or with information that is difficult for me to come by. The information you submit should not be readily available elsewhere with a ten-second google search.
I have instituted the following guidelines for guest posts:
1) You must speak/write English as well as a highly-educated native English speaker, which is the target audience for the blog. If I have to edit out multiple simple grammar and spelling errors it is unlikely I am going to publish your post.
2) All contacts with me need to be from the author of the submission. I find it insulting when someone outsources something like this to an assistant. If it isn’t important enough to you to contact me directly, it isn’t important enough to me to publish.
3) The target audience of this blog is physicians, dentists, other professionals, and their trainees. They don’t come here to read financial advice directed at Joe Everyman. It might sound elitist, but there are thousands of general finance blogs out there, and very few written by and for doctors. If your article isn’t specific to these folks, I’m not going to publish it.
4) You should know more about the subject you are posting about than I do, or at least include some personal perspective about it. The best guest posts come from regular readers of this blog, published finance/investing authors, well-established finance bloggers, professional financial advisors, and those with specific expertise on a subject related to physician finance/investing. If your post is published you’ll be sure to be given credit with a link to your site/book, but if the main purpose of your guest post is simply to spread links around the internet, you’d be best served looking elsewhere.
5) Your post should be submitted as a Word document with your initial contact to me via email . Don’t post in the comments on this page about how you’d like to send us a guest post. Just send it. Don’t write me an email asking what you should write about. You should write about what you are an expert on or what you have personal experience with, and if it is well-written and would be useful to my targeted readers (doctors and other high income professionals interested in financial topics), we’ll publish it. Otherwise, we’ll let you know within a day or two that we won’t be publishing it so you can submit it elsewhere. If you find no one is publishing your guest posts, take a look at this advice.
6) There are no length or formatting requirements. Read a few posts here and try to submit yours in a similar format/length. I find posts shorter than 600 words are generally too short. More than 2400 is too long. 1000-1200 seems to be a sweet spot. But I care far more about the content than the length and have yet to reject a post solely due to its length. Please do not add lots of bold, underlining, italics etc. I generally remove it all during the editing process.
7) Do not submit material you have published elsewhere or plan to publish elsewhere. Google frowns on duplicated content, and punishes both sites in the search engine rankings. When submitting a guest post, you are giving me the copyright on the material. It is okay to publish an excerpt of your post on your site, and then include a link to this site, but not okay to republish a large portion of the post or the post in its entirety.
8) DO NOT send me a draft. There is nothing more annoying than spending an hour editing, formatting, and prepping a post only to get a “final version” two days later. It takes about as long to edit and prep a guest post as to write the darn thing myself. When you send me something, I assume you’re done with it and proud of it as it stands. A minor correction is no big deal, but I don’t need to see anything but the final version.
9) Make your content “ever-green” as much as possible. There may be a gap of 1-6 months between the submission of your article and its publication. The vast majority of the content on this site won’t ever really become outdated.
10) DO NOT plagiarize even a portion of your submitted guest post. That can get both of us in legal trouble. It is considered “fair use” to quote small portions of articles as long as they are attributed to the author and not construed as your own work.
11) Consider posting on the following subjects which have been requested by readers:
- Evaluation, comparison and need of various identity theft services
- Estate planning or asset protection issues for singles or unmarried couples
- Disability insurance for reservists
- Business use of automobiles for generating deductions in a practice or other business
By regular blog readers/high income professionals
- Book reviews of books relevant to this blog’s audience (not your own book please)
- Your personal finance story or your personal investing or debt management strategy
- Unique financial aspects for dentists, attorneys, accountants, pharmacists, mid-levels, small business owners, veterinarians, podiatrists, optometrists, and two physician couples.
- How to get decent investment returns while still complying with Sharia Law
- Financial issues of DINKs (Dual Income No Kids)
- How to make sure you (as a female doctor) are paid what you’re worth, no matter your gender
- The financial aspects of being a single physician parent
- Financial upsides and downsides of living with an unmarried partner
- How to open your own single physician/dentist/attorney practice
- Taking care of elderly parents living nearby or in your home
- Going from an ownership practice to an employee practice or vice versa
- Finding a first job out of residency, lessons learned, negotiating etc
- Discussion of costs, benefits, and considerations for fellowship training v. generalist practice in traditionally generalist specialties (contradiction in terms?), such as pathology, anesthesiology, ophthalmology, dermatology, or even emergency medicine.
- Using AFLAC maternity coverage
- Doing expert witness work for extra income, both plaintiff and defense
- How to use public assistance (housing assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, unemployment) while in school or training
- Physician Assistant specific issues
- Solar panels installation- How to evaluate a quote, Better to buy or lease the panels, which company to use, what about solar shingles
- Child care-different types, costs, how to pay, plan, and save for it?