Update: I no longer accept guest posts for now. If you want to be notified when I accept guest posts again, please fill this form.

I welcome guest posts here at Life Optimizer. You may choose any topic related to personal effectiveness for your guest post.

Here are two reasons why you may want to write a guest post:

  1. You will help people through your writing.
    While you already help people through your website, by writing here you will help even more people.
  2. You will get exposure for your work.
    Your guest post may include links to your work. Since there are more than 20,000 subscribers here (10,000+ via Feedburner and 10,000+ via Feedly), your work will get exposed to thousands of people. This is not to mention the potentially thousands others who may come to your post through social media sites or search engines.

There are some guidelines for the post. The post must be:

  1. Original
    It can’t be a post that has been posted on your website or anywhere else before. It must be unique to Life Optimizer.
  2. Fresh or comprehensive
    The post must be either fresh or comprehensive. A fresh post has fresh ideas or takes a fresh approach to a subject. A comprehensive post has comprehensive treatment of a subject, usually in the form of a long list (such as 50 Simple Happiness Boosters). I won’t accept a post that, in my opinion, is neither fresh or comprehensive.
  3. At least 600 words long
    This is for the content part, not counting the title and bio.
  4. At most 50 words bio
    You may include links to your work here. Please put the bio at the end of the post. I will write my introduction at the beginning which also includes a link to your website.
  5. In list form
    Lists are practical and scannable. Readers love them. See sample guest posts below.
  6. Has a picture
    Please include a picture that I can legally use for the post (Creative Commons with attribution is fine). The width or height of the picture must be at least 900 pixels. Attach the picture as a separate file in your submission email.
  7. No links in the content (except for books)
    The content part shouldn’t contain any link, except for books on Amazon or Goodreads.
  8. No affiliate links

For the anchor text of your bio’s links, I only accept your name, your website’s or product’s name, and general phrases such as “website” or “Twitter account”. Here is an example of the anchor text I accept:

Donald Latumahina writes about personal effectiveness at Life Optimizer. You can connect with him on Twitter.

And here is an example of the anchor text I don’t accept:

Donald Latumahina writes about personal effectiveness at Life Optimizer. You can connect with him on Twitter.

I reserve the right to edit the post as needed (for example, to make the title more search-engine friendly) and to reject post that, in my opinion, doesn’t meet the quality standard.

Here are two sample guest posts:

You can send your submission or topic idea to donald (at) lifeoptimizer.org. The submission should be in the form of a Microsoft Word attachment with a separate attachment for the picture.

Please understand that I need to read the complete post first (including the bio) before I can decide whether to publish it or not. It might take about a week for me to get back to you with the result.