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Publishing your articles here

July 2013: We generally are not accepting articles.

April 2012: due to recent changes in Google, we can now only accept UNIQUE articles not published elsewhere.

April 2010: you can submit articles by leaving a comment at this post. The comment will not appear, but I will see it. Be sure to include your email so I can contact you. If you submit by email attachment, PLEASE read the rest of this post!

Please remember to include your email address - I cannot accept any article without that. You can use basic html formattng <p>, <b>, <i>, <ul> and <li>, <h?>.

If your article is very long, break it up into multiple comments. TELL ME EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW FOR PROPER ATTRIBUTION AND COPYRIGHT.

Be sure to read the rest of this post before submitting. Tell me if you want ad space or sharing. Show me how you want your bio to appear. TELL ME EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW!

Quick facts:

  • Yes, I'll publish your guest post if it's appropriate to the content of this site. An article about the Red Sox or your puppy is not appropriate here. Read What to write about to be published at aplawrence.com.

  • Yes, you get links (nofollow) back to your site - top and bottom. The purpose of writing guest posts is to draw traffic to something else you are selling: a product, a book, consulting, whatever.

  • No, we don't hold the copyright. You do.

  • DO NOT give me Word or Dreamweaver generated HTML. Plain text or very basic HTML only. See below for more info on that.

Why publish here?

  • We don't demand exclusive rights, not even for 30 days as some places do. You can put your article on your own website, or anywhere else that isn't possessive and greedy (no longer acceptable). You can also have us stop publishing at any time: it is all under your control.

  • Fifteen minutes (or more) of fame.

    This is one of the more popular Unix sites on the internet. Join the other authors who have published here. We often turn up in the top ten for technical searches. Having an article here associates you with that success.

  • Promote your business.

    Articles here often cause people to want to contact the author for projects related to what you wrote about. If you tell us to, we put your email address and/or your website right up top where people will see it.

  • We're much easier to deal with than most magazines. We don't hassle you about your writing style: this is a technical site, and the writing reflects that. If you want us to help with grammar, we're happy to, but in general we leave you alone. If we can understand what you are saying, it's fine.

  • Write about what YOU want to write about.

    Unlike many magazines, we don't have "themes" where you need to write about a specific subject. Nor does it matter if someone else has a similar article. We believe that multiple viewpoints are helpful to our readers. See also What to write about to be published at aplawrence.com

  • We promote your articles. We monitor and post in a number of newsgroups and forums. When appropriate, we reference articles here. We also do extensive cross-referencing and indexing within the site.

We are happy to publish any Unix related articles (but see What to write about to be published at aplawrence.com too), scripts, tips, opinion, book or product reviews here. You can provide them as ready to publish basic HTML, or as simple text that I will convert to HTML. Please DON'T submit Microsoft Word documents or Word created HTML- these are a lot of work to convert. If you created it in Word, save as plain text.

It is not difficult to create create simple HTML pages. We won't accept generated HTML - it's just too full of unnecessary tags and is too difficult to reformat for this site. If you use HTML, keep it simple. Do a "View Source" on the Printer Friendly Version - that's the kind of HTML you should submit.

You can submit articles by Email. Include web site and email info in your article if you want people to be able to contact you. That can be a great way to get business; this site gets a LOT of traffic.

On the other hand, if you DON'T want your email published, we won't.

Don't have a website? See Consultants List for a good way to get one that will get traffic.

Be sure to mention if the copyright should be by your company instead of you.

Articles don't have to be lengthy, don't have to have perfect spelling or be shining examples of English prose. Sharing information is what is important here. It doesn't matter if I or anyone else already have a similar article or review; I believe that reading different viewpoints can be very helpful in understanding. If you don't want to take the trouble to write a complete article, but do want to comment on something else here, that's good too: I'll add your notes into an appropriate place and give you full credit.

Don't forget that you can immortalize yourself by adding questions to the Unix Skills Test or the Linux Skills Test and by contributing to the FAQ.

What's in it for you?

Greater visibility of your writing. This is a popular web site, well indexed by major search engines. If you include links back to your own site, you'll increase your own traffic and visibility. No, we're not Slashdot popular, but we do get a lot of traffic, and you can benefit from that.

I'm also willing to provide a "bio" page where you can expound more upon your talents and any business or personal services you offer.

What's in it for me?

The more content I have here, the better the site does. It's as simple as that.


Some articles other people have submitted.

Copyrights: If we find that you have copied someone else's work, we will remove ALL of your articles immediately. Don't be stupid.

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