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Author Guidelines

We welcome guest articles from any relevant reader that is interested in doing so. Here are the guidelines we use for guest authors on RPLS Today:

Registered User. You’ll need to be a registered user of RPLS Today. If you are already registered, you’ll need to login to your account.Once registered and logged in, your username will automatically appear in the article submission form.

Complete your author profile. In order to maintain a consistency among all RPLS Today authors, I ask that you please complete your profile. It’s pretty basic and easy to update at this point, although I do have plans to expand it further. The list of posts you write are automatically compiled in your profile, so you don’t have to worry about that.

Represent yourself as an individual. Fill out your profile as an individual, using your actual name as your display name. I will not post articles that are represented as a company. If you’d like to represent yourself as a company, please become an RPLS Today advertiser.

Authentic voice. I don’t want to receive a lot of articles submitted that are obviously manufactured content. They may have shreds of information in them, but they are formulaic, flat, and uninteresting to read. If you aren’t engaged with your content, how can you expect to engage readers?

On topic. Articles that are on topic deal with Land Surveying, Geomatics, Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, CAD Mapping Geodesy, GNSS, or other related topics, and with personal experiences doing at least one of these things.

Relevant backlink. Yes, I will go and look at the site you want to link to from your post. That’s another commitment I make to my readers — even if the article is on topic, if it’s leading readers to a site selling Florida vacation homes or online degrees, it won’t make the cut.

Only one backlink per article. You want to convince people you’re worth reading, not plant 10 links in your article all leading back to your blog. Please limit yourself to one backlink to your own site. You’ll also have a link to your website in your bio, so actually that’s two backlinks. Links to resources whether your own or someone else that amplify the article are usually fine, but we reserve the right to edit them as we see fit.

Answer comments. This website was built with the expectation of reader interaction. As a guest author, you will be expected to be available for questions from readers and further discussion in the comments, especially for the first 2 or 3 days of your post.

Appropriate length. “How long should my article be?” is a common question I expect to get from guest bloggers, and here’s my answer: it depends. Many articles here only have 200-300 words. Your article should be a minimum of 300 words (assuming the content is good and there are links to more information), and as long as it takes to deliver your message. If you can keep your writing interesting and informative, you can go long without worries.

Resources. I’m partial to articles that give readers resources to pursue on their own. Take the time to supply links to resources, whether they appear within your article, or in a Resources section at the end. Readers will love you for that.

Make an approach. It’s easier to say yes to someone who suggests topics than it is to someone who asks “What should I write about?” The easiest way to do this is to say what your general topic is, then supply us with several headlines of proposed articles. This will also give you some headline-writing practice, and what blogger doesn’t need that?

Formatting. I’m most concerned with the quality of your content, but how you format it can make a big difference in how long it takes to get your article online. Please use the editor wisely when submitting your article(s).

Break it up. It’s more interesting to read articles that are punctuated by lists, bullets, block quotes and subheads.

Put yourself out there. There’s something that makes writing compelling, that draws readers to your work: it’s when you put yourself into your article. Make us feel what you felt, tell a story from your experience, be honest about things you did that didn’t work out. However you do it, find a way to make it personal and authentic and you’ll be a success.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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