Rules for a Guest Post on blog

Jay Leiderman
By: Jay Leiderman
March 23 2018


Hi and Welcome!

If you are reading this you may have an interest in writing a guest post on my site’s blog.  Thank you for your interest.  I try to keep the rules for submissions to my site simple and clear.  I do accept guest posts.

Here are the rules and guidelines for submitting a post for publication on my blog:

First, the material must be unique and written specifically for my blog.  I do have tools that I use to check.  The post should have a Meta Title, Meta Description and SEO Title.  These should be specified at the bottom of the your post submission and are for our eyes only.  If you do not know how to do this, please google it.  Your post must also include a picture or illustration that does not impinge upon copyright laws.  If you infringe upon copyright or licensing issues, the consequences rest upon your shoulders, not mine. [Note 1]  Creating a picture or illustration yourself really makes your post stand out.  If the post does not have these things the post may not rank, and the purpose of writing the post is significantly frustrated for both of us.  If you submit a picture for which you do not own the copyright, please make sure it is properly credited and authorized for your use.  Without a picture or two or three, your page will also not be as memorable as it could be.  Visualizations help the reader understand and remember the content.

Second, I allow for one link in your bio to your home page or whatever link you would like to support your efforts.  You can, of course, submit a short bio and a picture of yourself if you wish.  We need at three quality links in the body of the post that harmonize with the post.  A fourth link may go to another article on a related topic you have written. The links should be to authoritative or scholarly pages on the subject of your article.  Wikipedia is OK for one of the links, but not more.  If any of the posts are to advertising sites, most especially to gambling or sex sites, I will not use the post.  To be clear, I do not accept any posts, even if they are on topic, if they contain links to pornography, gambling, retail sales (especially Viagra!) and other such materials.  Google penalizes for such things, so it is in neither of our interests to have such links.  If that is your business, this blog is not for you.

Jay Leiderman
Jay Leiderman, drawn in Rick and Morty style.  Jay Leiderman owns the copyright to this drawing

Third, the content must coalesce with my blog themes.  I am a criminal defense lawyer.  I accept posts on all types of criminal law issues.  While I handle all types of cases, I have special concentrations on marijuana/cannabis/CBD issues and computer hacking/Internet issues. Topics upon which you write have to be closely related to crime, criminals, the judiciary, potential legislation or otherwise related to the defense of the accused.  Related topics include immigration law and issues, constitutional law and issues, immoral, but not necessarily criminal behavior, criminal gangs, notoriously nefarious individuals, posts about attorneys or judges (not defamatory),  expert witness issues, prison or the prison industrial complex, addiction or rehabilitation, mental health, law enforcement and more.

While I will occasionally accept civil law crossovers, the content must be such that it will aid a criminal defendant in some significant way.

Fourth, the spelling, grammar and syntax must be close to perfect.  I do not have time to edit posts for such things.  It feels terrible, but sometimes I have to reject posts because the writing is unprofessional.

Fifth, I will own the content of the post, but I will not be responsible for the information provided.  This gives me the ability to make substantive changes if there are corrections that must be made, or in the event the law changes. I have, as they say, “final cut.”  I do my best not to edit at all.  To avoid me needing to make any edits, the best thing to do is to make the article as SEO friendly as possible.  It is in both of our interests if the article receives a lot of hits.  So make sure that you read up on SEO and do what it takes to make sure the page ranks as high as possible.

Sixth, the disclaimer at the bottom of the page will be as follows (or close thereto):

If you want any content in a blockquote, please bold the sentence and let the editors know

This is a guest post by [__________]. This post has been edited for syntax and grammar.  The Law offices of Jay Leiderman is not responsible for the accuracy of the content herein or any opinions or ideas expressed herein.  This post is for entertainment and literary value and is not intended as legal advice.  This post does not establish an attorney-client relationship of any sort.  If you have legal questions about ideas presented herein please contact a lawyer knowledgeable in this field of practice.

Seventh, I expect that both you and I will support the post to drive readership. I will post the link to my Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social media.  Please do the same!

If you can abide by those rules, and if the content works for me, I am happy to accept and publish a post from you.

When you send me your post, please send a second email letting me know that you have sent me your post.  For some reason, as of late, posts have been going to my junk file.

Thanks for your interest in my blog.  Please contact me if you have questions.



[1] Per the EFF: Section 230 [of the Communications Decency Act] says that “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider” (47 U.S.C. § 230). In other words, online intermediaries that host or republish speech are protected against a range of laws that might otherwise be used to hold them legally responsible for what others say and do. The protected intermediaries include not only regular Internet Service Providers (ISPs), but also a range of “interactive computer service providers,” including basically any online service that publishes third-party content.

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