FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
1) Who can join the TherapyToday network as a Member/Contributor?
A: Any mental health professional that has a private practice. State licensure is strongly preferred. We recognize that there are some brilliant minds out there who may be coaches, for example, and we plan to launch a separate brand for that category of self-help / mental health. We rarely take submissions from non-practicing contributors, because the entire Therapy Today Network platform was built to help mental health professionals grow their client base & revenue.
2) Q: What do you need to accept an article or piece of content from me?
A: We require the content of course and when we first set you up: your headshot, your website URL (or where you’d like those clicking to contact you to end up), and your bio. These are used to help promote you on your articles and even more importantly when we show your profile on other articles (more on that later). See our Writing Guidelines for more info.
3) Q: As a member, how often do I need to provide content?
A: While we prefer once a month or more frequently, we don’t have a specific minimum. Some members also install the Therapy Today widget on their site (generally very easy to do, particularly in WordPress), so that they can earn ad-credits for any readers of that content who aren’t in their service area. See more on Ad-Credits.
4) Q: If I’m writing an article for Therapy Today, how long should it be?
A: Most written columns are 500 – 1500 words long, as necessary to get the point across.
5) Q: Can I also submit video and images?
A: Sure we can embed a YouTube video and you can comment on it with some text to provide context.
6) Q: Why should I promote the content I create for Therapy Today?
A: When you share on Facebook, tweet or link to your article its great PR. Each links from a blog or other site to your article helps it rank better on Google and Bing. But even better as a TherapyToday member if any readers outside your service area are reading your articles you are earning ad credits. (see ad credits portion of the FAQ)
7) Q: Do I need to submit original content to Therapy Today?
A: While you are free to submit existing content to TherapyToday.com, we request that you revisit the article/column to make any changes based on new findings, to improve clarity based on comments or feedback you have received, or to shorten/lengthen. If you’d like to improve your chances of Google and Bing ranking your article in the search results then we recommend you update the article, particularly the first paragraph.
8) Q: Can I get a login to be able to post content myself rather than send it to you in document form?
A: After we publish several of your columns, we will consider providing you with the login so that you can publish any time.
9) Q: What are “Ad Credits?”
A: When your articles on TherapyToday.com are read by readers outside your service area (where you can see them as in-person clients or outside your service area based on state licensure), you earn an ad credit for each remote reader, because that remote reader is not in the target audience of potential clients. Those Ad Credits you earn based on remote readership are used when other readers within your service area are reading articles written by TherapyToday members outside your service area. Since those readers are of interest to you (due to proximity) and not of interest to the member who contributed the article, the reader is presented with the “TherapyToday Professionals In Your Area” ad widget including your profile.
10) Q: Who retains the copyright for the authored posts that are published on TherapyToday (or other sites)? The original author/member, (you) retain copyright but you grant the Therapy Today network the right to publish the content.