2024 Update:

Hey all, Shawn here with an update about article submissions.

After reviewing what worked and what didn’t over the last ten years, I’ve found that one place my company was generating negative revenue was with classic article publication. After looking at the numbers it was obvious that in the current state of the industry I’m unable to recoup the costs of publishing new, free how-to blogs.

So with that in mind, I’m currently not accepting or purchasing new articles for publication on this site. That could change in the future if the industry shifts its focus from legacy media, but until that time if you have questions about this change of policy feel free to reach out to me by using the links in the top menu.

Sincerely, Shawn Tierney.


Original Article: Automation Professionals, Integrators, and Vendors: You’re invited to share your knowledge and expertise on TheAutomationBlog.com!

Since 2013, The Automation Blog has become known as a great place to learn about industrial automation products.

From how-to articles and videos, to covering new product releases, our goal has always been to publish articles that help users of industrial automation products.

That said, there’s only so much one automation geek (me) can do on his own, especially when my expertise lies within just a few product categories.

And when you consider the vast number of automation products that come out each and every year, it’s really more than any one man could ever purchase and cover all by himself.

So with that in mind, I’m writing this article reach out to everyone from individual Automation Professionals to OEMs, Integrators, and Vendors, inviting you to join me in sharing your automation knowledge and experience!


Automation Professionals

Many of us share what we know simply because we love helping other people!

And a huge benefit of sharing your knowledge on The Automation Blog is that your content will reach over twenty seven thousand of your colleagues!

The content you publish here also becomes “social proof” of your own expertise, which can be a valuable way to distinguish yourself.

To see some of the latest articles our existing freelancers have written, check out the listing of their articles HERE.

And to get in contact with us about becoming a guest blogger (free.) or freelance writer (paid,) please submit this form.


System Integrators, OEMs, and Product Specialists

Most automation professionals I know enjoy reading about how others have implemented automation in their own applications.

That’s why I think it makes sense for SIs, OEMs, and Specialists to share their own stories of solving applications and resolving issues.

Those who do benefit from the free publicity as well as demonstrate to a our audience that they have what it takes to successfully complete these applications.

An example of this is Jeffrey Turcotte’s article sharing his experience at PLC Concepts Upgrading Legacy Winder and Slitter Positioning Control Systems.

To get in contact with us about becoming a guest blogger (free,) or freelance writer (paid,) please submit this form.


Automation Vendors

Since so many new products come out every year, I want to invite Automation Vendors to contact me directly about working together to cover your products on The Automation Blog, Show, and Podcast.

This includes sharing “helpful” articles about your products, as well as having you come on our Vlog/Podcast to go over your product lines.

For more information about our guest blog post requirements, click here. And to contact us about sending in a guest article, please click here.

As far as our vlog/podcast, early example episodes included Alain Moisan demoing his new product, SkyCAD, as well as Peter Henderson from Control Plus discussing his ControlLogix mobile app.

To see a list of our most recent podcasts, click here. And to get in touch with us about coming on the podcast, please contact us here.

If you’re able to send us samples of your products, we can publish impressions, reviews, and how-to guides on them.

Early examples include our article and video on setting up and using a USB to DH+ converter provided to us by good folks over at Automation Networks, as well as our videos on Real-Time Automation‘s gateway which you’ll find here and here.

To get in touch with us about sending in samples, please contact us here.


Educational Institutions and Event Organizers

Last but not least, I want to reach out to instructors who cover industrial automation at Tech Schools, Colleges, and Universities.

I’ve lost count of how many times End Users have told me that there are no schools or colleges teaching young people how to setup and use industrial automation products.

But that statement directly conflicts with what my instructor connections tell me about the great work they’re doing bringing the next generation up to speed on automation.

So I want to reach out to instructors and education institutions to invite you to get the word out about your automation programs right here at The Automation Blog.

That’s what the University of California in Irving did when they shared a story about their entry for a HyperLoop Desgin.

And what École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne did in their article about Robots Defeating Humans at Foosball.

I also want to invite organizations holding competitions and events to share their stories, like the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society did in their Automation Ergonomics Research Contest article.

To get in contact with us about becoming a guest blogger, please submit this form.


How To Get Started

If you’d like to submit an article:

If you’d like to publish an article on The Automation Blog, first be sure it meets our three simple rules below, and then contact us using the form at the bottom of this page here.

If you’d like to submit hardware, or be interviewed:

If you’d like to submit sample or loaner hardware for us to use in impression, review, and how-to articles, or if you’d like to be interviewed about your products, please contact me directly using this form here.

Until next time, Peace ✌️ 

Shawn M Tierney
Technology Enthusiast & Content Creator

Have a question? Join my community of automation professionals and take part in the discussion! You'll also find my PLC, HMI, and SCADA courses at TheAutomationSchool.com.

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