Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What is Confessions of the Professions?
A: Confessions of the Professions is a place for anyone to come submit their stories about their workplace, share insight with others about their job, or give insight into daily life into their careers. Confessions was meant for entertainment and educational purposes providing visitors with a common sense of what everyone deals with in the workplace or on the job, from problems with co-workers, to putting up with a boss who seems to enjoy making your life miserable, and anything you can possibly think of. All quality stories are accepted, but it is suggested that you write at least a paragraph about your confession.
Q: How do I submit a story confession?
A: Click on MAKE A CONFESSION located on the right side of every page.
Q: Do I have to pay to submit my story confession?
A: No, submitting story confessions to Confessions of the Professions is completely free.
Q: I submitted my story confession a few days ago and it still has not been published. When will it be published?
A: It may take up to a week or two before your confession is published depending on our queue. If you emailed us or left an email with your confession, we will email the URL once it gets published. If you do not see your confession after a week, your confession may not have met the requirements. If you did not meet the requirements, you can always re-submit the confession or email us for inquiry.
Q: Can I remain anonymous?
A: Yes. After you have clicked MAKE A CONFESSION, you can remain anonymous by not entering any information into the Name, Email, and/or Website fields.
Q: Can I remain anonymous but still submit my website information?
A: Sure. After you have clicked MAKE A CONFESSION, you can remain anonymous by not entering any information into the Name and Email fields.
Q: I don't feel comfortable submitting my email address. Do I have enter it?
A: It is optional to enter your email address.
Q: What are the pros and cons of entering in my information to the public?
A: You will gain exposure for your confession or article. You have bragging rights to your article indefinitely.
The only issue about entering your email address is that you may be exposed to some spam - not from Confessions of the Professions - but from cruising visitors and potential bots that are just a fact of the Internet. However, the exposure of your information may give you a reputation, bring traffic to your website, and also gain you future gigs on other sites, and may even land you a job if the right person reads your article or confession.
Q: I posted as Anonymous but do not wish to remain anonymous anymore. Can I change my settings?
A: Unfortunately, we cannot verify who the actual writer is and cannot have just anyone taking credit for it.
Q: May I advertise my business on Confessions?
A: If you advertise your business on Confessions, you will probably get good publicity, but in order to advertise your business, you must explain who you are, what you do, what your office is like, and what a typical day is like for you. Linking back to your website is no problem. (See HELPING PEOPLE FIND LITERARY AGENTS for a good example of how to advertise your business for free.)
If you would like to place an ad on a specific page or in a specific area, please contact us for more information. Located on every confession is also a place where you can buy ad space.
Q: Can I become a registered member of Confessions of the Professions?
A: Confessions of the Professions has regular contributing members but does not offer any sign up to the website. Build your reputation by submitting Confessions and Articles and opting out of remaining anonymous. Anyone may submit a confession or article by clicking on MAKE A CONFESSION.
Q: Do you have a link exchange or can I share my link on Confessions?
A: If you want to get a link placement to your website on Confessions of the Professions, the easiest way is to submit a confession and include a link to your website.
We also offer an area under Resources for anyone to add their website: Add Website
Q: How long does my story confession have to be in order to get it published?
A: You can have as little as a paragraph up to as many pages as you feel is necessary to tell your confession. Please make sure your confession makes sense. 300 to 500 words minimum is recommended. Confessions and articles that do not make sense or are incomplete will not get published.
Q: Who is writing the stories?
A: People like you are writing the stories.
Q: Do my stories get edited?
A: All stories are posted as is with the exception of spell-checking, paragraph formatting, and the implementation of very minor search engine optimization techniques. Occasionally, we may change your headline and subheadline to be better optimized. Paragraphs that are not written in proper English or do not make sense in English may be re-written.
Q: I screwed up and want to edit my story confession, how can I do this?
A: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the story title and explain what you would like changed. If you submitted the story confession as Anonymous, stories cannot be changed. Your name and email must match your story confession.
Q: How can I delete my story confession?
A: We do not delete any confessions that are published on Confessions of the Professions. If your confession has your name and identifying information, we will gladly change it to Anonymous, but confessions are permanent.
Q: Can I get paid for my story confession?
A: Since we do not charge for submitting articles or confessions, we do not have the budget to pay out to our contributing members. We run this website solely on time and passion and use ads to support the costs of keeping this website running.
Q: Can I put your stories on my website?
A: You may run an RSS feed (http://feeds.feedburner.com/confessionsoftheprofessions) but you must give credit to http://www.confessionsoftheprofessions.com by linking back to it.
Q: Is this site new?
A: This site officially went live on March 16, 2013.
Q: How do I add a video to my story confession?
A: Confessions only accepts videos that can be embedded into the page, otherwise, it will be added as a link to an external website. Simply include the link to the video from YouTube or Vimeo, and it will be converted into an actual video. It is highly recommended that you include a confession with the video. Confessions are given higher priority than submissions with video-only content.
Q: Can I choose my own picture for my story confession?
A: Yes, simply include a link to the photo you want to use with your story confession. Please include it at the top and it will be converted into a thumbnail picture which will then be used with your story confession. Confessions of the Professions attempts to match photos to stories so include relevant photos. Nudity or obscene photos are not accepted.
Q: Can I re-post confessions on my blog or website?
A: Although bloggers and web publishers cannot be stopped from re-posting stories, it is respectful to avoid duplicate content. Google and other search engines check the date of posts and match stories. If your site is publishing duplicate content, it will hurt your rankings and credibility. All story confessions are copyright of Confessions of the Professions but you are permitted to post the excerpt with a link to the full story confession on www.confessionsoftheprofessions.com. If you wrote the confession or story, you may take full credit for your work.
Q: I cannot find the confession I'm looking for. How do I find it?
A: Use the Search tool on the top menu which looks like an magnifying glass. If you still can't find it, try searching the Confessions Archive, and if you still can't find it, keep scrolling down the main page, you may come across a familiar confession soon enough.
Q: Can my confession contain adult language or sexually explicit content?
A: This website is meant for a mature audience so you may use obscene language or graphic detailed content to tell your story confession. Confessions that contain erotica, violence, or any other bizarre behavioral content will receive an additional warning message alerting the reader. All readers are responsible and accept responsibility for what they are reading and cannot hold Confessions of the Professions or its authors responsible. Author links and links within the confession may NOT direct to porngraphic websites or explicit sexually graphic photos.
Q: Why are there professional story confessions, general confessions, and erotic story confessions on the site?
A: Confessions of the Professions is for all confessions. Visitors are attracted to many different confessions including articles, infographics, general confessions, and erotica.
Q: I cannot publish my confession or professional article on your site because it contains erotic or pornographic material.
A: Erotica or erotic literature is usually considered to be in the category of romance. By some, it may be deemed pornographic material, while others might consider it entertaining excitable material, but all Confessions that are deemed Erotica are flagged with warnings to readers. No reader is forced to read a dirty confession. In the meantime, there are no pornographic photographs or pornographic links allowed on Confessions of the Professions.
It is up to you on whether erotica is porn or not and you want to publish your confession or article on this site. Read more about it in the Erotica vs. Porn Debate. Furthermore, you are welcome to publish your confession or article confession on this site if you wish.
Q: When Confessions of the Professions publishes an article or a confession, where does it go?
A: Confessions of the Professions seeks to reach the entire Internet. Without Social Media, it could not thrive as well as it does. When your confession is published, it is distributed to many sources including: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Triberr, Feedburner, Technorati, and an assorted number of other RSS feeds and blogs. Also relied upon are the visitors who submit confessions to distribute and promote their own content to social media networks.
Q: How do I submit an article?
A: Click on MAKE A CONFESSION (notepad icon) on the top of every page.
Q: How do I submit an infographic?
A: Click on MAKE A CONFESSION (notepad icon) on the top of every page, submit a link to the infographic along with at least 200-300 words for the infographic.
Q: Why should I submit my article or infographic to Confessions of the Professions?
A: Ultimately, the decision is up to you on the Home you want for your article, infographic, or confession. Confessions of the Professions is registered until 2023. Unless something happens to the world or the owner of the website, it will be hosted for as long as it can be hosted.
For a more in-depth answer: Confessions of the Professions seeks to find the best quality photos that describe your article or situation. We also check for spelling errors, paragraph formatting, and optimize your articles for best results in Google, Bing, and Yahoo search engines, without altering the article itself. Your articles, confessions, and infographics are also released to dozens of feeds for better exposure.
We appreciate all submissions and do our best to ensure continuous and constant exposure.
Q: What is Google Authorship?
A: Google Plus now offers Google Authorship. Basically, if you want to claim your article, you can link your Google profile to your article. This may reduce plagiarism and help you to establish rank authority, plus Google Authorship often gives your article more potential for higher rankings in search engines. Read more at https://plus.google.com/authorship.
By establishing authority on Confessions of the Professions, you own the rights and all claims to your article.
You may have a website and Google Authorship. Simply include a link to your Google+ Profile at the end of your confession or article. If your website is your Google+ Profile, you will see "Google Authorship" instead of "website".
Q: Can I add links to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.?
A: Yes, you may include a link to any social media networks at the bottom of your article or confession and they will appear next to your author information: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, Instagram, Vimeo, and YouTube.
Q: What is Quick Glimpse?
A: Quick Glimpse is a new feature (added August 2013) to Confessions of the Professions to give readers a brief summary of what the article or confession is about. Quick Glimpse gives the reader the highlights of the article - either so they can know what the article is about before reading it - or Quick Glimpse can be for the lazy reader who does not want to read the entire article, but just wants the major points of the article or confession.
Q: Why do some articles and confessions have Quick Glimpse while others do not?
A: Quick Glimpse is an ongoing process of summarizing articles and confessions. In time, all articles will be summarized, but this takes time to do.
Q: Can I use your site for link building?
A: While you can provide links back to your site, you may use it to get more traffic to your site, but there is no benefit of acquiring rank from Confessions of the Professions. Your article must not be self-promoting —with the sole intention of writing only being about your company or client — but must provide actual valuable knowledge to the Internet and to visitors and readers who are interested in the information. While you may provide a link in the Author information section or the About the Author section, usually after the article itself, you may not write an article purely for the purpose of drawing visitors back to your own website. If visitors choose to visit your website, that is always a plus.
PLEASE NOTE: Confessions of the Professions was penalized back in 2013 and while we no longer are penalized by Google, all of our links are nofollow with the exception of .gov and .edu links, however, we highly recommend your links remain nofollow so your website does not get penalized from our external links.
Q: What is your stance on NoFollow links?
A: Confessions of the Professions follows the guidelines of all major search engines.
Confessions of the Professions cannot verify every link that is shared in its distributed articles. Therefore, by default, links within content are mostly nofollow.
Furthermore, you may request that the links in your article are set to follow links. Links to reference websites such as Wikipedia, WikiHow, eHow, WebMD, Dictionary, Flickr, Photobucket, or any other similar sites will always be nofollow.
Q: What is a Sponsored Article Confession?
A: Sponsored Article Confessions are paid-to-publish and often given the highest priority in being published. They do pertain to topics that Confessions of the Professions may or may not normally cover and are denoted by the tag [Sponsored] unless specified otherwise. All links within the article are nofollow and abide by the guidelines of Google.
You may email us for more information.
Q: Can I put a link on your website?
A: Of course, you may purchase a Text Link located on every confession.
This site is in accordance with Google's Guidelines.
Q: I own a business and a confession on your site is bashing my business and bashing me. Is there anything I can do?
A: Really, the answer is no. If your employee comes to this site to MAKE A CONFESSION, they probably did it because they didn't want to face you and tell you how it really is. Rather, you should take heed of the confession and improve your business so no employees come here to talk about you behind your back.
Q: I am not happy with the answer above. I am going to sue you.
A: By all means, try. Before you do that though, read The First Amendment to save yourself some time. We mainly just provide the foundation for confessions and articles to be written and will not be held responsible for the material we publish.
Updated: December 2015