many emails requesting information about the local area that we have a
hard time answering effectivly in a timely manner. To help combat this problem in the future and to add
more content to the web site, SimplyFredericksburg is looking for what
we are calling ‘Area Guides’ to assist us in making the web site even better.
An ‘Area Guides’ is simply a person (or group of people) that are subject
matter 'experts in a' particular field. Maybe the term expert is a little
much, but what we are looking for are individuals or groups of individuals
that are willing to put a few hours a month in to helping the community.
As a guide, you will submit content (about your subject) to SimplyFredericksburg
for inclusion into the website. You will, of course, receive credit for
your work with a by-line and a photo (of you) on your submitted work. Questions
and comments about your subject will be forwarded to you by SimplyFredericksburg.
If you are not familiar with the concept of online guides, we have developed
a FAQ to better explain this concept.
As an ‘Area Guides’, you
will have an opportunity to work with dozens of other community guides
from the local area. We handle all the major details. We provide you with
the server space and tools to set up your page. All you need to do is provide
the SimplyFredericksburg staff with the information for your page(s) and
we will input the information into the page. It's that simple! Every page
you provide information for will have your picture on it and your name.
Visitors viewing your page(s) will be able to contact you directly via
your SimplyFredericksburg email address to ask you question about your
topic. We can also setup a message board which you will moderate.
What is a Fredericksburg
As an ‘Area Guide’ you are
to be considered a specialist in your field of interest. You are not required
to have any special talents, just knowledge of a subject that others in
the local area may be interested in. Join the SimplyFredericksburg family
of online Community Guides.
What is in it for
you if you become a SimplyFredericksburg online ‘Area Guide’?
If you become a
guide, it should be taken seriously! We'll provide you with many benefits
when you become a guide. If you have knowledge and can make the commitment
in time and effort, it can be a very positive and enjoyable experience.
will provide you with the following:
Your own web page(s) that
will give you the opportunity to become an online leader for the community
and share your interests with others in your community. Our message boards and newsletter will give you a vehicle for your ideas and
empower you to exchange information with others.
New benefits are always becoming
Our decision to
incorporate guides into SimplyFredericksburg was mostly driven by user
requests. We have received dozens of emails each week from people in the
Fredericksburg area asking about the site and wanting to help out. We feel
that this is the best way to have the community help out on SimplyFredericksburg.
What do I get out
As an ‘Area Guide’
for SimplyFredericksburg, you not only get to share in the growth of the
areas fastest growing community website but you also get the chance to
make a little money too. As an ‘Area Guide’ for SimplyFredericksburg,
you get a share of the revenue from each and every advertiser that you
bring into the SimplyFredericksburg advertising family.
How does this benefit
Simple, you have
knowledge of some subject that others may be interested in. Let's say that
you fish on the weekends in the local area. You can share your tips and
locations of your your favorite fishing holes with others.
How much ‘share’ do
For every paid advertisement
you bring in to SimplyFredericksburg, you will get a 10% share for that
advertisement. Simply put, if you bring in one company to advertise and
they sign up for a $100 advertisement, then you get $10.00 in cash as a
Money is cool - what
else do I get?
You also get a personal page
on SimplyFredericksburg which you can design on your own and you're not
even required to follow our template for your personal page. (This rule
only applies to your personal page).
You also get an email address
Your picture (real or caricature)
is on every page that you are a community guide for.
You also get a bio page which
tells everyone about you and your experiences with your topic.
Will I be working
Though you actually
don't work for SimplyFredericksburg, your will be working with the fastest
growing Fredericksburg Community website on the Internet.
How much does this
This does not cost
you any money but it will cost you a little time and effort. We want the
section that you are a guide for to be popular and informational for all
people of the Fredericksburg area. You submit the content and we will do
Can more than one
person be a guide for a particular topic?
Normally the answer
to that question is no. There may however be some topics that are too large
for one person to handle.
Can my spouse (or
friend) and I work together as a Community Guide?
is very much in support of the concept of teamwork. SimplyFredericksburg
itself is owned and operated by a husband and wife team. Team work most
always works better for things like this.
What happens if more
than one person applies for the same topic?
The staff at SimplyFredericksburg
will review each application and vote on who we think is better qualified
for the position. We may also contact you for further information.
Can I be a guide for
more than one topic?
Not at first, SimplyFredericksburg
would like to evaluate your performance first. If you are providing content
and everything is working out, we may let you take on another one or two
What is the restrictions
for being a guide?
We require that you be an adult
at least 18 years of age (there are a few topics that we have open to guides
under the age of 18).
We require that you have basic
knowledge of word processing, have access to a computer with email and have the desire
to help make SimplyFredericksburg the best community website in the Fredericksburg
We also require that you reside
in either the City of Fredericksburg or the Counties of Stafford or Spotsylvania,
Virginia. We are sorry for these restrictions but it is very hard to have
someone write about the area unless they actually reside in that area.
You are not allowed to charge
a fee for your information you post on SimplyFredericksburg.
Will you assist me
when I have a problem?
Of course, SimplyFredericksburg
will provide you with any assistance that you may need. Don't hesitate
to contact us.
Why do I have to fill
out an application?
Basically the application
is for legal purposes. We do also require some of the information on the
application for paperwork required by the government.
What do you do with
the information that is on my application?
We will review the
information and make a decision, once we have made our choices, the applications
will be placed on file at our office. We do not give out or sell your personal
How soon after I submit
my application will I know if I was accepted as a community guide?
Normally this takes
about 5-7 business days for the staff of SimplyFredericksburg to review
and vote on each application. If your application is rejected, you will
receive an email from SimplyFredericksburg stating why your application
was rejected/accepted. Either way you will receive an email to let you
know what is happening with your application.
Why was my application
The most common
reason for rejection of an application is lack of qualifications for a
topic. If you sign up to be a Community Guide for Hunting, then you should
be an avid hunter, know the rules and laws of the local area, and have
access to information about the area and where to hunt. You may resubmit
an application for any topic at any time.
What happens if my
application is accepted?
accepts your application, we will email you telling you what is next.
I don't really want
to be a guide, but I would like to submit some content to SimplyFredericksburg
for use on the website, can I do that?
Yes, even though
we would love to have you as a Community Guide, we will still accept your
input for inclusion onto the website. Please forward all submissions to
Who owns the right
to my work on SimplyFredericksburg?
You own the copyrights
to all the content and materials created and used by you on the website.
We own the other areas and you give us license to use your copyrighted
material on the Internet.
What if I am not a
We are sorry but
SimplyFredericksburg is currently only accepting applications from U.S.
Do I have to give
up my other site(s) on the Internet?
Certainly not. We
only ask that you do not provide the same services to any of our competitors.
Can I advertise the
page(s) that I'm a guide for?
Certainly. As a
whole SimplyFredericksburg will advertise the entire SimplyFredericksburg
website and some, if not all the topics the website contains. You can,
however, advertise your page(s) or the entire website if you so desire.
What topics are available
for me to be a guide on?
That is probably
the best question yet. SimplyFredericksburg has not finalized the category
list yet, and it may be some time before we do. What we would like you
to do, is send us and email and tell us what topic you would like to see
on SimplyFredericksburg and if you can help us with that topic. If the
topic is already on SimplyFredericksburg, don't worry, we are looking for
help on those subjects also.
As a start, here are some category ideas to get your mind running: Hunting, Fishing, GeoCaching, Coin Collecting, Stamp Collecting, Sewing, Cooking, Knitting, Boating, Hicking, Racing, Computers..... Plus just about anything else you can think of.
Ok, I think I'll give
it a try, what do I do now?
an email with your Name, Address, Phone Number and what topics you think
you may want to help us on and we will contact you shortly.