You can make a name for yourself in well-known papers such as the Guardian, Huffington Post and Washington Post, and promote your business at the same time. People do it all the time. There’s one condition. You can't advertise yourself. Readers don’t want to be marketed to. They want to be helped. To win editorial acceptance, you need to use your expertise to write on a topic that helps that paper’s readers. Your post should be useful, timely, original and relevant. Your byline directs people to your business, and if readers were sufficiently wowed by your article, they will come to your website, or call your number to find out more about you.
Most business owners, large or small, do not really understand why journalists write about some topics and not about others. It’s also common for business owners to think that many happenings within their business should be turned into a press release (and eventually, into a news article.)
As a previous journalist and editor, and as a current PR professional, I am here to clarify and help your business with its press release distribution efforts.