Every blogger who’s been on the scene for a while, knows that Guest Blogging is as hot as “Bieber Fever!” Guest posting is a great way to garner greater visibility, share expertise, and build one’s brand.
And as someone who has reaped the benefits of being featured at top-tier sites such as Men with Pens, Pro Blogger, Daily Blog Tips, and Write to Done, I would definitely agree. But, it’s also important to recognize that much like other creative pursuits, it’s not just what you do, but “how” you do it that matters. In other words, there’s a right and a wrong way to guest blog for optimal results.
With this in mind, here’s the ultimate guide to getting started, and a few insider’s tips for greater success.
1. A common question is “How do I get started?”
Well, it’s unlikely you’ll receive a personalized invitation. So your best bet is to simply Google “Guest Posting Opportunities”. Once you yield search results, make a list of maybe ten, (based upon the niche area, topics addressed, and readership) to target for potential posts. Start there.
2. In real estate, there’s a popular mantra that states, “location, location, location!” The same rule applies to strategic guest blogging. Where you blog matters. However, until you hone your skills and build your confidence, don’t shy away from approaching smaller, lesser known sites. They too have merit. Size is not always an indicator of quality. Once you’re able to score at smaller sites, it will be easier to graduate to the more popular sites, (which should be your ultimate goal). To beef up your Bio and your portfolio even more, aim for sites with a Google Rank of 3 or more. To check a site’s Google Rank, see here:
3. Never approach a blog owner with a sense of entitlement.
A “virtual home”, much like a real one, requires permission for access; it is a courtesy, not a right. Always interact with blog owners professionally, observing the protocol established through their guidelines.
4. Big site or small, make sure that your post is unique and of the utmost quality.
It increases the likelihood of being welcomed as a “guest” in the future. Remember, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”
5. Have realistic expectations.
Can you make money? Sure, but not right away--and not all the time. Your efforts won’t likely land you a book deal or “cult-like following” either. At least not initially. Give it some time and give it some effort. Though results vary, within 3-9 months you should see measurable results.
6. Recognize that not all blogs are created equally.
Your goals should dictate your game plan. For example, if you’re seeking to get good traffic to your site, or quality links, it would stand to reason that you would post at blogs that have a substantial following. If you’re seeking to “win friends and influence people,” or a more intimate experience, then a smaller blog might be more effective.
7. What should you write about?
Choose a topic for which you have both expertise and genuine interest. Although this is not a mandatory requirement, it typically yields greater success. The more passionate and versed you are in terms of the subject matter, the easier it is to connect with your audience and to establish authenticity and authority.
Follow the following timely tips to take the “guess-work" out of guest posting, and to reach greater heights in 2013.
Anything come as a surprise here?