Saturday, November 10, 2012

Rules for guest posting

Rules for writing Guest Posts

My 5 guest blogging rules are Research, Writing, Proofreading, Submitting and Interaction and I’ll be explaining them below.
  • Research: When getting ready to guest blog the first thing I do is research. And when I refer to research I’m not just talking about researching the post idea or anything of that nature – but researching the blog itself to be familiar with it so I can get my first submission published. I know my first efforts didn’t get me published on most big blogs and that is exactly why I formed this rule. Effectively researching before submitting your guest post makes it easy for you to understand how a blog works, who is the key person behind the blog, what kind of content is allowed, and what you must do to easily get published on the blog. For example, if I’m just trying to get published on a big blog for the first time I will take a look at the last 30 posts published on the blog (both by the blog author and guest bloggers), because that will give me an idea of what is accepted and published there. I’ll also read the most recent guest posts to have a better idea of what is common among the guest bloggers. For example, I see writing completely different, specific and unique posts works best on SmartPassiveIncome. Highly informative list posts work well on DailyBlogTips. And looking for new ways to effectively present your ideas work well onProblogger. By researching, I have also noticed that DailyBlogTips don’t accept SEO’d anchor texts, and Problogger has no problems with links within the content of your guest posts, as long as your links are highly relevant. Every blog host is different. They have different rules and beliefs and you have to understand that before trying to write for their blogs.
  • Writing:  I try to research effectively when it comes to my writing. I also do my best to ensure my guest post is unique, detailed and informative. This is not because I am specific about the length but because I try to do my best to make my content as detailed, informative, practical and as presentable as possible. Another thing I have noticed is that the more unique and informative my guest post is, the more results I get from it.
  • Proofreading: I always fail whenever I try to submit a guest post to a blog without proofreading it. What this shows is that my writing isn’t perfect – none of us are. Proofreading your guest posts makes them as clear and as presentable as possible – thus making them easy for your host to read. I have published guest posts on this blog just because of how effective and clear the grammar is, and I’m sure a lot of bloggers will do the same. I often take more time proofreading my guest posts than writing them because the secret lies in proofreading. Your guest post is never complete without you proofreading it.
  • Submitting: This is one of the most crucial aspects of guest blogging. Some people believe in pitching before writing but I believe in writing before pitching and it has always helped me. So many bloggers prefer it too because it is a time saver. If you tell me you have a guest post for me and I tell you to go ahead and write it, you will be more disappointed if I don’t accept it. But if you send the post along with your first query email I can easily give it a quick scan to see if it is right for my blog or not. It is also important that you do your best to make sure you’re as polite as possible in your email. Bloggers hate rude guest bloggers so they won’t even bother replying you if you’re rude. Just to give you an idea of which kind of email works I will be attaching two of the emails I have sent to bloggers below.

  • Interaction: I know some of you who are familiar with my guest posts on Problogger and DailyBlogTips will say I don’t interact in the comments section. This isn’t because I don’t want to, but because my IP has been blacklisted by Akismet and these blogs get a lot of spam comments every day. It will be very difficult for me to constantly disturb the bloggers to fish out my comments from their spam section. Otherwise, I always interact in the comment section of my guest posts because a lot of my readers told me that’s how they found me. It is a good thing to get your guest post published, but interacting in the comments section of the blog that published your guest post is really important because it tells the readers of that blog you really care and are not just there for the link or the traffic.
It’s that simple, the above are my five rules for successful guest blogging.
We’ve talked about the process of guest blogging so it’s now time to visit some other important aspects.

How to Find Blogs

Depending on how you want your guest blogging to be, finding blogs can be a pain in the ass but it should be a little bit easier by the time you finish reading this blog post.
  • Technorati: One of the best ways to find the top blogs in your niche is by making use of the technorati blog directory. Even though this isn’t a great way to find smaller blogs, it is one of the most effective ways to discover the big blogs in your niche (should you decide to start guest blogging on big blogs).
  • Alltop: This is also one of the best blogging directories. Alltop is a site which displays links to the latest posts on some of the best blogs online. This directory has links to blogs in almost every niche. It also has links to thousands of blogs, and it doesn’t just accept any blog (so you can be sure of finding only authority sites there).
  • Google Blog Search: Another great way to find the top blogs in your niche is by making use of the Google Blog Search Engine. All you need to do is type the name of your niche (considering the fact that this search engine only indexes blogs, you will find it easy to discover blogs in your niche). Once you’ve found a list of some top blogs you can then check to see if they have a guest posting page. If they don’t, you can get in touch with the blogger to ask if they accept guest posts.
  • MyBlogGuest: There are a lot of blogging communities and I prefer quality over numbers. MyBlogGuest is the best guest blogging community EVER (in my honest opinion) and what makes it even better is that it isn’t just one small quality blogging directory but a great blogging community with over 10,000 members. It also has a lot of features that almost automates guest blogging. It doesn’t matter what niche you’re in, my blog guest is right for you!
  • Search Engines: It could be Google, Yahoo or Bing, it doesn’t matter which one it is, search engines are one of the best ways to find targeted blogs in your niche. All you have to do is use some search engine operators and some common guest blogging key phrases to find blogs accepting guest posts, below are some examples (make sure you replace “your niche” with your main niche):

Your niche + submit guest post
Your niche + write for us
Your niche + contribute
Your niche + submit post
Your niche + guest blogging
Your niche + submit your post
Your niche + submit an article
Your niche “submit post”
Your niche “write for us”
Your niche “guest blogging”
Your niche “guest posting”
Your niche “submit an article”
You should know that there are a lot of other effective search terms that can be used in cases like these but the above should give you enough blogs for you to guest post on, and as you keep on writing for more blogs you will become aware of the most common terms used so you can easily modify those terms to get more results.

How to Develop Content

A lot of people call me a content machine whenever they hear that I wrote over 300 guest posts in 2010 alone. Even though almost all of my ideas come naturally I also have resources I use whenever I’m stuck and I will be giving you some of those resources below.
  • Top Blogs in Your Niche: Whenever I’m stuck of ideas on what to write  for both my blog and my guest posts what I do is visit some of my top blogs (especially CopybloggerViperchill,Problogger and SmartPassiveIncome), I’ll then visit the sidebar of these blogs to see which posts are the most popular. I’ll also read some of their recent posts. These actions give me enough ideas to write at least 10 quality guest posts.
  • Yahoo Answers: This is something I started using recently and it is one of the most effective tools for generating blog post ideas. Why? Because it is full of questions people want answered. Search effectively through it you will be able to note a common question asked by users there. You can even copy the question directly as a blog post title and then answer it as a blog post. In most cases the people (asking the questions) would have tried search engines but might not have found the answer to their questions. Your blog post will be one a lot of people want to read. It would also increase the chances of your blog/guest post getting more traffic on the long run.
  • Social Media: Another effective way to get more blog post ideas is by being alert on Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, Stumbleupon and some of your favorite social media sites to read the latest posts shared by users there.
  • Blog Comments: You can also get blog post ideas by taking a look at the comments section of your favorite blogs to see what questions are being asked the most on the latest posts. This will also give you ideas on what to write about.
  • Forums: If you’re subscribed to one or two top forums in your niche, that is also another potential content generation hub for you. All you need to do is look through some of the most recent threads to see what people really want to know more about. Use this to come up with blog posts and you’ll have created answers to the problems a lot of people have.
There are countless ways to generate blog post ideas but the above are some of the most effective ways. By making use of them you will have enough tools, resources and ideas to generate thousands of blog posts.

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From this post, our series of guest blogging also ends.  From our net post, I'll be telling you the ways to make money online in real as you have been able to get much traffic, subscribers and knowledge on how to write guest posts to increase your blog's reputation more by now. So, wait for the next post to be published and I'll be showing you all the actual ways of making money online. Meanwhile, you can also check other contents of this blog using the search this blog bar up. Till then

  Happy Blogging


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