guest blogging

I have one goal for 2012, besides publishing my novel, and that’s to write many guest posts. I haven’t started yet, but mark my words I am going to get started very soon, and before you know it you’ll be seeing me everywhere. That’s mostly because I believe guest posts is an awesome way to connect with people.

Anyway.

This is a very interesting guest post from Jane Sheeba about guest blogging. Let’s discuss it in the comments.

Guest blogging is the best way to bring traffic to your site for free. The only investment for guest blogging is your writing skills. In order to get best results from all your efforts, you should also ensure that your posts land on useful locations. You should spend time to figure out those prominent sites. To achieve this, you can apply various criteria. Let us check the possibilities.

Searching for guest post offers

You can search for sites that welcome guest bloggers. The easiest way to find about those sites is by typing the topic of your choice along-with blog and guest post keywords. You can use ‘+’ delimiter to club two or more words. Google search will give ample number of sites that reflect your search criteria. You can start posting comments on popular blogs of your niche. This will help you get familiar with blog sites and there is a possibility to start dialogue with the sponsors of sites to offer guest postings.

If your contribution through active participation is noticed, there are chances that your offer will be reciprocated for paid or free guest posting. You will get good results by contacting those sites that you are following rather than contacting unknown sites for the very first time.

Parameters of concern

While selecting the list of sites that you can target for your guest blogging venture, you should take into account various parameter of those sites. They are relevancy, page rank, traffic to the site, reputation of the site, ethics followed by the site, frequency of blog postings, SEO part of the potential site, etc. The site you choose to deliver guest post should be relevant to your niche. If not, all your efforts will be futile.

For example, if your niche belongs to stock markets and you are posting guest articles on baby care related websites, you will not be benefited. You should try to narrow down the search to not only the category level but also to sub-category level. As you narrow down the search and target sites closer to your niche, you will get optimum benefit.

Page rank and traffic of the site is also very important. The higher the page rank numbers the better the site for your promotion. Alexa ranking will give you an insight of number of visitors and how long they stay on the site. If you are targeting a site that is performing well and if you get an opportunity to post on such privileged sites, it will be a great opportunity for you to prove your skills. It is an opportunity to attract knowledgeable customers who will not hesitate to visit the link provided by you at the end of the article if they are really motivated by your article.

You can also provide relevant useful information in the author column. There are some sites which perform very well and in fact they are trend setters in your niche. It is really great to get an opportunity to guest post on such premium sites. You will be immensely benefited from the quality audience and your site gets good exposure that is more valuable than paid promotion of any scale.

Social responsibility

You should also select sites that follow ethics. You should choose law-abiding and non-controversial sites. If you want to stay in blogging for a long-term then you are advised to maintain a clean image by promoting sites that add value to the society. It is your turn to associate with useful sites that follow good trade related practices as well.

A little research to this end by sparing few minutes will save your reputation and will not lose the audience that you have built over the years. You will not burn your fingers by wrong association. You can know more about the site by visiting ‘about’ links placed on the site. You can easily find the popularity of a site by connecting yourself with various social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. There is no dearth of information on various web pages to know about a particular site. Hence, you can choose sites that are doing well in your niche.

The sites you chose for guest blogging should post articles at regular interval of times and they should post most up-to-date information. They should also engage with readers on regular basis. The comments posted on sites should be responded. The site should be connected through various social networking sites and should update profile and go for promotions. You should also target sites that have right setup to implement SEO.

By engaging with sites that will acknowledge your efforts by offering back-links and forward links will help boost your own site’s performance in the overall SEO domain. In the end, it is not only finding the source for writing but also finding the right destination to land pages in the form of guest postings is very important.

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Comments

  1. Ricardo Nuñez says:

    Good tips. Before I start with guest blogging in need to restart my blogging. Then I’ll try your tips and hope to get going. Thanks for the post.

    • Hi Ricardo,

      It’s been a while, what have you been up to? Is the reason why you’re not blogging as much that you are too busy?

      I don’t guest blog nearly enough myself, but I’m about to change all that.

      Thanks a lot for your comment.

      • I have been busy with work but also some family issues, my brother was sick and it drained a lot of time (is doing good now). I need to prioritize better and make time for everything. I believe everybody can always make time.

        PS: I had to open firefox because in chrome this error was always showing up while trying to submit the comment.
        “You may have disabled javascript. Please enable javascript before leaving a comment on this site.”

        • I’m sorry to hear about your brother, but I’m really glad that he is doing better now. I understand that it can be hard to prioritize, and especially when a lot of things are happening outside of your control. On the other hand, I believe you’re right when it comes to that it’s always possible to make time. To me, blogging has become a way to express myself, and hopefully it will be a great help for my business as well. I just need to create a strategy behind what I’m doing and a goal.

          I have no idea what the javascript error is. Many people have told that they’ve received the same error. I’ve been searching Google for the answer, but so far, no luck :)

        • I get that same error message sometimes. I keep meaning to clear my cache to see if it helps.

        • I have to find a wordpress expert to help me with this, because I can’t seem to find the solution while searching google.

          Thanks a lot Jack.

        • Ricardo Nuñez says:

          I have been doing WordPress development for few years now. I try to find the issue and see if I could help you.
          The plugin causing the issue is Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin. Do you have the latest version? What about the settings, did you change anything? I have the 1.1.1 and is not causing the issue in my blog. Let me know if you want me to help you fix the issue.

        • Ricardo Nuñez says:

          Did you change the settings? that last comment was in chrome and it didn’t show the error.

        • I haven’t changed anything. I believe the plugin is included in CommentLuv premium.

          Thanks a lot Ric.

    • I agree with you WordPress gives the inventing ability of creating a magnificent website

  2. Christian Sarono says:

    That was really great post; it completed my day which I am looking for great ideas all day long. And I’m thankful that I made to visit your site. Thanks a lot.

  3. It’s a good thing to use this blogging because it helps a lot in some of our businesses online. Just hope there’ll be a better way to protect us from scams online. Nice article.

    • Hi Jan,

      It’s not easy to earn money directly from blogging, but it’s a lot more powerful to use blogging as a “business card” and to show people what your business is all about. That’s what I believe in. Blogging show people who we are and builds relationships with the customers. And this way we can avoid scams too.

      Thanks a lot for your comment.

  4. Harleena Singh says:

    Great tips Jane, and glad you put up this post on your blog Jens!

    It nice to know that you too are going to start guest blogging Jens- and I look forward to seeing you everywhere, just as you said :)

    I know how much Jane is seen all over and her own blogs that she handles so efficiently. She is truly amazing! And I loved the great tips she shared in the post as well.

    I know I need to start guest blogging as well, something that has just happened due to lack of time. Ya- that’s no excuse – but that is the truth also :(

    I aim to start as soon my website is fully done up and my writing blog shifts to WP properly- guess we may be starting off together for all you know. Though I can never match up with your speed of blog posts I am sure :)

    Thanks for sharing :)

    • Hi Harleena,

      I’m looking forward to your guest posts Harleena, let me know if you want to publish one on my blog… and I bet you’ll be a lot more successful than I am. I am always looking for excuses not to write, but it helps to add them as projects and keep working on them :)

      I hope you’re having an awesome Friday.

  5. Praveen Rajarao says:

    Nicely laid out and I especially like the “Social Responsibility” point. Right to the dot.
    I am thrilled to know you will be doing more guest articles and would love to invite you to my blog and see if it interests you to submit one.
    Would be an honor to publish you.

  6. olatoun-graceny says:

    Whaoo!. I love this guess post couldn’t resist jotting down the points in my jotter. Have fun in your guess post writing and make money while at it. I won’t mind a ‘free’ guest post on my site later in the year.Have a fun filled weekend watching ‘disney on ice’ with ur kids.cheers.

    • I get a lot of requests for guest posts on my blog, but I believe it’s important to have a prior relationship with the authors first. That makes the posts so much more personal, and it’s so much more fun to read them as well, when you already know the author.

      Thanks a lot, I’m leaving for Oslo in the morning :)

      I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend :)

  7. Jens P. Berget says:

    Thanks a lot for the feedback. Why did you stop blogging?

  8. Ruth - The Freelance Writing Blog says:

    I’m also trying to ramp up my guest blogging presence. Jens – you’re always welcome to guest post on the Freelance Writing Blog :-). Just say the word!

  9. Lovely to see Jane over at your place today Jens. As always, she does such a great job with her posts.

    The only guest posts I’ve written so far have been for people who have actually invited me over to their place. Of course I already have several on the list for this year that I haven’t had time to get to which I warned them that I’m so busy right now. That’s why I don’t do more of them I suppose. I continue to hear how they can only benefit me so maybe around the middle of the year I might be able to come up for air and start spreading my wings.

    Good to know you’ll be spreading your wings too Jens. Just might have to have you come over to my place. :-)

    Thanks Jane and Jens and I hope you both have a wonderful weekend!

  10. Hi Adrienne,

    I’ll be writing a lot more this year, and guest posts will be part of this goal. I haven’t really been writing as much as I would like to during 2011, even though I sort of finished my novel during that year.. but the thing is, that I write a lot for a few days, and then I won’t write for a few days. I want to keep writing every single day, and that’s where guest posts enters the picture. If I start adding projects to my “to-do list” I’ll keep myself busy writing, and I’ll end up becoming a better writer :)

    Have a wonderful weekend Adrienne, and I’d love to write a guest post over at your place :)

  11. Hi Jens, your guest post at The Wonder of Tech on Spotify was fantastic. If you ever need a reference for guest posting, send them my way. You get the highest recommendation from me.

    If you ever want to do another guest post for The Wonder of Tech, you are welcome to any time! :-)

    You should also consider doing a guest post for Bill Dorman on pizza. But your posts about pizza never really are about pizza are they, Jens?

    • Hi Carolyn,

      I’d love to come back and write a guest post for The Wonder of Tech. I’ll just have to finish writing my novel, and hopefully I’ll be finished in about a week or so. I’ll let you know as soon as I have something ready.

      Thanks a lot :)

      Maybe I’ll write a pizza story for Bill’s blog, well, I’m not sure if he would let me.. only if I added some Tabasco to the story :)

  12. Really great post. In Poland where I come from guest bloging is not a popular idea. Hmmm… I think i must discuss it with other bloggers from my niche and see if they’ll like it. Thanks! :)

    • Hi Pawel,

      It’s the same in Norway. We don’t do guest posting at all. But, I believe that guest posting is one of the most powerful ways to create relationships with people online, and build trust. It’s time consuming to write an awesome guest post, but it’s completely free, and it’s worth every second of your time if you do it right :)

  13. Hey Jens and Jane,

    Loved the point about social responsibility.. that’s something we really hadn’t considered before!

    Guest posting can be a tricky one, but if one finds the right kind of blog, then there is no looking back!

    Hey Jens, I am new to your blog, but if you ever want to guest post on mine, I would love to have you there! :) Though you will have to kvetch.. that’s the only requirement! :)

  14. Justin Mazza says:

    Hey Jens,
    99% of the guest posts that I have written have been solicited to me by the blogger which is great because I don’t have to worry about being ignored by the blog owner or risk getting rejection.

    I allow guest posts on my blog too if you are interested.

  15. Odesanya Taiwo says:

    This is a really great tips
    thanks for sharing

  16. Rizwan Sultan says:

    Hey Jens,

    That’s a really great tips to make a fame in blogging world.I hope you get great success with guest posting.

  17. Hey Fanta man, you’ve been at my place before. In fact, I don’t think you could handle the sudden surge in traffic at your site afterwards, huh?

    I have thought about the same, but I’m afraid if I actively pursue this another part of my social activities would have to take a back seat, which would probably be commenting and I’m not sure if I want to go down that road.

    I would probably have to be much more disciplined with my writing; we’ll see.

    Good luck on your efforts though.

    • You’ve got a great point Bill. I guess it’s all about having a goal, and a strategy in order to reach that goal. I wouldn’t want you to be any less social, and writing a guest post takes a lot of time.. but you could consider doing it for my blog :)

  18. Nicholle Olores says:

    Thanks for the following tips that you have shared here. It is really important to choose which sites you are going to have a guest blog so that when you can assure that your blog is readable and fine.

    • Absolutely. We want to guest post on sites that are similar to our own, and this way it’s easier to find people with similar interests and get new readers for our blogs.

      Thanks a lot Nicholle

  19. Guest blogging is a wonderful medium if used right. Content is of utmost importance. If one can write good quality posts, rest of the aspects are mere details that can be taken care of easily…

  20. Eddie Gear says:

    Jens, I know this is a guest post, but if you planned what are the sites that you would focus on writing?

    • Hi Eddie,

      I don’t know, I haven’t given it much thought. Right now I’m focusing on writing my novel, but hopefully sometime next week, I’ll be starting to write a few guest posts. I’m thinking about focusing on writing for sites similar to mine, that’s sites about marketing and writing, and maybe even personal development. I’m not really sure.

  21. rohit kothari says:

    hi jens,
    yep most of the people use to do guest post of getting backlink and all and while writing guest post they think it for other why should i put more labor in it but thats not true i think guest post especially need more labor as it going to present in other blog and with new visitor.and as you write targeting site s really important i have went through this because of wrong targeting

    • I believe that you are absolutely right. I would spend a lot more time writing a guest post than I would on a post on my own blog. And that’s first and foremost because new people (not my regular readers) are going to read it, and you want to be on your best when that happens, and you want to build relationships with new people, not just think about a backlink.

      Thanks a lot for your comment Rohit.

  22. I have written a few guest post . I do not see them more as link building but more about building relationship with new audience. It really helps when people who read a blog become interested in blog because the blog owner allowed your post on his site. To me that is the best rewards.
    If you ever like to write something on your business experience, my site is open to you :)

    • Hi Ashvini,

      That’s exactly how I see guest posts. I never do it because of link building, it’s all based on building relationships, with both the blog owner and her readers.

      I’ll say yes to your offer, and I’ll let you know as soon as I’m ready to start writing :)

      Thanks a lot.

  23. Guest Blogging is the best way to drive traffic top your site and before that you need to target a good site for publishing your article must choose a site which has good pr and traffic and the article about this is really appreciative :)

    • Hey Linda,

      Absolutely. Because is such a powerful way to drive traffic and build relationships, it’s very important that we target the right sites for our guest posts. We need an audience who are interested in what we have to offer.

      Thanks a lot for your comment Linda :)

  24. I’m just starting with guest-blogging. The only criteria used so far was for the blog to match my site theme, i.e. baby care, motherhood and so on. Now I have a better understanding of the topic though, thanks for sharing! Diana

    • Hi Diana,

      It seems that you’ve started out the right way. We need to find similar blogs to ours in order to find the right audience, and then, we need to focus on building relationships with that audience, not just write in order to get backlinks.

      Thanks a lot for your comment Diana :)

  25. Hi Jens,

    here I am!
    This a good guest post. Thank you for the tips provided.
    I have a question if you don’t bother: My site doesn’t have a good page rank for the moment mainly because it is quite new. What will happen if I write a guest post with a keyword anchor text in a website with a very high PR ? Do you believe that something like that could hurt my website because suddenly I will have a lot of backlinks ?

    Thank you for the answer. i really appreciate it!

    • Hi Lenia,

      Great question!

      If you do what you just describe, only good things will happen. This is natural link building, and the search engines will understand this. If you start paying for backlinks and join link farms, it will hurt your PR. If you just write high quality guest posts and get lots of backlinks from that, you’ll get lots of links, lots of new friends and lots of traffic :)

  26. Hi Jens, your guest posts are always welcome on my site mate. I value the work you put in and the comments you leave on my site and every post of yours that I have read has been really good, so I wouldn’t have any concerns publishing a post from you.

    Hi Jane,
    I thought you covered guest post extremely well and have picked up some tips at the same time :)

    I do have a page on my blog detailing my rules for accepting guest posts but have now hidden it from public view and the only way to get to it is via one of the guest posts on my blog.

    I had loads of request for guest posting from people that had never even left a comment. There was no interaction from them at all just a contact asking about guest posting. At first I started sending them to my rules page, some never got back in touch whilst others just sent me a guest post as a reply.

    I think it’s rude to do that and I will only publish a post if the person is a reader of mine or has been making an effort to get to know me, via commenting on my blog, which I see you’ve included here :)

    Thanks Jane,

    Take care,
    Barry

    • Hi Barry,

      I’ll say yes to your kind offer. I’ll let you know as soon as I’m ready to start writing. I just need to finish a few projects first.

      I absolutely agree with what you’re saying about guest posts. I have so many requests every week from people I have never ever heard of. They are doing it for the backlinks only, that’s for sure. I’m saying no to everybody but my readers and people I already know (the same as you).

      Thanks a lot.

  27. RandySmith says:

    Interesting post :)

    Hi Jens, First time visit from me as a result of Barry sharing a link on facebook :)

    I can see why he comes here now… as well as a couple of other I know who have commented!
    Good to see another blogger sharing some great advice. I can see me popping back again soon :)

    Warm Regards
    Randy

  28. I am with you Jens and it’s something I haven’t made more time for. I have written a few and it’s something I am going to do more of this year. This post was very poignant in how you laid out how to be selective in where you post.

    When I re-created my guest post guide lines I had to spell out again what I want and what I don’t want. The requests I get are laughable especially when they can’t even tell me where they have written before. I started this year inviting more contributors to my blog because I have known them for a while and they are people I trust. It’s inspired me to start creating content for others too.

  29. Thank you for the tips.
    But I don’t think that will work out for my niche (coin and banknote).
    Less sites are offering a guest post opportunity openly. I need to email their admin and asked if they can give me opportunity to write in their site.

    • Aren’t there any blogs in your niche? If there’s a blog, there’s an opportunity for guest posts, you just need to build trust and a relationship with the owner of the blog/website. That’s how I feel about guest posting, but if you don’t create a bond with the author, it’s fairly hard. I don’t know much about your niche, so I can’t say that there are blogs or not, but keep looking.

      I wish you all the best.

  30. Sylviane Nuccio says:

    Hi jane,

    These are very informative tips. Guest posting is really a great way to generate valuable traffic. what’s missing here, though is YOUR replies to the comments,Jane.

    thanks,
    Sylviane

    • Hi Sylviane,

      I’m about to start writing guest posts myself, and I do agree with you that it’s important for the author to stay and reply to the comments. But I guess Jane is very busy at the moment :)

      Thanks a lot for stopping by.

      • Sylviane Nuccio says:

        And lucky too I guess :) Most people I guest blog at will kick my butt if I did that LOL. Thanks for your reply, Jens, and nice meeting you here :) Will be back.

  31. Great article Jens. I have really been interested in the idea behind guest blogging, but so far haven’t had much success. There are several blogs I comment regularly on, and have good interactions with the owner, but so far any inquires I have made about guest blogging have gone unanswered.

    I know everyone is super busy, but I am starting to get a little frustrated with the process. (I have been working at trying to start guest blogging for 6 months or so).

  32. Thanks a lot :)

  33. dude simply awesome.i guess the one thinking to make guest post, he must read this.this is really helpful for everyone to decide guest blogging.with this we can choice our right goal. THANKs for writing such a nice article… also
    WELCOME everyone in wallpaper and image world.

    • Hey David,

      I agree. And thanks a lot for the feedback.

      I’ve been writing a few guest posts on my own this week, and hopefully they’ll be almost as good as Jane’s :)

  34. Thanks a lot. Jane did an awesome job :)

  35. Mahipal Singh says:

    ohh very nice post
    very informative
    worth reading it
    and thanks to author for this post

  36. Daniel leborn says:

    i have read this post properly and i get very useful information from it it post is really very good in informative

  37. Thanks Again jens. Guest blogging is an important part of SEO. We marketing professionals should not forget it as well as networking. Guest blogging means you are developing your relationships with new bloggers. But before doing guest blogging, i hope it is good to be a skilled writer, otherwise high page ranked blogger will never accept your post. Thanks jen’s for sharing your plan. Hope we can see you in other blogs as a guest blogger.

    • True. Guest posting is a very valuable part of SEO and building relationships. I don’t focus on SEO with guest posts, well, I haven’t written that many, but the relationship part is very important to me.

      Thanks a lot for your comment.

  38. Absolutely. I find guest posting harder than writing a post on my own site. First of all, you need to find the right sites, and then, as you said, the posts should be of high quality, and many times it feels that I need to write a better post than I write for my own site.

    Thanks a lot for your comment.

  39. I’ve never done guest blogging. But that is something I always wanted to do. I’ll start with your tips and see how it goes.

    Thanks so much for these tips!!!

  40. Danica Green says:

    Thanks for the post. I maybe have to reboot everything and start to do this guest blogging. This may help me in some way.

  41. I agree that guest posting is a great investment for online marketers. It is also a great opportunity for your brand to be recognized in your niche.

  42. Guest blogging is a great opportunity for many bloggers and online marketers to widen their audience. It is also a great chance to meet new people in your niche and acquire more loyal readers. When people see your name a lot in different blogs, somehow, you mark in their minds.

    • That’s exactly what I’ve been experiencing. I have published two guest posts in a week, and just from that I have met a lot of new people. And now that I’ll have another guest post published tomorrow, I can’t wait to see what’ll happen. Guest posts are one of the best ways to connect with people and get backlinks to your site. And it’s all free :)

  43. Thanks for this awesome post.

    My alexa site ranking is not very good. Guest blogging seems very potential traffic generator. By the way, I have heard that you have to post regularly in dofollow forums as well. And apart from these two methods squidoo and hubpages are also open options.

    Which one is better? To which method I should concentrate more? Can you please help?

  44. Gokul Anand Parida says:

    That’s what I wanted to know about guest blogging. I wondering if guest-blogging fetch more backlinks! However it is now clear that it does, but if the guest site is low on Google PR, then does it make sense? I am talking about my-self. I want to guest-blog and also want the same. But my site is so new and its PR is 0. If I do some guest blogging, I think its PR is gonna increase. I also want guest posts to be published on my blog! My question is where to find such a good platform for the Guest-Blogging, preferably a free one?

  45. That’s precisely what I’ve been going through. I’ve released two guest posts per week, and merely from which i have met lots of new people. Now that I’ll have another guest publish released next time, I can’t wait to determine what’ll happen. Guest posts are among the how to interact with people and obtain back links to your website. And it is all free

  46. That’s precisely what I’ve been going through. I’ve released two guest posts per week, and merely from which i have met lots of new people. Now that I’ll have another guest publish released next time, I can’t wait to determine what’ll happen. Guest posts are among the how to interact with people and obtain back links to your website. And it is all free

  47. You had some great tips and made some convincing points on guest blogging. I’m interested after reading this. One thing I wanted to mention is Alexa rank has nothing to do with your numbers. It’s very well known that Alexa has a very limited amount of users and if those users don’t go to your site then your rank is wack. I had one site with 30,000 uniques and another with 2,000 and the one with 2,000 was ranked below 100,000 and the other with all the traffic ranked in the millions. I’m not sure why anyone pays attention to Alexa anymore it’s a joke really. Other than that I loved this article.

    • Hi Dawn,

      It’s been a while since I thought about what to do about Alexa. I know that some people (like advertisers) still consider Alexa to be important, but I don’t know why. Like you said, it’s more or less a joke, I am not really sure what the numbers represent :)

  48. I don’t know how I got to your site. I will most likely figure it out when I backtrack, but I just wanted to say kudos. I am in the process of building my tribe and I really appreciate your posts. Thanks!

  49. Thank your for the informative post on guest blogging. I am starting to submit guest posts and sincerely appreciate your informative article.

  50. I plan to guest blog for some site that more popular. This will help my blog have more people know . But first i have to improve my blog content to some people know that the quality of blog. Thank post write of you.

  51. Chetan Gupta says:

    Guest blogging is the trendy topic on the blog-o-sphere nowadays. Many bloggers are doing guest blogging on other related blogs to get benefits for own blog. There are many benefits of guest posting.
    1. It improves your writing skills.
    2. It helps in creating relation with other bloggers.
    3. It gives high quality backlinks.
    and many more. I really liked your article on this topic. Thanks for sharing with us. Happy Blogging :D

    • Hi Chetan,

      I haven’t been guest blogging for a long time. I still believe that it’s important, especially when it comes to building relationships with other fellow bloggers, but also when it comes to building a wider audience, and get exposure to other readers. I’m not sure if the backlink is as important as it used to be, but relationships are even more important, so that’s why I’m thinking about continuing to write guest posts.

      -Jens