Happy Valentines Day to you all, I hope you have a nice day….my husband and I do not celebrate that much, we will just be staying home and having a meal and bottle of wine. What are you all doing?
On special days like this we can either have a normal working day or decide to take the day off, that is the beauty of working from home. We can change our plan for the week to work around having some free time if we wish to do something special.
I wrote a post last year about Taking The Day Off we had friends visiting and I took the afternoon off, you can link to it and have a read….
A few of the things we can do to carry on with our business are:
1 Write and schedule a few blog posts, so that if the day you take off is the day you publish a post then it will be automatically posted for you.
2 Schedule a few Social Media sites to send out some status updates, tweets etc, normally I mix it up with automated and manuel updates and tweets but for one day I think it’s ok to hhave them all automated.
3 Invite some other bloggers that you are connected with to write a guest post for you so again you can have that scheduled to publish at the day and time you wish.
Let’s talk more about Guest Blogging
If you’re a blogger, you may have been asked to write a guest post by another blogger, or you might have offered a guest post yourself to a blogger you admire.
Either way, writing a guest post opens you up to a whole new audience and can increase your own readership into the bargain. Blog readers that may never have heard of you otherwise now have their eyes on you.
Add to that the credence that comes with someone else thinking enough of you to have you on their blog, and a guest post is a pretty big thing.
Guest blogging isn’t complicated. It really only requires two things:
- Effective outreach to build relationships
- High-quality content that site owners want to publish
Here are a few rules to follow if you want to write a guest post for someone:
Make It Great
If someone has taken the time to give you space on their blog and put you in front of their audience, the very least you can do is make sure that the post you provide is top notch. Before you send the post, ask yourself the following questions:
- Would I be happy posting this on my own blog?
- Is this the best this post can possibly be on this topic?
- Am I being relevant to the audience of the blog I’m posting on?
Unless you can answer yes to at least two of these questions (the relevance factor may not come into play if the blog owner wants to mix things up a bit), then your guest post isn’t ready.
What’s your guest post going to be about? Did you make the suggestion of the post, or did the blog owner ask you to guest? Either way, one thing you need to make sure of is that you do your research.
This could be of the blog’s archives, to get a feel for the topics that normally appear there. More than likely it’s going to be about the topic you’re writing about.
Let’s face it, you wouldn’t write a load of rubbish on your own blog, would you? So why even think about doing it to another blogger? Quote your sources and link to external references and sites and make sure the blogger you’re writing for doesn’t end up looking an ass as he or she tries to cover your mistakes in the comments.
This might seem a harsh view, but think of it as if it was your blog. Get the facts right; get the blog right.
When you guest post for someone, provide the format you want it to appear in. Think of how you’d want it to appear on your blog, and then make sure you provide that information with the post itself:
- Header(s) and sub-header(s).
- Bullets or numbers.
- Hyperlinks to external sources or sites.
- Images with accreditation to the source.
- Author bio.
If you’re unsure on the formatting side, take a look at the blog you’re going to guest on and go with the formatting that blogger uses. Or, simply ask them.
Remember to Visit
When you write a guest post, where do you stop? Is it the moment you finish typing and hit the Send tab on your email, or is it a quick visit to see how popular your post was?
Or are you a blogger who genuinely cares, so you’ll follow up your guest post much like you’d follow up a post on your own blog? After all, it’s still your name on the post, so why should you act any differently just because it’s not on your own blog?
- Respond to comments made by the readers of the blog you’re guesting on.
- Promote via social networks, much the same as you’d promote your own stuff.
- Connect with commenters online and continue to build the relationship started on your guest post.
- Write a post on your own blog, expanding the discussion started in your guest post and link to it, offering more traffic to the blogger who’s giving you space.
While you don’t have to follow these unwritten rules when guest posting on another blog, they help you stand out as someone who actually cares.
After all, if you can’t be bothered to offer anything but your best when taking over another blogger’s baby, should you even bother at all?
How about you – what would you add as an unwritten rule when guest blogging?
Would you like to write a guest post for my blog? I am thinking of starting posting a guest post once a month so I am looking for offers
Thanks for reading
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