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Guest Blogging

 

 

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

 

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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:

 

  1. Effective outreach to build relationships
  2. 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.

 

Research

 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.

 

 

Format

 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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About Pauline
I am an English lady living on a Greek island. I work from home as a Bronze Team Leader with SFI Strong Future International.

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  • Paul
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Pauline.
    You have well presented a guest blogging framework that is quite simple to follow and apply. I haven’t done guest blogging myself but it is something I have been thinking about doing for sometime now. I think the most challenging task for me would be to adapt/amend my writing style when I am writing for a specic site.

    Thanks for sharing and Happy Valetine Day!
    Paul recently posted..Do You Make These Mistakes When Writing How-To Posts?My Profile

    February 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Paul
      Great to see you, thanks for stopping by, please forgive me for not replying sooner…
      I think once you have written a guest post for the first time it will become easier and you will be more comfortable doing it. To be honest I have not done one myself as I wanted to build up my blog and relationships with my fellow bloggers, but felt the time was right to start (we all have to start at some point don’t we?) so maybe have a chat with a few bloggers that you have good connections with and see what comes from that.
      Hope you enjoyed your Valentines Day…
      Pauline

      February 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm
  • Sapna says:

    HI Pauline

    Great information!

    You have very well explained the Do’s and Dont’s of Guest blogging. The sheer thought of making the slightest of the mistake really pulls me down.

    But I’m going to try this for sure.

    Sapna
    Sapna recently posted..John chow does not like Comments or Interactions, he Means BusinessMy Profile

    February 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Sapna
      Thanks for stopping by, sorry I have not replied before now, I have been so busy the past couple of days, I normally like to reply no later than one day, sometimes life gets in the way :)
      You CAN do a guest post just have the confidence and go for it! You are building up some great connections with others so drop them an email and ask….
      Hope you enjoy your weekend, any plans?
      Pauline

      February 16, 2013 at 3:50 pm
  • Phil
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Pauline ,

    thanks for listing all the things you have to keep in mind when doing a guest blog entry somewhere. I did this a few times and found it a nice traffic push if you pick the right blog.

    You’re welcome on my blog too :-)

    Phil
    Phil recently posted..WordPress Semantic Plugin Review – Write Better SEO Content!My Profile

    February 14, 2013 at 9:34 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Phil
      Glad that you received extra traffic after writing some guest posts, I think it is a win, win situation for the guest blogger and the host blogger….
      Thanks for the kind offer, I will take you up on it in the near future, will email you to have a chat about it, and you could do the same for me as I am thinking of starting a guest post once every month here.
      Have a good weekend
      Pauline

      February 16, 2013 at 3:47 pm
  • Debbie says:

    Hi Pauline; Thanks for this informative post. I just published my first ever guest article and it was quite an exciting moment. :-) Had some help with the formatting from my gracious hostess, because, she knows her blog’s theme better than I do. Also did a post about it on my own blog with a link to hers, for a little extra exposure. Turned out rather well! :-)
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your hubby. We don’t really mark this day either, but have regular “dates” to keep the romance alive. ♥
    Debbie recently posted..MY INAUGURAL GUEST POSTMy Profile

    February 14, 2013 at 11:45 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Debbie
      Thanks for stopping by, I am sorry I have not replied sooner but things got a little crazy so today is the first chance I have had, I normally like to reply within one day.
      I would love the link to your guest post so I could take a look if you don’t mind? Have you seen an increase of traffic since this was published?
      Hope you have a wonderful weekend, we are off to a 50th wedding anniversary party tonight so we are looking forward to that.
      Pauline

      February 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm
      • Debbie says:

        No problem. :-) Thanks for the reply. The link was the CommenLuv and I’ll, add it again this time. Yes, there was a definite increase in traffic at the time and it was quite popular on the host blog, as well: www.mygirlyparts.com/how-to-sustain-a-love-relationship-2/
        Enjoy your party and have a great weekend!
        Debbie recently posted..MY INAUGURAL GUEST POSTMy Profile

        February 16, 2013 at 3:59 pm
        • Pauline says:

          Thanks for the link Debbie, I have been over and read it, loved it!! have left a comment for you :)
          The party was so nice, they are such a lovely couple and to have been married for 50 years is an achievement these days….

          February 18, 2013 at 11:18 am
  • Lisa says:

    I think you covered all the ways to do a guest blog well Pauline. I always try to make my guest posts better than my own. And always respond to comments. I also mention it on my own blog and share away too. I would provide a nice image too if possible. Some like to use their own and others like when I give them one to use. I have 2 to do for March alreaady. I must get started. Thanks for the reminders of what to do. Have a great evening this Valentine’s. We do the same.
    Lisa recently posted..Rafflecopter Missing Link for Online Giveaways and ContestsMy Profile

    February 15, 2013 at 1:59 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Lisa
      Sorry I have not replied sooner, things got a little crazy…
      I hoped to make it a little easier for anyone that has not done a guest post yet to know more about the subject, thanks for your kind words :)
      I have not asked any other bloggers to do a guest post for my blog yet so thought I should take the plunge now so if you have time I would love for you to consider doing one for me, I know you are busy but thought I would ask :)
      Hope you enjoyed your Valentines evening…
      Pauline

      February 16, 2013 at 3:40 pm
  • Erwin
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi everyone,

    I’ve been thinking about guest blogging for some time but I did nothing about it.
    But thanks for good advice and easy to follow tips.

    I hope I’m ready now to post my stuff as a guest blogger but the time will tell.

    All the best and see you on top.

    Erwin
    Erwin recently posted..3 Most Common Lies About Affiliate MarketingMy Profile

    February 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Erwin
      If you have been thinking about it then maybe it is time to do something about it? why not send out a few emails to blogs that you visit on a regular basis and have built up a relationship with the blogger and ask them if they would consider you for a guest post?
      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, hope this has helped you.
      Pauline

      February 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm
  • Jess Brown
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Pauline,

    You did a great job with this post. I couldn’t agree more with the point you made. I actually just had my first guest blogger post on my website and I think it turned out pretty successfully. We are still getting comments on the post and it was over a week ago, so that is great!

    I look forward to the day I’m working full time from home and I’ll have time to do more writing and maybe I can be a guest blogger sometime.

    It’s a great way to get some new regular readers and traffic to your page, if done right.

    Thank you for this informative post!

    Jess

    February 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Jess
      I have visited many blogs that have guest posts there so I wanted to share with my “newbie” readers some advice on this topic, glad you enjoyed it (I am also hoping to get some requests from other bloggers who are interested in doing a guest post for my blog so I had two reasons for this post :)
      I would love to have you do one for me when you have more time, just drop me an email so we can chat about it…
      Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a great weekend.
      Pauline

      February 16, 2013 at 3:28 pm
  • Corina Ramos
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hello Pauline!

    This is a great post with great advice. I did my first guest post last month and it was so refreshing to step outside of my niche and get a little personal :)

    I have to say that I probably edited my guest post about four times before I published it because I wanted it to be the best I’d ever written :) and I can’t wait to do another! Thanks for sharing these tips!

    Hope you had a great week! Have a wonderful weekend :)
    Corina Ramos recently posted..Making Money As A Personal ShopperMy Profile

    February 15, 2013 at 9:41 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Corina
      Great news on having your first guest post out there last month, I would love to have the link so I can take a look :)
      You can do one for me if you would like? I would be interested to hear if it is something you would consider, it would have to be around list building if possible.
      My week was very busy but we are going to a 50th wedding anniversary party tonight so looking forward to that, what you up to?
      Great to see you here again :)
      Pauline

      February 16, 2013 at 3:24 pm
  • Neamat Tawadrous
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Pauline,

    Great Post!

    You definitely did a good job explaining what to do when guest blogging for another blogger. I haven’t been there yet but just yesterday I was asked by a great blogger I respect to do a guest blog post and for sure I will take all the advises you mentioned here into consideration.

    Thanks Pauline for always sharing value in your blog. I always learn here.

    Be Blessed,

    Neamat
    Neamat Tawadrous recently posted..Are you Making Sacrifices in Your Network Marketing Business?My Profile

    February 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Neamat
      Wow congratulations on being asked to do a guest post! that is such good news, I shall look forward to reading the post so be sure to let me know where to find it please…
      Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a wonderful weekend.
      Pauline

      February 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm
  • Carol Lynn says:

    I wish a few more people would read this before they ask to guest post on my blog :) I’m pretty sure they would never publish that stuff on their own blog. Or maybe they would but I doubt they would get very far! Everything you put out in the world represents you so of course if you’re going to guest post for someone it has to be something you would publish for yourself and something that’s your best work. I also agree that it’s important to respond to comments. I have a lot of trouble getting people to do that. But it’s common courtesy and of course it can help you build community and followers, and isn’t that the point? Good points here, Pauline and things that plenty of people could learn from!
    Carol Lynn recently posted..How To Write An Email Newsletter (That People Will Read)My Profile

    February 18, 2013 at 4:58 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Carol
      I think it is important to write the best content you can write when doing a guest post, like you say why would you ask a fellow blogger if you can guest post for them if you cannot give good quality posts…..I can only assume that you have been asked and refused because of this problem?
      I find it so rude if I take time to visit a blog and leave a comment if the blog owner just ignores my comment, it puts me off visiting that blog again, does it you?
      Thanks for stopping by Carol it is always nice to see you, hope you enjoy your week.
      Pauline

      February 18, 2013 at 6:38 pm
  • Lisa Magoulas says:

    Hi Pauline, I’m fairly new at blogging. I’ve never had a guest blogger, nor have I been asked to be a guest. Now that I read this post, I’ll know what to keep into consideration. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Lisa Magoulas recently posted..Ultimate Reset Phase 1 RecipesMy Profile

    February 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm
  • Donna Merrill says:

    Hi Pauline!

    You have effectively given a great framework of the Do’s and Don’ts of Guest posting. I have been on several blogs as a guest blogger. In doing so, I felt that it had to be more important than my own blog lol!
    I think I put more effort in guest posts because it is not only a reflection of me, but of the blogger who I respect.
    Guest posting has been great for meeting new people. Yes, I do comment on each and every person that comes to that blog and make damn sure that comment is the best it can be. That’s the other part of it. You just cannot write the post and walk away, you have to engage everyone on that post.
    I love doing guest posts and also like to have guests on my blog once a month. It brings some freshness and a new perspective to my blog as well.
    Thanks for the important tips one should follow!
    Donna
    Donna Merrill recently posted..Basic BloggingMy Profile

    February 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Donna
      I agree with you that you cannot just write your guest post and then walk away, you must continue to reply to all comments, you then get to connect with new readers and build up those all important relationships.
      I have not done any guest posts myself yet, I wanted to build up my blog and relationships first, I have heard of a few bloggers who have had requests from people they don’t even know and who have never even made a comment on their blog….what is all that about!!!
      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, hope you enjoy your week.
      Pauline

      February 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm
  • Tonya Stephens
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Pauline,
    Good tips and suggestions on being a guest blogger. I can see where it would be a huge boost for creating new taffic to your blog. Great opportunity to expand.
    I like this idea just haven’t implemented it.
    Thanks for the insight.
    Tonya
    Tonya Stephens recently posted..MLM Tips | Overcoming The First Obstacles To Your SuccessMy Profile

    February 19, 2013 at 12:38 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Tonya
      You can gain a lot of traffic when you do a guest post, it is a win – win situation for both the blog owner and the person who writes the guest post…
      Have you ever thought of doing this? would you consider it for the future? I would love to know your thoughts :) I have not done one myself but I am planning to have one here once a month so will be asking a few people if they would like to write for me…
      Hope you have a great week.
      Pauline

      February 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm
      • Tonya Stephens
        Twitter:
        says:

        Hi Pauline,
        I would consider it for the future…I think it’s a great idea.
        Have a great day!
        Tonya
        Tonya Stephens recently posted..MLM Tips | Overcoming The First Obstacles To Your SuccessMy Profile

        February 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm
        • Pauline says:

          Let me know when you think it is time and you can do one for me :) I would love to have you write a guest post…..

          February 20, 2013 at 9:53 am
  • Sylviane Nuccio
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Pauline,

    Guest posting is always a good thing to do. While I am not totally convinced that you can attract a bunch of new readers just with a few guest posts, it can be rewarding when done over and over on a regular basis, at least for a while.

    I have another guest post coming up, soon, and I shall see what will come from it. I think it’s always exciting.

    Have a great week!
    Sylviane Nuccio recently posted..Simplify Your Writing To Get More Readers And Keep ThemMy Profile

    February 19, 2013 at 2:48 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Sylviane
      I can imagine that after your guest post is published that you would get an increase of traffic, but maybe they do not always return, is that what you mean? I suppose you have to get your posts accepted to a lot of other blogs for it to be successful, but it is worth doing it I am sure.
      I have not done one myself but am thinking of inviting my readers to guest post for me, I will getting one out once a month (if anyone would like to do one for me lol)
      Thanks for taking time to stop by, and have a great week.
      Pauline

      February 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm
  • Adrienne
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Pauline,

    What a wonderful outline for anyone interested in pursuing guest blogging. I’ve done a few posts myself so it definitely is an individual choice. I know that the busier I get the less time I have to write for other people. It’s a great way though to get yourself out there in front of people who have no idea who you are.

    You want to make a good impression so they need to be sure to go by what you’re outlined here. I mean we are trying to get new eyeballs on our own content right! This is a fabulous start.

    By the way, hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and you and hubby had fun.

    Enjoy your week.

    ~Adrienne
    Adrienne recently posted..Marketing Tips the Walking Dead Could Teach You about BloggingMy Profile

    February 19, 2013 at 5:09 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Adrienne
      I can imagine you must receive many emails requesting you to guest post, you have a huge following but like you say you are so busy with little time…
      It is important to write good content for your guest post and make a good impression so hopefully these tips will help anyone who is thinking of doing this!
      We did not do much on Valentine’s day just had a meal at home, we don’t really make a fuss over it…
      Have a great week
      Pauline

      February 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm
  • Sue Price
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Pauline

    Like most others here I think you have an awesome outline of dos and don’t s for guest blogging. I have only done one so far and I was like Donna. I put way more into it than I do my own posts. It was like I was writing my first eBook.

    I get some requests from people asking if they can guest blog on my blog. I will send them to this post first :-)

    Great post Pauline.

    Sue
    Sue Price recently posted..Being Who You Want To BeMy Profile

    February 19, 2013 at 10:27 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Sue
      I would love to have the link for your guest post if you don’t mind? so I can head over and read it :) Did you gain much more traffic as a result?
      I have not done one myself yet I wanted to gain much more experience and build up my readers, I am looking for some of my followers to write a one for my blog…so drop me an email if you would be interested….
      Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoy your day.
      Pauline

      February 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm
  • Barbara Charles
    Twitter:
    says:

    Thanks Pauline for writing this post. I’ve been asked twice in the last two weeks and I’ve been hesitant to guest posts. You’ve given me some great tips so I appreciate this post. Now I know what I need to do to get the job done. I was always thinking it had to perfect, but I realized from your article that it just has to be what I normally do. Thanks for the pep talk and the details.
    Thanks,
    Barbara
    Barbara Charles recently posted..Unique Reasons To Use Facebook Groups?My Profile

    February 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Barbara
      I would say go for it! I am sure you will deliver some great content, you do on your own blog which is why you have been asked to write a guest post! You can do one for me if you would like :)
      I am glad this has helped you with your decision…
      Pauline

      February 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm
  • Dee Ann Rice
    Twitter:
    says:

    Pauline,

    I have only written one guest post but it was fun. I met so many people through that guest post.

    I think you are right on with saying a guest post has to be of a high quality. It should be the best of the best that you would put on your own blog.

    I also think that replying to every comment is just part of the guest post.

    I have never had any guest posts but am thinking about starting that towards the end of this year.

    Great post.

    Dee Ann
    Dee Ann Rice recently posted..The Secret To Great Blog Post TopicsMy Profile

    February 20, 2013 at 9:43 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Dee Ann
      I think guest posts can be another great source of traffic and connections to new bloggers, so it is a win- win situation on both sides….as long as it is good quality content and you follow up with comment replies etc.

      I am also planning on having a guest post here once a month so watch this space LOL

      Thanks for stopping by, hope you are enjoying your day.
      Pauline

      February 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm
  • Tecnigar says:

    HI Pauline

    Great information!

    You have very well explained the Do’s and Dont’s of Guest blogging.

    gr8 post

    February 22, 2013 at 7:43 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Shubham
      Welcome to my blog, thanks for stopping by :)
      Have you ever been a guest blogger? or had a guest blogger on your site? would love to know more.
      Have a great weekend
      Pauline

      February 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm

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