Saturday, September 16, 2017

How to Guest Post Like a Pro

I've been trying to work on a blogging schedule lately, and part of that has been looking for people willing to guest post. So I thought I'd work up a post on how to guest post!

First, a quick definition of what guest posting is: guest posting is when a person agrees to write a single article for another person's blog or website.
 Let me begin by saying there really is no definitive guide to guest posting. That's why people who agree to guest post for each other always ask questions: What do you want me to post on? When do you want me to post? How long do you want it to be? Guest posting is useless if the person you're posting for isn't pleased, so be sure to ask them what they're looking for.
Of course, you can figure out some of what they want for yourself by visiting the blog or website they want people to post on. When I'm looking for people to guest post for me, I always say that anything writing or book-related works. Why? Because that's what my blog is about. Anyone who visits could probably figure that out, as well as see what I've already posted on. You don't want to have a repeat post!
The question is, how do you write under the broad topic of the blog and still stand out from the blogger's frequent posts. This is a one-time opportunity! Simple: blog about a topic that the blogger can't. For example, Jonathan Trout guest-posted for me once and I suggested he write something about being a guy blogger ... I can never blog on that. He did an excellent job with the post because it's the most popular post this blog's ever had ... go figure xD
When you're guest posting, it's not usually the time for a medical update or a new announcement.  There are exceptions, but for the most part, things like that should be relegated to your own blog where you have readers that are already invested in you. :) So an article that matches the blog content with a strong title and clearly marked points is the better way to go.
At the same time, you don't want to be stiff. One of the main reasons people enjoy reading blog posts is for the person behind the content as much as the content itself. So you should be natural. Use your normal blogging voice. As I said before, pick something that you can write from experience (preferably an experience the person you're blogging for doesn't have). That's always going to be a bit personal.
One of the main incentives for guest posting is that you as the guest poster get exposure to a new audience! So consider including a photo of yourself or maybe even a bio. Ask the friend you're blogging for to introduce you in their way. And definitely include a link back to your blog! That's how readers from the blog or website you're guest posting on will find (and hopefully follow) you :)
While no one gets a true break this way, I've seen that each group of blog followers is more likely to look at both blogs if the bloggers have simply switched for the day. The audience gets a fresh voice on the blog they follow, but they have to visit this new person's blog in order to read a post from the person they're used to reading. It's a good strategy and a win-win.
  1. The primary blogger gets a week off // take a break without having to skip a post
  2. Readers get a new writer // it shakes it up a bit and readers are usually welcoming
  3. The guest poster gets new exposure // it's a direct way to reach an already dedicated audience
Have you ever guest posted before? Do you have any questions about guest posting?

I AM LOOKING FOR GUEST POSTS! So if you're interested, shoot me an e-mail: abiclaire98 at gmail dot com :)

29 comments:

  1. I've done one guest post before and it was a blast. The other blogger, Lisa, and I did a swap on what movies taught us about writing. It was fun. Of course, our audience is pretty much the same people, but just collaborating was fun.

    This was a great post. I love everything you had to say. <3

    ~Ivie
    iviewrites.blogspot.com

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    1. That's awesome! Swaps can definitely be a cool thing to do, and it's almost always fun despite how profitable it may be ;)

      Thanks, Ivie! :D

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  2. I want to have someone guest post for me sometime, and I'd LOVE to have a guest post. Maybe someday. XD

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  3. Very good post Abi! I've done guest-posting once (with Ivie of the above comment) and it was great fun! I'd love to guest post for you sometime! Maybe I'll message you later :D

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  4. This is a great post with some great pointers! Guest posting is also something I've been looking into recently, as I haven't had a guest post on my blog in a while nor have I guest posted for someone else in a while. I'll be keeping these pointers in mind! Thank you for sharing Abi!

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    1. I'm so glad it was helpful. I look forward to seeing what you do! :D

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  5. This was an epic post, Abi - thanks for all the wonderful info! I'll have to bookmark this for future reference. (and I may or may not shoot you a message about guest posting later ;))

    ~ Savannah | Scattered Scribblings

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  6. OH MY GOODNESS. I remember when I guest posted for you... wow that was so long ago?? HAVE I REALLY KNOWN YOU THAT LONG? #goodtimes Also I honestly can't believe that's the most popular post on your blog. :O :O :O I feel so famous sheesh. xD

    + Remember in the comments of my guest post when you said you would catch up to me in followers?? STILL WAITING FOR THAT DAY TO COME. :P :P

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  7. Loved this post, Abi! I want to have someone guest post for me sometime, so I'll keep this post in mind. :)

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  8. Thanks for this! I've done a couple guest posts here and there, but for the most part, I don't have a lot of ideas! I really want to, though. I'm going to send you an email about guest posting. :D

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  9. Ooooh thank you for this! I'm about to write a guest post so this was very timely :D

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