How to Write a Guest Post that the Blogger Can’t Refuse

By Julia Gulevich, of G-Lock Software

Guest blogging is good for the blog’s owner and a guest blogger only if it’s done properly. So, before you start guest blogging, you’ll want to make sure your own blog or website is ready for new readers that you will get by guest blogging. In particular, you need to ensure that your blog/website:

  • has only quality posts,
  • has a good design, and
  • offers a subscription option.

Once it’s done, you can start searching for the blogs to guest post on.

Search for Blogs

To get the most of your guest blogging, look for a blog with an audience that’s similar to yours. Guest posting on a blog that has absolutely nothing in common with your blog theme will not bring you very many readers. But if you guest post on a blog with a similar subject, you can greatly increase the number of your visitors.

The best place to start looking for blogs to guest post on is the blogs you already know and like reading. You can also discover new blogs from comments on your blog, your favorite blogs’ blogrolls, searches and other links.

To find blogs that accept guest posts, type in Google or Fast Blog Finder the search terms like

Looking for “guest post” Looking For “Guest Bloggers” “This guest post was written” “This guest post is from” “Guest post by”

and start the search. To find the blogs relevant to your niche, add your keywords to the search query, for example:

Looking For “Guest Bloggers” your keyword phrase Wanted: “Guest Bloggers” your keyword phrase

Got the idea? When you found the blogs for guest blogging, you’ll want to know what kind of post they accept. Read a few posts on the blog to get familiar with the blog’s style: personal, conversational, informal, professional, informational, or preachy, in order to understand what kind of blog you will be writing for.

writing guest postVisit those blogs regularly, read the posts and leave your comments where you see it appropriate. Leave useful and valuable comments. Acting in this way you will present yourself as an active blog reader competent in the subject the blog deals with. You will be recognizable by the blog’s owner and other readers. This will greatly increase the chance to have your guest post accepted by the blogger and published. You know many bloggers are concerned about guest posts from totally unknown persons and publish the stories from people they know only.

You should also look if the blog already has a guest posting policy like “no submissions”, “submissions via e-mail”, “queries first”, etc. and follow those rules. Look for signals of interest in guest bloggers before making your offer. Has the blogger made any indication they are open to guest blogging? Some bloggers announce that the opportunity is there, on many blogs guest blogging can be arranged behind the scenes. Others wouldn’t make sense to have other bloggers.

Write Guest Post

After you get a feel for the style and posts on the blog, write a guest post specifically for that blog. Generally, it’s not enough to copy and paste one of your old blog posts or a guest post that you’ve already posted on another blog. Don’t write in the way “slam bang – and it’s done!” thinking that you don’t like to spend time for the content for someone else’s blog. It’s you who are primarily interested in a guest post of a high quality because:

  • more people will want to click on your link and visit your own blog;
  • your guest posts will likely be accepted without hesitation in the future;
  • people will more likely remember the author of a good quality post.

When thinking of an idea for your guest post, remember that it must be of interest to the blog’s target audience, and most importantly, it must tell about something the blogger hasn’t written about before. If you are not sure about what to write, read the posts on the blog you want to write a guest post on and see what they have already covered on the topic and what they have not covered completely.

Your post should add value to the host’s blog, in particular if you’re sending an unsolicited submission. Make your post as useful as possible to the blog’s readers. Keep in mind that this is not your blog, write for the host blog’s audience. Try to find topics and a style that the audience can enjoy. Don’t be shy to consult the blogger for ideas. This might help your creative process.

While writing a post, think about how you can interlink your guest post with articles on the blog. Making that extra effort to integrate your post into the blog will most likely impress the blog’s owner, and your post will act as a solid link between your website and the blog you have a guest post on.

What you must absolutely do to leverage your guest blogging is include a link or two to a post on your blog or website. Be sure to choose the anchor text of the links wisely because taken into account when calculating search engine rankings. The anchor text such as “Click here” or “Read more” isn’t descriptive or helpful to readers or search engines.

In the next article I will tell about how to find the opportune moment to contact the blogger and what to tell them to have your guest post accepted.

Let me know what you think by posting your comments below.

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[Note From Admin: We highly recommend Julia’s software – Fast Blog Finder — as a great way to locate blog sites of all types. You can download it FOR FREE from fastblogfinder.com We will soon be offering it as a part of our free software collection — so check that page for more info and demo video as well.]

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How to Improve Search Engine Placement By Using Targeted Blog Postings

By Jorge Chavez

To improve search engine placement is a huge, almost universal goal of webmasters everywhere. The main ways to achieve this goal are getting many good backlinks, posting large amounts of good content and optimizing website parameters to get maximum credit for these changes.

Probably the single most effective measure one could take to improve search engine placement would be to get more backlinks. There are two important aspects of backlinks: 1. The pure, gross number of them linking back to your website and 2. The quality of these backlinks.

Quality of backlinks is measured both in the importance of the website linking back to yours (usually expressed in its page rank or PR) and the relevancy of the site in relation to your keywords. If your website concerns “dog collars” links from other dog related sites carry more weight than links from, say scuba diving sites.

One excellent way to get large amounts of targeted backlinks from high-ranking related sites is to make posts on blog threads in which your keywords appear. If you can find and post on blog sites where there are discussions using your keywords you can play directly to the best relevancy side of the ranking equation.

You will need to select sites that have high page rank and that use “dofollow” attributes for comments posted. (A comment posted where “nofollow” rules are used, does nothing for you.) Until recently, it was difficult to find all of these positive factors together at once. It required hours of blog surfing and reading to find them.

That has now changed with the advent of blog finding software that finds the threads and reports them back to you with their pageranks and dofollow/nofollow attributes. Add the ability to add your comment or posting directly from the program’s surfing window, spell check what you post, and you have just what you need.

Technology has changed the entire cost-benefit equation. You can now quickly find and post to good, relevant blogs with high PR and dofollow link attributes. This permits your links to be rapidly spidered and credited to your website.Excellent, high quality backlinks to improve your search engine placement are now easily attainable and free for the posting. It’s a tool that if you aren’t already using, you should be.

For more details about how to improve search engine placement through targeted blog postings, follow the links below…

To understand more about how to improve search engine placement using blog postings, go here and download a free copy of a working fast blog finder: Improve Search Engine Placement

For a variety of SEO tools and resources, visit: Improved Search Engine Placement

Jorge Chavez is an experienced Internet marketer at: http://seo4moretraffic.com/Contact.html

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The AfroSphere is making headlines, and ooVoo is keeping us connected.

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When Francis Holland invited me to join the AfroSpear group of black bloggers I had no idea I was joining a movement.Right away I was plugged into a group of progressive bloggers whose mission was to highlight the issues that are near and dear to our community.

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In the wake of the Jena 6 march the AfroSphere has come to the attention of the mainstream media.  The lastest coverage of the AfroSphere is in the New Republic.  So what does this mean?  One possible answer is that more people will read AfroSphere blogs to learn what the main stream media doesn’t deem newsworthy.  Another possible outcome will be that more black people will establish blogs. 

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What I do know for sure is that the power of bloggers is growing daily and as the pen has always been mightier than the sword, the keyboard may in fact be the biggest slayer of them all.

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When blogging goes terribly wrong

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Jessica Cutler found fame from blogging.  Well at least she got a book deal and an offer to pose in Playboy.  All this came when her blog detailing juggling sexual relations with six men while working on Capital Hill was discovered by Wonkette.  Now she’s being sued.

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Do you Squidoo?

Check out my lens  Check out my Squidoo!

Squidoo was started by the Original Squid, Seth Godin. Nearly ten years ago, Seth founded Yoyodyne, which originated the idea of permission marketing online. After Yoyodyne was acquired by Yahoo, he served as VP Direct Marketing for Yahoo for about a year. In 2000, Godin focused full-time on his career as an acclaimed public speaker, an author and a blogger. Seven of Seth’s books have been bestsellers somewhere around the world, and his blog has been picked as the best business blog by several leading publications. Seth’s head is the most recognizable author icon in business. Yes, his head.

Squidoo’s goal as a platform is to bring the power of recommendation to search. Squidoo’s goal as a co-op is to pay as much money as we can to our lensmasters and to charity. And Squidoo’s goal as a community is to have fun along the way, and meet new ideas and the people behind them.

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