A blog is like a Pizza – A mixture of many things. Guest Bloggers are the Crushed Pepper Pieces! They Spice It Up!
That quote just came out of my mind, and I wrote it down before it comes to someone else’s mind. But for me, how true it is! I guess it’s true for you too, if you’ve allowed guest bloggers to spice up your blog(s).
Being blog owners, we all love guest posts on our blog(s). Following are some primary reasons why (If you’ve got more, I’d love to read them! Hook them up in the comments section) -
- We start building relationships which always help us in some way (you might realize it sooner or later)
- We get more engagement and traffic on our blog (as a result of powerful social sharing by the guest author)
- Our blog becomes more active as a result of more posts, and some more.
The title says that this article is about the characteristics of a lousy guest blogger. So let’s get back to the main point and following are three primary characteristics, which I think, a lousy guest blogger follows and proves that he/she is exactly what that adjective means – disgusting.
1) Knows How To Write, But Doesn’t Care Reading
You must be wondering “Reading What?”. I’m referring to the Guest Bloggers Page, or simply put – a Write For Us Page. (Visit OddBlogger’s Write For Us Page). The process of this characteristic goes somewhat like this -
- Lands on your blog. Looks at the design and other stuff.
- Hovers over to the Navigation Menu and clicks the “Contact Us” tab, which is right next to the “Write For Us” tab.
- Fills up the contact form requesting to be a guest author and provides a link to his blog/site.
- The contact form contains something like this -
Hi. I want to write guest post for your blog. My Blog is (something). Please make an account for me.
Even after mentioning on the “Write For Us” page (that too in the easiest language), that if someone wants to guest post, he/she has to register for an account by themselves and a link is provided there.
But no! Our newly landed Mr./Miss Guest Poster is so busy to read all that, you know!
This even ends up the guest blogger not following many important guidelines.
2) When? When? When? When? …When??
Here comes an email – “I’ve submitted the post for review. Please review it”. So here goes a reply from the blog owner’s end - “Hi There. Hope you’re doing well. Alright, I’ll review your post and let you know. Thanks” (See the difference between the etiquettes?)
Here’s comes another – “Sorry. I’ve edited the post. Bolded the headers. Please see again”. The blog owner replies (now with a straight face) – “Hi there. Sorry I was running late yesterday, hence wasn’t able to review your post. But don’t worry, will do it later today or tomorrow. Regards”. (You’re allowed to laugh on that red word).
Here’s the annoying one from the guest blogger - “Hello. Please tell me when will my post be published.” The owner is now annoyed and speaks in his/her mind “Oh Sorry Sir. I forgot that I’m your secretary who has to tell you about everything before it’s done”. But the original one goes like this – “(The greetings) … Your post will be published by the weekend. Just to let you know that it is mentioned on the blog that the guest blogger is notified one day before the post is published. So don’t worry as you’ll be notified too.”
3) The Best One Is Always Single
“Now who’s the best one?”, you must be wondering. Well, after all that email drama, the post of the guest blogger is finally published. It starts receiving a good number of comments. Mostly, many positive comments pass the following message (in different accents) – “Thumbs Up. I agree”. But there are a couple of them, or a few of them which have a previous or a present story with the topic being discussed on the post. Those comments, according to me, are the most valuable ones hence I refer to them as “The Best One(s)”.
So our Mr./Miss Guest Blogger gets somewhat, or too much confused when reading those comments and finally comes to a conclusion of not replying them! Or leaves something like “Thanks for commenting”.
Along with the blog owner, even that commentator (the best one) must be thinking “Seriously? I didn’t comment for the sake of it”.
It doesn’t matter how well the post is written by that guest blogger (because he/she MIGHT have bought that post from freelance article writers). What matters is how the guest blogger proves the name – “Guest Blogger”.
Something like this happened with me too (As a blog owner, not a guest blogger please!). What about you? Do you have any stories to share? If so, don’t hesitate to share it because of the following reasons -
- My friend Abhi (the blog owner) is kind enough to keep the comments section open.
- No one has a right to interfere your opinions/views.
- You’ll make us love you!
I hadn’t finished enjoying my last contest where I won second prize of $250 and guess what, I have won another one. And this time it is for the FIRST place.
If you read my previous posts, then you may know that I shared that I have participated in another (my second) online blogging contest over Blog Engage. My contest entry was How did I get 380+ comments on my first guest post?, that first guest post has got 400 comments now. I got 423 comments on this one and still counting. The post has been chosen as the winning post.
I have got the first prize in that contest. There were many participants. All were awesome and really competitive. Here is the list of all the winners.
#1. In first place ($250 USD) - Abhi Balani with How did I get 380+ comments on my first guest post?
#3. In third ($100 USD) we have HollyJahangiri with All My Contest-Winning Strategies Revealed – for FREE!
Here is the official announcement: The 2012 $650 USD Guest Blogging Contest #2 Winners
I would like to thank each and every friend, Twitter follower or Facebook fan, and whoever helped me in this contest even if it was just a single like, comment, tweet or whatever. This could not have been possible without the help of all of them.
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Blog Engage will be up with the next contest of $650 in a few days. Maybe, tomorrow. And at the end of the year, the final contest will be of $1000. So, get ready to participate. Don’t worry the WINNER is having rest here. Hehe..
And not participating in any contest. BUT… only Blog Engage members can participate in Blog Engage’s Guest Blogging Contests and these contest are going to be hosted the whole year, one after another.
So, make sure to sign up for Blog Engage (affiliate link, use MINE , why not?), a one time sign up fee is necessary to join the blogging community. If you want to know why you should sign up for Blog Engage, then you can have a look to my article: Blog Engage- Right place for Blog Promotion and with that you’ll get so many chance to participate and win contests.
Thank you Justin and Holly, for giving me a tough competition and having a great time with me during the contest. Justin is sponsoring next Blog Engage contest and Holly? She has participated in another contest.
Don’t forget to connect with OddBlogger.com. There are many options to connect or just subscribe to feeds.
THANK YOU all.
Well, I participated again : Blog Engage Guest Blogging Contest #3: Participated again
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Burnout is kinda horrible situation which every blogger would have faced or would be facing in their blogging career. It’s well said that “ When you’ve given all you have then it’s hard to keep on giving.”
You don’t need to post every single day that people want to read. If you are able to attract a handful of reader who actually like your content then I think its more than enough. Don’t go for the stats. If your blog is not among the top blogs on Internet, does it matter??
Don’t feel to write more often when you have no ideas. Take your time. Some bloggers admit that they actually publish multiple posts a day while other once a month only. At some extent certain bloggers encounters blog burnout and just decides to end up with their blogging, which is a shameful act. There was a time when I was facing the same burnout situation. But I came over this situation by doing some activities like:-
- Keeping my self away from my blog for few days, meeting old friends.
- Listening to soft music
- Making habit to read blogs concerning different niche.
- Commenting on other blogs
- Asking readers for feedback, suggestions or ideas about what next to post about.
- Asking for guest post
My dear readers, I’ve shared my experience only. Mind it, that to overcome this burnout situation the activities may vary with respect to different bloggers including gardening, photography, going on vacation and lot more.
So all bloggers don’t feel guilty while taking break from blogging. Do peep outside the world, take your time and be back with fresh outlook.
Lastly, I’d like to thank my school friend Abhi for all the time whenever he helped me in my blogging and allowed me to write a guest post for his wonderful blog. Thanks buddy
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My blog, OddBlogger is growing day by day and I’m really happy with that. Though, it’s growth is slow but it’s increasing constantly. I’m getting new readers, friends and followers engaging with my blog, everyday. So I thought, it’d be a good idea to sum up all the awesome articles I’ve read and found them useful for all, in last few weeks. Some of them are on oddblogger.com and some are on other blogs out there. I’d like to start my list with an awesome article on my blog:
1) Tips for Dealing with Negative Comments: It was a guest post by Holly Jahangiri in last month and as you can see in the right sidebar, it’s the TOP POST on my blog with maximum number of comments. Holly explained, how we can handle negative feedback, comments or criticism and take it positively to improve ourselves. A must read post for newbies for learning and experts for discussion.
2) Blog Resolutions and Blogging Resolutions: I shared my two resolution list related to blog and blogging, last month. It’s not too late if you haven’t set any resolution for you and your blog. Confused in two different list about resolutions? Click on the link and find out the difference yourself.
3) 10 Reasons – Why I Will Not Visit Your Blog Again: It focuses on what you need to take care in your blog to keep your readers stick to your blog. It’s my guest post on one of my favorite blogs, BasicBlogTips. I got good feedback for this article. So, sharing it here in my list.
It looks like we are in a season of guest blogging. Rather than writing on ours, bloggers are writing more on other’s blogs. Guest blogging is one of the hottest topic in blogging ever.
4) 3 Good Reasons You Should Let ME Guest Post: Again, written by Holly Jahangiri on my blog. It’s one of the most discussed post on my blog. And it was a reply to another guest post, that was 4 reasons why you should not allow guest blogging on your site by Isabelle. These two posts are good enough to conclude our remarks about guest blogging. But it’s not enough to start guest posting blindly. See what Holly suggest you to do, in next.
5) Drive-by Guest Bloggers: The Dangers of Spun and PLR Content : If you think that you are getting so many guest post request on your blog because you have a very good blog, think again. Instead of just publishing any guest post you get in your inbox, do you know what you need to do first? Are you sure that your GUESTS really exist? The above post will teach you some tricks to find these answers. It’s Holly’s contest entry on Blog Engage, in current contest.
It’s one of the hottest online contest about blogging over the web. I’ve participated in it, too. You cannot participate now because the time for submitting article is over. But I’m sharing TOP 3 post in the contest, currently, out of 19 posts.
6) Good Blogger And A Good Blog: What Are The Signs?: I wrote a great list which can help you to remark your blog and your blogging as well. YES! It’s my contest entry and it’s on first place from last two months. Will you believe? It’s my first guest post and I’ve got 300+ comments on that and still counting. It’s a really good experience for me to participate in my very first contest with my very first guest post and to get a very good feedback. I’ll be waiting for your comments, too.
7) Will they call you over for a Bloggers Party? : This post is written by Hajra Khatoon, the toughest competitor but a very good friend. This is another post about guest blogging but this time it’s about how to get most out of it. The post helps to ensure that your guest post is one of the BEST guest posts.
I’d like to finish this list here because there are tons of awesome writers and articles out there. I cannot include all here. For now, read all of the above if you haven’t yet. All articles are waiting for your comments. Keep sharing.
I am excited after participating in my first blogging contest named “Blogging Tips 101 Contest” by ProBlogging Success.
I have been blogging since last year. I know blogging rules very well now. But the newbie tag was still in mind. So I decided to participante in this Blogging Tips 101 Contest to get noticed in the blogosphere.
It is my first contest ever and even it is my first guest post. I am writing about blogging in my blogs from a long. So i decided to write a post on blogging tips on this contest.
Help me to promote my post there:
Please: Have a look, share it on your networks and pass your comments.
You can also be a participant. Just jump in and show others that your are also there. The total cash prize money is $650 and there are more bonus prizes as well like 5 blog engage accounts and more.
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What fun is it to follow the herd? Isn’t it more intriguing to read a blog post spiced with just a hint of controversy? While most bloggers wax poetic on the benefits of guest posting, both from the writer’s and publisher’s point of view, OddBlogger Isabelle demonstrates the fun of creating linkbait by taking the opposing view – and Abhi Balani ends up accepting a guest post in spite of himself.
I read “4 reasons why you should not allow guest blogging on your site” and could not resist writing a reply. Here are my three good reasons you should let me guest post:
Granted, you popped up with a “Would you mind sharing this post?” by way of introduction, but the fact is, after reading the post, I didn’t mind sharing it at all. Your content interests me enough to provoke a comment or two that is not entirely self-serving. And rather than write an entire blog post in the comments section, rebutting your “4 reasons why you should not allow guest blogging on your site,” I feel challenged – nay, morally obligated – to offer you a guest post in response.
What rightfully makes experienced bloggers wary of guest posts is the same thing publishers in traditional media experience daily: A lot of utter rubbish falls through the transom, unsolicited. Or, the cover letter is reasonably intriguing, but the effort required to develop the work into a usable, marketable, readable product isn’t worth the time and money. “Thanks, but this does not meet our editorial needs at this time. We wish you the best of luck in your endeavors, elsewhere.”
Rather than try to bend my personality to match yours, I will gamble that, as with Siskel and Ebert, a little controversy and a fresh voice may bring you a few of my regular readers – and they may discover their own reasons for bookmarking your site and sticking around. In turn, some of your regulars may wander over to my blog if they enjoyed my guest post on yours. Of course, it’s up to you to read this post before publishing it, to ensure that nothing I’ve said is likely to alienate your readers. Assuming you deem it worth the risk and give me my byline where it’s due, I doubt even a little alienation will destroy your blog or your following. With any luck, it will be a win-win situation for both of us.
The flip side is that I can write on just about any topic. I wouldn’t be much of a technical communicator if I couldn’t. Even though I write fiction and that’s more the focus of my online presence, I’m an information developer by day. What I don’t know, I can research. What do your readers want to know?
Hint: I’m being “paid” in backlinks. The least you can do, if you’ve read this far, is to read my post, Good Goals Gone Bad.
This article was contributed on OddBlogger by Holly Jahangiri .She is a technical communicator, social media analyticator, children’s book author, blogger, happy wife and mom living in Houston, Texas.
When maintaining a blog, it’s really hard work to keep updating at least 5 times a week, which is generally a good starting guideline for how often you should publish unique content. By accepting guest posts on your blog, not only do you lighten the load a little bit with maintaining the level of blog posts per week, but you’ll expand your audience. The more voices you have speaking on a particular subject, the more interesting conversations you will open up. However, not all guest posts are right and you have to do your research to find what kind of outcome is good for you.
Why should you not accept all guest posts? Well, some people might have a different niche than you. Although, it’s great to branch out a bit, at least make it correlate to your focus. Don’t let it be a random sports post on a blog about search engine optimization unless you’ve found something that correlates both niches in a really unique way. Also, make sure it’s beneficial to you, too. Let the writer be someone that’s pretty experienced, a higher page rank, so that way you build more of your credibility. Having constant posts that aren’t quality posts may hurt your site in the long run. Not only will less people go to your blog as it makes it harder to find a particular niche, Google may drop you down a little bit due to the inconsistency of the niche.
A great thing about guest posting is expanding your base. Both of you can do a post exchange where if y’all both see fit, you can have mutual exchange of information. You’ll get some good ranking with quality posts, and your guest will get the same type of deal. The great thing about this is that more of the visitors on the blog you post guest articles will start to follow you because you’ll have more of an authority. This will greatly increase the amount of visitors and subscribers which could be a potential money making asset to you. This way you don’t just focus on organic search engine traffic, but from actual blogs that correlate your niche. You’ll build a lot more targeted traffic that way, which really makes your blog more profitable if you decide to monetize.
Speaking of monetizing, some people are willing to pay you to accept guest posts on your site. Depending on how well ranked, indexed, and the type of traffic you get, you can get anywhere from $5 to $25 or more per post on your site. It’s an excellent way of building residual income. The most industry standard way to accept guest posts however is to simply allow another blogger the chance to share their voice without monetary exchange. Give it a try, you may be surprised the amount of value you can add to your blog with great guest posts.
If you’re looking into guest blogging then it’s probably for one of two reasons. Either you will be trying to promote your own blog or using guest blogs as an online marketing tool to build links to other websites. Whatever your reasons there are lots of things you can do to make finding guest blogs easy. There’s so much advice about guest blogging on the net that it can be difficult to know what’s right for you. So read on to discover the myths and musts of guest blogging.
If you’re totally new to blogging then the best place to start is to create a few articles on subjects you feel you can write informatively about and post them onto some article marketing websites.
There are tons of these on the web that you can post on for free but most SEO experts agree that they’re becoming defunct as a linkbuilding tool. However they can help when looking for guest blogs because they can provide you with a portfolio which will give people an idea of your writing style and the things you want to write about.
It’s also really important that you know how to write a html link to go on your post. It’s really easy to find out how to do this – if in doubt, Google it!
A lot of the advice you will find on the internet about how to get guest blogs will tell you that you need to tailor the emails you write to each blog you approach and include some information about why you like their blog and why you want to write for it.
I have been guest blogging for a while and in my experience I’ve never found this to be necessary, in fact I think it’s a waste of time. Any savvy blogger will know that you want to use their blog to promote your own or to build links so if they respond to silly false flattery then they probably don’t deserve a guest post from you in the first place!
I send out a generic email which goes something like this:
“I really enjoyed reading your blog and would love to write a guest post for you about (insert whatever you want it to be about here). Please get in touch if you would be interested, or if you would like to see some samples of my previous guest blogs.”
I’ve had a lot of success with this type of email. It’s succinct and cuts out all the crap which I think is appreciated by busy bloggers.
You can email blogs you want to post on individually but I’ve always had far more success using sites like myguestblog.com which allow you to search for blogs that are relevant to your subject more easily.
You should carefully target the blogs you approach depending on what it is you are writing about. If you’re building links to other websites then the blog you choose to guest post on should be as relevant to your link as possible. Any natural link is a plus but a post about lawn care on a gardening blog will have far more link value than the same post on a sports blog.
Many advice pages will tell you that you need to target blogs with lower PageRank or no PageRank before you go for the big boys. This is completely untrue and in my opinion is a vast conspiracy concocted by top guest bloggers to stop other people stealing their thunder.
I’ve been guest blogging for less than a year and have had posts on all levels of blog from PageRank 0 to PageRank 8. My philosophy is that if you don’t ask you don’t get so there’s no harm in approaching very high level blogs, if you believe your writing is good enough. Becoming a respected blogger is all about content not quantity (more about content next) so the amount of experience you have is not particularly important. However I would say that having a few posts on high page rank sites under your belt can help when approaching other blogs.
If you read up on all things SEO then you will probably have heard the term ‘content is king’ bandied about recently. I agree with this dogma wholeheartedly. Google and other search engines are focussing far more on relevant and useful content than on any other element of SEO so any guest blog you produce needs to be as well written, useful and informative as possible. More importantly it needs to be enjoyable to read.
I can now hear you thinking, “I need to write a guest blog about disinfectant/tarmac/crop rotation/insert boring subject here, how can I possibly make that enjoyable to read? If you’re clever about it there’s always an angle you can find to make your writing more interesting and appealing to a wider audience.
For example, I recently needed to write a blog to promote a website that makes springs for the aerospace industry, not the most exciting subject in the world. After a bit of research I came up with an post about which celebrities had bought tickets for the inaugural space flight on Virgin Galactic – a much more exciting and appealing subject. I found a wider audience, had my blog published and had fun writing it.
Some people interpret advice about the type of content you produce wrongly and assume it means you have to care passionately about what you write, or that you need to be an expert on your subject. This is total nonsense! The trick is to write as though you care passionately about what you are saying and research your subject well so anyone reading it would assume you were an expert. Of course if you do genuinely care about the subject you’re writing on it’s an added bonus that will only add to the quality of your writing.
The most important advice for anyone starting out in blogging is to write, write, write and then write some more! Like any skill practice makes perfect and the better your writing is the more likely it is that you will be offered guest posts.