What Are the Golden Rules of Successful Guest Blogging?
If guest blogging is a major part of your content marketing strategy, you must ask yourself the following questions:
How can I be a successful guest writer?
Do I know how to be a good guest?
What rules and guidelines should I follow to create content that is appealing and blog appropriate?
To answer these questions, we have prepared for you a list of golden rules to read, reread and check against every time you are about to write a guest blogpost.
Guest blogging rules:
1. Choose your target audience
The first and most important rule you must remember is to carefully pick your target audience. Although guest blogging is a great way to get backlinks and increase your social sharing, your efforts will go in vain if you guest blog haphazardly and neglect to research the credibility of blogs and their domains.
2. Do some research
Once you have selected a list of blogs you would like to write for, it’s time to find out the following information about each of them:
Answering the above questions will help you decide whether or not the blog is a good fit for your goals. If yes, you can proceed to the next step.
3. Review the blog’s guidelines
Many blogs have blogging guidelines you can easily find via their sitemap. To better understand what would make your submission legible, you need to review the guidelines carefully. Moroever, make sure you follow the guidelines to a tee. Whether they ask you for a pitch, a full article or a bio, do not drop the ball or try to improvise.
4. Create relevant & unique content
Use your knowledge of the brand and the blog to create unique, original and relevant content. Take the time to give your content a twist; an uncommon angle that has not been used before. Moroever, avoid submitting radically different topics or formats. This kind of experimentation is better done at your own blog. You should also keep the blog’s audience in mind. Write for them and provide factual, educational or entertaining content and avoid trying to sell your products and services using too much backlinks.
Bonus tip: Make sure your blogpost isn’t too short or too long. Look at the blog’s published content to get an idea about the appropriate length for your submission.
5. Establish your credibility
Do you often engage in guest blogging? Make sure you cite all your work. The more you can show that people love and interact with your content, the more blogs will be willing to have you as their star guest blogger. Showing that your blog posts earned many shares and likes is a very good indicator of your authority and blogging skills.
6. Accept constructive criticism
So you have submitted a guest blog post for review and you are waiting for feedback. Instead of getting the usual ‘WOW, great job!‘, you were given some comments and asked to revise the content. What do you do? You can either revise the post and review the comments and make the necessary changes or you can withdraw the submission. Whatever it is you choose, be sure to be graceful and thorough as well.
7. Don’t stop at publication
Your blog post is published and you are very happy you. That’s awesome. However, your work here is not yet done. You need to take the time to do the following:
Engage with your readers by reading and responding to all comments.
Follow up with the blog creator with a thank you note.
Bonus tip: When guest blogging or when blogging for yourself, it is essential that you take the time to review the performance of your blog posts. If you have published a post and it didn’t do well, you need to look at your headline, the topic you chose, the audience and your approach. If it did well, track its stats and make sure you use them for other guest blogging opportunities.
In your opinion, what do you think of guest blogging? What makes a good guest blogger? We are always looking forward to your insights and feedback in our comment section below 🙂
As I always say (well, not really always but who cares?): Great content doesn’t grow on trees! In order to find and share really good content, you need to work hard, unless you are just so damn lucky and you can stumble on it with no effort, which is not usually the case!
Today, I will be sharing with you some tips on how to find content that is engaging and interesting that we applied to our blog posts. So be sure to read this post fully and let me know if you have any more helpful tips you would like to share.
Discovering Great Content: Tips & Tricks
1- Utilize Social Media Channels:
One of the best ways of discovering great content to share is by utilizing social media channels:
On Twitter, you can always find trending and hot topics using keyword and hashtag searches. Twitter lists are another source of good content to share.
Facebook, LinkedIn, and Tumblr can also be a good source of interesting topics that your friends and peers share. Groups are also a good place to find the content of value.
2- Use Content Curation Tools
I personally really love using Feedly to find content worth sharing with my audience. However, there are more content curations tools out there and you can pick the ones that you enjoy using the most.
3- Refer to Blogs & Newsletters
Some blogs and newsletters have valuable information that could be customized for your audience and shared with them. Make sure you do not copy and paste news as it is though, because it will decrease your ranking on Google and well, because it is illegal!
4- Your Audience
If you want to deliver great content to your audience, then they themselves are a perfect source of content to share! See what they like, share and are interested in and create content that matches their likes and preferences.
We have a lot more tips and topics heading your way. So stay tuned and be sure to drop us a line, or two 🙂
Blog post ideas that will make your blog more interesting
It can be very difficult to come up with new and interesting blog post ideas that can help your blog shine through the clutter. Moreover, making your blog hot and viral requires a lot of patience, creativity, and persistence. This is why today, we will be sharing with you a list of 10 ideas to use for your blog posts. We will follow it up with another list very soon so stay tuned 🙂
Blog post ideas your readers will love:
1. Write reviews
Reviews can be very valuable content for your readers, especially that many people are seeking them constantly. Choose books, movies or products and make it a point to write unbiased and honest reviews about them. Moreover, make sure that you write reviews based on your own experience and avoid copying and pasting ones that are already available online.
2. Make tutorials
If you are a professional in a certain field or you know someone who is, use that knowledge to make tutorials and spread help those with fewer skills. Since guides and tutorials are very much needed and have a great value, they can easily drive traffic to your blog, convert followers and even increase engagement.
3. Interview people
Do you know inspiring people with interesting personal, career or life stories? Try to interview and feature them on your blog. This can help you get more traffic by offering real-life stories that others will enjoy reading about. Furthermore, if you do interview influential people, they can offer useful and practical tips that your audience will benefit from.
4. Post infographics
As you know, infographics are a great way of delivering complicated data in a simple and appealing way. This is why you should try to post them on your blog every now and then. However, make sure the quality of your infographics is high to make them stand out from the crowd.
5. Choose controversial topics
With the huge amount of information available online, your followers will appreciate some controversy. Choose topics that make people think and pushes them to engage with your content.
6. Create lists
Lists are awesome! They are incredibly easy to read and follow and they leave your audience craving more. To get people to enjoy your blog more, make sure you use lists, such as this one, to grab their attention. The options for lists are infinite so choose what works well with the style of your blog and your audience demographics. See this sample list, search on Google: Best Facebook Auto Poster 2019”
7. Invite guest writers
Inviting guest writers is always a win-win situation for your, the guest writers and your readers. 1) You get more exposure. 2) Your readers get more variety. 3) The guest writers can build up their name or brand.
At The Global Now we have a few guest writers of our own. Make sure you read their content too when you have some extra time!
8. Bust myths
People hate being misinformed. This is why writing and posting posts that debunk myths can prove to be very valuable for your followers and can help you build a larger readers’ base faster and more effectively. However, make sure that you do enough research to verify the information you use.
9. Criticize blogs or persons
Although this one can be a bit tricky, it is really worth trying. Just choose a person or a blog and be brave enough to provide a strong argument against them. Avoid random rantings and be sure that your arguments are supported by facts.
10. Curate or summarize available content
When you feel completely stuck and can’t come up with new blog post ideas, you can always recycle old content available online. However, make sure that you do not duplicate the content and that you summarize it in a unique and interesting way that your readers will benefit from and enjoy.
What other blog post ideas can you share with our amazing readers? Be sure to share them with us in the comment section below.
Blogger’s block is one of the most annoying things a blogger could ever experience. Imagine staring at your computer screens for hours trying to write a couple of blog posts. And nothing; you draw a blank. If you are a blogger looking for a long term career in blogging, this post is definitely for you.
5 ways to create awesome blog posts:
As a blogger, your community can play a big part in helping you write great blog posts. Let’s see how below:
1. If you want to write more, you need to read more
Reading and writing go together hand in hand. Unless you read more blogs, you won’t be able to come up with new, creative ideas for your own blog. So find blogs you like, read their content, and see what makes them great (or bad). Use that knowledge to create better posts on your own blog.
2. Communicate with your followers, audience and other bloggers
Communication with others could lead to amazing new blog post ideas. Reading blogs and engaging in conversations on them could really help you up to your writing game and develop new, creative ideas.
3. Use your blog as a way to shine a light on different opinions
After the speech POTUS gave, people went online to express their thoughts and reactions about it. We took that as an opportunity to write a blogpost with our own opinion combined with the opinions of others out there. It was a great blog post which started an online conversation that many people joined.
4. Ask your community what they want to read about
A newsletter is a good way to get feedback from your readers about what they would like to read. However, you could also use LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to learn more about your readers’ preferences and interests. Blog comments are also an awesome tool for generating blog post ideas.
5. Practice difference writing styles
It is very true that you need to be original and have a certain blogging style. However, you could spice up your writing style every now and then by adding new styles. You could also rewrite posts that you enjoy (without plagiarizing of course).
Finally, remember this: a blogger is never alone so be sure to use your community to create awesome contentthat they will appreciate and enjoy.
Blogging has become a crowded field; everyone is doing it! However, blogging is not an easy job since it requires a lot of effort, patience, passion, and dedication. It also requires some technical know-how and it is very time-consuming. Still, there are ways to get better at blogging and become a successful blogger and today we will be sharing tips with you on how you can achieve that.
Tips for successful blogging:
– Read, read & read some more
Writing interesting, captivating, unique and useful content does not happen overnight. It needs you to be well rounded and knowledgeable on the subjects you write about and the only way to really do this is by taking the time to read up on the topics you want to write about.
– Be unique
If you are going to write about any subject, you need to approach it in a unique manner that was never used before. This is very important for people who read your blog as they will not be interested in spending their time on your blog if you are just like every other blog out there. Don’t follow the crowd, break the rules and be yourself.
– Don’t be afraid to invest in your blog
You need time and money to have a blog that people will want to surf. Sometimes, that means hiring designers, SEO specialists, copy editors and much more.
– Don’t limit yourself
It is very important to be backed up by big brands and sponsors because that helps your blog grow. However, try to stay independent as much as possible and don’t allow your content to be all sponsored as that will place a limit on the number of your
readers who need unbiased information and demand real value.
Guest writing and hosting other bloggers can be of great value to your blog. Be sure to network and make new connections and don’t be afraid to turn to industry specialists for advice, tips, Quotes, interviews, quotes and more.
– Focus on your readers
You made the blog for your readers, not for you. So whatever you do, try to focus on your readers, consider what they are looking for and not what you think they want. Your blog should never be just about you, it should connect with your readers on more than one level.
Your blog will take time which you need to utilize to be persistent in the value and the quality you offer. To be a successful blogger, don’t try to rush it and burn yourself out. Be patient and love the work that you are doing, day in, day out.
We hope you enjoyed our tips for the day. Please share with us your thoughts below.