How To Land A Guest Post On Any Blog GUARANTEED!

How to get your name on the blog of your choice is a topic much discussed already. But instead of speaking in abstracts, my focus in this post will be speckled with my own personal examples and past guest-posting histories.

It’s much easier than you think to get on any blog if you follow these two simple steps.

Don’t be a Stranger

By the time I submitted my first post for Social Media Examiner the staff at SME knew me by name.

Social Media Examiner is a HUGE blog. Technorati ranks it as a Number 1 blog in Small Business Blog category and Number 5 in Business Category.

I’ve been commenting for months. I’ve yelled at them (lovingly) for having a really long intro in their videos (which they cut down from 30 seconds to 10, you’re welcome everybody), I’ve noticed when the site was down and have notified them, I’ve corrected a headline on one occasion. Lets just say, I was involved.

So by the time I submitted my first post, the only way it wasn’t going to get past the Editorial staff is if the article sucked monkey balls.

In other words, if you want to get-on as a guest blogger on ANY blog, you should start out as a member of the comment-brigade.

Get to know the purveyor and the rest of the community, contribute something useful on consistent basis and then submit your post for review.

Bring Your “A” Game

Great thing about being part of the comment-brigade for a month or two, is that you will get a really great sense of what the blog is about, what the blogger is about, how the writing is done, what the layout is, general topics covered, etc.

All of this info will be gold when it comes time for you to submit your guest post. And when you submit your guest post, Bring Your A Game!

This is not ezines.com, this is not examiner.com, this is not about.com nor is it helium.
This is not article marketing. This is reputation building. And reputation is the only real currency worth a damn.

One of the posts I did for Social Media Examiner is over 3000 words on must-know SEO for bloggers. I’m not saying that the length is indicative of quality, but I am saying that I’ve put real effort into it (also has screen shots and multiple videos.)

In other words, it wasn’t half assed and it took weeks to complete.

Another post on SME regarding the Twitter Strategies was well-researched, relatively short (only 1500 words) and really paid off in terms of reputation building. It was thanks to this very post that I’ve met Dan Cristo who left a cheeky comment on it.

Dan Cristo (the SEO Wizard) and I later did several SEO Podcasts and eventually started a little reach multiplier platform for bloggers, called Triberr. You may have heard of it.

But Wait, There Isn’t More!

Those two simple things will get you in on almost every blog I know. It will certainly get you in on this blog.

The very first guest post on DIYB was by the vivacious Stacey Herbert of My Life Style Max. Long time twitter buddy, a commenter, and now the Managing Editor here on DIYB.  And when she came, she came correct.

Her post (How To Lose Your Blogging Virginity Like a Slut) was one of the best-trafficked posts with 75 comments at the time of this writing.

Over the next few guest posts, the pattern has repeated itself. Again (Blogging as the Battle of Thermopylae) and again (Hitch Your Wagon To a Dragon and Blog Like a Wizard).

Not only here, but elsewhere, bloggers are simply plucking the folks they know and like from their comments section. So take heed.

I could go on and on, but I think you got the point.

Become the member of the comment brigade and bring your A game. That’s all it takes to get on any blog.

But what do you do once your post is published on your favorite blog? That is an excellent question and the topic for another time.

For now, I invite you to place a link in the comments section to the best guest post you ever did.

Dino Dogan

Global Force for Badassery | Founder of Triberr | Refugee from Bosnia | Writer for Technorati | Speaker | Lousy Martial Artist | Pretty good singer/songwriter | Hi :-)

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  • http://stanfaryna.wordpress.com Stan Faryna

    Yet again, you’ve reveal that the yellow brick road… is right there under your feet.

    • http://twitter.com/LeoWid Leo Widrich

      I could have not said it any better @faryna:disqus . That’s exactly what you did with this one Dino. Thanks and reshared :)

      • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

        hey there artist formerly known as Leo :-) From now on, you shall be names the Guest Blogger :-)

        I bet you got stories dude….you’ve been everywhere in terms of guest postings…what have you learned? Its about time you write that guest post for DIYB :-)

        • http://twitter.com/LeoWid Leo Widrich

          Dude! SO true, ok, I am making it a promise right here: “5 lessons I learnt from Guestposting about 100 times in 3 months.”

          You think that could do? :)

          • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

            I’d read that :-)

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      That is a very evocative way of putting it. Thnx Stan :-)

  • Anonymous

    “But wait, there isn’t more?” That’s a new one, haha. I liked it.

    So… you yell at other bloggers lovingly? I see subject matter for another blog post right there.

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      I do, I do. I yell :-) I yell out of love. When you care about someone sometimes you have to smack them upside the head lol

  • Anonymous

    Hi Dino!
    That is correct. We love giving the floor to regular commenters at Spin Sucks. They are part of the community and we all like to hear from others, and learn more from (and about) them. Building community is our top objective with the blog and we’ve found that posts written by someone we all know get more interaction than those from someone new to us. That doesn’t stop us, however, from running something quality from someone new. It’s simply an observation.
    Having said that, another way is to just ask. I get lots of requests for guest bloggers and most of them are lane. I love getting a thoughtful request with some topic ideas and a link to a blog or other samples.

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      The way it happens for me (after commenting on a blog for a while) is I find I will have a flash of inspiration and as Im writing the post I get a sense of which blog it would work best on. So I simply send the completed guest post to the host and say “if you love it, its yours” :-)

      But you are def right regarding the exposure and comments. The community is more likely to interact with someone they already know.

      Two comments on one post form the spinsucks team. What could make a guy more happy? Not much, thats what :-)

  • http://websitesgiveback.com/blog/ Elena Patrice

    Ah another respected blogger tellin’ like it really is! You’re becoming one of my most trusted sources Dino and I’m grateful! Plus (a super plus), I like your wacky, edgy style. Your comments and your posts are in a league of their own (Marcus described your comments best yesterday!!).

    Good post and I think you can add American Express Open Forum to “This is not …” section. They have do have some respected writers of course, but geez, they get some real junkola on there sometimes and to me it diminishes their whole deal to me; actually it drives me nuts. :)

    Have a super day!

    Much kindness,

    Elena

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      thnx Elena…much appreciated :-)

      you know, AmEx forum and ezines and helium and….they all rely on search traffic (and over 85% of internet inhabitants start there) so their market is not knowledgeable, sophisticated, repeat-visits reader. Their market is dont-know-any-better reader :-)

      And there are certainly more dont-know-any-better readers, so I can exactly say their model sucks. Its a shame tho.

      Were you disappointed to find sub-par writing on AmEx forum?
      Did you expect quality content? Id love to know the specifics of your “encounter” :-)

      • http://websitesgiveback.com/blog/ Elena Patrice

        I agree with you totally about their business model and agree that it is a shame Dino. For me, it says lot about how we value our time and knowledge. I consider these avenues the “fast food” of the blogging world and so much of it is just cr#%py material and makes us lazy. “Super-size me” means “get rich (or get ‘me’ rich) quick and “just cut my learning curve will ya” in the blogosphere!!

        I’ve read far, far too many recycled, pitifully lazy articles that say a whole lot of nothing. Now, mind you I wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to write for them, but as you state above, I’d present quality because it’s my reputation and a total reflection of me. Get off the train if you offer anything less.

        Many articles insult the business reader’s intelligence I think, but maybe I’m looking at it with way too critical of an eye. Their “list” articles or “Top ???” are pretty lame across the board and it’s then that I swear to never read other article again, BUT … they are masterful at writing good titles that suck you in; many times only to dupe you. Now …only if they’d be masterful at what follows! Aren’t you glad you asked?! ;)

  • http://www.thetop10blog.com/ Tony Hastings

    Interesting article to me Dino as I regularly have guests on my own blog and have occasionally have guested elsewhere so I can look at both sides of the coin.

    Like Lisa I to get some poor requests from potential guests but it’s joy when you receive something well researched and presented (one in that category coming up next week!)

    I had never really thought about commenting as being an introduction for being a guest in either direction, I have certainly never looked at people who comment on my blog as potential guests, good ldea though and I will have to have a look at that one.

    As for your invitation to add a link to the guest post that I am proudest of, how can I resist! Strangely enough you have already mentioned the host, it was that Gini from
    @spinsucks:disqus
    .

    http://www.spinsucks.com/social-media/the-social-media-balance-how-do-you-find-it/

    Many thanks Dino for the good advice and the opportunity to ‘blow my own trumpet’ :-)

    Tony

  • http://spinsucks.com Gini Dietrich

    You really don’t use my last name – LOL!! We repeat this over and over and over again to clients. Just comment on blogs and articles. In fact, we have one client who is getting really good at it and was just asked to submit a monthly article to CFO magazine, his number one target. He called me super excited and I said, “Now are you mad you pay us to tell you to do this?”

    It’s not that hard. Sure, it’s hard keeping up sometimes (even I hit “mark all as read” sometimes), but it’s worth it. Just comment. Get involved. Do it!

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      yeah.,..you’re like Prince…or Sting…or Bono…everybody knows who Im talking about when I say Gini….so whats the point of wasting paper lol

      Did you now that Bono’s full, fake, name is Bono Vox? As in Good Voice :-)

      Lil on the nose
      , dont you think?

      • http://spinsucks.com Gini Dietrich

        I think we should change our names. You can be the Latin word for Batman and I’ll be the Latin word for Wonder Woman.

  • http://twitter.com/hannibal666 Tim

    Two hairy and crooked thumbs up!

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      YIKES!!! lol

  • http://www.speakingoflove.net sally brown

    Great post! I am working my way to guest posting, so this was informative. I appreciate what you had to say and will continue to post on sites I want to get a ‘spot’.

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      thats great to hear Sally…great luck with it and I hope you continue to stick around here :-)

  • http://hajrak.blogspot.com Hajra

    I am so in love with Guest Posts. I have three till date. The last one is for We Blog Better’s Guest Post Contest and since it is getting a lot of comments and shares, I would call it my favorite! And the contest is still going on so I can hope for more comments and shares…hehehehe!
    But this is the first time I am doing this as a contest so that is kinda kicking in more thrill!
    Love they way your posts speak it out in simple language rather than being all technically tough for the us technologically crippled to handle!
    My guest post can be found at :http://weblogbetter.com/2011/05/02/15-reasons-i-am-breaking-up-with-your-blog/

    Have a nice day!

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Saw that…awesome post…loved it, tweeted it…great stuff :-)

  • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny Hsu

    Great tips on getting that guest post. Stuff I’ll definitely put to use. I’ve gotta get my guest posting on.

    Triberr? Hmmm..never heard of it. :)

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      I will be expecting your guest post in my inbox shortly then. dino.dogan at gmail

  • http://markharai.com Mark Harai

    Building relationships in social media is the key to getting anything done!

    I look forward to chatting with you soon Dino : )

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Building relationships is key no matter the realm. Social Media or otherwise. And I KNOW you agree Mark. Cant wait to chat…I’ll be on skype most of the day..hit me up whenever you see me online

  • http://twitter.com/lorigosselin Lori Gosselin

    Dino,

    Thanks for writing this! I haven’t started GPing yet, and
    I’m not sure how I’d fit that in my schedule :o but I’m thinking of it from the
    perspective of a blog (mine) that has Guest Authors every fourth post.

    We like to look within the community, or as you put it member
    of the comment-brigade, when we’re trying to decide who to ask next. We want
    the other members of the community to recognize the guest when we feature them.
    In other words, it’s one of “us.”

    In that respect we have an unwritten “List” in
    mind when deciding who to ask next. Most of the time, the decision is clear. The
    person on the top of the list is the one who’s standing out most lately. We also look for someone who is articulate and thoughtful and who comes back to reply to replies rather than just dropping one and leaving. (@livefyre:disqus lets them know when there is a reply!)

    Since I don’t have a GP of my own to post here, mind if I share a guest post by a non-blogger, non-writer (so he says) who just found, liked and hung out at Life, for instance long enough that we asked him to do a post for us.
    http://lifeforinstance.com/2011/03/28/what-do-you-fear/

    When he sent the draft to me I was thrilled: I didn’t have to edit it one tiny bit!

    Speaking of Guest Posting, do you have guidelines you give to your authors? Care to share?
    Lori

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Hi Lori….yes, I have an extensive submission guidelines which I tell people to ignore and just write something awesome; the rest will fall into place easy.

      Id be happy to share the doc with you. Email me at dino.dogan at gmail

  • http://www.facebook.com/MorganBarnhart Morgan Barnhart

    Dino, you’re absolutely right. Every guest post I’ve done, I’ve done only AFTER I’ve been apart of that community for at least a couple weeks, if not more. They knew me and knew that I not only liked their blog, but had something to say, so when it came to a guest post, they were more than willing and extremely happy to have me contribute. I’ve even gained friends with the main creators of the site because of my continued involvement.

    Just like with anything, engaging and interacting are keys to any success.

    Cheers!

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      you forgot to leave a link to your guest post…Id love to check it out :-)

      btw..how is the blog setup coming along?

  • http://www.newbielifeline.com Sheila Atwood

    @Dino_Dogan:twitter

    I can see how you can have a flash of inspiration for guest post when you have become a part of the site by commenting. You would have a feel for the community and how you could contribute.

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Thats exactly correct

      Sheila
      …you just know it…youre on the inside, you understand whats missing and where your expertise fits in perfectly.

      And that aint a burger, thats a slow cooked gumbo :-)

  • Anonymous

    Inspired! Thank you for sharing your bad ass tips!

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Thnx Kazia…. my bio sez “badassery” right? So dont be surprised :-) lol

  • http://authopublisher.com Ivin

    I have something to add. I post videos in almost all my guests posts.

  • Anonymous

    Totally forgot about that rad first exchange over at SME.

    Funny how seemly random encounters can lead to a good friendship and sometimes even more. (And by “more” I of course mean, Triberr. Haha)

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      @dancristo No commenting on blogs for you today, buster. You need to spend time with @gracecristo and make sure she has the best birthday ever.

  • http://www.hollandz.com Brad Holland

    Great Tips Dino,

    I got something juicy in the works for ya.You might burn it like a pagan at the Salem Witch Trials, but it may just end up making you smile. Who knows though.

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      If youre using that kinda picture-styled writing Im sure I will be in stitches :-)

  • http://www.workhardloveharder.com Emily

    Awesome advice. Simple and straightforward. Definite retweet. :)

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Thnx Emily. The descriptor “straightforward” is one of the favorite words I like hearing associated with my name :-)

  • http://www.stephaniesuesansmith.com/ Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D.

    I did a guest post on Using Social Media to Make Your Blog Work Harder for @e1bc8220e0df03043e633ffbf3140f0a:disqus at Authopublisher.com. I even did a video for it. Strangely enough, it is even reasonably appropriate for this post. http://authopublisher.com/book-marketing/becoming-a-successful-author

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      @icgardening Hi Steph, do you know @lavenderuses ? It seams like you and Patricia have a lot in common :-)

      • http://www.stephaniesuesansmith.com/ Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D.

        I know @lavenderuses. She is a neat lady!

    • http://authopublisher.com Ivin

      Thanks for referring to your post on my blog. You should come share some more wisdom with us :)

  • http://kikolani.com/ Kristi Hines

    Very true… if you’ve taken the time to get to know the blog owner(s) and you write a kick ass article, the chances of you getting turned down are slim, assuming you’ve followed the site’s guest posting guidelines as closely as possible!

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      I have extensive guidelines but I also tell my guest posters to disregard them for the sake of awesomeness :-)

      If the article kicks ass, I dont really care if its 4 words or 4000.

      In fact, one of the greatest posts Ive ever seen has exactly 4 words in it. If he submitted his 4 word post to my blog, I would have taken it.

      http://www.theartofaudacity.com/rules-of-life/

  • http://www.mylifestylemax.com Stacey Herbert

    Hey Dino, before I wrote for DIYB, I definitely did a little snooping around, to see what your flavour was here. I found straight to the point, no bs, slightly left of centre stuff, and I loved it. I knew I’d feel comfortable contributing here. When guest posting, I think it’s also important to consider whether you have an affinity with the blog, and feel like you can write for and communicate with their audience. Stay true to yourself for sure, but it’s a great opportunity to write for other readers and try a different style of writing.

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      My fav Editor…Hi Stacey :-)

      Excellent points. Having the affinity for the blog will make it much easier to interact, write, promote, etc. So yup..great point :-)

  • http://www.margieclayman.com Marjorie Clayman

    Hi Dino,

    My first visit to your blog, although I feel like I know you already because you comment on most of my favorite blog sites :)

    And so, here I am, commenting on yours.

    I really don’t understand folks who argue against commenting on blogs. To me it’s one of the most enjoyable facets of Social Media, regardless of whether you are giving or receiving. However, if all of my own arguments (which may be kind of mushy) fail, this argument would certainly (I’d think) offer compelling proof as to why commenting on blogs is so important.

    Excellent post, though I’ve always used “donkey” where you had “monkey” :)

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Welcome :-) Kick off the shoes, heres a glass of wine…stay a while :-)

      I really enjoyed your Gandalf post on Jay’s blog. Excellent stuff :-)

      As for commenting…to each his own I suppose but I completely agree with you. It IS enjoyable, and important way of raising awareness as well as driving traffic.

      • http://www.margieclayman.com Marjorie Clayman

        Thank you! I had fun with that one!

        And yes, I’m not going to tell someone they’re wrong for not liking comments or the act of commenting, but I surely don’t get it!

        • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

          I, like Margie, visited and commented for the first time today. Though, I’ve seen you all over the place, Dino. I feel like I’m right at home. And, I see a lot of my other favorite people here too (@ginidietrich:disqus , @Top10er:disqus  and of course,  @MargieClayman:disqus .) I think this is all proof why commenting is all important – you get to have wonderful conversations and meet awesome people. It really is a great way to deepen relationships. It’s amazing how many “friends” I have across the world that I’ve never even met just from commenting! :)  

  • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

    Try using this strategy to win a guest post on Seth Godin’s blog. ;) I have had the privilege to guest post many times in many places and am not sure that I have one that I consider to be a favorite so I’ll leave you with a link to one that I think it is pretty good. Daddy’s Girl

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Does Seth accept guest posts? I didnt think so…I could be wrong tho, I dont read his stuff. But Im betting if he did, its from people he knows (in Seth’s case it would have to be in person since he’s disabled commenting)…but I still stand by my methods.

      Go find Seth and comment on what he sez (kinda sounds like what friend do) and (assuming he accepts guest posts) I’m betting he will hook you up.

      Is this something you aspire to?

  • http://smartboydesigns.com Christian Hollingsworth

    You’re always hitting the nail right on the head Dino. This is awesome. I think you’re thoughts apply to many things to. Whether it’s a guest post, asking for an interview, getting retweeted, etc…when you’ve built that friendship with another they’re willing and ready to promote and help you in any way.

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      yup…you’re absolutely right. I had this friend growing up, we called him Poetry in Motion (dont ask) who was a virtual outsider to us. But he hung around, made comments, was generally being useful, and eventually became part of the group.

      So yup..works in real life too…great observation Chris.

  • http://twitter.com/DanuckInUSA Dan Willis

    Awesome stuff @dinodogan:disqus the whole thing hits it right on. People make things overly complicated and are too often looking for the easy way out. As always it simply takes dedication and diligence to get things done. Great article.

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Thnx Dan, much appreciated. Cool thing about this approach is that you’re learning as you read and comment, you make connections with site owner(s) and other commenters, you’re getting the feel for the site so your post will be on-code..I mean, its all good :-)

  • http://www.thenerdynurse.com The Nerdy Nurse

    Geez Dino, you don’t need to beg. If you want me to write a guest post on your blog, all you have to do is ask.

    I know, I know. Im a huge internet bloggeress twitterqueen super star and you’re just a shy blogger, but you’re only missing out by not having my awesomeness lighting a fire in the place.
    Although, I have to say, Im gentle with first time bloggers, not everyone can take on a team like Miss Stacy.

    In all seriousness, love your bloggy goodness.

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      My door is always open to you, you know that :-)

      • http://www.thenerdynurse.com The Nerdy Nurse

        well now I have to think of something valueable and worth reading.
        moving over some potatoes, adding this to my proverbial social media plate.
        Perhaps I’ll send something your way soon, unless of course, I land a super sweet gig looking @stumbleupon all day – dream job that doesnt exist but should totally be created just for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Dino, I gotta admit, I’ve come across a few posts in the past which have the same theme, “How To Write For Anyone”, “How To Get Lots Of Traffic With Just 500 Words”, etc. So when I saw this post on your site, I thought:

    Dino + Tips on guest posting = MUST READ

    So I have. And I love it!

    The thing that I’ve learned about guest posts, if nothing else, is to tailor them. Make sure that what you write is suited to their website, not yours. My first attempt at a GP on ProBlogger was unsuccessful because it wasn’t tailored enough. So I dusted myself down, wrote another post which was much more suited, and sent it off.

    Loads of traffic, 150+ comments, and 400+ retweets later, and I think it worked ;-)

    I’ll spread the word here Dino, you’ve got some serious mojo going on here with this advice on GPs. Keep it up :-)

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Thnx Stuart, much appreciated.

      Yeah…I was hesitant at first to write something like this basically because its been written about so much already. So it had to be an angle of some sort, and I finally decided to just use what has worked for me…and I think its what can work for anyone.

      You’re def correct about being familiar with the blog before you send of you submission. It helps. A LOT.

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  • http://hustlersnotebook.com Jk Allen

    Excellent advise Dino. You know, I haven’t done a whole’lotta’ guest posting. but I’m getting ready to start a mini-tour. With that said, these tips help – seriously!

    The cool thing is that it’s really common sense. But I guess hearing it broken down as you have here, takes it a long way.

    Alright buddy, thanks for the know-how.
    PEACE

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      It is, isnt it?

      You know my doors are always open to you, dont wait for me to ask.

  • http://www.ricardobueno.com Ricardo Bueno

    Re: “you should start out as a member of the comment-brigade”

    To grow your community, Mitch Joel advices that you play around in other people’s communities. I think that’s what you’ve done here (and quite effectively). It’s a great way to connect, build relationships and grow your network.

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      That @mitchjoel is one wise cat., aint he?

  • http://www.abrahamchronicles.com Dustin

    Excellent advice, Dino. Came here via Jk… loving what you have to say!

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      That @jkallen:twitter sure gets around dont he? He;s a hustler that one lol

  • http://live-your-love.com/ Brankica U

    I don’t have any good ones :(

  • http://www.slymarketing.com Jens P. Berget

    Hi Dino,

    I have received a lot of proposals for guest posts from people I have never heard of. They haven’t even left one comment on my blog, and I’ve never seen their name on any blog. And not only that, the articles they’ve sent me sucks (well, most of them). That’s why I just decided that I didn’t want any guest posts on my blog. But I’ll probably change my mind if I received a post from a person who is part of the community and brings his A game. Fantastic advice, and I would think that it’s a lot more fun to do a guest post if you’re already part of the community.

    I’m going to try my best to write a guest post for you fairly soon (probably next week), and I am going to do my best write a good one, so I’m just hoping I’m part of the community ;-)

    - Jens

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      I know you’ll bring your A game…you always do…love your work my friend :-)

      • http://www.slymarketing.com Jens P. Berget

        Thanks a lot Dino. You’re a fantastic mentor! :)

  • http://nairabrains.com Paul

    I just made a mistake before reading this post; sending guest post requests to a couple of blogs without first settling into them. That’s one mistake now corrected.

    Thanks Dino

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      You’re very welcome Paul.  Glad it helped :-)

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  • http://www.lsgeekster.blogspot.com Kira Permunian

     I liked this phrase “This is not article marketing. This is reputation building. And reputation is the only real currency worth a damn.” This really caught my attention. Definitely guest posting or guest blogging is not a damn article marketing. But it is an standardized article posting. The idea of guest blogging really rocks where blog owner, guest blogger and the readers, all win the A game. 

    Thanks for sharing Dino, as usual great post. 

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Thnx Kira…much appreciated. There is a subtle but significant difference  between the two. Its good to know which one you’re going for :-)

  • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

    Fantastic advice here. I think people make out guest blogging to be harder than it really is. It’s just like getting hired for a job or getting a new client – people are likely to choose those they already know, like and trust. If you show up on their blog, add value and connect with them through social networks, they will be way more apt to hear what you have to say because they already know you. That truth is the same online and off.

    The harder part is making sure you come up with some killer content to knock their socks off.Great advice!

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

       I find that I love writing and reading content that was written in the thick of it. As in, you’re in the middle of going through something and you write a post about it.

      Those types of posts always come out more alive and compelling.

      • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

        Totally agree. That tends to be the stuff I like to write most too. It’s much harder to pull something out of thin air. 

  • http://growwithstacy.com Stacy

    Hi Dino,
    Thanks for this post! I’m just beginning with guest posts but I am glad to know that I am following  the right steps!

    Stacy

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

       Hi Stacy,

      Your post about Triberr was excellent and your writing is superb. I loved it :-) You’ll have no problems getting on any blog you want :-)

  • http://www.todayhaspower.com Rob

    Hey Dino,
    Much like Stuart, I couldn’t pass up your take. That’s a good thing, as the post and comments were well worth the time invested. I’ve only done one guest post but will be upping my (A) game with your advice.  
    This one was about 2,000 words with a video. http://ourdevelopingmind.com/claim-your-new-life/
    Congrats on making your success.
     

  • http://www.KieraPedley.com Kiera Pedley

    This is such pertinent advice, I  get requests for guest posts over at Natural Parenting Tips frequently, I don’t have time to bother screening and following the people who requests to make sure they fit in with my ethos…. I do however have time to sit and engage with every comment, follow the commenters on twitter and get to know the people who actually care about what I write about.

    Because I know that they are loyal readers, I know they understand the way I write, and who I’m appealing to. Half the screening process is already done.

    Plus it’s total flattery when someone who engages regularly on your blog cares enough to want to submit content!

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  • http://allnaturalpetcare.com/blog/ Melody

    Excellent advice. Something to add that should be totally unnecessary to state, is read the submission guidelines.  At least half of the submissions I receive are from people who either haven’t read the guidelines or they have decided they’re an exception.

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