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.
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.
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!
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.)
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.
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.
- Gini over at spinsucks.com routinely plucks people from her comment brigade.
- Mark Schaefer at businessesgrow plucks people from his comment brigade as well.
- Jay Bear over at convinceandconvert does it, too.
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.