8 Tips to Become a Guest Blogger

8 Tips to Become a Guest Blogger

One of the most effective strategies in building up more traffic to your website or blog is to create content specifically for other more established companies. Guest blogging on other websites can be an easy way to see a huge jump in traffic and get people more familiar with you and your brand. Using the existing visibility of another business can give you a much needed boost as you make more connections online.

Becoming a guest blogger can be a major benefit to you but it can take some effort to get involved in this type of blogging. You’ll need to know how to give the company what they want so that you can both mutually benefit from the exchange. Once you become a frequent guest blogger you can enjoy a steady flow of traffic to your page.

There are some tips on how to become a guest blogger:

1. Write High Quality Content

Before attempting to blog for another company make sure that your writing quality is up to par for what an established business or “authority” blog would expect. The subject matter of your blogs should show a certain amount of expertise and be free from any grammatical errors. Most importantly your content should be interesting and appealing to readers in a way that encourages people to like, share and interact with the post.

2. Start Small

If you have never attempted to guest blog before and are relatively unknown, you will have to work your way up to eventually posting on authority sites. Look for smaller, lesser known sites that might be interested in publishing your content. Find blogs or sites that are in your same niche industry and represent the type of brand that is similar to yours.

3. Work on Your Guest Post Pitch

In order to connect with another site and ask them if you can write a guest blog you will need to be able to sell yourself and your brand in a way that convinces them it will be a beneficial exchange. Developing a good “pitch” is essential in helping you to get other businesses interested in posting your content. Write a template email for your pitch that tells them who you are, why you are a fan of what they do and how your expertise can help them.

4. Customize Your Pitch for Each Company

It is helpful to have a template for when you offer to guest blog for someone but don’t send out a generic email to every person you contact. Make sure to customize the pitch and be specific about what you like about them and tailor your writing to the style that they represent. The more specific you are the less your email will seem spammy or insincere.

5. Look at Existing Guest Posts

Whatever type of blog you are hoping to guest post for, it is important to have an idea of the tone and style that they expect from their bloggers. Read and review their existing guest posts so that you can fit your style to what they present to readers. You should always produce the best content that you can but make sure to customize it to suit each blog and you will have more success.

6. Don’t Get Discouraged

When you are just beginning to try getting your content on other blogs there may be many cases where the company rejects your pitch or simply ignores you. The rejection may not have to do with you or your writing but just that they don’t need a certain topic or aren’t looking for a new guest blogger. Don’t take any rejection personally and make sure to continue pitching to as many blogs as possible.

7. Interact with Other Blogs

Becoming a guest blogger can be easier when you become a part of an online community and are already interacting with other sites. If you leave comments on the site and express interest in what they do by engaging with them you are more likely to leave a good impression. When you are already communicating with people on the site they will recognize you as someone who has valuable opinions and cares about what they are doing.

8. Promote Guest Posts

If you do become accepted as a guest blogger make sure to promote your post as much as possible. The other site will appreciate it if you share their content and contribute to promoting them on your own site. Do all you can to benefit the host site and they will be more likely to ask you back to blog again in the future.

The more guest blogs you write the more you will build your reputation as a writer and be able to experience the benefit on your own website. Word hard and write often and you will begin to see the results you want.

There’s More To Writing Website Content Than Writing

As a writer, there is so much more to the craft than just writing. Writing website content actually involves more skills and parts of your brain than you would imagine!

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Inspire

Nothing is worse than writer’s block. Writing content for a website isn’t something normally associated with a “creative” endeavor. But it can really take a lot out of you just to think of some new, interesting, and unique to write about.

As an SEO content writer, it helps to draw from your own personal experiences, thoughts, and feelings. Making these correlations and translating them into fully formed thoughts is a starting point for inspiration. You can be inspired by many things that happen throughout the day. If you’re not feeling so inspired, all it takes is a few clicks to see what others are thinking and writing about. Not only does it help you write about something you’re passionate about, but it gives you a better idea of what people want to read about.

Brainstorm

How do you write about something that a thousand people have already written about. It’s important to think about why you want to write about something, not just that you need to write it. Even though your topic has been written about, you need a plan of attack to differentiate your words. Sure, writers have deadlines but that doesn’t mean you should cut corners. Especially, with an important first step of brainstorming. Brainstorming for website content will give you a good idea of what you want to accomplish and what needs to be accomplished. For example: a step-by-step tutorial, a 3 part series or an FAQs page.

Organize

No matter what your style of writing is, there is a certain standard layout to follow. There will always need to be some sort of introduction and conclusion. You need to establish what you’re going to talk about, why and sum it up. Somewhere in the middle there, it’s up to you to fill up the bulk of content with interesting thoughts, shocking facts or statistics and real-life examples.

When you are writing website content, you know what you want to say. The struggle lies in how you want it laid out for the reader. Don’t scare readers away with your lack of organization!

Research

Research includes finding out more about your topics, current news and what peers/competitors are saying. Competitive analysis certainly counts as research. Reading different types of information is important in your research. It doesn’t help to get information from the same source, especially if it’s one that you keep going back to. This is why you need to include: whitepapers, articles, blog posts, press releases, and even social media updates in part of your research. Diversifying your sources in research helps you form a well-rounded opinion and helps support your point of view. This is what you want to see when reading website content!

Educate

As a writer, it’s your job to educate yourself before you educate others. Misinformation (especially deliberate) isn’t going to go over well with your readers. In industries like SEO, best practices are always changing. It’s important to stay educated through watching webinars, undergoing training and attending conventions. Education is a foundation of the writing process whether you’re writing about canopies, health services, scooters or precious metals!

Optimize

In many ways, optimization stands alone and outside of the writing process. But it today’s world of website content, it’s best when a writer can do both. Remember, that content is meant for readers first and search engines after. Optimizing web content means creating engaging titles, delivering what you promise, linking relevant sites and giving readers a reason to read and link. You want to attract natural links through the power of your words/content alone.

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Create

At the end of the day, a content writer wants to create something that is meaningful. It’s a good thing that useful content isn’t just something reserved for text on a website. There’s so much more you can do, including: infographics, social updates, videos and pictures. There’s so much more to writing than typing away, get out there and create!

Are You the Tortoise or the Hare in the SEO Game?

SEO and speedMany people don’t understand the power of organic SEO. Like the tortoise and the hare, you can look at SEO in two different ways:

  1. Hare: Going fast all at once
  2. Tortoise: Taking it slow and steady

If you’re looking for a quick gain with SEO, you could be tempted to churn out pages of content with keywords strewn throughout. This might give you an initial boost but competitors with a more steady approach can creep up on you.
You’ll probably also be skimping out on the quality of the content that you put out. Instead, you can use your speed with a more focused approach: after you jot down your ideas for content, have someone else edit it and schedule the content to be released throughout the month. If you expend all your energy in a short amount of time, you’ll run the risk of burning out and wasting your efforts.

If you believe in taking the slow route, you’re on your way to building a strong foundation for SEO content down the road. By doing keyword research and writing about interesting topics, you’ll attract more clicks and readers. However, it is easy for the process to get too drawn out. At first, you might set a goal of blogging once a week and that slows down to every other week and maybe, once a month if you’re lucky. Being too slow could also mean that you’re missing out blogging about recent news topics/stories that are related to your field.

Unlike Aesop’s famed fable, there really is no “right” or “wrong” speed to adapt when it comes to SEO – but more of a mentality. Consistency and quality are important for SEO content and when you keep those two things in mind, you’ll go farther than just relying on a time frame to reach your destination.

Social Media and SEO: The Perfect Pair

Emarketed social media advertising and SEOEver have a client (or someone else) ask you what the point of social media is? They may tell you, I already have a new website and I do SEO and PPC – why would I need social media?

Let’s now take a look at some ways that social media and search engine optimization go hand in hand:

Boosting Organic Search Results

Believe it or not, participation on social sites counts as content. Search engines are constantly changing to adapt to this when displaying results. You’ll be surprised at how you’ll benefit with consistent participation. I’ve Googled my name a couple times and see my comments or “Likes” on Facebook Pages in the results. Just as you blog and optimize videos with advertising keywords, you can also incorporate this strategy when making updates.

Staying Visible in Real-Time

Using social networks increases the immediate visibility of your brand. We currently have a client whose site doesn’t show up in a search of one of their common aliases but their Twitter account does. This will help them while SEO is in the works. There are also real time search engines like Twitter Search and 48ers where users can look up any word. You can think of social media advertising just like another form of offsite promotion or in a way, linkbuilding.

Getting Back to Your Goal

In the end, social media makes sense when it comes back to your goal – bringing relevant traffic to your site. Social media sites make it so simple to share. More sharing = more clicks = more conversions. With that being said, social media cannot replace your traditional marketing efforts. It’s a flexible tool that complements your other strategies and site assets. Just think of it as another useful tool in your tool belt!