I like that sweet scrilla like the next guy.
I love getting sugary link juice.
But the biggest drivers behind what I do are shifting. Big time.
I dig the getting but more than any time in my career, I am guest posting to give.
Sometimes, when you focus heavily on outcomes you lose sight of doing things with love and having fun.
Those 2 drivers – having fun and spreading love – are the cornerstones of many astounding business empires we know and love. I have built a pretty neat life by following the fun/love combination too.
All the money and traffic and fame and links flow incredibly easily to the blogger who guest posts for the right reasons.
Before you submit your next post think about these reasons.
1: Spread the Love (and Having Fun)
I see guest posting as spreading the love. And having fun.
I write for our readers at Blogging From Paradise. I connect with readers at The Huffington Post. I write for readers across a collection of blogging-themed blogs.
At the end of the day, when I post to anywhere but Blogging From Paradise I’m spreading the love. I’m sharing my insights, experience and knowledge with another audience, a growing audience.
Spreading the love is the quickest and easiest way to see the love reflected back to you, in the form of traffic, links, new readers and profits.
2: Build New Friendships with Successful Bloggers
I see guest blogging as a way to make friends with my fellow bloggers.
By guest posting to a variety of blogs I’ve made great friends in cyber space.
These friendships benefit both parties as the more connections you build online – and offline – the more success you will tend to see.
In each case, their generosity opened a guest posting door for me. I held the door open, squeezed in with a guest post and the mutually beneficial partnership has helped each of us.
See guest posting as a way to make buddies with successful bloggers. Build your friend network. Multiply your blogging success.
3: Practice Writing
Whether you publish posts or write in private, you’re getting writing practice.
At the end of today I’ll have banked another 600 words’ worth of practice after publishing this guest post.
Toss in the comments I’ve published on blogs and on most days, the 2nd post I’ll write – either for my blog or for another blog – and I’ll have written thousands of words for that day. A few thousand words’ worth of writing and blogging practice.
I hardly view my gig here as a practice session, treating Blogging Tips like my little guinea pig, but I do tend to see each post and guest post I publish as an experiment in the lab of life. The more you practice writing the clearer you get on allowing your writing voice to arise and to be heard around the cyber world.
Some have called me a writing natural.
I hardly know how to *really* write. George R.R. Martin would vomit at my works. Yet I can whip my reader’s into a frothing, raving, rabid frenzy because I write in my voice. Nobody can replicate what I do. Nobody draws links between being stalked by Thai lady boy prostitutes and successful blogging tips.
Why is this?
I have written millions of words during my online career.
I love what I do. I love writing. So I practice writing. Whether in private, whether on my blog or whether submitting guesties to rocking blogs.
Why do you guest post?
Would seeking out purer drivers (having fun or spreading the love) help you?