Guest blogging isn’t dead as most people said. Only spam link building through guest blogging is dead. If done right, guest posting on other blogs not only gives you traffic but you can nurture relationships with other bloggers as well.
Still most people are not able to harness the power of guest blogging. If you’re one among them, this article is for you where I’m going to share about few strategies to use guest blogging to build links, increase traffic and relationships.
Google always loves content rich sites. So make sure you are aiming to publish your guest posts only on the sites that have top notch content.
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Don’t try to land on the blogs with thin content just to build links for your sites. It will hurt your site rankings more than help, so spend your time wisely by guest posting on the sites that have engaging readers.
Let’s dive into the details without further ado.
Building Quality Links
Most quality links can be built with relationship building. Make sure to use guest blogging for building relationships rather than just links.
Why would anyone link to your posts? No one links to strangers. Create relationships with other bloggers in your niche, start linking to their posts and provide value by helping them.
One of the best ways to build quality relationships with other bloggers is through guest blogging. Whenever you write a guest post, make sure to link to few other sites that have relevant and high quality information.
Once your guest post goes live, email the blog owners to whom you linked and ask them read or tweet your posts. Most of the time, they will at least tweet your posts, that way your guest posts will get more visibility. That increases traffic to the blog owner’s site where you have guest blogged, and also relationships with you.
Increasing Your Website Traffic
Guest posts not only helpful for building relationships but they also bring more traffic to your blogs. The tip to get more traffic from guest posts is NOT to use your links on author bio. Most of the time, the people who read your guest posts don’t often read author bio’s and click on your website links.
So try to link to your own website posts (make them relevant) while writing your guest posts. Before linking to your posts, take the permission from the blog owners who you’re guest blogging for.
How to research the BEST sites to write guest posts? Most beginners to guest blogging ask questions like “how to find the sites that accept my guest posts”. You don’t have to land your guest posts on any blog, you have to make sure to write guest posts on relevant blogs to get more out of your guest blogging journey.
Here are few search queries you can start typing on Google to get better results for finding blogs to guest post on.
“guest bloggers” [topic]
“guest blogging” [topic]
“guest posting” [topic]
“write for us” [topic]
For example, if your blog is a marketing blog, you could search for terms like “write for us” [marketing], this way you’ll be able to find number of sites that accept guest posts.
Once you find the sites, you can check their stats like number of subscribers, social media followers, blog comments per post etc to know the quality of their sites.
Note: Here’s a great compilation of 200+ websites that accept guest posts.
Building Healthy Relationships with Other Bloggers
The ONLY way to succeed in guest blogging is to nurture your relationships with other bloggers. Networking is the key to make more out of guest blogging. If you’re writing guest posts just for the sake of links, you should probably stop it. Instead focus on bringing more value to the blogosphere by crafting great guest posts.
Once your guest post goes live, promote the hell out of it to reach wider audience. Ask your followers to share it on their networks, also email your lists about your guest posts, and ask influencers to promote it.
Respond to each and every comment your guest post receives, build a rapport with their audience and ask for an honest feedback about your guest posts. This way you’ll be able to harness the power of guest posting to land more subscribers, traffic and sales.
Send a personal email to the blog owner where you’ve landed your guest post and thank him for publishing it. Most of the time, you will get a reply. Even if not, there’s nothing to worry, keep on writing guest posts for other bloggers and rinse and repeat the same process.
Outreach is the Key to Successful Guest Blogging
If you’re aware of it or not, outreaching with others is the most effective way to increase your traffic and links from guest blogging.
If you want to improve your chances of getting your guest posts accepted, learn how to pitch emails with the blog owners. Likewise, once your guest post goes live, send a simple thank you email to grab their attention. This email outreach is the key to successful guest blogging.
If you’re not sure what to send, here’s a sample email pitch to get your guest posts accepted.
I’m an avid read of your blog and I must say you’ve top notch content.
I know you’re a busy blogger, so I want to keep this email short and simple. I want to write a guest post for your audience.
[Insert the guest post topic]
Here’s my previous writing work just in case if you want to know my blogging
abilities. [insert your previous guest posts links or your own blog posts]
Let me know your thoughts about it. Keep up your awesome work!
That’s it! The above email pitch is really simple and if the blog owner likes your topic, he would be glad to publish your guest posts.
In a nutshell: Start considering guest blogging as a “relationship building” medium instead of thinking it like a link building strategy. The more quality guest posts you publish the more traffic and incoming links you will get. Make sure to keep in touch with other bloggers to succeed in blogging world.
Let me know your thoughts about guest blogging? Do you have any more guest posting tips?
How to Get Endless Content Ideas for Your Blog
Smacked you in the head sometimes, right?
Nothing feels worse than slamming into writer’s block. But nothing feels better than having endless content ideas on tap, making you a prolific, traffic and profit driving machine.
Content ideas abound. But you need to learn how to and where to find these ideas to become incredibly prolific.
This feels challenging at first but finding content ideas seamlessly:
- increases brand awareness
- gives your readers a steady stream of content to benefit them
- increases your blogging profits through a variety of income travels
- inspires your readers to defeat writer’s block and other mental blocks
- helps you become a prolific guest poster
- gives you more ideas for future blog posts
Follow these tips to get endless content ideas for your blog guys.
1: Poll Your Readers
Poll your readers via an email newsletter.
Publish posts questioning readers on their biggest problems related to your niche.
Ask readers questions to get blog post solutions.
Content ideas dance around in the minds of your readers.
Just asking my readers on Facebook or Twitter about their most pressing blogging problems is an easy way to get content ideas. Sometimes I probe into their struggles. Other times I just ask if they have blogging questions. Some days I get 10 answers or questions and other days, 1. Keep asking guys. Probing and polling readers provides ample blog post ideas for you.
2: Hang out on Niche Specific Forums
I spend time daily both answering questions and finding content ideas on the Warrior Forum.
Help folks and see what to write about by observing forums aligned with your blogging niche.
See the most popular posts. What questions do people ask? How do people struggle?
Mine content ideas in the struggles of your ideal readers.
Be an active contributor on forums to better tune into the needs of folks intrigued with your niche. By regularly publishing posts on Warrior I can see and hear problems experienced by aspiring or even professional bloggers.
3: Follow Top Blogs in Your Niche
Read top blogs in your niche. Keep an eye out for popular posts. What do folks have problems with?
Read the comment fields to get a feel on what readers are chatting about. Many commentors have few issues sharing their pain points via blog comments. Pay close attention to complaints, rants or folks who share their biggest dreams. Tune in to these emotional push buttons to find an endless flow of prospering content ideas.
4: Become a Life Observer
I have nabbed more blog post ideas watching life than you’d ever believe.
Look at yesterday’s blog post: Blogging Outside of the Lines.
See how I spotted a blog content idea by coloring with my niece? Life presents you endless blog post ideas if you quiet your mind, relax, and become an observer of it all. The key is to cease trying to do stuff and to simply relax, and watch, life unfolding around you.
Review your last trip to the store. Who did you chat with today? What life lessons did you learn recently?
Draw an analogy between your experience and your blogging niche. Stay on blogging topic. Be on point. Speak to your readers while relating to them on a deeper level. Be a watcher. Find unlimited blog post ideas.
Meditate or do deep yin yoga.
Both practices expand your awareness, a must for folks intent on clearing their head trash to find more blog content ideas.
Work these streams diligently.
Calm your chattering mind.
Find unlimited content ideas for your blog.
11 Tips on Finding the Right Infographic Ideas for Your Brand
Infographics have become ubiquitous on the Internet. Whether you’re on Facebook, Pinterest, or Linkedin, you’re bound to come across an infographic online.
Infographics are popular due to their ability to convert complex data and information into something much simpler, making them interesting to look at and easy to understand.
According to Hubspot’s study, infographics are three times more likely to be shared than any other type of content— a perfect investment for those who are looking to bring in traffic and generate leads.
As more infographics are published on the Internet, creating one that will stand out from the rest takes more than illustrations with charts and data. An infographic can have great design but without a compelling topic, it might as well be skimmed through.
So, how do you come up with a compelling topic people want to read?
The truth is, it’s not going to be an instantaneous process. It’s going to take time, effort, and a lot of in-depth research. There are times content creators overlook research and end up with a lackluster infographic.
Figure out who your infographic is for. Knowing your target audience beforehand can make the process of choosing a topic much easier.
Avoid aiming for a wider audience. Instead, aim for a specific group of people. A one-size-fits-all approach isn’t going to work.
By creating a narrow target, it’ll be easier to create effective strategies for the specified target audience. For example, an infographic about basic exercise won’t be of interest for people who are in advanced exercise programs such as Crossfit or calisthenics.
Cook up a (brain)storm
There are a variety of brainstorming methods to use when coming up with ideas for your infographic topic, such as word association, mind mapping, and keyword research. These methods are perfect for coming up with loads of ideas by exploring different angles and connections.
Tools such as Mindmeister and Ahrefs are great for brainstorming and keyword research. Mindmeister lets you create your own mind map online. You can also export the file into different formats and share it with anyone. Ahrefs is a great tool for keyword research, helping you find high-ranking keywords to use for your infographic.
Another way to find ideas for your infographic is to repurpose existing content. These can be from blog posts, videos, or any other type of content.
Repurposing saves you a lot of time and effort. When you’ve gathered the materials you already have on hand, decide on an angle you want to display the information in. For example, if you have a blog post about 30 ways to save money, you can focus and shorten the blog post and instead, do an infographic on 10 money saving tips for impulsive shoppers.
Knowing what is currently trending can also help you come up with ideas for your infographic. A tool like Google Trends allows you to find the most searched keywords. You can see the searches on different topics and different regions.
Although it’s great to have a completely unique topic for your infographic, it’s also important to consider whether or not it’s feasible. Having a topic that’s too niche and has little to no information to support your research won’t do you any good.
A feasible topic has abundant information that’s easy to access and come from credible sources. Since infographics are meant to inform readers and provide valuable content, an abstract or opinion based topic would have little credibility and wouldn’t be very informative.
For more tips and tricks on finding the right infographic ideas, take a look at the visual guide here!
Andre Oentoro is one of the co-founder of Milkwhale, an internationally acknowledged infographic production agency. He helps businesses increase visibility on the internet with visual data and well-placed outreach campaigns. Read more on his latest guide to Viral Infographics and learn how to get the most value out of your website’s traffic.
Are You Afraid to Color Outside of the Blogging Lines?
I am coloring with my 2 year old niece now.
Blog post idea; after 2 photo snaps and a quick analogy realization I figured coloring with a 2 year old conveys a blogging success lesson to you.
My niece does not fear coloring outside of the lines. She is smart as a whip but has yet to master the concept of coloring inside of the lines. Few 2 year olds get this idea.
Scribbling like mad, her work consists of zags, hard lines, zigs, and you better believe she colors almost exclusively outside of the lines. She is as happy as a lark to break the rules, to just be coloring. Coloring is fun to her. Who cares if she stays in the lines?
I instantly thought of my blogging career.
I retired to a life of island hopping through smart blogging by coloring outside of the blogging lines, choosing to do what feels fun to me versus doing what bloggers said I should do.. No email list at Blogging From Paradise. Not much search traffic either because I don’t do the SEO thing. I publish up to 4 blog posts daily. No doubt; I follow certain rules and do color inside of the lines sometimes but largely succeeded because I blog outside of the box, following my fun, pursuing my passion.
You may look at me and wonder how in the heck I do it? You follow all common blogging rules diligently. Yet you may struggle. What gives?
Blogging is an energy game. If you do what feels fun to you, you will succeed wildly. Even if you break rules in the process.
Even though I promote 1 blogging eBook above all else I still wrote 126 eBooks. Big time rule breaker guys. Most bloggers only write 1 eBook and promote the stuffing out of it before moving on to the next eBook. Nothing wrong with that but this is usually a scarcity mindset in action. I preferred to think abundantly and wrote my rear end off. Coloring outside of the lines. Blogging outside of the box.
Follow Some Blogging Rules But Break a Bunch
Nobody becomes wildly successful or lives a dream life through blogging by following all the rules. Rule breakers stand out from the crowd.
Breaking some blogging rules is just like coloring outside of the lines. Some bloggers believe your blog looks a bit sloppy, or disorderly, or that you are doing things wrong, if you color outside of the blogging lines. But these bloggers are usually totally obsessed with doing things perfectly, struggling like heck because nobody is perfect and when you try to be perfect you will fail. Perfection is the fear of failure and the fear of criticism, combined. Don’t let bloggers who color inside of the lines fool you.
How to Succeed by Coloring Outside of the Blogging Lines
Follow your intuition guys.
Listen to the small, still voice.
Trust your gut.
Do what feels most fun to you; not what bloggers say you should do.
I do not build an email list. This is coloring outside of the blogging lines.
Yet I live a life few bloggers live, spending months in Fiji, Bali, Thailand and Costa Rica among other tropical paradises.
No SEO on Blogging From Paradise because I do not want to depend on search traffic. Yet I have circled the globe for the past 7 years as a full time digital nomad.
Break some rules guys.
Do freeing, fun and highly uncomfortable things. Even if doing so pulls you away from the blogging herd.
Color outside of the blogging lines guys.
Live your wildest dreams.
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