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How to Successfully Land Guest Posts on Top Blogs



I have a shameful little secret to share.

I suffered from GPP for years.

This nasty blogging disease often manifests endless suffering for the afflicted blogger. GPP is worse than the common cold. I liken it to the blogging equivalent of Black Death. The Blog-Bonic Plague crippled me for a healthy chunk of my online career.

What Is GPP?

Guest Post Phobia. I feared rejection. I feared being embarrassed. Most of all I feared wasting my precious time. No way in heck Zac or Darren Rowse or any top blogger will read my guest posts, I thought. Let alone publish the thing. (Image below: my latest Blogging Tips guest post…location: sunny Costa Rica.)


So I surrendered to GPP for years. Giving in to this wicked blogging illness perpetuated my struggles because one of the quickest and easiest ways to fail online is to blog in a cyber cave. I published a gazillion posts to my blog. None on other blogs. My audience in those days? Crickets. Crickets are poor readers. Even worse clients. They just seem to make that endless noise all day long.

Anyway, one day my love for freedom overpowered my GPP. After making that shift, I greedily feasted on the benefits of publishing guest posts on Big Dawg Blogs:

  • increase your targeted blog traffic instantly
  • align yourself with blogging celebrities (note….this does NOT hurt your brand or blog)
  • build prospering blogging partnerships
  • form strong bonds with an increasing number of subscribers while you grow your email list
  • dip into the miraculous power of leveraging

GPP was a bear to shake. Like a wet, hacking cough or crabgrass, the stinking thing just DID NOT go away. But I eventually wrote, submitted and landed guest posts on top blogs by finding the remedy for this insidious blogging malady.

Your Deal

If you’re suffering terribly from GPP or if you’re held hostage by an overpowering, irrational fear of guest posting, RB has the Rx for you. That’s right. I have concocted a neat little homemade recipe – from the tropics – to help you guest post on the tops blogs from your niche.

1: Build Friendships to Get Around that Awkward Feeling

I recall pondering whether or not to ask my friend Ayu to be my social visa sponsor.

The scene: Bali, Indonesia. The year: 2015.

I was house sitting at a monstrously large villa in the posh town of Jimbaran for 6 months. Ayu was one of the staff who kept the villa in tip top shape. We bonded daily. We talked about the USA and Bali. She became a dear friend. I didn’t wind up taking the social visa route but I would have had no problem asking her to accompany me to Immigrassi so she could be my sponsor. She was my buddy. I knew she’d vouch for me. I trusted her. She trusted me. No weird feeling in asking her.

Imagine if I asked a Balinese stranger off of the street to be my sponsor? How awkward would that feel? They would likely smile – in the face-saving ways of SE Asia – and move on as we both recoiled from the hyper uncomfortable experience.

Stranger-ness creates awkwardness. You know what I mean. But you likely have no problems asking a friend for something. Friends trust friends. Friends have lovingly helped each other out for years. No strings attached. Such is the power of friendship.

I shared Zac’s posts for years. I commented on Zac’s posts for months. When I asked to submit a guest post Zac was happy to extend the invitation.

I never had to experience that “I need a warm shower” feeling of being a pitching, shilling, blogging pimp. I built bonds with folks in high places. I could ask to submit guest posts and would most likely land them. Even if I didn’t land the post no feelings would be hurt because Zac’s an awesome dude. No worries. No awkwardness.

Blogging Tip

Promote the stuffing out of top bloggers. Help them. Tweet their latest posts. Comment on their latest posts. Connect with them through email. After 3 or 6 months of bond-building, trust me, they will know who you are. This is the foundation-building act which sets everything into motion.

2: Have Fun Writing, and Write…..and Write….and Write

I once wrote 10,000 words daily. Or more.

I sometimes observe my fingers in a miraculous light: I’m stunned they have not fallen off.

I didn’t bust my tail though. I have fun writing. So I write. And write. And write some more.

Imagine your favorite hobby. What do you most enjoy doing? You’ll probably spend much time doing that because we seek out fun.

I love to play basketball. As a kid I’d sometimes spend 8 to 12 hours playing basketball on the playgrounds of New Jersey because I had fun playing the sport.

Ditto with writing. Following my passion inspired me to write. Then I wrote some more. After writing thousands of words every single day for months I gained confidence in my writing. I believed I could land a guest post on a well-read blog. I could rub elbows with Blogging Big Dawgs like Zac and Darren Rowse. I could schmooze with the most successful bloggers from my blogging tips niche.


The power of following your fun, right?

I built a bond with the pro’s pros. Then, after picking a blogging niche I loved writing about I wrote, and wrote and wrote. I felt confident about my writing.

2 things happened at this point: either I asked top bloggers if I could submit a guest post or top bloggers asked me if I wanted to submit a guest post. My writing skills improved dramatically. I found my once non-existent blogging voice. Things came together for me pronto.

Confidence gives you the clarity and detachment to beat the fear of rejection into a bloody pulp.

Blogging Tip

What can you talk about all day long? Write about it. Blog about it. Practice writing every day. This should RARELY feel like work. It should feel fun. Boost your confidence. Nail down guest posts on authority blogs.

No lie; you may have to use a baseball bat to keep bloggers and their endless requests away from you because your clarity, your writing skills and your confidence will appear like an oasis to bloggers in the middle of a barren desert.

3: The Review and Write and Ask

Since I have been following my blogging buddies’ blogs for months or years I know what their audience digs.

I review the 5 most recent blog posts. I get a feel for preferred topics. I write a guest post on a relevant topic targeted to the blogger’s audience. This is “The Review and Write” phase.

I shoot an email to the Big Dawg Blogger letting them know I wrote a guest post for their blog if they were interested in reading it. If it’s relevant, and if you got tips #1 and #2 down pat, most if not all of your guest posts will be accepted.

It really IS this simple but most bloggers bail on tips #1 and #2. They don’t build bonds. They don’t write. So they’re an SS: a Skill-less Stranger. Skill-less Strangers don’t land too many guest posts on any blogs.

4: If Your Guest Post Isn’t Accepted….

….we like to call this a “non-match.”

This is why, despite being outrageously handsome or stupid hot, leading actors like Leo DiCaprio or Jennifer Lawrence do not land certain movie parts. Studio folks have a certain match in mind. Whether you’re an Oscar Winner or have a square, strong jaw and All American guy looks (like the Blogging from Paradise guy? Where’s my TV pilot!)
or whether you’re drop dead gorgeous, either you’re a match for a certain acting role or you’re not a match.

Adopt the mindset of a Hollywood leading lady or leading man. Rejection does not exist in the minds of confident, detached, veteran actors. Either your guest post is a match for a top blog or it is not.

You may have seen the guest post being published in the tea leaves or perhaps a little white bird cooed in your ear, “You’ll get published, you’ll get published”, but sometimes you just won’t have a match.

Don’t take it personally. It has nothing to do with you. You weren’t rejected. No way. A better guest posting opportunity awaits you.

Drill down on tips #1 and #2. Build relationships. Make friends. Write your passion and keep on writing every day.

You’ll land guest posts on high rolling blogs left and right if you promote top bloggers, if you comment on their blogs and if you write like the dickens every single day.

Your Turn

Have you landed guest posts on top blogs?

What tips can you add?

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Ryan Biddulph is the owner of Blogging From Paradise. He's a blogger, author and world traveler who's been featured on Richard Branson's Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. Ryan can help you become a full time blogger with his eBook.

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4 Effective Tips for Boosting Reader Engagement on Your Blog




If you want your blog to be successful and bring good profits, you need to ensure that your posts not only attract traffic but engage the readers. To do this you’ll need to experiment with content formats, open dialog with the audience, involve influencers, and above all, understand your audience’s exact wishes.

From online videos to content creation and social media, there seems to be an endless supply of new traffic out there and different ways to pull users back to your site. With all of this in focus and on the minds of bloggers everywhere, we wanted to highlight some of the best ways to boost content engagement, using many of the preferred mentions we’ve already highlighted.

4 Ways to Boost Your Blog Content Engagement Rate Fast

Post videos

Even if you don’t run a vlog, you need to post an occasional video because that’s the ‘hottest’ type of content today. Check out an aggregation of video marketing statistics offered by Forbes to see why exactly your blog needs more video content. Note that social videos generate more shares.

Live video streaming is also greatly popular today, so be sure to launch an occasional Facebook Live session to share something interesting with your followers. Then post a recording of the stream on your blog so those who missed the airing will be able to enjoy it anyway.

Research your audience in great detail

To boost reader engagement on your blog you need to understand what motivates your targeted audience to actually get into your content. You’ll need to not only consider the analytics data that will show you which of your posts are most popular. You also need to search for information on your targeted audience, such as what kind of posts are generally more popular with them.

The more precise you are in developing targeted content, the higher the reader engagement rate will be. This means that if you seek to create a diverse readership base, you might need to consider launching several websites. In that case, you’ll need to use specialized software and a hosting service that allows you to run multiple blogs. This will make managing them easier, so you’ll be able to focus on creating several posts. Bear in mind that you might be able to apply the same basic content strategy to all your blogs, even if they differ in subjects.

The differences in those strategies and individual posts will be dictated by the data you get from a detailed study of targeted audiences.

Get more influential persons involved

Influencers of any kind can help you boost reader engagement on your blog because if they promote your content, their loyal readers will want to read it themselves. You can also generate more traffic and engagement by mentioning various celebrities and popular bloggers.

A perfect example of this can be seen in one of our expert roundup posts, where 73 different online marketers and bloggers took the time to share their expertise on social media.  The benefit here wasn’t also just for our site. Each of the experts got a lot of exposure out of this, and the audience loved the content as well.

However, you’ll need to be careful if you choose to use mentions. For celebrities, you should research laws and regulations surrounding the issue. You need to be 100% sure that you won’t be sued for mentioning someone’s name or other information in your post. When you mention bloggers, you’ll need to consider those rules too as well as give them a heads up about doing this.

Having various opinion influencers popular with your target audience is a great boost to your blog and personal brand. This will also increase your reach as you’ll get an indirect contact with the influencer’s audience.

However, attracting influencers is a big challenge, especially for a blogger. You can use the tips from Neil Patel, a true marketing guru. Think carefully about how to adapt them to your situation.

Post engaging graphics

Much like with videos, you should post relevant graphics to boost reader engagement because this type of content is popular and shareable. Infographics are particularly effective for this, so be sure to create some. It will be best if your infographics have some original data on relevant topics. But, even simple step-by-step instructions can generate decent shares and likes.

Your every post should contain several images by default as they promote reader engagement and memorization. Be sure to add .GIFs as well, because these graphics are in trend now.

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Best Search Engine Marketing and SEO Practices to Follow in 2018




Marketing often requires four basic factors: first, there should be people with unsatisfied needs; second, these people should have the desire to be satisfied; third, there should be opportunities for communication; and fourth, there should be an exchange of goods or services. A businessman with keen acumen for business opportunities would readily recognize these unsatisfied needs, build opportunities for communication with these people, and relay the service or product that could satisfy their needs. The important thing is that the prospective businessman is able to reach his target audience via good marketing strategies and tactics.

Understanding Search Engine Marketing

Marketing strategies have greatly changed since the introduction of the World Wide Web. As the Internet expands, it also provides good avenues for new marketing strategies and tactics. It also engenders new buying behavior among consumers, as contemporary consumers first search online for a product or service that they need before purchasing it. On the other hand, business owners are now required to create their own websites to be relevant online.

As highlighted in this article, writing for humans is always going to be the example to follow. It also means keeping the following SEO guidelines in mind when creating content:

  • Keep it unique. Avoid duplicating content that’s already out there. Ask yourself: what can I add to this ongoing conversation?
  • Do more research than competitor sites have done.
  • Consider all options: infographics, videos, podcasts, an interview, a step-by-step guide or even a new tool or template. 
  • Remember that longer content gets more links. If your page is supported by high-quality links, it will move up in the ranks. Although Google has stated that even a few sentences can rank, in general, you’re better off creating content that is at least 300 words or more.

One form of effective online marketing is search engine marketing. It involves website promotion aimed at increasing the visibility of your business site online. It is also designed to make your site rank higher on the search engine page results (SERP). However, this marketing form is wrought primarily through paid advertisement.

In 2007, for example, advertisers in the U.S. had spent 24.6 billion dollars on this type of marketing. Google, on the other hand, leads the pack of search engines that profited from search engine marketing. Furthermore, in the second quarter of 2015, Google got a sizeable 73.7% share of profits from search engine marketing as compared to 26.3% of Yahoo/Bing. Based on these data, search engine marketing appears to be a very profitable business that rakes billions of dollars of profit for search engines.

Social Media Marketing

Your online marketing strategies and tactics would never be complete without tapping into social media. Services like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Baidu Tieba, and LinkedIn have also been used for marketing. LinkedIn, for example, as an employment-oriented service can be used to promote your services and get more mileage for your online marketing efforts, but keep in mind that it is primarily used to establish professional networks.

Just take a look at the screenshot below and how LinkedIn can provide such great information for anyone looking for earnings and jobs reports within any specific niche market. Not only will these same results rank and appear within the search results, they are also heavily shared through social media as well.

Search Engine Optimization

Aside from search engine marketing which makes use of paid advertising, you can also make use of search engine optimization (SEO). Search engine optimization is another way of expanding the online visibility of your site without necessarily paying for online advertisements. Search engines have organic or natural page results, known as SERP, and you can influence these organic results through SEO.

Not many, however, are experts in SEO. Hence, if you are a businessman who doesn’t have the know-how on SEO, you should visit and search for the expert that fits your needs. If you want a reliable and trustworthy SEO specialist, this website can really help you with its list of the top 50 SEO services that you can immediately hire.

Business websites that are ranking high in the SERP usually gets two-pronged benefits. First, if your site ranks high in the SERP, chances are casual searchers will click on your website, and you can turn them immediately into actual clients. Additionally, if you get more clicks and visits from casual searchers, the search engine will further rank your website higher.

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What Is the Chief Benefit of Going the Extra Blogging Mile?



10:15 PM on a Sunday night.

After waking at 7 AM I did an hour of yoga.

I followed up with 4 hours of blogging work.

Toss in another 4 hours of blogging work plus a 1 hour walk and some R and R, and where I am late on a Sunday night. Going the extra blogging mile.

I love blogging. Working late on a Sunday does not feel like going the extra mile because blogging feels fun to me. But putting in a bit more effort when I feel tired helps me to help more people. Going the extra blogging mile also makes me memorable in the eyes of readers.

I know other bloggers who go the extra mile.

My friend Ronald at Web SEO Marketers runs a first rate blog.

Beyond his super content though, he goes the extra blogging mile in the relationship-building department.

A few moments ago I saw this update in my stream when I logged in to Facebook:

Buying the paperback version of my blogging eBook would have been awesome in and of itself. But Ronald snapped a selfie holding the paperback, noted how he just received my book in the email and tagged me to let me know he bought my book and he’d see me in paradise.


He perfectly embodies how you go the extra mile relationship building wise. Compassionate, heart-centered bloggers think of how they can help folks out. Generous folks always stick out in your mind because we resonate with people who are kind, helpful and genuine in all they do.

Being Memorable Helps Expand Your Presence

I noted Ronald’s rocking blog in this post because he is a skilled blogger, because he shouted out buying my book on Facebook and because both factors make him memorable. I could not fall asleep until I wrote this post and shouted him out because it feels fun to spread the love and to help you guys understand the chief benefit of going the extra blogging mile; people will remember you.

If people remember you they will feature you, interview you, invite you to guest post on their blog, or they will hire you or buy your stuff. As your features, interviews and guest posts increase you will appear to be all over the place in your niche, growing your business slowly and steadily until your generosity and willingness to go above and beyond results in exponential growth of your online presence.

Alonzo Pichardo embodies this type of massive growth over the long haul by going the extra mile.

Check out his Instagram account.

His follower growth and overall engagement levels are staggering, with 55,000 followers receiving Alonzo’s update on the platform.

Alonzo continues to get so many followers because he gave so much of his time, skills and expertise over the past decade. He did not attract 55,000 followers after a week of going the extra blogging mile. He generously served folks for a decade and continues to help folks even if doing so takes him late into the night, becoming more memorable to more folks around the world.

Be Patient

Be patient and persistent in creating value and building bonds. Good things take time.

You may not make a penny through your blog for 6 months after doing the right things with the right energy but you will succeed over the long haul. Every kind act is rewarded over time.

Keep helping people. Focus on the process, not on outcomes. Stay up late to write the guest post, linking in to your blogging buddies to increase their exposure. After you purchase a book, take a selfie and tag the author on social media. Think of how you can impact humanity in a generous, significant way, one friendship and one generous act at a time.

Go the extra blogging mile.

Accelerate your blogging success over the long haul.


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