Here’s How to Guest Blog and Not Get Penalized … for a Change

The recent developments in the online marketing space aren’t making our jobs easier as guest bloggers. A lot of people are no longer that sure what should be considered good practice vs. bad practice for guest blogging.

For example, here’s a bit clueless tweet by Rand Fishkin where he tries to figure things out for one of his sites:

Just to give you a short version of the story; all was well until one day Matt Cutts – the head of web spam at Google – decided to come out against guest blogging as an SEO practice. According to him, everyone doing guest blogging for SEO purposes is essentially being a bad guy and trying to game Google and their search engine results.

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How You Can Manage Your Guest Blogging Efforts in Half the Time [Part 2]

This is part #2 of a quick two-part series on how to manage your guest blogging efforts. The approach presented here is based on learning the skill of mind mapping and then utilizing it for maximum effectiveness.

In the first part, we talked about the difficulties of guest blogging from a management point of view. If you’ve been guest blogging for any amount of time then you know how easy it is to get lost in the process and lose the grasp on your ongoing tasks. Successful guest blogging isn’t something you do in solitude. Instead, it’s more like 50% communicating with people (bloggers, site owners) and 50% writing. So if you fail to take care of the former effectively, even your superior writing skills won’t be able to make up for these shortcomings and make you a successful guest blogger.

That is why we’re introducing the concept of mind mapping, to help you manage your efforts and make sure that every article and every communication is handled in a timely manner.

Just to remind you, here’s the structure of the mind map we’re using (introduced in part #1):

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So that’s the big picture (the bird’s-eye-view, if you will), and now let’s go through the individual branches and explain everything in detail.

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How You Can Manage Your Guest Blogging Efforts in Half the Time [Part 1]

Okay, okay, sorry for making this headline sound like a bunch of hype, but it’s not an exaggeration (at least I honestly believe it’s not).

Note. This is part #1 of a quick two-part series on how to manage your guest blogging efforts in the most efficient way possible.

Let’s face it, despite what Matt Cutts has been saying recently, guest blogging is still an important element of building a career online. If you have a relatively small audience, there’s no other better way of putting yourself in front of people than doing it through guest posts.

The difficult part though is that it can take a lot of skill to organize your efforts for maximum efficiency. For instance:

“Did I send that email yet?”

“Did he publish my post on time?”

“Was I supposed to follow up with that guy?”

Do any of these sound familiar?

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Sending a Guest Post Right Away vs. Sending the Pitch First

There’s an evergreen dispute going on in the guest blogging community. It’s about whether you should pick a target blog and send a finished guest post right away, or maybe start by pitching only the idea first.

This might not seem like a real problem at first, but it quickly becomes one once you start guest blogging on a regular basis.

Even though guest blogging is great on many levels (brand building, SEO, traffic, networking and etc.), the main problem with it is that it simply takes time – make that massive time if you’re targeting some high profile sites.

And not only is writing itself time-consuming, there are also loads of other tasks to do. You have to pitch, wait for a response, follow up, wait for publication, and so on. Sometimes it takes up to 2 months or more to get a guest post published (not exaggerating).

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How to Get Guest Posts Published Exactly Where You Want Them to Be Published

Guest blogging is fun, as long as you can manage to get most of your articles published with no hiccups.

The other side of the coin, however, is that guest blogging can also be really frustrating, especially when it seems that every one of your articles keeps getting declined for one reason or the other. I’m sure you can relate.

Just to give you an example. Some time ago, I wanted to get my work featured on Killer Startups. A rather popular site – Alexa rank of 10,000 if you care about such things – that covers everything related to startups.

Looking at my journal, I can see that I apparently tried reaching out to them three times. To no avail. It was only on the fourth time when they finally said “yes” and let me through the door.

Was I frustrated along the way? Kind of, not hugely, but some frustration was surely there.

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Here’s How to Play the Modern Guest Blogging Market

Feel free to share you own opinion on this one, but it seems that the blogosphere is a lot like the traditional newspaper publishing market nowadays. Or at least, it shifts towards such a model.

What this means in plain English is that getting a guest post published is no longer as easy as jotting down a piece and sending it over.

Unfortunately, those days are done for the most part – at least when we’re talking quality guest blogging, and not just shallow guest blogging for SEO.

Speaking of SEO, a week ago, I talked about Matt Cutts’ recent opinion about guest blogging and how a number of popular blogs decided to shut their guest-blogging doors to the public. Reading that piece will give you a good bird’s-eye-view on how to treat guest blogging in 2014 and going forward. Don’t forget to check it out if you haven’t already.

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Why Guest Blogging Isn’t Dead for Anyone (And How You Can Take Advantage of It Even Today)

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“The death of this and the death of that.” Ohh internet, if only I had a penny…

It’s really hard to let a week go by without someone calling a given practice/method dead. I think it all started when some poorly informed people proclaimed blogging (as a whole) being dead. Then it was SEO. Then AdWords, and so on. Anyway, it’s only natural for guest blogging to kind of follow the trend.

And indeed, the web has been very vocal about the demise of guest blogging lately. Where by “the web” I actually mean Matt Cutts – the head of scaring people webspam at Google. In January, he said this and started a new chapter in the discussion:

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How Not to Write a Guest Post

Guest post by Karl

Guest blogging can be a potent way of marketing your blog or service, if you get it right. And it’s by far the most white-hat link building strategy for webmasters today. If your aim is to grow an audience for your blog or business, you should consider guest posting your best bet. You probably already have.

Thousands of bloggers are already aware of this tactic, but are they all doing it the right way? Are their guest posts pitches always accepted? Well, apparently many guest bloggers are committing many grave mistakes when writing their posts; mistakes that you can consciously avoid. Here they are:

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The Ultimate List Of Pet Blogs That Accept Guest Posts

This post is part of a list of over 500 blogs, in more than 25 categories that accept guest posts. You can find other blogs here: the ultimate list of blogs that accept guest posts.

This is a list of top pet blogs that accept guest posts. Feel free to check them out, share them with friends and comment on this article.

If you want someone to handle your guest blogging or develop a guest blogging strategy for you, you can get in touch with me.

 

1. TheDiaryMad.com

Pagerank: 1

Mozrank: 3.99

Alexa rank: 167,455

How to Submit Guest Post: Ensure your guest article is appropriate by checking other related articles on the blog. Read the guidelines on the guest post page to know what is required of you as a guest writer.

 

2. DogTipper.com

Pagerank: 4

Mozrank: 5.72

Alexa rank: 75,002

How to Submit Guest Post: Browse through the published tips so as to have an idea of the writing style. Visit the guest post page for guidelines on how to write your tip. Published tips have a minimum word count of 50. To submit, use the form on the guidelines page. You will be allowed to link to your blog or website from your author bio.  

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The Ultimate List Of Religion Blogs That Accept Guest Posts

This post is part of a list of over 500 blogs, in more than 25 categories that accept guest posts. You can find other blogs here: the ultimate list of blogs that accept guest posts.

This is a list of top religion blogs that accept guest posts. Feel free to check them out, share them with friends and comment on this article.

If you want someone to handle your guest blogging or develop a guest blogging strategy for you, you can get in touch with me.

 

1. Pastors.com

Pagerank: 3

Mozrank: 6.41

Alexa rank: 198,346

How to Submit Guest Post: Get an idea of the blog’s writing style before writing your guest article. Visit the write for us page and use the form on that page to contact the blog about your contribution.

 

2. FilipinoFreeThinkers.org

Pagerank: 4

Mozrank: 4.87

Alexa rank: 400,949

How to Submit Guest Post: Understand what the blog is about before offering your contribution. Visit the “become a contributor” page for details on how to submit. You must be a registered member before you can contribute.  

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