8 Work Habits That Will Keep You Effective When Guest Blogging

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The topic of workplace effectiveness is something I’ve been looking into for years now. Mostly to solve my own challenges and to find more effective ways of doing the tasks I consider important for my business.

Being productive and effective can indeed become a big issue if you don’t have any system set or some good habits in place. And this is especially significant when being a business owner and doing anything related to blogging or guest blogging.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at the eight work habits to put in place that will keep you effective (when guest blogging).

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6 Reasons Why Guest Bloggers Fail

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Caution; some tough questions ahead. Would you call yourself a successful guest blogger? In other words, is guest blogging bringing you the results you’ve hoped for? Can you get your posts accepted on your first-choice target blogs? Do those blogs then bring satisfactory results?

If “no” is your answer to any of the above then, first of all, that’s okay. Guest blogging is much more difficult than some experts want us to believe.

And second of all, here’s a list of the common reasons why guest bloggers fail. I encourage you to read it from top to bottom and try evaluating your approach, looking for possible holes in your tactics.

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6 MORE Types of Content to Focus on When Guest Blogging

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Last week, we listed seven types of content to focus on when guest blogging, so I figured I should probably continue with this topic and dig down some more to find another set of interesting guest post concepts.

But let’s just set one thing straight before we get going. This list of six more types of content is in no way inferior to the original post. I guarantee that every item from either list can land you a valuable guest post on a popular blog. In short, this isn’t a “tier 2″ by any means.

Guest blogging success has always been in the execution, so how you take action on a given content type is a lot more important than what content type you choose in the first place.

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7 Types of Content to Focus on When Guest Blogging

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Every new guest blogging project – or simply a guest post – starts by picking the right site and the right topic that is most likely to resonate with the site’s audience. But apart from that, you also need to decide what type of content you want to create. There are a lot of possibilities, but some of them make more sense for guest blogging than others.

For instance, your goal is to get the most out of your post in terms of people coming back to your site and taking action on what you have to offer. So the guest post itself needs to somehow make them want to give you a chance.

In short, what this means is that above all else, you need to present you expertise, give people a solution to a problem, but at the same time, let them know that if they want more, they will have to follow your link.

So having that in mind, here are seven content types for guest posts that you should try out first.

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6 Free WordPress Plugins to Make Your Guest Blogging More Effective

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Making a quick visit to the official plugin directory at WordPress.org, I’m somewhat amazed that currently there are nearly 35,000 plugins available there. We’ve known it for a long time now, but WordPress indeed is a great platform to run our sites and effectively make our website-related headaches less annoying.

That being said, what are the specific plugins that you should get if you’re planning to use guest blogging for marketing?

Now, I’m not talking about things like WordPress SEO by Yoast here, or Jetpack. What I mean are plugins that can be of direct benefit to guest bloggers or business owners who have hired guest bloggers.

Therefore, the list I’m just about to share with you is geared at making it easier to manage your guest posts, keep track of the results, as well as help you convert people coming to your site from those posts.

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Here’s the Guest Blogging Toolkit You Need

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Every guest blogger needs their own arsenal of tools to make the work effective and manageable. And I’m afraid this goes a lot deeper than just using Microsoft Word + Gmail and calling it a day. In order to efficiently handle things like planning, writing, tracking, outreach, etc., you will need a bit more than that.

So what follows is my own list of favorites. I did test a lot of tools over the years, and the set I’m presenting today has simply proven to be the most effective at making my work easier and ultimately better. In other words, without these tools, I wouldn’t be able to guest post even half as often as I do now.

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4 Types of Things to Promote Through Guest Blogging

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We’ve been talking a lot about guest blogging being a fine marketing method lately, so I guess it’s about time we should list some possibilities regarding the things you can promote from within your guest posts (or the bio boxes of your guest posts).

Let’s just get right down to it and start with the biggie …

Free vs. paid

Like with most marketing methods, guest blogging can be used to promote both free and paid products. However, it won’t be equally effective at both. This has a lot to do with what the reader expects.

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Reasons Why People Still Don’t Consider Guest Blogging Being a Solid Marketing Method

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What’s your impression of guest blogging? Do you have your doubts regarding the possible results and effectiveness of guest blogging compared to other online marketing methods you’re using on a daily basis?

If that’s anywhere from “strong yes” to “partly yes” then this post is for you.

I’m going to list some common problems with guest blogging in relation to what benefits it can bring to your business, and also how to use guest blogging up to its full potential as a marketing method.

Each point (each reason) on the list comes with a short description and my take on what to do in order to potentially get the highest return on your investment.

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5 More Warning Signs You’re Guest Blogging All Wrong

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We’ve covered a lot of ground in the first part of this post, so I figured we should continue with the topic to get the most complete image of the problem possible.

Last time, we talked about things like heavily SEOd links, nofollow links, lack of calls to action, not linking to a landing page, focusing too much on the numbers of words. Those were all technical issues, so to speak. Issues that although are serious in nature, can be fixed easily with some dedicated actions.

So today, let’s focus on mistakes that go a little broader and mostly focus on the bigger picture of guest blogging.

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5 Warning Signs You’re Guest Blogging All Wrong

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This isn’t something most bloggers will tell you, but guest blogging isn’t actually easy. I know that most people would rather hear something like, “Hey, you just need to contact a bunch of bloggers, send them your articles, and you will start building an audience and engaging with new communities.” Unfortunately, I can’t say something like this because it wouldn’t be true.

Guest blogging – when it’s to be done correctly and in a sustainable way – is hard, and it takes time. Unless you’re doing it purely as a hobby and you’re not interested in a little something called results.

Therefore, there’s a number of various mistakes that can happen along the way. Some of them small and with only marginal impact, but some with some serious consequences. So without further ado, here’s our list of five warning signs that you’re guest blogging all wrong.

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