If you have ever been to a city in America, you likely understand the concept “fast-paced,” and if you are a working America, you likely understand that “fast-paced” is difficult to avoid. However, living in such a fast-paced world doesn’t always lead to using time efficiently—if you skip one step to get to another, you have likely given yourself a whole set of problems you didn’t see coming. Unfortunately, you do not have to live in a big city to find yourself in this situation. This same problem can occur if you work from home—if you’re a blogger.
Being a writer can be exhausting, and blogging can be tricky. If you are trying to get a blog going that will eventually help you make money online, it can be overwhelming and extremely time consuming. Chances are, when you are writing you are writing for your own blog—after all, they are your ideas and you want your best articles on your website. This is the trap that many first time bloggers fall into when looking to increase traffic to their blogs. Writing for your own blog should not be the final destination when it comes to content you produce—you need to consider guest blogging for other websites. Consider the what, where, when and why and how in this order: why, when, where, and what.
Guest posting can be time consuming, so before setting out to be a guest blogger it is important to realize why it actually matters to your blog or website. Guest blogging is a great way to get your name out there and start expanding your social media profile. In other words, if you use more experience, well-known websites that already drive a lot of traffic, people will start to get to know your name and will get a feel for the types of information you can provide. This will then help you get more followers, so when it comes time to really get your blog going, you will have people interested.
Before you go around offering guest posts, make sure that your website is something you are proud of and something that will entice readers. It is true, guest blogging will help you expand your followers, but you have to make sure that you give your followers something to follow. In other words, if your newfound followers like your writing and then go to your blog or website only to find that it is virtually empty, they have no reason to come back. Before guest posting, make sure your blog is something you are proud to show off.
You should try and guest post for websites who have a similar audience to those readers that you want to attract. One key to finding guest posts similar to your blog or website are those that you enjoy reading. Chances are if you have been active on another website, the editor will be happy to add in a post you have written. On top of that, those who have been commenting along with you are sure to be interested in your article. Another great place to look for new domains is by typing in things like “guest post” or “write for us” into Google or Bing. This should bring up a list of blogs that you can search through to find one that fits your style and topics.
Once you have found a site that works for you and you want to guest post, it’s time to actually write the guest post. The best way to decide what to write is to read the “about” section of the website you will be writing for to get a feel for exactly the type of content they will publish. In many cases there will be guidelines as to what you can write about and what you cannot. Then, take a look at the types of blogs others have been writing for the site. Make sure you do not write an article similar to one that has already been published, and then you’re good to go! Find a topic that interests you, be creative, and you may actually find that you enjoy being a guest blogger.
Once your guest blog is all complete, do not forget to link back to your own website. Most websites have a button that will allow viewers to leave comments and tweet out your article if they wish, but it is usually your job to add in a link back to your blog. Most writers do this in the “author bio” that is usually required by the different websites. If you are not sure how to go about linking back on a certain website, do not be afraid to ask! Editors generally love guest bloggers and will be happy to help.