If you own your website or if you’re a blogger yourself, you have probably heard of guest blogging. In this blog post, we discuss what guest blogging is and how to do it.
What is Guest Blogging
Guest blogging is exactly what it sounds like, a guest who writes a blog post for another website. This practice used to be very popular for bloggers who wished to boost their exposure to readers outside their own personal network. While guest blogging is still done today, to reach readers outside a network, it is also used for many other marketing reasons.
Reasons for Guest Blogging
There are many marketing-related reasons to have a guest blogger write a post for your website.
Social Media Boost
The social media benefit from guest blogging can be overlooked, but it is very much real. When a guest blogger shares their post on your website, with their social media followers, this will likely give you a social media boost. You should ask the guest blogger to tag you in their posts so you can reap some of the benefits.
If you are the guest blogger, the website that publishes your content can also share your social media links in the blog post, or on their own social media accounts.
Exposure to More People
Strategically choosing your guest blogger, based on their audience, will help you gain much more exposure for your website. Select a blogger who has a fan-base that will find your other content interesting. You want to partner with someone who will bring new readers to you that will stick around.
More Website Traffic
If you have done any research on SEO, you likely know that website traffic is very important for your search result rankings. When you welcome a guest blogger on your website, or if you are the guest blogger, you will likely see a spike in website traffic. This is where selecting the right guest blogger is very important. You want to partner with someone who will bring in more website traffic because they have a community of people who follow them. They should have enough consistent readers who will be willing to click on your website to read what your guest blogger wrote.
As an SEO Effort
Today, guest blogging is primarily done with the purpose of building backlinks. Backlinks are links that direct people from one website to another. If you have a backlink, that means someone from a different website is linking back to you. If you give a backlink, that means you created a link on your website and it’s directing people to a different website. It’s important to build the backlinks to your website because they help improve your search engine rankings. Backlinks are very important to search engines when deciding how to rank websites. When a website has a ton of legitimate backlinks leading to it, clearly, it must be a website of high-quality. That is what Google thinks, and it’s typically true.
The guest blogger and the website owner should create backlinks on their own websites to each other. In other words, the guest blogger will include a backlink to their guest blog post on their own website, while the other website owner creates a backlink to the blogger’s website. This helps to benefit both websites and the search engine ranking they receive.
Asking a guest blogger to partner with you to write a blog post is a great idea.
Practicing guest blogging for the first time can be an intimidating process. Finding a blogger or a website owner can be quite challenging as well. Here are some tips on how to find someone to get started with.
Find a Partner to Work With
There are a few different ways you can find someone who will work with you. The first way is by building relationships. Simply networking and communicating with website owners can build relationships and open doors to guest blogging. This option is the easiest and will ensure that you will enjoy working with your partner.
The second option is to keep an eye on companies that frequently welcome guest bloggers. If you are a blogger, these websites may be willing to welcome you. If you are a website owner, you will want to take note of bloggers who frequently guest blog. This will give you an idea of the people who want to work with others to create content.
The third option is to conduct a search on Google for websites or bloggers looking to partner with others. Many website owners will post that they are seeking a guest blogger. On the other hand, many bloggers will announce that they are looking to be a guest blogger on a website.
No matter what option you go with, you should pay attention to the following point. It will help you get the most out of guest blogging and ensure audience satisfaction.
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Strategically Select a Partner
Whether you’re the blogger or the website owner, you must be strategic about who you partner with. Who you decide to work with should be related to your niche, if you want the best results. As a website owner, you will want a guest blogger who has an audience that will enjoy your other content. This will increase the likelihood that their audience will stick around your website and become your audience as well.
As a blogger, you will want to find a website you don’t mind sharing with your own readership. If you do not personally enjoy their content or think it’s not good enough to share, you may want to reconsider working with them. Maintaining your trustworthiness with your audience is important, and you don’t want to lose that trust by guest blogging on a poor quality website. Only work with a website owner that has the content you read and enjoy.
Meet Expectations and Requirements
There is no point in guest blogging if you are not going to hold up your end of the bargain. You must be sensitive to your partner’s expectations so you have a chance of working together again. Only submit the best quality content so that way you gain some more website visitors.
In conclusion, guest blogging can be a very helpful tool if done strategically. It can boost your search rankings and it can help you gain website visitors. And by the way, one of the companies we do guest writing for is Financial Poise. Take a moment to see what we have published on their website. If you have any questions about this topic, feel free to fill out the contact form below. We would love to set up a time to speak with you and answer your questions.