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How to Create Killer Guest Posts that Captivate Your Audience



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I visited my Huffington Post profile the other day:

Ryan Biddulph Huffington Post Articles

I noted 2 things:

  • For some reason The Huff Post added the numbers “187” to my user name (followers of old school Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre know what this means….and yes it inspired the blog post title)
  • Each of my guest posts generated a hefty amount of traffic, social shares and a few  comments too.

Today I want to help you write, publish and share popular guest posts to promote your blogging success.


1: Give the Audience What They Want (Solve Specific Problems)


Read the prior 3 posts on any blog where you intend to submit a guest post.

See what the audience wants.

Serve up what the audience wants.

Wow them by wooing them with helpful, targeted blog content.

Solve specific problems relevant to reader needs to publish popular guest posts.

My Blogging Tips guest posts may vary some from my Huffington Post or Shout Me Loud or Pro Blogger guest posts.

I write a different post for the different readerships to tailor my guesties.

From Ileane Smith at Basic Blog Tips to Sue Anne Dunlevie at Successful Blogging each blog has its own style. Tailor your guest posts to fit the style


2: Go with Questions or Double Figure Titles


Readers love value.

Serve value by writing double figure titled posts.

Over deliver.

Get serious pop through your guest posts.

Ask a question to intrigue readers.

Follow up with helpful content to drill home your point.

Double figure themed or question themed titles act like bread crumbs, attracting readers with an enticing teaser of what’s on the plate.

Follow up with a 6 foot long submarine sandwich in the form of a helpful, thorough, meaty post to boost your page views.


3: Ask Questions to Boost Engagement


End each guest post with one to three questions.

Boost engagement to increase traffic to the post.

Asking questions is like handing the mic over to your audience.

You had your say.

Now you give the audience some shine.

I sometimes use the H2 header text “Your Turn” before asking my customary 1 to 3 questions.

My turn has ended.

Now readers can step up to share their take through blog comments.

Engaged audiences tend to promote blog posts aggressively across multiple platforms.

That’s good for you, Mr. or Mrs. Guest Poster.


4:  Share as You’d Share on Your Blog


Share guest posts on:


  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Relevant Facebook Groups
  • Relevant G Plus Communities
  • G Plus
  • Triberr
  • Biz Sugar
  • Inbound Dot Org
  • Growth Hackers
  • Just Retweet

….among other spots.

Promote guest post as you’d promote your own blog posts.

Generate serious traffic mojo by generating awesome guest posting karma.

Share freely to receive freely.


5: Do Your Best Work


Do your absolutely, positively best work each time you submit a guest post.

Show off your skills to shock and awe your new audience.

Don’t hold back.

Hey, if you flop, you flop.

If your guest post gets rejected simply join the club.

I’ve been tweet endorsed by a NY Times Best Selling Author.

I’ve been featured on a billionaire’s blog.

My guest posts get rejected sometimes.

I still do my best job every time out, never holding back because I fear that I’m wasting my time.

Spend 1, 2 or 7 hours – or longer – writing thorough, helpful, practical-tips-laden guest posts.

Do your best job to make a seismic impact.


6: No Pressure i.e. Have Fun!


You can’t create a killer guest post if you feel under pressure to publish the ultimate guest post.

Have fun!

You’re being given the keys to someone’s blog.


Take care of it but enjoy the ride!

When I had lunch with Zac Johnson earlier this year I simply realized what I’d suspected: Zac’s an awesome, down to earth guy who genuinely enjoyed and appreciated the guest posts I published here on Blogging Tips.

So I beat Zac to the bill ;), (hey, he gave me guest posting rights here!), and pretty much let go any pressure I felt any time I submitted a guest post here.

Enjoy guest posting.

Treat every blog with respect, do your best work and have fun helping readers with their problems.

You’ll do your best work and you may entertain readers a wee bit too when you don’t feel pressure to submit a guest post.


7: Become a Regular


I focus heavily on publishing guest posts to Blogging Tips and the Huffington Post. Doing so helps me establish continuity and familiarity with these communities.

Guest post predominantly to 1, 2 or 3 blogs. Build familiarity with specific audiences. Captivate readers by avoiding the “one night stand” viewpoint that destroys many guest blogging campaigns.

Readers become rabid fans if you grow on them through 5 super guest posts or more.

Note; feel free to guest post on a bunch of blogs but don’t spread yourself thin.

Devote most of your energies to a few blogs.


Your Turn


What tips can you add to this list?

How do you create awesome guest posts?

Or are you having a tough time getting your guest posts accepted?


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How to Ride out Traffic Swings



Traffic swings occur for every single blogger who ever blogged.

Literally, nobody is immune from seeing traffic stats swing high, low, back, medium and all over, in between. How do you ride out these swings? Blog for the love of blogging and see traffic as an extra, a bonus, or some add on to your blogging campaign. Make the blogging work, the reward. See all else as extra, or a bonus, and you become totally chill in response to inevitable traffic swings. Way too many bloggers become obsessed with traffic stats. Even more make the foolish mistake of obsessing over traffic stats on a daily basis. Guys; this is nuts. How can you focus on daily traffic swings when you know all good, lasting things take time, energy and a willingness to have a vision? Relax. Slow down. Calm down. Trust in yourself. Trust in the blogging process. Good things take time and generous service.

Imagine if Jeff Bezos panicked over day to day traffic and sales numbers on founding Amazon over 2 decades ago? Imagine how doing so would have crippled his campaign? Everybody experiences swings – usually, wild swings – as a newbie entrepreneur and blogger because no growth is perfectly linear. Over time, with generous effort and a blanket trusting in the blogging process, you traffic increases month over month. But day to day analysis is a silly way to assess how you are doing. How in the heck can you honestly make a blanket assessment of your blog over a 24 hour period? It’s only 24 hours! We measure success in thousands and tens of thousands of hours…..not 24 hours. Come back down to earth. Get your head out of the clouds. Nothing of meaning, of lasting value, unfolds in 24 hours. Please be gentle with yourself and be even more gentle with your silly mind because the mind wants fast results but your heart knows; successful blogging is a long term gig.

Check Stats Infrequently

Do you have an absolute blast checking stats? If so, check stats monthly. Allow momentum to gain by generously helping people daily, over a monthly period. Observe your traffic stats to iron out any kinks and to not be swayed by the day to day fluctuations leveling most bloggers, creating a roller coaster wave of emotions in mind. I barely check metrics because if I love what I do, trust in the process and trust myself, the more generous service I put into blogging, the more blogging generously serves me. Simple equation here. Why in the heck would I assess my success based on 24 hour increments? Blogging success hinges on thousands of hours of generous service, not 24 hour blogs of work, right?

Pump your breaks guys. Get uber busy helping your readers by creating as much quality content as humanly possible. Be generous. Focus heavily on giving, not getting, to allow your daily stat checking obsession to dissolve just a wee bit. Blogging become uncomfortable here and there but does get easier and easier the more often you give freely of your time and talents. The challenge is not to panic when you resist checking stats for a few weeks as most folks go bonkers mad, ready to explode, once they try to detach from frequent stat checking.


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How Much Traffic Do You Need to Make Money Blogging?



Nobody knows.

But I do know this; if you ask this question you think like employees. Bad mindset for a blogger. Employees think putting in set amounts of work or reaching some specific goal results in receiving income. 100% of the time, this is NOT true as a professional or amateur blogger. Nobody has any idea how your traffic behaves. Is it targeted, or general? How did you attract your readers? Drilling deeper, it is impossible to surmise that a specific amount of traffic leads to some set amount of income.

Traffic and blogging income are only related in that, if you drive titanic amounts of targeted traffic to your blog, you will make some coin. But other than driving monstrous amounts of traffic – and any blogger asking this question is 10,000 to 20,000 hours away from this type of traffic – you need to understand that making money blogging is about generously helping people, building bonds, creating value, trusting in the process and developing your money mindset diligently, vibing abundance.

Do you want to make money blogging? Stop looking at traffic stats. Nobody pays you like an employer if you register 100 visitors daily to your blog. Stop thinking like an employee. Begin thinking like an entrepreneur. Help people generously. Make friends. Trust in the blogging process. Trust yourself. Think abundantly. Keep helping people. Develop your money mindset. Open multiple streams of income. Money will flow your way if you focus less on traffic stats and things, and more on generously helping human beings. Help people generously, patiently and persistently. Make money. This is the secret to successful blogging. But most bloggers fall lost in a world of stats and employee-level thinking, falsely believing generating a specific number of daily blog visitors results in some blogging employer paying them a set salary, a paycheck, for a goal achieved.

Do not fall prey to this common blogging mindset error in error. Money flows to you based on your generous service and based on your trust in the blogging process. Money can and will arrive but only after you relax, detach, help folks and give little or no thought to money, traffic and other blogging outcomes. The less you think about making money through your blog, the more you help people. The more you help people, the more money you eventually make. Successful blogging and making money is simply about helping tons of people for free to increase your blogging skills and exposure. Open multiple streams of income through which to prosper. Eventually, money flows to you.

Do not get distracted by ideas consistent with the blog post title question. Do not get caught up in blogging money and traffic outcomes. Stop looking for your blogging pay day and get busy helping people freely to learn the secret of effective blog monetizing. Money finds generous servants and money sprints away from bloggers routinely obsessed with making money. Sure you want to promote yourself at every turn. Goodness knows, I am always promoting my 100 plus eBooks and 2 blogging courses in all I do. Plus I promote my audio books and paperbacks, too. But my intent is mostly about helping as many bloggers as possible through guest posting, posting to my blog and via podcasting and broadcasting live. Prospering grows easier the more I help folks freely.


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How to Develop Super Human Confidence in Your Blog



Baby steps, my Young Blogging Padawans.

New bloggers, baby step your way to being super human confident in your blog. Being wracked by doubt, with a little wild excitement mixed in, you cannot gain unreal confidence in your blog today. But slowly and steadily gaining clarity gives you the foundation upon which to become a highly successful blogger who feels bold, knowing your blog rocks.

I am about super human confident in my blog. I am developing the same level of confidence in my eBooks and courses, too. Why? Believing in my blog and premium offerings helps me to help more people and I also make more money too, which is neat, considering I live a worldly life.

Follow these tips.

1: Feel and Release Fears-Doubts Aligned with Your Blog

Before you become confident, you need to purge any lack of confidence. I know this feels bad but tis a necessary step to become super duper confident in your blog and in your premium offerings, too. Sit with doubts, those nasty traitors. Be with your fears about self, your writing ability and your blog presentation. Feel these unpleasant energies. Clear the energies. Proceed from a clearer, more confident, space. Confidence is borne of clearing a lack of confidence. Do messy energy work to become uber confident in your blog and in your blogging abilities.

2: Surround Yourself with Loving Bloggers

Loving, caring, compassionate bloggers see brilliance in you when you cannot seem to see it in yourself. Although all confidence issues flow inside-out, you need a network of supportive people around you who believe in you, versus being around haters or negative nellies. Never, ever, ever surround yourself with poverty conscious, failure conscious bloggers. Are you running a cyber charity? Are you a therapist? No! Negative people stuck in fear and failure throw negative cross currents into your being, shaking your already fragile confidence in your blog.

Hang with folks who believe in you and who believe in your blog. Pros share where and how you can improve but they always believe in someone who follows their dreams, and will instill that faith in you, and in your blog, too.

3: Write Your Butt Off and Publish Content Like the Dickens

Writing and publishing content is like breathing to me. I do not lose confidence in my ability to breathe because this is an automatic, auto-pilot, process. I just breathe without thinking about it. Ditto for writing and blogging. I wrote and blogged for 20,000 to 30,000 hours so now it is an automatic, easy process I have super human confidence in. I do not even think about it because I do it routinely, automatically, on a type of auto-pilot borne of making writing and blogging a habit.

If someone criticizes my blog, it is like someone criticizing my breathing; sounds weird, or funny, but it stirs me not, because I have equal confidence in each.

4: Do Energy Work

I do not play around; 3-4 hours of energy work daily allowed me to face, feel and release blog doubts, to become the clear, confident blogger I am today. Consider meditating, or doing yin yoga, or doing Kriya yoga, and power walking. Or do it all. I spend 3-4 hours doing each – collectively – daily, to expand my awareness so I can feel and clear doubts and so I can blog mainly from an abundant, generous, relaxed, detached vibe.

Be confident guys. Believe in your blog. Follow these 4 tips to succeed and to become super human confident in your blog.

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