Guest Blogging is effective and you know it!
You want to get more guest posts published every month but the issue is that it is hard work – it is difficult to pitch, get the post approved – and finally getting it published.
The common answer here is that the results usually outweigh the efforts and make everything worth it.
To make guest blogging work for you – here are some tips that will make the process simpler and smoother. Yes, it still will be hard work and your content has to be really spot-on, but the process will be easier and you will get more acceptance and less rejections.
- Make yourself Known to other Bloggers:
This is the obvious bit – you have to start with blog commenting. For best guest blogging starts, keep aside almost 2 to 3 hours a day for blog commenting and keep this routine going for months on blogs that you are thinking to target in the future for guest blogging.
Comments should always be high quality and almost 4 to 5 paragraphs long so that your comment gets you noticed. Do note that your comments will open up networking doors, it isn’t just about getting your comments approved. Spend enough time to craft useful and relevant comments that add value – that way you will make a positive impression on the bloggers mind.
If you are already in the financial space, this is something top finance blogs are looking for all the time. For example, check out this article on different ways to make money online. It’s a topic that has been covered time and time again, but if you were to put a different spin on it, or make lists that are focused on a specific target audience, it would be much more likely to be accepted by a top finance blog — while also giving you the opportunity to get exposure on their site.
- Build up a Social Following:
Your social media following tells a lot about how established you are on the blogosphere.
If you have a large following on key social sites like Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin – then your pitch will get more weight. Most bloggers will treat you like an established blogger and would be happy to hear your thoughts.
With guest blogging, it is commonly understood that once the post is live – you will share the post on your social profiles. So, if you have an established profile on multiple social sites – it will bring more value to the blog where your guest post will be published.
- Make sure to Sign up to Popular Blogging Sites:
Sharing content shouldn’t be limited to the top-tier social sites. There are so many blogging sites where you can share your guest post, for example: BizSugar, GuestCrew, DoSplash, BlogEngage etc.
There are tons of these sites and will be soon back with another post where I will cover all of these sites in detail. If you know of any such site and want it mentioned in an upcoming post, please do let us know in the comments section.
- Make sure to Link your Posts from other Guest Posts that you Post Elsewhere:
Since you do regular guest blogging so this step should be fairly easy for you. Just link to a few guest posts that you have done in the past from every new guest post that you do in the future.
Linking is still a valuable ranking signal and all blog owners who allows guest blogging knows this fact. If you are someone who promises to link the guest post from new posts then your pitch will stand a greater chance of getting accepted.
- Make the Pitch Catchy:
Before making your pitch, you have to work your way through. This includes the previous steps like linking to guest posts, having strong profiles on top tier social sites and having accounts on places where you can share your guest posts etc. But the main point here is to make sure that you mention all that in your pitch.
It is always about – “What is in it for me?” and your target guest blogging site’s owner must understand what you can do for his blog. For example, share the content of your target blog first, link to their other posts etc. and once you have done all that – mention it in your pitch.
- Deliver on Time:
Guest posts usually take a few days to complete but sometimes due to several reasons it can get delayed. Say you got some urgent work, off line life’s pressure or simply there are some stuff that needs to be done at a deadline … the point is that there are things beyond our control!
Blog owners get a lot of pitches and if you take too long to write and complete the article, they will forget about you. It is best that you start writing the post as soon as your pitch and the title is approved.
Another thing about delivering on time is that, sometimes the posts are targeted for a specific event. For example, a festival, a shopping discount day like black Friday, so simply the new year time which attracts weight loss resolutions etc. If you are late on a time sensitive article then all your hard work is likely to fail.
- Always Check Content Quality and try to Over Deliver
Now, it’s finally time to send your content over. Hopefully you have done justice to the article with the best of your ability. It is always best to proof read the article before sending, in case there are any mistakes – it will all get fixed.
If you have hinted that the article will be, say 1200+ words in length, try to make it over 1500+. Do remember that getting a guest post published is a big achievement and for that – a few hundred extra word is all right. Delivering more will increase your reputation and the next time you are back with another article – you will get even more attention.
- Keep the Promise and start Sharing your Guest Post:
No point making hollow promises – and even if you haven’t, one should always share their posts on the social media – as much as possible.
Set some buffer shares, push the content on popular sites like ViralContentBuzz, GuestCrew etc.
A guest post is nothing if it isn’t shared well on the social media.
- Start Linking your Guest Post from other Posts:
If you are a regular guest blogger then chances are that while you have got a post published – you might have already started working on the next post by now.
This is your strength as you do frequent guest posts – so you can easily link your guest posts and make them even more stronger.
- Keep the channel open – Come back with another Post soon:
Guest blogging isn’t a onetime thing – it is a process. Always ask the blog owner for a contributor or author account – that way you can keep your posts coming.
Most blog owners like to have guest bloggers who contribute regularly. New guest bloggers are always more work, as their posts have to be heavily moderated – but since you are already tried and tested – the blog owners can give you a free hand and let you publish content that you deem fit. This is one of those major reason why people always look for regular contributor.
Guest Blogging is very similar to blogging on your own blog – after all, it is the audience that will appreciate your content and will be waiting for your next blog post. Keep the posts coming and make sure to share it as much as possible.
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?
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.
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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