Getting consistent and quality traffic to a blog can be very difficult these days, especially if you are in the weight loss niche.
Most of us would have already heard about guest blogging, especially since it is the talk of the town in the blogosphere today. The majority of us are only familiar with guest blogging being a tactic used to generate traffic to a blog. The process is usually like this; write a quality guest post, submit it to big or medium sized blogs in your niche, expect traffic to come and look for ways to convert this traffic into subscribers.
The cool thing is that while this approach will work for some it will mostly be effectively only for people who are highly knowledgeable and experienced to get on the top blogs in their field and it will also require a lot of effort and patience to get results.
A New Guest Blogging Approach
This approach isn’t entirely new, but it is something that I have used to great success with my weight loss blog and I plan sharing my approach in details with you below.
The idea is simple, look for quality blogs in your niche, write good guest posts for them, included a few anchor text backlinks to your blog and start getting results. When I talk about “quality” blogs I’m not talking about the big blogs only; getting on the big blogs will take a lot of time and effort and in a situation like this we can start with average blogs. Since the main aim is to gain quality backlinks focused on impacting our rankings there won’t be much difference in results.
In other words, all you need to do is look for a few quality blogs in your field, write a 500 – 600 words guest post somehow tied to the topic of your blog and submit it to these blogs. If you’re able to submit to a lot of blogs you’ll be able to increase your potential of getting results on the long run.
How to Find Quality Blogs in Your Field
The effectiveness of this approach lies in the kind of blogs you’re able to get published on. In other words, getting a thousand guest posts published on blogs that were started last week will yield no results whereas getting your posts published on good authority blogs can lead to results in a matter of weeks. I’ll be sharing how I find quality blogs with you in this section.
Have a Yardstick for Measuring Blog Effectiveness: The first step you should take when it comes to looking for blogs to publish your guest posts on is to have a yardstick for measuring which blog to write for. In other words, your approach won’t just be random. You have to actually know what you’re doing, which kind of blog qualifies for a guest post from you and why the blog qualifies for a guest post from you. There are a lot of SEO metrics that can be used to determine how good a particular blog is; it could be Google pagerank, Mozrank or Customrank. In my own opinion, any blog with a Pagerank of 2 and Mozrank of 3 and above is a good candidate for a guest post.
Tools to Help You Discover Blogs
Once you’ve determined your yardstick for finding blogs the next step is to determine which tools to use. Of course, like you’ve probably imagined, there are a lot of tools available online that you can use and here are some of my top recommendations.
Technorati: The Technorati blog directory is the favorite tool in my guest blogging arsenal. Technorati has hundreds of thousands of blogs listed in its directory and as a result several thousands of blogs in each category. Almost all blog listed in Technorati with be worthy of a guest post so make sure you visit Technorati to check out a list of your niche category and to select blogs you want to write for.
Alltop: Alltop also works in a similar way to Technorati but it only contains authority blogs. You can find top blogs to write for on Alltop by visiting the category of your niche.
Google Toolbar: Like I said above, pagerank can be a good metric for measuring how good a blog will be if you were to write on it. A blog with a good pagerank is likely to have more impact on your links and the Google toolbar is your best bet as far as pagerank is concerned.
SEOmoz Toolbar: Similar to the Google toolbar, the SEOmoz toolbar helps you calculate the Mozrank of each web page you visit. You can then use this Mozrank score to determine whether to write for a blog or not.
It is very important for you to realize that writing quality guest posts alone won’t yield results; you also have to take some steps to ensure you’re getting the best from each guest article you publish.
Thematic Relevance: Most people complain about the ineffectiveness of writing guest posts for unrelated blogs. The reality is that unrelated blogs can be very effective for SEO if you’re able to master the art of writing thematically relevant content. Thematic content is content that is able to tie your niche with that of the blog you’re writing for. For example, this article is thematic because it shares how I use guest blogging for my weight loss blog. My niche is weight loss and this blog talks about blogging, so I’ve been able to tie the two topics and will get maximum results.
Use of Anchor Text: An anchor text is the keyword you use to link a particular URL. For example, the keyword “best weight loss programs” links to a particular page on my blog; and as a result the keyword “best weight loss programs” is the anchor text in this case. To really get results you need to learn to effectively use anchor texts. If you want a better idea on how to effectively use anchor texts make sure you check out this anchor text experiment on SEOMoz.
This guest post was written by, John Smith a blogger that helps find TXR coupon code through his blog. He also reviews flex belt promo code on his blog.
Do You Seize and Use Blogging Opportunities Aggressively?
Look at the featured image for this post, guys. I love guest posting. Zac asked me to guest post here way back in 2015 right after I left the jungles of Costa Rica. I felt humbled but a little scared to seize the opportunity to guest post on Blogging Tips. Did I think I was good enough? Not quite. I also feared being criticized and failing because I would meet and greet a new, large blogging audience. Fast forward 4 years. After publishing posts on and off, I near 1000 guest posts on this blog alone. That, my friends, is seizing and using blogging opportunities aggressively. Zac said I could guest post on this blog whenever I wanted to guest post on the blog. I took his invite seriously. About 1000 guest posts later, I experienced increasing blogging success because I do not delay, hesitate or waffle when it comes to seizing and using blogging opportunities, aggressively, swiftly and with a single-minded focus.
I quickly seize blogging opportunities to promote my 100 plus eBooks daily – like this fun blogging tips eBook – because opportunities seized lead to big time blogging success. Opportunities you seize and use quickly lead to more opportunities which feed more opportunities as you swiftly become a more successful, prospering, fun-loving blogger. But most bloggers rarely seize and use blogging opportunities. Do you fear grabbing opportunities? What could go wrong? Why do you fear using opportunities for growth? True; sometimes you simply have no resonance with opportunities. Someone may try to convince me to freelance write for them but even a large financial promise cannot goad me toward freelance writing again. Bad match. However, I grab and use most opportunities that flow my way because gobbling up opportunities enters you into the spirit of opulence.
What do I mean? The spirit of opulence simply means if you think, feel and act abundantly, you seize most blogging opportunities immediately, using these opportunities to enter into a rich, wealthy, fun, freeing way of life. Example; most people who struggle financially feel so filled with fear that they stammer, delay and hesitate any time a blessed blogging opportunity knocks on their door. If you turn down opportunities for growth, you go broke. Plain and simple. Meanwhile, I publish 10 to 12 posts daily – or more – because I gobble up opportunities left and right and live a pretty neat life by adopting this frame of mind. I appear to be all over my niche because I seize blogging opportunities quickly, aggressively and clearly. I do not play around. I do not fear seizing opportunities for blogging growth because we all have to seize opportunities fast and use these blessings to gain the skills and exposure for becoming a successful blogger.
Every blogger who appears to be everywhere grabbed opportunities quickly. Do you notice some bloggers in 10, 20 or seemingly 50 places, at once? Said bloggers wrote and published 200, 300 or 500 guest posts over 6 months to gain such massive exposure. Doesn’t it feel good to help people? Don’t you feel fulfilled by being of benefit to your fellow blogger? Tap into that feeling, seize and use opportunities for growth and you will slowly but steadily experience greater blogging success. Blogging is not for meek, scared folks. Be clear. Be direct. Gobble up opportunities like a blogging beast to accelerate your growth and success to exponential levels.
Hey; if you don’t seize opportunities, I’ll be there to gobble ’em up 😉
How Most People Think Blogging Is and How it REALLY Is
I love my gig. Right now, I blog from beautiful NYC. Quick 9 day trip to Manhattan. Can you imagine how fun and freeing this life is? Circling the globe, seeing places like Fiji, Bali and Thailand, experiencing these spots for years at a time? Amazing journey indeed. I feel appreciative of this fun, freeing life. I also know how most people think my life goes; write a few words, tap a publish button, make money, soar off to Fiji for 4 months. Most human beings cling to a terribly flawed aspect of their personality; ego. Ego sees free people and assumes, to preserve itself, how freedom must be an easy, comfortable journey for other people to take, because ego KNOWS freedom has not been an easy, comfortable objective, for ego.
Most human beings vibe from a dominant energy of fear so most human beings see illusions, appearances, NOT reality, a magic trick, something not REALLY happening. Most humans see me living in Thailand for months and see the illusion of me spending 2 hours to publish a post, seeing me making money, then, flying to Thailand. What fear-filled folks cannot see is the truth of this: me blogging for 5,000 hours – or more – through ups and downs, highs and lows, love and fear, peace and terror, and an even wider range of emotions….to live a life of blogging in Thailand for months at a time. The truth, the reality, of how blogging really is: blog for thousands of hours, make little or no money, then, after blogging for thousands of hours from a generous, calm, trusting, abundant vibe, feeling deep fears here and there along the way, the money flows in freely and you get to circle the globe whenever you want to circle the globe.
Take a look at this picture of me in Lyttelton, New Zealand:
Most people see an illusion: “Ryan is SO lucky! He gets to spend 2 months in New Zealand! I wish I had his life!”
The few human beings on earth who see the truth see this: “That guy lives an amazing life, being in New Zealand for 2 months, because he blogged for 10,000 hours, often times, when things did not appear to be coming together, outlook, appearing bleak.”
Truth seers are rare birds, folks. Why do you think I spend 3 or more hours daily meditating, doing yoga and exercising? I stabilize my vibe, uncover and purge illusory-producing fears and see the truth, more often than not. You need to see the truth to taste freeing, sweet blogging success. Can you taste my life? Imagine how it’d feel to live in NYC for a week? Imagine how it’d feel to live in Bali for 6 months? Fun, eh? Freeing, right? Of course you’d feel free, circling the globe, changing time zones like people change their minds. But to live this fun, freeing life, you have to live the truth of blogging for hundreds to thousands of generous, trusting hours, before you live the life, and, before you experience this level of fun and freedom. Most humans mean well but totally get caught up in the illusion, not seeing the truth because they fill their minds with fears, creating the insanity of luck and the delusion of envy, and the crazy, mentally ill, concept that you can live an amazingly fun, freeing life with a few hours, a few weeks or a few months of lazy blogging effort.
Do you want to step up to the blogging big time? Step away from most people. See the truth. This blogging gig takes serious effort and serious time. Most people live in delusion, in an illusion of fear. You know better. You know how blogging REALLY is. Sure blogging feels scary in moments but the ride feels largely fun and freeing when you follow your fun, generously help people and trust in yourself, and, trust in the blogging process. I know you’re up it!
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Face Newbie Blogger Fears Early to Accelerate Your Success
Do you genuinely want to hit the ground running with your blog? Face newbie blogger fears early. Do not mess around. Do not play around. Never be anchored down by doubt. Face fears, feel fears and you will feel so good, and free, and ready to succeed through your new blog because fear cannot hold you back if you face it, feel it, release it and proceed.
Life as a solopreneur feels fun, freeing and highly challenging because you do not possess the resources of more established entrepreneurs or people working for a company. The #1 tool in your new blogger arsenal is a willingness to face, feel and release deep fears related to being a newbie. Do this; be golden. Fun, freedom and expansive success awaits you because your generosity, creativity and willingness to connect just accelerates your blogging success…yes…even as a new blogger. How cool, right? No new blogger needs to struggle, fail and quit before giving themselves a chance, because fear is the only thing standing between you and what you need to do, to succeed. For example, I routinely tell new bloggers to buy courses or eBooks for due diligence material. More importantly, I tell them NOT to rely solely on questions and answers through Quora for their due diligence campaign because free platforms pale in comparison to trusted, premium resources from the top bloggers, in terms of research materials.
What can you do to accelerate your new blogger success fast? Nudge into the fear of spending money on training resources, feel the fear, release the fear and buy the course and/or eBook. Doing this, you begin taking the course and/or reading the eBook, putting your new knowledge into action, succeeding more quickly. Meanwhile, most new bloggers who refuse to face their fears keep asking questions on Quora, relying on strangers, possibly skilled but usually unskilled bloggers to supply them with non-vetted answers for critical blogging research. How in the heck can you rely on this most crucial of information if you have no idea who offers the answers? Can you see why this method is totally unreliable, for getting your blogging research? A few skilled bloggers offer some keen insight but step out of the fear-vibe into the abundant, successful vibe by investing money in a top blogging education.
If you can either pay for a Harvard education or ask some stranger on the street for their free advice, what seems to be the more intelligent decision? Invest money in expert advice? Or save money to get advice from some stranger on the street who may or may not know what they are talking about? Can you see why so many new bloggers struggle, fearing to invest money in the best blogging advice, choosing to get free, unreliable blogging advice from the general blogging public?
Pay up to play up. Invest money in your blogging education to move higher in blogging circles. Be a fear-diver; keep nudging into fears to better understand how to succeed, feeling and releasing these confining, restricting forms of bondage. Face newbie blogger fears early and often to remove the shackles that hold you down. Doesn’t it feel better to dive into fears routinely so you can accelerate your blogging success, even as a newbie?
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