Monday 01 July, 2013
It’s a great feeling when your guest post gets published on a popular niche blog. There are your words on a high traffic site with your bio box and link at the bottom. You’re now a published author and you can watch while the comments from your new readers roll in.
Niche blogs are a great way to get your name out there, but they’re flooded with submissions just like yours. Blog owners spend a lot of time separating the good from the bad. Or they don’t; maybe they don’t have much time and don’t give much attention to the task, which makes it even harder for you to get published.
It’s not always easy, especially if you’re trying to get published on a popular blog. But here are some tips to help you do it.
Make It Good
It all starts with the post itself. If the blog owner reads submissions, this is what’s ultimately going to get your post published. It doesn’t matter how much you follow up with them or what sum of money you offer them. Nobody wants to have lousy posts on their top-quality blog.
Make sure all of your grammar and spelling is in order. Your submission should be well-written, edited and proofread. Talk to any blog owner and they’ll blow your mind with some of the horrendous submissions they’ve received.
Uniquify Your Article
One of the things that make a submission good is that it’s unique. It takes a unique take on a topic, covers timely tips or breaking news, or covers a topic that hasn’t been done before. Even if you’re writing an article on ‘5 tips for driving traffic,’ make it stand out from the rest somehow.
If your post is unique but there are other small problems with it, the owner will likely touch it up a bit and publish it. It’s the new idea that’s going to get readers to their blog reading and getting engaged.
Help Folks out
Another thing that helps to get guest posts published is that it helps people out. The post takes a common problem that a number of the blog’s readers are struggling with right now and helps them solve it. Along with uniqueness, this is what makes blog posts go viral.
You can get ideas on how to help a blog’s readers by reading comments on other posts. They’ll often ask a question there, and you can use this question as a blog post starter.
Don’t Be Pushy
Editors often complain about guest post submitters being pushy or rude. Remember that you’re asking the blog owner for a huge favor. You want them to put your post on their blog, which is a huge risk to them because if their readers don’t like it or find it irrelevant, they may lose their trust. Keep in mind also that they’re busy and it may take some time to get back to you.
Finally, the golden rule for any writer writing for others – follow guidelines to a T. If there’s a process on their site for submitting posts, follow the process. Don’t think that you’re being bold or clever by going outside of it. They have a system in place for a reason.
If your post is unique, helpful, timely and well-written, you’ll get an email back. Any blog owner that accepts guest posts would be thrilled to have a quality post on their blog.