How many people are going to keep starting blogs and throw a bunch of content on the site and think they are going to get rich and retire in a month? It’s one of the most unlikely things a blogger can possibly think will happen. The TRUTH is that blogging is one of the slowest forms of making money online and establishing a business. Just waiting for your first Google PageRank update will take months and don’t even think about how long it will take to build up a loyal following of readers and content… but there is a light at the end of the dark and lonely tunnel… it’s GUEST BLOGGING!
Yes, through the power of guest blogging you can make the drawn-out tasks of blogging work in your favor! Let’s quickly break down a few reasons why guest blogging is so great.
- It’s free!
- You build incoming links!
- Guest writers get author bios!
- Links build up page rank and value over time!
Your written content keeps working for you every day!
That’s enough… though I could go on all day. The truth is guest blogging is free and extremely valuable, but in the end, it really comes down to how much work you put into it. If you are going to be a horrible guest blogger and attempt to ruin your online reputation, go for it… no one will accept your blog posts and you will waste your time. Instead of trying to sell links within your guest posts and write up generic crappy content, just STOP! Focus on quality content and building real relationships with other bloggers and your blog will succeed!
As more people read your excellent guest posts on other sites, they will scroll down to the bottom of your content and see your author bio with your fancy Gravatar image and your site link. Hopefully, if they liked your content then they will click over to your site and become a subscriber to your blog.
So where am I supposed to find all of these wonderful sites that allow guest blogging you ask?
Easy, one of the best ways to find blogs that allow guest posting is to simply look around. You can google “write for us” and “guest posting guidelines” and you will find a ton of resource. You can also visit this really cool top guest blogging sites ranking chart from Bloggingkits.com that ranks all of the top sites that allow guest posts. This tracker rates blogs based on their Alexa, PageRank and other ratings.
Once you find a few sites that you would like to start writing blog posts for, make sure you take the time to look through their current site content and write something that they previously haven’t covered, but be sure to include links to their previous content as well. The more original and relevant the article you submit to other blogs, the more likely they will accept your post.
At the end of the day, you want to make sure that you focus on your quality of content and leaving a good first impression. Guest blogging is a two way street, you need to help others while receiving benefits for yourself.