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Guest Posting Success

5 Tips To Boost Your Guest Blogging Success

Hi, I’m Karl Foxley, co-founder and regular blogger over at FMSSEO.com.

I’m really excited to take the opportunity to write for FamousBloggers.net and what a better place to start than with an article on guest blogging. For those of you that don’t already know, guest blogging is a great opportunity to extend your readership, generate backlinks and increase the traffic to your website. After you’ve identified a blog that you would like to write for, here are some tips to get you started on the right foot.

1. Having a unique voice

When you are guest blogging it is a must that you write in your own style. It can be tempting to adopt a similar style to the blog author(s) because it is a formula that is already working well for them.

A guest blog post is your chance to shine and nothing will stand out more than writing with your own unique voice.

2. Research aka ‘Do Your Homework’

Seriously, this may sound like even more work but you must take the time to dig into the archive of blog posts for the blog you are writing for. You want to find the posts that became popular, can you write something on that subject? (after all, you now know the readers really liked that topic).

3. Pre-post Promotion

When you have confirmed that you are going to have a post published on a site, take the opportunity to promote your post before it goes live.

Tell your readers about it on your blog by writing a quick post. Email your newsletter subscribers and tell them about your upcoming appearance. Tweet a quick update to your Twitter followers.

Are you a member of other social networks, use them to your advantage now. This works well when there is 2 or more days before your guest post is published.

4. Post Promotion

When your guest post goes ‘live’, it’s now time to promote it again in the same way as described above (3.) Write another post on your blog and this time link to your guest post and ask your regular readers for feedback. Tweet to your followers that they can now read your article.

5. Sandwich Your Guest Post

People skim read. How often have you landed on a blog post and scrolled up and down before something ‘grabbed’ your attention and got you reading. To increase the chances of the readers seeing your name and your website URL you should sandwich your content just like I have done on this post.

In the opening sentence I introduced myself and stated where I am from. In closing, you’ll see that I am doing the same again.

That’s it, I hope these tips take your guest blogging to the next level and you reap the rewards of this form of blog promotion.

To your success,

Karl Foxley from FMSSEO.com

P.s. If you liked this post you may also like this article: 13 Ways To Encourage Blog Commenting.

Karl Foxley is an SEO Consultant, Internet Marketer, Business Coach and co-founder of FMS SEO. Karl seeks to make SEO and Internet Marketing jargon free for the every day user. For more articles related to SEO and Internet Marketing visit Karl's website.

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  • Suresh Khanal September 27, 2010, 9:17 am

    I wished to publish some guest posts and submitted my first post as well. In fact guest posting has been proved best approach for networking, link building and interractions.
    I welcome guest posts too and happy to let you know that the first guest post on my blog is published. It’s Ileane’s 3 Awesome Video Tutorial Sites!
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  • SenseiMattKlein August 30, 2010, 7:29 am

    Recently did my first and second guest posts. This was a very helpful article. Thanks.
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  • aldricchang May 18, 2010, 1:51 pm

    Hi Karl, I wish I have read this blog post much earlier. I was very recently guilty of double posting what I wrote for Famous Bloggers :P
    .-= NEW from aldricchang´s last blog ..Picking the Right Keywords for SEO Success =-.

    • Karl Foxley May 18, 2010, 2:48 pm

      Glad you found the post helpful Aldric.
      .-= NEW from Karl Foxley´s last blog ..How A Small Business Built An Email Subscriber List Without A Website =-.

  • Ralph January 10, 2010, 6:46 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I have my own blog and also contribute monthly to some other blogs in my niche but want to take my show on the road. I think your tips will help my guest blogging tour a success.

    • Karl Foxley January 10, 2010, 8:27 pm

      Be sure to share with us how you get on using the tips. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

      Regards,

      Karl
      .-= Karl Foxley´s last blog ..Have You Seen The Brand New OnTheGo Theme? =-.

  • Will January 9, 2010, 8:37 am

    Hi Karl,

    In a bit of a hurry today so this was a skim read as you mention in point 5.
    Just scrolled back up & quickly looked at the other points …
    all good ones I think.

    Cheers
    Will
    .-= Will´s last blog ..Sites Of The Month – December 2009 =-.

    • Karl Foxley January 9, 2010, 9:01 am

      Thank you Will and thank you for commenting even though you are in a rush, much appreciated.

      Regards,

      Karl
      .-= Karl Foxley´s last blog ..What Are The Best Links For SEO And How To Get Them? =-.

  • Hesham January 9, 2010, 6:14 am

    Karl, your post rocks! and it has 7 votes on MMO network ;) this is the max votes we ever had LOL! I even voted for it 2 times :) very good work!

    • Karl Foxley January 9, 2010, 9:02 am

      Thank you so much Hesham and I really appreciate the opportunity of sharing a post here.

      I’m sure I’ll add some more posts in the future.
      .-= Karl Foxley´s last blog ..What Are The Best Links For SEO And How To Get Them? =-.

  • Latief January 9, 2010, 5:02 am

    Your tips are really easy to follow bro!.
    I have a new invitation to become a guest blogger,
    I’ll try your tips and I’ll tell you the result,
    I hope they will give me the maximum result for being a guest blogger.
    Thanks Karl :)
    .-= Latief@AnotherBlogger´s last blog ..How To Import Your Blogger Blog To WordPress? =-.

    • Karl Foxley January 9, 2010, 5:35 am

      That’s great Latief. I’d love to read your guest post when it is live and see how you implement the tips.

      All the best,

      Karl
      .-= Karl Foxley´s last blog ..Guest Blogging Welcomed At FMS SEO =-.

  • Kevin Tan January 8, 2010, 3:15 pm

    Utilizing guest posting is one of my next goal. I’m always seeking ideas to improve my guest posting and by doing it right, it helps to brand myself and increase my blog’s exposure.

    Thanks Karl, your post has helped.

    • Karl Foxley January 8, 2010, 4:04 pm

      Glad you can use the information Kevin.
      .-= Karl Foxley´s last blog ..What Are The Best Links For SEO And How To Get Them? =-.

  • Pubudu Kodikara January 8, 2010, 5:22 am

    I agree with you bro… all these tips are important when you want to guest blog! nice post bro :D
    .-= Pubudu Kodikara´s last blog ..Tech Hamlet : A new Name, A New Address and A New Look =-.

  • chandan January 8, 2010, 1:36 am

    By guest blogging we can also get our expected anchor text link which also help us for SEO purpose.
    .-= chandan´s last blog ..New program at google work at home affiliate network, January 7, 2010 =-.

    • Karl Foxley January 8, 2010, 4:04 am

      Absolutely Chandan but only if the blog allows you to link out in such a way. Some places that accept guest posts only allow generic linking, example, ‘visit my website’ with website being the link; not an optimal link I think you’ll agree.

      That being said, I don’t think you’ll have that problem with Famous Bloggers as this is a great place to get started with guest blogging.

      Thanks for the comment,

      Karl

  • Ari Herzog January 7, 2010, 11:25 pm

    Good point which I hadn’t thought of to share your guest post in advance, so your readers can go there in advance. Nice!
    .-= Ari Herzog´s last blog ..How Electromyography May Change Your Life =-.

    • Karl Foxley January 8, 2010, 4:01 am

      Thank you Ari. I’ve been seeing you around on quite a few blogs lately. I’ll be sure to check out your site and your writing in the very near future.

      All the best for 2010,

      Karl

  • Rose January 7, 2010, 10:18 pm

    I’ve been asked to do some guest posts, but haven’t yet, so this is excellent advice for me.
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Social Media Backlink Checking =-.

    • Karl Foxley January 8, 2010, 4:00 am

      I think it is a great opportunity to share your work with a wider audience.

      Karl
      .-= Karl Foxley´s last blog ..Happy New Year And Welcome To 2010 =-.

  • Ching Ya January 7, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Good job on the tips! I personally haven’t done much guest blogging last year but I tend to improve that in 2010 if possible. The experience had been encouraging really, but I must admit it involves more work. :-) Yeah, we can’t make it any less interesting than our own writings and that’s a priority. Appreciate what you shared here, Karl. Thanks! You got my vote in blogengage.

    @wchingya
    Social/Blogging Tracker
    .-= Ching Ya´s last blog ..How To Autopost from Multiple Blogs To Your Facebook Fan Page =-.

    • Karl Foxley January 8, 2010, 3:57 am

      I appreciate the feedback Ching Ya. I look forward to seeing what you share with the blogs that are fortunate enough to receive a guest post from you.

      Warmest regards,

      Karl
      .-= Karl Foxley´s last blog ..Guest Blogging Welcomed At FMS SEO =-.

  • lawmacs January 7, 2010, 7:08 pm

    Simple put good advice i really like what you have written here about bragging about the post before it goes live welcome to famousbloggers karl
    .-= lawmacs´s last blog ..Website Promotion Tips Part 2 =-.

    • Karl Foxley January 7, 2010, 7:43 pm

      Thank you Lawmacs, I’m glad to be here and hope this is the first of many posts.
      .-= Karl Foxley´s last blog ..My Number 1 Tip For Achieving Your Blogging Goals =-.

  • Michelle Mangen January 7, 2010, 1:43 pm

    Karl:

    I keep seeing your face on a lot of the blogs I frequent so I better get my behind over to your site as well!

    I’m glad I ran across this post today via a Tweet because I am actually going to be doing a guest post on Social Media and Virtual Assistants for a Construction Attorney pal of mine from Twitter.

    I’m a baby to this guest posting thing so I would not have thought of sending out a note that I am going to be featured. Oh, darn, that reminds me I do have a guest post coming out on another site….I better get a’hoppin’ now!

    Part of my 2010 goals include featuring a guest blogger on my site weekly; if you are interested I would love to have you. Topics: Social Media, Marketing (specifically online-blogging, SEO, etc.), Small Business Tips.

    See you around!
    .-= Michelle Mangen´s last blog ..4 Reasons: Twitter’s new ReTweet Feature SUCKS! =-.

    • Karl Foxley January 7, 2010, 4:21 pm

      Thank you Michelle.

      I’d be glad to take you up on your offer, so on that note, I look forward to connecting with you in the future.

      Regards,

      Karl
      .-= Karl Foxley´s last blog ..Who Else Wants More RSS Subscribers? =-.

  • Sean Reynolds January 7, 2010, 12:59 pm

    Good pointers here, makes sense.

  • Kikolani January 7, 2010, 12:58 pm

    Guest posting is a great way to expand your readership, for both the guest blogger and the blog the guest post is added to, as well as give a new perspective to regular readers of a site. One thing that is important to remember for the guest blogger is to make a relevant short bio that is targeted to the reader of blog their guest article is being posted on. That way regular readers will see the value in visiting guest poster’s site as well.
    .-= Kikolani´s last blog ..Reasons to Love CommentLuv Blogs =-.

    • Karl Foxley January 7, 2010, 1:06 pm

      Absolutely. Bio information is essential. If the site doesn’t have a bio section then you can always ask to add a ezine article style resource box at the end of your post. I’m sure most blog owners will approve.

      Thank you for the feedback,

      Karl
      .-= Karl Foxley´s last blog ..How To Mask Your Affiliate Links Using PHP =-.

  • Deepika January 7, 2010, 12:35 pm

    Hi Karl,

    Nice to see your article here… Guest blogging is one of ways to promote our blog. We should write a great content for a guest article. Because this make readers to visit our blog when its a great content… You have done a good job…

    It gives a good exposure and fresh readers for blog.. Me also planned to write guest article here.. Hope you like it.
    .-= Deepika´s last blog ..How To Setup Feedburner For Your Blog =-.

  • Karl Foxley January 7, 2010, 9:42 am

    I’m glad you liked the tips Dana.
    .-= Karl Foxley´s last blog ..My Number 1 Tip For Achieving Your Blogging Goals =-.

  • Dana January 7, 2010, 9:01 am

    It seems that guest posting need serious attention so give optimum result. Thanks for the tips.
    .-= Dana @ Blogging Update´s last blog ..Adding Social Networking Links to Blog =-.

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