Is guest posts one of the ways which you are using to promote your blog?
I have seen many people sending guest posts but it is only with an intent to get a backlink. Most of the blog owner who accepts guest posts knows what I am talking about.
I know that there are millions of blogs and a place for every article, so each article ends up finding its place. But I would assume you are not one of the those who are just giving low quality post, you write good quality articles and send those to other blog owners as guest posts.
Writing a good article does take its time and effort, are you getting all the milk it is worth for?
Guest Posts Schedule
Are you managing your guest posts schedule correctly? or do you have one?
Most people have a schedule for posting on their blog but lack a schedule for guest posts. You should have a proper schedule for your guest posts.
Guest post is a good way to gain links and additional traffic to your blog. If you don’t follow a schedule you will get spike in traffic for some days and some days there will be not much traffic. If you manage a proper schedule and spread your posts on the timeline than you will have steady flow of traffic.
Each blog follows its own publishing schedule, so while sending the posts you need to keep that in mind. Usually if you have posted on a blog earlier you know how much time it will take to publish a post, you can setup schedule according to that.
For Example – when I send a post to Problogger, I know that it usually have a slot available after 15-20 days. so I always send a post in advance keeping that duration in mind.
Guest Posts Promotion
Ok, your guest post is published, now what?
What do you do when you publish a post on your blog, you promote it.
Guest post also needs a promotion, it is a page which is pointing to your blog and everybody knows that backlinks from a high PR page is much more important that a low PR page.
I have always followed this rule and promoted my guest post, I go one step forward and do track my guest post page ranks. You can check how I moved up to PR3 in 3 Months with the help of Guest posting. (have you noticed that I just promoted one of my other guest post rather than a post on my blog)
I have heard many people saying that it is somebody’s else blog why should we go and create backlinks for them.
But you are creating links for your own post, or to a page which is having a link to your blog. So in a essence you are getting the link juice back.
There can be many ways you can promote your guest post, Commentluv Plugin can also help in promoting your guest post. Check out this video from Ms. Ileane that demonstrates how to promote guest posts the CommentLuv Way.
I would recommend doing the same kind of promotion as you do for your own blog post.
Something Extra From Guest Posts
Guest posting is a good way to make connections. When I started I didn't know anybody in the blogging sphere. Guest posting has given me some new friends and a name in the blogging sphere.
There are many thing which can be done with guest posts, If your posts are getting published on an active blog than you may receive lots of comments. Once your guest post is published, you should go back and answer those comments.
I always try to answer any comment which I have got on my posts (I might skip nice post kind of comments). It actually gives a nice personal touch to the post and it gives a comfort to the webmaster that you are serious about your posts.
You can check the commenters blogs and who knows you will find a blog for your next guest post.
So are you doing it correctly? What else are you looking for while doing guest posts, let us know through comments.