Guest Blogging Basics
Guest posting provides many benefits to the guest and to the actual blog owner. Most bloggers find that they need some downtime to handle offline responsibilities, and guest bloggers can fill the gap to help keep your blog content fresh. On the other hand, if you're a writer interested in promoting your product or service, guest blogging offers a chance to gain exposure and potential clients. Whatever your goals are, guest blogging can help you reach them in numerous ways.
MyBlogGuest To The Rescue
Sounds easy right? Well honestly, it wasn't quite so simple for many bloggers to easily connect with each other, up until late last year. That's when Ann Smarty introduced the MyBlogGuest forum. Basically, MyBlogGuest is the fastest growing community covering every aspect of guest blogging and it's benefits. In less than one year MyBlogGuest has changed the face of guest blogging by providing a safe environment for hosts to find a guest blog post.
New features are constantly being added, with the latest free offerings being an articles gallery, a free minimalistic WordPress theme with matching Twitter background and a frequently updated blog called My Blog Guest Updates. Premium memberships to MyBlogGuest are also available for forum members.
My Friend Wants To Do A Guest Post
If you belong to great blogging communities like Blog Engage or Blokube (like me) it's very possible that you already have a blogging buddy just waiting in the wings to do a guest post on your blog. In fact this happened recently, when Suresh from Seommotips.com offered me the opportunity to be a guest on his blog. For WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress bloggers, here's what you need to do. Login to your WordPress dashboard to send your friend a personalized invitation. I recorded this screencast to demonstrate the guest blogging invitation process.
Another aspect of guest blogging you might want to consider is establishing guidelines for potential guests to follow. Here's a great example of submission guidelines from Lisa Irby of http://2createawebsite.com. This is also something to check for if you're a blogger or freelance writer and you want to have your work published on a well established or high profile blog. Try your hand at guest blogging and in the long run, you could wind up with a stellar portfolio of guest posts like my keyword research guru Alex Whalley.