Now that I feel I’ve got a handle on where I want my blog to go I’m ready to entertain the idea of guest posts. And guest posting. But I really have no idea of the etiquette and real world applications of guest posting.
I have had a handful of emails from people hoping to gain exposure on my blog. Every email is extremely flattering, although I feel a lot of them are form letters. There is no way they spent much time reading my blog, and then are offering me something totally incompatible with my material. I mean a cleaning company from Singapore? No thanks. If your post doesn’t read like English is your first language, I’m not likely to share it on my blog.
Saying no is usually pretty hard for me, but some of these guest post requests make it easy. I don’t feel badly refusing potential posts that have no tie-in to my blog focus. Sadly I have only received one offer that worked for me. You can read it here. It’s a cleaning post, but it reads pretty nicely and it fits my “busy life” focus of a working mom.
How do you deal with incoming requests for guest posts? Any tips for me? Or places to connect with people who offer great guest posts?
Creating Guest Posts (and getting the word out)
As a blogger I don’t actually have a lot of post ideas on the back burner. Some weeks ideas jump in my head so I jot them down, but that’s not always the case. So how do you create guest blogging posts for others? And how or where do you find people who want guest posts on their blogs?
I know reading blogs is the best way to get anything done in the blog world. I might start by approaching those bloggers who I interact with regularly and see if any of them are open to posts from me. But then I need some ideas of what to share as a guest post!
My plan is to get a guest post page set up on this here blog of mine. If you have a guest posts page, let me know so I can read a few and maybe steal some ideas for my own page! I’ll be sure to add the link to my guest posts page when it’s live. This is a January goal of mine, so if you’re reading this in February and there isn’t a link, call me out on it!
And it’s up – here’s my Guest Posting page! Give it a read and let me know what you think.
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And if you have any words of wisdom from the world of guest posting, please share in the comments. I’m always looking for knowledge and help in the blog-o-sphere!