Want More Traffic and Subscribers? Guest Post!

Sarah Mae is a household engineer (a.k.a stay-at-home mommy of three and wife to one very cool motorcycling husband) who absolutely loves blogging! She owns the blog Like A Warm Cup Of Coffee (home of Motivate Me Mondays) where she spends her time journeying along side other women who are seeking to find the eternal value in who they are and all they do.

I love to blog. What fuels my blogging fire? People who actually read and take part in what I write about. Oh, and coffee has a little something to do with it as well.

Do you find enjoyment in blogging? Do you want more people to pop on over to your site and get to know you better? In essence, do you want more traffic and subscribers? If you answered “yes” to the above questions, then you’ve got start guest posting (and having others guest post for you).

Why Guest Post?

Guest posting for someone else’s blog gives you the opportunity to reach a larger audience with what you are all about. If what you have to say is something of value, then people will want to hear it, and more of it. By posting on another’s blog, you have potentially reached a whole new audience that, if they like what you have to say, will follow you back to your own blog. You will add value to the blog you guest posted for and you will bring new friends to your own blog. This is also true if you allow others to guest post on your blog.

During my maternity leave I lined up several guest posters to fill in for me while I was “out.” When the guest poster linked to where they were writing that day (my blog), right away I had a new captive audience. Not only did my traffic jump, but my subscriber numbers did as well.

Where Should I Guest Post? Who Should I Let Guest Post For Me?

Start looking at the blogs in your niche for ideas of where to guest post. Find the blogs that have a pretty good following and email the blog owner. Ask them if they would be willing to let you guest post. Make sure to let them know that you have something of value to offer their readers. Make sure to send along some ideas for articles.

As far as having people guest post for you, be picky. Make sure that they truly add value to your site and your readers. Your reputation–your blog’s reputation–is at stake. You are in control, you make the decisions, choose wisely. Also, let the guest poster know that you have the prerogative to edit the post as you see fit (if you edit the article, make sure to send it to the guest poster for review).

What Are The Benefits Of Guest Posting?

The main benefit is that you get your writing to a larger audience. In turn, you will most likely receive more traffic and make many more friends, via subscribers. I highly recommend guest posting if you are looking to grow your blog.

Etiquette Of Guest Posting

If you are guest posting for someone, make sure that you link to the site where you are guest posting at. They are giving you a platform to showcase your writing, you should give them the same courtesy.

If you are having someone guest post for you, make sure to link to their blog to make sure they get the credit (I always do this at the top of the post). You want to send them traffic as well – you help them, they help you!

Make Sure To Send A Byline

When you guest post for someone, make sure you send along a byline (information about yourself and your blog) so that the readers get to know a little bit about who you are and where they can find you.

If you have someone guest post for you, make sure you remind them to send along a byline as well.

Well, what are you waiting for?! Get out there and guest post for someone!

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6 Responses

  1. SquiggleMum April 29, 2009 / 8:02 am

    Great article – I learnt a few things reading this one. And Sarah Mae’s blog “Like a Warm Cup of Coffee” is fab. Highly recommended reading for Christian moms/mums. Head over there!

  2. Bonita April 29, 2009 / 8:17 am

    This is great information! I knew virtually nothing about guest posting so this is really informative and enlightening. Thanks!

  3. Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam April 29, 2009 / 9:00 am

    Excellent points, Sarah Mae. I know you understand this well, since I have seen your sweet name posting on a few blogs lately. :)

  4. Robert Bravery April 29, 2009 / 10:02 am

    Wise words Sarah,

    I have in the past been very sceptical of guest posts, and posting as a guest. But in recent times I have come to understand its value :-)

  5. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates April 29, 2009 / 10:16 am

    I totally agree with you Sarah Mae! Even wrote about it for a Works-For-Me-Wednesday a while back. I think everybody should give it a try. I think it’s fun, too!

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