By now, you may have read my post detailing the 7 reasons you should accept guest posts on your blog. And hopefully, you’ve read a little bit about why it’s important to turn away bad guest posts and only accept posts that meet your high standards. Now that you have this basic information down, you need to start attracting guest posts. These posts aren’t just going to come out of thin air. You have to be a little proactive if you want people to submit guest posts on your blog.
What can you do to get more guest posts?
- Create a “Write for Us” page—I guest post around the web on a regular basis. One thing I like is when blogs have a “Write for Us” page on their blog. This simple navigation link lets you know that a blog accepts guest posts, and it links to a page with guest blogging guidelines for readers. It’s an easy way to encourage readers to write for your blog.
- Put a brief intro on all guest posts—At the beginning of all guest posts, put a brief intro along the lines of: This is a guest post from Joe Smith. Want to write for us? Check out our guest blogging guidelines. By putting this at the top of the post, you ensure all readers see it and are made aware that they can submit a guest post.
- Sign up on My Blog Guest—Without a doubt, My Blog Guest is one of my favorite resources. This community allows blog owners and guest bloggers to connect. Just sign up for an account, and create a post letting members know you’re accepting guest posts on your blog. Chances are, you’ll get a good response.
- Give bloggers an incentive for posting—Bloggers are no different from anyone else. At the end of the day, they’re self-interested, and they want to know what they’ll get out of guest blogging on your website. Links back to their website? Exposure to thousands of readers? Featured on the home page? Clearly spell out the benefits to attract more guest bloggers.
Do you accept guest posts on your blog? What do you do to let bloggers know?