What to do when no one wants to post your epic high quality awesome guest blog post? Why post it to the all inclusive, just say YES non-judgmental blogging community. There is one out there, and they like you. Yes, they like you.
- 1. Post to Blogging Communities
There is a sea of blogging sites that are there for you and, as long as your blog is not total ca-ca, they will open their arms and welcome you into their warm bosom, giving you blog love, back links, and hopefully, if you treat them with respect, a large community of traffic back to your site, engaging with you.
What do I mean by respect? The same thing that you would ask of someone wishing to post on your site: no spam, no garbage posts, a level of good quality and interesting content, ie: stuff that people want to read.
Just as on the social media sites, you’ll be expected to engage and give, not just take take, take.
Now that we have that established, here are some of the better blogging community sites that I’ve been successful with, and then some: BizSugar.com, Inbound.org, Serpd.com, BlogEngage.comIMNewsWatch.com, FamousBloggers.net and MySEOCommunity.com
These are a good way to get started and get your feet wet, before you start begging asking nicely for inclusion on some of the big boy ( and girl) link roundups
- 2. Submit to Link RoundUps:
This takes a little more finesse and determination. A link roundup is when a blogger hosts a platform, maybe once per week where they post other peoples articles, blogs and links. They use their discretion and usually are looking for blogs within their “theme”, and their niche or closely related, as often times the posts are there to support the blog hosts’ current blog subject or a product or class they might be launching. Try and stay within your market, as you’ll have a better chance of acceptance.
How do you find these link round ups and what to do once you’ve pinpointed a few? Search in a Google query the following keywords plus a modifier, for instance:
Weekly Link Roundup + Moms
Daily Link Roundup + Marketing
Monthly Link Roundup + Exercise
Or, you can do a search using the hash tag (#) in twitter for them as well. There are thousands of them
Then what? In a very nice, non-obnoxious fashion, write to the blog host, with an attachment to your link and ask them to consider your link in their next Link Roundup. If your post is of high quality content and fits in with their theme chances are you’ll be accepted. If not, take the opportunity to get some solid creative criticism. It’s always good to know why you’re not making it into sites.
This is a great way to make friends and help each other out. The blogger gets traffic to their website and you get a backlink to your site. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Here’s a bonus, not mentioned in the title of this blog:
- ‘Mentions’ speak volumes
2 Weeks ago in my post Google Loves Fresh Content I’d mentioned, with a link of course, a fellow blogger who I follow and admire, the wonderful Ana Hoffman from Traffic Generation Café. She then left a comment in my blog comments thanking me, and linking back, with a mention to her newest blog post. How cool is that? I then received a “back atcha” link, helping both of us.
It’s a beautiful world out there in traffic land.