As a blogger with a “real” job outside of writing, maintaining my blogs can sometimes present a challenge. Especially when inspiration is lacking. I have turned to guest posts over the years to keep content on my blogs. More so lately (sorry for my absence). Some guest posts have attracted a lot of traffic and others were not as successful. Some of this is my fault by being a bit lenient on my acceptance of guest posts.
A couple years ago, I decided to create a page with guidelines on guest posts. Over time, these guidelines have changed, but the page has not moved. I do not think the page is difficult to find since the title “guest posts” sits on the navigation bar at the top of the blog. However, I still get people emailing me asking if I accept guest posts. As if they have never been to the site, even though they claim they have been “reading it for a long time.” Doubtful.
I am not trying to be rude, but before you email a blogger about guest posts, take a few minutes and see if there are guidelines already in place.
Occasionally, I do have guest bloggers who actually read the guidelines and follow them, making my life a bit easier. As I state on my page, I LOVE guest posts. I just ask you follow my guidelines. The guidelines are not unreasonable and pretty easy to adhere to. Over time, I have not been as strict about sticking with these guidelines as some bloggers are. Maybe I should be.
I would like to continue to accept guest posts, but maybe I need to further clarify what I am looking for. And maybe I also need to stand by these guidelines. This is not to be a mean, unreasonable editor, but as everyone knows, Google is not messing around. No more tricky backlink schemes, black hat (or even gray hat) SEO tricks, and no more poor quality content.
This is not new for me. I have always thrived to maintain that on my blog, long before I even knew how to spell, “search engine optimization.” Where I have gotten a little lazy is on these methods used by my guest bloggers.
Things That Bug Me From Guest Posters
- Tricky links. I don’t mind links, but they have to be relevant. Period. And the MAIN message of the post is to help, inspire, or inform my readers, NOT to insert sneaky backlinks. Period. Not to discuss your website or business, which is unrelated to my blog’s message.
- Not following guidelines. I already mentioned this, but I am amazed at how many people have either not read the guidelines or simply do not follow them.
- Submitting Topics Unrelated. Sometimes I will get posts that are obviously just to advertise the contributor’s business. And in shape or form fits in with the theme of my blog. Please stay relevant.
- Poor quality writing. My blog is not a content farm or a place to post low quality PLR just to get a backlink. Please check your spelling and grammar before you submit. In addition, generic articles without much value will most likely be turned down.
Things I Love From Guest Posters
I don’t want to focus on the negative – so here are the things I love from guest posts!
- Follows my Guidelines. Everything from the topic, the quality, and the small administrative guidelines I post. When someone follows that, I am thrilled to post it!
- Reads My Blog. While being a regular reader is not a requirement, I can tell who has read my blog by the topics they submit. If you are not a regular reader, at least spend a few minutes reading my blog, so you can get familiar with the topics, tone, and audience.
- Submits A Helpful, Relevant Article. When someone submits a post that is right on target of the theme of my blog, I am more likely to accept the post.
- Quality, Quality, Quality. This is first and foremost when it comes to guest posts. This is now more important than ever. Quality not only means proper spelling and grammar, but useful, readable, and helpful information.
Some time in the near future, if I receive a QUALITY, RELEVANT, PROFESSIONAL, INFORMATIVE guest post, there is a good chance I may pay the writer. It won’t be much, and it won’t be all posts. But I think it is time to attract the kind of writing my readers deserve from quality writers. Stay tuned.
- Three Annoying Reasons Why Guest Bloggers Waste Your Time (famousbloggers.net)
- How To Dominate Google By Guest Posting (johnchow.com)
- Rules For Guest Blogging (connectedworldmedia.com)