4 Things to do before guest posting on a blog

There are some necessary things which a guest poster needs to do before he or she pitches a guest post. This is very vital if you ever want to see your guest post accepted on any blog.

Below are the 4 things to do before you guest posting on a blog-1. Research

As defined by the Encarta Dictionary – it’s a methodical or systematic investigation into a subject in order to discover facts, to establish or revise a theory, or to develop a plan of action based on the facts discovered. To embark on research is the most strategic thing to do as a blogger, since you might be writing an entirely new post from scratch and on a new blog.

So, I’ll be elaborating on the 2 main type of research which must be done before approaching a blog for guest post. They’re:

  • Research the post –

What exactly do you want to write about? This part is where you’d use your favourite search engine heavily, going through different search queries; finding the right information and compiling them together to build a post from it.

But you cannot research effectively if you don’t know a thing about the blog you’re planning to send your guest post to, so it is imperative to research first the blog you want to guest post for, before you go on researching the guest post.

  • Research the Blog-

To research any blog effectively – you need to ask some important question:

How big is the blog you want to guest post for? How much do their readers share blog contents on different social media outlets? –

Use the following customized sites below to see how interactive the blog you want to guest post for is.

NOTE: Don’t forget to replace all “domain.com” below with the blog’s domain you’re researching about.

http://topsy.com/s?q=domain.com   – This will show you how many times blog posts have been tweeted on the blog.

http://plus.topsy.com/s/domain.com    – This will show you the number of times blog posts have been shared on Google+.

http://delicious.com/search?p=domain.com&jtf=E&partial_type=B   – This will show you the number of times blog posts have been saved on Delicious.

http://digg.com/search?q=site:domain.com   – This will show you the posts on a blog that have received the most amount of Digg votes.

Remember: The bigger the blog’s reader social media engagement – the better traffic you’d get from your guest post published on the blog.

Copy any of the links above which is in bold and place it in your Firefox search and hit “Go”. Remember – replace the “domain.com” with the desired blog you want to guest post for before you hit search.

Use this at all times when you want to check out how big a blog is and how interactive their audience can become when it involves sharing of new blog posts online.

What types of content do they collect? – Just go through their last 30 posts (both guest posts and posts) and you’ll get to know exactly what they collect as guest post.

What’s their guest posting guidelines?  – Read it; make sure to know all about their guest posting guidelines. Neglecting this integral part has made me see one of my guest posts rejected by a blogger. So strive to read and know the guidelines – it will help you know what to do during writing and pitching.

2. Writing

Once research is in place – then it becomes very easy to write out the guest post. Strive to raise your guest post article quality a little higher than the normal posts you update on your blog regularly; since you’re among the numerous bloggers vying for the attention of the readers of a certain big blog.

Like me – my guest posts are always more than 2,000 words long; this doesn’t mean that I just scramble out low quality guest post that adds no significant meaning to the readers of a blog I’m targeting.

Rather, I always strive to make sure that my guest posts are always full of different strategies which will be mind boggling to the readers of that certain blog.

Always write mind boggling guest posts – don’t succumb for less, give the readers of that blog strategic writing which you can equally sell and get paid handsomely.

3. Proofreading

I’ve not seen anything that can take the place of proofreading. It is the gem which makes reading anything a joy. When you read a blog post that flows flawlessly without typos – it radiates the feeling and mood of an author perfectly.

Never forget to proofread – this will give you the upper hand, because all blog owners like the idea of not worrying about the typos they might eventually get to see on a guest post they’re proofreading.

Instead, since they’re very busy people – they prefer to read guest posts which are flawlessly in nature; this obviously helps them to reduce their “editing” workload significantly.

So always proofread your guest post at least 2 times in a very slow manner. Reading it out will also help you catch errors that weren’t apparent when you were proofreading it silently.

4. Pitching

Your pitching matters when it comes to whether they’ll accept your guest post no not.

Rules of pitching a guest post –

  • Know the Host Name

Don’t go pitching “Hi Mr. Blog Owner” or “Hi Blogger”. Don’t do that, Google out the blog owner’s name and address him appropriately in a good manner.

  • Introduce Yourself Rightly

This introduction below is exactly how you should pitch a guest post –

Hi [Blog owner’s name]

“My name is [name] and I’m a food blogger from Romania.

Are you currently accepting guest posts on [which of his blog]?

If yes, I have the following guest post ideas for you to consider”.

Make sure to fill in those brackets in the right manner, keep it simple and straight.

  • Put The Guest Post Ideas Right

Below is the way “guest post ideas” should be represented on the pitch:

“Hi [Blog owner’s name]

My name is [name] and I’m a food blogger from Romania.

Are you currently accepting guest posts on [which of his blog]?

If yes, I have the following guest post ideas for you to consider”.

[1st Title of proposed guest post]

[Explanation of the guest post]

[2nd Title of proposed guest post]

[Explanation of the guest post]

[3rd Title of proposed guest post]

[Explanation of guest post] ”

Try to always send 3 or more guest post ideas – this will give the blogger many options to choose from, and it will increase your chances of not getting a rejection.

  • Put Writing Samples Rightly

This below – is how a professional writing sample should be arranged. The post titles should be in bold. Then the links should follow suit under it with no formatting.

“Hi [Blog owner’s name]

My name is [name] and I’m a food blogger from Romania.

Are you currently accepting guest posts on [which of his blog]?

If yes, I have the following guest post ideas for you to consider”.

[1st Title of proposed guest post]

[Explanation of the guest post]

[2nd Title of proposed guest post]

[Explanation of the guest post]

[3rd Title of proposed guest post]

[Explanation of guest post] ”