12 Days of Blogging Christmas: Day 3 – Guest Post

12DBC Guest Post

Welcome back to the 12 Days of Blogging Christmas. You can catch up here:

Day 1 – Photo Posts

Day 2 – Break Editorial Schedule

12DBC Guest Post

I’ve written before on how guest posting can help out blogs during times you’re not around. Of course, it depends on your blog, business plan and finances as to if you ask people to guest post for free or commission writing from them. Either is acceptable, but be sure to make your position clear to anyone who is guest posting for you so they can make an informed decision.



For me, interviews are a key format for a Guest Post. This takes out many of the stylistic variables and allows you to keep some editorial control of the content. I like to ensure mine promote the guest’s blog, while asking some off-the-wall questions to make people think.


However, I wouldn’t guest post externally (that is, get your writing on another site) while you’re going to be a offline or unavailable – you need to be able to wow and support new readers faster to turn them into loyal fans, in my view at least! Being accessible is what the internet is all about, so don’t plan to grow too much when your time is short.


How do you find people to Guest Post?

There are a few things I do:

  • Publicly tweet about it
  • Send a private message to people who I would like to see on my site
  • Post in private blogger forums for anyone interested


What are your tips for Guest Posts? What works and doesn’t work for you? 

(And, shameless self promotion here, I’m restarting Be My Guest in 2013, so let me know if you want to be on my site!) 


Want to learn more? Try:

Day 4 – Lists

Day 5 – Newsletters

Day 6 – Tutorial

Day 7 – Case Study

Day 8 – Story

Day 9 – Printable

9 Replies to “12 Days of Blogging Christmas: Day 3 – Guest Post”

  1. If you ask someone to guest post on your site then you have to be prepared to support them if the response to their post isn’t what you had expected. I have seen a few times now when sites hang their guest posters out to dry when their readers start to attack them. Of course the easiest way to help combat that from the get go is to make sure it’s a topic that you feel comfortable posting on your site. Even though you did reach out to them in the first place, it’s still your space and you have the option to say sorry but that’s not what I am looking for.

    1. Oh that’s horrible. Absolutely, if you’re going to be away and 100% offline, then don’t risk a guest post if there’s even the slightest chance there could be a bad reaction. I guess the key thing here is that even though it’s a guest post, you still have to hold the responsibility for your site and to your readers.

  2. I have never had a guest post on my blog, I don’t think. It’s something I am considering for the new year! I have guest posted for others though, and like writing outside my own space, as long as somebody gives me a theme!

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