Welcome back to the 12 Days of Blogging Christmas. You can catch up here:
Day 1 – Photo Posts
Day 2 – Break Editorial Schedule
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