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Friday, 16 January 2015

Guest Blogging: How to accept a guest blog

 

When you have been blogging for a while you get to see guest blogging and guest blogger features crop up regularly. These are a great way of gaining new followers and meeting all the lovely people across the blogging community but also can provide your blog great content if you are away or have some serious writers block. Here’s my top tip for great a guest blogging relationship:

Scheduling guest posts:
If you are going away on holiday or for some reason can’t continue to update your blog regularly guest blogging can be a brilliant solution. If you put out a request out across social media and in particular Twitter you will gain various responses and can then choose a blog post/blogger that fits your blogs style. The more you do this the more you will build relationships and in future can contact a previous guest blogger before and offer the chance to them first.

Top Tip - Make sure the guest blog is well written and will not alienate your regular readers. There’s no point in having one about fishing if your blog is about beauty if you know what I mean. Here’s some questions to ask yourself before accepting the guest post:

Is this post in keeping with my blog?

Is this post well written and easily understood my target audience?

Is this the right blogger to be associated with?

Links and blogging etiquette:
When publishing another bloggers guest post you MUST link back to their blog and other social media links. This is just polite and I always thank the guest blogger for writing for me as not only have they done you a favour but also saying thank you is just great manners! 

Be Aware - I have guest blogged before for bloggers who haven’t even linked me in the post or said they hadn't written it which is just bad form. This can happen but hopefully very rarely and those bloggers get found out fast.

Promoting the post (before and after posting):
Make sure to promote the guest post across social media as you would normally do and include links to the guest blogger. It’s great to write a thank you tweet or Facebook post as it shows the guest blogger your appreciation but also opens the doors to other bloggers who may want to write for you in the future.

Lastly, Formatting:
The last thing to do before posting a guest blog is to format it into your blog and include any hyperlinks and images. By checking the small details like this you can ensure a successful post and great future relationship with the guest blogger. Most of all just have fun in meeting and speaking to new bloggers and helping each other along the way!

Well I hope this helps some of you out there. If you have any questions or would like to guest blog on bbyb let me know :) 

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