Please bear with me for another general announcement. So, I’ve been caught a bit unprepared without establishing a guest posting guideline for myself. I’m rectifying this situation now as well as putting out an FYI on commonly known and accepted guest posting best practices. If anyone is interested in guest posting here (yeah, not everyone at once now!), or even anywhere else, then please refer to the following criteria (see Critical Guest Blogging Do’s and Don’ts for the information in its entirety):
First, the do’s:
- Read and follow the guidelines of the host blog
- Write as if you were writing for your own blog
- After your post is published, return to check for and respond to comments
- Make sure your post fits well with the audience of the host blog
- Give every courtesy and consideration to the host blogger / editor
Now the don’ts:
Sometimes it’s impossible to avoid every single faux pas out there, but if you follow the advice of this post you’re already ahead of the game with this list of things to avoid doing as a part of your guest blogging strategy.
- Plagiarize / duplicate content from other authors
- Write about a generic or over-used topic
- Neglect basic formatting, spelling, or grammar
- Contact any and every blog that might possibly publish your content
- Add unnecessary links
- Act unprofessionally if your post is rejected
- Use low-quality /spun content
- Submit content that you have already published elsewhere
Again, some fairly common sense advice here, but it is all very important to remember so it bears repeating. Behaving like a professional, courteous person is going to take you a long way in the world of internet marketing. Host blogs don’t have to take your content, and you are not always doing them a favor by giving them your content to publish.
Some other biggies from Etiquette In Guest Blogging – The Most Complete Guide; don’t:
- Promote yourself or your products inside the article content. This makes you looks like a sales person who is trying to get anything you want without giving first, which is a very bad impression in the blogosphere.
- Link to affiliate site of yours. How do you feel when someone put an affiliate link in his comment to your blog? If you feel it’s unacceptable, do not put affiliate links into your guest blog content.
Finally, my word of advice is to look around at what has already been posted at the blog that you are considering guest posting on to see if what you plan to contribute is more or less along the lines of what is already there. Upon doing so, you should be able to get an idea of what would remarkably diverge from that and then check with the host blogger/editor to see if the proposed content sounds alright. It’s a lot like being over at someone else’s house. Make yourself at home but don’t make yourself too at home!