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3 Ways Guest Posting Can Help Grow Your Online Audience

These days, I’m writing guest posts like a madman. More than I ever have, in fact, in over six years of steady blogging. In addition to my commitment to regularly posting on this blog, it’s quite an investment of time. So why bother?

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I believe guest posting is the single most important strategy for growing your blog readership and platform. Allow me to explain…

What is guest posting?

First things first: let’s define our terms. “Guest posting” means writing and publishing an article on someone else’s website or blog.

I offer this on my own site (occasionally) and do it quite a bit on other blogs with audiences that I want to speak to. It’s a great way to connect with new readers and get your name out.

But for the longest time, I overlooked this essential discipline for growing a popular blog. I wish I hadn’t. And I hope you won’t.

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There are three reasons why guest posting is such a key strategy for every blogger to build their online influence:

Guest posting builds relationships

Bloggers need good content. By being a good guest blogger and adding value to someone else’s blog, you’re going to build relationships with other bloggers.

Bloggers make up for a large percentage of conversations happening on the Internet, especially on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. They can be tremendously influential. Which makes them good friends to have.

By making friends with other bloggers through guest posting, you’re going to grow your influence in the realm of social media, which will ultimately lead to more blog subscribers.

Guest posting is great for search engines

The one non-negotiable you should have for guest-posting is this:

The host blogger must include a link to your blog in the post somewhere (usually at the beginning or end).

Over time, these backlinks will raise the value of your blog to search engines, making your content easier to find via Google, Yahoo, Bing, and others. (If you want to know more about this, read my SEO guide for humans.)

Guest posting introduces you to new people

Perhaps, the best part of guest posting is that it allows you to enter an already-established community, and share your message. It allows you to connect with new people, which can ultimately benefit you, if you do it right.

If you’re adding value to the discussion, you’re going to see that convert over time to more readers, fans, and followers. Conversely, if all you’re ever doing is asking or selling, you may end up famous, but with a reputation you don’t want. (You don’t want to be “that guy” who’s hawking his own agenda.)

Add value. Help people. Be patient. And over time, you’ll win.

What about people guest-posting on your site?

I’m also a big fan of allowing other people to guest post on my own site. You should consider offering guest posting on your blog, too (if you don’t already).

If you’re asking for opportunities to guest post on others’ blogs, this just makes sense. It allows the relationship you’ve developed with the host blogger to be mutual.

Some bloggers will even blog about their guest post and link to it from their own blog (giving you some great link juice). Personally, I’m a fan of this practice. When I guest post for someone else, I do the following:

  • Link to the post from my blog
  • Promote it on Twitter (several times)
  • Share it on Facebook
  • Thank the person

While not everyone does this, it’s not a bad idea. However, this is important: If you have to choose between getting people to guest post on your site or guest posting elsewhere, do the latter. It’s always better to get your name out into new communities.

Guest posting matters

According to my friend, Mike the Search Engine Guru, when it comes to SEO, guest posting on other sites is five times as valuable as creating new content on your own site. (So long as you get the backlink.)

Whether that’s precisely true or not, I don’t care. (Although, Mike is not an imprecise kind of guy, so it probably is.) The point is that this is an excellent strategy for extending your reach and boosting your reputation online.

Plus, if you’re a writer wanting to land more “traditional” publishing opportunities, this is a great first step to eventually getting your writing featured in news sites, magazines, and other publications.

If you aren’t satisfied with your blog traffic but aren’t posting on other people’s blogs, you don’t have much to complain about. Start guest posting today, and see your influence grow.

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Do you guest post? Why or why not? Share in the comments.

About Jeff Goins

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    That’s a fact. There are so many benefits of guest blogging. It is great strategy, when things are not overdone and when there is “real” business behind guest blog posting.

    Regards,
    Ravi ( http://www.4thofjuly2014.com/ )

  • Shiri

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  • http://www.edateshealthbenefits.com/ Dates Health Benefits

    hi
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    • http://internetwarz.com Vipul Behl

      Hi,
      I went through your website, you should be looking for websites that are related to your niche.
      I have found some websites that you can guest posts on, and these sites are related to your niche.
      But i don’t know if it’s right to share link of those websites here.

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  • Syntax

    I am current also on the search to find blogs i can guest post on but i have come to realized finding them is difficult. Do you have any tips on how to find blogs? My blog is at penlr.com

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  • https://twitter.com/NoTimeWaste @NotWasteOurTime (on Twitter)

    Guest posting is definitely valuable and anti-noise. The question remains however: where do you guest post if you are a new writer?

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    Drive a huge traffic on webpage. Guest post is one of the best and successful way to get backlinks and to increase Google page rank. Thank you so much for informative post.

  • http://www.pumlee.com Dania Shah

    Jeff, great as always.. I understand the idea and importance of guest posting, I am ready to, but how and where? I am up for writing something for you but how do i post it? How does this work? sorry I am new

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    i made a website but not getting a huge amount of traffic. as i tried a lot my website name is http://www.gossipscrazy.com/ and trying very heard this info is helpful for me. but check my website and suggest me what i can do to increase traffic. thankyou

  • Raymond Eagar

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  • Devendra Singh

    Hi,
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  • colleen -coaching to potential

    Jeff, Thanks for your always helpful advice. I want to know how to find the blogs that I should be posting on. Any tips?

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    Very interesting points. I hadn’t realized the immense value in backlinks. Guess I better start shopping my expertise around!!!

  • http://internetwarz.com/ Vipul Behl

    Hi Jeff,
    I started guest posting recently and i am having a doubt, should i be writing guest posts on various blogs or should i stick to 1-2 blogs. Please guide me.
    Thanks in advance.

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  • http://www.abbeyvohra.com Abbey

    Hi jeff.

    I have a question for guest blogging !

    Can we guest post the “video post” instead of “text post” while guest blogging? Can top bloggers allow beginner bloggers to guest post video post on their blog?

    Of course, there will be summary and transcript in the post with main video.

    Examples of video blog which you already know are

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    http://www.marieforleo.com/2014/09/happiness-guilt/

    Pls do let me know if you guys have any input :)
    Abbey

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Sure, Abbey. If you can get people to let you add videos on your site, go for it!

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      Yes,

  • Tiwa Savage

    Yes guest posting is very very essential for bloggers especially those with low traffic who wants to drive traffic to their site and increase their google page ranking. Popular blogs like mashable and techcrunch recommends Hobpost.com for guest posting. However i have personally used Hobpost.com for guest posting and the results was awesome.

  • http://globalessays.org Michelle Brunelle

    I think that the most wonderful thing in guest posting is writing on a topic of your interest as you may choose it by yourself and recognizing that your writing is useful for a host blogger as well. Both sides benefit from it, that’s why it is so popular I guess.)

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I love that too michelle!

  • Wanda Strickfaden

    Guest Posting is awesome if anyone wants to with me just let me know. http://www.wandastrickfaden.com

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    Such great advice! On the Spaking of Wealth blog (speakingofwealth.com) we are always up for guest bloggers! If you have advice, tips or want to share a story on how you became a successful author, public speaker or publisher, let me know :-)

    Again, thanks for this blog!

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    A very valuable piece of information for the Start-ups on how to improve their SEO techniques and drive more traffic to their websites. I am in, for being your next guest blogger or please share your knowledge on my website http://www.brandvoy.com. Please let me know and don’t forget to check out my blog section.

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  • Jeff Brown

    Hey Jeff,

    Quick question about guest blogging. My website (www.literaturegroup.com) is in its startup phase and has options for any literature user with a free account to post their own content, be it a blog, press release, announcement, etc. I mention that the content may be featured in which I would take the article and put it into the mix of Literature Group content.

    Is this a wise way to generate guest bloggers?

    The plan is to also use this as a tool to network with other readers and writers and reciprocally guest blog on their site as well. Do you think this is a good idea?

  • http://www.hoardingprofits.com Lavonte Martin

    Valuable Information!

    I started my blog 3 months ago which makes it relatively new. Its a self-help/finance blog where I share my personal experiences in making money online and self help practices.

    Currently, I was asked by another blogger to do a guest post and although I was super excited, I didnt even know where to start (being that I’m new to blogging).

    Anyways, with the help of this blog post, I now understand the power of guest posting as well as where to start from.

    Thank you Jeff!

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