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3 Ways Guest Posting Can Help Grow Your Online Audience

Bonus: Click here to download a free eBook and two videos sharing how I’ve used guest posting to grow my blog and how you can apply the same tactics to grow yours too.

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?

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.

Free download: Once I caught on, I used guest posting to get over 10,000 subscribers in 18 months. I’ve put together a couple of videos and a downloadable eBook to show you how. Click here to download them now.

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 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.

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 fan of allowing other people to guest post on my own site from time to time. 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.

The first rule of being a good guest

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
  • Stick around and respond to comments on the post

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.

Now what?

Right about now, you’re probably saying “OK, Jeff. I believe you, but now how do I do it?

Don’t worry, I’ve got your back. I’ve recorded two videos and put together a downloadable eBook to show you how to land guest posts and grow your blog. Click here to check them out.

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About Jeff Goins

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  • Shiri

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    i wanna to post as a guest in a good blog to provide the blog with a good information ! and get to my blog some traffic and BL. but my problem is or my question is : where i found blogs allow to me to post in it in my blog niche ! where ! ? please Mr Jeff reply to me post in your blog or in any website listed some website allow guest blogging !

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      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.
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    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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    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 have 1.5 years old blog {http://www.technicsblog.com} and i am publishing lot of quality content on regular basis but still i did not receiving the traffic as i expected. I am using social media website and comment on other blog. But still not getting traffic. Please check my blog and suggest me some tips for improving the blog traffic.
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    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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    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


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

    • 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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    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.)

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      I love that too michelle!

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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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  • 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?

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    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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    Hi Jeff, two things you should probably mention in this post. I would not recommend linking back to the guest post article that you submitted using your own blog. This cancels out the SEO. Google sees it as a link swap and thus nullifies the power of the links. But what you can do is still link to it, but give your link a nofollow. This allows your readers to click and go there, but tells Google not to crawl that link.

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