So, you’ve heard my take on why guest blogging is important. Over the years, you’ve probably seen other popular bloggers talking about it too.
But maybe you can’t help thinking … how does it help you build a popular blog of your own?
If you’ve been wondering, head over to GuestBlogging.com, because over the next 10 days, I’m going to show you. We’ll talk about:
- How to get your first 1000 blog subscribers, even if none of the leaders in your niche know who you are yet
- How to stop getting ignored by popular bloggers and get the links you deserve
- How to build a following on twitter to help you promote your blog posts
- How to get your blog a first page ranking on Google, without knowing all of the technical details of SEO
Didn’t know guest blogging could help you do all of that?
I didn’t either, when I first started. Over the years though, I’ve gotten to see some pretty powerful examples, and so I decided to make some videos for you and share them with you on Guestblogging.com.
Here’s how it’ll work:
Every few days, I’ll release a new video that walks you through real-world examples and strategies for how you can use guest blogging to build a popular blog. Right now, only the first video is available, but opt in, and I’ll e-mail you as I post new ones.
As of right now, there’s nothing for sale. The videos are 100% content, no sales or marketing messages at all.
When we’re done with them, I will tell you about a new training program I’m creating specifically for bloggers who are serious about increasing their traffic.
But that’s at least a week or so away. For now, enjoy the free videos, and learn about all of the cool ways guest blogging can help you.
Click here to get started.
See you there!
About the Author: Jon Morrow is the Associate Editor of Copyblogger and the Founder of GuestBlogging.com. Get more from him on twitter.
Reader Comments (64)
Josh Garcia says
I’ll be checking out your video. I have been hearing a lot of guest blogging lately. Looking forward to seeing what you are putting together.
Chat with you later…
Awesome video man!
I’m watching it right now. Lucky you got that domain name too! Haha. Way to go.
I love guest blogging because it gives you a transfer of instant credibility to the blog readers of the blog that you are doing a guest post for.
David Walker says
Looks very interesting, Jonathan. Looking forward to finding out more!
Nabeel | Making Your Own Website says
I like how you made a dedicated site on guest blogging (great domain name btw).
I first thought that the posts and series would be on copyblogger.
Adam @ Things to Learn says
Perfect timing as I am starting a new blog! I will be sure to use all of the great tips. Like you mentioned in the post, many other bloggers have already discussed this topic but it’s always good to get another view.
Geoffrey Gordon says
This should be interesting, I have written 2 guests posts for other blogs, but have been worrying if I am not just building their blogs and not mine.
Walter Ingram says
This is great stuff! I can’t wait to see how this unfolds. Thanks for putting this together!
Melanie Kissell says
Fantastic idea, Jonathan!
I’ve been entertaining guest authors on my blog as of late and doing a ton of guest blogging myself, as well. Looking forward to receiving your video tips to learn more about the benefits.
Justin King says
I love how you guys stay true to the “value first, sales second” rule. It’s what really makes this company stand out.
The Bad Blogger says
I love guest blogging, but sometime is hard for me, as I always thought… well, this post is great, should I put it on other people’s blog or just hit publish… and post it on my blog.
And guess what I put it on my blog because I want my readers to get first hand of my information. Anyway, I have done a few guest post in the past, but results were not that good, but I’m going to see what you have got on your guest blogging, and see if it works out for me.
I hope you had some surprise for me…
oh… I was wondering the training program… is it expensive?
cynthia winton-henry says
Thanks so much. I am ready for this.
awesome video, waiting for next videos..
Looking forward to learning a great deal from your site. I’ve had an opportunity to guest blog once and have had a guest blogger on my site as well.
It really is a great way to get your name/blog out there and garner a bit of recognition.
Bamboo Forest - Pun Intended says
Congratulations on this Jon. Really smart idea. I mean, there’s so much stuff that people want to emphasize to becoming a successful blogger, but you’ve cut right to the chase on perhaps the very most influential component of what separates successful bloggers from those that never really go anywhere. Way to capitalize on that.
Bamboo Forest - Pun Intended says
Oh… but also, you might make things a little harder for me. Now I’m going to have to compete with THAT many more bloggers, because you’re underscoring this technique!
Looks like I’ll have to step my game up even more to make up for this 😉
Chris Groscurth, Ph.D. says
It’s so interesting that there are so many blogs about different facets of blogging: Find out why http://tinyurl.com/2fh2uxg
Guest blogging is integral to a budding blog’s success, and not only is it necessary, but it can prove to be very fun and rewarding as well.
@The Bad Blogger: Well, I suppose “expensive” is a matter of opinion, but if you’re asking mine, I think the training program is going to be ridiculously cheap. 🙂
Thanks for the positive comments, everyone. Really great to get such good feedback.
Jessie Mac says
Thanks for the video, Jon. Watched it and signed up. Looking forward to watching more.
Dave Doolin says
Cool. I need to get cracking on my “how to guest post” project.
Was hoping to have some affiliate links from people with products in this space, that hasn’t worked out yet.
Vince Robisch says
Signed up already Jon! Maybe someday I will be a guest blogger for guestblogging.com. Mind blowing. I just need to make sure I’m not ghost-writing a guest post. I might completely forget who I am.
Looking forward to the info Jon and the video is well don.
Greg Kamei says
The focus on the quality of traffic going from one site to another rather than just the numbers really resonated. The connections work both ways: the reputation of the blogger who provides links or space for guest posts is also at stake. It’s in the interest to make sure that readers go to a useful site or article that reflects well on them.
Sandy Halliday says
Great idea. Can’t wait to learn more.
@Vince: Laughing. With all of those terms, it can really get confusing, can’t it?
@Greg: Ahh, you were paying attention. Yes, those are some of the most important points. Makes me happy that folks are picking up on them. 🙂
Patty d says
Best idea ever. It really is.
Thank you for this and I, too, look forward to the video’s.
Y’all are rockstars!
Mani Viswanathan says
Nice thought Jon to share knowledge with newbie bloggers
Thanks for the information, Information I wasn’t aware of until now.
Amy Andrews says
Loved the solid, practical, totally-makes-sense explanation. Good stuff. I’ll look forward to the rest. Thanks!
Ms Gause says
I am a new blogger and I am so excited about my future with the blogging. I can not wait to receive your emails and look at your videos. Thank you!
Steve LHeureux says
I am going to watch the video now…guest blogging is a fresh topic and starting to get more attention. Thanks for keeping things interesting and updated!
– Steve LHeureux
Andrew Walsh says
I’m starting to learn that guest blogging is the absolute best way to indirectly promote your own project; this will be a great series of videos.
So often new bloggers are reluctant to part with some of their best content, but the networking benefits and the new audience give you so much more.
Can’t wait to see what’s next.
Fred @ ExtraIncomeDaily.com says
Great video. I am curious about your thoughts on why the blogosphere is all about guest posting now. When I started blogging back in 2007, guest posting was mentioned as a traffic generator, but it never received the emphasis that it is now. Why do you think that bloggers have now awakened to the power?
Sweet jesus, that guy’s voice is the reason I don’t want to become a full time blogger! Nothing personal against the guy, but that’s not a good voice for promoting something.
In fact, it just conjured up a image of a scrawny guy with huge glasses, acne, buck teeth and bad hair.
Basically Bill Gates.
Am I shallow? Probably. But that’s what I got and it resulted in an instant turn off. Maybe go for a hot blonde female voice next time.
Women trust women.
Men listen to nice female voices for information.
It’s basic marketing stuff.
Hd Film Blogu says
awesome video, waiting for next videos..
Mars Dorian says
NIce one, JOnathan,
watched that video at least 3 times. Although the information itself isn’t revolutionary, it does help with focusing on the essentials and doing it right.
I luv especially your voice – it’s sounds so young and unique. Perfect for video.
Bert Cave says
I already sent you an email from the video link, but I am incredibly impressed and appreciative of what you are doing.
I have talked to a number of social media / social networking “gurus” since starting to blog and Tweet about my own passion, senior care. Their focus is on selling you turn-key solutions, not unleashing the personal commitment and energy that got you into whatever business you are running.
This video — and I will watch for more — already has more supportive information than I have ever seen before. Thank you.
Dude, so many guest posting blog posts this week. Another on on SearchEngineJournal and now this!
Ok guys, here’s another super sneaky trick that I’ve used MANY MANY times.
Let’s say you’re in the business-to-business market and sell some kind of software for the manufacturing industry. All you have to do is WRITE ARTICLES FOR TRADE JOURNALS. These sites are HUNGRY for content and willingly accept posts from consultants and industry pros.
[That last point is vaguely important so I’ll repeat it again]
TRADE JOURNALS ARE HUNGRY FOR CONTENT.
Here are a few that I’ve personally written for (and gotten big fat juicy links) from:
-IndustryWeek.com (manufacturing business journal)
-Illinois Tech Association (Illinois technology trade group – there’s literally thousands of these across the US)
-Advice.CIO.com (the user-generated section of CIO.com)
-CRMBuyer.com (CRM software website that’s open to pretty much any topic)
-AgileJournal.com (site dedicated to agile software development)
-TechCocktail.com (really trendy tech startup group)
If you’re in the B2B market (and even if you aren’t) this is a literal goldmine of traffic and link building opportunity for you if you can provide interesting and engaging content.
The good news is that these publications often make money on a CPM basis (how many thousands of eyeballs view their ads) so they’re HUNGRY for good content.
They’re also typically WAY less competitive than the big blogs.
Who knows, I might even write a guest post about how using this strategy has helped me (hint, hint, wink, wink 😉
So obviously, guest posting is near and dear to me.
One other piece of advice I’d give is to hang out where your guest host hangs out. Typically their private forums (Teaching Sells, SEOBook forum, 3rd Tribe, whatever) or their personal blogs/websites. Get on their radar, build a relationship, and of course, provide immense value.
For example, Perry Marshall is a very popular PPC/copywriter and he doesn’t reply to most “hey I love your work” comments. BUT, he is a pretty devout guy and has a blog called Cosmic Fingerprints where he discusses his views on God and religion. If you happen to agree (or even disagree with his views), that’s a great place to connect with him. Not on a business tip of course, just on a personal one. Develop a relationship and then you can talk business.
Don’t abuse this technique though because it will seen dis-ingenuous.
Mark Dollan says
Hey Jon! Just watched the videos, and loved every minute. GREAT advice and information in there! I love how the content is easy to understand, and easy to put into practice right away. Looking forward to future videos!
Joshua Black-Underdog Millionaire says
Finally, the door has been opened. I’m on my way over to check out the videos. This sounds like a really valuable service.
The Underdog Millionaire
I need all the help I can get so thanks already.
Frank Adams says
Thanks a lot for the video! I will definitely be checking this out later! I heard that guest blogging is a great way to get traffic and readers to your blog. Hopefully what I heard is correct!
Pete Carr says
Just watched the video and left a comment after it.
Looking forward to the next video.
Kamal Hasa says
Well let me see what you got there. Liked the intro video though 😉
Susan Weiner says
I’ve done a few guest posts and I recommend guest blogging to the financial advisors whom I work with. You’ve got me thinking about doing more. One challenge is that there aren’t many influential blogs in my narrow niche. Perhaps I should broaden my definition.
Blog Angel a.k.a. Joella says
I too left a comment and want to thank you for this candid and open sharing of information that is truly useful.
I get so sick of vague and unfufilled promises of people who vow to give you the “inside scoop”. All they ever seem to do is try their come hither tactics to “scoop” the money right out of my wallet.
After watching I ran home and wrote an awesome guest post and sent it off to a likely candidate to publish for me.
Now that’s motivation!
This looks great, it might help cure wallflower bloggers like myself.
Guest blogging is now in the works for me thanks to your video. The idea of what it takes for me to move from 9-to-5 into full-time freelance work online is not so overwhelming anymore. I appreciate you revealing your insider strategies.
Just got done with the first video, and I have to say that if this is the course you’re giving away for free, I can’t wait to see what the premium content is all about.
One more thing I like to do to find guest posting opportunities:
Say you have a site about blue Ford Mustangs. You can try to get a guest post opportunity from the top car blogs out there, but they’re probably drowning in guest post requests. One smart thing to do is to reach out to commenters. If you find some of the comments insightful, click the link that appears in the “Name” section of the comment and establish a relationship with the commenter. You can cast a very wide net this way and build very powerful relationships.
The same can be done in the discussion boards you participate in. If you notice a very active and profound commenter, click their signature link, check their site out, and reach out to them.
It takes time, but you’re building a strong network.
Looks very interesting, thanks for the information.
J.D. Meier says
You always seem to outdo yourself, like you’re in your element. You were born to teach.
How long does it take you to create a video you can stand behind for material you know? You seem to have the skills to pay the bills.
Sherman Smith says
I look forward to checking out your videos. Thanks for sharing!
David Knapp says
Thank you for the very informative first 3 videos. Really looking forward to the next one.
Thanks for sharing the very informative video! I look forward to checking out your videos.
Great idea and I am planning to shoot one there. However, I need to further explore what topic is relevant to my experiences. Thanks
Chris Miller says
I like what SEOmoz is doing – a few regular writers, but a lot of the posts are voted up from SEOmoz users.
It’s easy to get lazy and cut corners with your own readers, but who wants to guest post B material?
Vera Poole says
Thank you Jon Morrow
I love to write! Nobody is reading me just yet!
Thank you for creating guestblogging.com because I do need help to succeed. Many blessings to you Vera
Guest Blogging is the best way to build back links. Having written several Guest Posts and also having a Blog on Dating and Relationships which has several Guest Bloggers, I have seen wonderful results.
Brian Bordenkircher says
Guest blogging is a win-win situation. Thats why I think its often important to both guest blog and welcome quality guest bloggers to your site. I like to provide prizes to the best performing guest bloggers. Give an incentive to providing quality content that people like and recommend
You know, I’ve always been sort of “meh” about guest posting. It always seemed like prostitution to me somehow. Don’t know why exactly, but there’s a glimpse into my mind for y’all. 🙂
But it seems it’s time for me to start changing my thinking about this. I’ve been a writer for my entire life and, next to playing guitar, it is the thing that brings me the most pleasure to do. But finding a way through the forest of blogs out there and connecting with readers is so difficult. The competition is fierce, just based on numbers alone. I’ve almost given up on my IgniteLiving site a few times just because, well, some days it’s crickets out there.
Guest posting could definitely help me out, while helping out bigger bloggers as well. It is, as Brian said above, a win-win situation.
Time to go put on my best dress…see what I can make of this.
Thanks for the change-of-mind, Jon.
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