Guest Posting Confession: Getting Started And Essential Checklists

Guest Posting Confession: Getting Started And Essential Checklists

By now, you should already know that guest blogging is probably one of the most powerful link building strategies on the planet.

I bet it sounds good but there’s a problem; There are over 50 million bloggers competing for the top spot.

So, what’s your chance of succeeding in terms of website ranking and guest posting possibilities? Rather low huh?

A few years back, applying for guest posting is rather easy and you could easily land yourself with one without much effort. Nowadays, you definitely need to step up the game if you want to earn a spot in the guest posting segment.

The requirements for publishing guest post has increased dramatically and do you know what it takes to stand out from the crowd?

Guest blogging
Are you ready for guest posting?

Getting started for guest posting … the absolute basic

Guest posting 101: Knowing your targeted website is important

Choosing the right website is important for every guest post opportunity. There are hundreds and probably thousands of websites that you can apply for guest posting position.

However, you need to know which websites will give you a better boost of both traffic and ranking.

You can easily do so by asking yourself the following two questions:

I have very weird thinking on this and therefore, feel free to discuss it using the comment form at the end of the article 🙂

1. The hunt begins: Niche hunting

One of the biggest misconceptions about guest posting is that bloggers want to build a fast backlink.

Honestly, link building doesn’t work that way.

Bloggers tend to signup for any type of topics with some crazy hopes … literally.

Do you think this is a waste of time?

Absolutely! Why don’t you just spend some time finding 5 or 10 niches that you really want to target instead?

Deciding on the niche you are going to get your hands dirty with will actually opens more doors when it comes to guest posting.

Let’s see it this way. There are many websites which offers general information but at the same time, there are also many who offers specific information.

Now, which do you think will benefit you more?

I would go for websites offering specific information as I am sure 75% of the traffic heading towards there are looking for that same type of information. This gives you a better chance to grow your authority.

Does this make any sense to you?

Fact: Choosing the right niche and website will give you the most benefits when it comes to guest posting.

2. Please give me a chance – Try before you buy

Do you feel better and safer when you are able to try out a dress before you buy? I bet it does and the same concept applies to guest posts.

If you want others to give you a chance, you need to offer them something back in return. It can varies from making them feeling safe, helping them to accomplish certain tasks or 100 more ideas you can think of.

The 70 words above might sound super easy but honestly, life doesn’t go that way. Nowadays, most editors are more picky and choosy when it comes to guest posting.

Hey, they are not wrong! After all, guest posting is all about quality right?

Here’s my confession: If you want to be given a chance for guest posting, then start building authority and make your presence counts. This means that spending time to build a certain level of ‘existence’ in that particular topic especially on social media.

This would take time and probably months. I personally took a month plus to build my presence on 3 specific niche and at the end, I was offered several chance of guest post.

Once that happens, the rest are rather … easy and straightforward from there on.

My guest posting checklists

Guest posting can help increase website ranking and web traffic
Guest posting checklist is important to ensure that you are inline with the requirements


If you want to be successful in guest posting industry, you need to have a strategy … a damn good one.

I call it, “My guest posting checklists”. This checklist doesn’t only serve the purpose to write a good guest post but at the same time, making the whole process as smooth as possible.

Here are some of my personal guidelines:

  1. Rules of engagement
  2. Quality control
  3. Mentally and physically prepared

All in all, keeping in mind that guest posting is all about a win-win situation between both bloggers and editors.

1. The rules of engagement

You should only start thinking about guest posting topic after knowing where you are going to publish the article.

Why is this important?

Each website has their own rules and regulations. You wouldn’t want to your articles to rejected just because you might have overlooked on a certain rule.

You are definitely facing a series of rejections if you are not applying on the right websites. For example, you might be writing about fashion niche and what will happen if you decide to write for CopyBlogger?

Does this make any sense to you?

The trick here is to write for websites that require your expertise or in line with your niche.

I make it a habit to discuss on the guest posting rules and regulations over email with the respective party. Ask them 101 questions if you got to.

It is never wrong to ask … but please, do ask logical questions only.

The best questions you can probably ask are:

  • Topics that the editor has in mind
  • The length of the article
  • Number links (DoFollow and NoFollow) in a blog post
  • Size and number of images allowed
  • Time frame for submitting the guest posting

2. Quality above everything in guest posting

If you are putting 100% in your blog post, then you should put 120% or more in guest posting.

Remember this: You are putting not only your brand and name on the line but as well as that editor’s one as well.

Even though guest posting is apart of creating backlink, this doesn’t mean that you should do link stuffing into the article. Instead, provide useful links to support your writing and not just links from your website.

Note: If your main goal for guest posting is to get backlink, then you are wrong. The correct goal is to provide relevant information, tips and tricks to boost not only your authority and credibility but as well as that particular website’s ranking.

3. Sending in your first draft

Waiting for the editor to reply could be the most nerve-wracking and nail-biting experience I ever had.

This is probably the moment of truth. Usually, the editor will take about 24 to 72 hours to get back to you and trust me, it felt like forever.

You got to be mentally prepared as there is a high chance of failure especially when it comes to submitting the first draft.

Once you received the review, do the appropriate amendments if needed and make sure you follow the guidelines given by the editor.

You could take a week or so to redo the draft but don’t take forever!

Go ahead and tell me. Did I miss out anything?

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24 thoughts on “Guest Posting Confession: Getting Started And Essential Checklists”

  1. Reginald,
    Very Good information, and well said. I almost thought you got your inspiration for this title from me, because of my last comment to you. I do not want to be disrespectful to you and your abilities with english / spelling. Your doing Great!!! I am not a good blogger or do know no the savy at this point to be a good one, but I am Learning from you. Thanks for the lession… You Said ” Today I am going to share my guest posting checklists with you. If you are going to do some guest posting in the future, I bet this would be some great tips for you. ” and it was.

    • Hi Greg,

      Don’t worry about it. We are all here to learn and I am too! Thanks for pointing out the mistakes.

      Oh yes, you are never disrespectful and don’t worry about it. It is weird to live in a country that has 3 major languages 🙂

      Talk to you soon.


  2. Hey Reginald,

    I am blogging for a while and was thinking of writing guest posts.
    You have helped me a lot with these notes. A very good guide for beginners.

    Thanks. It helped me a lot.

  3. Hi Reginald,

    When I find a site I’d like to guest post on I like to start by sending them an email introducing myself and my blog. I want them to know that I’m a real person with a blog of my own in a niche that is related to theirs. I’ll also include 2 or 3 links to past guest posts or articles I’ve written.

    This ‘first impression’ can be so important for getting the blog owner to at least consider me.


    • Hi Liz,

      I like the way you do it! For me, do it something like you … with a twist. I usually start by crating friendship. After a month or so, I will look around if they are offering such positions. At times, I will ask them if they have any topics they want to write but have no time or idea.

      Your move about saying hi and stuff is really good! Thanks for sharing that 🙂

      Have a great week ahead.


  4. Hi Reginald,

    I think you’ve pulled together a great checklist there. I haven’t started guest posting yet, mainly due to time constraints. I think it’s a lot more time-consuming, and there’s a lot more preparatory work involved than people think, especially if you want to get it right.

    I would think it’s important to find ways to engage with the blogger before you start pitching for a guest post – for example, by leaving some insightful, value-laden comments on their posts. I suspect you’ve also got to brace yourself for some rejections, and not get too disheartened about that.

    A helpful post, Reginald – thank you ,


    • Hi Sue,

      Thanks for commenting!

      I am sure if you would do guest posting, people will be rushing for you! Maybe even pay you a fee for that. Haha!

      Yes you are right about engaging. I usually ‘try to know them’ before even asking for a chance. I mean, this is all about relationship and you want to get it started on the right foot even from the beginning.

      When it comes to guest posting, don’t ever give up. Like for me, my country speak 3 different languages (main ones) and more than 10 different sub languages. So, at times rejection is very real. But it helps you to grow, you know?

      Glad you like it and thanks!

  5. Hi Reginald,
    I have found this to be a very informative post indeed.
    I have not started guest posting yet myself but it was suggested that I should do so by Liz Mcgee of homenotion when she commented on the post titled creating backlinks on my blog.
    Thank you for sharing this helpful post.

    Onward And Upwards To Success


    • Hi Gary,

      Glad you find this useful. Oh yes Liz is correct. Guest posting worth more than just backlinks. It gives you a chance to build relationship and interact with other bloggers. Backlink isn’t that important but relationship among one another worth millions!

      Wish you all the best and thanks for dropping by.

  6. Hi Reginald,

    I’m relatively new to blogging (about 6-8 mos or so) and I’ve done a few guest posts.
    I really enjoyed the experience, and would easily do it again.

    I think you’ve covered some great tips here. I know what worked best for me was to build honest relationships with the people I did the posts for, and I kept the content genuine and organic and in alignment with my own voice while respecting the subjects and tone of their blogs and meshing the two together.

    Great post 🙂

    • Hi Dana,

      Thanks for dropping by.

      You absolutely nailed it when you said about building relationship. That is very important. I know tons of bloggers who publish guest posting just for backlinks and SEO. That is totally wrong! Guest posting has way more than just backlink and it helps you to build authority as well.

      Do come back for more 🙂

    • Hi Adesanmi,

      Whoa! You beat me 🙂 I did less than 5 only due to time constrain.

      At the same time, remember to have more blog post on your site than guest posting count. This is because you want to build a good reputation for yourself too. Unless you get rather popular like Kikolani etc and then, you can do more guest posting than your own post 🙂

      Focus on building equal numbers of both for the first 1 year or so.

      Good luck mate.

  7. Hi Reginald,

    Guest posting is one of the top ways to build your presence and show your expertise in specific niches by publishing articles on top blogs in your niche, some people always ask if there guest post quality should be better that than the ones they right on their blog, and the strict answer is Yes. Because when you write on top niche websites readers are expecting high quality articles and if they see yours as top quality they will be interested to check what more you have to say and when they come to your blog they are ready to read whatever you have, so make your guest posts better than the ones you write on your own blog.
    Thanks for sharing this article and for the tips provided.

    • Hi Qasim,

      Thanks for commenting. A good guest posting like what you said, will show your mature-ness to the public. This builds your authority and presense.

      Appreciate your time commenting and hope you come back for more mate 🙂

  8. Hi Reginald,

    I completely agree with you on #1 Rules of Engagement. The competition is so fierce and something as simple as missing one of their steps could get you rejected.

    Which methods do you feel work best when you pitch an idea (If not specified):
    1) Give them a paragraph or 2 of one sample article
    2) Give them a few different summaries of several possible articles
    3) Give them a full article

    I’ve read about using all three methods. Just curious on your take on it?

    I am heading in the Guest Post direction these tips will be helpful.


    • Hi Steven,

      For me, I would give them a full article for every post (even draft). Let’s see it this way. Some editors are really busy and they don’t have the time to keep amending etc. So, my job is to make sure it is easy for them which I will start by throwing questions even before writing one.

      The more info you get, the better your writing will be as you can easily fine tune the write up. I always end my Q&A’s with them by asking if they want to receive the full article or parts by parts.

      Each editors are different. Hope this helps!

        • Hi Steven,

          Glad to hear that. I think when it comes to guest posting, always try to be in the shoes of the editors. At times, it can be REALLY troublesome when you had over 100 guest posting articles pending for review 🙂

          Have a great weekend mate.

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