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:

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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Complete Search Engine Optimization (SEO) For Dummies

What do you know about search engine optimization or SEO in short? Do you really know what SEO really are and how it can affect you?

I talk about SEO, think about SEO, eat with SEO and bathe with SEO but I am no SEO expert. And if you are looking for a SEO guru, I am not your man. Why?!

Because I am not going to lie to you what I know about search engine optimization techniques and how you can use SEO for your own good. And, this is not a sales thread...not now, not in the future in my books.

If you're reading this, then good as we are on the same page now. So let's go with our first lesson (and my first SEO post here) on search engine optimization, shall we?

What is search engine optimization all about?

What is search engine optimization techniques?

I am no SEO guru but at times, it is cool to call myself a Search Engine Optimization Ninja

The term search engine optimization or SEO is already a household name for many bloggers and webmasters today. Now let's go with some simple language course on what SEO really means.

Search engines literally refers to Google, Yahoo and Bing to name a few.

Optimization means the process of improving or increasing the optimal result from a certain action.

With the above, I can simply conclude that search engine optimization is a process to improve your article, blog or website ranking in the search engine result pages (SERPs).

Make any sense? As I said below (on my profile), I am not a techie person. So, I will be explaining what SEO is all about in simple terms so that it is easily understandable to both beginners and professional bloggers.

Why search engine optimization is important? What's so important about SEO?

I get this all the time and I even asked myself before in the past. Good search engine optimization techniques will actually improve the chances of you ranking well on result pages.

This means that the better your SEO methods are, the better chance search engines will see your website. Of course, the more your articles are featured on result pages, the better and more traffic you will get.

Here, we can conclude that good SEO techniques will increase your website ranking on search engines, boost traffic to your website and ultimately, increasing the chances of affiliate sales or making money through your website a reality.

How to SEO correctly? What are SEO best practices?

Search engine optimization can affect website ranking on search engines

Using right SEO techniques will increase and improve website page rank

Regardless which website I visit, I keep seeing bloggers asking the same questions over and over again. Before you continue reading, take 1 minute off and think what you really know about SEO...don't worry, I will wait.

Welcome back and I really hope you didn't take more than one minute though.

The biggest perception I ever seen in my life about SEO is many bloggers believe that SEO can be learned and mastered. Hint: Just Google and see how many SEO gurus you can find out there.

Perceptions on search engine optimizations:

The real deal about search engine optimization are:

What are SEO best practices?

I am not going very detail in this as I will be creating separate topics on this. Yes, I want to go into detail and make sure you understand everything about SEO. And I do it for free.

1. Content is king but focus keyword is God

You hear me right. Good content will not bring you to the top spots of the search engines but focus keywords will.

Don't get me wrong as I know how important content it. What I am trying to say is good search engine optimization or good SEO strategies are to use as very specific and focused keywords.

The biggest mistake here is bloggers tend to stuff hundreds keywords into one article. Don't ever stuffed all those keywords you can think of into one article as you are going to give a hard time for search engine bots to figure out what your content is all about.

2. Understand how you want to rank your website

One of the best SEO practices is knowing how you want search engines to rank your blog. Pardon me for being so general. There are two ways search engine will rank your blog.

SEO strategy 1: Rank your blog with very specific keywords (between one to five keywords)

SEO strategy 2: Rank your blog with a bigger range of keywords (more than five keywords)

As for the record, both are equally good when it comes to finding the best SEO strategy. However, the paths of both these SEO best practices are very different.

SEO strategy 1 will lead to a better page rank or SERPs ranking within a shorter time frame. Here, your blog or website can even rank better even when you do not have an upper hand in domain age.

One the other hand. SEO strategy 2 will take a longer time to build a good SERPs ranking compared to the above. The SEO process here is long but what makes it worthwhile is it will also produce good domain authority for your website.

Never underestimate both of these SEO practices as they are be very lethal in the hands of a good blogger.

3. Choosing the right SEO tools in your SEO projects

Targing the right search engine optimization techniques will improve your SEO ranking

Choosing the right SEO tools will either improve or break your website ranking

I bet you heard about others saying that they ranked their website faster and better without any SEO tools. This is particularly true and I am not denying the fact.

However, we are in the technology era for Christ sake! Do you think that you can compete fairly with other bloggers or websites without using any SEO tools?

I am also not denying that there are many premium SEO tools that worth your every buck. And for beginners, I do not recommend them (unless it has a trial period) as there are also many free SEO tools which can help you in your search engine optimization project 101.

One of the best SEO tools is Google Keyword Tool and you can find useful tips and tricks on how to use it, Killer SEO Tips Using Google Keyword Tool.

Of course, I will be writing more on this topic as well so stay tune.

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What I'm trying to say here is if you want to compete in this SEO world, then you have to compete in the smart way. I am sure you will be amazed on how many free SEO tools there is which many bloggers do not use at all. Such a waste right?

Okay folks, give yourself a pat on the back (or a beer treat) as you have completed the first part of my SEO best practices.

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