Blogging collaboration is the best technique that actually bears fruit. One aspect of collaboration is guest blogging. Now bloggers who are new may not be aware of the concept of guest blogging, but it is not so difficult to understand. A blogger instead of blogging at his/her own blog, blogs on a blog which is more influential and which will be beneficial for his blog in the long term. Guest Blogging is a win-win situation for both the guest and the host.
Benefits for the Guest
Act as an expert
If a blogger blogs on a subject as a guest, he instantly becomes an authority in the eyes of the readers. Being treated as an expert, makes a person worth following and so people start following the guest and also give importance to what he/she writes. Hence, guest blogging can help develop a quality following.
Share your experiences
Bloggers that blog on different niches (for example photography) other than blogging cannot share their blogging experiences on their blogs as they are not relevant to their niche and also can put off their readers, and so blogs like Blog Godown that are centered around blogging are a great platform to share blogging experiences.
Expand the influence
The sole purpose of blogging at an influential blog is to expand the influence and build an online presence. More and more people start recognizing the blogger and his/her web presence starts to grow.
Guest posts are also done to gain traffic and they actually bring traffic in two forms. Guest posts gives quality links that improve the seo of the pages and so they initiate the organic traffic train. Beside this, guest posts also bring instant traffic from the subscribers of the host website, who liked the post and want to read further. This traffic also increases by two folds as two people promote thesame post, the host and the guest 🙂
Benefits for the Host
Articles from a single author can be a bit boring and repetitive. Even if they are not very repetitive, they will be based on similar ideas and thoughts coming out from the same human mind. A guest post gives a new dimension to a blog. It brings with it, a new perspective which broadens the span of the blog. These fresh ideas are very refreshing for readers as they read something new and different.
This is a really big plus point and that is why a lot of bloggers invite guest posts. Guest posts are like free quality content for hosts. This acts as a breather for hosts as they can take a break or they can utilize this time on other things like SEO and blog promotion.
How to find Blogs to Guest Post?
This a valid question and is the one that is frequently asked. There are many ways to find blogs to guest post, some of them are listed below:
1. Go to the blog of your niche and digg for links such as “write for us”, “Submit your article” etc.
2. Use forums to find blogs. Nowadays, a number of forums have been created that stress on blogging collaboration and have been very useful in finding quality blogs to guest post. To name a few:
a. MyBlogGuest : This is a forum created by Ann Smarty and it is the place to find guest post and blogs to guest post on. The forum also has a rating system. The rating system rates sites based on various metrics (Page rank, Alexa Rank etc) and it saves the time of finding out the best blogs out of the lot.
b. Problogger: Problogger Darren Rowse has started this great forum. It is a paid forum, but it is the hub of very influential bloggers. The collaboration section is dedicated towards getting and recieving guest posts.
There are other ways to find guest posts listed on this great article at Famousbloggers by Ann Smarty: Top 3 Ways to Find Great Guest Contributors for Your Blog
If you are interested in guest blogging at Blog Godown. Take a look at our guest posting guidelines.