So why are your guest posts being rejected? Every blogger understands the importance of guest posting, every blog admin understands that making the selection wisely when it comes to submissions, is also important.
If you’ve spent months on end building a decent enough audience and a matching reputation for your blog, you’ll know just what I mean. Although no one likes to be rejected, especially guest writers, it’s disheartening to get that email in your inbox saying that your submission has been rejected… luckily I haven’t felt that kind of rejection… yet…
So I must be doing something magically right… nope, there’s no magic involved in it at all, just some basic common sense… Today I want to share with you 9 reasons why your guest posts are being rejected, and you can avoid them when pitching guest articles to potential blogs. So sit back grab a coffee and listen well…
Guest Posts: 9 Reasons Why Yours Are Being Rejected…
1. Your guest posts don’t follow the guidelines…
One of the first things that you’re asked to do before submitting a guest post to any blog is to follow the guidelines… Every blog has their own set of guest posting guidelines, so if you’ve submitted guest posts and have been rejected without paying attention to guidelines, then you’re at a loss.
But don’t despair…
2. Your spelling and grammar is shameful
I read quite a few blogs in my days when I’m not writing or guest posting myself, and I’m still amazed at the number of blog’s, some popular one’s too, that are still making silly little spelling and grammatical errors and type O’s. As an administrator, you should proof read every article before publishing them which no doubt you know.
As a guest writer, you should make sure that you’ve read once, read twice and again to ensure that your guest posts are free from such errors before submitting.
3. Your copy lacks personality
No one likes to read boring drab that go on forever with no character, if your copy lacks character, it may also be rejected. Ensure that you inject some characteristics and personality into your guest posts. Enthusiasm can be seen in written articles so be sure to show that off.
4. Your copy does not promote conversations
Blogging is all about engaging with others and promoting conversations. If your guest post doesn’t open up to an audience then chances are it will be thrown in the reject bin. Ensure you ask for readers input at the end of your articles, get them engaging and sparking off into conversations.
Check out our post on how to get your audience engaging on your business blog.
5. Your copy doesn’t provide a solution to a problem
If you’re outlining a problem in your guest post then ensure you provide a solution to that problem. I’ve made the mistake myself in the past of creating great posts that outline problems that, perhaps other bloggers are having, but have failed to provide a reasonable solution, which can confuse your readers.
6. The layout of your content gives me a headache…
I receive a steady number of guest posts every week and only a few of them get published because they are formatted well.
Before now I’ve even received guest posts in one block of text, with little or poor use of full stops or commas, what a headache sorting all that out has been.
Ensure that before you submit your guest posts that it is laid out in readable format at least. If you’re submitting guest posts by email, use your own blog to format them, open up a new post in WordPress to edit your post in HTML, then copy and past it in an email to send to prospectus blogs. It’s a useful tool to use.
7. You’re self-promoting too much
A lot of blog admins are wary of this one so be careful no to submit posts that are nothing more than self-promotional crap. There are exceptions where it might be something that will be of use to the reader or a paid service even.
8. You didn’t respond to any comments in your last guest post
One of the essential ingredients needed for a successful blog is engagement… No blog is worth reading without user interaction. What annoys me the most, are guest writers that don’t respond to comments, and usually I’ll email them kindly asking them to respond to the comments they have on their posts… most of the time with no avail…
It is imperative that you engage with your audience on your guest posts, respond to comments, answer questions, it will not only look good on your account, but readers are more likely to visit your blog to engage with you further. If you engage, don’t chances are that you won’t get another guest post published too soon after….
9. You have not written for the audience
One of the common mistakes being made by many newbie guest writers is writing and submitting non-topic related content, in hope that it will be published on a blog that focuses on an entirely different niche…
Write for the blog’s audience and the best way to do that is to read some of the other posts on that blog, see what the most popular posts are, read the archives to give you an idea of topics to write about.
Share your own reasons…
Well I hope these 9 reasons will get you thinking before you commit to your next guest post. Of course if you have any other reasons to add, please do so in the comment section below as always.
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