It comes a time for every serious blogger to begin accepting guest posts on their blogs. If you’re thinking about making your blog guest post friendly, this is a sure sign of steady progression in your blogging career. But how do you get started with accepting guest posts on your blog? In this post we’ll look at three ways in which you can successfully set up your blog for guest posting.
What are the benefits of accepting guest posts on your blog?
If you’re relatively new to blogging and don’t fully understand the value of accepting guest posts on your blog, let me explain some of the benefits you can expect.
Regular Consistent Flow of Content
One of the top benefits of accepting guest posts on your blog is that you’re never short of publishing unique and fresh content. If your site is a popular one at that, and has an attractive statistic profile, i.e. high targeted traffic, good page rank, lots of readers, large social media following etc, you can expect to receive a lot of pitches from guest writers.
Free Up your Time
Having a consistent flow of guest posts can free up your time to dedicate in other areas of improving your blog.
Ensure Content Quality
Being a regular blogger means coming up with fresh content frequently which can prove to be challenging at best of times. Guest posts can help eliminate that problem for you.
By accepting guest posts you are ensuring your blog receives not just regular content, but high quality content, which will keep your existing readers happy and attract new ones.
So those are just some of the benefits of accepting guest posts on your blog, now let’s at how YOU can set your blog up for guest posting.
Setting your Blog to Accept Guest Posts
There are essentially three ways to accept guest posts for your blog.
1. Is to make it possible for anyone to register as a contributor in the backend of your blog, add a profile and submit guest posts for consideration.
2. Is to accept posts in word document and publish them on your blog yourself with the author credentials.
3. Create a dedicated guest post submission form through Google Docs and embed it in a static page on your blog.
Let’s take a look at each method in more detail –
Accepting Registrations to your Blog
The first, and one of the most popular methods of setting up blogs for guest posting is to allow for new registrations to your blog’s back end, as a contributor. To do this you need to log into your WordPress dashboard and under settings > general, tick the ‘anyone can register’ box and select ‘contributor’ from the drop down list right beneath it.
When a new user registers for guest posting, they will then be able to create a unique profile and add an author bio and link. They will then have to log in each time to make a new guest post submission. The post will then sit in your pending file for you to review.
Tip: To avoid being bombarded with spammy registrations, leave the default roll for new registrations as ‘subscriber’. You can always upgrade new user accounts later on, once you’ve checked and verified the credibility of new registrations.
Ask Guest Writers to Submit via Word Document
This is one of my preferred methods of accepting guest posts and for several reasons.
a) This method poses a less security threat to the backend of your blog
b) Limits the number of user profiles on your database
Simply ask contributors to submit their guest posts (in your guest post invitation page / post) in word document form via email. You can then review guest posts before publishing them to your site yourself.
Tip: Create a single user profile for guest posting and add some information about guest writing opportunities in the author box. Each time you publish a new guest post, you can use this dedicated author account for it. You can add the author bio and link in the body of content, at the end of the article.
Create a Dedicated Submission Form and Add a Page to your Blog
This is the method that Magnet4Marketing currently uses to accept guest posts. Consider creating your own guest post submission form and embedding it into a static page on your blog. You can be as specific as you want with your form, adding boxes for keywords, bio, post summary, email address etc.
Use Google Docs to achieve this. You can view an example of a submission form by visiting our submission form here.
Tip: Create a link to this submission form page in the main navigation menu of your blog, so users can find it easily.
So let us know which method you currently use, or if you don’t currently use one, which method you’re most likely to use to set up you blog for guest posting. Leave me a comment below.
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