Melanie's Musings
September 26, 2012

How to Get and Give Great Guest Posts

Guest posts can truly be a win-win situation. The host blogger gets a day off from creating content while the guest gets some exposure to an entirely new audience of readers. How do you go about getting and giving guest posts? Let me help.

For the host blogger:

The first thing you need to do to get guest posts is let people know you want them. Pretty simple, right?

If you’re strictly looking for guests post for an an event you’re hosting, simply let your readers know. A great example of this is Midnyte Reader’s Halloween Hootenanney post.

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If you’d like to regularly include guest posts on your blog, you might consider writing a guest post policy (example: Melanie’s Musings) and putting a link on your sidebar to it so everyone, new and old visitors alike, will know you’re happy to accept posts. In your policy you can include:

  • what type of content you’re eager for (book reviews, commentary posts)
  • any formatting rules you’d like the poster to follow
  • encouragement

For the guest poster:

The first rule to finding blogs to guest post on is to keep your eyes peeled. Bloggers often host events of one sort or another and love to have guest posts (example: The Crazy Bookworm). Also, be sure to see if a blog has a guest post policy for anytime.

But let’s say there’s a blog you’d love to guest post for. You have an idea that you know would work perfectly on their blog. You may want to consider pitching your guest post to the blogger. In a polite email, simply tell the blogger in question what you’d like to write about and why it would be a good fit for their blog. Doing so can be daunting but worth it.

There you have it- how to get and give guest posts. I hope this helps.

Happy bloggiesta!

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  • September 27th 2012

    Great advice, thanks.

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  • September 27th 2012

    True! Good advice.

    In my About section I list that I don’t do guest posts just to give readers/interested parties a heads up.

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  • September 27th 2012

    I hope you get a lot done during the Bloggiesta!

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  • September 28th 2012
    Ang said:

    Great advice, I actually just requested my first two guest posts and can’t wait to see what they have to say to my readers!

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  • September 28th 2012

    […] How to Give and Get Great Guest Posts because I have a note in Evernote that says “guest posts drive traffic — figure out how to make that work.” […]

  • September 28th 2012

    Great post! I just did this for my blogiversary next month. I was so worried that people would say no, but everyone said yes! I think I was the one who was stressed out the most. :)

    And guest posts are great! I love featuring my favourite bloggers on my blog!

    Thanks for sharing, Melanie!

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  • September 28th 2012

    That is some great advice! I’m going to keep that in mind :) Thank you so much for sharing.

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  • September 30th 2012
    Jennifer said:

    I would love some guest bloggers..hmm. I’m going to think on this..maybe type up a policy, shoot out a couple of tweets about it, etc. Thanks for the idea!

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  • October 1st 2012

    Great advice for bloggers!

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  • October 8th 2012
    Kristiina said:

    thanks for the tips! Now if someone asks you to guest post and you are willing… is it bad etiquette to not have them guest post on yours?

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    Melanie Reply:

    That’s a good question, Kristina. Not having them guest post on your blog is not bad etiquette at all. I have asked others to guest post before and never received a reverse invitation. I wasn’t offended in the least. :)

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  • October 25th 2012
    Michelle said:

    Great advice! I’ve never had a guest posts on my site, but I still get requests and offers. Authors and publishers are willing, so if a blogger is interested, all they have to do is ask!

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