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.
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
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.