Guest posts mean free content and more time to enjoy yourself because somebody else writes the posts for you. Guest posts mean free promotion because when the author promote his or her post, it would be promotion for your website too since the post is located at your website. Guest posts means new friend since you can build good relationship with the author of the posts. Guest posts means new knowledge since the author may know something that you do not know yet. Due to many benefits of guest posts, you need to have one or more for your blog.
Yet, the question remain, How to Get More Guest Posts for Your Blog
The reason why people post something on other website is mostly for exposure, reputation, and traffic. If you want people to post on your blog, you need to create blog that could give people big exposure, increase reputation, and increase traffic. You yourself need to make your blog has good reputation in online world. Of course, it would be hard work but it worth.
Many people hate rejection so they will only send proposal and queries to someone they sure accepting guest post. If you do not tell them that you are accepting guest post, how they will know about it? Of course, maybe the words are not “accept guest post” that sound cheap. You can use something more elegant but carry the meaning that you accept guest post. You can try something like “write for (your blog name)” or “say you own thought”. In addition, in your network or at forums, you can ask your people to post on your blog.
People hate to wait and they need information fast. Sending email just to ask guidelines is something that will waste their time. If you tell them that they can write for you, you need to inform them your guidelines. You had better put your guidelines on separate page and not in your homepage. Remember that your blog is not an article directory. Even article directories have their own guidelines page. About the guidelines, you need to make it helpful for you to screen good and bad post but do not make it too complicated for the author.
To attract people to write for you, promise them something that would be helpful for them. Allows them to put author bio with link and picture would be good offer. Tell them that you will twit the post or promote it on your social network would be great idea. Tell them that you will put the post on your newsletter is another idea. You can search more idea that will attract people to post on your blog.
You need to build good relationship with more and more people who have the same interest with you. Although they may not intend to guest post something today, in the future they may interest to post on your blog. Remember to be patience and be confidence. Something may not go perfect in the beginning but if you try hard, you will do a nice job.