Today I have something a little different to chat with y’all about. Guest blogging. Driving traffic. Getting new visitors to your site.
It’s a little different from our traditional posts, like DIY projects, yummy paleo desserts, or switching your skincare routine, so if you’re here for things like that then I won’t mind if you skip over this blogger-specific article.
Here’s the deal, my bloggy friend:
I’ve been to your site. It’s great!
You have loads of engaging, intriguing content with lots of personality and voice behind your writing that really shows your passion.
You’ve got big, bright, beautiful photographs.
I love hearing your anecdotes. And that last post you shared? Holy moly, it shoulda went viral.
But… it didn’t.
It can be frustrating when you’re doing everything right but you’re only reaching a limited audience. You know you’ve got a great story to share with the world, and now you just need the right spotlight to show it off. So what’s an easy way to do that? Writing guest posts! How does guest posting help your blog? Keep reading to find out.
Reach a wider audience.
This ones probably the most obvious, right? Sharing a guest post is a great way to put your words in front of another audience. For example, Homegrown & Healthy gets tens of thousands of pageviews a month, plus we have thousands of people following us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. If you were to share a post on our site that means you have the potential of reaching a ton of people who may not have heard of you otherwise.
Build a portfolio.
Whether your goal is to write a cookbook, make blogging your profession, or just build a wonderful community of like minded mamas, it never hurts to mark your accomplishments with a portfolio. You never know when it may come in handy. Working with big names will help you to build credibility and work on your portfolio simply by doing what you’re already doing.
Let’s face it. Your blog is a comfortable place, like sitting in your living room in front of the fireplace. You put your heart into it, but it’s still a place of comfort and routine. Stepping outside of that comfort zone is a great way to challenge yourself.
Guest posting finally gives you a chance to write about that great idea that keeps popping into your head, but maybe won’t flow with your niche-y site.
Plus many sites that are featuring guest posts tend to do so around a fun theme. Does the thought of participating in a quirky challenge appeal to you? What a great way to get those creative juices flowing!
Do you have any bloggy mentors? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to work with them, and possibly pick their brains in the process?
Working with a new site gives you a chance to meet new people, and if you’re lucky you’ll gain some valuable information in the process.
I don’t want to use the word but many bloggers, um, like talking about themselves. Aside from the super busy professionals most would be more an willing to spend a few minutes chatting with you and answering questions you may have, especially if it relates to their niche or their personal success.
Are you ready to give it a try!? H&H is now taking guest posts, so if you’re itching to go but don’t know where to start then drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or use this submission form to have your chance to steal the spotlight and drive tons of new traffic to your site.
Oh, and one more thing. As an editor I go through dozens of submissions every week. I’d love to share with you my advice on how to get the most out of your guest posts and really make a big impact. Leave me a comment if you have any questions and let me know what you’d like to know!