Guest Posting An Indispensable Part of Blogging
Whenever I have started to pen down anything related to blogging, I have always stayed true to my own experiences in the blogging journey so far, and from those experiences I can say strongly that Guest posting is indeed an indispensable part of blogging, and I believe in it with conviction. Here’s my take on guest blogging and it’s role in your blogging journey. My sharing here I believe will be beneficial to new bloggers as well as experienced bloggers who might have much greater experience in the subject than me.
Guest Posting A Brief Understanding
Ok, so what is Guest posting and why it is necessary at all in the blogging journey and in the blogging world. Guest posting, as the name suggests, is writing as guests, in other blogs as well as accepting and hosting other bloggers in your own blog, it works both ways and suffices the concept whole heartedly. Let’s say, you have a blog, in a particular niche or in no particular niche. You write regularly on subjects you wish to write about, on things you think are close to life in general, and particularly on your area of interest, business, profession or your niche. In this process, you come across several other bloggers whose works you follow and who follow your creations, vice versa. In your process of following some of these blogs earnestly because of the quality of the content that is being created, and more so that most of these bloggers become your very good friends in the process, you can place a request with other bloggers if they will consider writing on your blog. Also, you can request your fellow bloggers to give you the opportunity to write guest posts on their blogs. Once , this acceptability part is over and the approvals are in place, then these posts can happen in form of submissions, subject to the submission rights provided by the blogger concerned. Once published, the author gets another platform besides his or her’s own blog to share the creations with a much wider audience.
And, that’s Guest posting in simpler terms, it’s no rocket science, mind you 🙂
So, how does Guest posting works
Here are some work around regarding how Guest posting works anyways, with my limited experience and knowledge I have gathered regarding the same. Please note that guest posting will be allowed on self hosted blog platforms, and not on wordpress dot com platform. You must have a self hosted blog on wordpress dot org or any other platform through self hosting. And this is where it really becomes essential for new bloggers starting up on the dot com platform to look out for bigger blogs on the self hosted platforms to guest blog and showcase their work and gain foothold in the blogging world.
Now, if you are already on the self hosted platform, then to start with, you must have a page on your blog where you will accept guest posts. This is very essential for visitors on your blog to quickly know and get around to the page easily to know that you accept guest posts. The link to your page should be must on your main menu on your home page. In that page you must have a simple drag and drop form where you can ask your Guests to fill up and submit their posts. I use WPForms plugin as I find it is very easy and handy, you can try that too. The configuration of the plugin must be done carefully once, and that’s done.
Next, as you have finished configuring your form, you must insert the same in your page. You can design the page in any way you want. It is best practice to incorporate all the rules and conditions you must be having for your Guests to understand and follow while they submit their creations. Ultimately, since the publishing rights you will keep in your hands, you can be the best judge of what you publish. While you must maintain and respect the full creative freedom of your Guest and appreciate the valuable creation you have received which will enhance the beauty and scope of your blog further. Blogging is a collaborative world, and respecting each other’s work, supporting each other and providing a platform to all the deserving, is the foundation on which blogging works 🙂
Yes, this is very important to me in Guest posting. Treat your guests the way you expect to be treated yourself, or rather much more than the way you expect to be treated yourself. Always introduce your guests in the final published post in the best possible way you can. Remember, your Guests have come to your house, and the least you can do for them is to give a handsome introduction of them to your neighbours 🙂 You have to respectfully ensure that you don’t trample upon the creative freedom of your Guests, while politely refusing to compromise on your laid down non avoidable guidelines or rules. Always remember, you are giving a platform to many budding bloggers and writers on your blog to showcase their works. Thus, share their published pots on your blog to the entire world through all your known and used resources in abundance. As you do more and more of this, you will be also duly noticed.
Your Guest posts on your blog will attract many viewers and increase your respect and presence to a much wider audience, as well your written Guest posts on other blogs will. When Guest posting is happening, the creation is getting a two fold reach, in the blog where it is published and also in the blog of the Guest who has written it. And that has a ripple effect on the respect earned for both the bloggers and their blogs.
Guest posts will add much more flavor to our blogs, which ever niche you are writing on and which ever niche you are inviting in your Guest posting. When you are in a particular niche blogging, and your Guest writes on the same subject on your blog, you have so much more on offer, in terms of subject, research, knowledge, uniqueness and different viewpoint. You can provide the same value to other blogs through your written guest posts as well. In case of personal blogs where you write on virtually anything that you wish to write about, Guests will have further freedom to add their choice of creations in no particular niche, and that will add to the diverse flavour of your blog and will give your readers so much more to enjoy. Ultimately blog posts are expressions of the souls and they are to be enjoyed, shared and experienced. While many will also talk about much technical aspects of Guest posting in terms of SEO and analytics, I still believe in the quality blogging part of it that is on offer.
Guest posting on my blog
I have started accepting guest posts the day I launched my new self hosted blog. i have a dedicated group of followers who are always so kind and great with their constant support and love for the creations that I have to offer, my blog being a personal blog with no niche in particular to offer. I have gained more and more followers in recent times and have been continuing my blogging journey quite parallel to my life as i talk about it. I have kept on requesting many of my friends and fellow bloggers to consider doing guest posts for me, and many of them have so sweetly accepted and shared their lovely creations on my blog. I welcome all bloggers, new and experienced to submit your Guest posting on my blog, in any niche, any genre. Just visit the link provided below to submit your posts, and then inform me on my mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guest posting On my Blog
Here are some of the top Guest posts done on my blog, as I look back in appreciation to these wonderful bloggers for accepting my humble requests and creating these beautiful posts on my blog. You can be the next 🙂