How do you choose the place to guest blog?
Do you look at traffic? What about the Alexa rank? Or the Number of subscribers?
What is it that makes you to choose one site over another when you want to guest blog?
Do you choose the place to guest blog just because the site has lot of subscribers? Or do you guest blog based on number of comments? Or based on community participation?
In this blog post, we will talk about choosing a website to guest blog – and how I choose sites for guest blogging.
Guest Blog -Where Do You Do it?
Naturally, when it comes to guest blogging, all of us want more exposure and traffic. So, we tend to pick big blogs that get a lot of traffic. But, that doesn’t mean that you should always write for big blogs. Yes, big blogs do get us a lot of comments (I am not saying you shouldn’t write for big blogs). You should. But, I recommend that you guest blog more for medium sized blogs.
The answer to this question basically depends upon your goal and expectations with the post. For instance: My goal to guest blogging is getting more subscribers and exposure for my blog. So, when I usually pick places to guest blog, I choose places that have more community participation and traffic at the same time. When I say community participation, I just don’t mean the number of comments.
Guest Blog at Blogs with Active Communities
I mean the number of people who are involved in discussion – people who write awesome comments. I do this because, as I understand it, If I can write an awesome article for a site with lots of community participation (an active community), then I can reach my goals and expectations with the post – I do have a better chance of getting traffic and subscribers from those kinds of sites ;).
An active community is a blog where they get a lot of active people involved in the discussion.
I am not really interested in just building back links and creating a spike of traffic – just for the time being. I am more interested in building a long term relationship with the blog and the audience I write for.
And I can only get all of these I guest blog at sites where there is lot of community participation – an active community.
If your goal is to build more exposure and get more traffic, then I recommend you to guest blog on sites that have an active community.
Guest Blog at Medium Sized Blogs
And there is no more thing I want to tell you: You are most likely to find active communities in medium sized blogs (blogs that are popular and growing but not there yet). One site that I always like to guest blog (Due to active participation of the community) is Ileane’s Basic Blog Tips (Although, you may describe her blog as a top blog since the content is too good :D). At BBT, you can find a lot of people who are really involved in the discussion.
And let me tell you one more thing-
Right now, you are more likely to find high quality blog posts at these sites (From my experience, the most tips that I have got so far are from medium sized blogs).
That’s also the reason why I spend more time reading medium sized blogs like this and not spending my time on reading big blogs.
Sure, big blogs do have good content. But, often times, it is just repeated (and the quality of blog posts are decreasing). By the way, these are just my opinion, others might tell you that I am wrong. But, I like to stick with my opinion (And Yes, I did “arrive at” this opinion after reading many big and medium sized blogs; I have read lots more useful information at medium sized blogs than at big blogs).
And guess what else I do?
When I usually want to guest blog at a site, I start with commenting and get involved with the site – at least I try to start it. (from my experience, I can tell you that you will get better results at guest blogging on sites that you are involved in).
So, what do you do? Alright, now tell me: How do you choose your sites to guest blog? Do you agree with this post? Do you choose sites based on community participation?
Guest blog more at medium sized blogs. Also, do guest blog at top blogs (I have done it too – like at Ana’s Traffic Generation Cafe). But, I always like to stay with medium sized blogs because from my experience, I have got the best of my expectations and goals from those blogs
I have got both good and “bad” results with guest blogging at various sites (Well, I haven’t got that good results because – you can guess it – My content is not that good compared to what others write. But, I will keep on trying. After all, that’s what we are supposed to do, right?).
Tell me how you do it and why you do it that way Let’s all teach ourselves and others at the same time
PS: Don’t forget to check out Jane’s awesome guest blogging report to help you with effective guest posting.
Jeevan Jacob John is a young blogger who blogs about everything that is related to building a better blog. If you like what you are reading here, then you should probably check out his Why You Should Give A Damn Page. You can also find him at his blog - Blog Networking 101.