How I Managed To Get My Posts Featured On A-List Blogs

Guest-Blogging

Guest posting is one of the top methods to gain traffic, subscribers, popularity, your blog branding and friends. It is one of the most effective ways to reach people from different blogs, niches and interests.

Apart from helping you to build authority to your blog, guest posting also makes you a better writer, one of the top benefits I have experienced about guest posting.

I have had some wonderful guest posts published in A-List blogs including Problogger, Daily Blog Tips, ComLuv, FamousBloggers, YoungPrePro, Technshare, iBlogZone and others.

You can check out the complete list at this page: Jane’s Guest Posts.

Let me tell you the benefits of getting featured so:

1. Got a BIG boost in my traffic.

2. Gained more subscribers.

3. Boost in Affiliate sales.

4. Received offers to hire me as a writer.

These are very few of lot more benefits I don’t mention here. You can reap these benefits too! Let me tell you how I was able to achieve this.

I Kept The Best For The Hosts

You know it is hard. When you have a great idea on your dashboard or even when your lame idea turns out to be a killer post, you have the urge to publish it in your own blog post. I too had that urge.

But fortunately I had controlled myself from clicking the “Publish” button when such a post occurs (and usually occurs quite often to me; I am not boasting ;)).

So what do I do with those posts?

I keep them for the host blogs. The big brothers and sisters, the A-Listers.

I Had the Passion

If you have started to do blogging without passion better quit now. Or find out a niche in which you are passionate about and start blogging in that niche.

Blogging is not an easy or get rich quick scheme.

You will have to go through hard times, making no money, no traffic, no followers while you are still offering quality content; you have to wait for some time to really see the changes and results.

I am not scaring you, but blogging basically needs a lot of passion and motivation.

Well that was bit off topic.

Coming back to the point, you should also be passionate about writing guest posts, if you want to do it.

I know you badly need traffic, backlinks and exposure. But those should not be your main goals to write guest posts.

If I can elaborate a bit on my feeling for writing guest posts, I enjoy writing guest posts as much I would enjoy eating myfavorite chocolate bar.

As I would enjoy every bite of the chocolate I would enjoy writing every sentence. I will not eat the chocolate in haste. I take my time to slowly enjoy the experience of eating the chocolate.

I do not finish the last couple of bites just for the sake of finishing the chocolate. I do not eat my chocolate amidst doing 100 things alongside. I can go on telling, but you get the idea.

I Tailored my Guest Posts

Beautiful Teen Girl In Backless Dress

I don’t write a guest post and send it to one blog in the list of blogs I have. And, then if my post gets rejected I don’t simply submit it to another blog on the list.

When I first get the idea for a guest post, depending upon the nature of the idea, its importance and so on, I decide the host blog to submit that guest post. And then I start writing the post, tailored for that particular blog.

This in turn means that I already know well about the host blog, the style of the articles written there, the community and so on.

So I just cannot jump into a blog one day and submit a guest post. More on it below in the next point.

Even if my guest post gets rejected, I do not submit it right away to another blog.

I do a major rewriting of the post, keeping only the idea but changing the style, and other things to suit the new blog I am aiming at.

I Studied the Host Blog Before Sending my Post

No I never have jumped into a blog, and have submitted a guest post. Well, there are two ways in which all the host blogs accept guest posts”

1. You send your guest post as an email attachment via the contact form or if you know the email address, send it from your email provider.

2. Register for a contributor account at the host blog, write a post and submit it for review from the Dashboard of that blog.

In both these cases, just imagine the host blogger receive an email with the subject line “Guest Post” or a new user registration notification followed by your guest post for review, with your name on it.

Will he/she be happy to at least read your post to see if it is worth publishing?

I bet not! Not from a stranger. You should have had earlier contacts with the blogger and the blogger should be able to recognize your name.

No I am not saying that you should be a friend of Darren Rowse and meet him daily at the pub near your house for a chat.

You should be a consistent reader of the blog, and be leaving comments consistently. You should have made some tweets or RTs of the blog posts with @ mention so that the blogger is able to recognize you.

You can basically do whatever to grab the attention of the host blogger.

Do not leave comments or tweet posts simply to submit a guest post in the future. Making yourself known to the blogger and the community is going to be useful for you in the long run.

I was Actively Engaging Already

This is different from just leaving comments. This is about interacting with the blogger and his/her community. I did the following things:

1. Appreciated the blogger by sending an email via contact form.

2. Appreciate via one tweet (with link) of the blogger with @ mention via Twitter.

3. Give a like on Facebook.

4. Reply to questions and comments by the commenters on a particular post at the host blog.

5. Network (Twitter following, FB friends and/or contacts on other social networks) with the host blogger and the commenter.

Well, it all depends how actively you are engaging with people. If the people at the host blog already know about you, more than simply getting accepted in A-List blogs, your guest post will go viral if all the readers know well about you – they will be willing to leave comments, promote it in social networks and so on!

So what is stopping you from getting featured in A-List blogs? Share them in the comments and I’ll help you. If you want to guest post effectively check out this post.

And if you found this post useful, please share it in your social circle. I’d appreciate that; thank you!

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Comments

  1. says

    Jane,

    These are VERY good suggestions and recommendations on how to engage and get featured on top-blogs. You nailed it in this post. There are some extended suggestions that I have never considered. Putting effort into your interaction is the key and you have certainly made that clear here. I enjoyed your post.

    Bryan

    • says

      Hi Bryan,

      Glad that I could be of help. I strongly hope that I can motivate bloggers to do more guest posts. That is the purpose of this post!

      Cheers,
      Jane.

      • says

        Hey, you surely motivate us. I like your approach, very similar to Oni’s at YoungPrePro. I study both of you guys. You made me double my challenge (write and submit 100 viral blog posts by end of 2011)

        As you’ve already said, I cannot emphasize enough how key previous community interaction and guest post research is. Most wannabe pro guest posters simply neglect these two steps, and they wonder why they cannot really land on A-list blogs.

        So, did you get hire as a writer yet (as a result of your posts)? :)

        Hoping to hear from you…

        • says

          Hey Codrut,

          Thanks. And I am glad that I could motivate you. Good luck with your writing goal.

          Yes I did got hired as a freelance writer. But since I work full time as a Young Scientist (Medical Physics) and do blogging part time, I am highly pressed for time. I have explained this and the seeker has agreed to give me much freedom. So I write when I find time. Doing 3 or 4 articles per week.

          Cheers,
          Jane.

    • says

      Hi Jane,

      Great post! I think connections matter a lot before submitting the guest posts on A listed blogs.

      And the way you send your email pitch to the BUSY bloggers also matter a lot. Having a great headline is what makes your article stand out from the remaining.

  2. Cosmin Stefan says

    Hi Jane!
    Congratulations on managing to get your guest posts accepted. This is something I’m in the process of doing right now so your post was really helpful (especially the part about actively engaging already, it was a big “Duh!” moment).
    All the best! Cosmin.

  3. Devesh says

    Congratulations Jane on getting featured in A list blogs. I think guest posting is one of the best strategy to get featured on big blogs.

    Anyways, Thanks for sharing this awesome stuff Jane. Just voted it on Blokube.

    Have a great day !!

    ~Dev

  4. says

    Great tips, Jane! I’ve been procrastinating about finding time to write guests posts (let alone writing them!), so this was a good push in the right direction. You’ve convinced me! =)

  5. says

    Hey Jane,

    Congratulations on your guest posting success! Way to go!

    You’re sharing great tips and suggestions here. Anyone can make it on the top blogs by following your advice.

    I need to do more guest posts :)

    All the best,
    Mavis

  6. Janet @ The Natural Networker says

    Jane, aloha. Congratulations on having your posts on A-list blogs. Thank you so much for so generously sharing your knowledge and tips with us.

    While it is important to write great content, blogging for yourself or for others is a relationship business. On your own blog, you build a community as you have done and on other blogs, you interact with the blog owner and that community.

    As a chocolate lover, I so appreciate your advice about savoring every bite. Don’t you find sometimes, Jane, when you are in the middle of writing a great post that it is absolutely delicious and you wonder what tasty morsel will next appear on the screen?

    Off to finish working on some guests posts. Enjoy a wonderful weekend. Aloha. Janet

  7. Dahlia Valentine says

    Hi Jane,

    You’re a blogging rock star, and you’ve got some awesome tips to prove it.

    I think it makes perfect sense to comment on a blog that you’d like to write for… as it instantly puts you in front of the blog owner. Of course, it definitely helps if you offer helpful suggestions in your comments — which I notice you frequently do Jane.

    You’ve definitely inspired many people reading this post… myself included.

    Dahlia

  8. Niclas Johansson says

    Jane,

    Thanks for some great inspiration on guest posting and writing in general – I too ESPECIALLY liked the comparison between writing and enjoying chocolate! Haven’t tried the Amano brand though, but I guess it’s in the same class as Amedei? :)

    Funny how the dimension of “social” is really seeping into the blogosphere in new ways. I excitedly monitor the development here in the “local” web community of Sweden, and I’m happy to tell you that I see more and more well-thought out guestposting collaborations here too. We still have a way to go to reach the international blogging star standard that you and your peeps are setting… getting there though!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    /Niclas J

    • says

      Niclas,

      Visited your blog and you are moving in the right direction. If you encounter guest posting opportunities don’t forget to grab them right away.

      Cheers,
      JAne.

  9. Marcus Baker says

    What an inspiring read Jane!

    Guest posting is something I have known about for a long time and done little about. The reason why is something I need to give my attention to but I am guessing it’s simply because I have not prioritized it.

    Just lately I have encountered more and more “pokes” about guest blogging including your excellent post today so I think it’s time to sit up and take action.

    I loved this line by the way – “I enjoy writing guest posts as much I would enjoy eating Amano Artisan dark chocolate bar.”

    ~Marcus

    • says

      Hi Marcus,

      It is my suggestion that you prioritize writing guest posts. It was actually hard to me to get the first one done (identifying potential host bloggers, writing, contacting host bloggers, getting published etc.). But now I don’t feel like I am doing anything. But the enjoyment keeps on increasing everyday, especially when I read comments on those guest posts.

      Thanks for your comment.

      Cheers,
      Jane.

  10. Nanette Saylor says

    Thanks for making such a daunting task seem much simpler, Jane.
    And for sharing such great advice!
    The reminder to be sure to consistently be a part of the blog community BEFORE reaching out to guest blog is invaluable.
    So many people jump right in to try to introduce themselves to high profile people/blogs and then get disappointed when they aren’t well received immediately. As you so aptly point out, would you invite a stranger into your house?
    I’m happy I found my way to your site and look forward to more great tips.
    Thanks-
    Nanette

    • says

      Hi Nanette,

      Welcome to Problogging Success. Glad you liked my post.

      Yes, being prepared to handle the visitors is something important. Can you imagine the hyped people coming to your blog to see an amateurish design or content? You know what, it happened to me when my first guest post @ Problogger was published. My optin form was down that day. I fixed it in a couple of hours, but I should have lost a handful of immediate subscribers.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Cheers,
      Jane.

  11. Kavita says

    Hi Jane Sheeba, I first came to your blog through blogengage. You seem to have answer for every question relating to blog and blogger. Thankyou for your inspiring posts. I like the simple and easily followable steps you have mentioned to get your stuff featured on top blogs.

  12. Keith Davis says

    Hi Jane
    Came over via Danny Brown’s site through your comment.

    Congratulations on your successes with A list bloggers – something to be proud of.
    I can understand the benefits of guest blogging but you need the time and you need confidence in your own writing abilities.

    Also noticed…

    “I Kept The Best For The Hosts”

    Don’t know if I could give my best stuff away.
    Wouldn’t be easy.

    • says

      Hi Keith,

      Glad that you managed to find me. I think the confidence comes up when we write more. That is how I trained myself. The more I write the better it gets.

      Cheers,
      Jane.

  13. Allie says

    Jane,

    This really helps me. I am contemplating guest posting in the near future but, frankly, I am scared. I tend to over analyze before I jump into things and sometimes I analyze too much and it keeps me from doing what I need or want.

    Your post has helped me to make the jump.

    ~Allie

  14. Mukundan Srinivasan says

    In the last few months I often see you in many blogs. You’re doing a good job. Getting featured in Alist blogs gives lot of exposure and link juice. Waiting to see you in my blog.

  15. says

    The time when I started writing guest posts for blogs in my niche, my main focus was to get more backlinks, exposure and traffic but now that I have read this post that we should focus on writing more guest post and not with the aim of this. Throughout the time when I was writing mainly for the sake of getting traffic back to my website, I always get annoyed at the time when the rate of the traffic I hope to receive from the a guest post which I sent to other blogs doesn’t brings the result. But now that I have read this, I will focus more on building more trust by writing more posts and stop focusing on writing for traffic purpose.
    I believe it will work for me too.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this awesome post.

  16. Esther says

    HI JANE,
    I just got to know this your site today as i was searching on how to increase the traffic to my site. It is very intresting, i have really learnt so many things from your site today.
    please i just have a question for you and i believe you will be of help to me. kindly view my site and tell me how i can improve it through guest blogging. An still new and i wan to learn more about guest blogging.
    Thanks

  17. Michael Leahy says

    One thing I’ve noticed is that the few times I have been asked to submit an article to a blog, they have been very precise contributions. There’s no room for fluff. You have to have something very interesting and hopefully useful to contribute. Knowing the audience is everything. The editors are looking for you to give their readers something that they themselves cannot for whatever reason.

  18. says

    You made a great point – getting attention. Isn\’t that easy ? not really. It takes time. You have to do some homework and check the blog, share your thoughts, improve value and than ask for guest post.

  19. says

    Another good topic Jane, I am just in the process of finding a few good blogs to do this on and found your topic on it.. Definitely an important part of blogging.

    Tweeted!

  20. Rose Park says

    Great insight. Googled Guest post how to and was directed here. I am sure you agree that due to Googles recent algorithm changes such as panda and penguin, proper guest posting will be more valuable form of link building.

  21. says

    Hii Jane, brilliant article! As you have mentioned, i have too much temptation to publish the post in my own blog rather than other’s. But i still managed to do 1 guest post, and i bet it boosted my traffic considerably.

  22. says

    Definitely your idea behind actively doing guest post is trustworthy and attention grabbing. Though, what frustrate me the post, is the non-responsive behaviour of many web master who don’t reply or respond to my mails even after a week or two.

    I could only contact them instead of forcing to publish my guest post. Hope they haven’t found irrelevant or poor quality content from me.

  23. says

    Hello Dear

    its very interesting post this post i was searching on and you know your post is very useful for me yes you are right guest posting is one of the best top method to increase your traffic really thanks for the sharing me

    Thanks & Regards
    Sarika

  24. Aasma says

    If you’re looking to do guest post on any blog, then initially you should build some relationship with the blog owner by sharing their content on social media sites and you can even interact with them on social media sites.

    So if you send your blog post request after some time, they would consider it seriously and if they find any fault according to their blog then they could ask you to correct it.

  25. Mike says

    Hey ,

    Excellent post. Guest posting is indeed the best method to get back links and traffic, I did not know the factors which you have explained here. You have did a great job in explaining how to tailored your guest post. :)

    Thank you

    Mike

  26. says

    I totally agree with you that we have to find out more about the blog for which we’re going to write, to find out its specifications and main features

    Julia Spencer’s recent post.. Catchy Facebook Pages of Top World-Known Brands

  27. Olga says

    Again so useful information. Thank you. I am just about to start guest blogging (I think I am finally ready to do that). I have some friends (fellow bloggers) who complain that they never get accepted for guest posting. I think this is what they are missing. They don’t “approach” the blogger, they don’t spend time actually reading the blog and they save the best for themselves. Thanks again and all the best.

  28. says

    Jane- I am still new to blogging and I think that this is a great post to learn from. I am still a little timid when reaching out to guest bloggers to do a post on their blog, not to mention having them put my blog on their blog roll. I like how you planted the seeds with the blog before approaching them. I am going to have to do that via social media for some of the blogs writers that I have been thinking of reaching out to.

  29. says

    Giving your best posts to the A-List blogs is a good strategy as we can keep on generating quality content for our blogs and sites after creating some authority. Because without authority, there will be very less readership. Good advice.

  30. Chimezirim Odimba says

    I love the point you made about getting to know the host blogger before pitching a guest post. I started initially just blasting away my pitch. I had over 50 posts ready. After sending the first few pitches, I felt something was wrong. How would I respond? I would treat emails from strangers with care. However, I would treat recognizable names with some friendliness — We don’t want to hurt our friends.

    So anyone who’s trying to pitch a guest post, make sure you become well known by the host blogger — It improves your chances of getting published dramatically.

  31. says

    Not only a list bloggers you have your words painted on so many blogs so do you network with all of them. Secondly in darren’s case the guest are handled by someone else

  32. says

    That tip on tailoring the guest post to the specific hosting blog makes alot of sense and it’s also the same thing you do when doing adswaps for list building. It creates a good synergy.

  33. Fabrizio says

    Top post again Jane and some lovely tips that I found myself nodding my head to, especially about passion. I’ve always been one to save the best post for my own blog, but you know what, you’re absolutely right, I should save it for the more popular blog’s, what a great suggestion.

    Admittedly I’ve not spent as much time writing guest posts as I should have in the last few months, and your post is very encouraging for me to start paying more attention to it :) Thanks again Jane.

  34. Cameron says

    Thank! This is very exciting and now allows for the use of edublogs by all 150+ of my students who will be using the embed code and mobile app quite a bit. Awesome!!

  35. says

    I actually recently made a post on Problogger about just this. I agree with you on almost all points. The key is doing your homework beforehand to know how best to talk to these blogs. If you do it right, then you cant fail.

  36. Emilia says

    I totally agree with your point that blogging should be done with a passionate desire to share, to inform, to let people know about what you think. Great post today, I hope there’s still more.

  37. Kristine says

    Thanks Jane! Your tips are awesome! it would definitely be a privilege to be featured on to blogs so it’s a must to make a difference, stand out and use the opportunity to be recognized and to establish your credibility.

  38. Joy says

    Hi Jane! Thanks for making these valuable recommendations. Given the chance, I would most definitely embrace the opportunity to be featured on top blogs :)

  39. Nathan Frazier says

    Hi Jane! This is only my second comment to your blog, but I feel that I can really count on you to share good content. This post was very helpful. Thanks!

  40. Clarkmartin says

    Excellent post. I want to add as well, that we want this feature. I thought it was already available and space admins constantly ask me for it.

  41. Veronica says

    The goodness of traffic and the thought of being called a pro blogger are humbling. Please keep posting your informative and helpful posts!

  42. says

    Hello Jane,

    Complete guide for guest blogging. Knowing the host blogs and engaging with bloggers is let your guest post approval quick.

    Thanks for sharing..!!

  43. Stacey says

    I love guest posting! It allows you to rev up your presence in the web. Thank you for highlighting that significant point!

  44. says

    Guest blogging is indeed the great way to boost traffic and its the best for your personal branding as a blogger. I also did few guest posts but didn’t do much yet but planning to write more to get loads of traffic to my sites.

  45. Jignesh Rathod says

    Jane, I find this as one of your most inspiring posts. It takes a lot of hard work, passion and time for success in guest blogging. Initially I mistakenly thought guest blogging as writing some random drafts and sending them to the list of host bloggers. I did not know that article marketing and guest blogging are quite different things. I think your blog is world’s best ‘guest-blogging’ bible.
    In this post, probably you have publicly, freely shared precious secrets of your success. Thank you.

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