Guest blogging is one of the fundamentals of an effective content marketing and link building strategy. If you have a website that is looking to get more traffic, starting out by guest blogging is usually one of the best ways to go. This helps expand your online presence, promote useful content, and establish quality and authoritative links.
The practice of guest blogging has become standard for various websites all over the internet, and with 2018 being a year that will bring in more changes to how we all do search and SEO, there are some new techniques and strategies that will help you get ready for the year.
The main goal of guest blogging will always be helping a website gain traffic through quality content, and while this objective has remained the same for quite a time, here is a handy guide that will help your content become relevant and visible in 2018.
Quality above all
A guest post brings in a good amount of traffic, but only when the content is something that is relevant, useful, and has good quality. With the abundance of choice in the internet, users want to make sure that they are getting the most out of what they are accessing on a regular basis. Guest blogs won’t bring in traffic unless people click and read them, so ensure that your content is something worth reading from start to finish.
Our blog management teams are in charge of our content marketing, and they ensure that the articles that they send in are of top quality, and beneficial for our client’s readers. We ensure this using top grammar checking software like Grammarly and using keyword and content research tools like Ahrefs to look for the best content ideas.
There are many elements when it comes to writing quality content, and combining these elements is guaranteed to help you craft a guest blog worth sharing and reading. Here are some of them:
Doing your homework: Informative articles are some of the most abundant types of articles around, and users will always want to read content about something that the author has substantial knowledge on. Doing some background research on what you will be writing about will help make sure that you have accurate and reputable information worth taking a look.
Make use of interviews: Interviews are the best way to pick someone’s brain on certain topics and bring valuable insights that you will not be able to get elsewhere. Thanks to the internet and social media, conducting interviews can now be done online, and finding them is usually just a few clicks and keyboard taps away.
Create an identity: One reason why a lot of users go back to articles from the same website or author is that of their distinct writing style. Having a unique or accessible writing style helps bring in familiarity to readers and adds more personality to your posts. Having character adds more color and dimension and makes things much more interesting.
Choose your words wisely: First impressions count a lot, and if the user is greeted by an uninspiring topic title, the chances of getting a good amount of traffic lessen even more. Using actions words and strong statements help get to the point and make help increase interest and pique the curiosity of a lot of readers. Asking a question in your title also helps bring the same effect, and adds a sense of wonder that makes them click.
Experiment and explore: With so many articles scattered across the internet, you can expect that a lot of the topics that you are thinking of have already been written in one form or another. With that in mind, a great way to find topics, or make your own twist on a familiar topic is to explore different sources and write a topic in a way that it may not have been written before. You can also use different tools, practices, and applications to help you learn more. For example, when I wrote about the potential of Google Assistant to be the most intelligent AI assistant, I tinkered around Google Assistant myself to gain a better idea of what it can do.
The Right Pitch
After finishing a guest post, the next challenge is to be able to pitch it to a website of your choice. Doing a pitch may seem difficult at first, especially when a blog that you have been writing about has been rejected, but these experiences help you learn and refine your process to a point that it will come off as second-nature.
The most important thing to know when doing your pitch is to learn about the site or person that you are pitching to. Doing some background research on the website that you want your post to appear on helps you know if your topic fits their interests, and helps you get to know about the people behind it as well.
With guest blogging being an important part of link building, it is best to ensure that people click on them. This means placement and the amount of links are key. Most websites provide an allowance to at least one dofollow link to your website, along with the request that they provide a guest post of their own in return.
When it comes to link placement, having an anchor text that piques interest and curiosity is the best way to go. This might be simple for certain links, but it can take a while to find that anchor text that can make people click.
We have written about content marketing and guest blogging before, and it is worth taking a look again to help expand your knowledge on how to create quality blogs. Here are some of them:
Good Content Marketing Means Avoiding These Types of Content – This is a guide that helps you know what types of content you should avoid when writing your guest blogs.
SEO Hacker’s Content Strategy for SEO – This article discusses some of our best practices and techniques when it comes to crafting and distributing content.
Why Content Is King and How It Can Benefit SEO – This is a handy guide to how to write SEO-friendly articles, and why content is still king in the SEO world.
Guest blogging remains as an SEO fundamental. While there have been many changes and Google updates that have changed the way we do SEO, this simple yet effective practice still generates a great amount of traffic when done right.
If you have any questions and inquiries about guest blogging and SEO in general, leave a comment below and let’s talk.