If you’re sick of getting your guest posts rejected and tossed back at you, you might feel hurt, rejected and even be close to giving up on guest posts. That would be a real shame as guest posting is the best way to get exposure to a completely new audience and high quality backlinks to your site.
Become Their Customer
It’s really, really hard to say no to a customer.
Most authority blogs sell some sort of product or service. If you’re dying to get your post accepted, buy their product and send them an email telling them how much you loved it.
Once they get back to you, ask them if they’d be kind enough to accept a top-notch guest post you just wrote for their site.
BYOA (Bring Your Own Article)
One of the biggest mistakes bloggers make when guest posting is emailing the site asking them a) if they accept guest posts and b) what topics they want people to write about.
Popular bloggers are frantically busy and don’t have time to hold your hand through the article creation process. Instead, study their existing content, write an original guest post and send them a polished, final draft. That way, they only need 30-seconds to copy and paste the content on their site.
This may seem simple, but this trick has literally tripled the response rate I receive from site owners since I started my guest posting campaign for my surveys for money site Survey Spencer.
Personalize the Post
It goes without saying that you should always write a post for a specific site, being super-duper careful not to repeat a topic that’s been done to death. But for an extra-personalized touch, I try to mention (and link to) a tip or post that the blog has already covered that’s related to my post.
“As Joe already mentioned in this excellent post, guest blogging may be the most underutilized form of backlink building on the planet.”
Make Them Money
Most bloggers include a “no affiliate link” clause in their guest posting guidelines. However, if you read between the lines they really mean: don’t put any of your affiliate links.
To give them an extra incentive to accept your post, sprinkle in some helpful resources into your guest post that have affiliate programs.
When you submit your article, let the blogger know that resources X,Y and Z have high converting offers and they’re free to put their affiliate links in your post.
Add an Infographic
Readers love infographics because they present a complex idea into a fun and colorful form of visual media.
However, because they’re a hassle to put together and don’t get spidered by search engines like a regular article, many bloggers don’t use infographics as often as they should. But they have no problem with you taking on the trouble and expense of creating a clean, helpful and professional infographic and giving it to them in exchange for a link.
Are there any tricks that you’ve used to accelerate the guest posting process? If so, feel free to post your tip in a comment here.