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  1. That’s a really great post Lilach and guest blogging is something I had not thought about, as I am just trying to get content on my own blog, but I can see how it can be beneficial. Especially if we could write a post on a high trafficked site.
    You have certainly given me something to think about.

    Dave
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  2. Agree with you in general Lilach. For most bloggers guest blogging is a great idea – depending on how you use your blog.

    Personally my blog is my online business card. Several people have contacted me and wanted to guest blogg on it. But I always turn them down since my site is all about me.

    Having said that I could however, I guess I could guest blogg myself. Have been asked to do so but so far haven’t done it.

    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Catarina. My blog is also very much about me so I’m very choosy about who does get to guest blog. For me it also gives me a day off – I blog Monday to Thursday every day and it means on Friday someone else gets to. They also get to drive additional traffic to my site so it works well.
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  3. Monyelle says:

    I love guest blogging. I love being able to share with my circles the amazing people I’ve connect with in my life. Great post!
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Monyelle, I love it too. It’s a great way as you said to connect with like minded people. I’m just a huge fan of blogging and see guest blogging as a way to really take your blogging to another level:)
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  4. Thanks for the advice on myguestblog, I never knew how to actually become a guest blogger!
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Duke, my pleasure:) Myguestblog is a great place to start but also approach others that you know and see if they would be interested in a reciprocal guest blog, that’s how I started:)
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  5. Alan says:

    Lilach, really good post. I have considered this in the past, but just never persevered with it as was too busy with everything else. But what you say here about building your brand makes absolute sense!

    All the best

    Alan
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Alan:) I really do recommend it if you’re blogging and want to take it to the “next level”. It’s great for brand awareness, SEO and what I’ve found it’s really helped me build some great relationships.

      I recently chatted with someone on Skype who I hadn’t met before and he told me he had “seen me everywhere”! I take that as a compliment lol
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  6. I have recently started guest blogging on a number of sites and see a great amount of success from a branding perspective more so than rankings / traffic to my own sites. Perfect timing on this post as I was just doing some presenting today on how I can effectively guest blog on a client’s behalf.

    Great post!

  7. Stacy says:

    Hi Lilach,

    Those are all great pointers! I was intimidated to guest post for a long time but it has been a great experience and I would like to make a goal to guest blog more often. My guest posting frequency is pretty random now but I’ve heard some people say that once a month is a good goal.

    Thanks!
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  8. Val Heisey says:

    Thanks for the great information Lilach. I saw a guest blogger on your site, but didn’t know much about it. I will definitely have to add that to my blogging since I blog everyday, and having a day off would be fun! You’re the best!
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Val:) Having someone guest post on your blog is definitely a great idea but what really makes a difference to your business is when you start guest posting on other people’s blogs:)
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  9. Joe Lee says:

    I’m not a guest blogger. But I wish to explore this option. Thank you for this post!
    Now I have to find blogs to post to!
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  10. Mavis Nong says:

    Hi Lilach,

    Great points you’re sharing here. I couldn’t agree with you more.

    Guest posting is, without a doubt, one of the effective and powerful ways to generate laser targeted traffic, subscribers, recognition and quality backlinks to your blog.

    You’re welcome to guest post on my blog btw :)

    Best,
    Mavis

    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Mavis:) Yes absolutely, I agree, it’s such an effective and powerful tool that has many benefits.

      I would be honoured to write a guest post for you, thanks for the opportunity:)
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  11. Lou Barba says:

    Hi Lilach,

    I have agreed for some time that guest blogging is a great way to generate traffic. I have a hard time identifying the niche my blog falls into, so I haven’t taken any concrete steps toward guest posting. I also have difficulty finding the extra time needed to write extra posts, since I’m a “part time blogger” for now. Thanks for reminding us about this aspect of traffic generation.

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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Lou:) I would work on finding out more about your readers of your blog and guest posting where they are reading.

      I know what you mean about finding time to write extra posts for guest blogging, but trust me there is never enough time. You just have to make the decision to do it, whether it’s once a month or once a week and try and be disciplined to do it. I never thought I’d be able to write a blog once a day and came up with so many excuses and now I’m blogging every day… it’s hard work, as not only do I blog but I have to find the time to respond to comments too – not that I’m complaining of course:)
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  12. Great post Lilach, guest blogging is something that I’ve been considering for awhile now. It’s a great way to really increase your value in the marketplace, get in front of a new audience who may in turn become subscribers and offer more incoming traffic to your own site.

    Thanks again for the informative post.

    -Chante
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  13. Lilach, this is a powerful tactic. I am yet to be a guest blogger and chase that. I do agree that yes it does give you more exposure. I love the functionality of your blog btw, I dunno if I told you that before.
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks John:) Yes I agree, it’s an incredibly powerful tactic that not enough people do and I’m guilty of not doing it enough in the past too!

      Thanks for your great feedback on my site, I think you’ve mentioned it before but I’m happy to receive a compliment again:)
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  14. DrDeadline says:

    How timely! Just received confirmation accepting my first guest blog. I think this is a great opportunity for those with the discipline to stick to it, get the job done and, most importantly, be consistent with their follow-up promotion and participation with the readers they attract.
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks and well done for your first guest blog:) It is a fantastic strategy but it does require discipline to get writing consistently. The benefits are so worth it though I think:)
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  15. Lilach,
    Out of all the  benefits of guest blogging the one on top for me is the exposure. Weather you wright an article or let someone else do so you win! This is defiantly something I am moving towards! Thanks for the great read!
    ~Becca
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  17. Lesa says:

    I have two more tips for guest blogging:
    1. Link to articles within the blog that you are guesting on. This shows the blog owner that you read what they write.
    2. Provide images to run with your post. Make sure you either hold the copyright or have the right to publish the image.

    Guest blogging will likely become even more popular in 2012. Great article outlining how to go about it.
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  18. Tisha says:

    I have done a guest post once, but I never thought of it as a serious thing. Your post has made me think about it in a different light. This was very helpful.

  19. A good post, thanks. I find if everyone helps each other out a bit then it drives each others traffic up. It’s a much better way of going about things then endlessly spamming. I enjoy guest posting, though, it is time consuming but when your deliver a great piece at the end it is very satisfying. However, the real task is actually getting a blog post. A lot of bloggers are not keen on it and can be quite defensive of their patch, as it were. I can understand in certain cases but other times some people’s posts just seem to be an ego-mania session.

    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Alex:) I agree and also enjoy guest posting. It is time consuming but then blogging smartly is but the benefits are so worth it:)

      I will always take “competitors” guest blogs and likewise recipricate on their blogs, I don’t understand why people are as you say defensive over their patch. Much better to join forces and get some great content out and the beauty of it is that the readers are so much more targeted.
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  20. Kostas says:

    Guest blogging is probably the best way to build quality backlinks, targeted traffic and most importantly to build relations with other bloggers and their readers, guest blogging is certainly in the list of what I would like to do more in 2012, thanks Lilach…
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  21. Thanks, Lilach. I’ve been wanting to do some guest blogging myself. This is some great advice!

  22. Herbert says:

    Since I moved to WP, I have been focusing on establishing my brand as what I have seen in other blogs. Guest posting really helped you in a lot of ways like you will be known to some and people will start to follow your works :D
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  23. Great tips, Lilach. I love your posts. They’re very informative and right on the money. As for me, I’d LOVE to start guest blogging AND have guest bloggers on my site. I’d say in about a month or so. So these tips are very timely. Cheers!
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  26. I get a kick out of all the new and upcoming blog communities. some have fizzled and gone “poof” like Mybloglog. While others like BlogEngage thrive for the SEO niche. The community of my page gets the best from me because of my ability to remain and say what I want and not have to worry about being penalized.

    I mean really how much can a person write about SEO and linking before you go out of your noodle?
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  27. Alan Cheng says:

    Hi Lilach,

    A fantastic post. I do guest blogging as well and they do work really well. If you compare it to writing and distributing articles to directories, guest blogging is much more effective.

    You’ve written a very comprehensive list on what to do when you guest post on someone’s blog. Great stuff!
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Alan, my pleasure:)

      I agree guest blogging is much more effective now than article distribution. It’s interesting to see the changes in SEO, a few years ago article marketing was fantastic and now guest blogging is overtaking…
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  28. All good pointers and great advice. Guest blogging is the better traffic generator IMO than articles which get little attention at all.

    An industry topic Blog is excellent for resources in the same niche. We offer a guest blogging service for industry related topics explore more here http://www.veritas-consulting.co.uk/Guest-Bloggers.html

    Would you be interested?

    • Lilach says:

      Thanks, appreciate your comment:)

      By the way have you heard of Food Alert? I used to be their Training Manager many moons ago…

      Thanks for the link re your blog and guest posting, I’ll check it out and come back to you:)
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  29. JOn says:

    Great post, thanks Lilach and at the right time too. I keep saying I must spend time doing and receiving more gust blogs. This is the time to start :)
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  30. Herbert says:

    Truly very interesting facts about Guest Blogging Lilach. You have elaborated them very clearly.

    *hats off*

    Awesome Lilach.. Thanks a lot… Perhaps you would be interested to guest post at mine :D
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  31. Lynn Brown says:

    You really did a great job Lilach on all the reasons why guest blogging has benefits that are a win, win for both. I started guest blogging last year, also enjoy inviting guest bloggers and can see the tremendous value as you mention here. By the way, would you like to guest blog on my site? lol (seriously!)
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Lynn:) I agree guest blogging is really a win win for both the guest blogger and the blogger. I think this will really grow in 2012 as many bloggers are starting to see the huge benefits.

      I would love to guest blog for you, thanks for the kind invitation, will send you an email and connect with you there:)
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  32. Lilach,
    You certainly make a good case for guest blogging. I have written blogs for many articles sites, including Examiner.com, ezinearticles.com, selfgrowth.com, yourtango,com, Boomer-living.com. It all takes a lot of time. I would say that it really depends upon how popular the site is that you are guest blogging on. Many sites do not get that many visitors or comments. And each of us has only 24 hours in a day – there is Twitter, FB, LinkedIn, Google+, our own blog site, emails…. If you have time left over, then guest blogging is a good idea.

    Warmly,
    Dr. Erica
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Dr. Erica:) You’re right guest blogging is another timely job however I do see many benefits in it. I’ve also found that if you guest blog on smaller blogs then they tend to promote you much more than the larger blogs do… I guess there are pros and cons to both, if you can get on a larger site it adds credibility to you as well as the additional traffic.
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  33. Great tips, here, Lilach.
    Guest blogging IS time-consuming, but the benefits are well worth it. You expand your field of exposure in your niche, so as you point out, it’s really important to confine your guest blogging to your niche. That’s where you’ll find the most appreciative audience, and the most likely residual benefit from your effort.
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks David:) Yes I agree guest blogging is time consuming but lets face it so is everything to do with online marketing. It takes time to get results from social media and blogging but if you have a strategy and like you say keep to your niche you will reap the benefits:)
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  35. Lilach, I suppose I have looked at guest blogging the same way a kid who can swim looks at deep water. I can do it, I will feel better after I do it, but…. jumping in—getting started is the difficult part. There are so many details to attend to. I need to review your article….and….You will see my guest posts soon, I promise!
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks David:) Yes guest blogging can be like that but once you start like anything it gets easier and just takes practice.

      Looking forward to receiving your guest post – no pressure hehe lol
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  36. jessica says:

    Thank you for this info! I’ve been curious about this and this info is a great starting point!
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  37. Dear Lilach,

    I just had my first Guest Blogging experience a couple of months ago and it was a LOT of fun! I was initially a little apprehensive because I wasn’t quite sure what I should be sharing, so I just brought “my best.” One of the bloggers I read often, Hajra, said that we should go in our best Sunday dress and do what we can to impress our host at their “dinner party.” I really loved the analogy there.

    I found that the Guest Blogging experience brought a surge of new readers in my direction and helped me expand my reach.

    If I may add a consideration to your list of “How should you guest blog effectively?” it would be this:

    Help to publicize your Guest Blog! Yes, you have been offered a “free lunch,” but let people know about the Guest Blog and share those links widely. What I have been doing is also making a mini-post on my own blog where I let my own readers know about the Guest Blog appearance, then I link it back to the Guest Blog and Tweet it and share it widely on FaceBook and the like. :)

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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Cat for the comment and apologies for the delayed response. I couldn’t agree more that guest blogging helps publicise your blog and often creates an increase in traffic from new readers who are already loyal fans of other bloggers. You’re certainly correct about publicising it on the likes of Facebook and Twitter too, you need to get your blog out there and spread the word, and if that involves asking people to share it then so be it. Good luck with your blogging! :)
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  38. Jen says:

    Thanks for this informative article it really helps make better sense of guest blogging.
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  39. Freelancer says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. Not only you wrote an intresting article, but also proven successful – with a quite high rating as your blog, you sure must be a professional.

  40. Vicki says:

    Thank very much for this one. Have quite recently launched my own blog, which has been really well received. Guest blogging is something I hadn’t considered doing, but certainly will do now.

    Vicki x
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  41. Liz McGee says:

    Hi Lilach,

    For me guest blogging has been the best strategy for me with regards to traffic, that and using CommentLuv ;-)

    Guest blogging not only expands your reach, builds relationships, etc., it also says that the blogger granting you a guest post finds your writing of value and worthwhile, that gives you a lot of credibility among those reading your guest post.

    Love your ingredients for a great guest post, especially #14. I like that :-)

    Thanks, Liz
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  42. Sam says:

    I am planning on approaching a few people about being a guest blogger, as I thought this would be a good way to get more people reading mine? I have been doing it now for 7 months and not had any comments! Is this a good idea?
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  45. Kent Chen says:

    Guest blogging is a good way to build authority links quickly, not only you provide good content, the links that you get will get better recognition by the search engines. I think this is what Google likes to see with genuine authorship and author rank.
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  47. Reginald says:

    Hi there,

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Recently I involved myself in some guest posting and heck, that is tiring! It was very fun though.

    For me, guest posting is more than just getting backlinks. It is more towards creating authority and at the same time, building better relationship with other bloggers. Writing for others train me to be a better blogger too!

    It wasn’t that hard for me since I used to be a ghost writer some time back. So, the basic and concept is rather the same :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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