Guest blogging is one of the most effective ways to get targeted traffic to your site and enhance your popularity on the Web. In order to be successful when using this strategy, you need to have the skills and knowledge of a SEO expert, a PR professional, and obviously, a blogger. Guest posting has some tough parts that you need to consider before writing your articles. Your post should be good enough to engage the blog readers. You must also satisfy the blog owner with your writing. The article you create should be written in the style of the blog where it’s going to be published.
Before you start writing your first post and another blog, consider these simple tips and avoid the following guest blogging mistakes:
Not Having a Strategy
The worst mistake that a guest blogger can make is not having a clear strategy. Guest posting, like any other marketing technique, should be strategic. It is important that you define your goals and come up with a strategy that supports them. Do you want to get more traffic to your site? Are you trying to rank better in search results for a particular keyword? Do you wish to build links to your content?
Not Knowing Your Audience
Many guest bloggers assume that the host’s audience is their audience. You might be popular on many sites and social networks and have tens of thousands of fans, but this doesn’t mean that everybody knows you. Introduce yourself to your new audience in the first paragraph of your post. Briefly describe the topic that you wish to cover on your article. Link to previous articles that are related to your guest post and can help readers understand your point of view.
Not Replying to Comments
If you write an interesting post, then you will get lots of comments from your readers. Some of them will be asking questions related to your post, while others will express their opinions. Take a few minutes to respond to their comments. Both the host and his audience will be pleased to see your reply. It’s not necessary to answer to every comment, but at least those that draw your attention.
Not Using Proper Anchor Text
One of the main goals of guest posting is getting a quality backlink from a reputable site through your article. Guest bloggers are allowed to include one or more links in the author box. Many of them use anchor text like Click Here. If you want to boost link popularity and get higher search engine rankings, use proper anchor text that includes your targeted keywords.
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