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Making The Most From Your Guest Posting

Guest Blogging Tips And Advice From A Pro Blogger

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When you take the time to guest blog on another site two things are about to happen. First the reader will be engaged from your article learning new information that will benefit them or add value to their online activities. Second will be a relationship building activity like nothing you have ever experienced before.

Quality Content that adds Value

As a guest blogger it’s our responsibility to provide content that will not only entertain the audience but also captivate their interest as we engage with them in relationship building conversations. When a reader comments on your guest post this is your first chance to build a long term and beneficial relationship with someone new.

All great guest blog sites like Basic Blog Tips, Famous Bloggers, Blog Engage and Hot Blog Tips have additional social plugins for you to bring your relationship building to the next level.

I’ve guest blogged on all these sites with one article having over 500 comments named, How to Drive Consistent But Free Traffic To Your Blog . I don’t just guest blog and run you know, I engage with all the comments people leave. I follow them on Twitter, comment on their latest articles and help promote them by sharing on Twitter or Facebook.

Make the Most of It

As a guest blogger this is your opportunity to make the most out of your guest post. This is your chance to build the relationships you need to be a success online. These are going to be some of the strongest most engaging friends you will have the opportunity to meet. It’s our responsibility to make the most our of this guest posting opportunity.

Guest blogging alone will not build these relationships. You must reach out and extend your introduction using social media. I’m talking about Facebook, Twitter and any other social network you’re a member of. Please remember it can also be smaller communities; Like I’ve said before at Basic Blog Tips, What if I Were To Say To You, Size Doesn’t Matter?

When readers leave comments they leave the key to opportunity, they leave a way for you to connect back. On most guest blog sites you can follow their URL, Twitter handle or their latest link via comment luv. There are a total of four key elements you can use to connect and build relationships from guest posting.

The Comment Reply

This is by far the best method to engage and build a new relationship. If someone comments on your guest post you must always reply. When you do comment reply make sure to thank the reader for actually commenting. I also like to mention that I’ve connected with them online and look forward to seeing more of them. The best comments are the ones that actually provide value to the guest post or bring up good questions regarding it’s validity. Have a look at the comment below and you will see how I encourage the reader to once again return and engage with me.

Username URL

This is very basic functionality when it comes to leaving comments. We all know the URL leads back to the readers site but these days it’s rarely even a blog. It’s some company or random non blog related website. This is why I just love commentluv as you know when you click it there’s going to be something for you to comment on or at least tweet on the other side.

Twitter Handles

I like to first follow the reader on Twitter and send a personal thank you for leaving the comment and interacting with me on the guest post. I will accomplish this from using a direct tweet to the user. Under normal conditions at this point you will also be able to visit their blog, comment with them and start building your new relationship. Social media is an amazing tool when connecting and building your new relationships, use it to your advantage.

Comment Luv Links

When readers leave comments on most guest blogs they are also allowed to leave their latest article with comment luv. This is such an amazing opportunity to give back to this reader for commenting on your post, while at the same time leaving you a new way to connect with the blogger. I always visit my readers articles and tweet them! For the most part I will also be interested enough to comment.

My Final Thoughts

In my post today I wanted to share with you ways to engage with our readers when our guest articles get published. As a marketer our job has only become. You have other social media relationship building responsibilities to apply. The guest post is just the door being opened, as that is what guest posting does, it opens doors. It’s up to us to walk in and see what’s on the other side.

One final note: No matter how hard you practice what I say in this article you have to be sincere in order for these relationships to work. Don’t force comments if you have nothing to say. Tweet, say thanks for the comments, build the relationship but be real and sincere when you do it. You can only be fake for so long, to do this you must truly love what you do.

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About bbrian017

Hi There my name is Brian, I'm the owner of Blog Engage. I own a personal blog about SEO and Marketing. Make sure to follow blogengage on twitter @blogengage and like us on facebook.

  • Brian Hawkins

    Awesome post Brian, and great advice. I love your examples too, all favourites of mine. I’m going to promotes this a bit and come back once we get a few responses. I appreciate such a great post.

    • bbrian017

      Your very welcome Brian and as you know I’ll do my best to promote and engage your readers! Thanks for letting me write here I look forward to more articles together.

  • Ganesh J. Acharya

    @bbrian017 Thanks for the great tips. Yes, Guest posting is truly advantageous if they are done right. I now realize I have not used my Guest post to maximum.

    • bbrian017

      Ganesh at the end of the day man you have to take your time. If you don’t have much time it’s even more important to use it wisely. This is your one shot man, it’s me and you like it or not we just built a relatsionhsip. You can even spot out other people commenting and see if you might be interested in them. Take advantage of the moment while your in it!

      • johnavery

        two sentences in your comment just summed up every thing, there is only one shot, Take advantage of the moment while your in it!

  • isabella057

    Given a chance to be a guest blogger is a big opportunity. This is your time to make good and be known in online business world. So we have to make use of it, and give our best shot.

    • bbrian017

      Hi isabella057, that’s right as we guest blog we have a chance to meet new people and taking the time to follow them and engage is a must! Thanks for the comment.

  • Rene

    Great Post Brian
    Guest Blogging is such a great opportunity for both the webmaster and the guest blogger if the article is relevant and adds value.
    I love that it creates a win win for both parties.

    • bbrian017

      Hi Rene, yes it’s a benefit for both the guest blogger and website owner. For example I’m sure Brian is enjoying these nice articles I’m wiring and I’m sure it’s helping build more traffic to his blog. from my prospective I’ve already meet so many new people including yourself.

  • Justin Germino

    Great guest post Brian, I agree that engaging your readers and inviting them to add more insight, showing them appreciating for taking the time to comment and building a relationship with them is key to being remembered and standing out in a crowded field.

    • bbrian017

      Hey Justin thanks for swinging by and commenting on my article! Thanks also for the compliment I’m glad you enjoyed it! I know my suggestions take time and commitment but hey isn’t anything in life that’s great worth taking time and doing it right?

  • Amit Shaw

    Awesome post Brian sir, and great advice. I always love to read your article.Its really worth reading. Thanks for sharing this type of awesome article with us.

    • bbrian017

      Hi Amit, thanks for visiting Hot blog tips and posting a comment. I knew you would love this one, in fact I might admit this perhaps could be one of the best guest blog article I’ve wrote!

  • Dollar Tycoon

    Great informative article about guest blogging. Thanks for the tips. Writing quality content that compliments the blog is key.

    • bbrian017

      Hi Dollar your very welcome1 If you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask I’m here and subscribed!

  • Lisa

    Nice tips, I hadn’t thought about the Twitter handle in comments. I can’t wait to transfer my blog over to WordPress very soon and have that feature. Thanks!

    • bbrian017

      Hi Lisa, yeah the twitter handle is so cool, I just click it and bam! We are connected! This is why I love blogging here at Hot Blog tips!

  • Anonymous (Read Comment Policy)

    Well I think the tips you have provided in this tutorial about guest blogging are really helpful for me itself. We all know that blogging is a marketing strategy that most of the bloggers tend to experiment with. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Sindhuja

    While writing blog post to other blogs be sure your content must be supportive to their blog and should be user friendly. And as you said try to reply to the blog comments of the readers this makes the readers to visit to the blog.

  • Lennart Heleander

    Brian – You are so right, as usual, it takes time to build good traffic to a blog, but with good guest blogging, courtesy and good comment reply, can you come very far. Good article as usual from you.

  • Shubham

    That was the most amazing and usefull areticle i have ever read…..the best guest blogging advice i have ever seen!….and as usual fantastic :) It was just 2 days ago i thought to start guest blogging on others blog to promote my new blog as people say it is one of the best method for link building but now i have got another benefit ie it will also help me in building my blog readership and bond with the readers thanks again brian for this wonderful post.

    • bbrian017

      Oh wow Shubham thank you for thee amazing compliment that means so much to me! You know This is what I do on a regular basis. Why bother guest posting if your not going to engage with the people leaving comments.

      • Shubham

        Thanks for your reply brian and i think there is no sense in writing a guest post if you can not answer the questions of the readers , and doing a guest post just for the sake of a backlink is like wasting your time in building a castle without any pillar which is readers which are the main and most essential part of a blog and because you engage with the readers the readers also take interest in engaging with you and thats why you are one of the best blogger in the entire blogosphere :) wish you all the best for the future :)

        • bbrian017

          Shubham thank you for the kind words I mean it’s so amazing to hear you have this nice opinion of me. I work hard everyday to do my best and you know, I’m not perfect, sometimes I act before I think and this needs work but I honestly try my hardest to help everyone of my blogging friends.

  • Liam

    Interesting post here Brian,

    I believe that the most important fact to get good traffic is relevant content.

    To me it is the most important for your actual blogs and guest blogs as to keep the reader interested and to be relevant. Furthermore i believe blogs can be good for lots of opinions in regard to topics so if the content is not relevant it deminishes the value of the blog in my opinion.

    • bbrian017

      Hi Liam, your right relevant content is so important and this is why I enjoy guest blogging on basic blog tips and hot blog tips. It’s right up my alley.

  • Anonymous (Read Comment Policy)

    I used to do guest posting and i can say its quite useful for seo purpopes as well as for bringing traffic to your website

  • Bhupendra Sharma

    Hi Brian,
    Thanks for including my comments in you post and it true that only guest posting is not important for popularity or more traffic to your blog but you have to build a relation with reader.when you encourage the reader to once again return and engage with blogger then reader also get chance to speak his mind about you and your post.I thinks engage with reader is first step to build true relationship.

    • bbrian017

      Hi Bhupendra I wanted to use your example because I really enjoyed your comment. In fact your comment was a huge compliment and I respect that a lot.

  • Abhi Balani

    Hey Brian,
    That was a very informative post.
    I can see you everywhere, guest posting. :)

    Did you see my GP over BBT? I got a very good response in my second GP.
    here it is:

    I’d like to see what you think about my guest posting. :)

  • bbrian017

    Hi Abhi, sure I can have a look, let me swing over and see what’s going on. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  • Denny

    Hi everyone,
    This maybe my 10th time in the last 2 month that I read about guest blogging
    It seems really like something worth trying..
    post like this really encourage one to do so :)

    Thank you to the autor

  • Jeevanjacobjohn

    Hey Brian,

    Awesome post :)

    I am sure that you are post is going to help a lot of new and upcoming bloggers out there.

    I also thank you for including various specific techniques like thanking them via Twitter. I used to do that, but stopped it since I realized that it would take too much time (and maybe annoy some people – because I do get a lot of consistent commentators in lot of my guest posts). What do you think?

    Jeevan Jacob John

    • bbrian017

      I don’t ever think it will annoy someone. How can a sincere thank you annoy people when we allow our DM to be spammed lol. I don’t even check my DM anymore because of this. So perhaps you should pick and choose who you do it to, and also only do it once! Initial relationship building stages. Don’t do it every comment.

  • Tina

    I really want to be a guest blogger but I guess I am not yet ready about it.

  • Sonia

    Great tips Brian. I just started by guest posts for this year and you really have to engage with that blog’s readers. You have such a window of opportunity to create new readers for yourself and open up the communication to gain more exposure. The more you look out for the blog author, the more you will be trusted to post anywhere.

    • bbrian017

      Hi Sonia, thanks for visiting and connecting. So where are you guest blogging now? I’m trying to find some more cool sites! I have few on my list to check out soon.

      • Sonia

        I just did my first one this year on my friend’s site. Shoot me an email and I will send it over. I don’t want to spam Brian’s site.

        • Brian Hawkins

          No worries Sonia, by all means post it for all of us. I’d love to read it. :)

  • Ari

    Very valuable advice Brian.
    Thank you for the post. It is quite simple, but i still find it very useful.

  • Becca

    Good relationship and conversation between readers and blogger starts in a comment box.All the ideas you’ve shared are fantastic.

    • Abhi Balani

      Haha… very well said, Becca!

      In blogging, good relationship starts from the comment box, most of the time. 😀

      • bbrian017

        Hi Abhi when is your contest over at probloggingsuccess? When it’s done will you be joining the blog engage contest? check out my comment luv

        • Abhi Balani

          Hey Brian,
          It’ll end on March 20. Thank you for letting me know about your next. I’ll try my best to prepare an article for that. 😀

  • Jeriea

    Thanks for your posting this was exactly what I was looking for -some tips and found these ones to be very helpful for me. I think these 10 steps can help a lot of people around the world who like to guest blog.

  • Kharim Tomlinson

    Awesome post I must say Brian. I love the way that you explained each point. Keep up the good work man :)

    • bbrian017

      Hey Kharim your the man! you better be joining our next guest blogging contest I expect you there man! Starts March 15th! I know you did so awesome last time!

      • Abhi Balani

        This is great, Brian!

        The first contest is not over yet and you have declared another. Great job.

  • Victor

    Thank you Brian for these tips. I agree that guest posting is too great opportunity to miss as relations are the most valuable thing you can benefit. And I like your examples as much your post :)

    • bbrian017

      Hi Victor your very welcome! Thanks for visiting and commenting it means a ton! But hey, don’t forget to apply some of theses tips okay?

  • Joseph

    Brain, Great post! I also think you have great examples. I going to put your tips to the test. Wish me luck :)

  • Michelle

    Your tips are appreciated! Can you point me towards any resources/instructions on the best way to *find* blogs to guest post on? I considered trying to email a few blog authors asking if I could guest post, but I’m not sure of what to say or how to ask?

  • Jack Coxill

    Hey Brian!

    I loved this blog post, internet marketing is all about finding ways to open up new doors for exciting opportunities. And as you’ve laid out here, guest blogging is a tried and tested method proved to open up these doors.

    I also agree with you about luv comments. So many comments aren’t from other bloggers, they are just out there linking back to a random company or this or that. Blogging is about community, assistance, advice and building relationships. And I certainly will be returning here :)

    Jack Coxill

    • bbrian017

      Yeah the comment links normally suck, if I could I would make in mandatory on my blog to use comment luv! I don’t know why companies do this it looks bad in my opinion.

    • Abhi Balani

      Hey Jack,

      You said it right. Those are silly spammers who always get deleted by me on my blog.

      You know, I’ve seen exactly same comments with two different names on the same post and pointing to same website. How they think we will ignore them? Idiots.

  • Mike Smith

    Quality and unique content was and always will be most important part of the every post. If you know how to provide that you will get your readers and guest posting opportunity!
    Thank you for advices!

  • Dipendra

    Once a blogger is able to establish from its initial phase, like by making good page rank and nice alexa rank too, it is possible to get guest bloggers. So from a blog owner points of view,giving just small time to moderate blog posts, a blog owner can benefit from guest posts. It has two way benefit, so Guest blogging is always great.

  • Kuldeep

    As far as I am concerned, Guest Posting is really effective way. But getting the best out of it means to do Proper Research and Submitting a Quality Guest Post. However, I agree with your points. Especially that of Replying to comments. I think it’s necessary for every blogger.

    • bbrian017

      Hi Kuldeep you are so right! I was looking at some videos on how to make the best impact from guest posting and you have to provide solid content for readers. So this week coming I’m going to be guest blogging here again and on some other sites, I’m going to be focusing on some killer articles!

      • Kuldeep

        Yeah! Your articles are really Great! By the way, I wanted to know more About ‘Blog Engage’ as I do not know more about it. I just know it’s a blogging community, and nothing more then that. Can you please let me know more about it in this comment’s reply???

  • Miranda Platt

    These are awesome tips Brian, I am planning to do some round ups of guest posting and I think I would take it from here in Hot Blog Tips.

    • bbrian017

      Hi Miranda, if you end up using my post make sure to share it wit us I woudl love to see the round up.

      • Miranda Platt

        Yes I will be considering that Brian 😀

  • Edward

    In guest blogging I think it is important to give readers quality content. If the content is not of high quality then it is very difficult to get trusted readers for a blog. It is essential to build good relations with other bloggers and readers. I have tried guest blogging for many times and think that the tips which you have listed are spot on. One should try to reply to all the comments which will help in engaging readers.

    • bbrian017

      Quality contest is very important my friend. In fact Edward I see how to many guest blogs can reduce your idea’s and maybe reduce your quality.

  • Theriz26

    Providing us this information is really a big help. A lot of bloggers will benefit from this specially for a newbie like me. I will follow all the detailed guide that you’ve shared with us to increase my knowledge about guest blogging. Thanks for the post and for the tips.

    • bbrian017

      Well v I can sit here and blog until my hands come off, but let me tell you, your success is on your own hands at this point. Blogging is hard, a lot of work but it pays off in the end.

  • Alex

    The tips which you have listed fro making most from the guest blogging are perfect. I have been doing guest blogging for quite some time now and think giving readers valuable information is vital. Proper research must be performed before coming up with a guest post. This will help in making most of the opportunity. Also I agree with you that replying to every comments will also fetch good results.

    • bbrian017

      Well Alex I don’t actually reply to every comment. In fact I normally only do this when guest blogging. Sometimes there is nothing to say and you have to respect those moments.

  • Sadie

    These are great tips, thanks for sharing. Until I started reading articles like this, I hoarded my “best” articles for my blogs lol. So glad I got out of that mode, because the few guest posts I’ve done have brought in quite a bit of traffic!

    • bbrian017

      Hi Sadie thanks for visiting and reading my article. I’m also glad you totally know what I’m talkign about. Guest blogging is kick but and I always recommend it.

  • bbrian017

    Yup it’s a great idea, many people don’t have the time I say simply don’t delete the e-mail. You can always find time to come back and chat with people leaving comments on your site.

  • bbrian017

    As an online entrepreneur I’ve never cared about SEO, I think for what I do it’s far more important to build a relationships then it is to get a backlink. In fact I rarely backlink in posts.

  • David Sneen

    Members of the online community familiar with the Law of Attraction understand that in giving, something will come back to them. In that vein, guest bloggers need to continue giving long after their article is published. Thank you for the reminder.

  • Bhavesh Panchal

    Hi, thanks to sharing here details provided by you about guest blogging tips. Today i had some mind wash on blogging. Really good blogs here by you. Thank you again.

  • Alicia

    I agree. Sincerity goes a long way. Especially when engaging with others in the social media world. Building a firm foundation just by making sure there’s a sincere response, goes a long way. Very interesting post!

  • Ayesha

    Readers always take interest in that which attract them. They read them and comment on this topic.The writer must reply them and make good relation with guest so they read your post again again. Quiet interesting post!

  • Mahendra

    Guest blogging is very important for building links, reputation, getting new viewers at least to your brand if not yet to your website. Think about it tho, if the visitor happens to bump into your site in the future and recognizes you from another post they may feel like they can trust your article to be another great informative article or your product to be a great product. Also, I want to mention that guest blogging is not only great to do, but also its great to welcome guest bloggers to your site as long as the content is of high quality.

  • NiceBlogger

    Guest posting may have many benefits…Getting quality backlinks,a huge amount of visitors and becoming popular.Nice article !

  • Tina

    Doing some guest posting help a lot.

  • Ramakanth

    Very helpful tips. Guest blogger’s job really consists more than writing. It includes tech savvy as well as marketing savvy.

  • Danica Green

    Replying to readers comments is a great opportunity to build a relationship with them and engage them in your blog.

  • Jafar

    Nice and helpful article. I like this advise from pros as I am a beginner In this Field(Blogging). So thanks for giving us this worthy article :)


  • Stefan

    Some fantastic advice here. You’re dead right when it comes to making conversation in the comments section. Not only does it help foster relationships with your commenters; comments can also provide insight into issues that you may not have even considered. I regularly get ideas for new blog posts out of the comment sections of old ones.

  • Syeda Mehwish

    Hi Brian,
    You have focused on the key points to make the most from guest postings.Comment reply plays a vital role in building new relationship in guest postings. Even I feel awkward if I comment on a blog and in return I recieve no relpy so its a good strategy especially for guest bloggers to give attention or reply the commentators.

  • Pete Goumas

    Hi Brian,
    I liked your suggestion for guest bloggers.Building a good relationship needs your sincere efforts and comment reply is the best strategy to build relationship with commentators.

  • Usman

    Thanks for the great tips. I learned something valuable today. i agree replying to each individual comments makes us extract maximum benefits out of our guest post. Moreover the topic of the guest post also has vital importance.