I’ve lost count of the number of guest posts I have written this year but I’m very sure I have written over 270 guest posts.
One question I get asked often is that how on earth have I been able to write so many guest posts? How am I able to manage my blog alongside with that? etc. I am no super-human, we both have the same brain and advantage and there is nothing special in what I did, you all can do it. I have decided to make this post a detailed guide on how I was able to write over 270 guest posts in 8 months.
Aside telling you how I wrote 270 guest posts in 8 months I have learned so many priceless lessons about guest blogging and I will also be sharing them with you in this post.
I Knew What I Wanted
A lot of people have fallen, failed and have gone into extinction because they don’t know what they want, they are simply riding another person’s boat.
It is no doubt I have written more guest posts than every other blogger I know and I’d like to tell you clearly that I didn’t invent guest blogging, I met some people in the game and some successful bloggers like Glen Allsopp were the ones who inspired me to start guest blogging.
I might not have told you this before, and I don’t know if I am crazy, but one of my goals for this year is to write more guest posts than every other blogger in the world.
I’ve seen a lot of new bloggers who came online to see how well I am doing with guest blogging and they determined that since it is working for this guy I will do it with all my might. The first time I saw people like this I was afraid that this people will defeat me and make it impossible for me to achieve my goals but as time proved, a large percentage of them have quitted blogging. Why? Because they lacked the motivation.
I preach a lot about setting goals but I didn’t realize how important it is to have a goal until I got to this stage in this particular article (yes this one I am writing). It has dawned on me that if you’re truly serious with your goals, there is none of your goal that can’t be achieved.
I did not guest post because Glen Allsopp was doing it, no! I did not guest post because Leo Babuta built Zen Habits with it, I started guest posting because I knew it is what I needed to bring my blog into the spotlight. I started guest posting because I found out it is what will work for me.
There is no man more dangerous than someone who is determined, I have determined to write the highest number of guest posts this year, and I have done that – I’m not proud of this and you will still know why I will never set this kind of goal if I were to start again.
I Was Driven by my Passion
I am not normal but I am passionate. I have lost count of the number of emails I’ve received wanting to pay me to display an ad on WritersinCharge, I have lost count of the number of review opportunities I have received, all for a fee, but I turned down every single one. If you read a review on this blog it is because I love and use the tool.
Anytime I tell them how I turned down an advertising opportunity at home they will tell me how funny I am that I am not in need of money – but as I have always said, if you give me a million dollars today I know what to do with it.
The golden secret behind my successful guest blogging is my passion, I have great passion for it and I don’t see it as work, I see it as fun. I am not blogging because I want to make a particular amount before a set time, I am only blogging because of my passion for it, because I want to build a great blog, a great audience and because I want to be heard. Instead of looking for new ways to monetize my blog I am always looking for new ways to make it better and bigger.
Since my main aim for my blog is for it to grow I am always on the lookout for new ways to grow it, and that is exactly where guest blogging comes in.
If you are blogging because you want to meet a financial deadline, I am very sorry, except for rare occasions you’re in for a disappointed.
I had a Great Interest in Writing
I know for certain that I am not the best writer out there and there are millions of people who can speak and write English better than I do. I didn’t write guest posts because it was a task, I didn’t write guest posts because I was paid to do so, I wrote my guest posts because of my interest in it.
I didn’t study art in school and I never planned to develop a great interest in writing but with time, my love for blogging made me love writing and I am always on the lookout for ways to share my opinions.
I begin to see writing with a new eyes, I saw writing as a way to express my mind, as a way to communicate with the world and improve my skills and it is always fun writing what I love.
You can not succeed at what you hate and you’ll never succeed at guest blogging until you develop a great love for it. Stop seeing blogging as a task, see it as fun, as something you’ll do if you’re paid or not paid to.
I Never Took NO For an Answer
Many of you might be seeing me as someone whose guest post has never be rejected, but I tell you you’re mistaken. My guest posts have been rejected on several occasions but I never let that discourage me, rather, it served as a source of encouragement for me to keep writing and make sure my blog amounts to something.
The first guest post I submitted was rejected, I wasn’t happy with that but I didn’t stop there, I kept on writing and submitting new guest posts to other blogs. With time, I learnt to deal with rejection, I also learned to improve my articles based on feedback received from those who rejected my posts and the more I write the less my articles are rejected.
As a new blogger you should know that your first few articles will be rejected, you’re not the best in your niche and it might be difficult to catch up with the waves, with time you will learn to deal with this.
You’re your worst enemy, and even if everybody stops you as long as you don’t stop yourself you still have places to go but if you stop yourself, even if nobody stopped you you’re going nowhere. Nobody is perfect and your work will not be the same to everyone, learn to take no for an answer and it will be easier for you to move forward.
I Read a Lot of Blogs
Believe me, it is always easy to talk than it is to listen and that is why many bloggers fail. They write and write and write without reading what others have to say and the end result is that they end up embracing failure.
It is very easy for your content source to dry up, it is very easy for you to lack the motivation to continue if you keep writing without reading. I didn’t realize the importance of reading earlier in my blogging career and I just kept writing, it later began to dawn on me that my knowledge is limited and I need a lot of improvement. There is little you know on your own and a great way to improve your knowledge is by reading the work of others.
Sometimes, motivation will come from reading other people’s blog. Don’t just sit down thinking about the next guest post you want to write but sit down and look for blogs that provide great value in your field, subscribe to them and make sure you carefully read all their posts. You’ll be amazed at how much your knowledge will improve and how easy it is to get more ideas.
The More I Write The Better it Gets
What is the best way to improve your writing? By writing more! Unlike many of you will think, the more I write the better it gets. Instead of me to be lacking blog post ideas I found it very easy to get blog post ideas, I might be doing something totally irrelevant and the idea will come to me, I will jot it down and then work on it the next day.
My typing speed also improved significantly and I can write thousands of words in minutes, this made me write more than 5 posts on some days and I even had a day with 8 guest posts. Keep on writing and it will be easier to write.
I Looked for Ways to Make Things Easier
If you take a closer look at most of my guest posts you’ll notice a common trend and which is that most of them are list posts that start with 7 ways to do this, 3 reasons why etc.
Writing technical and opinion posts can be very difficult while writing list posts is very easy. It would be easier to write a post titled 3 ways to make money online than to give an analysis of how top blogs make money online. If I decided to be writing technical posts it will be very difficult for me to write many guest posts because I cannot use the same topic for the different blogs but I discovered writing list posts is very easy, all I needed to do is get the title, research it using Google, get the points and express my views.
What I learned from Writing 270 Guest Posts and Why I Wished I Wrote Less
270 guest posts is a lot and so many people think it is the best thing to do, I personally knew that this was the most foolish decision I made in my blogging career.
It is true I have written over 270 guest posts this year but 99.9% of those guest posts were submitted to small blogs that sent me little to no traffic, if I had focused the time I focused on writing those posts on writing 30 great posts for big blogs I will be more successful than I am now.
The reality is a large percentage of the blogs I wrote sent me very little traffic for my efforts, many blogs sent me less than 20 visitors, very few sent me 50, and very very few sent me 100, I also wrote a guest post for a blog that sent me 1000 visitors in one day and what I discovered is that it would have been best had I focused on writing for big blogs.
I’m not foolish for writing 270 guest posts for small blogs (at least I don’t call myself that) and one thing I know for a certain is that if you don’t fail you can’t succeed. If I didn’t write for a lot of small blogs I wouldn’t see how ineffective they are.
I wished I had learned this earlier, but I didn’t. After writing this much guest posts I discovered it is not in the numbers but in the results.
If I will advice you, I will tell you not to focus on writing a lot of guest posts like I did but rather select some very big blogs in your niche, put a lot of effort into writing your best for them and they will send you more traffic than you will ever imagine.
Prepare For The Traffic
I told you of writing a guest post that sent me over 1000 visitors in one day, many of you might think I am now getting 1000 visitors a day, far from it! A major mistake I made while writing for other blogs is not preparing my blog.
If I am to write guest posts again I will work effectively to see that most of the traffic I get converts to subscribers and regular visitors.
I see many people write guest posts linking only to their homepage, this is very ineffective and will bring little results. Try to create a special landing page to convert your visitors to subscribers and also make sure you deliver consistent value so that visitors to your blog will not be disappointed. Anytime you write a guest post make it a duty to link to your landing page and you’ll see how effective it is.
It’s Not Traffic Alone
While many of the big blogs I wrote for did not send me much traffic, they gave me more than traffic. I have gotten a lot of opportunities, email and things I wouldn’t have gotten if I had not been featured on top blogs.
Guest blogging is not all about immediate traffic, it can also be a great way to build your brand, improve your search engine rankings and build reputation and respect for yourself.
I wouldn’t say much here. If only I knew how to flatter, I would have gotten more guest post opportunities. People hate to be blamed and they loved to be praised, blame them and you might lose your opportunity forever, praise them and you can be their best friend.
Flattery has helped me get a guest posting opportunity or two and it gave me an advantage the normal person won’t have – if you know how to use it, use it carefully to your own advantage.
Also, there is a great difference between flattery and lie.
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