The Best Ways to Find Blogs to Guest Post For

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  • April 28, 2010

So now you know how to start guest blogging – that was an inspiring post, so let’s get started! The first thing you will need is to create the list of blogs you’d like to guest post for. This post is aimed at helping you with this very important step.

How to find relevant blogs that would be willing to accept a guest post from you?

1. Start with niche blogs you read

Blogging is not just about writing. You are most likely to be subscribed to dozens of blogs on the topic of your interest. You read them and comment regularly. You are thus well-aware of what appeals most to the blog audience, what kind of feedback you can expect and which topics the site usually covers.

So start with those blogs that you know and like. It is easy and fun to write for the resource you enjoy reading yourself. It is always great to do something (or for someone) you like.

Here’s a quick tip: if you are not sure if that blog accepts guest posts (or if you just want to see which types of guest articles have been contributed to the blog previously), try searching Google using one of the following (or similar) patterns:

  • [site:blogdomain.com] guest post
  • [site:blogdomain.com] guest posting policy
  • [site:blogdomain.com] guest author, etc

This way you can get an idea of what (in terms of topic, style, etc) is likely to get approved by the blog owner:

SITE: guest posting search

Note: if you need more sneaky tips on using Google, check out my recent guest post on smart hacks to use Google to find guest posting opportunities.

2. Leverage Twitter search

The great thing about using Twitter to search for cool guest posting opportunities is that it is a “real-time” search. This means you are going to find most recent and fresh guest posting calls.

Using Twitter search is easy – the only tip here is to use as many possible variations like:

  • guest bloggers needed
  • looking for guest bloggers
  • want to guest post ?

Mind that Twitter supports question-search – meaning that if you use a question mark (and the space before it) in your search query, search results will be limited to questions only:

Find guest posting opportunities using - Twitter

If you plan to become an active guest author, here’s an advanced tip for you: use Seesmic Desktop to get updated of all fresh guest posting opportunities. First configure the tool settings to notify you of new search results. Go to Settings > Notifications and put a tick next to “Notify about new search results“.

Now use Seesmic built-in search option to search Twitter for what you need (use the Twitter search tips listed above). In my example, I am searching for [guest posts] in general:

track Twitter updates using Seesmic

Your search is automatically saved and once there’s a new Tweet containing your search term, Seesmic will notify you via a tiny pop-up:

Seesmic notifier

Never miss a new guest posting call on Twitter again!

3. Use specialized blogging communities

Joining and participating at tightly-targeted blogging communities, you will both find plenty of great guest posting opportunities and build long-standing relationships with bloggers. So it’s a double win to consider.

There are plenty of active blogging networks out there – your choice depends on the niche you blog in. Some vertical communities worth a try are Blogher (which unites blogging women), Wisebread forums (for those blogging on finance and frugal living), Sphinn for blogging marketers.

Here’s a community I started to unite guest authors and bloggers looking for free content and fresh perspective. The forum is called My Blog Guest and it is all about guest blogging.

It can be used to connect to bloggers in any of the general topics like Finance, Health, Technology, etc. It also offers a tagging system that allows users to list their specific blogging interests and get found based on those tags.

My Blog Guest

The site is growing fast, so you may want to jump in. But please only join if you stick to a serious approach to guest blogging. The forum is private (for registered users only) to cut down on spam and link dropping. We are striving to build an ethical community free of self-promotion.

The three tips listed above will be be more than enough to get you started and even to create a solid guest posting plan. Please let me know how you find guest blogging opportunities!

About Ann Smarty

This is a guest post by Ann Smarty. Ann is a fairly well-known search and social media tool junkie. She (guest) blogs on SEO and social media.

43 Comments

  • Spyros says:

    I would really like to vote for the first approach. Guest posting for blogs that you like to read should be your primary goal.

    I believe that this way you are most probably writing with more passion and offering more value.

    I also take a look at the blog readers a lot. If i see valuable comments and people discussing nicely, i am more willing to send a guest post there.

    Networking is the key to eveything, even finding blogs to guest post at :)

  • Ron Leyba says:

    Ann, First of all, I want you to know that I really admire your post and your articles at SEJ. Most of those articles are always hitting the Sphinn front page.

    Good to see you here at SS101 and its nice to know you are also sharing your ideas and expertise with us; followers of Nick and his blog.

    About the topic, guest blogging, benefits of it as a blogger and as a writer is really awesome but, I really want to know how you guys manage writing many articles in such good way. I mean, it seems like people like you and Nick just don’t run out of ideas to write to.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Make Money With Twitter =-.

  • Adam @ Selling Manager Ebay says:

    You can also post on forums to let people know that you want to guest post.

    By the way, I never heard of MyBlogGuest. I will check it out. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: 10 Most Effective Ways to Sell Your EBook =-.

  • Ann Smarty says:

    @Spyros Thanks for your comment

    @Ron, thanks for your kind words! And trust me, I have inspiration fails as well! The secret is that I work.all.the.time :)

    @Adam, I hope you’ll enjoy it there at MyBlogGuest!

  • Kevin Muldoon says:

    I think the best thing to do is subscribe to several blogs in your niche first. Get a feel for the blogs and you will have a good idea of what readers are looking for.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Do you know what your plugins are adding? =-.

  • Ed says:

    I use MyBlogGuest and have gotten a good guest post from it. I totally recommend it
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Top 18 Tech Enthusiasts To Follow On Twitter =-.

  • Ken Harper II says:

    Hi Ann!

    Good ideas for getting started with guest posting. The screen grabs are helpful illustrations, too.

    And, My Blog Guest is a great community/forum. Thank you.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Backlinks Help Your Website =-.

  • Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing says:

    Awesome Ann, thank you.

    I’ve always use my own blog, posting that I’m either looking for guests, or my gust services are available.

    It does work well enough. Thinking on it, it fits your #1-Start with niche blogs you read, almost to a “T”. I assume if they read me, they like me. lol

    I also already knew about the different guest communities including yours, I just haven’t been yet.

    But, your Google and Twitter tips are priceless, thanks!
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Blog Subscriptions – Methods to my Madness part 2 of 2 =-.

  • Dave Doolin | Website In A Weekend says:

    Nice!

    Subscribed to both and signed up at Blog Guest.

    The Google tips are really good, thanks.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Buh bye Bloggers (If you don’t own the wires, you don’t own ****) =-.

  • mark says:

    Hi Ann,

    I have only guest posted once, and it was for a blog that I regularly read. I just sent an article and hoped for the best.

    I do intend to do more guesting, so your tips will help me to focus a bit better. I appreciate it.

    Have a great day!
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: 5 Steps to New Motivation and Productivity =-.

  • Mars Dorian says:

    Crazy stuff,

    I’ve always done it the old way – just searching for it on blogs.

    I’m going to leverage that Twitter search, and using those patterns.

    And Seesmic looks quite awesome too, I’m using Tweetdeck at the moment, and I enjoy it a lot.

    Value value value – I’m luvin it.
    Thanks Ann
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: How to Bring Down the Sky ! =-.

  • Joe Boyle says:

    Great post you’ve whipped up here, Ann.

    Although it may be counterproductive, I think guest posting for beginning blogs helps as it can teach new bloggers newer techniques. Trying to get guest posts in for the “A” list bloggers is a difficult feat and hey, let’s face it – they already are at the top, they don’t need more help.

    For all bloggers looking to make money, your main goal should be to help others. In my opinion, guest posting is a chance to teach others the skills they need to get on top. They also can get a great deal of advertising on Twitter and other social networks (since you will promote their article), helping them that much more.

  • Saurav says:

    I have been using My Guest Blog for last few weeks and I will definitely recommend this to my friends and colleagues. I have always posted some posts on some great blogs. This also helped me increase my network in social media. :o)

  • Rachel Foster says:

    Hi Ann,

    Great post. I get asked to guest post often and was wondering how I can check the size of a blog’s readership. Thanks!

    Rachel

    • Ann Smarty says:

      Hey Rachel, it largely depends. The first thing I look at is feed subscribers number (if displayed), then the number of comments to each post, the social media count buttons. People also use Alexa traffic stats, but I find that extra. Usually you can tell by just looking at the site.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: Link Building is Still a Numbers Game =-.

  • Alamin says:

    Yea. I like twitter search to find related blog. But its not easy for new Blogger to get approved with their guest.

  • Reza Winandar says:

    Be sure that you’re an expert in the niche. If you want a fast linkbuilding, then search for a blog with simple niche so you can write down your posts faster.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: 5 Types of Comments That Attract Attention =-.

  • Shane says:

    Great post! Google custom searches can be really, really powerful tools and the use demonstrated here is a good example.

    Cheers,
    Shane
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Duplicate Content – Penalty or Not? =-.

  • Kim Luu says:

    Thank you Ann for the tips. I’ve been registered with your site for a couple of weeks but wanted to take time and get to know the sites and what they need before offering to guest blog.

    Guest blogging is a lot more work than people realize. Am I working too hard at researching and making sure that I can bring value to the other blog site?
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Crackdown on Job Classification Coming Soon =-.

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  • Mark Johnson says:

    Great post Ann. And great site too. I have used your forum and found lots of fantastic guest blogging opportunities.

    The great thing about guest posting is that if you are persistent enough (and your content is good) even a relative nobody can get published in some top blogs and get some great exposure.

    I guess that’s just the nature of the blogging community though. Even the top bloggers are happy to give you a break.

  • Noah Rainey says:

    Great post Ann. Another great way to find out who to guest post for is just asking the people personally ,even if they don’t offer guest posting. Who knows, they may just give you the first opportunity for their blog.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: 25 Ways on How to Make Money Online =-.

  • Ashutosh Dube says:

    Hi Ann,
    Your post are always interesting, informative and to the point. It’s always a pleasure to read your post.

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  • David Jeff says:

    This is really awasome article but i am still confuse because of my less knowledge about internet searching, today i spend much time to search about guest posting blogs, but not able to find any blog which allow guest posting, i will thankful to you if you share blogs/websites which allow guest posting,

    Thanks,

  • Gonzalo | Locutorios says:

    nice post, i think the best ti built a good relationship in a blog look for your niche. also many people doesn’t know the google searhing tools, to be honest i didt’n how to searcha blog niche.

    thanks

    Gonzalo

  • TrafficColeman says:

    The power of guest posting has just over took the internet..people are doing to really drive traffic to a given site..free and easy to do..

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  • Brian Kinkade says:

    Excellent read, relevancy for me is the top priority in blogging aside from writing good content. With relevancy, everything else comes together. We get the traffic and increase our subscribers, it’s crazy that sometimes it gets overlooked with all of its potential.

  • Mike Degrosso says:

    This is such a great post on guest blogging. I found you by mistake, but not only do you provide info / training and lessons on guest posting, but there are extra links, on what it is, best practice and much more. I love the way links within this post link on to expanding the subject and your members seem very knowledgable! I think this post will drive and motivate me to guest post for my niche’s. I live in Salisbury (UK) and google have already slapped alot of my friends sites because of the new changes. I have been lucky because I only create links that are legit like guest posting. Thats why this post rocks! Old but still very, very relevant today!

  • Robert says:

    Ann, it is truly a challenge to find great guest posting opportunities and you have provided a great roadmap to help us. Many thanks, Robert

  • Doreen Dickens says:

    Hello, I agree with you that one of the best ways to find blogs to guest post is by looking at a familiar niche. When you narrow your search to a specific niche then it will be easier to find blogs to post on. It can also help to guest post on several blogs them sieve out those that accept guest posts then concentrate with them in the future.

    Thank you for these wonderful tips.

    Dickens

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