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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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!