Here are some tips on how to be the best guest blogger ever:
Show up. Sounds simple enough, but with so many blogs scheduling their guests months in advance, it can hard to remember. Most blogs will try to remind you a few days ahead of time, but keep your own calendar, just in case. Plan to stop by and answer comments too.
Know Your Audience and Write Something of Interest to them. Every blog is different. Take time to read the blog, discover the special niche it’s trying to fill, and adapt your message accordingly. Don’t just blog about your book or whatever you’re trying to sell. Instead, aim to inform or entertain this particular audience.
Learn Good Blogging Format. Reading online is harder on the eyes than reading a book. For that reason, most experienced bloggers know to keep it short, use boldface and white space to separate large blocks of text, and include pictures whenever possible.
Don’t Make Us Cringe. Every blogger has a different notion of what’s acceptable for publication. If you’ve done your research, it should be easy to know which topics are appropriate for the blog you’re visiting. When in doubt, never say anything on the blog that you wouldn’t say at the dinner table with your neighbor’s children present.
Bring Your Friends. One reason we invite guest bloggers is because we hope they’ll bring us new readers. We’ll promote your blog, and we hope you do too. A guest blogger who brings lots of friends is always welcome to return again and again.
There you have my top 5 tips on how to be a great guest blogger. I would love to hear about your guest blogging experiences. What makes a great guest blog, and how can we help our guest bloggers have a great experience?