Anyone who uses the internet, particularly for blogging, is bound to have heard of these nifty little things called guest posts. If you haven’t, here is the short and to the point explanation of what guest posts are.
As a blogger, you write informative posts for your readers or you use your blog as a journal for the things that happen in your life. There are hundreds of thousands of bloggers in the world and each one focuses on different things. Sure, thousands of these bloggers may blog about writing, but their unique style and thoughts create blog posts unique to them. This is where things get interesting.
Say that, as a blogger, I want to expand my audience. I have other blogger friends and love reading their posts. We get in touch with each and agree that I will write a blog post, to be posted on their blog – or vice versa. This is called a guest post.
“But Natasha,” you might ask. “Isn’t that a hassle? What’s the point?”
Here’s my answer:
What follows is a small list of things that happen when you write guest posts for others or let others post guest posts on your blog.
- Followers for the writer:
When you get the chance to post your writing on another person’s blog, your audience grows. Whoever follows that person’s blog will see your post and the links back to your blog. If your post interested them, they’ll click those handy links and take a look around your blog – maybe even follow you. Going by that logic, it’s a great way to gain new readers for your blog.
- Followers for the host:
This is the reverse. Imagine you just posted someone’s guest post on your blog. Your followers are drifting to check out the writer’s blog. In return, bloggers will commonly link to their guest posts in their own blog. When this happens, the writer’s followers will click the link to go read the guest post and will often browse the host’s blog and follow it, should it interest them.
A blogging partnership easily blossoms into more. One day, you comment on each other’s posts. The next day, you make plans for guest posts. Before you know it, the partnership expands into something much more – friendship.
These are just a few ways that guest posts benefit bloggers. And don’t forget, there are other types of guest posts, as well. Interviews, character interviews, giveaways, and so much more!
What other benefits do you see for people involved in writing/posting guest posts? Let me know in the comments!
Speaking of which, Martha, over at Confessions of a Bibliophile interviewed me and posted it today! You can check out the interview right here. Additionally, look forward to a guest post over on her blog in the near future!
And, to pique your interest, look out for this Sunday! Clare Davidson will be visiting my blog for a giveaway this Sunday! Look forward to reading my review of her debut novel Trinity and getting the chance to win awesome goodies!
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