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Think Guest Blogging is A Waste of Time? Think Again.

August 27, 2008

Dan in Extremovision

Attention: This is a guest post by Muhammad Siyab from PuttingBlogsFirst.com. Check out his site for some great blogging tips!

If I told you many of the big players in the blogosphere today started out doing one special thing like worship, wouldn’t you really want to know that thing?

It’s two words: guest blogging.

That’s right. They agreed to give up their BEST content to other blogs, instead of being selfish and keeping it all for themselves for their blogs. If they hadn’t done this in the beginning, they probably wouldn’t have become so popular and huge in the blogging world today. Don’t believe me? Ask any of the big players and they will confirm what I’m saying.

In fact, I will go as far as saying that the traffic received from guest posts on other blogs is FAR better than the traffic from social media. Talking in terms of quality, and target-‘ness’, that is.

A Source of Sustainable Traffic

Guest blogging sets up sources of traffic to your blog which are sustainable, meaning to say that you’ll still get targeted traffic to your blog even weeks after you’ve posted your guest post at a particular blog. This is because even though your guest post is off the front page of that blog, it’s still alive in the archives, which are one of the most visited parts of a blog.

I once did a guest post on John Chow about 4 or 5 months ago. It sure did bring a huge amount of traffic to this blog at that time(the ‘John Chow Effect’), but what was even more satisfying that it still continues to send traffic my way. That’s the power of guest posts.

Guest Blogging Builds up Credibility

Which should be among the top items in your ‘blog todo’ list. Credibility is very important in the blogging world, since that establishes you as a true authority and not just another wannabe.

Remember that your guest post is good enough and of a standard high enough to have been published on a blog by the blog owner. There’s a great post set up for the readers to devour. When that blog’s readers read that post, they’re probably impressed and they come over to YOUR blog and subscribe to your RSS feed. That’s a bond of trust formed between you and a new reader.

Remember, readers are not foolish people. They will go to a blog or website ONLY if it offers something that fulfils a need . And your guest post set up the magnetic field which pulled them towards you. Obviously you’re offering them something they want, and that’s why they’re heading over to your blog!

Guest blogging brings in TARGETED traffic

Yep, it does. While being dug or stumbled or slashdotted does bring in traffic by the hordes, a very minute percentage of that traffic is related or trageted to your blog. 99.5% of that traffic is just for the sake of digging, or stumbling or slashdotting. Naturally, bounce rates for social media traffic are very high.

However, bounce rates for traffic from blogs where you’ve guest blogged are very low. Why? This is because that guest post brings in TARGETED traffic which knows it can get something useful where it is headed. I agree that number may not be as big as the social media one, but we’re talking about quality here, right?

Readers who come over to your blog have read your post and are impressed and are interested in what more you have to offer. What’s more targeted and bull’s eye than that!

Opportunities are Plenty

You probably won’t have to look far to find a blogger who would like guest bloggers to post on their blog. Every blogger could use a little break from their blogging schedules once a while.

And, if your post becomes a hit, that blogger might even consider making you a regular contributor and that’s a great accomplishment!
To learn how to find guest blogging opportunities, read on…

Guest Blogging Adds Diversity to a Blog

It prevents the blog from following a monotonous tune. It adds new and fresh, even controversial views to that blog, and invites reader participation. If you’ve not yet opened up your blog to guest postings, it might be worth to consider your decision again.

How to go About it

You want to guest blog on another blog but don’t know how to begin? No problem. Here’s what you could do:

Firstly, identify the blog you want to guest blog on. Preferably, it should be in the same niche as yours, so you can take full advantage of the traffic from that blog.

Next, explore that blog to see if the owner/blogger has explicitly invited bloggers to guest blog. If that is so, you’ll probably see a ‘Write for Us’ or somewhere.

If you DO find such a link, well and good. Follow the instructions and guidlines the blog owner has lay out and you’re right on track!

However, if unfortunately you DON’T find information on guest blogging, and nor has the blogger publicly invited guest bloggers, your best bet is to send them a polite email asking if you could guest blog. Here’s some tips on writing that email:

  • Make it personal. Address the email like ‘Dear Siyab,’ instead of ‘Dear Owner’.
  • Go straight to the point. If that person runs a busy and popular blog, they’ll not have much time, and so might not read your email if it is very long.
  • Don’t flatter. Flattering the blog owner might seem a good option, but believe me, don’t. It might backfire on you. The owner might think you’re just wanting to take a piece of the traffic pie, instead of adding something valuable to the blog.
  • Don’t forget to mention your own blog(s) and what it’s about. Also, give a brief description of your own blog(s). Again, make it short.

Another tip: Don’t approach just one blogger. Approach several in your niche. Say eight or ten. Why? Because some will definitely refuse your proposal, due to various reasons. Even then, one or two may accept. Even if ALL of them refuse, try again, and this time try blogs that are less popular.

I’ll stop my babbling now and let you have the floor. Go on, speak your mind!

Author Box: Hi! I’m Muhammad Siyab, and I blog at www.PuttingBlogsFirst.com (Laser Targeted Advice for Fantastic Blogging). If you’re new to blogging, check out the starter’s guide to blogging too!

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How to Regain Blogging Inspiration and Focus

August 23, 2008

Lately I’ve been finding it more and more difficult to continue posting for my blog, not because I don’t want to but because I’ve lost my focus and been lacking inspiration. I’ve been trying hard to get back into the swing of things, and to do so I had to sit down and identify what the problem was, and then how I could fix it. Regaining inspiration and hopping right back on board isn’t easy, and it’s a gradual process, but when it comes to blogging there are plenty of bumps in the road and to be successful you’ve got to prove you can overcome them and return even stronger than before.

And that’s just what I’m going to do. I’m going to pay attention on how I can overcome blogging burnout and regain my inspiration and passion for what I’ve always loved to do. If you’ve ever hit a rough patch in your blogging career, you know that it’s definitely difficult, but still possible to get past.

Firstly, I realized I was suffering blogging burnout because I never gave myself a break or any time off. I was always on the computer, and always stressing about what my next post would be, or how to deal with current or new sponsors, and even my blog’s design. All my worries built up without me ever doing a thing about them, and soon it became too much. I still loved to blog, but I wasn’t sure where to start anymore.

Thus, lesson one: take a break from time to time.

Secondly, I felt like I was always running out of ideas. Even though I took my own advice and kept a running list of article topics in a notebook, I was never satisfied and never quite sure where to begin. The first step was realizing that I was just overwhelmed, and didn’t actually have a lack of content I could write. You have to start somewhere.

And if you’re a blogger who is running out of ideas, take 15 minutes every now and then to sit down with a piece of paper and just brainstorm. Put yourself in another blogger’s shoes and imagine questions that might be running through their head. Carry a notepad with you wherever you go, because ideas can strike you at any random moment. Plan out a blogging schedule and stick to it. Becoming determined and focused isn’t always easy, but once you’ve got it down you’ll thank yourself.

Lesson two: keep the ideas flowing.

I also realized I was drifting away from my blogging productivity because I was losing inspiration, and I wasn’t seeing the point in what I was doing anymore. Finally I took a long look at what always inspired me in the past: other bloggers, success stories, and my own hopes and goals. I re-identified the reasons I was blogging for, and I knew I wasn’t going to give up. If you’re ever struggling, figure out what motivates you and put all your attention on that! Whether it be the fact of building up your online presence, your relationships and connections, or getting closer to that full time income, keep working towards it and don’t lose hope, even in times of difficulty. If your passion is strong enough, it will shine through.

And, lesson three: focus on what motivates and inspires you.

I’m very proud to say that I’ve made it through a rough bump in the blogging process, which includes blogging burnout, writer’s block, lack of inspiration, and more all rolled into one. I was never in this just to give up, and I’m always going to have difficulties but then I’ll just come back to work even harder. If you’re going through a hard time, don’t let it knock you down and keep you under. Remember to take breaks and not work too much so you don’t always feel overwhelmed and pressured, and make sure you keep your goals intact. Remember why you started blogging in the first place, and hold on to that passion and determination!

Have you ever lost your blogging inspiration and focus? Share with us and let us know how you overcame it.

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The Newbie’s Guide To Spectacular Post Titles

August 20, 2008

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This is a guest post by Jason – Jason Pereira blogs at The University Kidgrab the feed!

Good content is everything when running a blog. Well, that’s if you want real people to actually read it, of course.

The problem with most new bloggers is that they may start out with fascinating content, but no one reads it… why? Probably because their post titles aren’t up to scratch, and even though your post may be the greatest blog post of all time, if no one reads beyond the title it’s not worth much.

Here’s some tips to supercharge your post title and thus make sure that people scroll down to see the rest of the post.

Use List Titles

Titles that use list formats usually do well. For example ‘7 Hot Ways To Boost RSS Subscriber Count’ would do far better than just ‘Ways To Get More RSS Subscribers’ – even if the posts are the same!

Lists are not just far easier to read, but also have a better chance of being picked up by other blogs as people read it, debate it and add points of their own.

Over-exaggerate

Don’t do this all the time, as overdoing it will hurt your blog; however a good way to create posts that people read are by using powerful words.

Which title below would you be more apt to read?

DESTROY Your Competition – Read Below!

or

How You Can Better Your Competition

For me, it’s the former. Everyone loves superlatives, especially in the world of blogging – heck, I’d rather ‘destroy’ my competition than just ‘better’ it.

Exact Amounts

If you’re writing a post about increasing metrics, why not show how exactly your tips have benefited you? Here’s another example – which would you be more likely to read?

Learn How I Made $550.00 Yesterday With Craigslist Marketing

or

Make Money On Craigslist

Despite the former being longer, I’d probably opt for it – and this is whether you’re talking about any kind of metric, be it revenue, traffic, subscribers etc.

These are three simple, yet effective ways that I have personally used to make sure that people do click through and read my posts – and guess what, I tend to receive more comments than blogs of a similar level due to this.

Use post titles that appeal to your readers and evoke their emotions and you’ll get them reading, commenting and subscribing. Who said blogging was difficult?

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Betshopboy’s First Anniversary Blog Contest

August 13, 2008

Hey guys! One of my good friends, Betshopboy, is celebrating his blog’s first anniversary on August 24, 2008 this year and I thought I’d let you know about the cool contest he’s having to celebrate. Here’s the contest information:

Prizes

Prizes for 17 August draw
1st prize – a 4GB Sandisk Micro Cruzer skin flash drive
2nd & 3rd – a 125×125 ad book for 7 days (from 18 – 24 Aug) with PerformancingAds on my sidebar

Prizes for 24 August draw
1st prize – 4GB Sandisk Micro Cruzer skin flash drive
2nd & 3rd – a 125×125 ad book for 7 days (from 25 – 31 Aug) with PerformancingAds on my sidebar

Prizes for Grand draw on 31 August (one winner)
A 2GB Creative Zen MP3 player with 2.5″ TFT LCD for videos & audios & SD card expansion slot
A 125×125 ad book for entire month of September 2008 with PerformancingAds on my sidebar

Entering

* Registration and 1 point –> Subscribe to our RSS Feed via email (mandatory) and comment below that you are registered to win. You can use the subscribe option in the sidebar or at the end of this post.

* 1 point: Stumble or Stumble Review this contest

* 2 points –> Follow me on Twitter and Twitt about this contest with link to this contest page.

* 5 points –> Make a *New* blog post on a publicly accessible blog (cannot be on a password protected page such as myspace or facebook) and link to this page and the homepage. Additional 5 points given if you embed the above video(found in this post) in your post.

Rules

* This contest is all in good fun and is open to anywhere that snail mail goes.

* Participating blogs must be 90 days old and consist of at least 10 posts.

* Comment must contain link to twitter posts and blog posts, Twitter id and StumbleUpon id, so they can be verified.

* Winner must have an active subscription to Betshopboy.net when selected.

* Winners of ad spot must supply your own 125×125 image, which will run during the period stated above.

* Winners will be selected by random draw and will be contacted by email and you have 7 days to response. If there’s no response, a new winner will be drawn

* Contest ends on August 30th at 11.59pm (GMT +8).

* The organizer (that’s me!) reserve the right to reject any entries from websites that are generally offensive or pornographic, and any websites that can be classified as spam.

* The organizer (me again) reserves the right, at my sole discretion, to modify or replace any part of this contest, e.g., depending on the participation rate, additional prizes and/or early bird bonus may be thrown in if my subscription target is hit.

Those are some great prizes you definitely don’t wanna miss out on, and even cooler, if you enter early you not only get counted for the weekly prize draws as well as the grand prize, but your points are doubled as a special early bird bonus! So head on over right now and check out Betshopboy’s first anniversary blog contest, enter for some great prizes, and congratulate and celebrate with him. A year is a big milestone to reach! But before you do, one last thing – check out the following video from Betshopboy himself.

Betshopboy’s blog: click here.
Betshopboy’s contest: click here.

Super Blogging Gift: FREE EBOOK!

August 11, 2008

Coming back from a time of extended pause in this blog, I would like to offer a free gift to each and every single one of you to say thanks for sticking with us, and thanks for being an active Super Blogging reader and participant. I’ve created the free gifts page to house this present, as well as all the other goodies that will be coming in the near future – so stick around and keep an eye out for those. Consider subscribing via reader or email if you haven’t done that yet.

Now, about the free gift – it’s an ebook containing six Super Blogging articles. You may or may not have read them before, but that’s beside the point. The special thing about this ebook is that you can distribute it, share it, or resell it with anyone you like. This means you can give it away to your own readers to promote your blog, or even make a profit from it. The choice is yours.

To find out more about this ebook, please check out the free gifts page, where you can read a description, details of the six articles it contains, and download it if you like (or CLICK HERE to download the ebook).

By creating or offering a free gift for you readers, it makes them feel appreciated and also helps to attract attention for your site or blog. That’s one of the things I’m doing here, but I’m also sharing it with you – because you can create your own free gifts page for your own downloads and goodies, and/or include the ebook I’m giving away today – you get all rights and access to it, so take full advantage of that! Some ideas for you:

  • Create your own free gifts page for it
  • Offer it as an incentive for visitors to subscribe
  • Give it away/sell it on forums, etc.
  • Give it away in a blog contest to increase exposure
  • Or whatever else you like!

If you have any questions on how to best promote your blog or set up your own center where your readers and visitors can download virtual presents, then feel free to ask in the comments or via our contact form here. Otherwise, go grab your copy of our free ebook and tell all your friends! Thanks, and have a nice day.

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