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The Ultimate Guide to Guest Blogging

Here at Kissmetrics, we’ve discussed how you can build authority in your industry through blogging. If you’re a fan of Social Media Examiner, you might have read about major brands that have benefited from guest blogging. So today, we are going to look at exactly how you can get guest blogging opportunities and make the most out of them.

Determine Your Guest Blogging Goals

Before we begin, your first task is to decide what your goal for guest blogging is. Knowing this goal ahead of time is key in determining the right kind of blogs to submit guest posts to. Typically there are three main goals for guest blogging.

  1. Positioning yourself as an authority and well-known name in the industry.
  2. Getting exposure (traffic) back to your website.
  3. Building backlinks to your website.

With the right kind of content on the top blogs, you can do all three of these things. If you are trying to accomplish either #1 or #2, then you will want to find blogs that have a good sized and engaged audience. If you are just trying to accomplish #3, then you need to pinpoint blogs with strong root domain authority. You can check this for free using the SEOmoz toolbar. Knowing your goals in advance will help you in determining which blogs will be the best for you to submit guest posts to.

How to Find Guest Blogging Opportunities

The first thing you will want to do is find guest post opportunities. When looking for places to guest post, your main goal is to find sites relevant to your niche or industry. You are looking for blogs that fit the following criteria:

  • The content is focused on your niche / industry.
  • The audience of the blog will be interested in your industry.
  • The blog has engaged readership (posts have been shared socially and commented upon).
  • The blog owner is active on social media (so you know that they will be promoting your work on their site).

So if you are selling seeds, you will want to find gardening blogs with an engaged audience of gardeners. The following should help you find the right kind of guest post opportunities.

Google Searches

Google is a great place to start in the search for guest posting opportunities. You can use any of the following keyword searches to find blogs that accept guest posts. Just replace keyword with keywords from your industry.

  • keyword “submit a guest post”
  • keyword “guest post”
  • keyword “guest post by”
  • keyword “accepting guest posts”
  • keyword “guest post guidelines”

These searches should lead you to a blog’s guest post guidelines page, guest post submission page, or actual guest posts by other writers.

Prolific Guest Bloggers

Know of any prolific guest bloggers in your industry? If you read enough blogs in your industry (which you should), these will be the names you see over and over writing content for others. For online marketers, that list includes Gregory Ciotti, Danny Iny, Leo Widrich, Neil Patel, Marcus Sheridan, and many others. Using Google search, search for the name of prolific guest bloggers in your industry plus the phrase “guest post by”. This will reveal all of the sites that these guest bloggers have posted upon. They should be good places for you to guest post upon as well. A bonus would be if you actually know a guest blogger in your industry that can make an introduction for you to the owners of blogs they have guest posted upon.

Competitor Backlinks

If you (or your online marketing agency) has ever pulled up a backlink analysis of a competitor while working on your SEO campaign, chances are one or more of your competitors have backlinks from guest posts they have done. If you have access to tools like Open Site Explorer, you can look at the backlinks of your competitors and spot any blogs they have written for. If you don’t, you can do a Google search for “guest post” (replacing with your competitor’s domain) which should reveal sites that a competitor has written for.

Social Searches

A lot of bloggers and guest posters will share their latest guest posts on social networks. Since the easiest one to search is Twitter, you should try running a Twitter search for keyword “guest post” to get the latest tweets about guest posts in your industry. Just follow the links to see which blogs are accepting the guest posts.

600+ Guest Blogging Opportunities

Need more keyword search ideas or a just a list with lots of different guest posting opportunities? Check out this post on Buzz Blogger with 500 places to syndicate content and this one by Brian Keith May with 100 sites to submit guest posts.


Last, but definitely not least, is My Blog Guest, a community of guest bloggers. Sign up for free and search for blogs which are accepting guest posts. Better yet, post your own information to say that you are looking to write guest posts on a particular topic so blog owners can find you!

Preparing to Pitch a Guest Post

Notice that we don’t just jump from finding guest blogging opportunities to contacting the blogs. That’s because there are a few things you need to do before you propose a guest post for a site you’ve just found.

Get to Know the Blog’s Content

Getting to know your target blog’s content is key. Sure you know they have content about the keyword you searched for while looking for guest post opportunities. But you need to know even more about that content such as…

  • What level of audience are they writing for (beginners, intermediate, advanced)?
  • What type of audience are they writing for? If your business is B2B, then you will want the blog audience for your guest post to be businesses, not general consumers.
  • What type of content do they write? Is it mostly general concepts or specific, detailed tutorials? Do they like lists?

See How Other Guest Posts Do

While a blog may have guest posts, the question is do the guest bloggers do well? Do guest blog posts on the site get as much comments and social sharing as blog posts by the owner? Some sites might accept guest posts, but if the audience is only tuning in for the blog owner, then you won’t do so well if your goal is to build authority or get traffic back to your website.

See Who the Guest Bloggers Are

Some blog owners are more likely to accept guest posts by certain types of people over others. Peruse a few guest blogger bios on the blog to see if they are fellow bloggers, freelancers, consultants, business owners, and so forth. This will be important when you introduce yourself to the blog owner for your pitch. You can read more about the success rates of guest posting outreach in this study on SEOmoz.

Find Out What Posts Do the Best

To ensure that your guest post gets accepted, you will want to pitch the blog owner with topics that will do well with their audience. To get some good ideas of topics that will work with the blog’s audience, use the following sites to see what posts have been popular on social media. Just replace with the blog’s domain.

  • – This will show you the number of times blog posts have been tweeted. Click on the number if you want to see who has tweeted the post and learn more about the blog’s audience.
  • – This will show you the number of times blog posts have been shared on Google+. Chances are, blog posts that have been shared on Google+ a lot will also have a lot of +1’s which might mean better search visibility.
  • – This will show you the number of times blog posts have been saved on Delicious.
  • – This will show you the posts on a blog that have received the most amount of Digg votes.

Become a Familiar Face in the Blog Community

To increase your chances of getting accepted as a guest blogger, you will want to get some recognition from the blog owner first. The best way to do this is to take a week or two and comment on their latest posts. You’ll get bonus points for sharing those posts on Twitter too – just be sure to include the blog owner’s @username on Twitter. This way, when you pitch your guest post, you won’t be a complete stranger.

The Best Times to Pitch a Guest Post

You won’t always have a golden opportunity to pitch a guest post, but there are certain things to take advantage of when they arise. These include the following.

  • When blog mentions you in one of their posts or on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.).
  • When the blog lists you, your business, or your product in one of their posts.
  • When the blog specifically advertises they are looking for guest posts.
  • When the blog publishes another guest post.

Basic Pitch Best Practices

The following are absolute musts when pitching a guest blog post to another blog owner.

Read the Guidelines

The last thing you need to do before contacting the blog owner is read the guest posting guidelines, if applicable, and follow them closely. Does the blog owner want you to pitch an idea or actually submit a full post? What format do they want it in? Do they want you to create an account and enter it into WordPress? These are all things to know ahead of time before you contact the blog owner.

Personalize Your Email

As a blogger who receives daily guest post pitches, nothing turns me off of an email more than ones starting with Dear Sir or Madam, Dear Webmaster, To the owner of, or simply Hi. Somewhere on the blog you are about to contact will be the name of the blog owner. You might have to ferret around for it on the about page or on one of the blog’s social media accounts, but it is more than likely out there. Find it, and use it to start the email.

Who Are You

Remember the part about seeing who guest bloggers are on your target blog? Some blog owners are particular about only allowing other bloggers to submit guest posts on their sites. If you noticed that most guest bloggers are bloggers themselves, then you might want to introduce yourself as a blogger at (insert your personal or business blog here). You can always be a business owner on the side – just focus on your blogging skills first.

Why You Should Be a Guest Blogger

Be sure to include why you should be a guest blogger. Add a few links to posts you have published elsewhere, including your own blog. Preferably go with posts that have a good bit of social engagement so the blog owner will see your potential value with their audience.

How to Pitch a Guest Post Idea

If the guest post guidelines ask you to submit a topic idea, then (based on your research of previously popular posts), pitch a few different ideas so the blog owner has some to choose from.

How to Submit a Great Guest Post

One of the common questions about guest blogging is whether you should be using your best content for your own blog or for your guest posting. It really depends on the quality of the blog you are submitting your content to. If the blog has nothing but 900+ word posts with lots of screenshots, then your post should be similar. If the blog has nothing but posts with 500 words or less with only one image, then your posts (again) should be similar. The following are other good tips for making your guest post as awesome as possible.

It’s Not About You

The first thing to remember about a great guest post is that it is not about your business, your products, or your services. Guest posts should be valuable sources of information – not advertisements! Any information about your business and related items should be reserved for the author bio. Occasional mentions, stories, or examples are OK to illustrate a point, but the majority of the post should be focused on something other than your business.

Format Posts Like the Ones on the Site

Take a look at posts on your target blog. Do they use lots of headers, bolded text, images, quotes, or other special formatting? Make sure that your post has similar elements to match other posts on the site.

Include Internal and Source Links

Show the blog owner that you know their content by including a few internal links back to some of their posts. The easiest way to do this is to do a Google search for intitle:keyword. This will get you their top posts on a particular keyword so you can link that post to the keyword in your post. Also, if you mention any specific products, books, etc., be sure to link to those too (assuming it’s not self-promotional).

Include a Call to Action for Comments

At the end of your amazing guest post, be sure to include a call to action for comments. The more discussion your post generates, the better!

How to Craft a Great Guest Bio

The most important part of guest blogging (for you) will likely be your guest post bio. This is usually the only place you should include self-promotion links back to your website, blog, product, service, book, etc. What you write in this section will depend on your guest blogging goals.

  • If your goal is to get good backlinks, just make sure your bio includes a link back to your website with your target anchor text and you are all set.
  • If your goal is to get traffic back to your website, then you might want to consider where you want that traffic to go. Depending on the subject of your guest post and the audience of the blog you place it upon, you might want to send traffic to a custom landing page or page about a specific product / service.
  • If your goal is to increase followers to your social accounts, do this by adding a line to the end of your bio that says “Follow me on (insert your top social network and link here).”

How to Be the Best Guest Blogger

If you’re aiming to become a regular contributor to a blog, or simply want the blog owner to brag about what a great guest blogger you are, then be sure to do your best to promote your post to popularity through your own audience. The blog owner will love it if you send new readers their way. Also, be sure to reply to your comments. That will go a long way if you are working to build authority in your industry.

Tracking Your Results

When the goal is traffic, the results of your guest blogging should definitely be measured. The best way to do this is to create an Advanced Segment in Google Analytics. You can learn how to set up an Advanced Segment in this post on how to find out which online marketing strategy drives the best traffic. All you need is one segment using the source dimension with multiple statements for each domain that you have guest blogged for – you can have up to 20 or statements per Advanced Segment. Mine looks like this…

google analytics guest blogging advanced segment

Using this, you can view all of your Google Analytics data based on referrals from your guest posts. This can help you determine the success of your overall guest blogging strategy in terms of getting traffic and making conversions. If you’re not sure how to track conversions, see this post on getting actionable data to learn how to set up goals.

How to Get Guest Bloggers for Your Blog

Finally, don’t forget that guest blogging can be a two way street. It’s tough to maintain your own blog content while guest posting on a lot of other blogs. So be sure to open an invitation for guest bloggers to write on your own blog. This way, you can keep fresh content on your own blog, add a new perspective for your audience, and hopefully get new readers from your guest blogger’s community. It’s a win-win situation!

Do you use guest blogging as part of your online marketing strategy? What other things would you suggest for a business looking to increase their guest blogging success?

About the Author: Kristi Hines is a freelance writer, professional blogger, and social media enthusiast. Her blog Kikolani focuses on blog marketing for personal, professional, and business bloggers.

  1. Regarding the MyBlogGuest option….

    The articles gallery feature of MBG is really awesome if you are running short of time but would like to find a good home for your guest posts. I usually get 4 or 5 offers within a couple of hours. Super time saver!

    • Thanks for the tip Gerald! I haven’t used that part yet. :)

      • Paul Billygraham Reang May 11, 2014 at 11:55 am

        Hi Kristi Hines,
        Same problem Here, I haven’t used that…I had Bad times with my guest blogging… I never got approved/…
        Thank you

    • I have tried to do guest blogging in the past, but I think I chosed wrong blogs as they posted my articles under their names.

      • Yeah some people are just laying their traps. They will steal your content and publish it as their own. How can we protect ourselves? Can somebody share your thoughts?

    • DeniseGabbard Jul 06, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks for that tip, Gerald…. had not thought of that either. You and Kristi are always teaching me something new, and it is always worth reading anything the two of write.

  2. Thanks for mention, Kristi

    Also, everyone who want to learn guest blogging should learn it from you!

  3. How do you suggest getting into guest blogging if you are just getting into blogging and do not have too much credential quite yet?

    • I would definitely suggest starting a blog of your own and posting some good articles on it. That way you have something to show if the blog owner wants to see your previous work. You don’t have to have a huge archive – just some pieces that demonstrate your writing quality. :)

  4. Tonya Hollows Feb 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I loved the idea of MyBlogGuest service however it has been extremely hard as author to find blogs where I can write.
    And I have to admit that notifications are a bit spammy. Hope the service really picks up because I think is great.

    • Hey Tonya, I am not sure which feature you were using to find places to guest post, but there are a few user reviews that might help you to figure the platform better:

      Also, we have significantly decreased the amount of notifications (sorry, the initial idea was that they should be helpful but as the platform was growing, there turned to be really too many of them)

      • Deborah Anderson Jul 22, 2012 at 10:45 pm

        I have found very helpful in placing articles. I usually get offers quite soon and able to find blog homes easily. And, the community of people are awesome, including Ann . :)

  5. My tip for all the guest bloggers out there: (this is in regards to your signature / bio) Switch up your anchor text once in a while and link to deeper pages within your own site. Mix it up! Don’t always aim for the same keywords.

    • While that may be a good idea, I think focusing more on the quality of the post and engagement on the post should be a priority. The link shouldn’t be the focus in my opinion.

    • I try to switch up my signatures from site to site, depending on who the audience is. A lot of times I don’t think about it because some sites will use the same author bio (pulled from your WordPress profile) on every post, so if you change it on your profile, it changes it on every one of your posts.

  6. Gregory Ciotti Feb 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Awesome post Kristi, and thank you so much for the mention!

  7. Thank you Kristi for this great article which includes many useful links for people wanting to be guest bloggers, I already shared one of the links. I think it is great how your article is so easy to follow and gives so much information. Thanks again : )

  8. Ciaran Connolly Feb 11, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Great tips…saved for future use – thanks!

  9. Ivan Dimitrijevic Feb 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Fantastic tips Kristi Hines. :]
    I agree with you about forgetting that guest blogging can be a two way street.

    • I think accepting guest posts on your site is the perfect way to not get overwhelmed while writing for others. Works for me at least. :)

  10. I am a blogger who regularly accepts guest post. My site is built on hobbies so I love getting experts from other hobbies to post articles. This is a great tutorial on how to be a guest blogger. Thanks for the tips and suggestions. I use My Blog Guest regularly. I have had great experience with allowing others to post on my blog. I know other writers are using the guest post to get links and don’t mind at all as long as they honor the rules and write authentic, authorative articles that benefit me and my readers.

  11. Excellent blog post. You have some thorough information that’s very helpful. Among other things, I enjoy using to network with people and find guest blogs. Its a great way to connect with other bloggers looking for guest blogs too. Thanks again for the info!

  12. A very informative guide, as always. Thank you, Kristi! Also, I’d like to say a big thanks for your extensive guide dedicated to blog post promotion: . After reading it, I (as well as my colleagues) reconsidered my view to blogging, guest posting, social networking and other post promotion.

  13. Anne R. Allen Feb 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Lots of good info here. I’d like to add that you need to be regularly reading blogs in your field and creating relationships, so the bloggers you approach will recognize you. And check the stats on the blog you approach and match them with yours. If you’re a newbie with an Alexa rating in the millions, you don’t approach somebody with a rating under 100K and expect them to welcome you with open arms unless you’ve got something else spectacular going for you. And be sure to match the tone of the blog. If somebody writes a humorous blog and you send them a just-the-facts-ma’am essay, they’re not going to post it. About 90% of the requests I get for guest blogging are clueless. Ditto the people who ask me to guest blog for them. I hate having to turn people down, but they have to do their homework.

  14. Walter Martin Feb 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    This resource is absolutely amazing. There are too many great links to name them all! I have been wondering how to get guest posts out there and now I have all the answers. I will continue to use this resource and I will link to it in the future as it deserves to be #1 on Google! Thank you once again! Keep the great stuff coming.

  15. My main concern is writing good content so that the reader stays on the website and not just go away at the same speed they arrived. Other thing is to write quality content and make it interesting.

  16. Guest blogging is indeed a powerful SEO technique to promote yourself and your sites. I have tried guest blogging but always find it hard to narrow down my choices in choosing guest blogging sites according to my needs. The ones you recommended are good sources of guest blogging opportunities. Hope to see more of it in your future write-ups! Great job!

  17. Guest posting like any skill has a learning curve. It takes effort at the beginning but it becomes easier through time.

    Hi Kristi, I have been following your blog for some time and I am amaze at the contents. These are very useful contents. Thanks a lot.

  18. Thanks, these are really useful tips. I do use guest blogging as a part of my article marketing strategy, but i also recommend writing articles in article directories and on micro blogs to promote your blog. The good thing in article directories is that the articles get approved easily, whereas you can get easy do-follow / no-follow back links from micro blogs.

  19. Raheel Farooq May 04, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Thank you so much. The strategies are no doubt invaluable, but I personally want to know more about how to invite guest bloggers who have an outlook common with you. I you like someone, he/she won’t like to be your guest, and if someone is more than ready, you’re less than willing!

  20. Very cool method for building backlinks to your site and also traffic. It’s very good! Thanks a lot for this post!

  21. Great post Kristi! I’ve seriously had this open in a tab for months now.

    I like how you talked about having goals around your guest blogging efforts. I think this is something that is often times forgotten as SEOs are quick to jump on the “next big link building tactic” and they forget why they are doing it.

    Thanks for sharing!

  22. Guest post is a great way to have high quality backlinks. And I like this post, but It’s not my favourite way to build backlinks, you must research before you run your campain. If you have 1 or 2 blog, website, it’s posible and I highly recommend you do it, but if you have more than 10 blog,website or even more than that. You should find another posible way :D

  23. Yeah, its so easy to be connected with blog owner when you develop a good relationship with them. And commenting is great. This is very nice article; full of extracted juice. :)

  24. Great job on the write up! I think it definitely lives up to it’s name of being The Ultimate Guide to Guest Blogging.

  25. Great resource and a couple of links to some nice lists. I was looking for the google advanced searches and found that info here! Thank you

  26. Deborah Anderson Jul 10, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Very thorough and informative article and covers so many aspects, many of which I think are easy for guest bloggers to overlook, at least initially.

  27. Nice article and a great resource! It certainly takes time but valuable and unique, fresh and completely non-generic content goes far with guest blogging and posting. — Thanks for the time to put this together ;-)

  28. Maybe guest blogging is also a two way benefit, the guest can have a link back to his website while the blog owner will have an additional article in his niche, a win-win situation.

  29. Really informative and useful guide on guest blogging. Guest blogging is really a good strategy to get free content. more traffic and exposure. Thanks Kristi for this excellent and useful guide :)

  30. good,,, Nice article and a great resource! It certainly takes time but valuable and unique, fresh and completely non-generic content goes far with guest blogging and posting. — Thanks for the time to put this together :)

  31. Very insightful article! When I look around for freelance writing opportunities I have to write detailed query letters for editors, which takes a lot of time. The nice thing about guest blogging is that there’s not as much emphasis on the pitch. Though it’s good to be able to just mention a topic (or topics) to a blogger, I like to specify particularly what the idea/angle. So rather than asking them: “I’d like to write a post about Facebook events” i prefer to nail down a specific angle: “I’d like to write a post about how to gain maximum exposure for event postings on Facebook using a group” so they have a hard time changing their minds and saying no once they receive it.

  32. Although quite a long read if i may say, this post about guest blogging is really informative. Thanks for sharing this information!

  33. I really enjoyed reading this post, although what I can say is that most people don’t read the guidelines and guest post rules. This is the ultimate key to getting your post accepted!

  34. In the world in which we now work as SEOs, this in awesome post with some great sources of potential guest posting opportunities. Thank you so much for sharing this with us and I agree with the earlier comment – I’m going to be pretty busy for the foreseeable future . . .

  35. Great blog. I found the bit on tracking the results the most useful, will definitely have a go at implementing some of these things. It’s all about keeping up the motivation.

  36. David Coombes Sep 26, 2012 at 2:33 am

    I dropped on to this while looking for some information on how to set up guidelines for guest bloggers but ended up reading the full article – very good, comprehensive and with actionable information. I’ve bookmarked it which is a good sign!

    • Same Here. Great post, as always…
      Really need to stop being inspired and start doing!!

  37. Is it really so popular? I have never thought about asking blog owners to publish my articles as a guest blogger.

  38. Can you please point me in the direction of wedding blogs that allow guest posting.

  39. What about wedding blogs that allow guest posting ?

  40. Raheel Farooq Haraj Oct 05, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Great post, Kristi, actually great. The guide is really ultimate. Especially for novices, the post is a thorough introduction. I believe it must be a good resource for experts as well. Thanks for the exhaustive argument! ;)

  41. Christopher Hawkes Oct 08, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I wish I had more people to write for my blog, is there a way to have people write but just add their own ad sense to the article? that way they write for my blog, but get their own ad sense money?

  42. Just been asked, unsolicited, to write a guest blog for a leading brand currently in the news here in the UK. Your post is extremely helpful and a good summary of what needs to be considered. Thanks!

  43. Richard A. Lewis Dec 06, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    This is a very informative article. I know that using open site explorer as you mentioned can be a bit difficult for a novice especially in trying to determine which links are guest blogs. Even when you analyze by Anchor text it would still be difficult. Do you have any suggestions on how someone could differentiate guest blogging type of links? Thanks.

  44. Thanks for an insightful post. One additional thing to take into consideration that must not be overlooked is that the blog one is looking to get a post on should be grammar error free. If it isn’t it may be indicating that the blog is not of good quality after all.

  45. Depending on the subject of your guest post and the audience of the blog you place it upon, you might want to send traffic to a custom landing page or page about a specific product

  46. Hi Kristi, lots of great tips there, thanks for that. I have actually just started a new blog with a partner who was guest blogging for my personal blog, so can attest guest blogging can be a great way to build relationships. James is working on different things in our field so readers are getting a lot more than from me alone. Win win!

  47. Michelle Patterson Jan 24, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Hello There,

    My name is Michelle and I’m a professional blogger.

    I have over three years of experience writing for the web and have covered plenty of topics about Technology.

    I noticed that you have a blog and was wondering if you would be interested in allow me to write relevant, useful topics about Technology related on your blog at no cost.

    At this point in my writing career, I simply want to get more visibility for your writing and I will write for free as long as you are okay with me adding a small author bio section next to each blog post about myself.

    Please let me know if you’re interested and if you’d like for me to submit a sample blog post for your approval.

    Thanks a bunch,


  48. Great job Kristi. I do quite a bit of blogging for myself and clients and this is probably the most informative guess blogging article I have found. I’m already looking through the 100 sites to submit guest blog posts and it’s extremely helpful. Thanks for providing such a great resource.

  49. This is a real big help to me as I’m a bit knew to it all, and this will help me know what to do to drive traffic and backlinks to my site! cheers.

  50. Getting guest post will create backlink to your site as well will attract new visitors, if the guest posting site has good number of followers. By the way is there any free guest posting site out there that is worth the backlink and visitors?

  51. Hi, thanks for the information. I have been thinking about guest posting for a while now but I have been kind of second guessing my writing skills. I’ve seen a number of guest posts from really good bloggers and I wasn’t sure if I could write posts just as good. But of course you never know until you try. I have been writing a lot more lately and my skills are getting better. Hopefully I will be doing a few guest posts soon! :) Thanks again!

  52. Very interesting Post i really like it this post is very helpful for me thanks to b sharing :)

  53. I came across this while looking for some information on how to set up guidelines for guest bloggers but ended up reading the full article! Very good, comprehensive and with actionable information. I will be using this as a guide for sure.

    Thanks for posting.

  54. This is really the ultimate guide for guest blogging. But, always typing long queries in Google and remembering them is painful. I’ve created a guest blog finder tool by which you can find blogs which accepts guest posting in your target niche. I think you should include this tool in your post. So, I’m attaching the link to the tool. Here’s the tool at

    You can include the tool in your post to guide the visitors in right direction.

  55. Chirag Dodiya Apr 04, 2013 at 8:47 am

    That was really a well determined information. guest blogging if done right can build traffic of any site faster they can imagine. but it requires hard work and determination.

    Thank you for the amazing information.

  56. I actually discovered Kissmetrics when I was doing competitor backlink research on open site explorer and they had a backlink from here. Found this post and it’s awesome. Not just for guest blogging but for blogging in general!

  57. Marcus Seeger May 18, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Thank you for the great post Kristi. I’m starting out on the guest blogger path and am doing research at the moment. I especially like the guest blog bio part. Cheers.

  58. I have got some good knowledge and various skill from the blog. your blog is awesome Kristi

  59. This is usually the only place you should include self-promotion links back to your website, blog, product, service, book, etc.

  60. Hi, I really liked this insightful post. Guest blogging need to pitch the people that what all the benefits readers get from our guest post and if you’ve unique compelling content that provide real value will often go viral instead focus it for link building.

    Thanks to the wonderful post.

  61. excellent article and sound advise. really liked the keyword target words you gave. i was searching for the relevant keywords and you gave me direction. thanks

  62. “The first thing you will want to do is find guest post opportunities. When looking for places to guest post, your main goal is to find sites relevant to your niche or industry.”

    This is completely true I think most guest bloggers basically will post on any site instead of a niche related site.

  63. We are going to put something up on Outreach very soon that goes from basic Google searches to using scraping tools to advance paid solutions like Buzzstream and Grouphigh. We hope you’ll find it useful.

  64. Awesome. I will be following this series closely. Very interested in this!

  65. Hey Kristi awesome post. I totally agree with you about adding internal links to the site.

    I almost always do this if my goal is only for traffic and visibility.

    I gathered some data about this and so far, the internal links seems to be one of the game changers as far as getting posts accepted.

  66. When you write an article for another blog, it is important that you do not sound salesy or make an advertorial post. Make sure that it caters to the readers of the blog and share information that its readers can value.

  67. Ryan Anderson Aug 28, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    It’s definitely time consuming. It took me a while to just identify good quality blogs with a good PR to even begin following and commenting on. Soon I hope to be able to contact and get some guest blog post in. fingers crossed!

  68. Thanks for the great information. You’ve provided me with the exact, right steps to get starting guest blog posting. And, to top it all off, I’ll be able to track my progress with your analytics tutorial. Much appreciated.

  69. I was looking at some of your blog posts on this site and I think this web site is really instructive! Retain posting .

  70. Nice article mate, myblogguest is a good place to start too!

  71. I actually have a question. If you accept a guest blogger should their post they write be just for your blog or is it ok that it’s on their blog? Should they write a post specifically for your blog? Can they then post it to their blog?

  72. I think about that and bring it in, however dont have guest blogger yet, what should I do then?

  73. I want to invite you guys to write in my blog…

  74. Guest blog posting is another way of building links. Gives you additional backlinks.

  75. This really is a timeless post on Guest Blogging. I’m always referring to it whenever I need valuable tips/reminders on how to approach this Thanks Kristi!

  76. This is a very good article for new bloggers who are looking for accurate guidance on guest blogging, Kristi Hines you have covered most aspect with simple to understand explanations. I read few other articles and was not much satisfied as am now after this. Am in process of learning blogging and gust blogging for my yet to optimized eCommerce web site and it’s blog.

    I hope to talk to you after xmas about your services.

  77. Hello Kristi Hines,

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  78. Hi there,

    I am about to guest post in a similar niche blog to my own, however I really like the article. Is it OK to guest post and a few months later use this same article for my own blog?

    Comments appreciated


  79. Nikolay Perov Feb 03, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I am going to write a guest post in my blog niche. Thank you for your very informative and helpful article!

  80. I am extremely impressed with the view point. Thanks for sharing such useful information in your blog. A great content for getting the proper information regarding guest blogging.

  81. Thanks for the tips. I always wanted to find a place to do some guest blogging to create a good audience and create SEO value.I think I learn something today. So I wont waste my time and start blogging

  82. Hi guys. great post. My blog’s niche doesnt have a lot of blogs to guest post. Should i guest post on unrelated blogs like Content writing/blog tips etc?. That will help to build backlinks but not directed traffic.
    Is it worth the effort?

  83. Please add some light to guest blogging concept in the light of Google starting punishing guest blogging activities. MyBlogGuest seems to have got punished for it.

    • I’m afraid guest blogging and myguestblog network just crashed and burned.
      This was a great article and a great insight in to the guest blogging strategy – but alas that ship has sailed…

      … move on to the next one people, Google are shutting this one down!

      “… just exactly who made Google God?”

  84. Hi Kristi
    Thanks for your tips. Would you suggest posting a link to a guest blogger’s post about our services on our own blog? Is this worthwhile for SEO at all?
    Thank you!

  85. Michael Allison Mar 25, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I noticed the comment about myguestblog getting hit. Has anyone else run into any problems after Matt Cutts announced that ‘guest blogging is dead’ back in January? I’ve been curious if anyone has had any negative effects.

  86. Thanks for sharing meaningful information Guest blogging Services. I like the topic
    How to Submit a Great Guest Post.I impressed the point view you are highlighted Thanks…

  87. I’m afraid guest blogging and myguestblog network just crashed and burned.
    This was a great article and a great insight in to the guest blogging strategy – but alas that ship has sailed…

  88. Kevin p stone Apr 08, 2014 at 1:16 am


    I just want to thank you for your wonderful blog. I have been reading your blog for more than couple of months and now i have learned a lot. It’s a tough job to keep a blog going and I truly appreciate it. I really like to submit my post on your blog (as guest post) with my website link. Please let me know your interest in accepting guest posts for free of cost and I’m ready to discuss my contents with you, I promise you with quality and 100% plagiarism free content.
    I am looking forward to get your reply.

    Thank You,
    Kevin P Stone

  89. Really nice article with useful information.Thanks for sharing …

  90. Very researched and well described content. Thank You!

  91. Steven Spector Apr 16, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Neil: If this blog post was a fine meal, it would be Lobster Thermador with extra drawn butter. Many thanks for posting!

  92. Thanks for valuable suggestion. I would like to rank my sites. For this a had applied all the strategies excluding this one. I never done guest blogging but your valuable tips shall diffidently help to get traffic toward my sites.

    Thanks once again!!!

  93. does guest blogging really help on seo?
    I mean matt cutts : “avoid guest blog”

    • Nora, you have to be careful with guests posts to avoid spam. However, they are still relevant!

  94. This was a great read. I’m in the process of having my membership site going live, and will be looking soon to incorporate guest bloggers as Viewtrakr University will be generating big traffic. The information here was very helpful.

  95. This post was awesome and really a inspiration . wants some good freelance writers like you, We will be very happy if you GUEST POST on our website . Lastly, it was great reading your article . We definetly need some support from such encouraging writers .Thanks and we hope for your Guest posts

  96. This has been very helpful and informative. Especially for my rookie skills with all of this. I know how to write but need a lot of work in all social media platforms and terminology. I will be back so I put this on my favorites. Would you suggest I start with google+ for a beginning blog or somewhere else? I have so much material from a 4 year manuscript and I have so much personal perspective in the given field but after being directed to social media as my main platform, I feel so lost. Any suggestions? Again, Great job!

    Boggled blogger :)

  97. Awesome post Neil, I’ve noted few of the points which I didn’t know about Guest Posting and surely this has helped me a lot.Thanks Again

  98. Its so simple and very easy method for building backlinks to your site and also traffic. It’s very good! Thanks a lot for this post!

  99. David Chapman Oct 09, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Kristi, what you think of Matt Cutts’ opinion of guest blogging? We’ve been looking into guest blogging and your post has loads of great advice.

    However I came across his post at the same time and it worried me a little.

    Surely creating high quality content can never be classed as spammy?

  100. This is the really helpful post for the link building from the guest blogging. I think this is the nice and the safe way of link building, also it is very effective for our blog.

    Thank you so much for sharing this post with us.

  101. Angelo Albertini Dec 05, 2014 at 2:14 am

    This really is ‘The Definitive Guide’ to guest bogging. Excellent article.

  102. No doubt, this is an old post but i appreciated your efforts & sharing useful guide regarding guest blogging.I have question, how many guest blog post should be done reasonable for my website? Did you see Matt Cutts

    Me looking forward for your response…

  103. Spot on with this write-up, I really feel this amazing site needs far more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read through more, thanks for the advice!

  104. thanks for a such a wonderful guide. I am new to guestposting. I was lacking in how to proceed further. This guide have really gave me an idea to proceed further. Even I expecting from other guestposters to my site. so please show us your contribution.

  105. A company promised to feature me on their blog. I wrote the guest post. They passed the article off as one of their own, claiming one of their editors wrote it. You have to be very careful about getting featured on someones blog.

  106. Olan O'Sullivan Mar 05, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Really great post Kristi. We’re just beginning to delve into the guest blogging sphere and will certainly be using this as our guide! To date we’ve concentrated on creating our own content but as the business has grown we want to expand this to third parties.

  107. Guest blogging is very much effective for increasing traffic on a website, A great content for getting the proper information regarding guest blogging. Thanks for sharing such useful information in your blog.

    Thanks & Regards

  108. Guest blogging is not an easy affair for everyone. From my point of view its really a frustrating affair. Contacting 100’s of bloggers and requesting them to post blog article in their blog site but at the end you will not got any reply from them is one of the most tiredness matter for every blogger. But your post is quite impressive and informative for guest bloggers. Let’s start from the beginning with your tricks and let me check whether i am succeed of not.

  109. Good blogging is very much effective for increasing traffic on a website.You have to be very careful about getting featured on someones blog.thanks you.

  110. Thank you for this awesome article! 2 questions:
    1. Can I guest post an article that is already on my blog? Or do I write a new article specifically to what they want?
    2. After I write an article for them, do I also put the article on my blog?

    For some reason I’ve been totally confused about this simple issue.

    Thank you!!

  111. Mahbub Osmane Piyal Aug 27, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Thanks! get some cool idea about guest posting … will apply soon for my niche blog

  112. Thanks for this article. I have found Kissmetrics to be a great resource for learning how to blog. Keep up the good work. Now its time for me to start guest posting!!!!

  113. Guest posting is very important, but also find is very scary because you could potentially collect a bad bad link, or leave a post on a blog and after 10 months that site get penalised and you have no way of removing your link expect by contacting the web-master and disavow.

  114. I strongly feel guest posting (for free) is a total waste of time. 99% of the time, these blogs don’t even reply or respond to you. If you simply hand over an article to them, there is NO GUARANTEE it will be accepted. It might even be stolen!

    I have tried contacting all these so-called guest posting blogs/sites and NOT SINGLE ONE has ever bothered replying.

    Don’t waste your time pitching here and there and all over the place. Absolute waste of time and dignity. Yes, why should you grovel at all these arrogant webmaster’s feet who don’t even bother replying at all? Geez.

    Paid guest posting networks is still the way to go. Unfortunately. At least when you pay, you KNOW for certain your post will be accepted and besides, you will at least get a reply!

  115. Kristine,

    what a monster roundup you’ve got here! great article, a complete platter of content throughout the topic. Just an added sauce to generate faster traffic for your guest blogs is simply to put it on blitz mode, that is Danny Iny’s proven tactic and has manifested on his blogs.

  116. Guest blogging still works if you know how to choose sites for guest blogs wisely. A rule of a thumb is to avoid all those semi-automated blogging networks, otherwise you can get in trouble pretty quickly. Focus more on publishing quality guest posts and attract quality traffic, the rankings will come also then.

  117. Lyndsay Broughton Jan 06, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Just wanted to say thank you for writing such an informative guide! I’ve really enjoyed reading it and it’s helped me a lot so thank you! Looking forward to now putting some of your advice into practice!


  118. I find guest blogging very hit and miss. You can spend ages on a post, for it to be rejected or as someone mentioned above be published but not in your name, or with links stripped etc. Sometimes I do wonder if it really is worth it, but I guess it’s just a question of finding the best blogs!

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