Now that we know what Guest Blogging is and what it can do to your website in terms of ranking, readership and SEO it’s time to address the issue of finding Guest Blogging opportunities. Every blogger will have their own way of finding opportunities that work for them but won’t necessarily work for your own needs. Here are a few tips to get you started on your Guest Blogging endeavours.
How to find guest blogging opportunities?
There are many ways you can find guest blogging opportunities. The most common one is by using Google to search for blogs in your niche. In many cases you will have to ask the webmaster or blogger if you can write a guest post for them, other times you will find a “guest post” label on their site. Or why don’t you start your guest blogging career by asking bloggers you already follow?
Twitter is another great way of finding guest blogging opportunities. By simply searching #guest post, #guest blog or similar, you can find an array of bloggers that are either looking to guest blog or are offering their blog for guest blogging opportunities.
If Google is the way you want to start searching for guest blogging opportunities then here are a few tips on how to make the most of Google’s search parameters.
Google Search Operators can help you broaden, narrow and fine tune your searches. Below are the ones I regularly use to find blogs:
The Tilde (~) – tells Google to substitute your chosen keyword with similar keywords. Example: ~
Intitle – by using ‘intitle:’ you are telling Google to only search for results that have that specific keyword in the title of a page.
Quotation marks (“”) – using the quotation mark in your search query tells Google to only look for that specific word or phrase (exact match)
OR – using the capitalised ‘OR’ tells Google to look for the phrases on both side of the OR search query. For example: a Google search for ‘airplanes OR buses’ will display results for either airplanes or buses.
The Asterisk (*) – this is a Google wildcard and can be used within a search query. It tells Google to replace the * with absolutely any word. Example: “Guest * Post”
I found this great tool that does this all for you on mangia marketing blog.
These are really just the basics and the more you write for other blogs the more ways you will find that work for your website and your niche.