How to Find the Best Places to Guest Blog

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Let me just say it — guest blogging is awesome. The list of benefits of guest blogging is virtually endless. Okay, right, I know — you have to be careful with it. But, all in all, I highly recommend guest blogging as an excellent way to build your reputation and improve your SEO.

There’s a big gap between saying “guest blogging rocks” and actually doing the guest blogging. If guest blogging is so great, then how do you guest-blog?

This is important. I’m going to give you the step-by-step approach to finding the best places to guest-blog.

You can Google “places to guest-blog” and find some spammy sites that will compromise your site, ruin your reputation, and cannibalize your content marketing.

I’m not going to do that to you.

Download this 6 step cheat sheet to learn how to find the best places to guest blog.

Truly effective guest blogging has everything to do with quality sites and not spammy crap that will get you penalized. In the sections below, you’re going to learn exactly how to find top-notch guest blogging sites. And you’re going to love what guest blogging does for your SEO and overall marketing.

Step #1: Do the writing yourself

The most important step in finding the best guest blogging opportunities has almost nothing to do with guest blogging itself. It has to do with your own writing on your own site.

I’ve started with this indispensable step because I believe it’s absolutely crucial. You have to write your own content, and you have to do so with these four qualifications:

  • Write content in your niche – let’s say you want eventually to guest-blog for social media sites. Awesome. So, meanwhile, you’re writing content on your own blog about social media. If you’re producing content on some off-subject like yoga, gardening, or health food, that’s not going to help you.
  • Write content under your own name – the content that you’re writing in your niche must be published under your name. Nameless or ghost-written content has zero value. Get your byline on the stuff that you write, even if it’s for your company blog or brand.
  • Write publicly-accessible content – some people start small. Maybe they’re writing for an internal newsletter or company intranet. The fact that you’re writing is good, but you need to publish content that everyone can find. Nobody can access your company’s internal newsletter that gets stuffed into credenzas every other Friday. But if you have a forward facing company blog with industry news, trends, research, and information, that’s much better. The niche content that you write under your name should be available to the world at large.
  • Link to influential writers and sites – when you create content, you want to be interacting with the top players. When you link to the sites of people in your niche, these linkbacks appear on their radars. If they’re savvy about their content marketing, they will take note of linkbacks. This is the way you say, “Hi. I’m in the niche, too. I respect you and just linked to you.”

Why is this so important?

  • You can’t expect to be a well-known writer unless you’ve written something before. People need to see what you write, how you write, and how it can help them.
  • You can’t expect to be a guest blogger unless you’ve written content within the niche you’re targeting.
  • You can’t expect to be a guest blogger unless your name goes with your content.
  • You can’t expect to be a guest blogger if people can’t verify the fact that you’re writing by clicking on a link or seeing your linkback.

If you have existing examples of your content, site editors and blog owners will know that you’re legit and that you’re capable of creating readable and shareable content for their sites as well.

You simply must have a written presence somewhere, somehow, someway. If necessary, start by launching your own WordPress site and getting to work.

Step #2: Have a social media presence

The second crucial factor of guest blogging, again, has little to do with the guest blogging process itself. And it’s as important as the first one.

Today, people want to see that you’re a real person. The way they do so is by checking you out on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+.

You need to be present and accounted for on all the major social media channels.

When you start pitching topics and asking for a guest blog spot, the editor is going to Google your name.

Here’s a quick list of how your social media presence should look when he or she Googles you:

  • Your own picture. Not a pet, not a child, not a sport’s team logo. Your face.
  • Your key facts. Your job, your company, your hobbies, your career history, etc.
  • Your activity. Things you’ve posted, links you’ve shared, people you’ve interacted with. Ideally, you have at least a few people following you already.

The goal is this: Look legit!

You may have an idea of what a probably-fake-account looks like:

fake account

Please, don’t look fake.

The bigger your presence on social media is, the better your chances of scoring a great guest blogging opp are. Often, you can sell yourself simply by having a sizeable network. If you share a link, say, among a few thousand followers, this can really benefit the site for which you’re writing.

If you don’t have a killer following yet, that’s okay. Be content with just your loyal followers. A corollary of your guest blogging efforts is an expansion of your social media following.

Step #3: Create a list of influential people and sites in your niche

Okay, we’ve gotten past the boring-but-really-important stuff about you, the writer.

Now, let’s make a list of people and sites in your niche. The operative term here is: in your niche.

My goal in this article is to show you how to find the best places to guest-blog. Here is where I show you how to find “the best.” So, please, don’t skip over this.

Open up a place to write — Google Drive, Word, Evernote, whatever.

First, write down the names and/or sites of people who immediately come to mind. If you’ve been working in the niche for a while, you may have a sense of who’s who. Write down the names of key players. Write down the names of popular and authoritative sites. If no one comes to mind, that’s okay. Go on to step two.

Then Google your target keywords. I assume you have some target keywords.

For example, let’s say that one of your keyword phrases is “social media management tips.” Here’s what you get:

social media management tips

Next, you want to make a list of the blog sites that appear on the first and second pages.

With this list, I’m trying to find reputable blog sites. I immediately discount the paid ads.

social media management tips ads

The organic sites below the ads are the ones I’m interested in. Go through, and find out which ones look like blog sites where you can write:

This one seems legit — www.socialmediaexaminer.com.

social media examiner

This one seems legit — www.socialmediatoday.com.

social media today

This URL (below) is an individual’s Google+ URL, so I won’t record it in my list of sites. I will, however, take note of this name in step four.

drew

This site is www.slideshare.com. It’s not a blog exactly, so I won’t put it on my list.

slideshare

As you’re creating a list based on your keywords, the more specific and long tail keywords are, the better. I chose a generic one in the example above to show you a few different types of sites that might work and those that might not work for potential guest blogging opportunities.

Work through each of your keywords, and record all the sites that are relevant. It’s likely that you will see the same sites appear in many, if not all, of the SERPs for your keywords.

At this phase, the longer your list is, the better.

Then you want to make a list of the people whose author profiles appear on the first and second pages.

You want to find not only the best sites but also the best people in your niche.

That’s what this step is for. You need a list of influencers.

These are the people who already wield significant sway in your space. By cultivating relationships with these people, you can grow your brand and guest blogging presence as well.

Lastly, you want to Google the names of the top influencers. Find out where they create content.

When you add the names of top influencers to your list, record under each name the list of sites to which that person contributes.

Let’s take this example:

google plus

Google the name.

The top sites that appear are the top-ranked sites where Drew Hendricks contributes:

huffington post

The first page of results for his name shows me some other sites that could be in my niche:

social media today

Drew’s social media accounts are also very important because he shares the things he writes. I want to visit his social pages to find more content he’s writing:

entrepreneur

When I visit Drew’s Google+ account, I find a few more sites where he’s writing. These sites are in my niche, and I add them to my list:

drew example

I also note that Drew has a portfolio, so I want to visit this as well.

drew portfolio

From his portfolio, I glean a few more sites that are potential guest blogging sites.

drew portfolio

In this step, you are exploring the writing sites of industry influencers. You may come up with a half dozen or more sites for guest blogging.

Personal blogs are okay, but they aren’t easy to crack into for guest blogging. People use their personal blogs as, well, a place for writing their personal content.

Step #4: Find the easy ones, and create a list

In the list you created above, you have a top-rated list of sites that may work for guest blogging.

Now, it’s time to start asking for guest posting opportunities. I encourage you first to target sites that are open to guest blogging. Here’s why:

  • You’ll start to build a portfolio of articles outside your own blog.
  • You’ll start to gain some recognition and authority in the field.
  • You’ll be encouraged by the easy gains.

Here’s how to do it: Google your keyword plus one of the following phrases in quotation marks:

  • “submission guidelines”
  • “guest post guidelines”
  • “accepting guest posts”
  • “contribute an article”
  • “submit content”
  • “guest post”
  • “want to write”
  • “write for us”
  • “add a post”
  • “become a contributor”
  • “guest post by”
  • “submit your post”

Based on this query, you will likely get a site, or twenty, that actively accepts guest blogging.

I Googled this:

google query

And I came up with this:

zestee

Visiting the site, I notice that I can contribute an article.

zestee post

Now, be very careful. Some of the sites you’ll turn up are mere content farms. The site curators care nothing about quality or niche. They simply care about getting content and getting ad revenue. You need to run every potential site on your list through the “vet the site” step below.

Step #5: Vet the site you’re targeting

To make sure that your list has only the best sites, it’s time to do a little curation. Don’t guest-blog on spam sites. Choose only the best.

  1. Eliminate every site that is not in your niche – visit each site on your list, and delete every one that is outside your niche. Some sites may have a broad variety of articles. That’s okay as long as they are categorized.
  2. Eliminate every site that looks spammy or ad-heavy – there are some sites that just feel spammy. You begin to develop a sense for this after a while. Get rid of them. If the site is full of banner ads or ads above the fold, nix it.
  3. Check the social activity of the site – you want to write for sites that have some level of interaction with an audience. If articles are getting plussed, liked, tweeted, and shared, this a good sign.
  4. Check the Domain Authority, and get rid of anything that has a DA below the level of your site – you can use http://www.bulkdachecker.com/ to get the DA of every site on your list. A good rule of thumb is to eliminate any site with a DA below 25. This is the route I recommend.
  5. If your goal is linkbacks only, then check all outgoing linkbacks on the site’s existing articles – if they are “nofollow,” then eliminate that site from your list.

Don’t vet your list so hard, however, that you’re left with just five or six options. You want to have as many sites to pitch to as possible because you’re going to get rejected or ignored by up to 75% of them.

Step #6: Send a pitch or inquiry

Every site varies. Depending on what the site wants (or doesn’t want), you need to make your best effort to secure a guest blogging spot.

For the sites that have an open invitation to submit guest posts, here what’s you need to do:

  • Slavishly adhere to their regulations. Take note of every requirement and comply.
  • Create an original killer piece of content. Find out, generally, what type of content is the most popular on the site. Use this as an inspiration for your own article.
  • Write the world’s most amazing title. The title is the most important component of the article you create. Spend time on it, and make sure it grabs the reader.
  • Add images, charts, graphs, statistics, videos, or anything else that makes it interesting.
  • Get it copy-edited. To ensure that your article has the highest level of polish, send it to a copy editor for final spiffing. You may not be able to afford a copy editor. In this case, beg a smart friend to proofread it.

And for sites that don’t have an open invitation, you need to:

  • Find a “contact us” email address or form.
  • Write a request to contribute content. Make sure you keep it under 200 words. Be direct; show a few samples by providing a link or two; and don’t be self-serving.
  • If you don’t hear back from the person within one week, write to him or her again. Persistence pays off.

Conclusion

Let me just throw in a final disclaimer here. Your ultimate goal is not linkbacks. Linkbacks are cool, and I think it’s a great way to boost SEO, but the spam risk is huge. Only use linkbacks to your site(s) when they are relevant and appropriate to your content. In many cases, the only relevance will be a little link in your bio section. That’s okay.

There’s a fascinating thing about guest blogging. The more you do it, the better sites you’ll start writing for. And the better sites you write for, the more and better sites you’ll be able to write for. Eventually, after the months of boring emailing, constant rejections, and faithful blogging, you reach a critical mass.

People notice. People start asking you to guest blog instead of you asking them. Now, it’s not a question of where do I guest blog, but how in the world do I find the time to guest blog for all these sites?

As a result of this process, I’ve seen people go from ground zero to becoming contributing guest writers to the world’s most-recognized periodicals, journals, and publications. Forbes? Entrepreneur? Heck, yes.

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Comments

  1. Fakharuddin :

    Hello Sir, This is really awesome one especially for me 😀 I was looking for a guideline for guest blogging and this one is perfect. Thanks for the great stuff.

  2. Hey Neil, at this moment, I won’t to post quest posts, but I would like optimize my site for accepting quest posts in the future..

    So I quess I can use almost everything from this article, thanks 🙂

  3. Suman Puri :

    Very well written, Neil.

  4. Greg Strandberg :

    In self-publishing we do a lot of guest blogging. There’s a whole cottage industry for eBook blog tours.

    I’ve done a few of those for promos, but what works best is emailing self-publishing sites I visit and comment on and ask them.

    Often I do this after they put out a call for guest posts (happens a couple times a year usually) or sometimes I just ask. Kinda like calling that girl for a date…not always easy. But worth it.

  5. Vincent Burkhead :

    Perfect timing. And I love the depth of your post, thank you!!
    > v <

  6. Great post Neil, enjoyed and learned as I always do when I read your articles.

  7. Hello Neil Sir,thanks for this details guide about guest blogging.Previously I did some guest posts but then some where I found a tweet of Matt Cutts where he said Google is going to consider guest posting as spammy or something like that in their next algorithms.So I just stopped guest posting :/

  8. Wesley Young :

    Persistence is quite important, but also a focussed pitch for a blog post too. However, it is worth noting, you could pitch the best idea in the world though, and it will still be rejected, bear that in mind.

    This is as a result of Matt Cutts scare-mongering over guest blogging hurting your site’s search engine visibility. So, don’t take any refusals or ignored outreach personally.

    Finally, I think guest blogging is still highly effective for building relationships in your niche, as well as in SEO. Top tip. Ask to rel=author your Google+ profile on any post you write and add the guest blog site to your list of contributions on your G+ profile. Always a plus in Google’s eyes if you use their network.

  9. Wow i’m just surfing the internet on how to go after guest blogging and this article solved my problem. Really helpful and work sharing with my fellow bloggers as well

    Thanks Neil 🙂

  10. Hello Neil,
    Sometime I,m getting a lot of traffic from facebook. Even I can’t guess, from where it’s coming. There is only link of facebook homepage. And sometime, it stops. In fact, I had published a cracked version of IDM 6.18. As I shared it on facebook. A huge number of people started downloading this cracked free IDM, there referral is facebook, but there was no proper link of any page. Do you have an idea about it?

    • That’s what happens as people add it to their profile and share it. Just assume that more people started to like and share it on Facebook.

  11. Adesh Saxena :

    After the lots of Updates From Matt Cutts about not to do Guest Blogging but Here I can say Guest blogging is awesome…. thanks Neil once again you come up with great blog post.

  12. Shalu Sharma :

    Nice one Neil. I like the way you have presented on how to approach guest blogging. This new site bulkdachecker is a new one, not heard of it before, tried it and its quite straight forward to use. At the moment there is a lot of fear about this SEO method ever since the ban on the guest blog site. But as you say, if its done properly and in the right niche, it can be of great value.

  13. Hey Neil,

    Most people forgo the social media part and start at the next step, which is finding sites and bombarding them with spam emails starting with “dear webmaster.”

    I’m still a big believer in guest blogging, and you are right – it’s not about the SEO as much as it is about the recognition.

  14. Great article Neil. Google has definitely made everyone a little nervous about guest blogging. That being said, I think anyone that does it your way will not have any issues with Google. Doing it the right way will produce long term benefits. Staying away from anything that is remotely spammy is a must!

  15. Great Post big brother. As great as ever. Sometimes I read your posts and a part of me plays being the real writer.
    My little drops will make oceans someday.
    Keep da fire burning.

  16. Ben Lawton :

    Neil,

    Thanks for another great post. Always look forward to your content.

    Would you recommend a solopreneur keeping his blog domain separate from his business website?

    I’m a freelance copywriter focusing on the tech industry, and I’ve (unbelievably given my profession) only just decided to start blogging.

    The reason that I’m thinking of keeping them separate is that (short term) I can book enough work in using traditional email prospecting. The blog is a longer term thing that — although mainly focusing on copywriting/marketing — will also be used to blog on programming/tech related topics to build my own personal brand, which could be leveraged later in life if I pursue my own tech venture.

    Thanks! 🙂

  17. Hugh Kimura :

    Maybe this isn’t exactly guest blogging, but it can be worthwhile to contribute quality content to good niche communities and forums. A good post can spark conversation and shares and there are usually fewer restrictions on posting. Getting a link to your site might be the only difficulty. I got a post featured on the YouMoz blog by posting to their community.

  18. Joe Garma (@joegarma) :

    Thorough as always, and underscores the fact that building traffic, authority and the like takes some heavy lifting, for it sure ain’t easy.

    -Joe

  19. Randolph Sellars :

    Love your posts Neil! So helpful. I save and organize everything that you write. Question: Is it OK to ask a potential guest blog site if it is OK to publish the “guest blog” on my site after they run it first exclusively? Is this bad form or a reasonable request?

  20. Mary Lou Scott :

    I always learn something from your posts – and this is no exception. Many thanks for all your valuable, usable information!

  21. most of your content i read ones i alerted through email and each post have unique different thought and you made it easy for webmaster to find out the websites , thanks neil .

  22. Naveen Kulkarni :

    Great post Neil as usual.

    Guest posting still relevant for link building as well as relationship building. Your post gives me some ‘shortcuts’ to find the places for sending my guest post 🙂

  23. Mumtaz Khan :

    Great post Neil.

    Doing the things in a right way is very important and this post is a perfect guide towards the right way. Thank you Neil for this.

  24. hi neil,

    Again nice post neil. Here i want to ask a question how much time will it take to create well reputed blog using your path ?

    • Neil Patel :

      Diwaker, it will take months to years but if you do the right things you’ll get it eventually!

  25. Again, you have written well informative Post that works!

  26. Jitendra Dabhi :

    Hello Neil Sir,

    Now i am fearless about guest blogging. I have research so much about is guest blogging working or how to find best blog site for guest blogging? But after read this blog now i can find best guest blogging website and i hope as per your tips i get more benefits on my website….

    Thanks for share… 🙂

  27. Always we are find a latest blog for work. So i think it is a very effective blog for the work.

  28. Ramandeep Kaur :

    Thanks Neil for such an informative blog.

  29. Weng Jauod :

    Thanks for the easy to follow instructions Sir Neil! It is also good to contribute more content to a website where you already publish your guest blog once.

  30. Neeraj @Shopfort.com :

    Amazing Piece of Content Neil. Once again you Claim your self as a best Blogger as well.

    Thanks to share these kind of useful posts with Us.

  31. Good article Neil. I find alltop to be a great place to find blogs to guest post on. The best thing about alltop is that it’s nicely divided up into niches. So if I want to guest post about e-commerce, I’ll go to ecommerce.alltop.com and find a good list of blogs there. After that, just do step#5 onwards.

  32. I am happy reading your article. You show many places to Guest Blog. It is awesome. You described in great detail and complete. It is dense of information.

  33. Hello Neil,
    Thanks for sharing such an impressive and useful post here because right now bloggers are struggling with Google updates, so your post would be useful for everyone.

  34. Thanks to share these kind of useful posts

  35. Neil, one question.

    I have two websites and both are from totally different niches. Now how do I create one Twitter, FB, or G+ profile and link them to BOTH my websites.

    That will look odd.

    If I create one twitter account and follow people from one niche… it then gets difficult to follow people from a different niche. As I do not want one niche guys to read posts of a different topic website. That may even look like SPAM.

    With G+ I think I may be able to do, as I can create groups. And if my G+ profile is shown in SERPs that is OK, because the other site will not be shown.

    FaceBook is personal. So I do not care there much.

    But Twitter is a problem. How to solve this?

    Thanks in Advance.

    • Neil Patel :

      You have to only follow people within the niche you are in. It maybe that having 2 separate Twitter accounts is the solutions…

      • Exactly, that’s what i am doing with twitter. Separate accounts for personal and professional needs.

  36. Yes you said well about how to guest blog. And in conclusion you also disclaimed about being safe on link backs of your post. But i have another doubt, MyBlogGuest of AnnSmarty was penalized entirely and so did those who made guest post in the site.

    Did Google took into consideration who used the anchor text well or who used it in bad manner? Did they considered who was using MBG for and who was using it for just fun? I don’t think they did. Because the entire site was penalized any a lot of people started having spam link notification in WMT.

    So in total Guest blogging looks dangerous because Google believes everyone does guest blogging for SEO.

    • Neil Patel :

      Well people where using that site for link building. If you are guest posting without trying to link build, you should be fine.

  37. Hi Neil,

    Thank you for another highly relevant post.

    Even though Guest Blogging has received some negative publicity recently (Matt Cutts etc), I believe it has real value when used correctly – adding value to the readership, audience and relevant to the blog.

    Thanks again

    Steve M

  38. Hi Neil,

    Great insights on guest blogging. I believe establishing myself as an expert in the niche that I would like to guest blog on by having quality content on my blog is very important as well.

    Thanks for sharing your insights. I really appreciate it a lot.

    Regards,
    Edmund

  39. Nikhil Waghdhare :

    Hey Neil,

    Way’s you give to find guest blogs is great. This ways must be helpful for us.
    Thank you for sharing this…. 🙂

  40. Naomi@business start ups :

    Hi Neil,

    I needed this post…

    Me last week… “where do I guest blog?”

    Me today… “how in the world do I find the time to guest blog for all these sites?”

    It’s the kind of problem I want to have!

    Thanks

    Naomi

  41. David | ePoint Digital, Inc. :

    I was just speaking in my mastermind group last week about how I wanted to do some guest blogging to get my name out there, and this really helped out. I already have a list of potential sites, but your process of finding reputable sites to guest post on is awesome.

    I don’t believe guest posting is dead, but I do think that guest posting on “content farms” and websites that don’t pertain to the particular niche/industry you work is is dead. Great article on guest posting, Neil. It’s almost like you were reading my mind. 🙂

    Cheers!

  42. Rob Broley :

    Superb post Neil. Guest Posting seems to be a hot topic at the moment. I think if you use it to build a brand and establish yourself in an online market then only good can come from it.

    • Neil Patel :

      Rob, great tips! Thanks for the heads up 🙂

      • Nick Samuel :

        I agree Rob, cliched but remember quality > Quantity, It’s better to have a no-follow on a highly respected blog which will result in a traffic explosion, rather than multiple low “strength” follows. Well up to a certain point anyway 🙂

  43. Neil,

    Thanks for this post as I appreciate how you highlighted the fact that guest blogging should primarily be used for branding and increasing your presence and not so much for link building.

    By building an audience and demand for your name, the links will come.

    A big thank you for the step-by-step guide to finding ideal places!

  44. Thanks Neil, Really helpful post.

  45. Dude very cool ready my friend! I got on your email list about SEO tips and each email you send out is all about quality. You obviously spend a great deal of time putting these posts together and looks like it’s worth it. Keep on sending ’em. 🙂 Gracias

  46. A lot of work to develop the list – but it’s worth while. I think you could add to this (or maybe write a whole new post) by explaining how to evaluate those guest posts once they’re published, to help determine whether to write for them again.

    For example, when I post on Firepole Marketing, I get about a 30% opt in rate – awesome! But other sites have yielded only one or two…or sometimes zero signups. More than just establishing credibility, I also want to turn readers into leads – so using analytics to understand where my time is best spent, is crucial.

    Thanks Neil!

  47. We employ similar methods within our own small agency – we have developed a custom tool to record all guest blogging opportunities. We can then keep records of conversations we have had with the site owners about placing our content (such as infographics and guides).

    I’m now wanting to expand on this content marketing approach but am not sure which direction to go in next – do you feel content marketing has an infinite lifespan for a client or that you need to move on to another form of promotion?

  48. Arun Kallarackal :

    A very handy guide indeed! 🙂 I loved the way one has to start, gaining the attention of the influencers, by letting them know of your presence and then slowly, work ones way to get a guest blogging opportunity.

    Linking to influential bloggers wherever it’ll be relevant is a good way to get the ball rolling. I mean, it will act as the forst step.

    The step by step guide to creating a good list of influential bloggers in one’s niche is also very useful.

    I found the link to this article on Kingged.

    Arun

  49. Kamila Cholko :

    Hi Neil,
    Thanks for this article, I have been reading your blog with interest for few months now and I like how you put it all in simple terms.
    Thanks again and keep them coming.
    Kamila

  50. Sabih Ahmed :

    Amazingly great, Neil. I totally agree with you. Guest blogging is one powerful technique that a marketer can use but as you said, don’t go spammy, do hasten for links and all. Maintain a reputation of your site, and your own too. This will drive success and give you benefit in the long-run. Thanks! In you recent post, the one with Infographic, I’ve seen a tool recommendation, GroupHigh. That’s great!

  51. ladylee1967 :

    Wow found this post to be Amazing! I never really understood what guest blogging had to offer Thanks!

  52. Another great post mate.

    I was researching on guest blogs for a long time now and this article has provided me big insights. Thanks 🙂

  53. Hi, Neil

    Thanks for great post. I haven’t any idea about guest blogging but your post really helps me….

  54. Brian Cline :

    Neil,

    As usual you’ve produced amazing and incredibly useful content. I’ve been meaning to do a lot more guest posting but just never seem to find great sites to do it.

    Your google queries are absolutely fantastic and I’m not sure why I couldn’t think of them myself.

    God Bless!

  55. Irene Reardon :

    Great content Neil. I really get a new things on guest blogging.

  56. Danny @ LemonStand :

    This is a very practical guide. Guest blogging is extremely powerful not just for SEO, but to establish yourself as an authority in your industry. It also helps you build out your network which can pay off major dividends in the future.

    Neil, great post!

  57. Punita Shah :

    Hey, just looking around and came across your post. You`ve really simplified issues here!
    I started with guest blogging on my mind, intimidating as much as it sounds. What you`ve done is make me think-` this can be done, one step at a time`.

    Thanks…))

  58. Saranya Vadivel :

    Hi Neil, thank you for sharing this wonderful information about guest posts, since i was blank about how to do guest blogging, got 100% idea from you, thank you once again, keep going…..

  59. I Follow your instruction for guest posting. I am new blogger . So Specially thanks Neil for share awesome article.

  60. Hi Neil, great informative post. It’s the next phase of my new blogs growth so just came across this now as I’m researching best practices.

    I’ve been using Buzzsumo to find articles in my niche that have been shared a lot in order to find different angles and influencers.

    Then the plan is to write a better article with fresh insight or more data driven etc.

    I am wondering however, how many blogs do I send my idea to and how long to wait for an answer before pitching to someone else?

    For example: Do I send my idea or article to 10 different blogs that I think it will be a fit for, then use first come, first serve – how to say no to the others then as the guest post would want to be unique…?

    Or, send to one blogger at a time and wait on the answer – how long would you wait if so?

    Cheers for a great post, couldn’t find any info on my questions.

    Have a great day,

    Colin.

    • Send them to 10 and the first one that accepts give it to them. As for the rest, if any accept, tell them you will be sending them a better version and give me a modified version/new version that is different so there isn’t duplicate content.

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  83. Daniel Obaike :

    Hi Neil,

    Sometimes i feel like being greedy when i read you post by not sharing it because it sounds like trade secret. A quick question Neil; if my target audience is within a certain location, wouldn’t it make sense to target blogs with readers from that location?

    In the post you said eliminate blogs that are not in your niche, how about a scenario like a blog that publishes content for multiple niches like Forbes which you write for, should I eliminate those too? I would love to hear your response.

    Many thanks again Neil.

    • Yes, it is easier to target location. You can also do that in Google Webmaster Tools with your site.

      As for larger sites, don’t eliminate them. Just do that with the smaller ones.

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  86. Hi Neil,

    Just came across this, and it’s super content as always.

    Quick question – Step #3 is for collecting guest blogging targets to build up to, and Step #4 is to amass ‘easy’ guest blogs that build credibility & authority for the #4 targets?

    Thanks, as always.
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    • Luke, that sounds about right. I think a better way to help you out with this question is if you provide me some context on your goals.

      • Yeah, I didn’t phrase that very well 🙂 Thanks for getting back to me anyway!

        I’ve done no guest blogging so far. So I’d like to get started.

        I’m assuming it’s going to be easier to start guest blogging on smaller sites and work up to larger sites.

        In the meantime, I should cultivate a relationship with the bigger sites and names (not that I shouldn’t work on a relationship with smaller sites as well)

        Thanks again,
        Luke

        • Luke, ahh I get it now 🙂

          It’s always easier to start small as the guidelines are less stringent and you can provide them with more value. The bigger sites will notice you in time!

  87. Hello Mr. Patel
    Loved your post. You have given very good tips to write guest post.
    And if i wanted to guest post in education niche, how should I start?

    • Lalit, glad to help.

      You should start reaching out to key influencers to see what they are doing. You can emulate their success and work off them as well.

  88. SoftwareJourney :

    Being a new blogger I’ve been doing allot of Googling on how to do and land guest posts.

    I find your post here really breaks down the entire process quite well. I look forward to trying the method you presented here

  89. Hi Neil,

    Thank you for your article! I am new to guest blogging, and maintained my own blog only for quite some time.

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    There just aren’t that many dental blogs out there that accept guest posts, and I want to be relevant. Yet, I want to be able to post on multiple sites.

    Thanks for any insight you have!

    • Hipaa, I would definitely suggest broadening your audience. You can write very specific posts for your super niche audience and then generalized blog posts for everyone else — test it out & see how it goes.

      Looking forward to hearing how it goes.

  90. A great roundup and have bookmarked this. As ever Neil, please keep up the good work. I refresh your blog, Twitter and Facebook every morning waiting for new content!

  91. Jonathan Alvin :

    Hi Niel.Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic. I have stated a new blog and found this post when I was looking for different methos to get more exposure. This article will come in handy. Thank you very much.

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  93. Saguren Redyrs :

    Hi Neil
    Nice post! I have bookmarked this to use to keep growing my own blog. I accept guest posts on my site http://saspotters.blogspot.co.za/2015/07/grow-your-brand-we-are-now-accepting.html but it is still small and growing. I really have a lot of work to do but I know that in time my blog will be a smash hit!

  94. I dont really see too many of these in the car audio industry, does anyone have any suggestions?

    • I know the car industry has a lot groups and forums. You can start there and see what those users know. It doesn’t have to be a car audio blog, you can target any car blog really.

  95. Upendra Chansoria :

    Fantastic post to find the best guest blogger for your content. Today I was just searching synonyms of guest post like “guest blogging”, “sponsored posts” etc. and found this wonderful post that help me to found all synonyms as well as ideas to find best guest bloggers.

    • Nice! Sometimes all it takes is a little web surfing to find the answer to the problem you’re trying to solve.

  96. Guest Posts Can Help to increase Traffic And rank Too, Thanks For Providing Us Such A Great Platform…

    • Content marketing is where I recommend spending a majority of your time as it’s only becoming more and more important.

  97. Talha Akhtar :

    Neil sir! Great informative article as usual. Just a question…how can i customize my search query relevant to my niche??

    Thanks

  98. Manoranjan Paul :

    Great article Sir. 🙂 You have offered some extra knowledge about guest blogging. Thanks for helping us.

  99. Hi Neil, seems that guest posting is not being recommended anymore, due to google’s new rules and Matt’s remarks some time ago. I am Not sure if guest posting is dead, Need your advise on this one. I would use guest posting for traffic purposes rather than backlinks.

    Additionally what other marketing tips do you recommend other than guest posting, to get traffic to my blog.

    • It’s not, I do between 15-20 guest posts per month. Guest posting can also bring a ton of non direct opportunities that can lead to more links and seo value. Be creative with it.

  100. Dominic Carone :

    MedFriendly.com has a blog that is a great place for submitting guest blog posts on health related content.

  101. I accept guest posts on public speaking, interpersonal communications, digital marketing or motivation at http://www.betterpublicspeaking.com/submit-guest-post-write-for-us/

    Thanks.

  102. It’s not, I do between 15-20 guest posts per month. Guest posting can also bring a ton of non direct opportunities that can lead to more links and seo value. Be creative with it.

    • Exactly! There are a multitude of possibilities you’ll experience. Guest posting can also bring you main stream media coverage

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  109. Neha Kaushik :

    Hi,

    Great Tips,

    But I have a question for you I have a guest blogging website its paid or free. But we have not queried for the guest blogging can you please tell me what should I do.

  110. John Williams :

    great post with great tips

  111. This is a very helpful post Neil for an aspirant writer like me. I have looking for places to start writing guest posts but i am unable to find one. I hope utilizing your techniques would help me land good chances for guest posting. I am an emerging blogger and want to expand my horizon in content writing and blogging for which guest posting seems to be an essential milestone. I hope to achieve it soon to gain recognition among reliable writer.

    • That’s great to hear Afaf, and it’s my pleasure putting all this together for you. If you have questions or want to brain storm some ideas, don’t hesitate to ask

  112. Hi,

    Thank you for this guide. But finding place to post is just 1/2 of your path) You also need to make your guest posting effective. I found one interesting article i want to share. I am sure that with your tips and article from these guys http://luckyposting.com/3-characteristics-of-effective-guest-blogging/ my path will be 100% success.

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  114. Hi Nice Post! I would like to introduce Search Engine Lands one of the best SEO blogs. Please include them in your list they accepts guest posts
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    Thanks

  115. Hi Neil, Thanks for sharing good Information about guest posting.

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    Thank you for another highly relevant post. Neil I only want to ask u that. . .guest post is still valuable according to latest updates from Google ??

  117. Hi Neil,

    Thanks for your great tips. I have a website which is .au domain that are related to manufacturing and technology, and/or laser technology. How can i find the easy ones, and create a list? Please let me know

  118. You have shared a good post for the lovers of guest blogger and content marketers. We have to write informative content to the guest blogs not the promotional content.

  119. This is the most detailed and easy to understand article I have read on guest blogging.
    Thanks a lot. I would start implementing the steps ASAP

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  122. Great article Neil, Such a vast relevant information. I agree on that Guest blogging is really awesome but most important thing is that you write the original content by yourself. Thats what blogging is all about.

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    Hi Neil — Great piece, and thanks for putting this out there. Unless I’m missing something, it looks like the Domain Authority checker you link to (http://www.bulkdachecker.com/) is broken. I was a little bummed when our site—www.casualstrides.com–got a score of zero, but then sites like Facebook, and well-established blogs like Mark’s Daily Apple and The Four Hour Workweek blog also got zero.

    Moz.com will let you test 3-4 links/day for free, but after that, you have to pay for their service–not the best given the goal here of testing a lot of sites. Do you (or any other commenters) have a free site that’s functional for checking domain authority?

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  136. Great post, as ever, Neil.

    I use Google to find resources, especially “write for us” and “become a contributor” and I also use Twitter and social media to look for sites that publish guest posts or that are actively looking for guest posts on a particular topic.

    Using guest posting solely for SEO is a risky and time-consuming strategy. If you’re going to guest post for traffic and search benefits, then you need to assess the quality of a potential guest blogging opportunity. I’ve written a guide to determine the quality of potential guest post sites here – http://brandingmedia.co.uk/2016/09/25/measure-the-quality-of-potential-guest-blogging-opportunities/

  137. Thank Neil for this great step by step tutorial.

    I love Myblogguest by Ann Smarty. Great resource. Beside, HARO and its alternatives like BottleSource are good option too.

    On a side note, if anyone here is interested in Digital marketing guest post opportunity, we have one to offer at our blog which we’re trying to get up day by day with quality content.

    Here are the guidelines to check for – http://www.digitalsuccess.us/guest-blogging.html

    Thanks.

  138. Viginia Luther :

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