My Guest Posting Experiment
I am sure you have heard the phrase “traffic is gold”. In fact I would like to amend that to read “relevant traffic is gold”. But the question I have been asking myself recently, is how do I obtain more relevant traffic for my blog Scribblescratch? One option I have often contemplated, but never actually tried is a guest post on another popular and reputable blog.
What Is It?
A guest post is quite simply a post published on a blog written by another author for free. The blog gets unique quality content for free and the author gets related traffic, links and the post helps builds the authors credibility online.
The issues Related to It
Generally there are a few simple rules that need to be followed for guest authors to get their content published. The most important being, that the content is unique and will not be republished elsewhere. The second most important rule is that the article or post must be of high quality to be published. The last rule (similar to the first) is that the article should not be similar to another article recently published on the site.
For me the last two rules pose significant troubles. Whilst I believe my posts to be of the highest quality in terms of content, I am not oblivious to the fact that my use of the English language is less than desirable. Hopefully the quality of the information provided will be enough to hide the lack of quality evident in how the information is presented. The last rule is more of a random occurrence issue. I can only write on topics which I know and hope that something similar has not been published recently. Worse case scenario is whilst writing a quality post 2-3 days another post is published on the topic unbeknown to me.
Seeing as this will be my first guest post attempt I thought I would track my results via an experiment. The experiment will consist of two parts.
Part 1: Can I get my article published as a guest post at problogger.com?
Part 2: What gains in terms of traffic will I receiver for having my article published as a guest post at probogger.com?
Update: 30 Jan
So its taken me a few days to write the post. Admittedly I didn’t do anything on a couple of those days but from start to completion it took 4 days. I have contacted Darren at problogger.net to ask permission to guest post. I will now have to wait for a response. In my email to Darren I was personal and made comment that he is a fellow Australian blogger like myself. I’m not trying to be best friends but hopefully stand out enough from the other 1000 emails he would get so that he would give proper consideration to my post.
I have collected the results and decided to create a new post for them. To view the results please check out Guest Post Experiment – Revisited.