15 Bite-Size Tips For Getting Your Guest Posts Accepted Almost Every Time

15 guest posting tips Guest post by Hector Cuevas from InboundPro.net.

Have you ever spent hours researching and writing a guest post and had it rejected? I have and it sucks.

It feels as if someone just told you you’re not good enough, to your face. But, I now see it from the blog owners perspective because I’ve had to reject quite a few guest articles myself.

I’m here today to share with you 15 bite-size ideas that will help you get your guest posts accepted almost every time. I’ve guest posted on 15 different blogs over the past few months, and I can assure you that using just half of these tips will get you accepted more often that not.

So, let’s get started…

1. Have the right mindset

The right mindset is everything. Think for a second why you’re submitting this guest post. Is it because you want more traffic and subscribers? Or is it because you genuinely want to help the blog owner and his audience by providing useful content?

2. Choose the blog carefully

Many of the guest articles I’ve had to reject have been written about unrelated topics. The content was great, but I knew it wasn’t going to resonate with my audience. I highly recommend you spend some time researching different blogs in order to find the right one.

3. Study the blog for at least 30 minutes

Once you’ve done your due diligence of finding the right blogs, study them. Read past articles to see what the blog owner talks about on his site. Read past guest posts to see what has gotten accepted before. All of this information will give you an idea of the type of content the owner wants.

4. Brainstorm ideas first

Now that you have an idea of what the blog owner writes about and what the owner accepts as guest articles, figure out where there’s a content gap. Is there a topic you can dive deeper into? Can you add value or a different perspective to a previous post? Write these ideas down.

5. Create Art – not just words on the screen

Content creation isn’t the easiest thing to do; it takes hard work and practice to get good at creating art. Great content is useful, it motivates, inspires and gets people to take action. Think about your article as a masterpiece in the making, and you’ll put forth the effort that’s needed to create it.

6. Mention the blog owner in the post

In both of my previous guest posts on Social Mouths, I’ve mentioned Francisco’s name. (here and here) Why? Because it makes the post unique. It’s as if the article belongs on this blog and no where else. When Francisco reads it, he’ll feel better about publishing it. (this even works on me)

7. Include the idea in the “pitch” email

If you don’t want to write the article before emailing the blog owner, then you must include some of those ideas that you were brainstorming earlier. Do not give the owner more work by asking them what you should write about. That is a surefire way of getting ignored.

8. Write it beforehand

This is the second option: If you’re confident about the idea for the post, then write the article beforehand. This is what I do and it works great for me.

9. Have a strategy going in

Don’t forget about your guest blogging strategy. All this talk about getting your articles accepted and having the right mindset shouldn’t deter you from your goals. You’re doing this for a reason, remember that.

10. Link back to previous articles

Check out what I did on tip number 9. I linked back to an article by Ann Smarty that talks about guest blogging strategy. This is also a great way to make the article unique to Social Mouths.

11. Follow the guest posting guidelines

Some blog owners want you to submit images with your posts while others don’t. Some blog owners want to get the post in HTML format, others might not. Some blog owners might want you to reach a certain word count, while others just care about the quality. Read the rules and follow the instructions.

12. Make it easy for the blog owner

Whether they ask for the post in HTML format or not, I always provide it along with a text only version. Why? Because it makes their life easier. All they have to do at that point is copy and paste it to their wordpress editor and press publish. The less work they do, the happier they are.

13. Read & Edit your work

I’ve submitted guest articles with typos and grammar errors – not a good look. Spend the time and effort reading and re-reading your article. Get someone else to read it for you and even read it out loud. Doing this will help you catch the mistakes and you’ll avoid looking like an idiot.

14. Read & Edit your work

This isn’t a typo. I just feel this point is really important because this is the time where you add the final strokes to your masterpiece. This is the time to polish your work and make it remarkable. If you find and fix the errors yourself, you’ve just made the blog owners life a lot easier.

15. Chill on the inbound links

Most guest bloggers get a section at the bottom of the post with their bio. This is where you can add a link to your blog and your twitter profile. Don’t go crazy linking to your articles from within the post itself. It looks bad and self-serving. Check out my bio below.. :0)

What tips would you add to get your posts accepted? Leave them in the comments below..

Hector Cuevas This is a guest post by Hector Cuevas from InboundPro.net, where he writes about lessons learned through blogging, taking fearless action and successfully building a blogging audience. You grab his 8-Part Inbound Marketing course here at no charge..

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  • Caleb Anthony

    Excellent article. I really feel that a place a lot of guest posters skimp out is giving recognition to the blog owner. I know a lot of owners really appreciate the credit given to them by guest posters. I’ll definitely apply these tips!

  • http://www.inboundpro.net/ Hector Cuevas

     Thanks Caleb.. Yea it’s so simple to do but it makes a big difference. Glad you liked the post

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  • http://twitter.com/LuftigWarren Luftig Warren

    I wish people would read this post, print it out and place it on the desk next to their keyboard.  I count 9 out of the 15 that should be applied to every blog post, regardless of whether it’s a guest post or not.  (Especially true for reading and editing your work)  I’ve just been asked to guest post for the first time…this is some valuable info.  Thanks, Hector.

  • http://growwithstacy.com Stacy

    Hector, Those are great tips and as a blog owner I especially like tips 11 & 12 to know what the blog owner wants. I have my requirements spelled out clearly and I can’t tell you how many times the process hasn’t been followed. I love it when a guest author follows all of the steps, it makes the process so much more enjoyable for me! :)

  • http://www.socialmouths.com/ Francisco Rosales

    My favorite is point #12. A post should always be sent on HTML format or at least a plain text document. MS Word does not work, the blogger will usually end up reformatting the content. 

  • http://www.inboundpro.net/ Hector Cuevas

     Exactly.. just making your life easier bro.

  • http://www.inboundpro.net/ Hector Cuevas

     It’s so easy when the blogger has guidelines – It amazes me when people don’t follow them. They’re there for a reason lol

  • http://www.inboundpro.net/ Hector Cuevas

     Glad you found it useful..

  • Ryan Glass

    Great blog.  Shared it with my friends and already signed up for the Inbound Marketing course. 

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    Certainly nice points, If you want to write a blog post for any specific blog then you must know about the niche of that blog and should also know the preference of its readers so that you can get more exposure with your blog posting.

  • Andrew

    great post thank you for sharing this information with us, i am sure it will help a lot of people.

  • http://www.Blake.co.za/blog Sarah

    A very insightful post Hector. You have some great ideas. A good post definitely takes time to write.  

  • http://www.facethebuzz.com Andrew K Kirk

    This always seemed like a no-brainer to me until I realized how many bloggers don’t take this step. Perhaps because they weren’t comfortable with the code or because they simply never thought of it.

  • http://www.gardenofbeauty.net/ Jean Park

    Great stuff. I’m still a bit busy to submit guest posts en masse, but I’m always wondering if I’m going about it wrong. Turns out I’m not for the most part, but I do appreciate the extra tips! Writing the post beforehand is a fantastic idea for saving time, too. I haven’t really formed a guest blogging strategy yet, so I’ll check out that post later. Many thanks for the article!

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    These are some great points. I have been wanting to start guest posting more, so this post really helps. 

  • whenpigsfly

    I’ve also found that if what I’m pitching is also something that would work on my own site, then if the other blogger doesn’t want to use it I can. So far, that’s not been an issue the few times I have done a guest post but I’ve been prepared.

  • http://pegfitzpatrick.com/ Peg Fitzpatrick

    I agree @socialmouths:disqus having to reformat a guest post is a hassle. Nice post 

  • http://twitter.com/PinkKitchen PinkKitchen

    Thanks especially for #15. That Drives.Me.Crazy.

  • http://twitter.com/PublicityHound Joan Stewart

    Love your tips. But I prefer to have a blogger pitch me with three or four ideas. Let me choose which one I want.  

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    This is a really great post Hector! Thank you for these great tips!

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  • http://edripping.com/ Jack Keenan

    One thing worth mentioning is that you never have anything to lose by pre-writing your guest blog posts before you begin the process of approaching blog owners and pitching your ideas. If you know your content is great and it gets turned down, just publish it yourself.

  • http://mysocialgameplan.com/ Jonathan Payne

    As someone who would like to get into more guest posting, this is a major help.  Very much appreciated.

  • http://www.bloggertone.com Niall Devitt

    Hi 
    Hector, I am the founder and editorial manager for a group blogging site called TweakYourBiz (formally Bloggertone) This is really great advice,  I believe your first tip about having the right mindset is key. If you focus on creating great content that adds value, it will end up been a win win situation for both guest poster and the blog owner.  

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    I’ve guest posted on 15 different blogs over the past few months

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    I wish people would take note of #2.  I’ve even had someone trying to argue with me about the relevance of his proposal to my site even though Blind Freddy could tell that we operate in totally different markets & serve different audiences.

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  • Tal

    Brilliant tips, Fransisco. I would add something about including some keywords in your post that are relevant to the blogger’s content. Make sure to highlight the fact that it’s keyword rich, so essentially you’ve done part of their SEO promotion!

  • http://socialmediasun.com/ Adam Justice

    I actually would rather have them in a .DOC file, with images attached (but not inserted yet). My theme doesn’t format Lists the way you see them in HTML, and every single article on the site is formatted the exact same way (so odds are, it ends up taking more work to un-format the HTML post).

    It does take quite a bit of time formatting posts though. If I could get the guests doing it, it would probably save me 5 hours every week (I’m putting off the formatting of 3 posts right now). I’ve filled out every ALT tag, every image description, spaced the featured image with the exact same padding, went about captions the same way, and inserted pop outs in the same way of all of the posts so far (not to mention the same paragraph spacing, bloding practices, and subtitleing). After you keep something consistent for more than a month, it’s hard to relax the standard.

  • ankya7

    I actually loved reading the articles. Its well explained and with Google on a mission to take down small blogs( Panda and Penguin updates ) , many would love to read such tips to make back links and get more traffic. So thanks for the info . 

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    Or is it because you genuinely want to help the blog owner and his audience by providing useful content?

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    Have you ever spent hours researching and writing a guest post and had it rejected? I have and it sucks.

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    I know a lot of owners really appreciate the credit given to them by guest posters.

  • http://twitter.com/myblogguest Ann Smarty

    Great tips.  I especially like the part about having a strategy going in… Great advice!

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    I’ve guest posted on 15 different blogs over the past few months, and I
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  • http://www.GuestGalaxy.com/ James Barton

    Thanks Hector, my favorite is #10. Linking back to previous relevant articles from the blog is a winner.

  • http://www.guestblogposter.com/ Grant @ GuestBlogPoster.com

    It’s little things like this that really matter to some people. Making the webmaster have to do the least amount of work possible is extremely important. Great write-up Francisco!

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    I can assure you that using just half of these tips will get you accepted more often that not.

  • Alice

    #6 Really is a plus. Graphics make all the text a bit more appealing. Just choosing the appropriate image for the content is another plus. After all, it would be weird having a random image pop into your article.

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    I’ve guest posted on 15 different blogs over the past few months, and I
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    The right mindset is everything. Think for a second why you’re
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    and his audience by providing useful content?
     

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    Guest blogging can be an effective tool in making yourself or your brand popular on internet, provided some consistency is maintained here.

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    Just the other day I received a guest post request (the person wanting to guest post on my blog) from an individual with the subject line “Write for Us.” Apparently the person was using the same draft both for sourcing and securing guest posts.

  • Matthew Wood

    Nice post Hector. I’d go along with most of that having been on both sides of the fence, so to speak.

    I’ve actually written similar(ish) on the subject today which you may want to take a look at. It’s called ‘Identifying the Pitfalls of Guest Post Pitching’ and you can find it here; http://www.webrevolve.com/2013/03/identifying-the-pitfalls-of-guest-post-pitching/

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