5 Proven Tips to Find Guest Bloggers

After a long time of haggling with the idea of writing a blog and postponing it for the umpteenth time, you may have finally started to write a blog and have put in your personal comments about whatever it is that you have been observing is happening around you.

Guest BloggersOr… maybe you have started a blog to get other like- minded people to post. That’s a good idea.

However, what is it that needs to be done that will get it to be on people’s mind when they think of a niche that you are blogging about?

That question and the million dollar one of how can I get something out of this blog?

…Be it eyeballs – money – or even getting a guest blogger to contribute to your blog.

Well, guest blogging is a really good way to start your journey towards achieving your goals or the ultimate dream of getting to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

However, what can the new blogger with starry dreams in his/her eyes do to get veteran bloggers to write on his/her blog?

How to Find Guest Bloggers for Your Blog

Here are some tips that you can keep in mind and use them to get guest bloggers to post and continue on your journey to that proverbial pot of gold.

1. Comment Section of a blog: Most probably the best place to look for a guest blogger is in the comments section of your blog. This is where you can find guest bloggers giving you a piece of advice on what they thought of your blog and other useful information.

You will also find the readers who have read your blog and may have started to follow you. That means that they care for what you have to say and the ones who have agreed to follow you will always add value to each of your posts.

2. Set a goal: ‘Seek and thou shalt find’ is a saying that is so apt to the blogger. Unless and until you seek out guest bloggers who will post on your blog, there is no way that you can even dream to start your journey towards success, let alone getting there.

So set a goal that is neither too high nor too low. Aiming low doesn’t mean that you go for substandard stuff… All it means is that you could get posts from new bloggers like yourself who want to make a niche of their own.

They may be searching for something that they like and may start commenting first and then garner enough courage to start a blog of their own.

3. Marketing: Look for bloggers who have a history of being a networker and not necessarily a network marketer.

This is the type of person who can get the word out about your blog and make you a bunch of money, eventually.

The simple logic being that when you have a top ranking blog in blog directories, you will get advertising opportunities that will surely get the attention from the public first, and the advertisers next.

So, through these networkers, you can achieve your targets easily.

Also, try to do self marketing. Tell people who you are and what you do. Get people interested in knowing you and they will probably visit and read your postings.

If they find you interesting, they will certainly ask you to be a guest blogger. Market yourself and your blog well. Strategize and act accordingly.

4. Online world spilling over: One thing where people normally don’t look when they have a presence online is offline.

But that is where most of the people are. They may not have their own blogs or websites.

However, who should say that in the future they could have a net presence and a strong one at that. Moreover, what if they eventually have a net presence after they post on your blog and become popular?

5. Keep it simple and sensible: When you approach a guest blogger, asking for too much out of sheer enthusiasm can mean doomsday for you.

The reason being is that the guest blogger could run away thinking that you are a clinger or worse that maybe he is the only one who saw your blog in the last couple of months or so…

For a guest blogger to post on your blog, you should have sensible questions which can get you mature answers and in the process, help you to grow your blog over a period of time.

Now you have guest bloggers to comment or post on your blog. That’s great!

Guest blogging is that thing which is necessary for any blog that aims for a win-win-win situation for the three main players in this game… the blog owner, the guest blogger and the reader.

If you would like to be a guest blogger you can write for us. We’re looking for both types of contributors one time and regular to publish on our blog.

Syndicating Your Blog with RSS Feeds

Earlier referred to as Rich Site Summary, it’s now known as Really Simple Syndication. The RSS feeds are a chance for bloggers to spread and attract fresh content daily.

RSS FeedsThe RSS is a special piece of code embedded with the HTML code of the web page that automatically updates RSS subscribers with fresh content. The feeds are basically a short summary of the blog and thus, it is essential that the short summary offered is interesting to pique the readers’ interest and read the whole story.

For RSS feeds, you need a RSS reader or you can use the Google reader, and there is no limitation as to the number of subscribers you can have for your blog. You can add RSS feeds either on blogs or static websites. Here is a short manual on how to go about them.

Blogger

If you host your blog on Blogger, log in to your account. Go to the “Layout” section of the chosen blog. (provided you have multiple blogs) Click on the “Add a Page Element” from the top bar and select “Add to Blog” which appears below the “Feed” element, opening the “Configure Feed” dialog box.

Here, in the “Configure Feed” dialog box, you need to copy-paste the RSS link URL from the external blog. You can view the RSS link on the eternal blog generally on the right-hand side. When you click on this link, it generally opens Feedburner address; you select this link and copy it to the clipboard.

Copy-paste this link saved in clipboard into the “Feed URL” box appearing on the “Configure Feed” dialog box and click “Continue.” In the next page, you will be asked to choose the number of feeds you want to display, date format and author name. Make these selections and click “Save.”

Click on the “Preview” button to check if everything is in order and if not, you can use the “Edit” button to make changes.

WordPress

Most of the WordPress theme hosted blogs have the RSS installed by default. This makes it easier for beginners as they don’t have to read through complex codex.

However, some of the WordPress themes do not have RSS installed, and then you have to install it yourself. What I suggest is you read through the backend WP-Admin interface details provided by WordPress themselves. This codex explains in detail how to add RSS feed on your blog. You can add the RSS button on your themes sidebar or the footer page for display.

The RSS function varies for different themes so you have to do a bit of hit-and-trial method to check which one is working for you. Some of the WordPress themes have RSS buttons as a widget. Check in the Widget section of your dashboard. If you have the RSS widget, simply click “Activate” and all is set!

Static Websites

Static websites are those that do not have fresh content daily. They are not blogs. Unless you can write XML codes manually, you have to have RSS software for static websites. Websites like FeedForAll.com and Page2RSS.com offer RSS feed software installation for static sites.

The RSS link you get will be somewhat like http://yoursite.com/yourfeed.xml and the next time you add articles to your website, the RSS feed will be automatically updated.

Best way to monetize from RSS feeds is to syndicate your blog or website with a large number of feed aggregators. This will not only bring you valuable traffic but also provide you with very good quality and valuable back links that further help to rank your website higher on Google.

Kindle and RSS

In the last two or three years, the Amazon Kindle has made it possible for bloggers to publish your blog on the Kindle store and whenever anyone subscribes to your feed, Amazon shares a revenue percentage with you. Any blogger from anywhere in the world can utilize this tool.

But there is a downside as well – Amazon does not allow the blogger to decide the price of your blog. Amazon decides a monthly subscription fee and the blogger gets a 30% share. This may not seem like a great amount of money but as your content reach widens and subscribers increase, you get to earn more.

You need to create a new Amazon account even if you already have an existing one, fill out the form, add the blog RSS feed and submit. Once Amazon approves the blog, it will be available to Amazon Associates and all Kindle users on Amazon Store.

Syndicating your blog with RSS feeds is another way to make money online. Most bloggers and advertisers publish small ads in a non-intrusive manner and when the RSS subscribers click on them, the blogger earns. Of course, some readers may feel put off seeing the ads but that’s a risk one has to take.