Guest blogging is not just something I do for fun; it’s also my business. Some of my writing clients hire me to write guest posts for them, so they can connect with other bloggers within and beyond their industry. Sometimes they also want me to find guest posts for their blogs.
When I’m placing guest posts on my own account, I usually reach out to my personal contacts, or they contact me. For clients, I take a different approach for a couple of reasons.
First, because some of the content I write for them isn’t in the niches where I have contacts. Second, because the volume of posts I need to place can be overwhelming.
Luckily, there are two sites set up specifically for placing and sourcing guest posts: BloggerLinkUp and MyBlogGuest. Here’s how they stack up.
BloggerLinkUp is a free service operated by writer and blogger Cathy Stucker. As the name suggests, the site links bloggers who want to place guest blog posts with those looking for content.
It’s a simple site: sign up with your name and email address to get emails with guest blogging opportunities and posts three times a week.
The site also has links to one page forms where you can offer and request guest posts (plus a couple more features that I’ll get to later).
Sourcing Posts With BloggerLinkUp
I run a travel blog for a client and recently used BloggerLinkUp with great success to get a series of guest posts to cover my vacation period.
To do this, I used the ‘request guest post’ form and included information about the site, the main theme, the key audience, the desired length and other essentials such as originality, linking out and so on.
I was very specific, which I think is the key to success with this services. I got dozens of emails from people offering me guest posts. Some were blatant link-builders, but there were also some quality posts in the travel niche which I selected and scheduled. I was able to see all posts before deciding whether to approve them.
A nice bonus was that as a result of using BloggerLinkUp, I connected with one travel blogger who has agreed to provide a quality guest post once a month. That’s a win for both of us – and for my client.
Placing Posts With BloggerLinkUp
So how did BloggerLinkUp work for placing posts? While I know that I placed posts from about 14 bloggers during my vacation, which means the system works, I personally didn’t have much luck with it the first time I tried it.
I think the issue here is that describing what you’re offering without giving away the full details of the post makes it difficult for bloggers to see what they are getting. That’s just a feeling, though, and I’d be happy to hear more from someone who’s had more luck with this aspect of the service.
Other Features of Blogger LinkUp
I will add that Blogger LinkUp has a couple more features that bloggers will find useful, though I haven’t used them myself. These are the ability to:
- Request sources for interviews and round-ups (like HARO)
- Offer products to bloggers for review (there are always lots of items in this section of the email)
- Announce a contest or giveaway (a good way for bloggers to promote their offers)
The other site I’ve been using is MyBlogGuest. Started by Ann Smarty, this site is a guest blogging community that grew out of a simple forum into something much larger. Partly because of that, it’s difficult to list everything that’s available on the site, but it’s a great place to find and submit guest posts through specific forum threads.
MyBlogGuest has a premium version available, but I’ll look first at what’s available in the free version.
Sourcing and Placing Posts With MyBlogGuest
The ‘looking for a blog’ thread has sub-threads for the different article categories on MyBlogGuest, so you can offer your posts in finance, tech, travel, lifestyle, health, business and many more categories. Once someone is interested in your post, all you have to do is arrange email contact for the submission.
Placing posts works pretty much the same way via the ‘looking for a guest author’ thread. You can also find posts in the articles gallery, though you can’t upload them with a free membership.
Since I guest blog for clients as well as myself and since my clients’ interests are in different niches, I splashed out for a $20 a month pro membership so I could get upload access to the MyBlogGuest articles gallery.
This is a great timesaver for me, as I don’t have to go to all the individual threads to post articles. To get the most from this feature, it’s a good idea to spend a couple of minutes on the article summary and description, as this will help people to pick your post. They will also be able to see the first couple of paragraphs of your article and your bio. If you want an in-depth look at MyBlogGuest Premium, check out Allison Boyer’s excellent review.
The Articles Gallery in Action
Whenever I use the Articles Gallery, I generally get several offers to post my articles within the first couple of minutes and many more over the next 24 hours. I can see profiles for all the people who offer, checking out their blogs, their rating and so on, to see if their site is the right place for my post.
If I’m happy, I accept the offer, they get access to the HTML and they can publish or schedule the article. The site generates automatic notifications for each stage of this process.
In using it to source posts for the travel blog, however, I didn’t find as many that I wanted to use.
Other Features of MyBlogGuest
One of the best features of MyBlogGuest is that it is strictly moderated to reduce the likelihood of spammers and it focuses on quality. There’s also a nice community feel through the forum.
The forum also includes threads where you can ask for social media help, find blogging jobs or just chat with other bloggers about issues of interest. The forum is active, and there’s something new almost every day. Every so often, you get an email from the moderator with an article suggestion.
I also like the monthly article report which alerts you to possible changes in your articles and gives you a nice easy way to keep clients updated on the progress of their guest posts. And finally, there’s the chance to be featured in a monthly guest posting roundup on the popular MyBlogGuest blog.
MyBlogGuest vs BloggerLinkUp – Which is Better?
In testing both sites, I found BloggerLinkUp worked better for me for sourcing guest posts for my travel blog, while MyBlogGuest worked better for placing posts in a variety of niches. Luckily, I don’t have to choose, so I plan to continue to use both sites when blogging for clients.
Have you ever used either of these sites? What was your experience?
Sharon Hurley Hall has almost 25 years of experience writing professionally – as a journalist, an academic writer, a blogger, a ghost writer and an online copy writer. She is the author of a Kindle ebook titled Getting Started in Blogging and has been running Get Paid To Write Online since 2005 to help other writers improve and build sustainable and successful writing careers. Check out Sharon’s Google+ profile to find links to all her social media hangouts.