Like I said in the previous post about bad ways to network, this week is reserved for fixing some of the beginner blogging mistakes.
Today, I need to remind you of a few major things you should NOT do, if you want to guest post on a blog. Any blog. And this is only a few notes from my experience.
What not to do when you want to score a guest post
Here are just three examples of things not to do, that have happened to me recently.
Post completely unrelated to my blog
I received posts and posts on subjects that are not really targeted at my readers. For example stuff like “how to find a publisher for your printed book”, “how to do PR for your company” or “home business opportunities”.
Maybe these posts would be interesting read, but I want to keep this blog focused a bit. My readers are mostly beginner bloggers, they don’t plan to print a book, they are not PR employees in a company nor are they searching for home business opportunities.
Low quality posts
I will not even spend many words on this one. There are certain requirements I listed on the guest posting page and I expect them to be followed. All the general talk about stuff you can read anywhere – I am not interested.
I received a guest post few days ago where there was no message with the post. This would be perfectly fine if I had any clue who you are! There is a text box you can fill in to send the message with a post you are submitting. You should use it!
The bio even has no name:
Check out the Great Home Based Business ideas by researching online. You need a Best Home Based Business to succeed. Head online and learn all you need to know now.
Head online? I would think you are already online if you are reading it!?
There were two links in it, although I do say on my guest post page you can have one link in your bio.
Here is the list of things that went wrong here:
- no name in the bio
- two links in the bio
- no message or any type of introduction
- I have no clue who the author is, have never seen him on my blog before
- the post was completely unrelated to the stuff I usually write about
- the post is so general, like reading a Wikipedia article
I replied to the person asking him why is he spamming me. I had no clue he was submitting a guest post!!! I know he used that form, but I did not think for one second it was a guest post, since I get a lot of spam through all forms here.
He asked me what am I talking about. I asked him why did he send this to me. He said, you do accept guest posts, right?
Yeah, I guess I do :)
People, all the blogs that accept guest posts have a page explaining what they want from a guest author. How about reading it before you submit something?
I have many examples like these and I even stopped feeling bad about refusing them. I had a bad experience with a guest author and I don’t plan to have more of those.
However, I am so proud of guest posts published here and my intention is to keep it at the high level these 3 guys raised it to.
Have you had any bad experiences with guest authors?