How to Get Addicted to the Habit of Guest Blogging

Don’t ever dream of underestimating it, guest blogging is best way to promote your blog, blog commenting works but if you need something that actually works in a magical way then guest blogging must not be left out. I can’t really remember if I’ve said this but I just want to dig out my favorite strategies of promoting my blog. They’re not much though,  during the session of my blog hopping I noticed that you must not have too much promotional strategies instead, focus on a few and you’re going to get the best out of it. For now I have just five methods I use in promoting my blog;

Guest blogging
blogging communities
Communities (bizsugar – my favorite)
Social media – Social media strategies to promote your blog
Forums – Duhh, I dropped it some weeks ago but it works though.
SEO – Should I call this a promotional strategy? Well I wrote a guide on “on page optimization

In my view, the best of all is the one sitting at the top; of course that’s guest blogging. Have you written a guest post before? Did I hear you say no? Oh boy! You’re missing big time. Well, not really because I know folks that are getting bunch of traffic from the quality comments they dropped on a few blogs, why? Because they sprinkled magical dust on their comments and this made it stand out of the crowd. You really want to know the difference between epic comment and a person dropping just “Great Article”? Find out its magnitude by checking out my post on Epic Comment vs Great Article. I know of some folks that also spend most of their time on social media and it’s working for them, Yup! It worked for me too but I still prefer Guest blogging. Curious on how I got the best out of social media? Check out my social media strategies. Now back to guest blogging, we do give ourselves stagnant promises like: “I’ll submit a guest post next week” and next week is starting to become last month. Hit the gas, go do some homework. Before cutting the cake, I’d love to give a mouthwatering definition of guest blogging.

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What is Guest Blogging

Guest blogging is the method used by bloggers to generate traffic and build backlinks by publishing a post on another blog.

99.99% of blogs are nofollow nowadays and the best way to by-pass that is to submit a guest post rather than dropping a comment, most people don’t care anymore because google pagerank is lost in wonder land and Matt confirmed it.

How to get Addicted to the habit of guest blogging

Write with passion

It all starts with passion right? Writing with passion simply means writing from your heart and a writing format like these flows out freely. Writing with passion is a good way of overcoming writer’s block; it definitely won’t come near a person like this. The more the quality content, the more the left overs you’ll have (quality left overs though). Now what are you going to do with it? Of course, submit it as a guest post. The more you write the more you’ll get inspired and the more you peep into your older post, the more the knowledge you’ll get in writing your newer post. The more the knowledge, the more the post and the more the post, the more the guest post and the more the guest post, the higher the traffic and the higher the traffic……I guess I need to stop here.

Compete with other Guest bloggers

Competing with other guest bloggers is one of actions that’s going to trigger you into doing more, It’s just like running a race and of course you don’t want to be the last, you wouldn’t also want to be the second, what’s your goal? First position right? I tried giving up on guest blogging and face other promotional strategy but the guest posts of some of my mates and other bloggers kept me up. It’s fun; why not give it a try. Look for an active competitor and give yourself a goal of doing better. This was the tip I used in beating some of my competitors especially one that submitted an impressive amount of guest post in a short span.

Monitor other blogs

You can monitor blogs where you want to submit a guest post, check the older posts and blend with the blog’s writing format. You can also check out the guest post of some guest bloggers and peep into their writing style. If writer’s block as your companion, reading other blogs is a perfect way to refresh your memory and get more blog post ideas.

Write Frequently

This doesn’t mean you have to write every single day of the week. Why not put it in this format; try writing up a draft to submit as a guest post immediately after writing your blog post. It’s definitely going to work if you give yourself a schedule and a goal. If you really want to get the best out of guest blogging and blogging in general then you need to treat it like your office. While writing, put your readers in mind or the readers of the blog you’re submitting your guest post to, you really want to get the best out of guest blogging, you need to write something they won’t forget, something that will make them curious to know you. You don’t want to bore your readers right? Sue Neal wrote a complete guide on writing for your readers

Why you must get addicted to guest blogging – Benefits of Guest Blogging

Does guest blogging have any disadvantages? I don’t think so. If you’re still not convinced, these little tips might push you into guest blogging. Guest blogging is fun but at the same time, you’re going to get a big reward. So what are you really going to get out of guest blogging?

Targeted traffic

There’s a big difference between getting 1000 visitors with no sales and getting 200 visitors with some impressive amount of sales. Untargeted traffic can harm your site and the best result you’ll experience is a high bounce rate. To get rid of this, guest blogging is the perfect way of getting targeted traffic and genuine readers to your blog. Readers that’ll love to explore older posts and get some valuable information, eventually subscribe and even become a customer. Competition is getting higher day by day and everybody’s trying to best the best, wanna know why so many folks are blogging? Lisa wrote something about it and don’t forget to check out the infographic. I told you guest blogging won’t be left out, check it out –  Why are so many blogging today?

Quality and safe backlinks

Some of us don’t care about backlinks while most of us are dying to build tons of backlinks to our blog. As a matter of fact, backlink starts with quality content. People will always to link to you but if you want to build those backlinks yourself then guest blogging is the best and safest way to do this. Why? The link to your blog in the author is dofollow while those in the post are also likely to be dofollow. Getting dofollow links is the best way to increase your ranking on SERP and a higher pagerank. I can’t really say if google pagerank still exists because it’s been a long time we experienced an update right? Whether it does or it doesn’t, guest blogging still remains the best traffic strategy ever.

Builds your Reputation

On a journey to becoming a successful blogger? You really need to build up your reputation and guest blogging is also a perfect way of doing this. Can you see the difference between guest blogging and blog commenting? People can see your comments being splashed on many blogs but at the end all you’ll get is traffic but guest blogging is a win-win situation. You’ll get the traffic you’re looking for and at the same time command genuine readers to your blog. What are those readers tweeting or saying about you?

He writes epic sh*t
He writes funny sh*t
He’s a guest blogging addict
He relates with his readers
He has a crazy traffic that can blow up your server

More than that I guess but don’t underestimate the power of guest blogging. Actually, it’s one of the tips most probloggers out there used in skyrocketing their blog.


Builds Relationship with other bloggers

Guest blogging is a good way of relating with a wider audience, getting to know them and legally dragging them to become your good reader and contributor. There’s a slight difference between guest blogging and blog commenting here. In guest blogging you’re the one of stage while the readers are the audience, this means the entire audience are going to see and hear what you’re saying but it’s one the contrary when it comes to blog commenting, here you’re also part of the audience (but not on stage) this means you won’t be visible to the entire audience but only those near you. Get it? That’s exactly how guest blogging and blog commenting looks like. When you relate with other audience and they love your style and flow, they’ll love to know you more and do you know the next thing they’ll do? Hop to your blog, check out your facebook and twitter page and eventually follow you. Now that’s just a perfect way of building relationship. Don’t get it twisted, if you know your stuff you can also build quality relationships with other bloggers through blog commenting. Get a complete guide on how to build relationships through blogging

….and many more

Yea that’s true but I only pointed out the visible and important aspect, if there’s any aspect I omitted, feel free to drop it below. Of course I know there are many guest blogging addicts here and don’t be surprised because I can see you reading this post. Now I have just one little question, what pushed you into guest blogging and are you getting the best out of it.

Haven’t submitted your first guest post? Not bad, there’s still a lot of time and there are many blogs out there looking for guest bloggers. Take your time, write some quality content and submit it. I was skipping round my room when I saw my first guest post published; don’t mind me being a newbie blogger then.  Guest blogging rocks! Implement it and you’ll understand what I’m talking about.

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  1. says

    Hello Gilbert,

    I love the point of guest blogging to build relationship. For me, that’s the most important, others can argue in respect to building backlinks, but most of the I try to not accept what the majority thinks. Backlinks will fail, but building an excellent and sustainable relationship is the key.

    Thanks for crafting this brilliant article, do have a nice day friend :)
    Nosa E Nosa recently posted…How To Identify, Prevent And Stop Negative SEOMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Nosa,

      You’re right, relationships are more expensive than backlinks because you can invest more backlinks out of the relationships you built, I’m sure you understand what I mean. Thanks for the addition.

      Have a wonderful day too :)

  2. says

    Hi Gilbert,
    Agree with you, guest blogging has so many advantages; from driving traffic to getting good authority in blogosphere. . .
    Guest blogging also gives us more self-confidence. . . Awesome post, Thanks for sharing :)

  3. says

    Hi Gilbert,

    Excellent 😉 Write write and write some more. Practice to become an astounding guest blogger. Your first few guest posts might not be too hot; most of us get nervous at this prospect. But if you double down and practice like heck you will become an amazingly talented and well known guest blogger.

    I hit blogs on posting sprees. I will be quiet for a bit, focusing on my blog, then I go bonkers on the guest posting front. Works well for me. Practice, practice, practice.

    Thanks for sharing :)
    Ryan Biddulph recently posted…5 Tips for Becoming Absurdly ProlificMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Ryan,

      I noticed that, first guest post won’t be but as the journey continues, the hotter it’ll be.

      Hmm, we’re in the same shoes; I’ve really gotten the best out of guest blogging, still on the gig though 😉
      Have a wonderful day.

  4. says

    Hi gilbert.
    Nice post here. I will have agree with you the point of good relation via guest posting. There are many successful blogger blog owner cannot connect with their visitors via social or any others source. But guest post others sites that owner must read the guest article for approving article on the site and your very good change to get him because he will be interested about you.
    Moryom begum recently posted…8 tips to maintain weakness for bloggerMy Profile

    • says

      You’ve said it all Moryom,

      Guest blogging is the best way of building relationship, seriously, it’s somehow more powerful than social media. Thanks for sharing your view and do have a wonderful day.

  5. says

    Hi Gilbert,

    Great post you have written a well optimized post and I am very friendly to the guest posting as I am regularly doing it. Building relationships is very important role in blogging and I seen many blogs which are today successful only because of their friendship with other bloggers. You had written a great post and I liked it.

    • says

      Hi Shil

      I’ve seen one of your guest post, seems that was on comluv, I can’t really remember. I’m sure you know what it looks like and definitely, you’ve gotten a good result. Have a wonderful week ahead.

  6. says


    Guest blogging is one of the best ways to build reputation for our online. Guest Blogging plays a major as it strives all our needs in one stretch. Yes, being a blogger we strive for backlinks, traffic and brand and guest blogging gives us all in the best and easiest way. And for guest blogging we need to have the best writing skills, knowledge and passion so that our post will be accepted in other blogs. The information which we pass on through our article would replicate the readers to know the value and worth of our blog. So it all shows our blog brand and reputation by your guest post article.

    Thanks for sharing a lot information about Guest Blogging. Appreciate your work to give more importance for Guest Blogging :)
    Shathyan Raja recently posted…Easy Ways to Build BacklinksMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Shathyan,

      Talking about reputation? Then guest blogging must not be left out. You’re right, for our guest post to be approved then our writing skills must be presentable. Thanks for the comment and have a wonderful week ahead :)

  7. says

    Hey Gilbert Samuel Bro
    I saw your link in COMMENTDX
    Great Article Man Yesterday I received my first guest post from Gautam build a good relationship.
    Thanks For sharing This

  8. says

    That’s very true, Gilbert. Guest blogging can be a great method to get dofollow link back to your blog when most of the blogs are nofollow by default.

    I offer guest posting if the content is really nice and the topic suitable to my blog. However, many people just don’t understand the value of guest blogging and try to push posts for links only. I hope your post will guide them.
    Suresh Khanal recently posted…Empower Network Scam Myths DebunkedMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Suresh, good to see you here.
      Yup dofollow link it is, I guess I’ve been tapping some of that from your blog 😉

      Thanks for sharing your view and I hope this guides then too, have a wonderful week ahead.

  9. says

    Hi Gilbert,

    I felt like you were talking to me, especially when you said that so many people make excuses and say “I’ll submit a guest post next week”

    I know that you have had a lot of success with guest blogging and it has allowed you to grow your site very fast. This is what has made me want to get started.

    I will eventually…oh no here goes another excuse. Right now I just have my plate too full I don’t think that I could fit anything else into it. Thanks for sharing and you definitely made me understand why I need to get started with it sooner than later.

    Have a great day and I’ll talk to you later.
    Susan Velez recently posted…Outsourced My WSO Sales Letter GraphicsMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Susan,

      I couldn’t help laughing when I read your comment: “I will eventually…” 😀 Well, I’m not referring to you alone, I guess I’m referring to everybody reading the post.

      I’ve seen your comments on some of my guest posts and some blog I’ve never visited before. At times I do wonder, why are you always everywhere? Seriously, you’ve also achieved a lot with blog commenting. I understand your schedule and I know how everything feels like, there’s just no time to squeeze out.

      Do a have a great day too, talk soon.

    • says

      Hi Desmond,

      You’re right, guest blogging is the best way to build safa backlinks to our blogs, I also love the explanation you gave. Thanks for sharing your view and two cents.

      Have a wonderful day.

  10. says

    A fabulous article Gilbert,
    Guest posting is really one of the best and most effective ways to gain exposure for your products and services and no matter what people say or thinks, guest blogging has come to start and will never die.

    A lot of people have successfully used it to take their sites to a greater height and, if you’re a writer and you’re not yet harnessing and utilizing the benefits of guest blogging to power your business the more then, you’re indeed missing a lot and, i will urge you to start doing it immediately.

    Thanks for sharing and, do have a splendid week :).

    • says

      Hi Theodore,

      You’ve chalked out the right points. I’ve heard people saying that guest blogging doesn’t work anymore but I totally doubt that.

      Thanks for your view and recommendation, have a wonderful week too :)

  11. says

    Hello Samuel,
    I know guest blogging brigs traffic, when traffic comes money comes too. Thanks for sharing your personal touch on this.
    See you next time. Kind regards from I. C. Daniel

    PS: in case you have a minute and could take a look at my forum, I plan this forum for quite a while and I want everything to be as good as possible, that’s the reason I ask my online friends to give me their opinions and as well make me suggestions. I created categories and forums with attention, I put some ads to see how will look :D, I’m trying colors on frontend as well.

    In case you have time to look than come back this post and reply with your suggestions in 2 or 3 lines about my forum. Means a lot to me.

    • says

      Hi Daniel,
      You’re right, guest blogging does it all.

      I checked your forum and it’s great. I love the colors, professional and moderate. The banners aren’t a distraction too but if you could create more categories, I guess you’re planning that in the future. There’s nothing missing but it will be great if you add more categories, something related to warriorforum. Oh! You can also go to forums and ask some of the members to share their opinion.
      Have a wonderful day.

      • says

        Thanks Samuel, means a lot to me your suggestions.

        To be frank is better to have as few as possible as a new forum, too many categories now will look like a big forum with no content. In fact I’m not going to accept everyone because of spammers, I’d rather prefer 1000 friends which work on internet and can help each other with suggestions on a variety of topics than 10.000 members starting some freakin question all the place. I want quality not quantity!

        Once again thanks for your review. See you next time! Best regards from I. C. Daniel

  12. says

    Hey Gilbert,

    You have said it all in this your wonderful guide. Hmmmmm…………What more? Absolutely, I can’t think of one rather than accept all your points and one I really resonated with is when you said you can use guest blogging to build your reputation. You are so right man! I have only done just six (6) guest post and a lot of folks now see me as though I’m an expert.. I hear words like “Sam, I love your writing style” and stuffs like that.

    Guy, nice share! Happy Tuesday. :)


    • says

      Hi Sam,

      Now you can see how it feels, folks are going to throw some accolades, they would want to get closer to you to know your secret. Oh that? I’m not surprised, why wouldn’t they say that.

      Good to see you here buddy, have a wonderful day.

  13. says

    Hi Gilbert,
    Very nicely written article.
    I myself am a big time Guest blogger. I have done more than 60 Guest posts for my blog, MyMagicMix, till now. In a short span of 8 months.
    Considering that most people dont pay much attention to it, I surely do take pride in that.
    To tell you the truth, I have never done ANY link building for my blog except Guest Posting and Blog Commenting.
    How I wish there were more people who realized that this is not just a link building technique but a means of getting to know other bloggers and developing relationships within the community.
    Ambika Choudhary Mahajan recently posted…Unlimited Giveaway- Text Saver Software to Get Back Lost iPhone Text MessagesMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Ambika,
      60 guest posts? that’s huge. Yea I noticed folks don’t take it serious but you’ve really done a great job.

      Most people take guest post as link building and this is one of the reasons why some guest posts are not of great quality. Like you said it’s a good way of developing relationships.
      Have a wonderful week.

  14. says

    Nice post on Guest blogging from you Gilbert :)

    Hope you’ve covered all the benefits of guest blogging and nothing is missed here.

    I know, u knew about me that am very familiar with the concepts and advantages of guest blogging and I contributed 17 GPs till now :)

    As a result, I attained good exposure, reputation, online presence and better visibility for my blog. Moreover, a good relationship with fellow and influential bloggers.

    I think you too are doing great in presenting the guest posts, keep doing it :)

    • says

      Hi Nirmala,

      Of course, why won’t I know you, you’ve really done a good job. I’ve experienced it and saw how guest blogging tastes like, it’s just the perfect way of gaining exposure and developing relationships with other bloggers.
      Have a wonderful week ahead.

  15. says

    Hey Gilbert,

    So, we can’t tell you like guest blogging. lol…

    The first guest post I wrote got over 150 comments, the second one I wrote got around 130 I think it was. The first post is no longer up because he took his blog down and the second one no longer gets the attention because that blogger quit blogging too.

    I’ve written a few guest posts over the last few years but it’s like everything else. We hear different things about it and then there’s Google. Matt has said that if you guest blog just for the links then you will be sadly disappointed. Unless you have a big time blogger promoting you then you’re wasting your valuable time.

    Then I heard that we should write our best posts for our own blogs, why give it away. Like the experiences I’ve already had, those blogs will eventually disappear along with your awesome content.

    I know, I sound like a Debbie downer because I have guest bloggers on my blog so I’m not putting it down. I guess with my time constraints and all the commenting I do, that’s just what I enjoy the most. Sounds like you much prefer writing guest posts instead but if that’s working for you then I say you go for it. It is all about those relationships right!

    I think I’ll stick with commenting! 😉

    Thanks Gilbert and enjoy your week.

    Adrienne recently posted…7 Ways To Run An Unsuccessful Mobile Email CampaignMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Adrienne,

      Yup, I do :)

      Whoa! That sad, I also heard Matt saying that but I don’t really understand his point. How are you going to know if someone is guest blogging just for links, ok that aside. Well, all the blogs where my guest post has been submitted are still live but what you said really strucked me, wow! You have a point there but at least if the blogs are down, definitely it won’t be all and I would have tapped and developed relationship with the readers, that’s all I want.

      I love guest blogging and at the same time blog commenting :) I noticed you’ve achieved a lot with blog commenting and I respect you for that.

      Have a wonderful week too.

  16. says

    Hi Gilbert
    You are talking to me. I watched John Morrow’s video of how he drives traffic to His blog via guest blogging. It’s also a good way to grow subscribers. I’m writing some guest posts already. I’ve got to break the jinx.

    • says

      Hi Abraham,

      I’m not referring to you alone, I guess it’s everybody, guest blogging is also a good way to grow your subscribers. Good luck of the guest blogging gig.
      Have a wonderful week ahead.

  17. says

    Hi Gilbert my man,

    Guest blogging is a very potent way of making your own blog very popular, i quite agree with all your points, they have driven something home. Keep posting values to the blogosphere.

  18. says

    Hi, Gilbert,
    Indeed informative and very true. :)
    Yes, you are correct, 200 targeted visitor is better than 1000 untargeted.
    Guest Blogging helps us building good relation on line with other bloggers. On other hand, social networks are also helpful for building good and great relation. So, I cannot depend on guest blogging solely.

    Simply, I will keep my best article for my blog and develop god relation social media to get traffic because Writing for a good back link is not a good idea.
    Thank You for the sharing, have a great week. :)
    Kumar Chandan recently posted…Is referral traffic a savior?My Profile

    • says

      Hi Kumar,

      Thanks for pointing that out, as a matter of fact, not everybody realizes that, they prefer a high traffic not minding if it’s targeted or non targeted. I use social network also and I not just depending on guest blogging.

      Well, different strategies can work for you and also, writing ofr backlink is not really bad and that why it’s called guest blogging, in my opinion, I write to develop connections and not backlinks.
      Have a great week too. :)

  19. says

    Hey Gilbert,
    These are some great tips and a good reminder,
    However i must disagree when you say that guest blogging have no disadvantages,
    imagine if you spend 4 hours working hard and researching valuable info and coming up with an original unique quality guest post to promote it on another site,
    myself and many people like me, usually stumble on blogs via search engine, i type in your keywords and i end up on the unique valuable post on another blog, i rarely memorize the authors i would give credit to the other blog, bookmark it and check back from time to time.
    i would follow the other blog, very few people would track back the author and look up its original blog and then follow it.
    if your blog is a start up, fine , you can build some quality backlinks and a little friends, but once you start getting your own audience i believe guest blogging elsewhere would be a total waste!
    your unique hard work should only be found on your blog!
    Many thanks and Best wishes!

    • says

      Hi Mitch,

      You have a point there, those few people that will look up to the guest author’s blog might turn out to be genuine readers but like you said, it requires hard work, you’ll build some quality backlinks form guest blogging and not much readers.

      Yup, unique hard work should be found on our blog but that’s when everybody knows about our hard work and how will they find out? This is where guest blogging comes in and you’re right, after getting a whole bunch of audience, I don’t think there will be a need for guest blogging anymore.

      So this is the hidden disadvantage, thanks for the eye opener. Have a wonderful week ahead.

  20. says

    This isn’t a different take on the issue but it’s definitely something I always tell people. If you wish to write a guest post see if the blog has a guest posting policy first and then READ IT. I only have one blog where I accept guest posts from people I don’t know and 90% of the requests I get I know the person hasn’t read the guest posting policy because they’re sending me the standard template guest posting request letter; I hate that.

    Always remember that being allowed to write a guest post for someone you don’t know should be seen as a privilege and benefit for the writer. Trying to tell the person you wish to have a guest post with how it benefits them… major turnoff. I’m just sharing! :-)
    Mitch Mitchell recently posted…Blogging And Social Media MarketingMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Mitch, good to see you here.

      I experience that a lot, upon the visible “write for us” page that contains all guidelines they should adhere to, they don’t mind skipping it and jumping to my contact page. I hope this is going to be an eye opener to them, thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week

  21. says

    You are right Gilbert!
    Interesting post. I also notice if you choose your favorite niche you can become more addicted to blog and when combine with every point you have listed about traffic must be generated with no hindrances and you will be soon counting good pennies.
    Anetta Bursh recently posted…Download WhatsApp for PC & AndroidMy Profile

    • says

      That’s true Anetta,
      Not just favorite niche but a niche with good amount of traffic where you’ll get the best out of your guest post. I’m glad I implemented them and I’m seeing good results like you said.

  22. says

    I liked your article and as you know shared it on my website. I have a funny problem because I want more guest bloggers but cannot seem to get them to come write on our website and blog and engage with each other. We are only 6 months old and an SEO guy told me my PR is near a 4. I guess that’s not bad for 6 month old site.

    You have some good followers here, I have been to a lot of other blogs that yes have great content but do not the type of engagement you have on your site. Great job!

    • says

      I saw it, thanks a bunch for sharing it. 6 months? Definitely it’s going to have a high PR, you can get guest bloggers from Postjoint, myblogguest, blogengage and guestcrew.

      The engagement on my blog is due to the relationships I created with the readers, thanks for the nice words though.

  23. says

    Gilbert, I really enjoyed reading your post. Guest blogging was something I toyed with but put it to the back of my mind. All of the points you made have really turned my thinking around, at the end of the day it is all about relationships – that is one of the reasons I blog., so…..I am going to make that step.
    Amanda recently posted…Creating in Faith – MothersMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Amanda,

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, well you’re right, it’s all about relationships and guest blogging is “one of” the best strtegy of building one. Good luck as you implement it.


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