Guest blog posting is a very popular link building method at the moment. It is now as popular as posting articles on article sites were just a few years ago. It is more annoying than posting on article sites because first you have to find a blog that matches the theme/topic of the page you want to link to. Then you have to send a submission request to the blogger and await a reply. Then you have to get the article accepted by the blogger, and then wait for the blogger to upload it.
It is a long process and it involves a lot of wasted time as you play around with blog masters (everyone is different, so there is very little consistency in your timeline and guest posting process). It gets even worse if you make silly mistakes.
So here are eight mistakes that you should not make, as they may be the reasons why your guest post was rejected.
1 – Sending in content that you have spun
Spun content is harder to read and is often offers a far lower quality than the original. Substituting words and phrases for similar ones in an attempt to fool online plagiarism checkers will lead to low quality content that is likely to be rejected by the blogger.
2 – Submitting an article without making a request first
There are few bloggers that are going to read every unsolicited article that is sent to them. Sending a request to guest blog post is common courtesy and is the best way of getting your blog post accepted. If you have already written the blog post, then tell the blogger at the end of the request email, and ask if he or she would like to read it right away.
3 – Writing with big paragraphs and awkward sentence syntax
Some people do this because it is a standard way of writing. When you write a book or an essay then you may have an awkward sentence syntax in order to emphasize certain points, and you may also have longer and larger paragraphs. But, writing online content needs to be done with a little more concern for the reader.
It is harder to read digital text than it is to read printed text, so try to break your paragraphs up. Better still–write paragraphs with headers just like this article. It makes reading it a little easier, and it makes the content a little easier to skim read too, which is preferable to the reader not reading it at all.
4 – Ignoring the blog master’s submission rules
Read them before you make contact and make sure you are going about your request in the right way. A lot of submission rules also involve rules for how your article should be written and submitter. This means it is a good idea to read through the submission guidelines again just before you send the article to make sure you have followed all the rules exactly.
5 – Trying your luck again later with the same rejected articles
Waiting a few months and then submitting your guest post again is not a very good strategy. Take note of why your guest post was rejected, and then try to avoid that mistake in the future. Try submitting your rejected blog post to other blogs, and if you still have no luck, then sell the article or upload it onto an article site.
6 – Not doing your research on the topic and theme of the blog
The blogger is only going to accept submission requests and articles that are going to suit the theme of the blog. They are going to know the topic quite well and are going to recognize when a requested topic or a submitted article is not appropriate for the blog. Research the blog topic first and read a few of the blog posts to get a feel for the topic and blog theme.
7 – Never reading through the articles you send
Sending an article that is very close to raw text is not a good idea. Even a conscientious blog writer is going to make mistakes from time to time. Common mistakes are usually typos that the spelling and grammar checker do not pick up upon. So, make a point of reading through your blog post line by line to be sure your pick up on every error.
8 – Harassing and continually contacting the blog master
People do this because it is possible the nag and bully blog masters into uploading a guest post, but it is not a very good way of getting your blog post uploaded. You need to accept that some blog masters have better things to do, and accept that if the blog master is unresponsive, then you should just move on and find another blog.