PostHeaderIcon Guest Blogging Don’ts

by Jael Strong

Yay!  Somebody has accepted your request to guest blog for them. Quick!  Grab your computer and shamelessly promote yourself. Don’t forget to put as many links as possible to YOUR web site(s).  After all, this is all about you and your business! 

After it’s written, hang onto your guest post for a few days.  Don’t e-mail it to them until the last minute.  You don’t want them to think that you’re not busy.   On the other hand, if they don’t publish your piece right away, send them about two hundred e-mails asking them what their problem is.  That should get their attention!  And forget about guidelines; those silly things are for amateurs.

Wait!  I’m just kidding

Please, I implore you: Don’t do any of the things I just described.  In fact:

  • Don’t Ignore guidelines.  You won’t get past the front door if you do.
  • Don’t shamelessly plug yourself, your site, or your product.
  • Don’t disregard deadlines.  Even if a blog owner wants to run your piece, you may force them to pass you by if your work shows up late.  After all, they have other bloggers who want to guest too.
  • Don’t harass them about your piece.  If you think you might have been overlooked, send out a short, friendly reminder.  But always be courteous and do be patient.  We are all busy people.
  • Don’t forget to do your best. Excitement over the prospect of writing for someone else should drive us to do our best, not our worst.

So, grab your computer and start writing.  Do your best.  Follow guidelines.  Keep the lines of communication open, and always be courteous.  And always, have fun with what you are writing!

About the Author
Jael Strong is a writer for TheWriteBloggers, a company dedicated to creating professional blogging content for increased internet visibility.

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