Are you looking to share more topics with your blog readers but aren’t sure what to write about? Would you like to have a post on one topic that isn’t your specialty, but you know your audience would appreciate reading about it. Hosting a guest blog writer might be right for you.
Benefits of having a guest writer:
- Guests contribute a different point of view which can enliven your blog
- Guests can stir up ideas for you to write about in the future
- Guests can invite their audience to read your blog, increasing your exposure
- Guests can give you, a busy writer, a break from writing a blog post so you can focus on your novel/article/newsletter/kids
What to look for when considering a guest writer
- Do you read someone’s blog regularly? Do you like his or her style, tone and point of view?
- Would your guest inspire your readers?
- Would your guest share ideas different than your own with your readers?
- Ask a guest writer if he or she would be interested in writing a post for you
- When she responds with a Yes, let her know of a topic you’d like her to write about and why
- Give her a word count. Typically, blogs are 300-800 words
- Ask her to write a byline about herself, including a link to her own blog. This will go at the end of her post.
- Proof read her writing
- Introduce the writer to your readers the day of the posting. A sentence as simple as, “Today, guest writer Jane Smith is sharing her ideas of preschoolers and bubbles. Welcome Jane.”
- Thank your guest both in your blog and behind the scenes.
- If the person you ask is not able to write, be sure to thank them for getting back to you.
Guest posting can be a lot of fun and is a great way to build online friendships.
What about you? Have you ever had a guest writer on your blog?
Stay tuned for my next post on How to Be a Guest Writer. Happy Writing!