From past success of guest blogging, we are aware that there are lots of benefits to it and as there are so many different aspects that can help you improve your content, to assess where to publish your posts, and increase your traffic through backlinks, it is a good idea to collate these together and develop a strategy to do this easily and effectively.
It is not easy to acquire guest blogging opportunities, especially as more and more professionals and companies are entering the world of content. So how can we navigate this crowded field more effectively? Look at the following steps and see if you can implement these into your own guest blogging strategy:
Content marketing research is the best place to start. Identify your audience you are aiming for and spend time learning what content they are most interested in. You can do this via multiple sources from; articles, reports and surveys to social media and what posts they are engaging with and sharing. This is the time to establish exactly what your audience will want from reading your content and will allow yourself to ask questions like, which topics concern them the most? What are they looking for? This will in turn help you to understand what content to include in your own work going forward.
Set your goals for your guest blogging
Once your market research is finished, you can then begin to set goals such as:
- Raise awareness and recognition of your work
- Improve SEO through connections you have made
- Building quality backlinks to your websites
- Drive more traffic to your site and get more leads and then sales
- Become one of the leaders in your industry with brand authority
- Increase the number of newsletter subscribers or social media followers
With your research done and your goals set, you now need a platform to publish your content. It is important to find the right platform for this and think about relevancy, is your content going to be relevant to the website, and generate the right kind of traffic? The engagement of the site, you don’t want to put your content on a site with a low domain authority. There are many platforms that you can find which host multiple brands to make it easy to find a website relevant to your content and good DA’s. If you find a good site but it isn’t relevant to your content right now, create yourself a database of sites and take a note of it – it could be useful for future content.
Write your guest blog
Now you are ready to write your blog. Think about all the research you have done to get to this point and zone into this when writing your title and the keywords to include. Keywords are an important part of your content as this is what will make the difference between good and bad SEO. Good SEO will lead to a positive result in SERP. For your piece to generate traffic and be at the top of the search engine results you will need to include those keywords!
A good way to also boost your SEO is also through link building. Carefully choose the links that you are linking to and ensure they are valid and relevant sites. By adding these links, it will boost your SEO and the brand you link to.
Share and track your content
Once your content is complete and you are happy with the following aspects:
- the style of your piece
- uploaded to your chosen site
- you can track this progress
It is then time to watch your results happen. Keep records of your traffic and leads and see how effective everything you have done up until this point has been. One of the main aims of guest blogging is to reach new audiences and expand your audience, so keep an eye on if this is working!