How I am Building My Blog Guest: Community of Guest Bloggers
I’ve been guest blogging as long as I’ve been blogging: for about 3 years now. All my self-branding achievements as well as all my most notable career ups would not have been possible without guest posting.
Throughout my guest blogging career, I have been wondering if that would be a smart idea to attempt to create such a place where guest bloggers might get connected to the blog owners who look for good free content for their sites.
In the end, I thought that would be a a useful tool actually because such a service would be a place where everyone wins and quality plays a decisive role: guest bloggers get links and exposure, blog owners get free content (which means extra traffic, more search referrals, more social media shares, etc) and poor quality posts get rejected.
This is why, a bit more than 3 months ago I launched: My Blog Guest: the forum that targets guest bloggers and aim to connect them to the blog owners.
It’s been a long way to that site. I had no idea which form it should take. Many of my contacts who I had shared my plans with thought it should be a market place (ala text-link-ads.com) where a blogger comes, chooses his category and adds the best blogs “to cart”. I thought this would diminish the most important role of the project (and guest blogging in general).
The main goal of the site is not to help users build free links with content: it is to connect people to bloggers in the target niche for more benefits in the long run.
Except for the basic forum features, I added just a few more options to help the members find each other:
- Tag-based system: one can add as many tags as he or she wants. Tags reflect the areas of the user’s expertise and his/her interests (for guest bloggers) or the topics the user’s blog focuses on (for blog owners). Tags are integrated in the user search.
- Alert system: users can subscribe to email alerts to get notified of the new sites added to the category they are interested in (there are currently Health, Finance, Technology, Entertainment, LifeStyle, Creativity and General. The latter one is for those blogs that fall under more than one category or just are about something else.
- Rating system. Blogs are rated based on their Google PR, domain and content age and backlinks. This should be a bit of help to those who need to quickly evaluate the blog power. Users are rated based on their social media activity. This metric should reflect the estimated ability of the user to help promote the posted content.
The service is still in beta, I am constantly looking for feedback to try to improve it; so more features might be added soon!
I do hope the place will turn useful for those who are interested in guest posting and I am going to keep it free and free of any self-promotion.
This is a guest post by Ann Smarty. Ann is an Expert SEO blogger who manages http://www.searchenginejournal.com/