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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.

My blog guestThis 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/

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Alex Sysoef is an IT Consultant, Internet Marketer and ProBlogger who shares his passion and knowledge of WordPress, SEO, Social Media and traffic strategies on his blog WordPress Howto Spotter. Connect on Twitter or Facebook

22 Responses to “How I am Building My Blog Guest: Community of Guest Bloggers”

  1. Ann Smarty says:

    Thanks a lot for publishing it, Alex.

    If the readers have any questions or feedback, they are more than welcome to post it in the comments section and I’ll be happy to reply them all!
    .-= Ann Smarty´s last blog ..The Internet According to Nan =-.

  2. Zack says:

    This community sounds great Ann. I just registered.
    .-= Zack´s last blog ..The Best Way to Meet a Link Partner =-.

  3. Johnny says:

    Hey Ann, thanks for the post. Just signed up.
    .-= Johnny´s last blog ..We Are Building a Chatroulette Army =-.

  4. Dennis Edell says:

    Reminders are awesome, I keep getting distracted when I think of signing up.

    Not only am I looking for guests, but now regular writers as well.
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..UPDATED – $100 – 10 Winners – Comment Contest! ‘Till Months End… =-.

  5. I keep bumping into Ann around the blogosphere! I love myblogguest too. I’m a new member of just a few weeks.

    I heard about it from another blogger because I’ve been looking for bloggers to guest post. I didn’t realize you’d only been around for a few months! The site is definitely picking up steam. It fills a need for both groups of people -those looking for new blogs to write for and those looking for people to provide new points-of-view for their audience.

    I’m a regular reader of the blog connected to myblogguest too. When I’m in search of the best blogging tips from expert bloggers, I pop over to Ann’s blog to find something new.
    .-= Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny´s last blog ..soup served in a toilet bowl and other strange goings-on =-.

  6. Ann Smarty says:

    Hey Cheryl, thanks for stopping by to comment! You will soon bump into me at your own blog as well ;)

    Yes, the site is only 3 months old, so we are definitely growing!
    .-= Ann Smarty´s last blog ..3 Examples of Timely Link Bait To Spur Your Creativity =-.

  7. Keith Davis says:

    Hi Ann
    I’ve read so many posts which say that getting a guest post on other blogs is a great way to get comments, but they never tell you how to find blogs that are looking for guest posts.

    Thanks for being the first… I’ll head over to your “My Blog Guest” and take a look.
    .-= Keith Davis´s last blog ..A helping hand… =-.

  8. keely capel says:

    Hey Ann,

    Thank you! you have hit the nail on the head for me!

    I have been trying to search for both guest writers for my blog and also guest spots on which to appear. Thank you so much for finally putting it all in one place!

    I am sure it will be a great success!

  9. Krystian says:

    Thanks for sharing, I wish there was more projects like this, I find it really hard to find blogs open to guest blogging and I appreciate when someone tries to pull us all together in one place.

    Alert system sounds really cool.

  10. skykid
    Twitter: skykid
    says:

    Thank you for sharing this community. I just signed up and hope that it can be mutually beneficial to me and the other users.
    skykid recently posted..Billy Elliot the Musical- Korea Unveiled at Press Conference

  11. Utah therapy says:

    Thanks for sharing this one, indeed its a very nice post!
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  12. This is an interesting community. I just registered and hope I can get a lot of things.

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