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5 Ways to Make Sure Your Guest Post Gets Published

written by Guest Blogger on October 17, 2010

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It is no doubt guest blogging is one of the best ways to get traffic to your blog and having written over 260 guest posts this year I can testify to the power and effectiveness of guest blogging.

Guest blogging has a lot of advantages and there is no doubt that is why many people keep doing it, the problem however is that the guest posts of a lot of people get rejected thereby bringing about frustration for them. Below are 5 solid ways to make sure your guest post is published.

1. Read the Guidelines

This is so obvious, isn’t it? If I told you I have lost thousands of guest posting traffic and countless opportunities as a result of this you wouldn’t believe me.

I once wrote a guest post for a blog which was rejected because I didn’t meet the guidelines, the next guest post I wrote for that blog months after the first one was rejected was published and it end up sending me over 1,000 visitors.

Many people believe there is no need to read the guidelines before submitting their guest posts and that this is only a waste of time. You don’t know what a blogger wants. Even though a blog might be about blogging the blogger might only be accepting guest posts on SEO so it is very important to make sure you read the guidelines first.

Another reason why you should read the guidelines first is that it helps you know what length of post the blogger wants and also some other things that is different about guest posting for the blog.

2. Read Previous Guest Posts

Another thing you should do to also make sure your guest post get published is to read previous guest posts on the blog. I once tried to submit a guest post to A-list blogger Daniel Scocco, all my guest posts were rejected so I decided to see which type of guest posts get published and I discovered list posts works best, I wrote another guest post titled “10 things bloggers should not do” and it was published.

Reading guest posts that have been previously published on a blog helps you have a feel of the type of posts that get published on that blog thereby giving you the chance of tailoring your guest posts towards that mode.

3. Focus on Your Headlines

Another important thing you should note when trying to write a guest post is your headline; don’t just think your post will be published with any headline.

One thing I discovered from writing a lot of guest posts is that even if your post isn’t that okay, if you have a great headline the blogger will tell you to re-write the post or improve on it instead of rejecting it.

Another reason why you should write great headlines is that your headline will determine how viral your post will go, and the better your headline is, the more traffic you get from your guest posts.

4. Give Your Best

Once you have done the above 3 things, the next thing to do is to begin writing your guest post and it is very important to give your best.

Many people think the best content should only be for their blog and they should write crap for other blogs, this will not yield any good, it will only lead to your guest post being rejected.

Guest posting opportunities shouldn’t be taken lightly and the more effort you can put into your guest posts the more results you will get from it, if you give your best in a guest post and it seriously went viral on a blog, the blogger will end up contacting and thanking you for it while giving you an open door to submit as many guest posts as you want in the future.

5. Submit Your Guest Post

Sounds dumb? I know, but it is the truth. One problem many people face with guest blogging is that they are afraid to submit their guest posts and that is why you see them not submitting a guest post or submitting only to smaller blogs. It doesn’t take much to get your guest post published on an A-list blog, what it takes is following the above 4 steps and having the courage to submit the post. Don’t let your fear kill you before contacting the blogger, relax, believe it will be published and go ahead to submit it.


Guest blogging is fun and the results you will get from it alone is enough to keep you doing it, the above are 5 great steps to follow to make sure your guest posts gets published.

Onibalusi Bamidele has written over 260 guest posts this year alone and his ready to help you do the same, download his free guest blogging guide for more detailed info on guest blogging. Read his post featuring many successful entrepreneurs for the goodies.

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Kelly October 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Great advice, especially #5!

Take a chance, and submit – the worst thing that will happen is they say no. It definitely won’t be the end of the world.

d3so October 17, 2010 at 9:15 pm

lol isn’t it obvious to submit?

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog October 18, 2010 at 3:47 am

Yes such kind of thoughts can give your morale boost and give encouragement to at least try.

Abhik October 18, 2010 at 4:08 am

Kinda like tossing a coin.. :)

Email List Building October 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Hi Onibalusi,

Very good points to keep in mind and though point 5 is kind of obvious it may be one of the most important ones. Overcoming the fear of actually doing it is what holds most people back.

Bidet October 18, 2010 at 8:40 pm

yes you should never be afraid of rejection, theres nothing to lose.

CPALead Money October 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Solid advice, and yes, headlines are so important, it is what catches the eye first and gets the vistor interested.

The same is true for the blog owner, if your heading catches the blog owner’s attention, you’re in, because they know it will cath their readers’ attention too.

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog October 18, 2010 at 3:49 am

Yes now a days more and more blog owners are giving importance to the heading.

This is quite important let me tell you.

asadisae October 17, 2010 at 6:37 pm

This is a new thing for me is new in blogging, and this info is very useful for me .. thanks

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog October 18, 2010 at 3:57 am

If this is new one to you than you should grab it and start using it for your blog.

Believe me this one is really effective if you wanted to get the new audience and wanted to explore your wings.

Make Money Online October 17, 2010 at 6:42 pm

So John if I use all of that mentioned will my guest post be used??? ;)

John Chow October 17, 2010 at 8:38 pm

There are no guarantees that it will.

d3so October 17, 2010 at 9:11 pm

No guarantees, but most likely it will.

Rajnish October 18, 2010 at 4:06 am

But if you include one more step which is link to old post post of that blog then it will be unique because most guest blogger forget this step.

Abhik October 19, 2010 at 12:29 am

Rajnish, that’s a very good tip.. Thanks

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog October 18, 2010 at 4:12 am

Other bloggers are getting chances so this is quite possible that yours post will also get approval.

Simply follow all steps and you will done.

Email List Building October 18, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Rajnish, that is a very good tip, thank you.

John, your answer is a good and truthful one, no guarantees.

Bidet October 18, 2010 at 8:42 pm

It will increase your chances if you follow these guidelines.

Abhik October 19, 2010 at 12:30 am

Only guidelines won’t make it..
You’ll also need to be creative on your own.

Tariq October 17, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Very Good Tips John

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog October 18, 2010 at 4:15 am

This is guest post Tariq by Onibalusi Bamidele

Email List Building October 18, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Good observation ZK. People sometimes forget to check who wrote the post.

When the post is about guest posting you can be quite sure that it’s written by a guest blogger here.

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog October 19, 2010 at 12:17 am

Yes I like the style of Onibalusi Bamidele and he is one of my favourite blogger with new ideas and crystal clear concept.

PPC Ian October 17, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Man, didn’t d3so or someone else just do a guest post here about this exact same topic? I thought I read something like that a few weeks ago.

d3so October 17, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I wrote a guest post on when not to guest post ;)

Abhik October 18, 2010 at 4:11 am

posting about guest posts is hot nowadays.. :p

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog October 18, 2010 at 4:16 am

Certainly this one is hot topic now a days.

Every one is talking about it from Darren to John.

Email List Building October 18, 2010 at 4:39 pm

There have been several guest posts already here on guest posting and I think one or two of them by the same author.

pharmaceutical grade Fish Oil October 17, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I did not know that guest posts were so common – and I do see this is a good way to attract some traffic, and also expand your brand presence.

Is submitting a picture with the guest post a good idea ?

d3so October 17, 2010 at 9:17 pm

It depends. If the blog uses pictures on guest posts then you should try. I submitted a post here and John removed the picture I added :P

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog October 18, 2010 at 4:18 am

There are many bloggers who allow photos on guest post this one give more exposure to guest bloggers and I think this should be.

Abhik October 19, 2010 at 12:32 am

was that image copyright free? Popular blogs have an issues with copyrighted images.. :)

d3so October 20, 2010 at 9:15 pm

yeah, it was. That’s true about copyrighted images. I hope i never go through that trouble.

Abhik October 20, 2010 at 10:23 pm

tough luck then..
John probably adds images owned by him only.

Donny Gamble October 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I absolutely love guest posting because it allows you to get in front of a new audience of people that have a great relationship with the blogger that you are posting on.

d3so October 17, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I’m not really into guest posting because when I write a quality article I feel selfish and want to post it
on my blog rather on someone elses.

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog October 18, 2010 at 4:27 am

Appreciate that you admit it honestly …

But if you will add that post in other recognised blog than you will get more benefit.

Email List Building October 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm

ZK is right about this. But if you aren’t a prolific writer I think that you have a point.

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog October 19, 2010 at 12:20 am

Glad that you are agree with my point.

Yogesh Sarkar October 17, 2010 at 9:31 pm

6. Write a guest blog post, telling others how to get the guest blog posts published :D.

On a serious note, nice post.

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog October 18, 2010 at 4:34 am

Like your humour Yogesh.

Bhalo Aacho ?

Abhik October 19, 2010 at 12:34 am

ZK, are you Bengali?

d3so October 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Where did you submit those 260 guest posts you made?

Email List Building October 18, 2010 at 4:43 pm

I wonder asbout that too although we know that he posted several of them tight her on this blog.

Home of cats October 17, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Read the guidelines is the most essentials…

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog October 18, 2010 at 4:41 am

Yes if you wont follow them than their will be high chances that they will deny your submission. October 17, 2010 at 11:22 pm

GREAT post. Works both ways too. Great way for those writing guest posts and those reading them and considering publication. Guest posts are huge these days and a great way of getting more web traffic.

Rajnish October 18, 2010 at 3:59 am

well said guest post are the greatest ways to get traffic and subscriber, I written 4 guest posts and got 100 subscribers in 1 month.

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog October 19, 2010 at 12:22 am

That is quite interesting …

Can we see your guest post Rajnish ?

Baker October 17, 2010 at 11:34 pm

As someone who guest posts frequently, I have to say you offer excellent tips her on the topic. Nice work!

saul October 17, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Guest post´s is selfish, so i belive people like john who write quality post without problem to share with people, because these people will be fanatic for your posts.

Nice work john

Terry Dunn October 17, 2010 at 11:51 pm

These are common sense tips, but it’s amazing how many of us forget to follow them; 260 guest posts is a lot. Onibalusi is very industrious!


d3so October 18, 2010 at 12:29 am

Definitely, that’s a lot of hard work. Unless, he outsourced them and/or spun articles.

Email List Building October 18, 2010 at 4:47 pm

The funny thing is that common sense is not that common.

PPC Ian October 19, 2010 at 12:36 am

There is no replacement for hard work when you’re guest posting (or doing anything else related to blogging for that matter) in my opinion.

mra October 18, 2010 at 1:08 am

Great suggestion! I really loved your post. While Many blogger struggles to get guest post accepted by top blogger. But you have explained the steps so easily.

Rajnish October 18, 2010 at 3:44 am

I think these are the great and working tips for getting your guest post approved but one more step which should be included is link to old post of that blog.

Email List Building October 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Yes, that’s a good point but you have already made it in your comment above.

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog October 18, 2010 at 3:46 am

Reading TOS is quite important because if you do not follow that than you can indirectly annoy the blog owner and hence chances can be minimised.

Rajnish October 18, 2010 at 3:54 am

You are saying it quite important but in my view it is the most important step for any guest poster.

Tips For Blog October 18, 2010 at 3:51 am

I have submitted a guest post on 2 days back and haven’t got any reply yet although in guidelines he said he will reply within 2 days.

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog October 19, 2010 at 12:25 am

Daniel is a great guy.

Just send him a small email … and I am sure yu will get reply.

Tips For Blog October 21, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Yes he great thats why I was there, and after sending the email he replied and said he can not accept that post.

Abhik October 18, 2010 at 4:07 am

Well, the best way to get published is using common sense.
Put yourself in the blog owner’s shoes.

Rajnish October 18, 2010 at 4:24 am

You are right Abhik but keeping yourself in the owner’s shoes will not help you every time instead it can become the reason for your unapproved posts.

Alex Dumitru October 18, 2010 at 4:34 am

I think Oni is one of the most active bloggers around and he’s doing a really good job :)

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog October 19, 2010 at 12:27 am

Yeah you can see his post on many blogs as guest post.

He adds quality only.

Paul/ Entertainment tonight October 18, 2010 at 4:46 am

I tried it once but end up getting rejected.

Rajnish October 18, 2010 at 4:59 am

You should try at other place instead of ending up.

d3so October 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm

What was the article about and how long was it?

Email List Building October 18, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Getting rejected is a fact of life and it happens to everybody at some point and even many times.

Go ahead and try again and again and you’ll get accepted eventually, especially if you keep on improving.

adibey October 18, 2010 at 5:16 am

thanks for the info .. greetings

Freelance Water Cooler October 18, 2010 at 6:40 am

You would think it is obvious to submit, but it really isn’t. After the post is finished, some people get a creative version of stage fright and wimp out…. weird I know, but true. Yeah, if you’re a blogger, just try and get out there.

ari October 18, 2010 at 7:53 am

It’s a free qay getting traffic and need more focus on writing good stuff, research and many aspects for blog walking.cheers

geld mit homepage October 18, 2010 at 8:27 am

Normally, I send email first to talk about the article I propose to be posted, then when she or she is e and it is suitable yet useful for their reader. My guest post will easily be accepted.

Canadian Coupons October 18, 2010 at 9:39 am

My tip is to create a great article – no more than 3 links back to your site.

Also try not to sound so commercial with the content.

Email List Building October 18, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Most blogs only allow 2 links and not in the post body but in the resource box.

Alex Dumitru October 18, 2010 at 11:22 am

Another great post by Oni. This guy takes over all the blogs with his guest posts :)

Rahul @ MazaKaro October 18, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Oh Yes , don’t remind me , guidelines really are important , reading everything absolutely helps , and one more thing , headlines , the better it is the more traffic you get . thank You , very useful !!! :)

Bidet October 18, 2010 at 8:37 pm

These are great tips to get your guest post published, reading the guidelines is very important to know what kind of posts the blog accepts.

Steven H. Clarke October 19, 2010 at 2:07 pm

This is a very good checklist to keep in mind, was definitely very helpful as I put together some guest posts for other blogs for the first time.

First Commission Formula October 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Has anyone had much success with guest posting?

I know a few guest posters swear by it, but I have never tried it properly myself.

I have just bought a “branded” domain name, and my aim is to get it traffic and SEO listings. I want this eventually to become an authority site in my industry, and I have been thinking about moving away from posting to article directories, and focussing on guest blog posts for other note-worthy blogs.

graphing calculator October 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Forgive me if im wrong. But most of these tips are like no brainers lol. Good post anyway.

Gain Weight Build Muscle October 20, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Good tips they always come in handy

Isabel Rodrigues - Pro Blogger Journey October 22, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Guest Blogging ahh indeed need of the hour

Rick Hendershot October 26, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Unfortunately to actually make guest blogging work you should have something fairly unique to say. Internet marketing is so over-hyped and so saturated with BS that having original ideas is not that easy. I suspect that if you can speak from experience like Onibalusi does that might overcome some of the “this content is crap” issues.

Sachin Gupta November 19, 2010 at 12:08 am

It’s a nice tips or opinion for publishing the guest post!

Thanks for sharing :)

Human Development November 20, 2010 at 7:53 am

I am really in the need of some publishing webpages to be approved my articles and thinks this article will surely work for and everyone who follows all the words as it is.

PPC Ian October 19, 2010 at 12:32 am

Haha! That’s crazy. Yeah, definitely a hot topic. :-) It makes perfect sense to me, guest posting is a great way to gain new readers.

PPC Ian October 19, 2010 at 12:34 am

While I agree with ZK’s point, I definitely can relate with d3so as well. When I write really great stuff, I just want to keep it on my own blog. :-)

d3so October 20, 2010 at 9:13 pm

I didn’t know it was an ongoing hot topic when I wrote my guest post on guest posting.