Guest blogging really is a win-win situation for all parties involved. However, getting the arrangement set up between the right kinds of guest bloggers with the right kinds of blog owners can be a challenge. How can they find one another and how can they be sure that the other party is legitimate?
That’s how we find ourselves looking at today’s review of My Blog Guest. This is a “community of guest bloggers” that approaches this very conundrum and helps to streamline the process tremendously. And the best part is that it won’t cost you a thing.
What Is My Blog Guest?
There are many dating websites that help you find the perfect match. Similarly, there are many ad networks out there that help to pair advertisers with publishers. My Blog Guest does the exact same kind of thing, but in the context of guest blogging.
My Blog Guest prides itself in being a “unique community that is based on one simple principle: if you provide quality, you don’t need to pay to be heard.” The goal here is to find quality writers who are willing to write guest articles for free and, at the same time, finding quality blog owners who are willing to publish these guest posts for free.
It wouldn’t be completely fair to say that this is a matchmaking service, because it operates more like a classifieds site, a forum, or an online bulletin board. The two parties can seek out one another based on what they want to get out of the relationship.
But Why Guest Blog At All?
If you go to the page on My Blog Guest that addresses the concept of guest blogging, you’ll find the simple infographic embedded here.
As I said at the top, guest blogging (or “guest posting”) is a win-win situation. On the one hand, the author gets to reach out to a new audience and gain new connections without having to spend any money. On the other hand, the blog owner gets unique content that is useful to his or her readers, also without having to spend any money. Links are built, traffic is gained, and brands are fortified.
Rather than send out a query letter to all the blogs in your niche, hoping that one will want to publish your guest post, you can simply offer your guest post through a free online community like My Blog Guest.
The Manual Matching Process
The way that My Blog Guest works is both one of its greatest strengths and one of its greatest weaknesses. The matching process is not automatic at all, nor is the publishing process automatic at all. It’s all done manually, giving both parties the ability to check up on the legitimacy and quality of other party involved.
It starts with the guest blogger. He or she writes the unique article using the interface shown above. This post must be unique and original, not to be published anywhere else on the Internet. My Blog Guest uses the Copyscape API to check for plagiarism. The post is then offered through what they call the Articles Gallery.
The Articles Gallery is effectively a listing of all the guest blog posts that are currently available in the My Blog Guest directory. The directory gives basic information about each article, including word count, title, and category. It is also possible to preview the article.
The blog owner can then extend an offer to the guest blogger, telling him or her about how the article will be used and how it’s a good fit for that audience. If the guest blogger receives more than one offer, he or she can choose the one that is the “best.” Once an offer is accepted, the post can be published. .
Free and Pro Accounts
Many people sound pretty happy about this whole system. Guest blogging is increasingly popular and for good reason; this system simply streamlines the process and helps blog owners find relevant guest posts for free.
That said, there is also a premium “pro” account for as low as $20 per month that helps to organize and scale the process. With the pro account, My Blog Guest follows up to ensure that the article is posted, that the dofollow links stay intact, that the byline remains intact, and so on. Unless you are using the system extensively, the pro account may not be necessary at all.