You Shouldn’t Guest Post When…

Guest posting can be very beneficial to spreading your name across the internet. Though, if done incorrectly, it can do more harm than good. I myself haven’t done many guest postings but I’ve seen many guest posts that plain outright sucked. So, I’ve decided to write about three essential things you need to consider before you consider submitting a guest post.

1. You’re a “baby-blogger”

If you’re new to the blogosphere, chances are you have no credibility to back yourself up on. I would recommend waiting at least one-month before you consider guest posting or have at least ten quality posts on your blog. I wouldn’t want to see a dead blog on the other side of that link on the guest post, right? Build your foundation so new visitors can stay as readers.

2. Your content is irrelevant.

I’m very surprised at the number of authors that allow guest posts that are irrelevant to their own content. Not only does this make the guest poster look bad but the author as well! Who wants to read about a food recipe on a make money online blog? Always stay relevant. Even on your own blog. Don’t write a guest post on making money online and leave a link to your recipe blog in hopes of receiving high traffic, it just won’t work. You’ll get the traffic but the amount of visitors that will stay and come back is close to none.

3. You have nothing of value to offer.

This should be obvious but I guess it isn’t. I’ve seen many guest posts that are basically rants. You might even consider this article a rant, but I’m merely stating my observations that’ll help others effectively use the practice of guest posting. I’m also infuriated by the fact that ad posts pass as guest posts on some top blogs. Always keep your content original and attractive to readers. You can hook them with a catchy topic title, but if they don’t see any value from your post and are offended, you’ve started your own flame war. Even though you’ll get high comment counts, those comments will lead to your undoing.

These are a few things that could drastically help the way you guest post. It can mean the difference between building or degrading your name. You can write controversial articles but always show respect to your readers and always act professional.

So, before you take a dive into guest posting, build some credibility first by writing quality posts, stay relevant, and always offer value in your posts. Follow these tips and you’ll experience the wondrous effects guest posting has to offer.

This is a post written by d3so. d3so is an Internet Markter and blogger who specializes in Making Money Online, Blogging Tips, and topics of general interest. He blogs at d3so Dot Com and has Officially opened his blog to Guest Posting. Drop by and say hi!


45 thoughts on “You Shouldn’t Guest Post When…”

  1. d3so says:

    Awesome! My very first guest post, ever!
    Hope all of you enjoy.

    1. Abhik says:

      Nice write.. Congratz 🙂

    2. Dan Lew says:

      Congratulations on your first post!

    3. Wow.. I never do any guest posting. I might consider it soon.

    4. Vik Tantry says:

      Some interesting points made, nice post. I think baby bloggers need to focus on content and making their site look just right before really concentrating on bringing visitors to maximize return visitors anyway. Better to have some good solid content waiting for visitors and like you said, if the blog gets abandoned then the link is no use to anybody.

      As for your second and third points, I think they apply whenever writing, whether guest blogging, on your own site or anywhere else.

      Relevant, valuable content is a must for your readers to want to come back and to keep you passionate about your writing.

      1. Hey D3so,

        Good post on guest blogging that makes as lot of sense. You are the first guest blogger I’ve ever seen that has also posted the first comment on his own post.

        I think that here it’s OK since you are commenting all the time and most people know you on this blog.

        I’m not so sure I’d recommend doing it elsewhere though.

        Good show, keep it up.

        Cheers,
        Vance

        1. d3so says:

          Yeah, I wouldn’t do it anywhere except here cause we’re basically all family right? 😉

    5. PPC Ian says:

      D3so!!! Great work and congrats on the guest post. I enjoyed reading it!

      1. d3so says:

        Thanks guys, I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

    6. Essays says:

      Congratulations. I just visited your blog. I see you are covering three big areas, web development, technology and make money programs. I would love to write guest post for your blog. See you there.

  2. Hung says:

    Inserting your aff links into the post is one of the many reasons you allowed.

    1. d3so says:

      I didn’t understand what you were trying to say.

      1. Abhik says:

        Well.. Probably he wanted to say.. You should have added a few affiliated links into the post body.

        In that case, it had a high chance to get rejected 🙂

        1. Not many places allow any links in the body let alone affiliate ones.

          The purpose of guest blogging is not to get people to click on affiliate links.

          Whoever thinks that is out of their mind.

          1. PPC Ian says:

            It is true, guest posts typically only permit a link or two in the footer in the “about the author” section.

          2. d3so says:

            I’ve seen other guest bloggers insert affiliate links in their posts.

  3. Samuel says:

    Great point you proved here! Yea you are right, i don’t think is right for someone who’s niche is about health and he or she should be guest posting on make money online blog. Thanks a lot man.

    1. I’d say that there asre exceptions for everything and a guest post about exercise and maintaining good health could be useful for bloggers and internet marketer who spend too much time sitting behind computers.

      Ultimately it’s the judgment of the blog owner who decides what is good for his audience.

    1. Did you get away from the comment before you intended to? Your message what?

  4. Baker says:

    Good points here.

    1. Which ones and where? Comments like this add nothing of value to anybody except you. Try to contribute something too, will you?

  5. Dan Lew says:

    Relevancy in any blog post is vital! I look at the kind of blog and then adapt to that when guest posting, and sticking to something that is also not too off topic for me too 🙂

  6. Great post d3so. I this is useful. I haven’t do any guest posting but I think I will do it soon. As soon as I think I’ve make a great foundation for my blog. Thanks for the info.

    1. I think you can do it. Don’t wait too long since you’ll learn a lot by doing it. I look forward to reading your first guest post.

      1. d3so says:

        Do it as soon as you feel confident enough to deliver quality content.

  7. dg says:

    Ironic guest post is ironic.

    1. I don’t agree that it’s ironic. Why would you say so? The title is a bit out of harmony with what people usually expect but I bet he did that on purpose to catch any kind of attention.

      1. d3so says:

        Yeah, I made that title that way to attract readers. 😉

  8. Tom Wozniak says:

    Good advice and congrats on your first guest post!

  9. imKazu says:

    4. when you have too many affiliate link

    I think its best to keep your affiliate link to a couple when you are guest blogging, the main purpose is not to generate sales, but to make yourself known; especially when you are writing as a guest

    1. In my view and many blog owners there should be absolutely NO affiliate links in a guest post. Period.

      1. d3so says:

        I agree. I think it’s unethical to include affiliate links in a guest post unless it’s an advertisement.

  10. Terry Dunn says:

    I agree. I have seen a few ‘iffy’ guest posts. In the rush to get traffic, some bloggers leap in too quickly. But then again, I have seen some great guest posts. Guest posting can add a completely different voice, opinions and perspective to a blog.

    Terry

  11. fas says:

    Guest posting to say not to guest post.

    1. Yes, we’ve seen a guest post with as similar title a few months ago and I think D3so was criticizing that.

      Negative titles sometimes work but need to be used sparingly unless you write for a newspaper or a news channel where negativity and misfortune sells the best.

      1. d3so says:

        lol yeah this post was actually in response to that. I was going to post it on my blog but thought it would be more appropriate here.

  12. PPC Ian says:

    It’s great to see one of John’s top commentators doing a guest post! D3so has a great blog, I recommend checking it out!

    1. d3so says:

      Thanks for the recommendation Ian!

  13. zakton says:

    Nice pointers. Hope to see your guest posts in other blogs as well.

    1. d3so says:

      What other blogs do you recommend I should guest post on?

  14. Congratulations on your first guest post!

    Some very sensible advice. How often should you guest post?

    1. d3so says:

      Not very often as this is my first guest post.

  15. Many times I have personally either seen or even experienced on my own blogs posts coming through that were just one line long… sometimes even just a word or two long. Thank goodness you can moderate these things most times.

    Keep up the good work d3so. Looking forward to more good info and tips.

  16. Kaget says:

    I make a guest post if there have more time, … and must be corrected within a few days. Create an interesting post is not easy.

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