How to play well with others – your guest post

DSC01091Your guest post

Your blog host accepts your blog idea and gives you a deadline. You are scheduled to be a guest on another blog. Fabulous! Don’t simply drive in, drop the article, and drive away.

Now the work begins. Make it shine!

Deadline – Your host tells you, “Please have your submission to me by January 15.” Make sure it’s in her inbox by that date. Better if you have it to her before the deadline.

Dress it up – Don’t send a slopped-together article. Clean it from top to bottom. Wipe the glass. Scrub the tires.

Check the mirror – Proofread, edit for clarity, adhere to word count, include all the information your host asked for. In addition to the article, your host asks for your bio, a profile picture, and your URLs. Don’t make her come back and beg you for them. Submit these as attachments to the submission email.

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BIO – Your host asks for a 50-word bio. Don’t send a two-page resume and expect her to edit.

PIC – A profile picture – Have one. Have a recognizable profile photo, not you amongst 37 cousins at your last family reunion.

URLs – I keep all my URLs in a list, so I don’t have to retype them every time.

Post Day

Share and promote – Make a post on your own blog that directs subscribers to your host’s blog. Go to the host’s blog page and click all the buttons to share it, tweet it, Facebook it, etc.

Socialize – Visit the host’s blog over the next few days and look for comments. Respond to comments. Be nice. Don’t embarrass your host.

Kenton and ShawnA dud – It your guest post is successful, great! If not, don’t go off pouting or FBing “Why isn’t anyone commenting on my guest post?!” You posted it to your blog, FB, Twitter, and so on. Let it sit for a day. Then consider posting it to your Facebook again.

Send a thank you – Even when I thought Laura’s 10th birthday party was a dud, my mom made me send a thank you note. It’s the right thing to do. Send a thank you to your host.

When in doubt, remember what mom said. Sit up straight, mind your manners, say thank you.Kenton washing car

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See also Blog guidelines, Hosting a guest blogger, and The guest blog query.

This is the last post in the series about guest blogging. Are you psyched to have a guest blogger or be a guest blogger?

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“The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.”  ~John E. Southard

“Praise the bridge that carried you over.” ~George Colman

“There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude.” ~Robert Brault

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6 responses to “How to play well with others – your guest post

  1. Thank you for writing about ‘guest post’ etiquette. All of your points make sense, and they are just the right thing to do! I think it’s always an honor to be invited to be a guest’ at another blog.

    • karenselliott

      I love having guests, exposing my followers and subscribers to new writers or bloggers. Hope your find the tips helpful!

  2. Lawd – I rarely guest post because I worry I’ll disappoint or be too discombobulated or willy nillly or chaotic *laugh* . . . Now I shall go back and read all these posts to grow in confidence! 😀 I’m woefully behind on your wonderful blog.

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