Guest blogging on a blog in the same niche as your own that has higher PageRank than your own blog has provides opportunities for:
promoting one’s own reputation as a blogger;
and earning a backlink to your own blog.
Due to health problems I have encountered over the course of the last year I have had several guest bloggers here on onecoolsite, and also on this time ~ this space: personal growth, development and relationships blog.
Guest Blogger Arrangements – Admin Access
On wordpress we can make a choice of four roles for added users.
- Administrator – An administrator can do everything. Complete power over posts/pages, comments, settings, theme choice, import, users – the whole shebang. Nothing is off-limits, including deleting the entire blog.
- Editor – An editor can publish, edit, and delete any posts/pages, moderate comments, manage categories, manage tags, manage links and upload files.
- Author – An author can edit, publish and delete their posts and they can upload files.
- Contributor- A contributor can edit their posts but cannot publish. Once a contributor’s post is approved by an administrator and published, however, it may no longer be edited by the contributor.
Guest Blogger Arrangements – Email Submissions
I did not choose to set the guest authors up with Admin access to my blogs, and I felt the wisest course of action was not to provide Admin access to my blogs to guest authors. I decided that the email me your posts and I’ll do the rest was the best scenario for me so it’s the one that I used.
(1) I sent an email invitation to blogger friends, who blog on themes related to my own blogs to submit original articles not found elsewhere on the subjects outlined in both of my two blog descriptions. We discussed what subject matter the guest post(s) would contain and the expected word count by email.
onecoolsite – a growing collection of Tips and Tutorials on How to Become a Better Blogger, How to Build a Better Blog and where to find free Blogging Tools and Resources.
Tags: SEO, blogging tips, blogging resources, blogging tools, blogging guides, blogging tutorials
thistimethisspace – a personal development, growth and relationships blog containing posts on alternative medicine, blogging, conscious living, and self improvement.
Tags: personal growth and development, relationships, Spirituality, alternative medicine, self improvement, conscious living.
(2) The guest bloggers emailed their articles and accompanying images to me for publication.
(3) I read the submissions and where I felt editing was required, I contacted the guest author by email and discussed the same with them.
(4) When we were both happy with the content, I copy pasted the completed article into a post. Then I undertook formatting, assigning categories and tags, and published the posts which clearly stated “by Guest author (insert name)” and their name was backlinked to their blog.
(5) When it came to article promotion both the guest author and I jointly undertook promoting the guest post throughout the social networks we belong to.
(6) The guest authors agreed to make themselves available to respond to comments on their articles.
Help create guest blogger policy
I have not yet created an official Guest Blogger Policy and would like to invite my readers to help me do that.
(1) Have you ever had guest bloggers create posts for your blog? If so, what criteria did you set for the post content and length, and what other arrangements did you make?
(2) Have you ever had guest bloggers create posts for your blog and found that the experience turned out badly? If so, would you like to share the details?
(3) Would you consider having guest authors create posts for your blog? If so, do you have any criteria or concerns you would like to discuss?