How to use guest blogging to grow your audience

Those wondering how to use guest blogging to grow your audience are likely already producing quality content on their blogs. Having already chosen a specialized niche or area of interest, regular updates carry an authoritative tone likely due to extensive experience or recognized expertise. Although it can be obvious as to how to exploit social media networks like Facebook and information-sharing services like Twitter, considering their user-friendliness and popularity, taking advantage of the concept of guest blogging can seem less intuitive. In reality, once broken down into the differing types of guest entries, it is quite simple.

Grateful Guest
Once your blog has gained an audience comprised of a healthy mix of regular readers following your updates, new people finding your blog via links on other websites, and people landing on your pages from a search engine, you are in an enjoyable position. This can also be an enviable position, with many of your readers likely having related blogs of their own, albeit less popular. Allowing these friends to contribute guests posts can be valuable: Not only does it provide an intriguing new category of content, but that grateful guest will likely remain loyal to your blog and help publicize it to others within their own, albeit smaller, network.
Influential Guest
Perhaps you are only a beginner in the field you blog about, or maybe you take part in an activity for which there are recognized experts well ahead of you on the spectrum of influence. Getting one of these more popular writers to contribute to your blog can be an obvious boon to popularity, since they may promote their appearance on your blog and thus drive new visitors there. Getting a more influential blogger to guest-write for you can be tricky, though, but appealing to ego, greed, or simple kindness can all be viable strategies to land an influential guest poster.
Outward Guest
Then, of course, among the tactics of how to use guest blogging to grow your audience would include you volunteering to appear as a guest blogger elsewhere. Typically, you should offer your post for free, in exchange for a promotion such as allowing a link or two within the entry back to your blog. Unsolicited offers may be denied, but once you have established a decent audience, you will likely receive requests for guest posts. Otherwise, find your fans and friends who would gladly help you out, and lend your writing to their site. The more you establish a reputation as being friendly, helpful, and interactive, the more likely that opportunities will come your way.
Understanding how to use guest blogging to grow your audience does not need to be complicated, but can nonetheless can be difficult. Within a market that is already saturated with countless blogs, it will take extra-special writers to gain any sort of formidable foothold on a noticeable audience; fortunately, like-minded bloggers writing about the same subject are likely to want to collaborate and be helpful in joining forces for the greater good of expanded popularity.

 

 

(Eric Bailey) from (http://www.helium.com/items/2117949-how-to-use-guest-blogging-to-grow-your-audience)

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