Sunday Morning SEO: The Best SEO Advice I Have For Bloggers

Filed as Guides on March 1, 2009 1:20 am

If I had just one SEO tip to recommend to my fellow bloggers, it would be to write guest posts.

I recommend guest posting because link building is so important in SEO. Many webmasters neglect to build links so you’ll have a competitive advantage if you guest post. And the quantity and quality of your backlinks is the most important factor to ranking well for a wide variety of keywords and the competitive keywords with high search volume.

Sure, you can try other link building methods but these days guest posting gives you the best return for your time.  Here are a couple reasons why.

1. Links in the content: These type of links carry the most authority as opposed to sitewide links like the ones on the sidebar or footer.

2. Free: In this economy, free is good. Plus, paid links are more risky today with Google cracking down on more sites.

3. High success rate: Most bloggers seem to know what guest posting is and they don’t mind publishing quality content from other bloggers.

4. High quality traffic: The people who come to your blog after reading one of your guest posts are more likely to become repeat visitors.

5. Leads to more links: This applies more to guest posts published on popular blogs. Oftentimes the popular bloggers follow and link to each other.  If you get a post published on a popular blog, you’ll get on the radar of other popular bloggers. They might choose to follow your blog too, which can lead to future links.

6. Builds your network: With guest posting, you’ll be building your online network since you’re helping out your fellow bloggers. This can lead to possible collaboration projects in the future. Plus, blogging is much more fun when you’re connecting with other bloggers.

Over to You

When was the last time you did a guest post?

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  1. By Brian Vermette posted on March 1, 2009 at 10:08 am
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    I have never guest posted before, however guest posting sounds like something I am very interested in doing, I will talk with some other bloggers about doing a guest post, even just guest posting one-way.

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  2. By Tumblemoose posted on March 1, 2009 at 10:12 am
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    True story.

    Guest posting is a wonderful thing for your site and there is the added bonus of establishing a loyal community member.

    Good stuff, and nice site design here!

    George

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  3. By Don Schindler posted on March 1, 2009 at 12:19 pm
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    What a simple idea and smart. How do you let others know that you would like to guest post? Is there a place on the net that lets others know you are a guest blogger?

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  4. By The Daily Blonde posted on March 1, 2009 at 1:46 pm
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    I’ve done guest posting before and had several guest posters on my blog as well. It’s a great way to spread the word about their blog and yours!

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  5. By Tnomeralc posted on March 2, 2009 at 9:30 am
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    Now I just did guest post! I will spread the word as well! I just read on some of your other articles and I find them very useful! Bookmarking your site now.

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  6. By Chris posted on March 3, 2009 at 1:46 am
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    The idea of Guest posting is indeed a good one. I have recently started to approach good bloggers for guest posting. Hope they choose mine.

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  7. By John Kremer posted on March 4, 2009 at 2:48 am
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    The best links come from great posts in high-traffic blogs. Not only do you get the stamp of approval from the blog owner, but you also get follow links from many other bloggers, thus getting more stamps of approval. All those links are high-value links that are guaranteed to help your website ranking.

    Of course, you have to be a guest blogger at a high-traffic or influential blog, not your cousins latest blog.

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  8. By Dee Barizo posted on March 7, 2009 at 11:14 am
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    Thanks everyone for the comments :)

    @Don
    The method that works for me is to read a couple posts of a blogger to get a feel for their writing and audience. Next, craft a guest post that would be a good fit for their blog. Then, just email them your post and ask them if they wouldn’t mind publishing it.

    I don’t know of a place that lets others know you are a guest blogger, but contacting bloggers directly works well.

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  9. By Minneapolis SEO Dude posted on March 7, 2009 at 4:50 pm
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    I ahve always found it hard to get a guest post on a blog that had any decent PR. Although, I know that I am totally willing to post others content on my site. Just drop a line if you want to take me up on it.

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  10. By Paul R posted on March 9, 2009 at 5:22 pm
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    Good warning on the paid links, stay away from them.

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  11. By Ari Herzog posted on March 11, 2009 at 12:47 am
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    If folks reading this are interested in guest blogging over at my blog (click my name above) where I provide strategies and tips on social media and online marketing, I run a column on best practices in social media–and always looking for new voices. Heck, if you like it and I like it, can be more routine.

    For what it’s worth. :)

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  12. By Ghada posted on March 16, 2009 at 7:57 am
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    thank you Dee for this great post
    guest posting is a fantastic way to generate traffic and building relationships with other bloggers… but it has to be naturally people will feel it if you just pass away to build links
    try to be kind and helpful then bloggers you follow will return the favor

    Ghada

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  13. By Wedgeim posted on October 17, 2009 at 11:13 pm
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    Great article, I am just working up to blogging and understanding it role in my business plans. Thanks for more information, i plan on reading more.

    Mike

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  14. By Matthew Peschong posted on October 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm
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    Great article – this is def the K.I.S.S. keep it simple stupid approach. I hate when people try to overcomplicate SEO – when they should stick to a strategy.

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  15. By Chris G posted on October 29, 2009 at 5:42 am
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    Great article, thanks for the post.

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  16. By Ryan posted on November 2, 2009 at 5:00 am
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    I agree, guest posting is a great way to get your name out there.

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  17. By Michael Schlotfeldt posted on December 7, 2010 at 5:52 pm
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    Thanks for the post. Its a good to be reminded of all this points form time to time.

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