As most Blog Herald readers probably know, I am a full-time guest blogger. I have at present written approximately 440 guest articles that have been scattered over almost 130 different blogs. Now I am not here to brag about how great this is, and if it was your full-time job, you would be in the exact same position (if you aren’t already). I am simply telling you this to give you a perspective on just how many different publishers I have worked with and how many different blogs I have gone out and analyzed both before and after my guest post went live.
I thought it would be helpful to compile a list for the blogging community to help those who need to guest post. I have therefore created a list of my top ten favorite blogs to offer up a guest post. I based my decisions on three things:
- Is the editor easy and friendly to work with? I personally feel that this is one of the most important things when it comes to guest blogging because it changes the experience entirely.
- Is the guest post either acknowledged or live in a good amount of time? In my eyes, a good amount of time is within the week. The post does not have to be live within a week, but it’s nice when an editor at least gets back to me and lets me know the status of the article.
- Does the blog get a lot of visitors and activity?
There are also two different kinds of places where many people guest post: Sites where there is direct contact with an editor and sites where there is not. I have split these up into two sections for the guest bloggers who have a preference. And so, in no particular order, a list of some of my favorite guest posting opportunities:
Blogs with Direct Editor Contact
1.Get Busy Media: I feel as though I am part of the team when I guest post for this website. I am looped in on the emails that ask the staff to promote my content and am always given a big thank you. PR 4 site.
2.Tribal blogs: Jen is incredibly quick to respond and always thankful to have a guest post. Although still a PR 3, this site has a great design, great content, and a great editor, so it also has great potential.
3.Brazen Careerist: You always know that the editor Alexis is going to get back to you. Although it will take a while to hear whether or not your post has been approved, I give her a ton of credit for being able to sort through the many posts I know she receives and still taking the time to touch base with each author. PR 5 site.
4.Under30CEO: Jared is extremely easy to talk with and always gets back to me in an appropriate amount of time. His blog is also a PR 6, and it’s rare to find such an authoritative blog with such an easy going guest posting routine.
5.SEM-Group: This blog attracts great writers and will work with you to make sure your post will do well in the social media sphere. Gerald is a real social media guru, so I always know my posts will get tons of promotion. PR 4 site.
6.Who Design Today: While this blog is also only a PR 3, I see tons of potential. It could not be left off the list because Darryl is easy going and attentive.
7.PR Breakfast Club: Nathan (or Peter as I met him!) treats you as though you are a friend. The best part is that Nathan allows you to have full rights to your writing. He doesn’t appear concerned with search engine rankings or making a ton of money, he just loves blogging and loves the site. PR 4 site.
8.Skyje and Social H: You get one editor for two sites with Ayman. You email him, he reads your article, he sends you the link when it’s live. It’s as simple as that. And oh, did I mention both sites are PR 5? Very hard to find this type of situation.
9.About Public Relations: Steven R. Van Hook is interested in more than just your article. I really feel like he cares about his writers, and his site gets great publicity. PR 5 site.
10.Web Marketing Therapy: Writing for this site does make me feel as though I’m part of a community. Although my articles are not always accepted, I am told exactly what I need to do to fix them by different editors who are all nothing but nice. PR 4 site.
Blogs Without Direct Editor Content
1. Social Media Today: The most tweets I’ve ever received on a post. Need I say more? PR 6 site.
2.Lakeshore Branding: I happen to know that the editor of this site is incredibly friendly and positive about the posts that go through to her site. However, now all you need to do to submit a guest post is just upload it right onto a page for review. PR 4 site.
3. She Writes: This is a community of all women (obviously) and you can publish your article the minute you upload it. Easy, quick, and a PR 5 site.
4.Recruiting Blogs: This site also allows you to upload your article and publish it immediately. A dream for guest bloggers who specialize in recruitment advice. PR 5 site.
5.Business2Community: I have a feeling that most people are already aware of Business2Community. The site gives you a login, you upload the article, it is reviewed, and it is published all within the time frame of around 24 hours. Not bad for a PR 5 site.
I will add that these sites are simply those I find most pleasant, not easiest. These sites put out what I classify as excellent content, but they do it without needing constant follow-ups and with nothing but kindness. While I have written for others sites that I greatly respect, they might be a bit more high maintenance, which is not a bad thing by any means. Still, it’s nice to have an easy going guest posting opportunity sometimes that will really give you some great visibility, and these sites always provide that for me.
What are some of your favorite sites to offer a guest post? Let us know in the comments!
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Amanda DiSilvestro is a writer on topics ranging from social media to 401k services. She writes for an online resource that gives advice on topics including payroll companies to small businesses and entrepreneurs for the leading business directory, Business.com.