Sometimes you may feel as if you are banging your head against a brick wall when you are trying to guest post. Guest posting is a great way to get links, but after enough rejected submissions, you may be nearing the end of your tether. Here are a few tips to help you get a few more of your posts accepted.
1 - Create a customized introduction message and article summary
Do not send the same introduction to the different people. Write a customized one to be used especially for that webmaster. Blog webmasters receive hundreds of “template” introduction messages and they can smell them a mile away.
2 - Make sure that your suggested article is 100% right for that website
You will be rejected instantly if the post you submit is not suitable for the blog post. It must be in keeping with the niche and general feel of the blog. You may also wish to take note of the other blog post’s styles and vernacular.
3 - Explain why your blog post is ideal and how the topic hasn’t been covered yet
Most webmasters do not just want a description of your blog post. They want to know why it is good for their site. If you are buying a lawn mower, you don’t want to know how big the blades are, you want to know why you would want or need it. The same principal applies to sending submissions to blog webmasters.
4 - Do not nag the webmaster
Remember when you were a spotty teen and you were trying to ask out that hottie who was a little older than you? Try to recall what that person said. Was it something like, “If I said no the first time you asked, what makes you think I will say yes the next hundred times you ask?” The same rule applies for webmasters. The fact is that some webmasters do not have the time to look at all the potential guest posts, and so will not reply. Some people look at submissions and just delete them without responding to you, and other webmasters (the organized ones) will email you to reject your post. In none of these situations will nagging ever help you. Plus, you are going to sour the deal if the webmaster does like your post. He or she will not accept it if you keep nagging them because it is annoying.
5 - Keep your introduction and summary short and concise
Nobody likes reading anymore than they have to. Books do not have long paged because the writer waffled on. Just keep your introduction short or concise. If the blog webmaster has to go into “Skim-Read” mode, then a big steamy rejection will follow.
6 - If there are approved channels then submit through them
Many blog webmasters have to manually delete comments from their blog posts, from people trying to submit blog post. It may be true that if you send the blogger a comment message that he/she is more likely to read it than your submission message, but that does not mean that he/she is more likely to accept the blog post submission.
7 - Read the terms and conditions, for the love of cheesecake, just read them!!!
At least 99.99% of webmasters who post terms and conditions for their guest posts will receive thousands of messages from people who have not read them. This has to be the number one annoyance of all webmasters who accept guest posts.
For example, a webmaster will have terms and conditions on the guest post submissions page, and let’s say that the blog is about cars. The web master will make a point very clear, such as that he/she will not accept guest blog posts on motorcycles. The webmaster will put it as point number one in bold letters or capital letters, and will probably underline it. And EVERY week, he or she will receive guest blog post suggestions/submissions on motorcycles.
Read the terms and conditions first. If you are clever you can pick points out of the terms and conditions and use them to your advantage. For example, one of the terms and conditions may be that submissions only come from people born in the USA. In that case you could state in your introduction email that you are American born and bred.