- 1 Guest Posting For Fun & Profit
- 2 It all starts with Blog Commenting
- 3 The Secret Footprint – CommentLuv
- 4 What if I can’t find blogs in my niche to comment on?
- 5 How do I actually get a Guest Post?
- 6 How you should get your backlinks
- 7 Get HIGH Authority Links With a Secret Tactic – ASKING!
- 8 15.8% Conversion Rate
- 9 Relationship Building
Guest Posting For Fun & Profit
Guest Posting pays off. Look at this traffic graph for a niche site that’s about 8 weeks old.
And who cares if the guest posts don’t give you a positive Return on Investment (ROI)?
Guest Posts do have a positive ROI:
- You will get a bump in rankings.
- You will get some conversions.
Here is the latest update from Jim Horner. He’s been working on his niche site for about 8 weeks and I’ve been coaching him from the start. (You can check out the first few posts an this case study “Starting From Scratch: A Journey to $2,000 per Month”. (See examples of Amazon Affiliate Niche Sites & get 15,000 keywords there, too.)
Jim’s work and progress is from implementing the systems in my online training, Five Figure Niche Site. This technique is part of the Content Traffic Profit Sprint and it works as you can see. The Content Traffic Profit Sprint is all about getting results fast, and it’s a superior method to publishing 40 or 60 articles before thinking about link building. If enrollment isn’t open when you read this, then you can sign up for the wait list.
Go Forth and Guest Post
Guest posting is the lifeblood of your niche site in the beginning. When you’re first starting out your DA is so low that any kind of link juice, any, back to your site is gold even from others who have low DA’s too.
It all starts with Blog Commenting
But I really had no idea about how to go about getting them. Enter Doug.
The first step that I took was finding good blogs to comment on by using a pretty simple method.
The Secret Footprint – CommentLuv
Try Googling this: “Chocolate Chip Cookies” “CommentLuv” (with the quotes) this will pull up all the blogs that have posted content about chocolate chip cookies and allow for comments using CommentLuv.
CommentLuv allows for you to include what you’ve recently posted about in your comment so that when others read the comments they’ll see your post. This is what it looks like…
What if I can’t find blogs in my niche to comment on?
When I first started I was concerned that I couldn’t find any blogs that really related well to my site but after taking a deep breath I just started reaching out to blogs that I thought could work.
These aren’t super related to what the site is about but there is a connection there. Just consider your audience and think about where else they’ll be on the internet and look at those angles.
The very first comment I made I learned that after I got 3 accepted comments they would turn into Dofollow links! Great start.
I would crank out a bunch and see what happened…
I probably made 10-15 comments on the first day on different sites. They’re so easy and give such a good return I just thought I would crank out a bunch and see what happened. “Wow, great writeup! I love XX and your pictures are sweet!” Seriously, that’s it.
Now I’ve got close to 90 comments out there by just doing a couple everyday.
You gotta keep track of your comments to keep your sanity. Use a simple spreadsheet.
You keep track of all your comments so that you can get a guest post. Remember – that’s why we’re doing this commenting!
How do I actually get a Guest Post?
The process for getting a GP itself is pretty simple. Comment to develop a relationship, send and email and cross your fingers.
And don’t be afraid to follow up if you don’t hear anything, some bloggers are super busy running their business and if they see you come across their email a couple times you’ll become cemented in their minds.
After commenting for about a week I thought I would try my hand at reaching out for a guest post on the first site that I mentioned. I sent an email saying something like:
My name is Jim from XX.com (they’ll know it from your commenting) I really like your blog, especially the article on XX (shows them you actually looked at it).
I’m new to this whole blogging world and the exposure would be awesome! Here’s some ideas I came up with that I think your readers would really like. X…Y… Z…
Let me know what you think and I’d be happy to get to work!
It doesn’t have to say this exactly but an iteration of it seems to work well for me.
The very same day he emails me back and saying he would be stoked to have me write for his site, he started following my site, followed me on Facebook and Twitter and has since email me several opportunities for PR he’s found for me. He even offered to bring me on full-time if I wanted to combine forces. I politely declined and told him that wanted to keep working on my thing but my first GP was born.
Aaaanndd I had no idea how to do it. Good thing I keep Doug on speed dial.
Generally the thing is to get some natural backlinks built into your article so when you give them suggestions think about how you can work your site into it.
Sometimes it’s more difficult but that’s okay too as you’ll often get a bio and links out to your site there and to your social media outlets.
Generally just writing for people from a professional standpoint as a internet marketing is awesome and will reap big rewards.
Once your first GP is up it becomes a lot easier to approach people because you can reference your other guest posts. That’s social proof working for you!
I wrote an article for X.com. Take a look!
Then it gives them something to go off of and let’s them know what kind of writing style you’ve got.
Don’t be intimidated by large DA’s or super authoritative sites, just reach out. It helps to actually look around the site so you can see their tone and structure.
I reached out to a guy with a 36 Domain Authority (DA).
In the course of looking at the site he seemed to be a kind of to-the-point and cut and dry sort of guy, so that’s how I approached my outreach.
He said on his site that he wasn’t accepting GP’s.
I emailed anyway with a creative angle. He got back to me and said I could contribute!
It’s a hard thing to get over thinking that I didn’t want people to be upset that I was emailing them asking them for stuff, I suppose it’s the way we’re raised.
But the internet is whole different world. He didn’t know me from Job, what I looked like, or anything else.
Hell, he hadn’t even heard of Bozeman. As far as he was concerned I was just a message on a screen.
Use that to your advantage. Use the anonymity that the internet gives you to break through any apprehension you might have.
Go forth and outreach!
15.8% Conversion Rate
I’ve used this approach to great benefit. I’ve sent 38 white-hat emails asking for GP’s and gotten 6 approved, that’s a 15.8% return! [Editor note: 4 have been publish so far so these aren’t acceptances that aren’t real…]
Just keep cranking, keep grinding. If you quit someone else gets your prize.
I cannot overemphasis the importance of just sending 1 email.
Send that first and you’ll send a few more and few more. It’s a snowball effect.
Everything you do for your site is a positive thing, it may not seem like it on a dreary Tuesday with traffic sitting at a goose egg for the day but trust me forward momentum is everything.
Just keep cranking, keep grinding. If you quit someone else gets your prize.
Relationship building has been a resounding success for me and something that I was completely surprised by.
The first blog comment I ever made, landed me my first GP I ever wrote, which led to him saying he loved my site and wanted to purchase some of the stuff on there and would use my affiliate links.
WHAT?! Seriously, an innocuous blog comment can be so much bigger than it seems.