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9 Networks You Can Use for Guest Blogging and Blogger Outreach

When it comes to online marketing in the post Penguin and Panda age, two strategies that many marketers are turning towards are guest blogging and blogger outreach. While you can do a lot of leg work on your own by searching for bloggers related to your industry on Google, you can also turn to networks designed to connect businesses and bloggers. However, there is an easier way to find blogs looking for content…

Guest Blogging & Blogger Outreach Networks

The following are nine networks for guest blogging and blogging outreach that you can use to market your business for increased exposure and additional backlinks.

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BlogDash calls itself the blogger outreach dashboard. Their network has a directory of 109K bloggers which you can search based on topical keywords, category, Klout score, gender, and other demographics.

You can use their service to interact with bloggers tweets, share blog posts, and pitch bloggers to write about your product or service. Some notable companies using BlogDash include Likeable Media, Shine United, and True Media.

Bloggers can join BlogDash for free to connect with businesses related to their niche. Businesses can start with a free account to browse the blogger directory, but to start pitching to bloggers through the dashboard, membership begins at $49.99 per month. You can save by paying for three month’s or one year’s membership at a time.

Be sure to read testimonials from satisfied agencies using BlogDash and download their free guide to blogger outreach. You can also read a review of their service (while it was still in beta) on Social Media Explorer.

Blogger LinkUp

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Blogger LinkUp is a free service that connects bloggers who need content with marketers and businesses looking to place content in exchange for links. The best part is bloggers who have signed up for the service shouldn’t request payment (according to the guidelines on the network, but actual contact requests may vary).

The way it works? You submit your offer for a guest post, product for bloggers to review, or contest announcement. Bloggers will also request guest posts and interview sources for their websites. An email goes out to everyone on the list on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If you see a request you can fulfill or if a blogger likes your request, you can contact each other directly via the contact information provided in the email.

There’s not much content available on the Blogger LinkUp site itself, but it did get a nod in a post on Social Media Examiner as a great place to find guest bloggers. But considering it’s a free service, it doesn’t hurt to give it a shot!

BlogSynergy

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BlogSynergy is a social network for bloggers looking to guest post for other blogs and receive guest posts for their own blogs. Registration is free!

Once you have signed up, you can create a profile for your blog to accept guest blog posts and for yourself as a writer to provide guest posts. You can browse the 2,000+ blogs listed that are looking for guest posts and submit articles for people to use on their blogs.

If you are looking for content for your blog, you can browse the 17,000+ writers ready to provide content, as well as articles that are waiting to be published on a wide variety of topics.

GroupHigh

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GroupHigh is a solution for big brands looking to incorporate blogger outreach into their marketing strategy. Their service indexes millions of blogs so that you can search them by keyword, topics covered, number of followers, and location. You can also see if the blog supports video, guest posts, sponsored posts, ad networks, and giveaways.

Once you’ve created a list of blogs to target, GroupHigh can provide key information about them including social profiles, contact form locations, author names, traffic statistics, and SEO metrics.

Notable companies using this service include Social Media Explorer, Distilled, Citrix, Billboard, Home Depot, and many more. You can read mentions of their service on their In the News page which includes nods from Convince & Convert, Content Marketing Institute, Search Engine Journal, and SEOmoz. They also post tweets mentioning their service on the homepage of the website.

Pricing is not listed on the GroupHigh website—you have to contact them for a demo of the service. One site reviewing their service in January listed the price as $3,000 per year, so you can expect it to be on the higher end of the spectrum of premium outreach services.

GuestBlogIt

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GuestBlogIt is a community where you can submit content for other blogs to use on their website and receive content to use on your own blog. Free membership allows you to have one article on the market at a time; pro membership for $20 a month allows you to have five articles plus access to other features including ratings, sending / receiving direct messages, and a membership to the Blog Engage social voting network.

Guest Blog Genius

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With all of the fear invoked by Google Panda and Penguin, Guest Blog Genius advertises that they are 100 percent transparent and that their services fit within Google Webmaster Guidelines. Their service geared towards SEO professionals allows you to find great guest blogging opportunities, as well as order quality content on a regular basis from U.S. based writers. They take the hassle out of link building with content by sourcing content ideas, recruiting skilled writers, building a list of authoritative blogs, and cultivating relationships.

Pricing is based on the content topic you need for your articles. Current prices range from $36 to $144. You can see what their service has to offer by browsing the current guest blogging opportunities.

Guestr

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Guestr helps blog owners find new content from bloggers and helps guest bloggers and SEO’s find guest posting opportunities to place their content and build links. Guestr is currently a free service for both site owners and those looking for guest post opportunities. There are currently 804 listings for sites looking for and accepting content in a wide variety of categories. Each site is listed with their current Google PageRank and number of estimated visits.

MyBlogGuest

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MyBlogGuest is probably one of the most well-known names when it comes to guest blogging communities. You can sign up for free to list yourself as someone looking for guest bloggers or looking to guest post on another blog in specific categories in the guest blogging forum. There is also a forum dedicated to those looking for social promotion help for their published posts.

There is also a Pro Account option that allows you to submit articles to the article gallery for other bloggers to use on their sites, submit guest posts directly to a blog’s admin dashboard for faster publiscation, submit articles to the infographics gallery for bloggers to discover, track published article status, and more. You can choose from a Basic Premium account for $30 per month or an Advanced Premium account for $70 per month.

You can learn more about MyBlogGuest through features they’ve had on SEOmoz, Blogher, and Search Engine Land.

PostJoint

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PostJoint is a platform that helps to make guest blogging quicker and easier for both parties. The key difference between PostJoint and other services is that there is no searching or browsing through galleries of blogs / posts. Instead, advertisers supply content they are looking to have published, the system matches the audiences up against its database of blogs, and bloggers then offer to publish the posts. The advertiser simply has to choose which publishing offers to accept.

Various metrics are shown to help advertisers make a decision, and bloggers are only shown an excerpt of related posts helping to stop the content from being duplicated. All of the bloggers registered with PostJoint are quality screened by moderators, so the response rate and your satisfaction should be high.

This is a unique and interesting concept and one to watch out for. Pricing has not been announced yet, since its currently in a free beta phase for all users. You can read a review of their service on Growmap.

5 Simple Tips for Guest Blogging & Blogger Outreach

Just because a blogger is a part of one of these networks does not mean they are guaranteed to accept your requests. So, whether you use a service or Google to connect with bloggers for guest posts or pitches, there are a few things you should do to ensure your success.

1. Personalize your request.

Be sure to include the name of the blog owner in your request. As a blogger, there is nothing more irritating than seeing a Dear Sir or Madam, Hello Webmaster, or other generic greeting on a request, especially when my name is plastered on the sidebar of the blog, on blog posts, and on the about page. These are the places you should start looking to find the blog owner’s name so you can address them properly in your requests.

2. Interact with the blogger before pitching them.

If you are really interested in a particular blog accepting your guest post or reviewing your product, consider investing a little time in getting to know the blogger first. Commenting on their blog posts, sharing their posts, and interacting with them on social networks are great ways to become a familiar face in the blogger’s community—one that they may be more open to accepting a request from.

3. Make sure your guest post, product, or service fits the blog.

Sure, you may find a blog that lists itself under the Fashion category, but if the title of the blog is Handmade Fashions, then they’re probably not going to be too open to a pitch from a retailer selling name brand fashions. Make sure that the guest post, product, or service you are about to pitch is going to be something that the blogger is actually interested in promoting on their blog. Otherwise, you’re just wasting an email.

4. Make sure the guest post topic you’re submitting hasn’t already been covered.

There’s a great search string that you can use to make sure that a topic you are about to submit as a guest post hasn’t already been written about. Search Google for site:domain.com intitle:keyword—this will show you any posts with a particular keyword in the title. So, if you are a marketer submitting a post about link building, you can see other posts the site has received about link building to ensure that yours is unique enough to make the cut.

5. Read the guidelines.

Many blogs will have guidelines on their site pertaining to guest posts and product reviews. Be sure to read them so that your request is as on target as possible.

There you have it – some great networks to choose from when it comes to guest blogging and blogger outreach, plus some essential tips to get you started. If you’ve used one or more of the above networks, please share your experiences in the comments!

 9 Networks You Can Use for Guest Blogging and Blogger Outreach
Kristi Hines is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, and blogger who develops high-quality content for busiensses.
 9 Networks You Can Use for Guest Blogging and Blogger Outreach

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61 thoughts on “9 Networks You Can Use for Guest Blogging and Blogger Outreach

    1. Thanks Kyle! Most of the guest blogging networks, even if they say all of the opportunities are free, are breeding grounds for bloggers looking to charge businesses for their posts. PostJoint is just open about the potential of it happening – hopefully since they don’t take or arrange payments, they’ll be safe.

  1. That is an incredible post Kristi, I didn’t know much of guest blogging. The tips you have provided in this post for guest blogging are very helpful, especially that we should get to know the blogger before posting.

  2. Thanks Krisiti for sharing such huge list of guest blogging sites!

    I used MyBlogGuest for guest blogging but didn’t get any success. Not a single person replied to my post on forum. Though, it could be my way of interaction may be was wrong but overall I find people over there are mostly looking for blog post on niche categories like seo, entertainment, technology where I was looking for something in sports.

    There after I used BloggerLinkUp & I must thanks to Cathy for sharing every week such huge list of guest blogs needed & available from every category & through which I found some good blogs where I’ve submitted my every guest post & got some good rankings on keywords.

    1. I tried MyBlogGuest from a publisher and content provider side. The blogs that were interested in the posts were very low quality and typically off topic or a general business blog. I also run a niche site that I had success in getting relevant articles. So it it a 50/50 split for MyBlogGuest.

      1. Well, for me it was none. Not once but I posted thrice in the forum hoping that someone may notice my post & also I even changed the subject line but the result were same.

        Right now i’m just using BloggerLinkUp which is very helpful. Some other also posted by krisiti & I think I should try that one also.

        Thanks.

    2. Has their focus turned to the posted articles side instead of the forum then? I used to get a lot of requests from my post in MBG – even long after I stopped going there.

  3. This is a great resource for those just starting to reach out, such as myself. Thank you so much for compiling this information and presenting it so succintly here.

  4. Very helpful list. Scouting a blog wherein you can do some guest post is a very tedious task, using the following networking it will partially automate the overall process. Thanks for the list.

  5. I’ve also tried myblogguest but gave up with it after a a few weeks of not receiving any decent offers. The quality of my article was actually very good but the offers were not so good. I wouldn’t mind paying a small fee to get my post on a good site, and so this Postjoint system is interesting. I’ve just signed up to their beta. I imagine better quality sites to be on it too, especially if they think they deserve to be paid.

  6. Thanks for the post Kristi…some new ones I’ve never heard of before, like GroupHigh and Guestbloggenius. Seems like this space has been growing in the last year or so – MyBlogGuest was pretty much the only one around a year ago. …

  7. Another network I’ve seen is PostRunner. PostRunner is kinda like MyBlogGuest except its done in reverse. Blog owners add their site and give a description of the content they are looking for and then writers can submit articles to them that they feel will work on their blog.

  8. I can recommend blogdash but I have not had the best experience with blogger linkup. There seem to be a lot of bloggers who will apply to write in a field in which they have no track record, who dilute the quality writer pool.

  9. Great post. It is always so much better to receive this type of information from another blogger than searching blindly and stumbling upon it. Thank you for a very useful, informative post that makes fellow bloggers’ life that much easier.

  10. Thanks for providing this wonderful list !! Guest blogging, in my opinion, is one of the powerful ways of building strong relationships that may help your business or brand in many ways. It creates business opportunities for you, build professional connections, increased brand recognition and last but of course not the least is getting authority links.

  11. MyGuestBlog is my favorite place to find guest posts and reach more bloggers in my niche. Thanks for the mention of other networks as well. Will definitely check all of them :)

    1. Guest blogging sites are different from link farms and blog networks like the ones busted by Google in the last year. These networks don’t select blogs to pay to insert links into content. They are helping people connect to place content (that just happens to have links).

  12. Great post Kristi; how many of these have you used yourself?

    I use My Blog Guest and Blogger Link Up; we’ve tried a couple of others but either they’ve not had any bloggers on them, or they’ve had the same pool of bloggers as My Blog Guest.

    Any idea on which the best of these sites are to try out?

  13. This is a little controversial. In fact, I’m surprised SEJ has posted this. Using networks (even those that are not charging you for the links) creates a great opportunity for search engines to hunt for footprints.

    I’ve seen the majority of these networks and the overall contingent is what I call article directories (blogs that will post ANY articles just to have more pages to slap Adsense on) and mommie-bloggers – also not very picky about the content. Do you really, truly, honestly believe that Search engines will trust a site that will post a doughnut voucher today, “Tips on how to get rid of acne” article tomorrow and then “Find self-storage facilities in Denver” the day after? OMG!

    Now, how these sites can add value, I don’t really understand. I think what will happen is that one year down the line I will see the same guys complaining about Google Zebra update (or any other b/w animal) having ruined their business, left their kids without inheritance etc etc. These networks will make it very easy for Google to understand the pattern because of a certain amount of sites using the same irrelevant backlink sources.

    What’s wrong with simply searching for good-quality sites that will add value and reaching out? You don’t need a network to do that! You simply need to open a search engine in your browser and have a notebook handy to make notes.

    1. @Arvid. Quite right on your part, where “riding the razor’s edge” of appropriate SEO is concerned. As for aggregator sites of any kind adding value, it seems pertinent to interject “best practices” guidelines should ALWAYS be in effect. However, the value is that a great many “good quality” sites reside within these matrices too. The author was primarily trying to help readers shortcut the search I am sure.

      So you know too, SEJ is primarily a news and information portal with a bit of a duty to show readers what’s out there. As for hard and fast SEO techniques etc., ultimately it is the site owner who makes any decision, hopefully an educated one. What would I use, you might ask? Blog Rank emulates your pen and paper notebook for me nicely, but barring tools like that, personal online networks can be very broad.

      You points are well made Arvid, and thanks for showing the other side of the coin.

      Always,

      Phil

    2. Arvid, I agree with you here. Although these sites are helping SEO’s to reduce the amount of time they are looking for guest posting opportunities I think those using them heavily will be running the risk of being penalised in the near future.

      Matt Cutts has recently released two different videos on guest posting (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMxC3wQZOyc and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpbCKWu0I0A) and the message is consistent as always. It is only a good way of link building if you are on the site due to genuine reasons i.e. the site feels you have enough expert knowledge to help their readers. I give it a year until the patterns that you mention from these types of ‘networking’ sites are analysed and a lot of business owners are sat 20-50 positions lower on Google!

      The usual cycle will happen… some people will feel that they have found a safe way of building links and will end up spamming the method to the point where Google will have very little option but to down grade the impact of these links.

      My advice would be that anyone using these sites should be very careful, create relationships with other site owners and make sure that you are only going to appear on high quality sites that need you for your expert knowledge on a related subject. AND… don’t rely on them solely!

  14. I’ve been looking for the solutions to getting links back to my site. This points me in the right direction because I know how important link building and link backing to the sites your promoting is. Guest blogging can lead to more traffic especially on other empowering sites or sites rising in PageRank.

    Thank you so much for SEJ writers for pointing us bloggers in the right direction. For my self I’m debating whether I should outsource for the guest posts or should I do them myself. I’ve tried different strategies for example article writers, outsourcing writers, and free writers I can seem to get a rhythm going with massive publishing efforts that boost my traffic. Is there any other post I should check out to help me better improve my efforts.

  15. The points brought by Arvid Linde above seem to worry me. …
    Something that’s ok today get penalised tomorrow by penguin.

    As a beginner to SEO, this is all very worrying!!?

    Would you recommend this as a long term plan for link building?

  16. Hi, I have been doing some comparative research between media databases such as Gorkana and their blogger offerings in relation to these newer blogger focused systems. Having looked at about 20 posts this one is the most comprehensive. Thanks everyone for your comments they were really useful. I have found Gorkana bloggers really good and very high quality but they need to be treated like journalists and pitched stories rather pitched guest posts.

  17. Great list of guest blogging networks, Kristi. These networks really helps SEO firms easier to find suitable blogs for guest posting, and at the same – bloggers can easily find free content for their blogs. But I think that the digital agencies joining these guest blogging networks must provide a small fee to the guest blogger, as they deserve it in exchange of a backlink or two, It will also help them to get more blog owners in interest,

  18. How can you find the best sites for your niche? Both in PR and exposure. Many in my niche have learned how to exploit Google and I am trying to re-establish myself as the leader in my industry, which I actually started. Unfortunately I created lots of copycats that try and mimic everything I state on my site. Any suggestions how to counter this? That is, dealing with liars. This seems like a good way but haven’t tried it yet. Want to make sure only to stay in my niche. Open for suggestions. thanks

  19. I’ve been a member of MyBlogGuest for almost a year now. They’re great and their platform is extremely user-friendly. The admins are very helpful. Unfortunately, they started this new contest recently and this brought about some kind of imbalance among publishers and content creators. So funny enough, when I go there, there isn’t enough content for me to publish! So thank you very much for this list, I’ll definitely need it. I’m looking for other places that I can find content on to publish on my numerous blogs. :D

  20. I am looking guest post directory, now I arrive to this page , now I know many websites that I can use for guest blogging opportunities, By the way thanks for sharng the list.

  21. Does anyone have any hands on experience with Guestblogit.com or feedback? Werent they listed on Flippa recently? I personally signed up, had a look around and didnt see much value, Ive used a few others in this list and have to say that MBG is head and shoulders above the rest but it can still be frustrating to use and the quality of sites can be very hit and miss…

  22. One of the best articles i have read till now.
    Awesome outreach potential cutting my time in half doing the work.

    I am wondering if anyone can suggest me which is the best one to start off with !

  23. WOW!

    I bookmarked your blog. I’m working on a site for guest bloggers. Basically in the same direction as some of these, with my own little twists and turns. And not NEAR the price tags some of these sites are wanting.

    I’ll keep you posted…

  24. Had no idea there were so many outreach platforms, the last time I looked for a management tool there were very few, they seem to be springing up all over the place. Only yesterday I saw an add for an outreach management platform called Buzzstream, it looked very good from the videos, much like Grouphigh, but with much more modest fees.

  25. Thanks Krisiti for sharing such huge list of guest blogging sites!
    But right now i’m just using BloggerLinkUp which is very helpful.
    You can also use letsassistblog.com,
    They also accept guest post.

  26. Thank you for this post. As an owner of one of the best online marketing companies in my area, I am happy to see people really utilizing linkbuilding via content. It is the best way to promote yourself, because people actually want to read what they see, instead of some spun article that appears everywhere.

    This is a great move, thank you for this list, I have found some networks I was unaware of. This should make my online marketing services even better.

  27. Very useful and interesting information for blogging platforms, I was looking to find suitable solution for blogging as a guest post, however this solved my issue. Now I am able to get quality backlinks and Articles!

    One of the best way to promote your new websites!