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Four Ways to Add Life to Your Guest Posts with Social Media

Social Media Four Ways to Add Life to Your Guest Posts with Social MediaAs a guest blogger, you want to make an impression. The purpose of a guest blog post is to shake things up from regular programming, so engaging readers is of the utmost importance—you don’t want them clicking away before the full text even loads. So, how can you engage readers without resorting to misleading headlines or racy pictures?

Simple: Leverage social media. There are many ways you can use social media to give some life to your blog posts and make them a centerpiece for conversation. Here are just four:

1. Start a conversation before you blog.

Guest bloggers are often writing for communities they’re familiar with, even if the venue is different. So, if you’re a guest blogger, you’re likely a member of related communities on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.

One way to shake things up is to start talking to your peers and friends before you construct your blog post. Run some ideas by them. Pose a question on Facebook. Tweet at fellow community members to get their thoughts. You never know when a lively debate will spring up.

Bottom line: Instead of pushing out content first and hoping for a discussion, base your blog on an ongoing discussion that’s gaining steam on one of your social media outlets. People will already be interested, and your guest post could add a unique insight to the conversation—a great recipe for engagement.

2. Take a poll.

Polling is a tool that works especially well for guest bloggers with a recurring gig, and social media makes gathering this information quick and easy, particularly Facebook, which has built-in polling features.

One way to set yourself up for your next post is to include a poll in your current one. You can always collect answers via the comment section, but if your posts are promoted on social media you can easily direct readers to a poll in that venue. Make the question a thoughtful one, and you can use the answers to inspire your next post. People will check back to see how things turned out, so you’re boosting engagement twofold.

3. Promote your posts with intelligent framing.

When your guest blogs get published, it’s always a fantastic idea to post the links to your own social media accounts so that friends and peers can check them out. That’s pretty basic. One way to kick generic link sharing up a notch is to say something about it.

How often do we see links posted with a tag like, “Check this out!” or a sentiment that doesn’t leave much room for discussion? Next time, include a call to action or a little analysis along with the link. Encourage people to respond to the post, whether they love it or hate it. Include an insider tidbit about what it was like to create the post. If you’re blogging about an issue, ask if someone else has a different solution.

This can be a little harder on a forum like Twitter, but you may find that a short query might be more effective than just the title of your blog post. The @replies will let you know!

4. Follow the trends.

Some writers decry social media as a time-waster, but you can use social media to write posts that people will be interested in. How do you know? Check out the trends.

Cultivate a diverse group of contacts on social media outlets, and then check in regularly. You’ll soon see memes developing in response to everything from real-world events to reality TV. Not every meme can frame a blog post, but some can—especially if you inject your own wit. If you can capitalize on popular memes (but beware, the life span of memes can be very short) people will come for the meme … and they just might stay for your content.

Guest bloggers are in a unique position to write broadly about their areas of expertise in a wide variety of venues. If you’re a guest blogger, you can combine this advantage with social media tools to bring new readers to different blogs or sites, start conversations, and make a name for yourself—even if you don’t have your own website. Log in and give it a shot.

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 Four Ways to Add Life to Your Guest Posts with Social Media
This is a guest post by Daniel Ripoll. Daniel is the founder of GuestBlogGenius.com, a web-based platform which simplifies the guest blogging process by connecting link seekers in search of guest blogging opportunities with blogs looking for fresh content.

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7 thoughts on “Four Ways to Add Life to Your Guest Posts with Social Media

  1. Hey Dan. . .you present some very valid points to becoming a successful guest blogger. You first point I had not even considered. . .but as I think about, it is a good way to put your finger on the pulse of your audience and find out what they want.

    Let me ask you this. . .

    In light of the current changes in the industry, have you found it easier or more challenging to get a guest posting assignment accepted?

    1. Hi Kevin,

      Good question. Guest blogging really starts with great content. If you have a few solid articles
      that mesh up well with the target blog’s audience, you shouldn’t have too many problems. But I will say that the pitch is where people often strike out. If you don’t include the article, or at least a title, its much less likely to be accepted. All too often people pitch us guest posts but don’t even give as much as a hint about what they plan to write. Its as if they want me to think of the topic and tell them what to write. If you’re going to pitch high value blogs, your best bet is to bring your A game and have some kick ass titles that you think they’ll be impressed by.

      Here is the outreach letter I used to pitch the article above to Mellissa Fach, the editor here at SEJ.

      “Hi Melissa,

      Its been a long time coming, but here is a second guest post for SEJ. I think your readers would appreciate some of the insights we’ve gained in our business of guest blogging, particularly as they pertain to leveraging social media to boost the efficacy of your guest blogging efforts.

      Please take a look and let me know if you’d like to publish it.”

      Cheers,

      Dan

      Here’s the article.
      ” Four Ways to Add Life to Your Guest Posts with Social Media”

      The post went live 2 days later.

  2. I really like your idea on polling. People love to see real data. So if you can provide that it certainly helps. What people dont like to see is made up, irrelevant data though.

  3. ” Not every meme can frame a blog post, but some can”

    You want to take advantage of every opportunity that you can when it comes to creating/promoting your content. If something is “hot” and you can make it work for your brand/audience why not run with it and see what happens? It’s not guarantee that it will become a smash success but you might still have a lot of fun doing it!

  4. Dan, these are some great tips for enhancing guest blogging. I really like the idea of creating conversation via social media before even beginning to write the content. Not only will you be able to incorporate different viewpoints in your blog post, but you’ll also be able to follow up the conversation with a link to your blog post., with the intent of creating more conversation about the topic.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hi Dan,

    Excellent post. you have explained all the 4 ways excellently to get a good guest post viral. I have seen that you can get a social Media Marketing with your guest posts if you have wrote a good content. Content is every thing, If yo have a good start then people will share your guest posts.

    Thank you

  6. Hmmm, never thought of the polling idea. That is very original. Mr. Ripoll’s article really hits the nail on the head about guest posting on social media. If I may add for Mr. Ripoll, the writer should make sure that the article he submits is original and well researched. If I may be so bold to suggest, if an article is really that well researched and true, it can actually go against the trend,, especially if the trend is not that good.