Accepting Guest Articles? SEO Guest Blogging Tips Only a Writer Would Know

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writer guest blogging tipsPart of creating good SEO is having a blog on your website, and part of having a blog on your website is having great content on that blog. This is where SEO writers come into play. Writers of course don’t have to be focused on SEO (that can be your job), but most writers who offer guest articles to a blog know a thing or two about the process. They know what it means to use keywords naturally, they know how important link-ability is, and they know how to analyze a website and decide if it’s quality in the eyes of Google.

To make a long story short, writers know a thing or two about creating a blog that appeals to great online writers. You have your classic tips—ask for pitches first, never make too many edits, have a “guest post” tab, etc.—but writers can offer you a few tips that are less well-known.

From a Writer: A Few Unique Thoughts for Websites Accepting Guest Articles

Understanding the ins and outs of your business means understanding your audience. When it comes to accepting guest articles on your website, the potential writers are essentially your audience. You can offer them a great backlink, but that’s no long something special anymore (every company has caught on to why that’s important).

You want to create a great place for your contributors, and that means listening to their observations. Below are some of the things that writers notice when it comes time to guest post on a website:

  • There is nothing worse than writing for a site that doesn’t allow you to subscribe to comments.

Subscribing to comments on a post that you’ve written is great because you don’t have to keep checking back to see if someone commented. It shows up right in your inbox, and you can be sure to you’re replying to everything, even months later. It’s good for the website, the writer, and those commenting, so it’s worth the little bit of extra time it takes to make it happen.

  • Telling a writer about other sites that you own is like hitting the jackpot. 

If you own more than one website, mention that to writers that ask to contribute to your site. In many cases, the writer will be able to contribute to that site as well, so it’s a win-win situation.

  • Telling a writer you are not going to accept an article is much better than just ignoring the issue.

It seems that sometimes editors don’t think that writers want their inboxes full of “no thank you,” so it’s better to avoid sending an email altogether. This is certainly not the case. Even if you want to be very short with a writer, it’s better to get something than nothing at all. This will help the writer stop wondering what’s going on with a particular article and get them out of limbo.

  • If you don’t have an actual email address on your contact page, a writer might move to a new site.

There are absolutely pros to not putting a physical email address on your contact page (spammers, for one), but in some cases this isn’t ideal for writers. Many writers like to write articles first and then try and send the article to a website. Websites are often more responsive when this happens because they know that you’re serious. You don’t have to sit there and wait to maybe get a response from a random contact page that you filled out (and therefore have no record of in your inbox). It’s just not ideal.

So what’s the moral of the story for small businesses? If you want to accept guest articles on your blog, keeping these things in mind will give you a better chance of creating a good relationship with your writers. This doesn’t mean that you have to make your guest posting process easy, but just be aware of some of the things that will help writers be more successful (and ultimately help you become more successful).

Are you an online writer who has a few tips for small businesses looking to accept guest posts? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Amanda DiSilvestro

Amanda DiSilvestro

Online Content Editor/Writer at HigherVisibility
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  • Sumit Dass


    Great Tips about Guest Posting


  • Mohnesh Kohli

    Keeping email on blog means getting hundreds of email from Asian SEO companies for accepting guest blog post. This is a big issue

    • Amanda DiSilvestro

      It is such a big issues, and I really hesitated putting that idea in this article. It’s definitely just something to either try or consider, but not necessarily something that is always going to work for Webmasters! I think writers understand. Thanks for reading!

    • Kalen

      Lol don’t even get me started. It isn’t just the Asian ones of course. I do freelance guest blogging in addition to my own blogging, but it is really hard to stand out in a space cramped by people who refuse to research and write quality content. Their emails are rude and sometimes offensive. I have ended up not asking for guest posts on one of my sites anymore.

  • Charles Crawford

    Hi Amanda,

    Thank you very much for sharing this great post. Subscribing to comments on a post that you have posted is really good because you don’t have to keep checking back to see if someone commented or replied. It will just show up automatically in your inbox. Yes, it is actually good for the website, for the blogger, and as well as to those who are commenting. So it is a win-win situation 🙂


    • Amanda DiSilvestro

      Thanks Charles! That’s exactly how I knew you commented!

  • Riza

    Number 3 is hard to do. You are in an awkward situation if that happens. You don’t’ want to hurt their feelings, but you also know in your heart that their content hasn’t met your standards. But you’re right. Always assume that the writer’s professional enough to accept rejection.

    Thoughts to ponder, definitely. 🙂 Your piece of content has been shared and “Kingged” on the IM social networking site,

  • Krystian Wlodarczyk

    Great post. I liked the tips from a publisher perspective. Like you said, it’s not about making the guest posting easy, but about being a human in order to build relations. Saying “no”isn’t impolite. Ignoring is.

  • Neil Harris

    Hi Amanda
    I have been thinking about accepting guest posts on my blog, but I have found a few posts about this, and it seems much more difficult than I anticipated.
    If you had an article sent to you that wasn’t good enough to be posted, how would you tell the writer? ignoring isn’t an option, so would you be brutally honest or sugar coat the let down?

    • Amanda DiSilvestro

      I would just give them the facts. List off a few reasons why it wasn’t what you were looking for. I’ve had editors do that to me and I rarely take it personally (and even when I do I at least appreciated the response because SO many editors just ignore you!). Good luck!

      • Neil Harris

        I have to ask the question though – you say “rarely”, is there any particular reason why sometimes you do take it personally, and sometimes you don’t?

      • Amanda DiSilvestro

        Well you can be mean about it. If an editor is flat out saying my writing is horrible and this is why and marking up my entire article with nothing but negative comments–nothing constructive at all–then I take it personally. I feel like never giving any positive feedback is a stab at me personally and I don’t like that!

  • Jenny Parker

    I am accepting guest posting on my blog and also doing guest blogging on others blog. But finding quality blog for guest blogging is very hard and low quality blog create negative impact to our online reputation.

  • Jason Smith

    Great information, I am sure this article will help most of the webmasters to build quality links….

  • Dev Lin

    Hi Amanda,
    I just launched my website. Is it advisable for a new site to have a guest blogging page?

    • Amanda DiSilvestro

      I don’t see anything wrong with that at all, but make sure you have a lot of your own, in-house content. I find that as someone writes the tone and style begin to become defined. It takes a little while to really get comfortable with your blog and what you want readers to get out of that blog (sometimes you think you know and then it changes!), so start accepting the guest articles slowly. Good luck!