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Guest blogging is a valuable strategy for any author marketing campaign and no matter where you are in your marketing process, it’s a step you can begin right this minute. Guest blogging extends your reach beyond your own website and social marketing efforts into the websites and social marketing efforts of others. You benefit from the exposure; they benefit with new, original content for their sites. Everyone wins.

Finding guest post opportunities is easier than you might think. First, you probably already have a sense of where you’d like to blog. If you’re a non-fiction author writing about cats for example, you may already know the top pet/animal blogs out there. If not, search for them.

You can expand your search by using your keywords along with certain search terms regarding guest blog posts. In example, if you’re writing chick lit, you can search chick lit, and add phrases about guest blogging, such as:

  • Write for us (write chick lit for us)
  • Guest posts (chick lit guest posts)
  • Submission guidelines (chick lit submission guidelines)

Seek guest blog post offers on these sites:

Blogger Link Up1. BloggerLinkUp.com:

BloggerLinkUp is a service provided by Cathy Stucker and Special Interests Publishing. The purpose of the service is to help bloggers get exposure for their content and find content for their blogs. BloggerLinkUp provides the leads, the rest is up to you. You can list there whether you need a blog (WWW has found several blog posts through them) or when you have content to offer.

MyBlogGuest-logo2. MyBlogGuest.com:

Like the others, the process is pretty straightforward here. The author writes an article and shows it to the blogger. The blogger decides if the article fits his blog and if yes, publishes it on the site. (Optionally) The blogger and the author may arrange that the author promotes (i.e. shares) his post once it is published (and thus drives more traffic to the blogger’s site).

BlogDash3. BlogDash.com:

Bloggers choose to which kinds of opportunities they’re open to being pitched about. Brands find and connect with the right bloggers for their projects or campaigns. Blogdash is 100% free for bloggers, and you can choose the kinds of opportunities that you’re open to being contacted about.

Finally, make sure you set up Google Alerts for your favorite search terms. The blog results that come in may lead you to potential blogging opportunities there, as well as be possible guest bloggers for your own site!

ShariStauchCreator of Where Writers Win, Shari Stauch has been involved in publishing, marketing and PR for 30 years. She is also the principal author of the WWW blog, and speaks at conferences around the country. The Where Writers Win team’s newest collaboration is The Winner Circle – vetted book review directories, book clubs and other cultivated resources for emerging authors.

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16 thoughts on “Author Guest Blogging: Must-Know Sites to Expand Your Audience

  • August 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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    You need to take down three of these sites:

    DANGEROUS: guestr.com has been hacked and distinctly says so and that it’s full of viruses

    another one of the sites has been suspended and a third no longer exists

  • August 4, 2014 at 8:33 am
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    Nice one.sharing websites for blogging thats helps many of us

  • August 13, 2013 at 9:05 am
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    It’s a wonderful article. I have tried MyBlogGuest, but there wasn’t much success with it. Now I am trying Guest blog it and I hope things are a little bit different there.

    • August 13, 2013 at 9:18 am
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      We’ve had the most success with Blogger LinkUp – seems like we’ve generated the most positive, unique posts from them. Are you looking for guests or to guest post yourself? Hint – we’re always looking 🙂

  • August 10, 2013 at 3:22 am
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    I have applied at some places mentioned in the list, while some of them offer paid services. Anyways, this is an informative post but would you list more guest blogging websites for newbies. It would be of much help. Also, mine is a lifestyle blog, so I would like to know if there are any specific networks for lifestyle guest blogging. Thank you.

    • August 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm
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      You might try http://www.blogher.com/ and there’s an article about top London lifestyle blogs at http://www.thelondoner.me/2013/01/lifestyle-blogging-101.html – Good luck!

  • July 19, 2013 at 4:01 am
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    Hi,Best Best Place To Find Guest Posts And Blogs. Thanks

  • July 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm
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    This is just what I was looking for this morning! I am filling up my tabs checking out each of these guest blogging sites. Is there one in particular that would be good for a newbie?

  • July 7, 2013 at 12:10 pm
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    Great list, Shari. Indies Unlimited had a nice tutorial on your #1 mention, BloggerLinkUp, here: http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2012/11/13/author-tools-blogger-linkup/. They also had an article by Jim Devitt about Yahoo Contributor Network: http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2013/04/06/improve-your-writing-and-make-a-few-bucks/. He references HubPages in that article as well. Thanks again for listing these resources.

    • July 7, 2013 at 1:10 pm
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      Great, KS – thanks so much for the share!

  • July 5, 2013 at 8:14 pm
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    The great thing too about these sites is that there is a large supply of people on these sites, so you can be picky and choosy with the posts that you pick up from them. Great list, thanks!

  • July 5, 2013 at 11:49 am
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    thanks for this post!

  • July 5, 2013 at 12:02 am
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    Hi, PostJoint is one of the best place to find guest posts and blogs. Thanks.

    • July 5, 2013 at 8:33 am
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      Thanks, Matthew, we’ll check it out!

  • July 3, 2013 at 9:38 am
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    I heard to Yahoo Voices as a place to guest blog and make money off it. What do you know about that? Thanks.

    • July 3, 2013 at 10:41 am
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      I don’t know about that but will check it out – thanks for sharing!

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