guestblogginginfographic-thumbA special welcome today to all those joining us from this weekend’s Publish15 in Atlanta, GA! We had a great time speaking on curating digital communities and blogging to make waves… welcome aboard!

Click on the image at right to view the full size guest blogging infographic!

Guest blogging is a valuable strategy for any author marketing campaign and no matter where you are in your publishing/marketing process, it’s a step you can begin right this minute. Author guest blogging extends your reach beyond your own website and social marketing efforts, plugging you 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. For example, if you’re a non-fiction author writing about cats, you may already know the top pet/animal blogs out there. If not, you need to 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)
  • Blog submission guidelines (chick lit submission guidelines)

Seek guest blog post offers on these sites:

Blogger Link Up1.

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.


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).


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 free for bloggers, and you can choose the kinds of opportunities that you’re open to being contacted about.


On Guestr, blogs are listed by category, so it’s easy to connect with other specialty sites. You can post a website listing and have others pitch blog ideas to you or pitch a guest blog idea for someone else’s site.

google-alerts5. Google Alerts

Finally, make sure you set up Google Alerts for your favorite relevant search terms. Paying attention to blog results that come in can 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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10 thoughts on “Author Guest Blogging: FIVE Must-Know Sites to Expand Your Reach!

  • June 16, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    I’m using 3 of these actively. My favorite is a tie between BloggerLinkUp and MyBlogU. The others – 1 has not proved useful at all, the other I will definitely check out.

    • June 16, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks, Patricia, for weighing in! Yes, GA and BLU are the ones we used most…

  • June 16, 2015 at 2:05 pm


    Thanks for sharing these guest blogging links. A number of my blogger friends will love knowing about these since expanding our reach is what it’s all about.

    You introduced me to a few new ones and reminded of ones I’d forgotten. I love Google Alerts to learn about what’s going on in my niche and as you point out, meet potential guest bloggers, blog hosts, and interviewees for podcasts and radio/video/TV shows.

    • June 16, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks, Flora! Yes, Google Alerts is such a useful tool for authors on so many levels, especially developing a solid database of contacts!

  • June 16, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Great information! Thanks for sharing. I’m available to blog regarding my novel DOLLBABY or about writing.

    • June 16, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks, Laura and you know we’re always looking for great content on writing for writers – bring ’em on!

  • June 16, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Great article about guest blogging, and thanks for supplying so many great leads for accomplishing same! Also love the infographic – I actually had forgotten I could count my dog as one of my faithful readers:-)

    • June 16, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Too funny 🙂 Write on Therese, and thanks for weighing in!

  • June 16, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Great post, Shari. I had not heard of these sites.

    • June 16, 2015 at 11:57 am

      Thanks, Hope! I’ve been a big fan of BloggerLinkUp — have a lot of guest bloggers these days so haven’t kept up w/ them as well as I should, but they’ve proved very useful… The “dream” is to get a few useful articles in a hopper and do a bit of guest-posting myself. Ah, maybe someday, eh? Hope all’s going well by you (and would love a guest post from you, too – we love, love your newsletter!)

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