Blog posts and guest posts - best advice please

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Hi

I understand the value of guest blogging, both from the social point of view, and backlink value. I've been wanting to guest post for some time, but need your opinions or recommendations.

I am currently writing a post for my own blog which I believe is good enough to use as a guest post.

I keep feeling that it's a bit naff to use as a guest post AND as a post on my own blog.

What are your views on it guys?

Alan
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  • Profile picture of the author Devon Brown
    I don't think its crazy to post it on your blog and offer to post it as a guest post somewhere else. If anything, the blogger (which has happened to me) finds your quality post and asks you if they could post it on their own blog, giving you credit of course.
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  • Profile picture of the author matt5409
    in my experience, bloggers require you to post a piece of unique content to their blog for publication. many will not allow "duplicate content".
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  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    A guest post should be 100% unique. If you just put some rehashed stuff on somebody's blog you won't do yourself and the blog owner a favor.

    The blog should be an authority in the first place. If post junk there you've had it.
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    • Profile picture of the author NETDAWG
      I don't see any problem with using your blog post for another website and then having a "mention" of the blog on your own site - a summarized version perhaps.

      If it was me - whatever resulted in more traffic or whatever was better for my business in the long run:

      1. Having the blog on your own site could gain backlinks over time as the content grew in popularity.. so this would strengthen your site.

      2. Being a guest blogger is what gets your name out there - you can also use this for validation as an expert in your industry (someone else was impressed enough to have your content displayed).

      Just some thoughts.. good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author Manuelcrc
      Originally Posted by hpgoodboy View Post

      A guest post should be 100% unique. If you just put some rehashed stuff on somebody's blog you won't do yourself and the blog owner a favor.

      The blog should be an authority in the first place. If post junk there you've had it.
      Reashed content wouldn't help your cause. Period
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        I disagree with many of the replies above.

        I do many guest-posts on people's blogs. They're outstanding for me, because I'm getting both pre-targeted traffic (without having to do the targeting myself) and context-relevant backlinks out of it.

        But I'm not giving the owner of another site the initial indexation-rights to my work (for all the cumulative SEO reasons discussed in such detail in this thread), and my "guest-posts" therefore get published and indexed on my own site first (even if not prominently so: they're intended primarily for search engines to find there, rather than my readers).

        Nobody for whom I've done a guest post has ever asked me if it's "unique content" I'm offering (I would say openly that it isn't, if asked, of course); nor has anyone ever complained about one later - but many (maybe even "most") have asked for more, on the same arrangement. This is part of the everyday syndication from which I make a living.
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        • Profile picture of the author DaveTaylor
          I have guest posted to promote an ebook and unique content was requested. I have also seen many blogs who require unique content.

          My thoughts are that I have already posted my content on my blog and I want my posts to be read there. I write articles that can be syndicated and people can publish them with a link back to my blog or site.

          I would always give unique content for a guest post just to provide excellent value to the blog owner.

          Just my 2c

          All the best,

          David
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          • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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            Originally Posted by DaveTaylor View Post

            I would always give unique content for a guest post just to provide excellent value to the blog owner.
            How would that give them any "better value" than what I describe above, Dave? :confused:
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            • Profile picture of the author DaveTaylor
              Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

              How would that give them any "better value" than what I describe above, Dave? :confused:
              Hi Alexa,

              I wasn't disagreeing with you and I didn't say it would be better value. I was just answering the initial post. No offense intended.

              You have more experience in this area obviously as I have very limited experience in guest posting. I would just prefer to give unique content to someone in return for the opportunity to advertise myself on their blog. That's all.

              All the best,

              David
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              • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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                Originally Posted by DaveTaylor View Post

                I wasn't disagreeing with you and I didn't say it would be better value. I was just answering the initial post. No offense intended.
                None taken! On the contrary: my apologies to you if I managed to give that impression. I was only "heckling" ...
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                • Profile picture of the author Devid Farah
                  Hi Alan,

                  Here are a few reasons why guest blogging is valuable:

                  1. A guest blog post on a heavily trafficked site is MUCH better than having a blog that is half-empty and dead to Google.

                  2. You'll gain valuable backlinks that help your SEO efforts.

                  3. You'll be able to tap a new audience and gain added exposure.

                  Sometimes this audience is already engaged and ready to provide valuable feedback.


                  Devid
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                • Profile picture of the author DaveTaylor
                  Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

                  None taken! On the contrary: my apologies to you if I managed to give that impression. I was only "heckling" ...

                  No bother. I'm still trying to 'meet' people here and I'm still finding my feet as it were.

                  Looking forward to being heckled again sometime.

                  All the best,

                  David
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              • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
                Originally Posted by DaveTaylor View Post

                Hi Alexa,

                You have more experience in this area obviously as I have very limited experience in guest posting. I would just prefer to give unique content to someone in return for the opportunity to advertise myself on their blog. That's all.

                David
                I think I agree with your sentiment David. Trouble is - I've got ot think of two things to write about!

                Why's everyody scared of Alexa? I think she's a thoroughly nice chap!?

                Alan
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                • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
                  Originally Posted by Alan Ashwood View Post


                  Why's everyody scared of Alexa? I think she's a thoroughly nice chap!?
                  Chap???

                  I'm sure she thinks you're a jolly nice and very attractive bearded lady too.

                  Matt5409 - in my experience, bloggers require you to post a piece of unique content to their blog for publication. many will not allow "duplicate content".
                  Oh dear, not the old duplicate content misinformation again, surely?
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                  • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
                    [QUOTE=Richard Van;4243856]Chap???

                    I'm sure she thinks you're a jolly nice and very attractive bearded lady too.

                    No no Richard

                    She probably thinks I'm an idiot.

                    Toodle pip

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          • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
            Alexa, we disagree on so few things that it's almost scary. Even here, I'm not in complete disagreement.

            I guess I see two different types of 'guest posting'...

            The first is pretty much the same as syndicating an article, in which case we're on the same page.

            The second is more personal, kind of like writing a guest column for a magazine or filling in for a columnist at a paper.

            While I will likely cover the same information or material as I would (or have) on my own site, I'll add details and asides as appropriate for the audience.

            If the blog/ezine/whatever is valuable enough to me, or my relationship with the owner/publisher, I will give away unique, original content. Within limits, of course...
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        • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          I disagree with many of the replies above.

          I do many guest-posts on people's blogs. They're outstanding for me, because I'm getting both pre-targeted traffic (without having to do the targeting myself) and context-relevant backlinks out of it.

          But I'm not giving the owner of another site the initial indexation-rights to my work (for all the cumulative SEO reasons discussed in such detail in this thread), and my "guest-posts" therefore get published and indexed on my own site first (even if not prominently so: they're intended primarily for search engines to find there, rather than my readers).

          Nobody for whom I've done a guest post has ever asked me if it's "unique content" I'm offering (I would say openly that it isn't, if asked, of course); nor has anyone ever complained about one later - but many (maybe even "most") have asked for more, on the same arrangement. This is part of the everyday syndication from which I make a living.

          Hi Alexa, Thanks for this, it does help.

          How do you publish a post "not prominently"? I thought all posts are created equal? I do like the sound of your method.

          Cheers

          Alan
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          • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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            Originally Posted by Alan Ashwood View Post

            Hi Alexa, Thanks for this, it does help.

            How do you publish a post "not prominently"? I thought all posts are created equal? I do like the sound of your method.
            I think it depends how seriously you take stuff like your sitemap and navigation system. People have differing views on such subjects. I'm willing to publish some articles on a page which isn't linked to from my home page - only from elsewhere, and perhaps not as obviously. So they're there and linked to, but many people wouldn't necessarily find them too easily.

            What I don't do, though, is "conceal" anything from the reader, because I don't want any search engines getting the idea that I'm showing them one thing and visitors something else: I've seen many warnings about doing that in SEO textbooks and I really would worry about doing it.
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            • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
              Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

              I think it depends how seriously you take stuff like your sitemap and navigation system. People have differing views on such subjects. I'm willing to publish some articles on a page which isn't linked to from my home page - only from elsewhere, and perhaps not as obviously. So they're there and linked to, but many people wouldn't necessarily find them too easily.

              What I don't do, though, is "conceal" anything from the reader, because I don't want any search engines getting the idea that I'm showing them one thing and visitors something else: I've seen many warnings about doing that in SEO textbooks and I really would worry about doing it.
              WHOOOOSSHHH!!!

              Went straight over my greying (sorry graying) bonce (sorry head).
              Sitemap? Navigation System?

              All I do is write a post - and publish it.

              Are you able to sorry elaborate a little further. Preferably so's an idiot (sorry dumb dumb) can understand. This has made me quite curious.

              Hugs

              Alan

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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    I would go with something original. That doesn't mean you can't riff on the same subject as the post on your blog.

    Devon, there's a difference between someone giving you access to their audience (guest posting) and asking if they can reprint something already on your blog. Of course there's nothing wrong with re-using a post, as long as both parties are aware and agreeable.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trent Brownrigg
    Typically a blog owner won't accept a guest post unless it is 100% unique and not posted anywhere else at any time. I'm sure some will accept it if it's already posted on your blog but most will want a post just for them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yogini
    In Cathy Stucker's newsletter people write if they are looking for orignal posts or not. Also people offer posts and will state whether they are unique or not. Her site is here (not affil link) and it's free:

    http://www.bloggerlinkup.com/

    I personally prefer using unique posts on my sites.

    Debbie
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  • Profile picture of the author Onora Oz
    What is your blog's value? (Traffic, clicks, conversions etc.)
    What is the value of that other blog you want to post as a guest?
    What am I giving and what am I gonna get in return?

    I ask myself these 3 questions when I have trouble giving my content to another site owner. This kind of a monologue can make things a bit easier for me. That is, if I'm a beginner in that niche... You get the idea.

    To me, 100% uniqueness is the rule no.1 in guest blogging, but some exceptions may apply. For example, my guest is being a celeb -seems like the most important thing to my subscribers/readers in some of my niches... Maybe this is what happened in Alexa's case?
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  • Profile picture of the author tomsyler
    I too want to know how to do guest posting can you guys really suggest me good site where I can start guest posting. with at least two link backs to my site. not two at least one backlink with keyword anchor text.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by tomsyler View Post

      I too want to know how to do guest posting can you guys really suggest me good site where I can start guest posting.
      A good site is one in your niche, from which you can therefore find targeted traffic and a context-relevant backlink. Otherwise there's no real benefit compared with just "any old random backlink".
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  • Profile picture of the author richgrad
    For me, I only accept unique original content for guest posts. If you want to post the same article on both yr blog and use it as a guest post, you need to find host blogs that are willing to accept content that has been published before
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