I have gathered 70 websites in my niche area, some exact and some very close to it with audiences that I think would benefit me. This time around I did it by using a search function in Google looking for places that already accept guest posts. I used, 'my niche + "guest post"' as the Google search string. I thought that would make it easier, although questioned as to whether or not people who already accept guest posts are the same type of people that the pros such as Alexa, TPW, MYOP, etc. talk about. Some of these sites have newsletters, some don't.
Next, I am about to write up a small email that I am going to send out to each of these, but I am going to take the time to slightly personalize each one, especially since it's my first time out. One thing I'm not sure on, and maybe someone has a suggestion, is how to send the article. I'm thinking about sending it as an attachment in a Word document in the first email, to make it easy for anyone that might want to use it. Good idea? Also, if I do that, do you add one link to your website? Two? Can you do it in the form of proper anchor text, ie. send the html code so that the keyword I'm wanting to target is hyperlinked, or do you just link your domainname.com over? Is it standard to add a link or two in the body of the article, or only in a resource box that comes at the end? I think I've even seen resource boxes at the start of the article.
Anyway, I am going to come back and report how things go. If anyone has any input on anything here, it would be much appreciated. Thanks!