Pros/Cons of Contributing Content To A Website/Blog?

by mguy
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I came across an offer to contribute content to a website/blog. This site is fully developed and have lots of traffic. My blog is small and gets little traffic.

From what I see, I get some eyeballs for my content. That is a plus.

This is my first time doing this (and the first time the site is offering this), so I was wondering what are the pros and cons of being a content contributor.

Second, I can choose between the two URLS.. so which one is better?

myguy.thebigwebsite.com or thebigwebsite.com/blog/mguy
#blog or website #content #contributing #pros or cons #website or blog
  • Profile picture of the author JanePlaten
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    I see nothing wrong with contributing content to a website. This is actually a great way to become a good content writer and to promote your own stuff better. Getting some praise for the work you do, in the form of getting "hired" is great. This means that you are on the right track and that you can build on that.
    The second URL is better in my opinion.
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    • Profile picture of the author SaraHendren
      Originally Posted by JanePlaten View Post

      I see nothing wrong with contributing content to a website. This is actually a great way to become a good content writer and to promote your own stuff better. Getting some praise for the work you do, in the form of getting "hired" is great. This means that you are on the right track and that you can build on that.
      The second URL is better in my opinion.
      All seems great...just hit "upgrade". Second url.
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  • Profile picture of the author mguy
    So the goal is to become a writer for hire?

    Should I be getting a link back to my site?
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  • Profile picture of the author zimzalabim
    Your goal is up to you I'd suggest. If you want to be come a freelance write for hire that's a bit more of a committment than a blog contribution but it's a start.

    Yes. You most certainly should be betting a link back to your site from the posts you contribute.

    As to the which link is better question - it brings up a question.....betteer for what.

    Good luck with the guest posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by mguy View Post

    I was wondering what are the pros and cons of being a content contributor.
    It depends on the circumstances and what benefits they're offering, what you aim to get out of it, and what their terms of service are.

    It's not really possible to summarise the pros and cons, from a perspective applicable to you, without knowing more about your context and how/why this arises for you: what interested you in doing this, in the first place?

    Personally, I probably wouldn't touch it if they require the initial indexation-rights to unique (i.e. previously unpublished) content, unless they're paying a lot of money (if I wanted to earn money that way). My initial question is "Why help to build their business rather than your own, or why help to build theirs directly and yours only indirectly when you could instead just be building yours directly?"
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    • Profile picture of the author mguy
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      It depends on the circumstances and what benefits they're offering, what you aim to get out of it, and what their terms of service are.

      It's not really possible to summarise the pros and cons, from a perspective applicable to you, without knowing more about your context and how/why this arises for you: what interested you in doing this, in the first place?

      Personally, I probably wouldn't touch it if they require the initial indexation-rights to unique (i.e. previously unpublished) content, unless they're paying a lot of money (if I wanted to earn money that way). My initial question is "Why help to build their business rather than your own, or why help to build theirs directly and yours only indirectly when you could instead just be building yours directly?"
      1.) I'll be able to run my own banner ads. (not sure what he means by this since im linked via blog)
      2.) I get my latest post on the home-page.
      3.) Mail and Forum Promotion

      The terms are that I have a link to the homepage.

      Now that I think about it...

      ** On#1 I think he had an idea of: hiswebsite/blog/MYARTICLE (which is more superb) (he said he need to installs wordpress on it) Don't you agree that this is better?

      My reason for doing this is that his site is 100x bigger than mine, and I am micro-niche in his sub-niche.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by mguy View Post

        I'm not sure if I'll have a back link (that would be super!)
        My guess (from what you've said he's said) is that he's assuming that. (Clarify it, though).

        Originally Posted by mguy View Post

        The terms are that I have a link to the homepage.
        This means that you need to carry on your site a link to his homespage, does it? Well, you need to think about that. Personally, I wouldn't agree to it, especially if his site is "mega" compared with yours. Your benefit from doing this is getting targeted traffic from his site, not losing any of your (future) traffic to his site. The purpose of the deal ought to be that he gets content without paying for it and you get traffic without paying for it - that's a "win/win". That's how article marketing works.

        I do this very regularly - it's how I build my business. For myself, I won't do it if they require "unique" (previously unpublished) content. They have no right to ask for/expect that, and shouldn't want to anyway - they want the content, not the SEO advantage of the initial indexation-rights to the content. (I don't give those away).

        Originally Posted by mguy View Post

        My reason for doing this is that his site is 100x bigger than mine, and I am micro-niche in his sub-niche.
        That's a good reason for doing it if you can draw some targeted traffic from his site without losing any of your traffic to his site. Be aware that your potential gain from this is his existing targeted traffic, not a backlink: you don't need to be giving away unique content to get backlinks! Be clear that drawing some of his traffic is the reason for standing to benefit from the fact that his site is 100x bigger than yours: without that, he gets all the benefit and it doesn't help you much at all.

        For myself, I wouldn't ever want my affiliate links on someone else's site. Realistically, that's very "low value" and not the most secure long-term arrangement, anyway. The value to me in my affiliate links is that they're sent to people with whom I have a trust-based, respect-based, value-based relationship, some of whom will then buy on the strength of my recommendation, i.e. because I'm the person doing the recommending. I would want to opt in his traffic and build an (automated!) relationship with those people through my autoresponder series. I'm not going to sell anything much without doing that.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    Hi mguy:

    Typically, they will ask for content and then they will later no follow your link destroying the link juice. Later, they change their TOS or terms of service. Basically, they do rip out your link and keep your text and images. Most will blame Google and other search engines.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danielle Murphyx
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    It's great to contribute as a content writer, especially if you say the site is pretty big. It's how I started in the business. And I'd go with the first URL.
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  • Profile picture of the author mgsmith
    Being a content contributor has a lot of pros and I don't see any cons for it. You will benefit when you contribute to their site since they have a lot of traffic. You'll gain a lot of readers who will want to read your blog. If you are allowed to backlink your site then it would be great. Also, like what they said you can earn extra money for being a contributor or as a freelance writer since you'll have more credentials as a contributor.
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  • Profile picture of the author mguy
    I just got the invitation to link our blogging platform. So is this still my content? He said I can run my affiliates on it. I am the first one to do this for him. His site is a heavyweight in the niche. I'm not sure if I'll have a back link (that would be super!)
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  • Profile picture of the author adelewilliams
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    If you're happy with their proposal, then you should go for it. I see no harm. As for me, the second url example sounds better.
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  • Profile picture of the author wayneh
    The pros as I see it - is that you get content on a popular site with the chance to be seen by lots of people and with a link back to your site you'll get some traffic and hopefully some customers, It may help you r website rank higher too.
    The cons are you are helping to build someone's website for them and you lose control of the content and they can change their TOS at any time.
    Many people do something similar when they put a video on YouTube to get traffic to their site (but it isn't exclusive). They see the potential reward as being greater than the risk of YouTube changing or deleting their content.
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  • Profile picture of the author brenda221
    This is normally a great way of promoting your content, but as I see it, you also need to get a bit more insight before accepting an offer like this. Its a good idea to check out, first of all, if they have any restrictions on the content you are to provide (ones that could hurt your efforts) and to see how much different the site's accepted topics are from the ones you're covering in your blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author fin
    Cons - your time

    Pros - authority, traffic, increased income, connections, and a much better chance of your website becoming successful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    There are strong positive elements, by contributing content on any good runing website and linking to your own site, you can pull lots of traffic, and you can make a good credibility also. This can help you improve so you can also start it professionaly to earn money.
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  • I think the second URL is more informative and more structured, it is easier to remember.
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