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The Trick Behind Guest Posting

Over the course of my blogging career, I have guest posted on many blogs big to small. What I learned was that there is a downfall to guest posting. Do not let this steer you away from guest posting, as it is still one of the biggest sources of traffic that you will ever receive. It’s just that you need to learn how you can make a mistake doing guest articles.

The mistake is not direct really. It’s not something bad like posting sub-par content. Chances are, a blogger will not let you post crap on their blog anyway, so that’s not an issue. What’s at issue here is how guest posting can affect your statistics, and your Alexa Traffic Rank.

Back in my prime, I was guest posting like bunnies had babies. After awhile, I got burnt out (some regulars here won’t believe that), and I stopped posting guest articles and I slowed down here by large amounts of articles. What ended up happening was my Alexa Traffic Rank shot up. I was down to 80,000 and suddenly got way back to up 200,000+. That sucked bad for me, because regardless of what others will tell you, Alexa Traffic Rank matters. It is an accurate description of your traffic, and ties in with what Google Analytics will tell you. If I am wrong, then why does ProBlogger and other 1st generation bloggers rank under 5,000?

I have been slowly climbing back down the rank ladder, and am now down to around 90,000 and dropping. This is mainly because I started posting more regular here again, and have guest posted on ProBlogger a couple of times as well as other places. I got back into blog-hopping, and have taken on other projects that bring me subscribers and ultimately, traffic.

In addition to those activities, my blog has gained sort of a seniority, and I am getting lots of Google traffic that increases in size every single day according to Analytics. What really sparked the drop in Alexa is the guest posting on ProBlogger. For some reason, regardless of Darren’s policy about not republishing articles (theft), many people auto-rip said content. While at first you might think “I am going after them thieves”, you then realize that all of those blogs republishing my content also published my anchor text links. How can I lose there? Now times that by 2 for the number of articles I had on ProBlogger, and we are talking about hundreds upon hundreds of one-way links to my blog. Some of those will count when Google finally decides to update the PageRank in the toolbar. My actual PR should be a minimum of 5/10 when it updates, so I am not complaining.


The thing you have to learn about guest posting now is that every blog you guest on will publish at a different date. You might submit your article in January, but that blog may be backed up with guest posts until February or March. That means that the article will not benefit you until a future date. My trick to overcome this issue is to use it to my advantage. It’s like an investment in a golden stock that’s on a bull run. That stock may take a week or two in order to maximize the run, and by then it can earn you 50% on your investment. That’s how I invest anyway… So what you do is you write 10 guest articles a week, and submit them to various blogs. You may have one on BrandonConnell.com in February, another on Problogger not scheduled til March, another on AlexWhalley.com in late January, etc. The idea is to get as many blogs scheduling a guest article for you at different dates.

The benefit from such a technique is that you will end up with a constant stream of guest article traffic, and your Alexa Traffic Rank, Analytics, subscriber count, Twitter follower count, and many others things will all be increasing steadily.

Use this trick wisely grasshopper.

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 The Trick Behind Guest Posting I am an author, blogger, investor, musician, and internet marketer among other things. I believe that one person can do many things in life. Check out my local search marketing company at Leads2LocalSearch.com when you are done browsing here.

7 Comments

  1. Great post Brandon. I need to really reach my fingers out there and find more blogs to guest post on. That has always been my problemo.

    It seems sometimes that is harder in the networking niche, just due to everyone wanting to brand just themselves. Though I have had some successes for sure.

    Great post, shared it on my blog ; )
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    Posted on 13-Jan-11 at 11:14 pm | Permalink
  2. Nice tip Brandon. Your post really help me this time, I think its not that hard to register in any blogs. Its true that blogger will not let you post crap on there blog.

    How about in guest commenting? if you have new topic about “Guest Commenting” let me update, thanks,

    I will also share this post in my blog

    Posted on 16-Jan-11 at 9:05 pm | Permalink
  3. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    What do you mean by guest commenting. Do you mean blog hopping? If so, I have plenty of articles on this blog about that.

    Posted on 17-Jan-11 at 12:13 am | Permalink
  4. Joey from askwebmaster

    Like you will comment on any blogs without registering

    Posted on 17-Jan-11 at 1:18 am | Permalink
  5. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    Oh. Yeah of course. As a matter of fact, I NEVER comment on blogs that require me to register.

    Posted on 17-Jan-11 at 9:49 am | Permalink
  6. Brian Kinkade from Castle Rock real estate

    This is a wonderful idea you have here. You know guest posting really does a lot to improve your traffic to your site and rankings as well. The tips you have given on this post along with the other information is just awesome.

    Posted on 05-Oct-11 at 2:49 am | Permalink
  7. Shonda from Abundant Journeys
    Twitter: AbundantJourney

    Thank you for the posting. Originally, I was a bit intimidated to guest post, but I just did my very first guest post this week. However, I am still wondering the secret to writing so many articles (unique, that is) on so many sources so frequently. This is my only hindrance at this juncture. I write constantly. I love to write, but I have to figure realistically how many high-quality articles can one person produce every single week consistently? How often do you post on our own blog balanced with guest postings? Essentially, I am just trying to be realistic and not over commit myself.
    Shonda @ Abundant Journeys´s last blog post ..Our Past Halloween Party Foods

    Posted on 25-Oct-11 at 11:06 am | Permalink

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