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How to Backlink With Guest Blog Posts

So many people approach me asking about what my backlink strategy is. Who do I buy links from? What are the specs for those links? Do I know how to backlink fast and free? We know backlinks are a driving force in SERP rankings, or so “they” say. It sure can’t hurt to have more relevant links pointing to your site, if even to funnel more click through traffic there.

Guest blog posts are one of the best ways to backlink to your site without engaging in any spammy activities – and it serves a dual purpose. It allows you to reach an existing core audience and brand yourself as someone whose opinions are respected in a certain niche. After all, no one will want you to guest blog if they didn’t feel something positive about you, right?

Paula and Wanda – the authors of the Amazonian Profit Plan that I’m currently reviewing, had a blog post recently about guest blog posts being one of the most powerful backlink strategies. what I love about these two is their adherence to ethical avenues for their business. In one part of the post, they say:

The distinguishing factor here is quality not quantity. OneΒ good quality backlink has more value than hundreds or even thousands ofΒ poor quality backlinks.

That’s so true! Forget Google for a moment. Would you rather have 50 forum profiles set up linking back to your site with an anchor keyword or have me or another blogger with thousands of unique hits per day linking to your site?

Addressing the latest Google update, they say,

Another thing to consider here is that Google is starting to focus on quality even more so particularly with their latest update. I can only imagine that more is coming from Google in the future so we need to be ever vigilant that we not only provide quality content but we also have quality backlinks from quality sites.

This is really smart thinking! And they admit in their own blog post that they too are always looking for quick fixes (we all do it) but they find time and time again that good old fashioned hard work pans out better for them. It’s refreshing to see someone be so honest about a strategy where “quick fix” products – software, courses, etc., are always being churned out.

So let’s look at the topic of guest blog posts from a Tiffany Dow point of view. I have to admit I’m persnickety about allowing guest bloggers on my blog. It feels weird. In fact – what, have I only done it once? Andrew Hansen? LOL! But I’ve guest blogged other places a few times.

So Paula and Wanda have their own strategy. I have mine. For guest blogging, you might be at a point where you’re asked to guest blog all the time. I am. I don’t always accept it – especially if I’m busy. I never churn out crap or have someone ghostwrite my guest blog posts for me. Not if it has MY name on it!

There are two sides of the coin – but we’re only concerned with knowing how to backlink with guest blog posts on OTHER people’s blogs. So you need to reach out to others. Here are some criteria they’ll be impressed with:

  • The guest blog post is unique to their site – no one else will have it.
  • The guest blog post is lengthy enough – not 200 words, but maybe 500-700, formatted nicely with bullet points and subheadings.
  • The guest blog post is well written – no typos, poor spelling or grammar obstacles.
  • The guest blog post is suitable to their target audience. (hint: peek in the comments and see if anyone’s asked the blogger to cover something)
  • The guest blog post is written about something the blogger hasn’t yet covered, but is relevant
  • The guest blog post isn’t so controversial that it will alienate their readers.

You don’t have to be perfect – just be engaging. Let the blogger know if you’re a big fan of their site and tell why you want to contribute to the blog other than getting backlink out of it.

Have you ever been a guest blogger for someone? How did it go? Do you focus more on buying 100 backlinks for $20 than you do seeking out true high traffic blogs that you can guest blog on because it takes more work?

Tiff πŸ˜‰

22 Responses to “How to Backlink With Guest Blog Posts”

  • I read a similar article somewhere else: guest blogging for backlinks. Now I must say this is one area I have clearly avoided because I suck at writing. Anyway, thanks for the article. When I have the money to outsource the writing to you, I will consider the option of guest blogging. πŸ˜‰

  • Robbie says:

    I don’t look for any sites and I don’t pay for them.

    I like link building links myself. Free blogs and you can guest blog on your sites.

    That way you aren’t inviting competition.

    Link wheels.

    Building sites around sites, linking only once per site.

    5 pages per site and put the links on the internal pages of the sites and not the home page. (deep linking)

    The more mini sites you build around your main one the harder it is for folks to reverse engineer your campaigns. LOL!

    Tip: when they start to generate revenue. Get another relevant domain…rank it for a different term…adsense it…and throw that into the mix get another link leading to your money site and pull in cash in the process. It’s great on BTF for learning this stuff. It’s just how you apply it.

    Sending social bookmarking to the outer sites as well as the main one and mixing the link types. Social, profile, forums, article directories and blog commenting. (not this one as I don’t do the MMO industry.

    Like the micro niches better.

    So anyway, I came over coz I haven’t heard from ya for days. Sorry to hear about Bev. I don’t hang out on the WF but sure is sad to hear that.

    Did you get the “Adsense 100K Blueprint back.

    Thought you had lost interest but then I read the post from the other day.

    Condolonsces
    Robert

    Ps…just realized the length of this comment. You could throw it into a PLR pack. πŸ™‚

    • Tiffany says:

      lol Robert that last sentence was funny – I don’t mind length though πŸ™‚ Yes I got the AdSense back. I put reviews on hold for a couple of days so I could finish up my next report on Gathering and Structuring Ideas and I did! So now it’s back to reviews πŸ˜‰

      • Robbie says:

        Could you do me a favor in the meantime.

        You stand behind Kelly Felix and I feel totally scammed by his done for you website with brain host, hosting which I paid the hundred bucks for the annual hosting, to get the free website from my creative site designs.

        Supposed to be worth a 2 grand elite custom website package and all the content is pulled from articles base and it’s worth. SAUD ALL! in my opinion.

        Supposed to be a “we do everything for you” and it’s really “you have to redo everything we do”

        Waiting to hear back from BTF as to where to go for a refund.

        You’re the only honest marketer I know that tells it like it is, so I’d appreciate your thoughts on what the heck has happened to bring the fresh.

        I did have quite a rant in the forum and won’t be surprised to get a nasty reply but after that stunt from Kelly I’d quite happily take what I’ve learned and turn my back on them.

        Robert

        • Tiffany says:

          Hey Robbie! I don’t ever stand behind any marketer themselves, except Craig Desorcy – he’s the ONLY marketer I trust 100% with my life, period. I stood behind what I learned in Bring the Fresh, though – what I learned worked and made me money. I don’t know anything about this “done for you” website because I ignored it when the email came out. I never go for stuff like that. I did see another email yesterday – something about $8 instead of the thousand or something? I hope you can get answers to your questions – maybe they’ll see this comment and get you taken care of.
          Tiff πŸ˜‰

        • Robbie says:

          Forgot to give you a link to the sites he’s giving out.

          http://www.guidetostopsmoking.com/

          I found that on Flippa as there’s always these sort of sites getting flipped for pennies. It’s the only to make money off them probably and I’m not about to pass the buck onto some new marketer that doesn’t know any better.

          • Tiffany says:

            I like that layout πŸ™‚

          • Robbie says:

            No worries. I’m gonna grab a cuppa strong coffee, try and stop cursing them for a bit and then send a polite PM to Kelly. Was about to say Craig there. πŸ™‚ Better not do that.

            Later
            Robbie

            • Tiffany says:

              lol Yeah don’t disparage my mentor’s name! He rocks :)~ I understand your frustration though…when things aren’t as we wanted…hopefully it’ll all pan out for ya.

            • Robbie says:

              Yeah the layout looks ok. I can do that in socrates. Just need to align the banners and stuff in the widgets. It’s kinda like $100 for a template. Problem is. I have one. Don’t need another. That’s supposed to be a good setup for adsense.

              I changed my adsense sites to the layout you have here. double sidebar. Just did it Friday. 2 adsense + 1 affiliate on one sidebar and then the 1 adsense and 2 banners on the right. Looks nifty. I’ll let it run and then try that set up on the wider right sidebar.

              I’ll get my hundred bucks back one way or the other πŸ™‚

              I’ll let you get back to whatever you’re doing while I take a breather before going back over to BTF.

              Take care

        • hagar says:

          I was looking at that day before yesterday; if affiliate money was gasoline money for burning houses, I would be limited to outhouses – but even then, struck me the best reason to buy one, would be to a) get the theme b) reverse engineer the plugins, setup, etc. We all know we can install WordPress in literally five minutes after the domain registers, so the other thing to do is insist on that free video Kelly was pushing with the setup – and use his tricks to enhance your other sites. You’d pay him a hundred bucks to scan a website, and fix it up – I’d try thinking of it that way, and you might feel a little less bummed.
          Other than that, good luck!

    • Jesse says:

      Hello Rob,

      “Link wheels.

      Building sites around sites, linking only once per site.

      5 pages per site and put the links on the internal pages of the sites and not the home page. (deep linking)

      The more mini sites you build around your main one the harder it is for folks to reverse engineer your campaigns. LOL!”

      Pardon me if I am dumb but this part does not make any sense to me. Would you kindly explain this part please. Many thanks πŸ™‚

  • Bob Dorsey says:

    You know, this blog has great value for me as a beginner. Tiffany, I know you have heard this before but you are the REAL Deal. I know some of us may be a pain, but we really appreciate the honest approach you have chosen. That said, I guess I am going to have to buy something “:)

  • Cathy says:

    What happened to Bev??? I missed that. I hope she’s ok.

  • hagar says:

    Tiff, I still have a copy of the guest blog you did for Andrew Hansen… and oddly enough, it was my intro to both of you!
    Since then, you’ve both proven to be folks that aren’t scared to name the garden implements – but I don’t have any of Andrew’s blogs on my desktop to help me write LOL
    Bummer about Bev; once thing for certain, there wasn’t a lot of wishy-washy in that woman’s makeup – I didn’t see her often, but I was never left in doubt about what she thought (grin)

  • Debi J says:

    I didn’t know Bev Tiff, but I’m sorry to hear you lost such a good friend.

    Hopefully Warrior Forum can find a way to honor her and keep her posts over there for future generations.

    Again, sorry for your loss.
    Debi

  • Linda says:

    On the other side of the guest post issue, it is a thrill to get a web site to the point that people are actually emailing and asking to have a guest post on your site. I am pretty much a stickler, so when I have a guest post offered for my main site, I read it and make suggestions for revisions. So far, one person took me up on the suggestions and has a guest post on my site. Several others were not interested in rewriting.

    • Tiffany says:

      Yeah Linda I would probably offer more if it didn’t mean a reciprocal guest post. Some people’s stuff just isn’t good, so I wouldn’t want it on my site. lol

  • Tiffany, noticed one of your “guest” blog posts on another site, so I clicked thru to see what you’ve been up. I like your new design. Been tracking you since early `09 via WF and it was YOU who got me all fired up on the biz value via Squid Lenses. Wanted to ask you if you’re still in the market for building Lenses? I’ve got 2 clients in 2 diff niches that need a basic Lens with a solid structure that they could then expand with their unique SME as time goes on. if you’re still in the market, let me know. – Neil

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