I've triedbefore. I just didn't stick with it long enough to find it useful. This time around I'm going to try to give it more time and patience for the learning and setting up process. Do you use third party software for your online writing/ blogging or web site publishing? I avoid a lot of it. More stuff just makes things complicated and confusing - for me anyway. Keep it simple is one of my favourite mottos. My first impression of ScribeFire this time around was not great. The site has no updates since 2011. That makes me suspect it is a project which faded out along the way. But, so far it seems to be working. I don't see spellcheck popping up yet though. I know myself enough to know spellcheck has saved me from hundreds of typos. When spellcheck lights up I (usually) listen.
Category: "Web Publishing"
Note: This was originally written for HubPages and the writers there. When you write content on a site like HubPages you want it to be found by people interested in reading about your topic (niche/ genre/ subject matter). But, it can feel like you're alone in a vast ocean, standing on a rock, jumping up and down, waving and waving without anyone noticing you at all. So, you need to build a platform which rises you a little higher and makes you easier to find. The established ways to do this are to use social media, backlinks, and other worthy and less worthy ideas which people lump into SEO (search engine optimization). The problem with some of these tactics is the difference between attracting human readers versus attracting search engine bots which don't actually read your content. Search engines won't read your content, won't link to your content and won't refer friends and followers to your content. A search engine will only list your content for the real people to find. It does not endorse your content the way a referral from a real person can. So, you need to do something more to bring people to your content. Keywords are not enough. Too many keywords will detract from your content because no one really wants to read that promotional content which is directed to SEO and not human readers. Too many keywords make your writing dull and bland. Use Google Blogger to Create a Wiki Resource Try opening a Google Blogger blog, pick a name which suits your content. Write an introduction post and an about page. Look for other content such as content curation feeds and RSS feeds relevant to your main topic.Some of them, like Scoop.it, will have widgets which display the content feed. Plus, this is another place you can suggest your own links to as you write new posts. So you will see your HubPages post appear in the feed on the widget you have displayed. This is especially nice because people reading your wiki will see you as an authority beyond the content you have created yourself. It's like making yourself famous. Create a few links to sites which you know are excellent references for your topic. You can ask for a link exchange with these sites - once your wiki is established, aged and seasoned a bit. Now the part where your own content comes in. Begin to post links to your HubPages posts/ content. Do not repost the content, just create an index. Sort your posts into subtopics branching from the main theme or genre which you write about. (If you write about several topics set up a fresh Blogger account and repeat the steps above for each topic). Use your subtopics as post headers (titles) and add your links relevant to each subtopic in your topic/ genre. Check your links, make sure they are all going where they should be going - it is not too hard to miss something when you are cutting and pasting several links this way. In your blog sidebar, over the links to outside reference sites, post links to each of the posts you have just created (the subtopics). Like building an index to your own subtopics in the sidebar. In this way you are creating a wiki for your content which focuses on your HubPages content but not exclusively. A wiki is a personally created resource about one topic. Traditionally, a wiki is not run by just one person but several contributors sharing knowledge and resources. You can gather others to join you too. However, then you are sharing some of the limelight but building a wiki community is a great way to share your links among the community you create. So it is a trade off and something you can consider. This idea does not work as well on WordPress.com because Blogger.com is Google's own appendage blog site. So, it gets some preference. It does take extra time and energy to create this kind of index to your HubPages content, but it will bring you to the attention of the Google and other search engines. Also, extra Adsense (which you can easily load on Blogger too). Don't let your wiki stagnate. Maintain the blog, add your fresh HubPages content to the subtopics which you have set up. Add new outside links as you find really good sites to refer people to. Create an actual post for the blog once in awhile, monthly is fine. The post doesn't have to be labour intensive. An update about the work you are doing to research your topic is a good post. Or, something you heard/ read in the news relevant to the topic. The point of keeping a monthly post is to show the site is active, at least once a month. Link to this blog in each of your posts on HubPages. Just add it to the links with a note about it being your wiki or reference site for people who would like more information, etc. Share the wiki. The link to your Blogger wiki is one more link you can promote to social media, content feeds, and all the other routine places and ways you promote your content. Creating the wiki is giving your content (on HubPages or any other sites you write for) an extra boost, another way to be found in the great, big ocean. Participate Outside of HubPages If you aren't already involved in forums and other online communities within your topic make sure you get involved now. Join a relevant forum and be active. Daily is nice but not very practical. Aim for at least weekly and then read as many posts in the forum as you can and contribute. Of course, you can create a signature to use in the form with at least one link to your wiki or your HubPages link, both if possible. From the comments on the original post: That Grrl Hub Author @prarieprincess I got the idea as I was replying to someone else in the forum who was complaining about Google and traffic and etc, the same old stuff. I have never been overly reliant on Google for traffic. I like to look for my own ideas to bring in traffic/ readers. One thing people writing here don't quite understand is that HubPages is not buying your content/ articles. If they were there would be copyrights involved. HubPages is buying your social media skills and whatever else you do that works to bring in readers (traffic) to the site. HubPages sells ads which appear with your articles. We get a percent of that. So, in reality the whole thing is not about your content but aobut the traffic you generate here. Knowing this it is a really good plan to focus on bringing readers from outside of HubPages into HubPages without focusing on Google. This is because once you are in the database at Google you will either rise or stay about the same. There isn't a lot of point in putting all your eggs in that basket. So, generating traffic in other ways is the key. I got the idea of the Blogger wiki because I had been looking at wiki sites that week and it popped into my mind that I already have all my old Blogger sites from when I began online ages ago. Why not use them for more than just leaving a trail of links. I know they still get traffic even though I have done nothing but ignore them for years. Thus the Blogger wiki idea was formed. I added more ideas to what I could do with it as I went along. I don't have a finished example yet. I've got so many projects I'm working on that I am hoping to get my nephew out sometime to help me move stuff along. That Grrl Hub Author I have my own blogs with domains and paid hosting. But, you don't have to go that way. I didn't start out that way. I've been online more than ten years. I was online several years before making the commitment to paying for web hosting. So don't feel you need to rush into it. A Blogger blog is still free for software and hosting and that will do just fine. More than that is just vanity - which is how they call it a vanity URL/ domain. I would do both. There is no reason you can't have an index of all your HubPages post in the sidebar of the blog. Then create individual posts with summaries and links at the end for each post too. This blog is your space to bring your content to the foreground, show it off and get it found. People are using the term 'discoverable' lately. and that is just what you are doing. The only thing you should not do is copy your post and create the dreaded duplicate content. However, unlike at HubPages, on your own site you can have all the links you want. (HubPages gives you a notice if you link to the same domain more than twice). Have fun with the blog, decorate it. Add widgets for social media which you use and of course highlight your posts here. Then do post the blog link around - use it for your signature in online forums and communities. Get the link around so people can find your content. This is how Google search bots will also find your content and consider it as important because there are links to it in a source outside of HubPages. Also, the link back from your posts on HubPages will keep the bots looking at your links and finding more of your content. They used to call them spiders because they follow links from one starting point to other directions, branching out from the starting point, spidering out.
What makes someone a great guest poster? Great guest bloggers know the blog they want to write for. They know the content published, the niche the blog aims for. This doesn't mean you have to camp out for weeks studying the blog. Start by reading the About section on the blog. Is this even a topic or niche you would have something to write for? Have you got something in mind that the blog owner will want to post? Read back entries. Skim headlines for anything connected to what you plan to offer as a guest post. What has already been written about the topic? Do you have a new thought, a fresh angle? If so, this is a great thing to let the blog owner know when you submit your proposal. Plan ahead and make sure your site (the place you choose to showcase your writing) is actually putting your best foot forward. Are there typos? Do all your links work? (You don't want them to find a broken link because you moved a post - or a broken image file). What do you say about yourself? Do you have an introduction to who you are and what you are doing? How can you interest blog publishers in the posts you offer them? You submit a proposal for the post you want to write. Have your idea ready, have the whole post written or at least planned out. If this blog doesn't want it you can find and ask other blogs who would be interested in the same content. But, if this blog owner is interested you want to have the content ready to send as quickly as you can. Before you rush to send your post make sure you agree to terms with the blogger. Ask when the post will be published, if the blogger has a schedule (most will). Set out what you would like when it comes to an author bio and any links in the bio or the post itself. How long or short should your post be? Do you need to include an image? If not, can you get the chance to ok the image which is used with your post? Do they have rules about using extras like text in bold or list posts? Do they want to set the title themselves or will they be using whatever you send as a title? Will other content be run with the post you have written, are they posting their own links or creating an introduction to go with your post? Don't spring any surprises on the blog owner once your post has been accepted. You also don't want to find yourself surprised. Try to think ahead and... if you do get a surprise about how your post is used, keep calm, take a break away from the computer before you send off a note to the blog owner. What is guest post etiquette? Proofread your post, more than once. The blog owner won't be impressed if they have to fix typos. Ask the blog owner how they want the post sent. Some might prefer HTML or plain text. Some will want it as an attached file and some will want it in the email itself. Keep your author bio short and don't use more than two links. Pick smart links: your best source for showing your content and your most active (non-personal) social media account. Don't use too many links in the content of the post you write. Two is a nice amount. Three is less acceptable. Over three links will probably not sit well with the blog owner at all. Even if they publish the post they aren't so likely to agree to more. Afterwards... Promote Your Post! Don't sit on your laurels once your post has been published on the blog. Now is the time to promote your post. Get readers, bring in traffic and show the blog owner you have some pull, some regular readers and social media clout. If you bring them traffic they will be far more interested in working with you again, and again. Also, don't abandon your post too quickly. Check for reader comments and answer them. Provide more information or just chat and use the post to build your own social network and bring people over to read more of what you have written. (This is why it's a good idea to keep writing in the same niche/ topics where you want to build up your own authority). A day after the post is up send the blog owner a note. A thank you note. Include any statistics you have about the post traffic. Ask for feedback from them. Ask if they have any ideas they would like worked on for a future post. There could be ideas they have not had time or resources to create a post about themselves. You could become a regular contributor if things work out. But, watch your time management and don't over commit yourself. Don't undo what you have started by missing deadlines.Accept the work you know you have the time, energry and knowledge to complete. None of these have my personal recommendation but they are a place for you to start looking for sites that want your content.
- Guest Blog It
- Blogger LinkUp
- Guest Blogging Directory
- Guest Post Exchange
- Triberr - Looking for Guest Posts
- 15 Bite-Size Tips For Getting Your Guest Posts Accepted Almost Every Time — socialmouths
- How to Evaluate Guest Post Opportunities | SEOmoz
- Guest Blog Where You Dont Belong: Find Links From Outside Your Niche - Northside SEO
- The Ultimate Guide to Guest Blogging
- 72 Places to Get Amazing Backlinks
- Top 10 places to do a guest post
- Want quality one way back links ? Try guest posts
If you have a blog up and get some amount of traffic, you will begin to get requests for guest posts. At first you may feel flattered. That wears off pretty quickly. Posts offered to you are not relevant to your topic or niche. They are all about getting their links on your blog, for free. There isn't anything in that offer really for or about you and your blog/ site. Almost every offer you will get for guest blogging will be nothing but a new form of spam. The value of the posts they offer you will be on the level of comment spam, the stuff you delete. It's discouraging. When guest blogging started, before it became popular and attractive to spammers, it was a good thing. You could find real content to supplement your own and give yourself a day or two off from writing and posting yourself. Those days are gone. We are left with a very few sincere guest bloggers and a mass of spammers all too happy to take advantage of web publishers who don't know the difference. Choose Your Own Guest Bloggers Don't wait to be asked by guest bloggers. Reach out and find the people you want to work with. Find people in your niche/ topic. People who already have content you have read and found worthwhile, resourceful, competent at the very least. Approach people you would like to write for your site. Offer them space in your blog and set out your terms: formatting, length, links, author bio, etc. Keep it simple and let them suggest alternatives and options. Start by requesting an interview. This gives you a post, introduces your site to them (if they don't already know you) and you find out more about them and what they specifically know about your niche/ genre/ topic. If you do accept guest posts from them you can refer back to this interview as an introduction to them. Pick Performers, not Promoters Look at the content the perspective guest blogger has to show. Do they focus on informing readers or are they selling keywords for ads? You want a blogger who will have reader appeal. You also want someone who will focus on promoting the post AFTER it's on your blog, not from inside the post itself. The smart guest bloggers will promote the post with their own social media. They will also return to check the post for reader feedback/ comments and give replies. Don't accept guest posts from anyone who wants to talk about links before any other content. You don't want more than 2 links in the post and 2 links in the author bio at the end of the post. That's a total of four links, 2 which should be for the guest writer - not something they are trying to sell. Typos Are Unacceptable When someone offers to write a guest post don't give them the time of day if they have a typo in the very proposal/ request they have sent. If they can't put time into making a good first impression do you really want to give them more time. Obviously, they don't think much of you. They don't really appreciate your time or the chance to have some of your blog space. Offering a Post "Free of Charge" How kind and generous... how full of themselves they are... A guest post is free. If they mention this they either think you are too stupid or clueless to know this or they think you will appreciate their boundless generousity and grab up the offer while you still can. Either way they are trying to pull something on you and I don't want to work with someone like that. Beware the Tried and True Cookie Cutter Content The last thing you want from a guest post is something you could have written yourself, or something you have already read in a dozen other blogs. Blah, blah, boring. The guest post you publish should have something fresh, unique and individual. A new slant or a fresh point of view. A twist on an old idea. Something! Don't publish a guest post to be nice, to do someone a favour or just because someone offered you a "free" post. This is your blog. Your name is on it. You pay the bills. It's your space to create something great, including the content from guest posts. Read More
Clutter builds up on your site quickly if you stop working on it. Each time you add something new to your blog, in the sidebar, the footer or the menu and header - stop and think about it.
- Is it necessary for your blog readers?
- Does it say something about yourself and your blog that you actually want to say?
- Could it be moved to a subpage of your blog and not really be missed?
- Is it slowing down the load time and, if so, is it worth it?
- Have you located it in a way which it's function is easy to understand?
- Don't keep any broken links, including images.
- Consider moving archives, link lists and categories/ tags to their own subpage.
- Condense and prune your tags and categories. Use a general category for things which don't fit into the main theme/ topic of your blog.
- Consider using plain text links rather than image files, widgets and etc.
- Downsize and/ or double up when giving your own links to be followed on social networks.
- If you run ads, limit them to ads which are actually performing well.