Whether it’s because you’ve got a vacation planned, are taking an internet sabbatical, or you just want to put your blog more on autopilot, eventually the time will come when you’ll want to recruit a guest poster for your blog. The two problems you’ll run into are finding someone who wants to guest post for you, and most importantly, finding someone who’s good enough to guest post for you.
Spread the Word
The first problem is easy enough to solve – all you need to do is spread the word. You should dedicate a post on your blog to the fact that you’re now looking for guest posters, but hopefully you’ve already done that as that’s the most obvious option. Here’s a list of other ways to help spread the word:
- Twitter. Send a tweet or two out to your followers, saying that you’re looking for guest posts, and then include a link to the blog post for more details.
- Email list. Send an email to your list, letting them know that you’re looking for guest posters and telling them how they can get in touch.
- Blogging mastermind group. If you belong to a blogging-oriented group of individuals, make sure to tell them that you’re looking for guest posters. Even if they aren’t necessarily interested in guest posting, they might know someone who is.
- LinkedIn. If you belong to any blogging groups on LinkedIn, be sure to spread the word there as well.
- MyBlogGuest or other forums. MyBlogGuest is a free forum dedicated to helping bloggers find guest posters, and find blogs to guest post on. Other blogging-oriented forums (like, maybe the ProBlogger ones) would make a great place to spread the word as well.
Lay Down the Rules
To make sure that you receive quality submissions, specify some editorial guidelines in your blog post where you talk about looking for guest posters. A few good places to start are saying how long you want submissions to be (in word length – i.e., 500-700 words), suggested topics for submissions, and stating that you’re looking for well-written submissions with good grammar and spelling, so that you don’t have to do a lot of editing.
Also, tell people how they can send in their submissions. What email address should they send it to? Do you want them to put the post in the body of the email, or attach it in .rtf or .txt format? And do you want them to send it in HTML, so that you can just copy and paste it, without having to do any reformatting?
All of these are important details and will let people who are submitting know exactly what it is you’re looking for, and how they can send it to you. If you want to make things even clearer, you should state when it is that you’re looking for guest posts – something like “I’m planning on going on vacation from the week of (date) to (date), and so I’m looking for guest posters.” This gives would-be guest posters a deadline to submit by.
With all of these tips, you’re guaranteed to find some great guest posters for your blog. Good luck on your search!