Being a blogger is more than just writing your own posts and hitting publish. It can be hard to find your audience and gain followers when you first start out. A great way to get your blog and your words out there is to take part in guests posts, collaborations, interviews and link/photo contributions.
Hopefully, by sharing good quality writing on more established blogs, you will also be increasing your Domain Authority (DA) score and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).
Below is a little about what each type of post is, along with names of where I’ve had posts published. Screenshots with clickable links to each article can be viewed on my Facebook page HERE.
A guest post is where you write a post for publication on another blog or website. The owner of that website may publish a small biography with your piece, or give you a link back to your blog and often your social media channels.
I’ve had the following guest posts published:
June 2019 – The Mummy Bloggers (Book Review)
May 2019 – Menopausal Beach Body Blues (Body confidence)
May 2019 – 3 Great Reads for Summer (Book Reviews)
December 2018 – Gifts That Keep on Giving (Eco)
November 2018 – Christmas Traditions (Travel)
November 2018 – Five Photos (Lifestyle)
November 2018 – 3 Recommended Reads (Books)
September 2018 – How to Pack for a Road Trip (Travel)
A collaboration is where you contribute a piece of work to a bigger article for publication on another blog. This piece will be put together, along with the words of several other bloggers, to form a comprehensive piece on a certain subject, ie, 20 Things to do in Las Vegas.
You might contribute anything from a couple of lines, a paragraph or something around 250 words. You will get a writing credit, usually with a hyperlink in your name.
This is not to be confused with a brand collaboration, where you are paid to write an advertisement piece for a brand. This is all about bloggers working free with other bloggers.
I’ve collaborated on:
July 2019 – Importance of Making Time for Each Other (Lifestyle)
July 2019 – South West Road Trip Ideas (Travel)
July 2019 – FAQs (Travel)
July 2019 – Tips for Travelling with Periods (Travel/Lifestyle)
June 2019 – Jetlag Advice (Travel)
June 2019 – Homesick Food (Travel)
May 2019 – Free Thing To Do In San Francisco (Travel)
May 2019 – Mental Health Experiences
April 2019 -My First Tattoo (Lifestyle)
April 2019 – Advice for Overcoming Perfectionism (Mental Health)
February 2019 – Tips for Getting More Exercise (Health)
February 2019 -Sedona in Hidden Gems of USA (Travel)
January 2019 -Tips for Dealing with Social Anxiety (Mental Health)
December 2018 – Christmas Lights (Travel)
November 2018 – An Attitude of Gratitude (Travel)
November 2018 – Guide to Romantic Destinations (Travel)
October 2018 – Keeping Warm (Health)
October 2018 – Bee the Change (Eco Issues)
July 2018 – 5 Questions (Books)
Some bloggers hold a regular interview feature where they ask their guests a set of questions. They might be about blogging, their particular niche or something more personalised. Eg, I ran An Afternoon of Tea and Cake for the Soul where I asked questions relating to all the subjects that I cover here on my blog. You will usually get links back to your blog and social media accounts.
I’ve taken part in blogger interviews at:
February 2019 – Eat To Heal (Mental Health)
December 2018 – Friday Night Drinks (Lifestyle)
November 2018 – Meet Tea & Cake (Blogging)
October 2018 – 20 Questions (Lifestyle)
September 2018 – My First Rally (Lifestyle)
June 2018 – Eat, Sleep, Love, Travel (Travel)
LINK & PHOTO CONTRIBUTIONS
Link contributions are a quick and easy way to get shares of posts already published on your own blog. These are normally posted by the host blogger as a round up, Eg, 20 Easter Recipes. You will contribute a photo and a link to your original post which will then be included alongside others.
My links have appeared on:
April 2019 – Brownie Recipe (Cakes)
April 2019 – Way to Repurpose Glass Bottles (Eco Issues)
February 2019 – Sharing Blogger Love (Lifestyle)
Sustainable Swaps 9plus1.co.uk (Eco)
Dating Advice thehuntforfabulous.com/ (Lifestyle)
Breathing Travel (Blogging Tips)
Travel to Recovery (Travel Disasters)
Through an Aussie’s Eyes (Seal Beach – Best of California)
Life in a Breakdown (Book review)
Fill My Bucket (Spain Bucket List)
Enchanted Serendipity (Film/TV Locations)
Age UK Mobility (Over 75 benefits)