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Guest Posting – Tried And Tested Brand Boosters!

This post was most recently updated on March 27th, 2014

Guest Posting by Garen ArnoldIt is my pleasure to introduce you to my fellow blogger, Garen Arnold.  In this post, he addresses the power of Guest Posting.





Think of all the tactics people use in order to gain brand exposure to their website or blog. Ask yourself how do you get noticed if no one knows your blog or site even exist. There is a route you could take which is very slow and time consuming such as SEO. There are methods you can use that can drain your bank account quickly, PPC. However, I am going to discuss one brand exposure tactic that has worked since the beginning of time. Well, at least in the internet world.


Guest posting is very powerful for any brand to get exposure online. True, it’s kind of tedious you have to send out a lot of emails to authority sites in hopes that someone will respond and grant you the opportunity to write a post on their site. Once they have agreed you have to write something of value to their website and have them approve it. You can’t just write crap and expect people to accept it. People are proud of their blogs and don’t want junk on there.


True, there are sites like Myblogguest.com which is fantastic for finding places to guest post on. Ann Smarty did an awesome job with this site! I am jealous that I didn’t think of it. You can even submit a number of articles and people will offer their blog or site for your article to be placed on (make sure they aren’t just spam blogs!). I check SEOmoz to check their backlink profile to make sure there is nothing dodgy. However, say you have used nearly every site on their and aren’t getting the most authority sites to accept your post. It’s safe to say that authority guest post can go so much further than hundreds of crappy guest post on blogs that real people don’t actually read.


Don’t get me wrong I love Myblogguest.com and I have networked with tons of people on there. But, finding the authority sites and actually getting them to respond to you can be a cumbersome task. Here are some tips I use to get guest posting opportunities (other than the obvious Myblogguest.com).


• Go to Google and type in “keywords”+guest post. Try a number of keywords and see what you can find. Use ubersuggest.org to broaden you keywords so you can find loads of sites that are actively seeking guest post. It’s always easier to get someone to except a post that is actively looking for them! Otherwise it’s like selling a trailer hitch to someone that owns a bicycle. Bare in mind some bicycle owners like trailer hitches 🙂


• Triberr.com is great for finding people with similar interest. They’re called bonfires, because you know when your with your buddies you sit around and drink beer around a bonfire. At least that’s what I used to do. So if you had a site about self help you would obviously want to join and look for people to network with in that niche.


• Social media is excellent for so many things. Say you can’t get in contact with an authority site because chances are they get bombarded with spam on a daily basis. Unless you know someone in the industry that can introduce you, your chances of getting a post are slim to none. Chances are you can engage with people on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, ect. Build up a friendly conversation and actually provide some value for them. Then, you pitch an idea for a guest post.


There are a plethora of ways to get guest post. I love doing them and it’s always exciting to see who you’ll meet when you do them. What other tips do you have for finding guest post?


 P.S.  You can also find Garen at guestpost.deaddogdesign.net


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Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

56 Responses to Guest Posting – Tried And Tested Brand Boosters!

  1. Dee Ann Rice
    February 28, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Donna and Garen,

    I have only ever done one guest post but it was really fun to do.

    I was amazed at the people that I met and am still interacting with from that one post.

    I am not at this point actively searching out places to do guest posts but I can see that any type of social media would be a great place to meet people who were interested in having guest posts.

    Dee Ann Rice
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  2. Richard February 24, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    This is extremely timely for me. Actually I am very interested in finding people to provide guest posts on my blog and only just recently created a “guest posting policy” under the “Participate” tab on my blog. I have a particular topic I’d love to see people write about, and that is an account of how they collaborated, or worked with, another marketer. And BTW guest posting is in fact such a way to do that. There are many ways.

    The great tips here Garen, for finding a place to guest post, are very similar for finding any kind of collaborative partner. I liked this post a lot!

    • Garen February 25, 2013 at 12:20 am #

      Hey Richard,

      Just make sure you check your post, because some people will try to pass off duplicate articles on to multiple blogs.

  3. Sonia February 24, 2013 at 1:24 am #

    You offered some great advice. I don’t do guest posts often, but when I do, I was always told to write a better post for your guest spot than your own blog. Weird, but you always want to put your best foot forward. You get one chance to make an impression and people will post from who they know and trust.
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    • Garen February 25, 2013 at 12:18 am #

      Hey Sonia,

      If you haven’t tried guest posting yet; why not give it a shot :). Great way to get more readers, boost SEO, ect.

  4. nick catricala February 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    I must say it here before anything else.. you amaze me every time I read your articles… they are amazing detailed and to the point, I cannot even imagine my self be able to do it anytime soon… THANKS so much for all your hard work and for sharing all this great information with all of us.

    I learned a lot from you already, you helped me many times privately and if you do not mind, I will continue to learn from you as much as possible because I know you already done the hard work ahead…and that is what I just cannot do now, so THANK YOU in advance for all you will share with all of us in the future.
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    • Garen February 23, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

      Hey Nick,

      Thanks for the compliment! Really appreciated! No problem, always feel free to send me an email if you have any problems, issues, question, ect. 🙂

  5. Carol Lynn February 23, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    Hi Garen, nice to meet you here on Donna’s blog. Guest posting is definitely a great way to get exposure. I have never heard of ubersuggest so thanks for the tip – will have to check that out. I’ll throw my two cents in as someone who gets a lot of requests from people who want to guest post for me – you HAVE TO write something good. There is an unbelievable amount of junk out there. There are also a ton of great bloggers, so given the choice, I’ll go with a great blogger every time. People who ask to guest post – and don’t even bother to find out my name and ask me personally – are just spammers as far as I’m concerned. So that makes it really important for legitimate people to make their requests meaningful, so they don’t get lumped in with the rest. Sounds like a good topic for a follow up guest post 🙂
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    • Garen February 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

      Hey Carol,

      You know how many times I have received a message for a top ten blog tips site for blogsetupguide.com? Uhhh it drives me up the wall! When pitching an idea at least make sure it interesting and geared towards them. I hear that on using there name. Don’t just hey I love your blog can I get a guest post…lol. I should start a website on failed guest post attempts!

      • Donna.Merrill February 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

        Hey Carol and Garen

        Yes this does sound like a good topic for a follow up guest post!

        I get them all the time and just delete the message. One guy had the nerve to write a nasty email to me saying that I was ignoring him.

        Then I did write back and told him why. And I assure you my tone wasn’t nice at all. he he he

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  6. Chery Schmidt February 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    HI Garen & Donna! I have been a guest blogger for a gal I met on IBO a few times last year and I did meet some great people because of this. I guess it is just a matter of communicating with others and showing some interest in what they are up to. I think connecting with people who leave comments on your blog is another great way to see if they have any interest in you becoming a guest blogger is a great idea. Thanks for sharing Chery 🙂
    Chery Schmidt recently posted..Time To Change ME As An Online EntrepreneurMy Profile

    • Garen February 23, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

      Hey Chery,

      From the hundreds of post I have done over the years; I can’t count how many times these relationships turned into gold mines for my online business. I have even landed a number of writing jobs because they liked what I had to say 🙂

  7. Sarah Arrow
    February 23, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    Hi Garen, I’ve found networking with other bloggers is a great way of placing guest posts, you know so much more about your intended audience and the style of their blog.
    I think guest posting is changing, it certainly is for one of my sites, I’ve stopped accepting guest posts there. Also the way SEO companies are going about getting their content placed is driving a lot of bloggers insane – you just can’t beat a personal relationship with other bloggers.
    Sarah Arrow recently posted..And then they stripped my guest post of all the links…My Profile

    • Garen February 23, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

      Hey Sarah,

      Oh these SEO companies crack me up on some of the tactics they use! Seriously, what they do is sign up for a Facebook account with a mid 20’s girl and send me a message via Facebook asking what sites I own. Half the times the messages are in broken English and they try to refer to me as hun or sweetie…LOL. I’m a tad bit smarter than that and I know they are really just a SEO company trying to get links from my sites! It’s not hard to tell they are fake accounts!

      • Donna.Merrill February 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

        Hey Sarah and Garen,

        I do have to laugh at these SEO companies too. The latest buzz is that Google is supposed to be cracking down on them.

        Yes, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out the sexy babe in a bikini or the buff guy isn’t real.

        I just like real people doing real things,

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  8. marquita herald
    February 23, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    Great advice Garen – you are so right about Triberr. I’ve been a member for quite awhile now and there are a lot of really great people over there. While it depends somewhat on your niche, I’ve also found quite a few opportunities in LinkedIn groups. Thanks for the tips and inspiration!
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    • Garen February 23, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

      Hey Marquita,

      Yes, LinkedIn, Facebook groups, Google +1, ect. are all great means of finding great guest posting opportunities. I to have been using Triberr, have kind of relaxed on it as of lately but will soon be jumping back into it.

      • Donna.Merrill February 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

        Hi Marquita!

        I am a recent member of Triberr thanks to my buddy Adrienne Smith. She has made me Twitter conscious! Before that, I didn’t understand Twitter at all.

        All these social sites are great, but I find that I get more mileage when I do a guest post.

        Donna.Merrill recently posted..Guest Posting – Tried And Tested Brand Boosters!My Profile

  9. Neamat Tawadrous
    February 22, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    Hi Garen and Donna,

    Nice to meet you Garen. Great tips shared.

    I’ve yet to start with guest posting. I am a new blogger and still it takes me a long time to put a blog post together. I want to start guest blogging but I will do it once in a while until I am more relaxed with writing faster.

    For me also it’s just the lack of time although I know the great potential guest blogging has, and thanks for the wonderful tips you shared here.

    However, I second Harleena in responding to a personal invitation from someone known other than wasting the time submitting requests here and there.

    Thanks for sharing Garen and Thanks Donna for having him write this great guest post.

    Be Blessed,


    • Garen February 23, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

      Hey Neamat,

      And I third the comment by Harleena :). I have spent a couple days at times getting in touch with someone to do a guest post. References and personal invitations are always better though. You already have creditability and don’t have to send out emails in hopes of getting a response.

      • Donna.Merrill February 23, 2013 at 3:04 pm #


        I would have never guessed that you were a new blogger. Your blog is fantastic and I assumed you were doing it for a long time.

        Garen is a great guest! Whenever I have a guest on my blog it is someone who I know and respect.

        Garen moves like light speed with his marketing strategies and always follows through. I admire that.

        Donna.Merrill recently posted..Guest Posting – Tried And Tested Brand Boosters!My Profile

  10. Dakota February 22, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    Hey Garen,

    Okay, another call to action. I visited Adrienne’s site earlier to ‘up’ my game and put my time to the best use. Guest blogging not only opens me to a wider audience, but more connections.


    • Garen February 22, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

      Hey Dakota,

      Yeah, I have been meaning to check out Adrienne’s blog more and more. Just been tanked with work lately! She has a wonderful blog. Always make sure you save your contacts for guest posting. One could turn into 10 literally 🙂

  11. Sue Price
    February 22, 2013 at 1:53 am #

    Hi Garen and Donna

    Nice to meet you Garen. Thanks for some great tips on Guest Posting. I have only ever done one so far and it was in the beginning of my blogging life. Because I was quite new I took way to long to write the post even though the subject was one I was very familiar with. I am sure I would be more relaxed about it these days.

    I would not have thought of searching in Google in the way you explained so thank you for that tip.

    I really should act on this advice.

    Thanks again.

    Sue Price recently posted..Being Who You Want To BeMy Profile

    • Garen February 22, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

      Hey Sue,

      I did about 20 last week :). Once you start doing them I find it hard to stop. Lots of time people make the mistake of only doing 1 or 2 and then quit. I have found that a steady stream of them is really the best tactic. Don’t forget to mix up your anchors a lot though.

      Always follow up on comments. I don’t know how many times I have done a post for someone and they don’t even follow up! Then they wonder why the webmaster removed their outgoing link.uughh

      • Donna.Merrill February 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

        Hi Sue,

        I am so glad you met up with Garen. Think of all the content you can give others – from your days working Robert Kiyosaki until now! It would be so interesting for people to have you on their blog!

        And Thanks Garen once again. Following up on comments is imperative!

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  12. Corina Ramos February 21, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    Hi Garen,

    Thanks for these great tips. I haven’t heard of MyBlogGuest.com until today, I’m definitely going to check it out. I agree that Guest Posting is a great way to get your name and blog out there.

    I’ve only been blogging for about a year now and did my first post last month with great results I might add. It was a great way to step outside my niche and talk about other issues that are dear to me 🙂 and I got to meet some great people who I ended up building a connection with.

    I recently joined Triberr and hopeful I’ll get to meet more people through it. You’ve given some great advice 🙂 and it never occurred to me to Google guest posting. Hope you’ve had a great week.
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    • Garen February 22, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

      Hey Corina,

      MyBlogGuest.com is free unless you upgrade to pro :). One thing I really like about it is submitting inforgraphics to it as well. In the bio field you can put the code they will need to put on there site which gives you a link to your blog. Great tactic for building lots of backlinks to your blog. Leave it open for a month or so and watch the traffic you get from it 🙂

      True, guest posting is one of the best ways to build your connections 🙂

      • Donna.Merrill February 23, 2013 at 11:55 am #

        Hi Corina,

        I’m new to Triberr too and having fun with it.


        I have been reading all the bashing about guest posting because of a Google crack down. It has to be done wisely and that you have done! Thanks for teaching my peeps how to do it correctly.
        Donna.Merrill recently posted..Guest Posting – Tried And Tested Brand Boosters!My Profile

        • Garen February 23, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

          Hey Donna,

          Yeah the bashing goes when your doing guest post on stuff not even remotely related or using spam blogs 🙂

  13. babanature February 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Hello Garen,
    what a lovely post. When i want to guest blog i always use your 1st tip by finding good blogs to guest post. As normal, i feel guest posting is essential to all bloggers. thanks
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  14. Steve Vernon February 21, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Hi Donna –

    Every time I come across a blog post about guest blogging, I wonder if that’s something I should get into. I appreciate Garen’s references to several of the guest blogging sites. They look like good places to start doing a little research. As a couple of others have mentioned in their comments, it really comes down to a matter of time. Do I have the time to be writing guest posts in addition to trying to keep my own blog current. That is probably the first thing a person should consider before they start committing themselves.

    • Garen February 21, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

      Hey Steve,

      Probably one of the most time consuming tactics, but very powerful. Slow and steady is a great way to go about it. For instance, I talk to people that will do 5 or so on their own while I help them out with doing 5 or so throughout the month. After 2-3 months of that and mixing it up usually see excellent results. Lots of blog owners or online marketers will not put forth the effort to build their brand the correct way so that knocks out about 90% of your comp right there.

  15. Sylviane Nuccio
    February 21, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    Hi Garen, and nice meeting you here.

    Wow, you’re given some very good tips about sites I didn’t even know.
    I am a freelance writer so for me guest posting is an important part of my promotion. I have done quite a few guest posts, especially this past year. This year turns out to be a bit more difficult for me because I’m getting busier, but I know that I’ve got to make the time to keep on guest posting.

    Guest posting is, indeed, a great way to put oneself in front of people. However, it really works only if one does it regularly and to a good amount. You can’t expect results just by doing a couple of guest posts.

    Thank you for the guest post Garen and thank you Donna for having him:)
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    • Garen February 21, 2013 at 11:57 am #

      Hey Syliviane,

      True, you can’t just write one guest post and expect to get tons and tons of traffic. However, doing 5-10 a month for a couple months can really help you big time in the longrun. Yeah, it’s very time consuming but if done correctly can be one of the most powerful investments from a SEO standpoint. Mix in blog commenting, articles, press relates, video marketing, giveaways, link bait, social media, ect. and Google will notice that natural links coming in.

  16. Anne February 21, 2013 at 6:13 am #

    I know that guest blogging is a good way to get new subscribers and readers to your blog, not to mention a link back to your site. However, I find it rather tedious and time consuming.

    I know, I know I shouldn’t say that. However, the time it takes to contact bloggers to ask for positions, then to write posts to publish on their site etc… takes forever. I’ve guest posted on big blogs before and only gotten 11 visitors from my post.

    I write well, and for my time, I don’t think that this is a good return for me. I’ll guest post, I always say this, but only when I have time to spare.

    Thanks for the reminder 🙂
    Anne recently posted..Boost Your Confidence In 48 HoursMy Profile

    • Garen February 21, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      Hey Anne,

      True, it’s very time consuming. As I spend quite a bit of time contacting webmasters and then going back and forth to write something good. 11 vistors doesn’t sound like it’s worth your time, however did you notice any increase in your Google rankings after a month or so?

  17. Harleena Singh
    February 20, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    Nice tips Garen!

    To be honest, I’ve yet to start with guest posting. And with the number of offers I keep getting, I doubt if I can keep away or not get into it for long. 🙂

    I guess it’s just the lack of time, especially with the revamped blog that still needs tweaking, and other writing projects which keep my hands rather full. Nevertheless, I know the great potential guest blogging has, and these are some wonderful tips you shared with all of us here.

    However, I think what might work best is a personal invitation from someone known because nothing can help build better relationships other than that – isn’t it? Yes, it might not be very high ranking blog, but it would have it’s own meaning I guess and more of a personal touch too. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂
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    • Garen February 20, 2013 at 11:41 pm #

      Hey Harleena,

      What are you waiting for try guest posting :).

      Yes, the more personal you are with people the better. Don’t make the mistake of sending out a bunch of emails saying. I love your blog can I write on it…lol. I have seen this done a ton of times. Some people even forget to leave out the name! What’s worse is when they refer to me has Gavin, Garden, or Garron!

      Personal invitation can go along way. In fact, I have done this a number of times. People will invite me to write for them and then a couple people that read my post want to know if I will write an article for their blog.

  18. Zion Amal February 20, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    Hey Donna.
    I knew about using Google Dorks and I haven’t thought of making use of it to find Guest Posting opportunities. Great Idea. And Thanks.

    Guest Posting really helps to build a Strong Online Presence + Some Traffic and Backlinks to your Site.
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  19. Mayura
    February 20, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Hey Garen,

    Great tips up here and I’m sure many doesn’t know some of ’em mate 🙂

    Of course, guest posting is a very good tactic to reach new audience and we can’t forget about the brand exposure 🙂 You are very true there that people love their blogs and they don’t need crap at all.

    I’ve seen some bloggers keep nagging with list of posts they have written and looking for opportunities to post on other blogs. But when we do a search on that topic, it has been posted several times on different blogs. As bloggers we need to careful when accepting guest postings from people we don’t know, right? 🙂

    I’e never heard of that site with guest posting opportunities Garen 🙂 Hmm… That’d be much easy. For me, guest posting is about inviting relevant people I know. Haven’t thought about going beyond either to do guest posts or accept.

    I have friends who love Triberr a lot and they have made lot of connections too 🙂 Yet I’m not there though, but made connections via Social Media. Social Media is very powerful and if we don’t use it, we are missing the opportunity. But I always believe just friending is not enough at all. I like the trick with Google mate. It seems very cool and I need to try UberSuggest to see the full picture.

    Have a wonderful week, Garen and Donna 🙂

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    • Garen February 20, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

      Hey Mayura,

      True, we have to think of guest posting and adding some value to their blog. If I approached you with a topic on top ten article directories or something lame that has been done a million times chances are you would just ignore my request. I always run post through Copyscape and actually add my spin to it.

      One thing I have done over the years is keep a list of topics I plan on writing about. If I get approached with a guest post I will just send them the topic and put my spin on it and give them a backlink. All to often people go at it with the mentality of what do I have to do to get a backlink, rather than what can I help you write on.

      True social media is so powerful. I don’t know about you but I will read my Facebook messages more than my email just because of the amount of spam I get. I can’t be the only one. I have made some great business connections through social media over the years. Even landed a couple jobs just asking someone questions and found out they needed help with something.

  20. Adrienne
    February 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Hey Garen,

    Nice to see you over here at Donna’s place.

    I agree that guest posting is a great way to get yourself out there in front of a lot more people. I know that everyone would really love to go for the authority blogs but if you also strive to find some like Donna’s here that has a lot of interaction you can do just as good.

    I’ve never tried any of these sites or methods you suggested to find places to guest post. I’ve only done it when people invite me and I have the time. I know it would still be great to put myself out in front of people who have no clue who I am. Hey, we can always use more traffic to our sites right!

    Great job with sharing this topic and Donna, I enjoyed Garen’s post. Now you two enjoy the rest of your day.

    Adrienne recently posted..Marketing Tips the Walking Dead Could Teach You about BloggingMy Profile

    • Garen February 20, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

      Hey Adrienne,

      Small world! Yeah, one thing I didn’t mention is targeting smaller blogs that aren’t quite as big to gain momentum. One thing I always recommend is following up once you get a guest post. Talked to lots and lots of clients that will hire me to right them and then just don’t follow up.

      Lots of webmasters will just remove your link and it’s actually kind of disrespectful to the blog owner! I actually have a massive list of techniques I use for guest posting. Lots of methods people unaware of. Been working on getting that post up for quite sometime now. It’s gonna be the Mecca of guest posting articles!
      Garen recently posted..Controversy Sells – Stir Up The Pot The Right WayMy Profile

      • Donna.Merrill February 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

        I know you Garen, If you say it’s going to be a Mecca I know that will happen faster than I can blink my eye.

        Adrienne, I know your are one of the “most wanted” to do guest posting, but now, with Garen’s techniques, I can see you being a rock star!

        Donna.Merrill recently posted..Guest Posting – Tried And Tested Brand Boosters!My Profile

        • Garen February 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

          Should have my Mecca post out sometime this week 🙂 Having an issue with business blog post right now 🙁

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