Persuading another blogger to write you a guest post can be tricky. Some of us bloggers struggle to come up with posts for our own blogs let alone posts for other blogs.
Plus there is the whole “what happens if my guest post flops and decimates their following?” worry. Sometimes it’s just easier for us to say “I am really busy washing my hair, try me again in six month!”
Asking another blogger to write you a guest post is very similar to asking them out on a date. You want to strengthen your connection with them, take things to the next level and be more than just ‘blogging friends’. The trouble is you run the risk of them not feeling the same way about you. Scary stuff!
If you have ever been turned down after asking another blogger to write you a guest post (I have) it can be a crushing experience. For a couple of days after the guest post rejection you will experience a low mood, want to hang your head in shame and creep about blogging world with a sad face.
On the flip side when another blogger agrees to write you a guest post it can feel heavenly, you will have a spring in your step and a twinkle in your eye! Those blog stats will see a healthy uplift after the guest post is published as their followers flock to your blog. The sun comes out in blogging land. Huzzah!
- The charmer approach. This is where you lavish the blogger with praise and heart warming comments on their blog for a couple of days before you pop the question. If they have an eye watering blog following you may want to start a couple of weeks / months in advance. I really like stuff like “you don’t look 40″ and “I love your hair colour, I can tell you are a natural blonde!”
- The sneaky approach. Pen a long winded comment on their blog post, really rattle on about something and in the middle sneak in the question “will you write me a guest post?” If they ‘like’ your comment – bingo you have a guest post!
- The begging approach. This is where you get down onto your virtual blogging knees and beg! Lots of “oh please” and “oh pretty please” begging requests via their blog or on email. The bigger the following the more begging you will need to do.
- The direct approach. You are one cool cookie, you just come straight out with it.
- The bargaining approach. This is where you start to bargain with your blogger “if you write me a guest post then I will write you one in return” or “I will add you to my Xmas card list”.
- The gift approach. This is where you shower them with gifts in an attempt to persuade them to write a guest post. You reach for the flowers, chocolates, soft cuddly toys or even offer them a candle lit dinner date with you. It has to be a decent gift as they are going to have to go away and whip you up a blog post. You may have to push the boat out on the dinner gift with some bloggers and let them order a starter and a pudding. Just think of the uplift to your blog stats as you sip water and stare longingly at their plate of magnificent food.
- The fun approach. Tell your blogger a couple of funny jokes, make them smile or even chuckle. Then pop the magic question! Make sure your jokes are funny though. Try them out on a couple of blogging friends first.
- Turning it into their idea approach. This is where you cleverly make the blogger think the request for a guest post was their idea in the first place – sigh! So you start with “what do you think of guest posting on someone’s blog?” and they reply with “Its a great idea as it can raise your profile and increases blog traffic to your blog”. You then slip in “so when will you be able to write me a guest post?”. Done!
Good luck bloggers! You got this covered!
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