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List of guest posting opportunities

Combine a gallon of guilt and a pound of procrastination and you have the recipe for today’s post.

You know the saying, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”? I’m guilty of laying more than a few miles of pavement on that hell-bound highway.

For the longest time (you know, like forever), I’ve been meaning to share a list of guest posting opportunities with you. Just wipe off all the moss it’s gathered on my hard drive, along with the dust particles and cobwebs, and it’ll be good as new!

Before I dive in, I should let you know my list of guest posting resources is for you IF:

  • You’re blogging for business
  • You’re looking to get your name, your brand, your biz, and your blog out there in a bigger way
  • Taking the seat of honor on someone else’s blog is one of your key online marketing activities/strategies
  • You’re an experienced blogger who’s been publishing posts for longer than a few short months

If you fit the bill, that’s great.

If not, you’re probably a newbie blogger who needs to pay some more dues in the blogosphere before branching out. (Bookmark this post for future reference)

Dear Seasoned Bloggers:

Ever feel like maybe it’s time to up the ante and spread your wings in this blogging-for-business thing? One way to satisfy that yearning is to cast a wider net by writing guest posts.

A note of caution:

THERE ARE RULES and SPECIFIC GUIDELINES you must follow in guest blogging. Not to mention disappointments (and beer to cry into) if your submissions are declined.

Guest posting is not for the faint of heart.

Honestly, being a podcast guest is easier and a very powerful way to showcase your voice and your personality — whereas writing requires long hours at the keyboard and loads of creative thinking. Tricky business figuring out how to share your personality via the written word, isn’t it?

But, hey, writers gonna write, right?!

Beware: Those who accept guest posts command your BEST work and your BEST writing. I think their expectations are exactly where they need to be … on the ceiling. After all, it’s their blog and they have a reputation to uphold and a treasured audience to serve.

For the love of everything holy, PLEASE proofread and edit your guest posts before you send them off! Otherwise, expect some doors to be slammed in your face, followed by the sad sound of silence and the icky feeling of rejection.

One more thing and it’s a BIGGIE …

Don’t abandon your guest posts. Once your thing of beauty is published on someone else’s blog, remember to take accountability and reply to comments.

Nothing irks me more than guest authors who vanish in the night.

You’re not a “ghost” blogger — you’re a “guest” blogger! So mind your manners and be a gracious guest.

Ready to bang out an engaging, educational, entertaining, enlightening guest post?

Find opportunities here to strut your best stuff:

Slow Marketing

Elle and Company

Freelancer FAQS

My Kind of Monday

Agency Nation

Scary Mommy

Words on the Page

The Write Practice

Kuno Creative

The Work At Home Wife

Simply Stated Business

Shoestring Marketing University

She Owns It

12 Most

Shareaholic

Be a Freelance Blogger

My Social Game Plan

The Mogul Mom

Write to Done

Home Notion

Heartspoken

Mark it Write

Wondering how much guest posting pays? Uh, that would be $0. The compensation comes in other forms, like broadening your reach online, garnering networking opportunities, and creating a list of writing clips for your website. Not to mention a way to improve your writing skills.

If you’re looking for paid writing gigs, be sure to subscribe to Brian Scott’s Morning Coffee eNewsletteryour daily cup of fresh freelance writing jobs.

Your turn:

Nothing trumps a good story. If you’ve had some experience in the world of guest blogging, head to the comment box and lay the fun times and the faux pas on us. Tell all!

And if you offer a guest posting opportunity on your blog, please share the details.

Makeness Media Bravery Blogging Project

  • Better late than never haha…thanks for the mention of My Social Game Plan. Very well written post!

  • Elna Cain

    Thanks Melanie for mentioning FreelancerFAQs for guest posting! You rock!

    • You’re very welcome, Elna! I know you work hard to support fellow writers and bloggers. 🙂

  • Thank you so much for including The Mogul Mom in this fantastic post!

  • Lori Widmer

    I’m honored, Melanie! And I absolutely love this post. You have a wit I adore.

    You make a great point about guest posting to get your name out there. It’s also a great way to make new friends. I enjoy when someone in another blog’s community reaches out and we hit it off. Right now, I’m chums with a woman I met in a webinar — we write nearly every day now!

    • Hey, look who’s here! Thanks for stopping by and chiming in, Lori. More than proud to include Words On The Page in my list of guest posting opps. xoxo

      Thrilled to learn you’ve made a new friend recently via a webinar. It’s fun to bloom your online relationships, isn’t it? Some of the best experiences I’ve had on the web are when I’ve introduced two strangers to one another. You know how it goes, right? You make connections and then realize two of your connections REALLY need to meet, collaborate, and create some magic together. I love when that happens. 🙂

      By the way …

      I would have never met you if it wasn’t for Cathy Miller singing your praises over at Google Plus. She piqued my curiosity (more than twice!) so I just HAD to head over to your blog and check things out. So glad I did. You’re stuck with me for eternity. LOL!