Bamidele Onibalusi is an 18-years old Nigerian blogger and freelance writer. You can read his blog at Young Entrepreneur’s blog where he shares awesome blogging and writing advice.
Agota’s note: People, Onibalusi really writes great articles for bloggers and writers, I learned a lot from him while doing my research. Take a look at this article on guest posting, this article on productivity and this list of 30+ websites that pay for your writing. Well done, Onibalusi!
Onibalusi, please introduce yourself to our readers.
Thanks Agota, I’m Bamidele Onibalusi. A young blogger, writer and the founder of YoungPrePro.com; I help other writers learn how to write for traffic and money on my blog.
You wrote 270+ guest posts in 8 months once. What was your experience with that? What are the lessons learned? (read: how on Earth did you do that???)
To be honest, I’m quite surprised when I think of it too, but it was a great experience. If I had the opportunity again, I wouldn’t write that much guest posts again in that time frame. Then, I just discovered guest posting and I wanted to make the best of it. I had a goal in 2010 to be the blogger with the highest number of guest posts so I wrote a lot of it.
A major lesson I have learned is that guest blogging isn’t about working hard, it is about working smart. If I were to write that much guest posts now, it would at least double my traffic :)
Would you say that it’s important to get your blog ready for all the traffic that will come from a guest posting craze before going on it? What’s the best way to do that?
Yep, I think that’s really important.
You wouldn’t want to write a guest post that makes the blog you’re contributing it to an overall better place, only to have problems with your own site when it goes live.
That happened to me once; I published a guest post on a top blog, I was excited about it and expecting it to go live, only to wake up the next morning to see that my site was down. It was down for over 5 hours, and the experience wasn’t a great one.
The best way to ensure your site is prepared for the traffic is to check with your host. Confirm with them that your server is able to receive all the traffic, and let them know you’re expecting a traffic spike from a particular guest post soon.
What’s the best way to develop an effective guest posting strategy? What are the main things that one has to take into consideration?
The most important thing to take into consideration is the results you want. Personally, I have two approaches I use for guest blogging, and they are:
- Guest blogging for links
- Guest blogging for traffic
My approach with guest blogging for links is focused on improving my search engine rankings and traffic, and my approach with guest blogging for traffic is focused on getting more traffic and subscribers. With the first approach I focus on smaller blogs, with the second approach I only target big blogs.
It is also important to know that your guest post might not bring results immediately, so make sure you link back to your blog with the right anchor text so you can benefit from future traffic.
How to make sure that the quality of your guest post is high enough even for the top blogs? What makes an article a “guest post material”?
I think what makes an article a “guest post material” is if it contains “new” tips.
Of course, you can hardly have any new tips these days, but your article should be presented in a new and unique way. Most of these big blogs are targeted by tens of guest bloggers every day, so the more new and unique tips are in your articles, the better.
What’s the most effective way to get your guest post accepted by an A-list blog that is already overloaded with guest post submissions?
Make it unique, and have a great title.
For most people, especially those who get a lot of guest posts, the number one factor that determines which guest post they give a priority is the headline. The catchier your post title is, the better it is for you and the editor.
Work on your headline, make your articles more unique and it will hardly be rejected.
What’s the best way to get your guest post accepted by a blog that takes guest posts very rarely or doesn’t take guest posts at all? Are those blogs even worth trying?
It depends, actually.
In a situation like this, what works best is to familiarize yourself with the blog owner. Start making intelligent comments on their blogs. Let them see that you know your stuff, and when you send them a pitch for a guest post they won’t see you as a stranger.
What’s better: to write more guest posts, but for small to medium size blogs, or to write fewer guest posts, but focus exclusively on top blogs?
Focusing exclusively on top blogs is better, if you have the right plan to turn that traffic into subscribers.
Would you be able to say how many guest posts should someone who just launched their blog aim to do every month in order to really get their blogs going (assuming they submit it to medium to big blogs)? Obviously, it depends, but what’s a good goal to have?
It actually depends on how fast you want your blog to grow, but if it is on really big blogs anything from 5 – 10 posts a month is okay.
Last, but not least, if you’d be able to give a single piece of advice to someone who would like to get their first guest post published by a top blog, what would it be?
There’s a lot of regurgitated tips out there circulating the blogosphere. Editors, too, are wary of this. By focusing on making your guest posts new and unique, it automatically stands out from the crowd and increases your chances of getting published.