It’s become flavor of the month here in the blogging world. Basically you ask some of your readers or neighbours in the blogging world to write some posts on your blog, and in return they can reach a few extra users.
Me & Guest Blogging
Earlier this month I wrote an article on John Cow dot com, where I discussed some things about StumbleUpon. This was posted along with 12 other articles, some of them where of very high standard indeed. Earlier today I found out that they selected me to continue on with a weekly spot ! So yeah me ! Hopefully this will help me grow my RSS subscribers (currently it’s at 33 :)).
The Good : Guest Blogging
As I’ve mentioned Guest Blogging can bring you some extra visitors, people who read your article maybe wouldn’t have found you otherwise, hence more penetration of the market. Also you will gain from a few extra back links that you can put in your posts which will help your ranking with search engines.
The Bad : Guest Blogging
Some people are against Guest Blogging, on the grounds, that if you have something worth saying, then you should probably put it up on your own blog. This may very well be true, but is there a great advantage of writing something great and nobody reading it ?
The Ugly : Guest Blogging
There is also the other side of the coin where you offer your blog up to bloggers to write for you. And when I say The Ugly, I mean more that it can blow up in your face 2 ways, one you might annoy your readers by publishing articles that are of a lower standard, and two you might loose readers as they find someone who they prefer to read and will leave your blog by the wayside.
Guest Blogging Verdict
I think that when done right, guest blogging can help both parties. If you have a new blog (like my one here) you can suddenly gain alot more readers. And the few extra back links can’t hurt either. If you are the blog hoster, you are seen as maybe a bit more generous, and possibly you will have some good articles for free or cheap. My final thoughts on Guest Blogging is that, before you go down this road, you should have a think about what you want to accomplish by doing it on your blog, or partaking on other peoples blog.