I know that you know that links are important.
I also know that you know that guest post links, especially contextual links, are just super duper.
What’s more I even know that you probably haven’t started yet for a number of reasons which I will list below, (I know these are true because it’s how I feel, so don’t you be lying to me):
- You don't know how to go about it
- You are scared of contacting other people, (the antisocial syndrome)
- You don't know what the hell to write about or how to write a guest post
Amiright, (yes I am).
Anyway, the reason that I am writing this is because I recently started an interesting new project, and I feel as though I have enough content right now to start building/ earning links.
However I wanted to make this new site something a bit special and something that will last through all of the stupid ass Google updates, but also to actually get proper referral traffic from links…kill 2 birds with 1 link so to speak.
Now like you guys, I also have an immense terror at having to speak to other human beings outside of the IM world, but I decided that I like money more and I sucked it up, put on my big boy trousers (pants to my American friends), and started to get cracking.
Bit of a Disclaimer
This process will make your life easier, but you will still need to spend some money to do it.
You don't need to spend any money for outreach, but your choice is Time or Money and only you can choose what is right for you, I personally spend money most of the time, but mix it up with doing my own writing
A Little Bit of Backstory For Context
So this service is actually pretty good, and I was originally using it for rewrites and it is bloody fantastic for that job. In fact you give them any article you have (no plagiarizing here please), and you will get back a fully rewritten, Copyscape passing piece of wordage that looks original, reads original and is basically a brand new set of words that you can use with impunity.
Um, Fine. So What's The Point Here?
OK, OK pipe down you impatient fiend.
The point is that I Need Articles is a great rewriting service.
Now we don’t actually want any articles rewritten for the purposes of this post, but they have something interesting that I have found myself using more and more…an article marketplace that is essentially a whole load of pre-written articles about all kinds of subjects and niches imaginable.
All original and all ready to buy immediately.
I will get back to these guys in a moment, but the next step to this amazing process involves another tool:
Right, this is where things start to heat up.
Don’t ask me where I found it, but it it was probably from an email or something.
Anyway there is a pretty great program called: Guest Post Tracker (no aff link).
Understand here that this isn’t even an affiliate link by me, but it is such a great tool that I want as many people to know about it as possible.
What Is It?
So one of the main issues with guest posting is sifting through shit loads of crap to find a golden nugget of a website that actually accepts guest posts and then going through the motions of finding contact details and then emailing and then…well you get the idea because you have probably already gone thorough this tedious process.
There is also the outreach failures that you have to contend with when you do things purely manually, and these aren’t so nice if you have paper think skin like me 🙁
This is where Guest Post Tracker comes in.
It’s around $70 (at least it was when I bought access to it), and it kind of collates lots and lots of websites that accepts guest posts, for all sorts of niches.
If you can’t find your niche (unlikely), you can kind of think outside of the box, for example I have a health site, but I have been contacting webmasters from:
- Self Improvement
And all of these different categories can be connected with healthy posts.
What I am trying to get across here is that you will be able to find something, in fact just check out the categories they actually have:
Let's Connect Everything Together
Now this is where things start to get fun because your life will start to get easier from here on out and as we all know:
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
Or something like that.
Basically fear of doing somethings leads to inaction which is very, very bad in the IM world, but this process will make things easier.
Here Are The Steps To Take
There is a bit of work involved, but nothing painful.
Find a website from Guest Post Tracker that you would like a link from
Check out the requirements and specifications that the site is asking for, and do a small amount of research into their website out of courtesy, and check out what posts they are missing or what you could do better
Find an article from the article marketplace of I Need Articles, buy it and edit it slightly to match the voice of your site
Send over your edited article to the webmaster either via their own contact form if needed or via email.
If you have to send it to an email address make sure to just let them know that you have read their website and enjoy it and find some of their own articles that catch your eye, and just let them know how much you enjoyed reading them.
You don't have to do this, but I do & appreciate it when folks do this for me...so it doesn't take any extra effort and it's nice to be nice.
How Effective Is This Method?
Since I have seriously started doing outreach in the past few weeks, I have found it to be pretty effective. However as with everything, there are good points and bad points.
1 bad point is that you might buy an article and never actually have anyone accept the post for their own site. I actually don’t ever worry about this though, because if no one wants it, you can just use it for your own website which is never a bad thing.
Pros & Cons
- Very simple to do
- Loads of options
- Can use the article for your own site if rejected
- Or you can just apply it to another website
- Hundreds of potential sites, and therefore links, to check out
- Much, much cheaper than some guest posting services out there
- Can be expensive
- A few moving parts to combine
- Still involves some research, (but this is minimal compared to the usual method)
That's All Folks
So there you have it, a simple but effective method of guest posting for yourself! I use and if you have some capital to spend, you should certainly give it a go.
Now the links to I Need Articles are all affiliate links, and I do get commission every time you deposit money for articles, but you don’t need this…it just makes you life easier. I also use them a lot for my own articles to just keep my sites updated with fresh content.
The 1 program you do need is, is Guest Post Tracker which I don’t get any affiliate commission from…but it is just a great tool to make use of and again, if you have a some money to spend, you should highly consider it.
If you only have a small amount of money, then go for Guest Post Tracker first as you can always write your own guest post, I am just lazy!
The great thing about this method, is that even when you combine all parts together, it is considerably cheaper than either buying links, or paying someone to get guest post links for you.
Don’t get me wrong, I will still use high quality guest posting services like those over at Niche Site Project, but this method will save you money and gain you some extra links into the mix.