I Need Guest Posts: The Lazy Man Method of Outreach!

I Need Guest Posts
I Need Guest Posts

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.

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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 I have been using a content service for a long time now, called: I Need Articles (affiliate link), (stylized as iNeedArticles but I don’t want to write it like that because I’m not 5 years old).

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.

In fact one of my favorite bloggers who I trust a lot wrote about some article writing services he uses and I Need Articles was one that he uses often to rewrite articles.

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.

Now,

I will get back to these guys in a moment, but the next step to this amazing process involves another tool:

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:

  • Health
  • Fitness
  • Food
  • Lifestyle
  • General
  • Family
  • Self Improvement
  • Women

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:

Guest post advice

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.”

-Yoda

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.

Step 1

Find a website from Guest Post Tracker that you would like a link from

Step 2

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

Step 3

Find an article from the article marketplace of I Need Articles, buy it and edit it slightly to match the voice of your site

Step 4

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)

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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.

Oops, I’ve done it again!!!

Viral Site

how to make a viral websiteOK, so the title may be a little misleading and Britney Spears-y, but I have started yet another website and this post will be about how to make a viral website.

Or more specifically, how & why I am going to attempt to make a viral website!

I am starting to think that I really just enjoy the starting up part more than the maintaining bit and also that I have a short attention span!

Don’t get me wrong, I love the money part…but as many of you already know, I am kind of lazy!

I will keep this one short because i just want to let you know – Harry Vs Internet is all about testing things and messing around to see what works.

That extends to types of websites as well; not just SEO and so on.

So what did I do this time?

I am glad you asked.

I have been reading a few great blog posts about viral websites such as this one & this one, and it got me thinking about giving this sort of thing a good old try.

I had actually thought about trying this out for a long time, but other things just happened to get in the way, such as family life, living in a foreign country that loves to celebrate loads of festivals, (Laos if you’re wondering) and also the fact that I have severe shine object syndrome and start new things whilst leaving many lose ends…in real life as well as online!

But the question is: What the hell topic to base it around?

There are numerous different niches one could base a viral website around, the most obvious being an interesting news site like the infamous ViralNova.

However, these types of site will invariably fail due to the constant updating nature of them.

For example, you have to churn out several interesting list type stories a day and most of the big boys nowadays rely on a large team of writers and researchers to crank them out.

Another factor that can be a barrier to a single person site is the cost.

What do I mean by cost, I hear you grumble?

Well, the days of free, organic social media exposure is well and truly over, and social media is really the lifeblood of a viral site.

When was the last time you typed into the big G something like: “This mans wife had cancer, but he did next will shock you!”.

You never have – if you’re normal that is, but I bet most you have clicked on a title like that in Facebook; I have!

That my friends is called link bait and its primary purpose is to get the attention of us when we have increasingly decreasing attention spans.

So that leaves the question open again – just what do you base a new viral site around?

My epiphany

So…you are probably aware that I am a man?

And men visit certain websites every now and then…just for the articles of course.

Anyway, I was on such a site and I was looking around and I noticed something – they are stuffed full of adverts and I am sure they are raking it in.

Usually they are just Google AdWords adverts, but many times they are specific adverts that either the site admin has gone out and asked around, or they the advertiser has actually reached out to the site owner for advertising space.

Whichever way around it is; they are little dollar signs to me 😀

So, how to make a viral website and why I am doing it?

I have to be a bit careful here because it is something very specific and an idea that doesn’t seem to be utilized right now, apart from people using Web 2.0’s or social media pages etc.

It is also very easy to copy and I want to make some money first before everyone else.

Ain’t I lovely!

Basically people haven’t monetized it and seem to be doing it just for fun.

This says to me 1 of 2 things, either:

  1. There is no money to be made and therefore nobody can be bothered, or
  2. No one has thought of doing it properly

Now usually I would leave something like this well alone and I am the cautious type who would tend to the first of those points.

But, I think that it is so easy to set this up for the cost of a domain name, (I already have a ton of tools that I can use to help out), that it would be foolish to not try!

So what is the plan

Essentially, all I will need to do for content is to add a few posts a day, probably over the course of about a month in order to build up something pretty substantial, and then promote the fuck out of it.

The actual content writing part is very easy:

  • Watch videos – This is the fun part!
  • Find the funniest / weirdest / most disturbing ??? about them
  • Post content along with funny analysis
  • Find relevant image and add an arty Gaussian blur
  • Publish post
  • Repeat

This whole process should only take about 15 – 20 minutes per post, and once I get the process down, that time will reduce.

What theme will I be using

For the theme, I looked pretty intensely for one that both suited a viral style site, but also looked great and was something that would make people stay and convert.

I looked at a great them & plugin vendor called My Theme Shop who are fast becoming my go to plugin place, (great, clean code, fast loading and look great).

However I ultimately decided on using a Thrive theme called Pressive which is fast, good looking and has social features coming out the wazoo – perfect for sharing and creating a viral “buzz”.

Viral website theme

What about after the content?

The next step will be promotion.

For this, I will run a tentative campaign on Facebook to get an idea of how well it is received and if all goes well; scale up.

I think that this site will go down very well on the likes of:

  • Tumblr
  • Facebook
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon

I have left out Twitter for now because I think it is too esoteric and I want people to actually click through to the website instead of just reading through the social media site.

How to monetize

Adverts, and lots of them!

This will be the first step and I will give it some time to mature a bit and see what kind of income (if any), the site will make.

After that, I had a thought that I could essential do a Tee Spring kind of thing and have some of the content printed onto t shirts and the like and sell through a shop subdomain.

Let’s put a bow on this post for now

This is getting a bit longer than I originally wanted, but rest assured I will wrap it up.

I will just let you know that I will be periodically keeping this updated to keep you guys in the loop about what is happening and how well, or badly, my viral experiment is going.

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