Be Wary Of These 5 Guest Blogging Pitfalls

Backlinks have become one of the hottest topics of discussions among website owners. People have been busy discussing about the strategies that can be best utilized for building maximum backlinks for their websites. One such strategy that has been embraced by individuals and enterprises is guest blogging. Writing guest posts for gathering backlinks has become a popular SEO trend among individuals and corporations which are looking ahead to build a unique niche in the web world.

To make the most of your guest blogging activities, make sure you follow guest posting etiquette, and avoid the pitfalls. In this post, you'll get to know about 5 most common pitfalls you need to avoid when guest blogging.

Guest Blogging Pitfall No.1: Missing out strict content guidelines

Each time you think about submitting your content to a guest blogging site, make sure to check out crucial details such as post length that is accepted by the site, the tone, grammar etc. that the content needs to have and so on. Hence, it is crucial for you to read all the content-related guidelines in full. Make it a point to surf across a few of the recent blog posts published on the site. Doing this will help you get a feel of the preferred style, tone etc. Under a situation wherein after submitting the post, the website admin offers you critiques, take them positively. Its just that the admin wants to make your post a perfect fit for his/her site. So, take any criticism positively and do the required modifications to the write-up.

Guest Blogging Pitfall No.2: Neglecting link policies

Since guest blogging expects you to share your content with a new audience, you need to learn the art of including a link back to your site. While most of the blogging sites allow you to include at least one link, it is absolutely essential to get a clear idea about it before agreeing to contribute. Make it a point to go through the linking policies listed within the guest blogging guidelines. Don't hesitate to negotiate for a better link. The blogging website's admin will offer you the best possible ideas on including a backlink within your submitted content. Pay heed to these ideas and be willing to settle in some areas.

Guest Blogging Pitfall No.3: Missing out on including in-depth information

While surfing all the previously published posts on the blog, you may realize that they contain a lot of detailed information. Well, this is an area where bloggers tend to fail in. The site you're planning to submit your content to expects you to be specific. The site admin wants a post that is full of information that can turn useful for the targeted readers. Hence, it is recommended to do your best to provide specific, detailed and accurate details fetched from 100% reliable resources.

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Guest Blogging Pitfall No.4: Loosing your cool when it comes to waiting for the editor's response

While editors can be real difficult to reach quite a number of times, as a blogger you need to maintain your cool and wait for their feedback on your content. Avoid a lot of email pitches as it may tend to frustrate the editor and he/she may choose to negate the chances of publishing your blog on his/her website. Since editors have a lot of day jobs during the work week, it is better to respect their schedule and give them time to respond. Meanwhile, you can continue pitching innovative ideas to other blogging websites which accept guest posts.

Getting back to receiving response for your guest post, if you don't hear from the site admin within a week, don't hesitate in sending a follow up message. Still, if you fail to hear from the admin, move on and keep your hunt on for the sites which have more responsive editors. I can assure you, eventually you'll find editors who are willing to accept your content and publish it without keeping you waiting for days, weeks and even months.

Guest Blogging Pitfall No.5: Ignoring blog formatting guidelines

Since each blog has its own set of formatting guidelines, it is recommended to check the format of each site prior to submitting your write-up. While some of the guest blogging sites may ask you to send your finished work in the form of a Word document, others may provide you a whole list of requirements. It is beneficial to pay close attention to all the formatting concerns of the site as this would grow the chances for your content to get published over the site of your choice.


Now that you're well familiar with all the common guest blogging pitfalls, its time to pull up your socks and avoid them to the maximum. Make sure to be personal and professional in your guest blogging approach and you'll definitely be able to leverage the full potential of your guest blogging activities.

Please drop in your views/opinions on the above post. Also, if you know of a guest blogging pitfall that's worth sharing with the readers, do pen it down using the comments box provided right under this post.

About the author
Claudia Jhonson is a blogger cum Magento developer. Since 5 years, she's been involved into writing brilliant stuff on web blogging, web design and development. Currently, she's working with Magentax, a Custom Magento Development Company. And had a curiosity to share things via social platforms.

13 comments to "Be Wary Of These 5 Guest Blogging Pitfalls"

#KLIKSoreang June 5, 2014 at 8:15 PM    

i did skip guidlines for some times. thx

Kaleb Nation June 6, 2014 at 12:09 AM    

This is just an amazing article, I hope these tips will work for me. Thanks

Krista Miller June 6, 2014 at 3:47 PM    

It will be hard for you if you have many guest post from different site. guest posting has also many backlash since you need to monitor their site for negative impact that may flow to you.

ARUN June 7, 2014 at 9:56 PM    
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Ujjwal Kumar Sen June 9, 2014 at 8:56 PM    

This is a very good blog post, I like it.

Website Designing June 12, 2014 at 7:34 PM    

Nice articles. i have a question related to guest post.

How to major guest post website good or bad?

Flickspoint June 12, 2014 at 7:36 PM    

this nice articles for guest post. important point in this articles thank you.

Inspirational Life Quotes June 12, 2014 at 9:57 PM    

I think patience is the main key point of this article. If you want to guest blog properly, then you have to have the patience to look into everything and make sure everything is in order. It's the only way you get to be a successful guest blogger.

PashaO June 14, 2014 at 3:05 PM    

I've considered guest posting many times but get caught up in the thought that the editor will not like my submission. I guess the first post would be the hardest making sure the article meets all the criteria and then waiting for a good response. I might try it when I get a bit more confidence.

Babita June 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM    

Dear admin, I want your immediate help. When I put my site name in Google search then it shows my posts in search results but with every post it shows the same contents. It doesn’t show contents of post. In place of this it shows only some contents of that page like home, privacy policy, contact us etc and it is for every post it shows. I request you to put
in the Google search and see the results because I may not explain my problem exactly. Plz help me soon.

Shawn June 14, 2014 at 11:29 PM    

Thanks for sharing such an amazing post with us. I appreciate you for sharing such an awesome post with us.

sylwestrus June 15, 2014 at 3:34 PM    

Thank you for some tips. I will beglad to check some of them and i will be wating for some results.

Adsense Homepage June 16, 2014 at 9:45 PM    

I guess the first post would be the hardest making sure the article meets all the criteria and then waiting for a good response.
If you want to guest blog properly, then you have to have the patience to look into everything and make sure everything is in order.

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