FAQ

1. What if I'm blogging about accounting, my town's real estate, or arts and crafts? There are lots of people interested in the topic, but there aren't any big blogs. Will guest blogging still work?

Yes, it can.

Sure, it would be hard if you confined yourself exclusively to your topic, but the beautiful part about the blogosphere is that it's so interconnected. You can find readers by writing about topics close to yours.

Let's take a blog about accounting, for example:

  • You could write a guest post on a personal finance blog about, "How to Use Your IRA to Save for Retirement -- The Ultimate Guide"
  • You could write a guest post for a productivity blog about, "7 Steps to Finishing Your Tax Return in Only Two Hours"
  • You could write a guest post for a technology blog about, "Which Tax Software Is the Best? A CPA Breaks down the Pros and Cons of Each"

We could go on and on. The fact is, you can find a way to overlap your blogs topic with almost any other topic, giving you access to a huge range of popular blogs.

In Video 2, I actually gave an example about how somebody with a gardening blog could write a guest post for a big personal finance blog. If you haven't watched the video, check it out here.

2. How long should you wait before you write your first guest post? Is it something you can do, even if you're a new blogger?

You should get started right away. Here's why:

Your ideas aren't doing anyone any good if no one reads them.

Yes, it's tempting to take a few weeks or even months building up the content on your blog before you start promoting it, but I can tell you that, more than likely, no one will ever read them. Blogs are chronological, and any post that goes off the top of the page tends to be forgotten. It's really sad to publish some of your best posts in the beginning of your blog, and then you get absolutely no reaction because you don't have any readers.

It's far better to get traffic flowing, and then work hard to build up your content. And, you might say I'm biased, but in my opinion there is no better way to get traffic to a new blog than guest blogging.

I explained why in this post on Copyblogger.

3. I don't have time to publish a post every day on my own blog, much less write a post for someone else's. Sure, guest blogging sounds like a great strategy, but where do you find the time to do it?

In an ideal world, you could quit your job, work on your blog full-time, publish an awesome post every day, and still have plenty of time left over to write several guest posts a week. Some bloggers (who aren't human, I swear) even manage to do it while working a job and spending time with their family, although I don't have the slightest idea how.

But what if you're not living in an ideal world, and you're not superhuman?

You need a different strategy.

For the past year, I've been working with quite a few consulting clients who have jobs, and I've come up with one that seems to be working well. This might surprise you, but sometimes you can get more traffic if you cut down to writing only one blog post per week, and then you write one or two guest posts every month.

I recently wrote a whole post about it on Copyblogger, outlining the strategy in detail. You can read it here.

No, it's not optimal, but sometimes you have to be realistic about what you can accomplish. You can't do everything, so you have to decide what's the best use of your time.

And in my opinion, the strategy outlined in the post above strikes just the right balance.

I get four questions over and over again about the guest blogging class, so I thought I could just answer them for everyone real quick:

4. I have a meeting/vacation/trip to outer space planned during the class. Will I need to be present, or can I catch up when I get back?

You can catch up, because you're never behind.

The way the class works is I deliver all of the video lessons and content to you when you join. Since the course opened two years ago I've tried giving the lessons to people slowly, then some complained it wasn't fast enough for them. So I tried giving it to them faster, and some complained it was too fast and they were freaking out because they were behind. So now I let you be the judge of how much time you need to process the information and take action.

If your family, or life or job gets crazy for a while, the lessons will be waiting for you when you get back.

Figure on taking a month to really learn the lessons. After the first month, we focus on implementation. We'll do Q&A calls, Headline Clinics, one-on-one consultations, whatever it takes to get you writing for the most popular blogs in the world.

Also, I'll record the Q&A calls and Headline Clinics, and if you can't make one, you can submit your questions beforehand, and I'll answer them at the end of the call. That way, you don't have to worry about time zones and schedule conflicts, either.

5. How long will I have access to the materials?

Pretty much forever. Granted, I can't guarantee what will happen if I'm struck by lightning or something, but my plan is to keep teaching this class for years, and as long as it's online, you can come back and access it.

6. Do you accept PayPal?

Yes, but you'll have to ask me for the link. Last year, I made so much money so fast during a launch that PayPal suspended my account, and it took me months to get them to turn it back on, so I'll only use them when necessary these days. I'd prefer you use a credit card or debit card, but if you can't or don't want to, ask me, and I'll send you a link to pay via PayPal.

7. Why is your program so expensive?

One word: access.

If you're used to paying $27 for an e-book, then sure, I can understand how this would sound expensive. But this isn't an e-book. You're not just buying information.

You're getting access to me. Not only will I answer your emails and forum posts, but if need be, I'll get on the phone with you and help you work through things.

You're also getting access to my network. If I like your work, I'll personally connect you with other popular bloggers I know, and I know most of them.

You don't get any of that with a $27 e-book. You probably just get the information, and nothing else. And most likely, the information is nowhere near as good.

In this class, information is only part of the package. The end goal is results.

By the time you're finished, I won't have just taught you what to do. You'll have done it.

You'll get to experience the euphoria of getting 50, 75, even 100 comments on a post. You'll see people buzzing about you on twitter. You'll be able to call popular bloggers your friends.

That kind of stuff can change your life. I know, because it changed mine. The day I wrote for Copyblogger for the first time was the day my life turned upside down.

Will it be the same for you?

I hope so, but the bottom line is it doesn't matter, because you have a money back guarantee. Either you get results, or I don't get paid.

So, when you think about price, look at what you're getting. If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, here's where you can find out more about the program:

The Brutally Honest, “Downright Mean” Facts About What It Really Takes to Build a Popular Blog

Any other questions? Leave them in the comments, and I'll get back to you!

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  14. Cassandra James
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    I believe wholeheartedly in what you have to share. I don't have $600 to drop in 10 days. When will you be offering the course again, please? Thanks.

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  15. Vincent Nguyen
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 19:01:11

    So tempting Jon. I so desperately want to jump in with the three payments of nearly $200, but I need time to think this over. Very tempting, very tempting.

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  16. Amanda R.
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 00:46:24

    Getting blog traffic is great and all, but how do you actually make money at it? If you get a lot of traffic to your site, you have a 600$ class to sell. I don't have anything to sell, so even if I have a lot of traffic and do guest blogging, how is those going to help generate income?

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  17. Ronald
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 00:20:37

    Hi Jon,

    I am in the beginner stages of a blogging site start-up (no website yet; currently writing some content before I create one). Should I have one already underway before taking your course or will the information still apply?

    Thanks

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    • Marsha Stopa
      Nov 16, 2012 @ 12:37:06

      Ronald,

      The information still applies. In many cases it can be more helpful because the course forces you to think carefully about your topic and how it fits in with other big blogs you would like to guest post on.

      It's not necessary to have a blog to take the course.

      Hope that helps.

      Marsha

      Reply

  18. The Ninja Baker
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 19:55:18

    Dear Jon,

    Watched video 1 and working my way through your 52 headlines. (You are brilliant!)

    I'm looking forward to your lesson on how best to approach the Queen Bees of the Food Blogosphere as well as the other Royalty who rule the web. If at all possible, please address these crucial questions:
    1) Do I submit my full blog to them with my original recipe (danger of a steal here)
    OR 2) Do I submit a query?
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    Many thanks.

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  19. Jackie
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 16:40:48

    To be perfectly candid, I doubt I'll be able to afford it this round. But here's my problem. I write well, but I'm totally blind now. Images & videos are rather problematic, as u might guess. Text is boring, as u already know. The usability of a lot of software by blind folks is often pretty tenuous, at best, & completely unusable, at worst. I do have a strong working knowledge of WordPress, how to set up, maintain, & secure websites, I'm a computer repair technician of 20 years, before which I was a physician. I know how to upload images, etc. Finding them when u can't see, though, is another matter, & I really don't have money to pay in order to outsource that right now. Could your class work given my circumstances, or am I just screwed?

    Thanks for any help.

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  20. Debra Torres
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 14:13:24

    I have a Christian Devotionaal blog, and I'd love to get more traffic to it. I have two friends who are high traffic bloggers who I might be able to guest post for, but their topics are way different than mine. One has a nutritional supplements blog and the other has a moneysaving, printable coupons blog. Even if I did write a guest post for them, isn't their traffic so different than mine that it wouldn't help? I mean, should I stick with trying to guest post for only Christian devotional bloggers or can I still benefit by guest posting for my friends?

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  21. Annie Cholewa
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 12:24:02

    Hi Jon

    Really enjoyed the webinar recording, just sorry I wasn't available to be online at the time.

    I too was wondering about question 1. I'm one of the arts and crafts bloggers (knitting, plant dyeing fibre, photography) with a little lifestyle stuff thrown in. I already get from 30 to 50+ comments on every post (I aim to post a minimum of 10x a month) and over 8000 unique visits monthly. But I seem to have plateaued and I want to grow my blog further. Can your course help me?

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  22. Coach Comeback
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 09:51:17

    Hey Jon. I will be joining the program on next payday! =-) I am so excited I can hardly stand it!

    Johnny B Truant introduced me to you and your content quite a long time ago and at the time this offer was closed! So, on a hunch I just thought I would check again and low and behold.... ITS OPEN!!!

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  23. Leisa
    Aug 14, 2012 @ 19:25:39

    I tried to sign up, but I keep getting a message to fill out the fields in red. Huh? Also, I can't find any information about your course, although the FAQ answers the question about why it is so expensive. A friend recommended it, but although I clicked everywhere on the site, I can't figure out what "it" is. : ) I'm usually pretty good at this stuff. Thanks for your help. ~ Leisa

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    • Marsha Stopa
      Aug 17, 2012 @ 10:27:54

      Leisa,

      Gah! So sorry. We had technical issues recently.

      I just sent you an email with an order link.

      Marsha

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  24. Nathan
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 16:59:03

    This is exactly what I needed. There are no blogs in my niche, and I was having a tough time finding places to guest-post. Brilliant ideas.

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  25. Marica
    Jun 02, 2012 @ 06:11:51

    Hey Jon,

    I would like to pay via PayPal if you don't mind. Do I email you for the link?

    Also I have another question. I'm currently taking two other courses and I don't think that I can manage another course right now.

    I know that you say that the material will always be available but just wanted to confirm ... Can I sign up now and start working on the course in say, two months time?

    Thanks! :)

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  26. lee douglas
    May 24, 2012 @ 08:33:13

    Jon, I just need to know how much your course will cost? That's all. Just bottom line price. Because I can afford to pay nada.

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    • Marsha Stopa
      May 27, 2012 @ 08:43:42

      Lee,
      Then it sounds like it's best for you to wait until you're in a better position.
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  27. gregory
    May 16, 2012 @ 04:23:24

    I really enjoyed reading the above advise. I run two travel sites, http://www.travelshoppe.org and http://www.twiga-tours.com here in Kenya and have really benefited from the webinars you had with Danny. I have already done a guest blog on travelinsurance dot org and its been great. I am still looking for more guest logging opportunities and the sky is the limit. Thank you.

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  28. Marcy Kennedy
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 11:39:56

    I'm very interested in your course (as explained in the recent Webinar through Writer's Den), but I have a couple questions.

    (1) I'm a fiction writer, so the point of my blog is to build an audience to eventually sell books. Would your course still be of value for me?

    (2) I can't afford to take the class this round. Will you be offering it again in 3 months?

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  30. Gail Gardner
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 19:50:43

    I am once again seriously considering doing this training. What holds me back is time. Could you give us some idea how much time we would optimally need to commit to get the most out of your course?

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  31. James Holland
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 21:22:01

    I am looking forward to diving into your course.

    Does it address how to monetize all of this new found traffic?

    I love to write everyday, but how long can I do it for free? It has been a full time job just to maintain my personal blog ... but I have enjoyed every minute of it.

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  32. Wayne Tempel
    May 26, 2011 @ 19:17:13

    John,
    The info that you have put on here is really good. So good, it may drop Darren from the Problogger title and give it to you! Keep supplying the great content! This content is king!

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  33. Elaine McLellan
    May 22, 2011 @ 10:51:18

    Jon,

    Do you do any coaching at this time? If so, what are your fees and how whould we determine your interest in helping me get my message out?

    :)

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  34. Julia Rymut
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 20:49:20

    Hi Jon,

    Do you have plans to re-offer this? Somehow I missed it last August (most likely I was on e-product overload!) It's a shame--I would love to learn more about guest blogging.

    Thanks!

    Julia

    Reply

  35. Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 18:54:26

    I've just watched 2 of your videos and the way you explain things and the depth of your knowledge is inspiring. You make be want to work harder, write better and reach more people. Blogging rules:) Thank you Jon.

    Reply

  36. Julian Lanasa
    Jan 06, 2011 @ 09:59:39

    If You were to ask me, there may be a few things to be added but since you took the initiative for opening this topic I can't but admit your sayings.

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  37. Ria Pacas
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 06:27:38

    Article syndication must first be based on quality. Top 3 article publication sites will give you you more market expansion than the rest 300 syndication points, working together.

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    • Panos Kontogiannis
      Dec 01, 2011 @ 06:01:56

      Quantity against quality issue is similar to the content or links. You have them both and then in good proportion, otherwise the top positions in search engine does not received.

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  38. Jenny Woo
    Aug 31, 2010 @ 04:33:24

    I just wanted to mention that there are places that take category suggestions from guest bloggers to better fit their niche and who also take guest postings on an ongoing basis.

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  39. Nico
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 13:34:26

    This is great advice. I run two niche blogs and a personal blog, and, frankly, they've been lagging.

    I've always shied away from guest-posting for the reason you've given above in point three: where does one find the time? It's clear I'll have to rethink my strategy.

    Thanks for taking the time to make these videos, and I look forward to the re-opening of your course.

    Reply

  40. Gabrielle
    Aug 10, 2010 @ 23:30:40

    This sounds right for me. I was going to look at taking a writing or grammar editing class, but this sounds more in line with my goals.

    I recently took a journalism class and started using the techniques for one of my content writing jobs. Well it didn't turn out well. A new editor returned most of my pieces and I lost $100. Writer's guidelines went out re-written to all writers. I was given the boot. I am learning from this situation, but a little shaky about submitting anything else to even blogs that praise me for writing in-depth articles.

    If this class can help increase my confidence with solid skills, it sounds a lot more fun than an editing and grammar class.

    Reply

  41. Vince Robisch
    Aug 10, 2010 @ 11:15:51

    Jon,

    Thanks for the FAQs page. I recently had a guest post on Zen Family Habits and one on another blog coming soon. My blog is very new so I can report back with results if it is helpful to this new community.

    @John Dunbar
    Here are my two cents:
    I wouldn't see a problem with that if your post added value to the blog for which you are writing. You might disclose that your site is an ecommerce site. Of course, my next thought is "Why not add a blog to your site if you are going to take the time to guest post?". I think it would really add to your business marketing plan.

    Reply

  42. John Dunbar
    Aug 10, 2010 @ 06:49:09

    Hi Jon, love the series. Do you have any experience in guest blogging, but redirecting people back to an ecommerce site? Let's say I run an online store that sells DVDs - it's not a blog, it's a full blown ecommerce site. Is it still practical for me to write guest posts on movie blogs and put my ecommerce site in my author byline? Will popular bloggers accept a guest post from someone who doesn't have their own blog?

    Reply

    • admin
      Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:23:53

      It's certainly possible, John. Some bloggers may be wary if you're linking to an e-commerce site rather than your blog, but a lot of them won't care. In fact, I think it's a pretty good SEO strategy.

      Reply

    • Gail Gardner
      Aug 12, 2011 @ 19:45:45

      Hi John and Jon,

      There are bloggers like me who are intentionally small business friendly. Some bloggers do object to anyone linking to ecommerce sites - even in comments - and I do my best to get them to see the importance of supporting small business.

      As long as your ecommerce site is not a bad neighborhood or questionable topic blogs like mine and some others I can introduce you to will publish your best posts and allow you to link to your store.

      I'm always happy to suggest topics and recommend the optimum blog to publish that content.

      Reply

  43. Cheryl
    Aug 10, 2010 @ 03:45:15

    Hi Jon, I've really enjoyed all your posts and videos, thanks for sharing! My question for you is: would it be acceptable to publish a post on your own blog first, and then offer the same post up for guest blogging? (so the article is essentially reprinted on another blog) Or do the big blogs take a dim view of that and prefer exclusive rights to an article written just for them? Thanks very much for your insights!

    Reply

    • Jon Morrow
      Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:17:08

      They almost always want exclusive rights. I've never seen anyone ask you to sign over your copyright or anything, but it's an understanding. You don't publish it anywhere else. It's fine if you link to it on your blog, though.

      Reply

  44. Frank Daley
    Aug 09, 2010 @ 17:07:28

    Jon, many people say put your best material up first on a new blog to show readers the value but if, as you rightly say, no one will read it, consider the following:

    a) put only great--core--stuff up (and suffer the consequences) which doesn't make a lot of sense to me and which also ultimately could hurt you b/c you've already used it;

    b ) mix great material with good but perhaps less demanding (to write) material(this also partially addresses the Q of how often to post);

    c) post best stuff first but then repeat it weeks or months later perhaps slightly altered;

    (Is that a complete no-no re duplicate content from the SEO POV? I hope not! It seems to make sense in terms of using (wasting?)excellent material which, frankly is counterproductive (and , as you say, sad! Worse, it could cost you readers and sales!. And it is an alternative to trying to seduce new readers to dive into the archives.)

    d) other approaches

    What think you?

    Thanks,

    Reply

    • Martin Malden
      Aug 09, 2010 @ 18:21:44

      @Frank:

      Darren Rowse on Problogger has some great techniques for making sure your older and best posts don't get buried.

      From him I've learnt and done a few things:

      * Installed the recently popular plugin that displays the most read articles on your site. You can choose what time period it covers.

      * Used the 'Killer Recent Entries' widget to display the last 10 posts in the category of your choice (I've used Product Reviews)

      * Created what Darren calls a 'sneeze page'. Essentially it's a 'Best of' page and with this you can pick out your personal best of the best to link to, however old they are.

      * Used a Magazine style layout to display 16 posts on the front page.

      As of this morning the second most read article on my site was written in May 2009 - more than a year ago - and the 4th most read article was written in February 2008.

      Hope that's helpful!

      @Jon,

      Thanks again for this series. It's the perfect lesson in how to create a tribe of raving fans :)

      Cheers,

      Martin.

      Reply

    • Jon Morrow
      Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:14:46

      There are lots of different opinions on this, but my personal strategy is to write 5-10 core articles, and then slow down on publishing posts until traffic ramps up. Usually, I'll publish one per week and spend the rest of the time on promotion.

      You don't want to repost your articles, no, but it's totally okay to link to them. The strategies from Martin are also good ones.

      Reply

  45. Ms_Krista
    Aug 09, 2010 @ 16:08:51

    Jon: What if I am a video blogger? Do the same rules apply? How would one 'guest video blog'?

    Thanks again for your hard work; this is very informative and encouraging!

    Reply

    • Jon Morrow
      Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:10:59

      Yep, most of it is the same. I did a post for Copyblogger in video:

      http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/11/21/speech-recognition-for-bloggers-the-ultimate-guide/

      You just need to have an angle that demands a visual element. Also, not all bloggers do video, so it might limit your options.

      Then again, who knows? I don't think anyone has ever tried to do it on a wide scale. You might be the first. :-)

      Reply

    • Gail Gardner
      Aug 12, 2011 @ 19:41:30

      Speaking as a blogger who loves words and doesn't do video myself, I have no problem publishing video blog posts for others as guest posts and neither does any other blogger I know. I don't believe there would be an drawback to being a video blogger instead of a writer.

      Reply

  46. Raza
    Aug 09, 2010 @ 14:53:23

    @Jon you can still keep your guru status for launching late... but a true guru would have used the "my server crashed because of the amount of traffic I received so I had to delay my launch" excuse.

    ;-)

    Reply

    • Sherice Jacob
      Aug 09, 2010 @ 15:34:27

      ^^ Yes! What Raja said. And then add a mailing list to that so that people will be notified as soon as you come back online :)

      Reply

  47. Max Luzuriaga
    Aug 09, 2010 @ 14:50:34

    Great stuff Jon!

    I have a question:
    What's your opinion about blogging while on vacation? Do you prepare posts in advance, or just give your readers a few days break?

    Recently I forgot to prepare posts for my vacation, and I ended up with the worst traffic of my (fairly small) blog's history.

    Thanks!

    Reply

    • Jon Morrow
      Aug 09, 2010 @ 15:07:11

      Yep, it's usually good to prepare posts in advance. That way, no one worries about you.

      The other option is you can just tell them you're going on vacation. We did a variation of that on Copyblogger recently:

      http://www.copyblogger.com/gone-fishin-2010/

      Reply

  48. Hashim Warren
    Aug 09, 2010 @ 14:18:23

    Thanks for the videos! For some reason, seeing these concepts in video make it stick with me better.

    1. Will the trainings be in video?

    2. What do you think about using Squidoo and Hubpages to promote your work. Is that as good as guest blogging?

    Reply

    • Jon Morrow
      Aug 09, 2010 @ 14:35:57

      Yep, all of the lessons will be in video. I'll give you some more details tomorrow as to why.

      Sites like squidoo certainly have their place on the web, but I don't think it's a great traffic strategy, no. Writing a guest post for a popular blog will, on average, send you a lot more traffic and help you with your search engine rankings.

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  49. JC - JCDFitness
    Aug 09, 2010 @ 14:15:52

    thanks for the reply and for the subscribe-to-comments option!

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  50. Donna Horn - Inspiricity
    Aug 09, 2010 @ 14:15:10

    Jon,

    Thank you for your advice. It helps to put some structure around blogging. I understand now that there is a science to it. I am going to take a hard look at my blog and see what I can do differently. If my intention is to contribute something of value to people's lives, I can only do that with readers, right?
    Thanks again.
    Cheers,
    Donna

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    • Jon Morrow
      Aug 09, 2010 @ 14:33:29

      That's right. Your posts don't help anybody if no one reads them. :-)

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  51. Lisa Jackson
    Aug 09, 2010 @ 13:56:34

    How can you search the internet to find and cull out good blogs to consider guest-posting on?

    How do you approach the "big guys" - eg, Inc Magazine - who have staff writers, about a guest blog?

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    • Jon Morrow
      Aug 09, 2010 @ 14:32:49

      Good questions. We'll be covering those in detail in the upcoming training program.

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    • The Ninja Baker
      Sep 17, 2012 @ 19:48:09

      Thank you for your question, Lisa. I was also wondering about how best to approach the Queen Bees of the Food Blogosphere as well as other Royals ruling the web.

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  52. Jason @ Redeeming Riches
    Aug 09, 2010 @ 13:55:23

    Morrow, I love the fact that you're realistic! A lot of posts I read essentially tell you to put your family, health and sanity on the altar of blog stardom and write, write, write!

    I appreciate the "less is more" sentiment here and it relieves me from thinking I HAVE to do it all!

    Thanks!

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  53. Mike
    Aug 09, 2010 @ 13:54:04

    Great stuff Jon . . .

    My question: I just have a landing page, with nothing on it except *coming soon* placeholder (sorta has a little more personality than that, but not much).

    However folks have been ASKING me to guest post for them.

    I don't want to miss these opportunities, yet I'm not ready to crank out a site as of yet. Do I wait on guest posting, work killer hard to get site up, just put optin box on site to build a list???

    Arggghh . . . whimper.

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    • Jon Morrow
      Aug 09, 2010 @ 14:14:38

      Yes, I think it's possible. I've actually been interested in trying that out. If you do, keep in touch with me, and let me know how it works. :-)

      In general though, I think you should have at least 5-10 posts before you get started. There aren't any minimums, but it seems to work.

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    • Steven Devonport
      Apr 04, 2012 @ 09:11:25

      Hi Mike,

      I've recently put together something similar to your idea.

      My site currently has only 1 public page this is a sign-up page that lists the bonus items I'm giving away.

      Regards,

      Steve.

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  54. JC - JCDFitness
    Aug 09, 2010 @ 13:51:54

    Oh and can you add a check box where we can subscribe to the comments?

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  55. @JesseLuna
    Aug 09, 2010 @ 13:51:11

    The examples for Question #1 are excellent. I would imagine that "big blogs" would enjoy bringing in new segments of users based on related topics.

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  56. JC - JCDFitness
    Aug 09, 2010 @ 13:50:27

    How do you feel about writers who have written for other bloggers in their niche but want to write for bloggers in other niches which have mounds of traffic such as Problogger, CopyBlogger, etc?

    For instance, let's say you primarily write about Classic Ford Mustangs and have written for all the Mustang blogs in existence but traffic isn't where it should be.

    Your writing is great, you interact well and you've got your posting schedule down. Everything is there but the traffic.

    So how would you suggest someone in a completely different niche approach the blog they want to write for without feeling like said blog author/editor won't want your post because you aren't already in their niche???

    thanks

    JC

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    • Jon Morrow
      Aug 09, 2010 @ 14:12:17

      As long as your post is good and on topic, I don't particularly care what your blog is about. I've seen quite a few posts on ProBlogger, for instance, from people whose blogs have nothing to do with blogging.

      Also, I'm sure you could think of relevant topics, even for a topic like that. For instance, you could talk about how you saved up enough money to buy your first Ford Mustang (personal finance), the pros and cons of investing in cars (investing), the effect on your dating life (relationships), and so on.

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    • Lucy Chen
      Oct 03, 2013 @ 22:55:54

      Jon and JC,
      I think we can somehow always find an overlap in the two circles of "your topic" and "pitch target's topic".
      The question is, after your guest post is published and traffic is coming your way, then how likely that this traffic is actually interested in the real essence of "your topic"?

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  57. Karl Staib - Work Happy Now
    Aug 09, 2010 @ 13:48:38

    No process is perfect. I know I have trouble keeping up with my blog, guest posting, Superpower coaching and everything else I do. It's all about putting the most important stuff to the top of the list.

    Guest posting does work it's easily brought me in over 500 extra subscribers. I'm still perfecting my technique, but the more I guest post the better I get at converting their readers into my own.

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    • Jon Morrow
      Aug 09, 2010 @ 14:03:14

      Glad to hear it's been working for you, Karl!

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    • The Ninja Baker
      Sep 17, 2012 @ 19:43:28

      Congratulations on your success, Karl. Perhaps you will share some of your tips on approaching the giants in the blogosphere.

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  58. LaVonne Ellis
    Aug 09, 2010 @ 13:46:11

    This isn't about guest blogging, but I'd love to know how you make your videos. I never did learn Powerpoint - is that what you used? I want to make videos like that!

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    • Jon Morrow
      Aug 09, 2010 @ 14:02:27

      I actually used four pieces of software. PowerPoint 2010, Camtasia, SnagIt, and Audacity. But yes, I did the majority of the work in PowerPoint 2010. It's actually pretty awesome. :-)

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    • Shane Arthur
      Aug 09, 2010 @ 14:17:13

      @LaVonne:

      You may want to check this course out by Gideon Shalwich. getyourvideoonline (dot) com

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    • Partha Bhattacharya
      Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:21:13

      @LaVonne,

      I can't stop myself telling that I've a membership course on creating 5 types of web videos.

      And I also have several blog posts that tell you how to make web videos easily with some simple software.

      Blowing my own trumpet, but maybe you won't mind checking out!

      Best.

      Partha

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    • CAELAN HUNTRESS
      May 25, 2011 @ 11:50:15

      You could check out Prezi, too...it offers some really good text and image interfaces.

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