After you’ve started blogging for your own site, you might want to think about contributing to a similar niche blog to increase your visibility and grow your search engine rankings. Many courses on internet marketing insist that a blog needs to be part of your business arsenal and, if you want to go beyond the affiliate stage, your credibility in the marketplace will be diminished without one.
You have a couple of options if you feel you can’t write a lick or that your imagination is limited to a few ideas here and there. One, if you can afford it, is to hire a professional copywriter to do your blogging for you. The other, if you don’t have the resources to hire a pro, is to avail yourself of private label rights (PLR) material to build your blog. No one particularly cares in either case, but the articles need to be of good quality for you to be taken seriously.
Lastly, if you can put a few sentences together with some proficiency, you might want to think about more ideas that you can blog about rather than throw in the towel completely. Take a look at our video series How To Start A Successful Blog And Make Money for ways you can find ideas to develop. The bottom line is that, if you can write, there are ways to develop some articles on a variety of themes. If not, the above options should convince you that you need not abandon a niche blog idea simply because writing is not your forte.
The more traffic these sites get, the better. While a site with only one author might be a difficult nut to crack, you still want to explore sites with a relatively high ranking in the search engines. Of course, the webmasters of these sites must be willing to accept posts from other sources and, most particularly, that source should include you.
It probably goes without saying that the more popular these sites are the more reluctant they might be to accepting articles from upstarts like yourself. Still, if there is one lesson to be learned from the internet marketing experience it is that persistence is the highest virtue. Stick with it, apply on a regular basis, keep adding other niche blogs to your list of possible publishers.
Nevertheless, there are niche blogs that except material from a variety of sources so finding a blog that accepts guest writers is not as far-fetched as you might imagine. One tip is to offer more than one article for their perusal as it can multiply the chances that you’ll be accepted. And remember, these articles need to be first-rate, easy to read and, hopefully, adding a unique insight or a helpful solution to a common problem.
There are a variety of ways to contact the owner of a blog – email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Still, probably the best method to get your article published is to contact the owner of the site the old-fashioned way – call them on the telephone. You’d be amazed how effective this seemingly antiquated mode of communication can be for developing relationships and developing rapport. Next step, Skype or Google Hangouts to follow.
However you choose to communicate, be sure to mention how interested you are in following the blog, how the writing is exemplary, how you’d be willing to contribute for free, etc. If all else fails you might want to suggest an exchange of articles that could be beneficial to both.
Again, keep at it and remember that while a niche blog article exchange can be beneficial to both parties, you are likely to gain more from the transaction than an established internet presence. Your goal is to move up in the rankings and build a solid reputation of your own.