Guest Blogger Rules


Having guest blogged a few times and hosted many guest bloggers, I’ve run the gamut from absolutely amazing professional behavior to seriously unprofessional actions. So I thought I’d put together some pointers on guest blogging in general. These are all golden rules for my blog.

1. When someone offers you the opportunity to guest post or participate in a Q&A on their blog, they are giving you their real estate for free. In return, you are providing original content that will be used solely on their blog. Fresh, original content is the lifeblood of the Internet. ย Linkbacks are always allowed but the original content in its entirety should only appear on that host blog.ย You do not have the right to allow anyone else to reprint that content without the blog owner’s express consent.

2.When the host requests information like your bio, photo, book excerpt, and links to your social media and books, do not tell them to go look for it on your Website/Facebook page. It’s not their job to hunt down all that info. It’s your job to provide it in a professional manner.

3. If the host gives you a word count limit, do not exceed it. Especially if the host is known for short blog posts and yours goes on for pages. You risk alienating the host’s blog readers and harming the host’s blog.

4. When the host requests a recent photo, provide one. Don’t send a picture of you twenty years ago or a baby photo or a photo of a superhero. The readers are being introduced to you for the first time. They want to know who is providing this information. Would you wear a mask to a writer’s conference? No. Be professional and be yourself.

5. When a host allows you to post an excerpt, select lines that are absolutely representative of your book. Your best writing. Something to tantalize the readers. This is your chance to capture a new audience.

6. Before you guest post or do a Q&A, spend at least 20-30 minutes getting familiar with the blog. Read a couple posts. Check out the comments. That way you’ll be able to personalize your post a little more for that blog.

7. When you have a guest post or a Q&A post, make sure you visit the blog several times on the posting day to respond to comments and interact with readers. This is your chance to make connections with a new audience–seize it!

8. When in doubt about what you can/should do, ask the host blogger. After all, it’s their reputation they are putting on the line for you. Be considerate and be gracious.

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23 Responses to Guest Blogger Rules

  1. I think those are all very reasonable rules…

  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    Great post, Kourtney. It’s the first I’ve seen on the subject.

  3. Jamie Dedes says:

    Love the pup. Sounds like fair guidelines.

    Here from Naomi Baltuck’s blog. Congrats on your award.

    Happy 2013.

  4. Important commonsense guidelines.
    You are right. Guest bloggers should act like guests on their best behavior, be gracious, and professional out of courtesy.
    WP really should Fresh Press this one. Like Carrie says, it’s unique and offers valuable information.

  5. Your dog’s the cutest! Awww ๐Ÿ™‚
    Nice post also.

  6. Cat Forsley says:

    Good morning – Love that Little doggy – adorable …
    Thanks for the lovely comments
    Happy New Year xxxxx
    was just thinking of Your Book – ๐Ÿ™‚ April and this song jumped to mind xxxx

    “UNWRITTEN ” and kind funny cuz You’re a writer ๐Ÿ™‚
    and You are of the written word xxx
    Love you xxx

    • Good morning! Thanks–he’s been mine for 8 years now. Wow time flies. Aw glad to support your blog! Happy New Year! I know April. It sounded so far away but it’s only 3.5 months now. Terrific song! LOL. Very appropriate for me. Hugs,

      • Cat Forsley says:

        it’s sooooooooooooo your song xxxx
        Happy New year ๐Ÿ™‚ To You and Yours xxx To a Fun and beautifullllllllllllll Year full of heart heart heart xx
        who is the GUY in the vid ๐Ÿ™‚ seriously – Hot ….lol
        how come i never noticed him til today !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Cat Forsley says:

    surprise in an hour ==============n on my site ….:) for u xxx
    you make me smile every day K heart xxx ๐Ÿ™‚ To the best year ever xxx

  8. Subhan Zein says:

    Thank you for the tips, Kourtney. Very informative. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Subhan Zein

  9. 4amWriter says:

    Great advice. I have never been a guest blogger, but I have hosted bloggers. I have always had a positive experience, which is why I would do it again. Your tips are right on the money.

    • Thanks. I’m glad to hear you’ve had positive experiences. I’m the person that always has a mix of terrible, amazing, and so-so in everything I do. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But it gives me stuff to talk about.

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