Last updated on March 11th, 2018 at 05:13 pm
Important: We regularly update our list of guest blogging sites, adding the fresh domains with good SEO metrics and removing that no longer accept contents from the guest authors.
Guest blogging is a popular term in digital marketing industry especially among the SEO professionals working on link-building.
Guest post means a blog post written by someone other than a regular blog author whether he’s an individual or third party (SEO agency, link building professionals, etc.).
Many people think that guest blogging is a simple way to get a link from a high authority site.
However, guest posting is not just about getting backlinks. It’s a golden opportunity for personal branding by showcasing your knowledge & skills, targeting new audience, increasing your followers, and building a relationship with other people related to your niche.
You might have heard from many people that guest blogging is dead and no more useful in SEO ranking.
Is it true?
Let’s discuss it to clear your confusion.
- Guest Blogging for SEO Is Dead. Or, Is It?
- Evolution of Guest Blogging
- How to Find Guest Blogging Sites?
- Some of Our Favorite Guest Posting Sites
- Wrapping Up
Guest Blogging for SEO Is Dead. Or, Is It?
Unfortunately, many black hat marketers and so called bloggers blaming the guest posting have not understood its potential.
Google only penalized those sites which were spamming its search algorithm by creating very poor quality material only to get a ton of backlinks to manipulate search results.
Actually, writing a post for other than your own blog in the relevant niche is one of the best inbound marketing strategy to bring quality visits to your site and convert them into leads or customers.
In this article, I’ll be revealing how guest blogging has evolved over the last few years as well as some of the best practices to find high quality blogs that offer guest blogging opportunities and contribute your post for mutual benefits.
One more bonus!
To all my readers, I’m giving a list of guest blogging sites with all important SEO metrics like DA/PA, CF/TF, etc.
And, it’s absolutely free.
Once, you’ve finished the reading this article and fully understand how to create killer post to feature on a guest blog that generates a massive value for your online business for the years, you can get this list or download for your reference.
So, let’s get started.
Evolution of Guest Blogging
Remember, the guest blogging for SEO in 2018 is not the same as the years before.
Now, Google has become more intelligent and crafting the better search algorithms to ensure only high quality and extremely relevant contents in the SERP for any search query.
But the guest posting practices were far different and mainly focused towards getting the backlinks to increase search engine ranking.
The whole process used to be similar to:
- Find the blogs that accept guest post whether it’s relevant or not.
- Pitch them for free post or somehow bribe (or pay X amount) to post on their blog.
- Link back to the author’s site.
- Repeat this process for a few more times.
- Site back comfortably to see the improvements in search ranking and enjoy a load of traffic.
However, things have changed….
Today, implementing a successful guest posting strategy is a quite challenging while it’s incredibly worth your efforts.
In 2018, you need to be smarter to tackle the challenges and outrank your competitors.
Here’s a quick overview of my guest blogging strategy that I use to improve my SEO ranking.
- Finding high-quality and active blogs with real engagement and good SEO metrics, absolutely in my niche.
- Contacting the site owner/editor to pitch my author contribution.
- Getting accepted to write a guest post for their site because of the mutual benefits we both can get.
- Creating an epic blog post that provides the real value and not meant for the backlinks only.
- Engaging with audience especially when they leave comment.
- Rinse and repeat the same process across a few more blogs rather than hundreds of low-quality sites.
- Getting the value back in the form of high-quality backlinks, SERP improvement, referral traffic & followers from my genuine efforts.
I have already said, it’s simple but not that easy.
To reap the fruitful rewards in the form of healthy backlink profile, traffic and leads from the guest blogging, you need to follow this tutorial to the end.
How to Find Guest Blogging Sites?
If you have included the guest posting in your SEO strategy, you need to first make a list of high-quality blogs that accept guest posts before you even start writing a draft.
It’s necessary to consider at least 50+ sites where you could submit a guest post.
How could you find those sites?
Here are a few ways to find top guest blogging sites.
While old search string “Your keyword + write for us” gives some wonderful results, you can replace it with a different search terms to yield more domains accepting guest posts.
I have mentioned a few search strings that you can use for your SEO campaign.
- Your Keyword + “guest post”
- Your Keyword + “guest posting guidelines”
- Your Keyword + “guest bloggers wanted”
- Your Keyword + “submit blog post”
- Your Keyword + “submit a guest post”
- Your Keyword + “submit content”
- Your Keyword + “submit your content”
- Your Keyword + “submit post”
- Your Keyword + “become a guest blogger”
- Your Keyword + “become a contributor”
- Your Keyword + “become an author”
- Your Keyword + “become guest writer”
- Your Keyword + “writers wanted”
- Your Keyword + “want to write for”
- Your Keyword + “contribute to our site”
- Your Keyword + “This post was written by”
- Your Keyword + “guest post by”
Similarly, you can use following search strings to add more guest blogging sites your list.
Allintitle + search strings in “section 1”
InURL + search strings in “section 1”
Guest Post Page
Generally, you will get a ton of results from the first method only. Still, you can use other ways mentioned here.
If you write a niche blog, then you might be following some influencers or even some top contributors around various field.
When you read their blogs, many times you can field a guest post page. Read that page carefully to understand the guest posting guidelines.
If you are able to write similar or better piece of content for them, you can add the URL of this blog to your list.
However, being familiar with their blog, writing style and interacting with these influencers through different channels can increase your chances to get approved to contribute for their blog as a guest author.
“Featured In” Section
Many bloggers love to focus on their personal branding so they try to get featured in some popular magazines and blogs.
And, they usually display logos or name of the sites they have featured in to build an authority among their audience.
If you are at the similar level, find the sites where these bloggers (your competitors) have submitted a guest post, observe their writing pattern, and guest posting charges if any.
Then, you can create the better content and approach that particular site to contribute as a guest author.
By using this method, you can get dofollow backlinks from high authority sites to improve your site’s SEO ranking or at least an enhanced reach, exposure for personal branding and loads of traffic.
Create a list of at least 10 websites you want to feature in and then start pitching them one by one.
Plus, you can get more ideas for your next blog posts.
Reviewing the “Featured in” section and then doing the competitors’ analysis, you would get more details about their guest posting strategy for SEO.
Doing your homework before pitching a guest contribution will help you understand whether the site will accept your guest post or not.
Also, this way you can create a list where you can submit a post and get a link back to beat your competition leveraging their own efforts.
1. Google Reverse Image Search
Google reverse image search is a goldmine to analyze your competitors and finding the guest blogging opportunities that you would have never expected.
All you need to do is pick any competitor in your niche having almost same authority and audience size.
Then copy the URL of their website logo or profile picture and enter in Google’s search box. Or, you can download that image and upload to Google image search.
Now, you can instantly find almost every site your competitors have written a guest post.
2. Sneak Peek Competitors Using Premium SEO Tools
While many sites publicly say that they are offering guest posting opportunities for talented authors, a few websites simply don’t promote it.
How could you find those sites?
Just head over to a backlink tracking tool of your choice, insert the URLs of top competitors’ sites to find the inbound and outbound links.
At most of the times, you can find the guest blogging opportunities you might have not expected using this tactic.
Do you know that you can use the exact same search strings that you’ve used in section 1 and be presented with some amazing results on social media?
Yes, it’s possible.
As the indexes for social media are updated more frequently, you can find relevant guest posting opportunities much faster.
Similarly, participating in some of the social media groups (especially Facebook/LinkedIn groups and Google+ communities) can get chance to interact with your site owner to ask for a guest post participation.
If you have a blog with quality articles on it, then you can leverage blog commenting for the sake of guest posting opportunities.
How can you do that?
There are a couple of ways to find guest blogging opportunities through blog commenting.
The first one is leaving a comment on some of the blogs in your niche, appreciating their work and asking if they are looking for guest bloggers.
Normally, a single owner blogs which are updated after long intervals but have good SEO metrics and high-quality contents can be targeted using this tactic.
On another hand, if you have a popular blog with good audience size, you can ask people whether they want a guest post similar to your own blog posts.
It works great when you write in-depth blog post or case-study and people show interest to know more through the comment section.
Rather than acknowledging their comment and simply responding as “Thank you for reading”, you can reach out to those people and ask whether they need a guest post.
Hopefully, you would find a few sites accepting guest posts and may give you a backlink too.
Once you start using this method, you’ll quickly realize the power of blog commenting in guest blogging strategy and how many potential guest posting opportunities that you wouldn’t have expected to exist.
Pre-Built List of Guest Posting Sites
The methods explained above are time consuming and you need a lot of research to know the SEO metrics, backlinks, content quality, potential traffic of the particular sites you are targeting.
Instead of spending hours hunting down such guest blogging opportunities, why not simply use a premade list of guest posting sites around the web. (Similar to one listed below.)
While you may face some issues with the pre-built list of guest blogging websites like the changes in contribution guidelines and losing relevance/quality over the time, this is the far easiest way to start guest posting for SEO.
However, bookmarking the sites which update their list more frequently (like this one), you’ll save the long hours and energy to find the blogs that accept guest post.
Some of Our Favorite Guest Posting Sites
If you are looking for the guest blogging sites with some useful metrics like DA/PA, CF/TF and AR (Alexa ranking), I have complied a list with a few of my favorites
The list you see below is updated in March 2018 and SEO metrics checked using different SEO tools like Moz, Alexa, Majestic, etc.
The sites on this list may or may not accept the guest posting request for everyone.
Remember, the policies of every site may change time to time. So, do your own research and read all guest posting guidelines before pitching them.
|Sr. No.||Site Name||Category||DA||PA||MozRank||Alexa Rank||A CNT||A CNT RANK||CF||TF||Contact|
|1||The Guardian||Business, Entertainment, Finance, Sports||97.2||95.9||7||144||US||112||52||43||Contribute|
|3||Mashable||Business, Entertainment, Social Media, Technology||94.1||94.3||7.5||1176||US||546||63||47||Contribute|
|4||Business Insider||Business, Sports, News, etc.||94.2||94.4||7.4||326||US||105||69||54||Contribute|
|5||Fast Company||Business, Finance, Technology||91||92.7||6.6||3655||US||1093||58||78||Contribute|
|6||Entrepreneur||Marketing, Social Media, Business, Finance, news||91.4||92.8||6.8||1825||US||1041||65||80||Contribute|
|7||Social Media Today||Business, Social Media, Marketing||84.3||87.1||6.5||21049||US||10413||44||31||Contribute|
|8||Small Business Trends||Business||78||81.9||6.1||20817||US||8596||57||67||Contribute|
|9||Killer Startups||Business, Entrepreneurship||62||58.6||5.3||278226||US||135336||36||21||Contribute|
|11||Addicted 2 Success||Business, Entrepreneurship||55.1||62.7||5.4||62768||US||36016||49||20||Contribute|
|12||Men With Pens||Business, Entrepreneurship||52.6||60.2||5.6||673202||US||495521||41||50||Contribute|
|13||Smart Hustle||Business, Entrepreneurship||47.6||56||6||1074136||US||303832||41||35||Contribute|
|14||Entrepreneurship Life||Business, Entrepreneurship||32.7||42.7||5.2||1077773||US||390771||34||19||Contribute|
|15||Entrepreneur Mom Now||Business, Entrepreneurship||30.6||37.2||5.7||7172178||0||32||14||Contribute|
|16||Elise Dopson Blog||Productivity, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Blogging||25.9||38.1||4.7||3390652||0||29||19||Contribute|
|18||Tech Crunch||Technology, Finance||93.5||93.9||6.8||759||US||320||51||45||Contribute|
|25||High Def Geek||Technology||29.9||41.4||6.4||3991918||0||34||26||Contribute|
|26||eLearn Magazine||Education, reviews||92.8||64.4||5.7||4118||CN||1717||34||32||Contribute|
|30||Moz||SEO, Marketing, Blogging||92.2||90.2||6.7||2255||US||1894||66||69||Contribute|
|31||Search Engine Land||SEO, Marketing||89.7||90.9||7||7757||US||4299||51||66||Contribute|
|32||Marketing Land||SEO, Marketing||85||87.7||6.4||21977||US||8717||44||33||Contribute|
|33||Benchmark||SEO, Marketing, Social Media||79.5||83.1||7.3||18690||US||16863||65||63||Contribute|
|34||Advanced Web Ranking||SEO, Marketing||67.5||73.1||6.8||127733||IN||25182||50||66||Contribute|
|35||TechWyse||SEO, Marketing, Social Media,||58.8||65.9||6.6||170063||IN||28674||48||53||Contribute|
|36||SEO Hacker||SEO, Marketing||46.5||53.5||5.5||454696||IN||69702||30||24||Contribute|
|38||iBlogzone||SEO, Marketing, Blogging||51.5||59.7||5.7||143040||IN||20872||43||22||Contribute|
|39||Opportunities Planet||SEO, Social Media, Blogging||40.3||49||5.4||1305985||IN||191518||38||16||Contribute|
|40||Content Marketing Institute||Content Marketing||86.1||87.9||6.9||31005||US||13931||63||62||Contribute|
|42||Social Media Examiner||Social Media||84.6||87||6.3||9097||US||3942||52||33||Contribute|
|43||Convince & Convert||Social Media, Online Marketing||74.6||71.6||6.1||1306816||US||477700||47||57||Contribute|
|44||Pole Position Marketing||Social Media, Digital Marketing,Analytics, SEO||78.4||81.7||6.7||94008||US||31592||53||32||Contribute|
|45||Viral Blog||Social Media, Technology||47.5||56.3||5.9||649221||IN||145352||42||28||Contribute|
|46||The Work at Home Woman||Social Media, Blogging, Business||46.9||53.6||5.5||86810||US||31441||44||27||Contribute|
|47||Brand Driven Digital||Social Media, Marketing||40.5||48.1||5.7||1597011||0||38||25||Contribute|
|48||GetResponse||Marketing, Productivity, Platform, Automation||84.1||64.5||5.4||3821||US||3176||52||57||Contribute|
|51||Marketing Tech News||Marketing||55.5||53||5.2||202130||US||88081||43||39||Contribute|
|52||Mirasee||Marketing, Business Growths||50.8||59.1||5.9||254595||US||114492||47||23||Contribute|
|54||Tech Patio||Marketing, SEO, Technology||33.1||41.8||5.5||806524||IN||110065||32||5||Contribute|
|55||Daily Blog Tips||Blogging, Marketing||70||71.4||5.8||229925||IN||42392||43||32||Contribute|
|57||Inc 42||Blogging, Marketing||52.5||60.5||5.5||532964||IN||60994||41||23||Contribute|
|60||Famous Bloggers||Blogging, SEO, Social Media||49.2||55.6||6.3||190552||IN||29098||42||28||Contribute|
|61||Basic Blog Tips||Blogging||48.1||54.6||5.9||385734||US||149547||45||19||Contribute|
|62||Making Different||Blogging, Technology||44.8||50.1||5.6||193332||IN||26577||43||16||Contribute|
|63||Birds on the Blog||Blogging||43.4||51||5.3||2382876||IN||243543||23||13||Contribute|
|64||iTech Code||Blogging, SEO, Social Media||35.9||45.4||5.4||2644202||0||36||18||Contribute|
|65||Be a Better Blogger||Blogging||37.2||44.6||5.1||1022647||IN||109253||18||10||Contribute|
|66||Incomediary||Make money online||55.3||62.8||5.8||80195||US||45628||39||40||Contribute|
|67||Traffic Generation Cafe||Traffic generation strategies||50.9||52.2||5.7||464198||US||219344||35||21||Contribute|
|69||Hongkiat||Web Design, Technology||74||77.2||5.9||10227||US||8995||53||46||Contribute|
|70||Design Shack||Web Design||69.4||74.8||6.2||26772||US||17486||52||60||Contribute|
|71||Instant Shift||Web Design||61.1||67.8||6.1||106113||IN||19047||47||31||Contribute|
|72||Crazy Leaf Design||Web Design||49.3||50.6||5||298430||HK||10410||31||16||Contribute|
|73||Lake View Studios||Web Design, Online Marketing||36.3||43||4.7||263736||US||155593||40||29||Contribute|
|76||Get Rich Slowly||Finance||72.6||77.3||6||27547||US||7289||43||31||Contribute|
|78||Money Saving Mom||Finance||63||69.1||6.2||72765||US||18023||49||31||Contribute|
|79||Money Mini Blog||Finance||38.2||48.4||5.7||3211182||0||36||26||Contribute|
|81||The Finance Wand||Finance||37||45.8||6.1||6168435||0||39||26||Contribute|
|86||Lift for Life||Fitness||24.7||36.7||5.1||4729126||0||29||16||Contribute|
|89||Today’s Mama||Food, lifestyle||82.6||85.7||6.8||2542||US||815||48||61||Contribute|
|91||Pick The Brain||Self-improvement||61.9||65.5||6||108098||US||53989||25||21||Contribute|
|101||Six Suitcase Travel||Travel||37.1||43.9||5||1529110||US||247662||26||21||Contribute|
|102||In The Know||Travel||36.3||43.4||6.3||3091321||IN||368190||28||27||Contribute|
|103||We Are Holidays||Travel||34.8||45.6||6.4||288726||IN||23727||41||10||Contribute|
|105||One Green Planet||Environment||66.4||72.1||6||15641||US||4445||51||29||Contribute|
|108||Escape Artist||Real estate||59.1||66.1||6.2||240737||US||98507||45||38||Contribute|
|111||Fine Craft Guild||Home, craft||44.6||53.9||5.7||507325||US||192983||42||18||Contribute|
|114||Above the law||Law||78.1||82.1||6.1||20547||US||3718||47||35||Contribute|
|115||Off the Post||Sports||49.1||57.5||6||139606||US||28087||42||49||Contribute|
|116||Work in Sports||Sports||49.8||58.3||6.4||291351||GB||67243||43||44||Contribute|
|118||Sports Then & Now||Sports||37.4||41.2||5.6||694605||US||149911||34||17||Contribute|
|120||Love My Dress||Wedding||57.5||64.8||5.9||413648||GB||43259||44||42||Contribute|
As I promised, I have explained why the guest blogging for SEO is still important and how to find the guest posting opportunities.
If you want to save your time, you can the list of best guest posting sites given here which includes all important SEO factors you might need.
Plus, I will be updating this article and list frequently . If you know a few site that accept guest posts, you can ask me to add to this list.
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