Monday, 23 April 2012

Tips for Using My Blog Guest

| Monday, April 23, 2012 | |

Guest posting is a great way to disseminate your content on many levels. It has many benefits including being able to attract new visitors to your site, build up your brand, grow your social communities, your network, and access an audience that you may have otherwise never reached. And you can also get links to your site.
Ann Smarty started, which is a site that provides a platform for both free and paid guest post opportunities. With MBG, Ann has created an online community where bloggers can connect to share or obtain content or network. Ann takes an active role in the management of My Blog Guest and provides personal feedback to Pro users. The site has thousands of users.
Ann is no stranger to guest posting. She is a veteran blogger and her work has been seen on a wide range of sites including Mashable, SEOMoz, and Internet Marketing Ninjas, where she is a contributor and Community Manager.

What Niches Best Lend Themselves to MBG

My Blog Guest has 16 specific site categories to choose from including Health and Beauty, Finance and Law, and Technology. There is also a general category and you can perform searches for all categories. You can also set up alerts for the categories and there is a forum. You can also search by the blog’s country of origin with more than 120 countries listed. The SEO, Social, Blogging category tends to be particularly active.

Free MBG

As a free user, all you need to do is register an account. This allows you access to the sites listed that accept guest posts in the respective categories. The general search information includes the name of the site with a link to it, the blog’s power rating, the number of articles it has posted through MBG, the blog tags, and the user. You can research and evaluate the available sites and send direct messages to the site’s administrator in MBG.
One word of caution when prospecting sites for guest posts, check when the last time the user was active on the site. Some users may have signed up for an account but may not checked their account in weeks or months and therefore sending them a direct message may be less than fruitful. You can always attempt to contact their site through any contact forms or contact information on their site.
After a while, a free user may find that MBG’s value for guest posting has its limitations. Many of the sites of the sites listed have a low “blog score” and have little of value in terms of having a post on their site. The blogs with higher scores tend to be more difficult to get submitted posts published. Having a pro account allows you access to the live gallery in which users can submit articles or make offers to have the article(s) in the gallery on their site.

Going Pro with MBG

You can always upgrade (or just start out this way) to a Pro account. Currently MBG offers two levels of pro accounts. The $30 per month plan allows up to 4 live galleries at a time while the $70 per month plan allows up to 10 live articles in the live gallery at any time.
The live gallery is really MBG’s coolest feature. All you do is submit your articles and then other MBG users can make offers for your articles. You have full control over which offers you accept, if any. Too increase your chance of getting better offers, the articles need to be interesting, of high quality, and include images. MBG is moderated and your content will be reviewed and can set to “Hidden” by the site, outside of the “Live Gallery”. The moderators, including Ann herself, may provide feedback on why the article was not accepted.
The live gallery can be a huge time saver. Instead of spending the time doing guest post outreach, you can focus on other tasks and offers will be sent directly to your MBG inbox and the email inbox of your choice. If you do not enjoy or do not have the time for outreach, you will love the live gallery. MBG also recently rolled out an infographic gallery as well.
Depending on which categories your topic relates to, you may find it difficult to get quality sites making offers for your articles. As the number of MBG users grows, this should improve. For more detailed information on using the gallery, see the link with the MBG video below.
+Jason Nelson contributed this article for, an online marketing and Web design/development company that provides SEO services in St. George, Utah and to clients across the country.
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