Hello, you charming keyboard warriors and aspiring guest bloggers! Today, let's discuss the classic blunders that can turn your guest blogging experience into a series of awkward silences and (virtual) side-eye glances. If you're reading this, I assume you're keen to avoid such head-desk moments. Ready to dive into the quagmire of what not to do? Perfect, let's spill the tea!
The Pre-Guest Blogging Follies
Picking Blogs Blindfolded
Fancy writing a technology post for a gardening blog? How about submitting a vegan recipe to a carnivore's delight? Remember, folks, a random dartboard approach to picking target blogs only works if you're aiming to be the talk of the town—for all the wrong reasons.
Ignoring Previous Guest Posts
Unless you're keen on being the stand-up comedian of the blogging world, with no laughs to your jokes, do skim through the popular guest posts on your target blog. Take it as the north star, or, you know, just as a hint.
Stalking Holidaying Blog Owners
Oh, so the blog owner's off to the Maldives and you think it's prime time to pounce with your guest post? Slow down, Sherlock! Quality always trumps urgency. Unless you fancy your post serving as in-flight entertainment for a one-way ticket to nowhere.
The Guidelines? What Guidelines?
Think guidelines are for sissies? Well, be prepared for your post to reside permanently in the ‘Do Not Publish’ abyss, probably complaining about its existential crisis.
Spelling Bee Rejects
Typos, grammatical glitches, and factually incorrect statements are the Holy Trinity of guest blogging disasters. A quick edit won't hurt; I promise your keyboard won’t bite.
Ah, the allure of recycling! Remember, kids, while recycling is excellent for plastics, it's atrocious for blog posts. Keep it original or keep it off the net.
The Art of Alienating Your Readers
Keywords are lovely. Stuffing your article with them like a turkey on Christmas? Not so much. Remember, you're writing for humans, not robots—unless you're pitching to a blog for bots, in which case, carry on.
Sure, you've got a link that could direct readers to a free spaceship giveaway. But if it conflicts with the host's offer of a simple gardening e-book, guess who's looking like an intergalactic nincompoop?
Ghosting Your Own Post
Got comments? Brilliant! Ignoring them? Not so much. If you’re going to drop your post like it’s hot and run away, don't expect a warm welcome for future submissions.
If you manage to get a post published, congratulations! You've passed Level 1. Now, how about maintaining a relationship with the blog owner instead of vanishing into the mist like Houdini?
Final Nuggets of Not-Wisdom
It's All About ME!
Sure, focus on your agenda, your links, your products. But remember, guest blogging is like a first date—if all you do is talk about yourself, there won’t be a second outing.
Quantity Over Quality
If you think spamming a blog with numerous half-baked articles will get you the crown, think again. You're more likely to be crowned the village idiot of the blogging realm.
Alright, my keyboard-slinging compatriots, that’s a wrap on how not to venture into the guest blogging wilderness. May your blog posts be ever in your favour and your face-palm moments few and far between.