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.

Writing Woes

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 Well, be prepared for your post to reside permanently in the ‘Do Not Publish’ abyss, probably complaining about its existential crisis.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.

Copy-Paste Catastrophes

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

SEO Overload

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.

Bio Blunders

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?

Post-Publishing Calamities

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.

Bridge-Burning 101

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.

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Sarah & Kevin Arrow

Sarah and Kevin Arrow have been in the thick of the online marketing world since 2006, and they're buzzing to share their know-how right here with you! If you're keen to get noticed, they're the experts you'll want to talk to. Why not schedule a call or send them a quick message? They're all ears and can't wait to hear from you!

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