Guest posting is no way one of the cheapest and most effective means to reach a larger audience and attract attention to your resource. Almost any small or mid-sized blog accepts guest posts, all you need to do is to offer great content related its topics.
Unfortunately, there is no universal base of resources for guest articles, so most bloggers still use Google to find guest post opportunities. However, after exploring 3-4 pages of results for standard “write for us”, “guest post” queries, newbie writers get stuck: there are less and less blogs to which they could contribute. Still, Google has a great power within, it may become a universal tool to find great blogs which readily accept guest posts and provide quality backlinks in return. Here are some tips following which you will have no problems with finding guest blogging opportunities.
Specify your queries
Beside general “write for us”, “guest post” queries, use your niche terms to identify the blogs where you can share your expertise. For instance, you can start off with these queries:
- ‘your niche’ + write for us;
- ‘your niche’ + guest post;
- ‘your niche’ + contribute;
- ‘your niche’ + become an author.
Plus, instead of using general terms for your niche, try other related word combinations (e.g. “Android apps” or “iPhone games” instead of “gadgets”).
Search in title and URL
Bloggers hardly ever know that Google lets seach within web page title and URL. This feature is called “search operators” and described here. Guest bloggers may benefit a lot from such operators as “inurl:” and “intitle:”. Here are the examples how you can use them:
- ‘your niche’ + inurl:”guest post”;
- ‘your niche’ + inurl:”write for us”;
- ‘your niche’ + intitle:”guest post”;
- ‘your niche’ + intitle:”write for us”.
We use quotes here to force Google to search for the exact combination of these words in title or URL.
Google blog search
You can enable Google search engine amidst blogs segmet. This is a good way to find blogs that post similar content to yours or are aimed at a similar audience. Those blogs may not officially announce that they accept guest posts, however, it’s a good idea to suggest their owners writing for them – there’s no harm in trying.
Search other guest writers’ posts
Watch your colleagues – other bloggers who regularly publish guest posts on other resources. Just seek ‘blogger’s name’ + guest post and you will surely find a dozen of good blogs to contribute to. Use advanced search tools: look for the results for the last month or two weeks.
Use addons to filter results
To save your time on filtering the results, I suggest to use WOT addon for Firefox and Chrome. It provides reputation ratings to search results. The rating symbols may warn you against untrustworthy and spammy websites, where guest blogging will do no good for you.