Quick question: when was the last time you hit the “next page” button on Google?
Your answer is probably something like, “never.” Or maybe even, “there’s a next page button on Google?”
As a business owner, you already know the importance of ranking high on the SERPs. You’ve probably already even started a blog to draw traffic and catch keyword crawlers.
Blogging on your own site is to increase your website’s ranking, but if you want to make it to the top, it’s not enough.
Guest posting is a great way to boost your SEO and gain traffic to your own site.
What Is Guest Posting?
First things first: what is guest posting?
In simplest terms, it’s when you write a blog on someone else’s website. You are blogging on their site as a guest.
You’ve probably been browsing a website and noticed a post that featured another company’s service or product. Some of these are reviews, but many are guest blogs written by that company.
Guest blogging has exploded in popularity the last several years because it’s such an effective way to grow your brand and get traffic to your website.
Here are a few of the ways it can help you.
Exposure to New Readers
How many regular readers does your blog have? “Not enough,” you’re probably muttering.
We all know how important a blog is, but if you don’t have any readers, it can seem like a lesson in futility.
So how can you get more readers? Sharing and resharing to social media can help attract readers from your existing network, but it’s still limited.
But let’s say that another blog has hundreds of daily readers. If you write a guest post on their site, those daily readers will see your post.
And if you include a link to your own website, there’s a good chance that some of those readers will follow you back to your own blog.
If you get a few guest posts on some high-traffic websites, you can gather readers to your own site in a hurry.
For example, Leo Wildrich, the founder of Buffer gathered one hundred thousand users in nine months through guest blogging.
Increased Brand Authority
As a business owner, you probably already know how important brand awareness is. In order for your business to be successful, people need to know it exists.
But it’s not enough for people to be aware of your brand. They have to trust it.
Blogs are a great way for you to offer rich, authoritative content. And when you pair that with the new exposure that guest blogging gives you, it’s even better.
Most readers might not become customers, but many of them will recognize you as someone who knows what they’re talking about–provided you do know what you’re talking about.
And as your brand authority grows, so will trust in your brand. And that leads to more sales.
Build Traffic to Landing Pages
One of the biggest advantages to guest posts is directing traffic back to your own site.
But if you just direct them to your homepage, you could be missing out on a lot of conversions.
If you’re smart about where you send your readers, though, you can see a huge boost.
Directing readers to a landing page can lead to more conversions than linking to a homepage or blog page.
We wouldn’t want to say that most internet users are lazy, but they appreciate it when you make things easier on them. The more pages they have to click through to give you their money, the less likely they are to pay you.
Linking a guest post to a relevant landing page is a great way to turn readers into customers.
And now, we have the meat of why so many people are interested in guest blogging: building backlinks.
When search engine crawlers go out into the internet to gather results, there are a number of factors that they look for.
One of the most important factors is site authority.
The great thing about the internet is that anyone can start their own website. But that doesn’t mean those sites offer valuable content.
To make sure that a site is trustworthy, search engines take a look at the site’s relationships with other websites–namely through linking.
If a website that Google trusts–let’s say Forbes.com–links to another website, Google sees that as a sign of the other site’s authority.
If you can get a wide variety of sites with high authority to link to your site, it can go a long way to boosting your own site’s authority.
And do you know what the best ways to build organic backlinks to your site is? You guessed it: guest posts.
The Trick To a Great Guest Post
Guest blogging can give your site a great boost. But if you want to make sure it’s effective, there’s one thing you have to keep in mind.
You have to create valuable content.
If your blog posts don’t offer something useful to your readers, no one will be interested in anything else you have to say.
We’re all inundated with ads and spam all day long. The last thing anyone wants is to read a guest post that’s just a long ad.
Avoid spammy content. Create something that readers actually want. If you can make it shareable, that’s even better.
So don’t just write a guest post thinking about how your business can benefit. Think of how you can benefit the reader as well.
Backlinks and More
Guest posting is a great way to build valuable backlinks to build your site’s authority.
But it’s not the only way. To learn more about SEO methods that can boost your site’s ranking, read this article on SEO skills.