In case you haven’t noticed, this is a different kind of freelance writing website.
I’m not just going to tell you what to do to be a successful freelance writer – I’m going to show you my own efforts, my success and failures, and results from my own efforts.
That’s right, transparency. No BS, no hypothetical examples, but actual data on what works and what doesn’t.
Now isn’t that refreshing?
I’ve mentioned before that I will be concentrating on guest posting this month, as I aim to drive traffic to my website, build back links from high profile sites, and develop relationships and goodwill with other bloggers. Not only will I be offering guest post services, but I will be doing so for free, because I truly believe that a well-placed guest post is more valuable than a paycheck.
So here is my guest post strategy.
1. Twenty guest post pitches to other freelancer writing sites
Quite simply, I will be writing to 20 well known freelance writing sites.
For 15 of these sites, I will be submitting a pitch with at least 3 proposed topics, as well as a short introduction to those topics, within that pitch. This is the preferred format for most guest posts, as many freelance writing site owners prefer to have a quick list of choices before asking the guest poster to fully develop that idea. Freelance writer websites that prefer this format include Be A Freelance Blogger and Read Write Learn. This way, freelance writers don’t necessarily waste time writing an entire post that the target website owner neither wants nor likes.
For the other 5, I will be writing 5 full length guest posts before pitching the entire post to freelance writing websites. There are a few websites owners who actually prefer to receive the entire guest post for consideration at the time of the pitch. Even though this is a big investment in terms of time when there is no guarantee that my posts will be accepted, the upside to this is that if they are rejected I can always use these on my own websites. Some of the websites that prefer this format include The Renegade Writer among others.
2. Ten guest post pitches from you guys.
Of course, I greatly value all of my readers in the freelance writing community. Many of you will have blogs currently in operation that may be in need of guest posting. As a result, I have freed up 10 guest post pitches for the next month for my readers. That’s right, if you want a guest post from me, let me know and I’ll be happy to write for you! In exchange, you will also be allowed a guest post on my site of our mutual choosing.
Guest Post Results
At the end of my guest post experiment, I will be publishing exact specifics on which guest post pitches were successful, as well as share feedback from the site owners on my pitches and actual guest post blogs. I’m hoping that this feedback will provide a tried and tested format that other freelance writers can use in order to increase their own success in sending pitches.
If you have any input on the process, or if you would like me to write a guest post for you, please let me know in the comments section below. Even if your website isn’t necessarily in the freelance writing niche, there may be scope for us to collaborate with my other site as well, darylgeorge.com.
Are there any of you who have used guest posting to boost your blog traffic and credibility? Please blast away in the comment section below!