Guest blogging has the capacity to furnish you with high quality links, if you take the time to select your guest blogging partners. In fact compared to social networks, guest blogging may offer higher quality links. Here are some best practices for guest blog posting:

Build your portfolio: When you contact a blog owner or a guest blogging platform for the opportunity to post, they will want to see your content. If you are just getting started, use your blog as your portfolio. The type of content to submit is different for each guest blog platform. Pay attention to the requirements to improve the chances of your content being accepted. Overall, all authoritative guest blogs require high quality and relevant content.

Find the best guest blogging opportunities:

MyBlogGuest.com: it’s a great site that links content creators to blog owners and journalists. It has about 28,000 users from around the world (see screenshot below) and places daily around 200 articles.

It also gives you the opportunity to personalize your profile by linking it to your other social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Google Plus and Pinterest. They offer three levels of service to choose from.

Guestblogit.com: it’s a guest blog market place where you can submit monthly one article for free. Then publishers will pick it up and publish it on their sites. You can also subscribe to their paid version where you will be paying $20 per month for 5 articles submissions and many other extras that you can find listed on their site.

Google: Use the Google search engine to find relevant guest posts in your niche. Simply search for various keywords (with quotes) such as ‘write for us’, ‘guest post’, ‘guest blog’, ‘guest blog submission’, ‘guest post by’, ‘accepting guest posts’ or ‘guest post guidelines’, preferably accompanied by a niche term.

Twitter: Use the Twitter search engine to find guest blogging opportunities posted on Twitter. Use a variation of the keywords used in your Google search.

Check websites in your niche: Use tools such as Open Site Explorer to look at the back links that the websites in your niche receive. This is will tell you about the guest blogging sites that the blog/website owners participate in.

Blogs: Look out for blogs that include the author bio and website URL at the beginning of the content. Blogs that will add the author bio and URL within the post as well as those providing a link to a website or social network profiles.

 

What to look for in a site that accepts guest blogs:

Page Rank: Use tool such as SEOquake or SEO Site Tools to find out how the site ranks on Google search engines.

Domain Authority: Use a tool such as SEOmoz Toolbar for Chrome and Firefox to determine the site’s domain authority.

Subscribers: These are site followers from Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube and other social networking sites as well as those who have subscribed to the site RSS feed.

Traffic: Use Alexa Ranking to determine the amount of traffic the blog attracts. A lower number on Alexa indicates higher traffic. Google Ad Planner can also give you insights into the number of visitors to the site.