Guest blogging is a rewarding, but sometimes tiresome process. You need to spend time prospecting new sites and forming relationships with new bloggers. There are a number of great communities such as My Blog Guest that make the job easier, but the process can still be very intensive. Fortunately, My Blog Guest has a premium subscription called My Blog Guest Pro that can make guest blogging much easier. Should you buy a premium subscription to the site? Here are some things that you should consider before making your decision.
Benefits of a My Blog Guest Premium Membership
I have had a premium account with My Blog Guest for over two years and have found it to be very helpful. I know a lot of other Internet marketers that have accounts on the site too. It really is a great way to streamline the process. Here are some reasons you may want to look into upgrading your account as well.
Premium members can post articles in the My Blog Guest article gallery. This is by far the best feature of the premium account.
You can include up to one promotional link in the body or biography of your article. You can wait for other bloggers to make offers on your posts and choose the blogger that you would like to publish. There are a number of benefits to using the article gallery:
- You will offers from many different publishers that you never looked for before. This means that all you have to do is write an excellent article wait for offers. It beats the heck out of spending hours prospecting new sites that may not even respond to your pitches.
- Many of the bloggers that make offers on articles on My Blog Guest do not accept guest posts in any other way. Some of them have even tried charging a fee when I submitted articles directly to their site, but they made free offers on the article gallery. This means that you have exclusive access to some excellent niche sites.
- The moderators are willing to help you promote your articles to other bloggers. It is always great when you have the support of an entire community behind you, especially an excellent one like My Blog Guest.
Publishing to the article gallery is very straightforward. You just have to upload your article to the “Article Content” section and fill out the other fields on the page. You should choose a catchy title and write an original biography.
The articles gallery became one of the most popular features of My Blog Guest. Ann Smarty and the other site owners have since launched a couple of other great galleries that premium members can take advantage of.
The infographics gallery is a great place to get exposure for visual content that you create. I personally haven’t used it before, but it seems to be a great directory for artists.
My Blog Guest has also created a great gallery to promote ebooks. I have used this gallery to promote my own ebook and have been very satisfied with the results. You can write briefer descriptions of your ebook than an article, which means it is easy to scale the ebook gallery.
It seems like there aren’t as many bloggers that are using the ebook gallery, but I guess that makes sense. The article gallery is used to promote all kinds of different blogs and companies, whereas only a few bloggers create ebooks. However, I found it to be a great resource and I am sure you will as well if you are a digital publisher.
There is also a special section where some sites make specific requests for articles. It is a great part of the site to check out. It is better than the gallery in many ways, because you know what sites to target and what they are looking for. You will have to pay a little extra for this feature (an extra $10 a month) but it is definitely worth the money.
There are a number of great forums on the site, but the best are only available to premium members. There is a forum where you can share the latest guest blogging tips and tricks. There is also a great forum for people to share article ideas (this is particularly valuable for anyone publishing in the gallery). I strongly suggest that anybody that is new to guest blogging consider posting in the article ideas section. Ann Smarty in particular gives awesome advice for people that are still trying to learn what types of content are most likely to get offers.
Limits of My Blog Guest
This section is going to be a lot shorter, because frankly I don’t have any real complaints about the My Blog Guest platform. However, there are some limitations that some people will want to be aware of before deciding whether it is right for them.
Limit of One Link
You will only be allowed to use one link in your articles on the gallery. However, some publishers will occasionally tell you in their offer that they allow more than one link. You may also check the guidelines of the sites that make offers to see if they allow more than one link. If they do then you can consider sending them a private message to check before accepting the offer.
Only Natural Anchor Texts
You will only be allowed to use natural looking anchor texts in your guest posts. That means you can’t use something that is grammatically incorrect or geo-targeted such as “plumber san rafael.” They have also started scrutinizing guest bloggers that constantly link to the same sites with the same anchors.
To be honest, I don’t really think of this as a disadvantage. I think that it is good that Ann Smarty and the other moderators starting cracking down on people that were using quirky anchored links. However, you may have some clients that still insist on using these goofy looking links. You may initially be disappointed that you can’t promote them on My Blog Guest, but you shouldn’t consider it too much of a loss. The truth is that they probably won’t be your client very long anyways when they finally realize that these types of links don’t really work.
You can receive a My Blog Guest Pro account for only $70 a month by visiting this page and upgrading your account. This is definitely worth money if you are going to be placing a number of guest posts each month. You will need to pay an extra $10 if you want to make suggestions to the article requests section. I have just started using the articles requests myself, but think that it is well worth the cost.
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