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So, what is guest blogging? I’m glad you asked. Guest blogging is simply writing a blog that is posted on another blogger’s blog that offers another person’s view that the host blogger invites to the blog. According to experts, guest blogging is five times more effective for gaining audiences than posting new content on your own blog. 

Guest Blogging Builds Relationships

Since blogging adds content for the guest blogger, you’re helping that person get additional content. Guest blogging not only builds relationship with you and your host blogger, but it also builds relationship with your host blogger’s audience. In addition, you’re improving your relationship with Google search engines. Simply by including links from the host blogger’s site to your site and back, you’re building quality links to quality content, the search engines will love you and reward you with more opportunity for views.

 

If you want to increase your audience and potentially your book sales, guest blogging is a win for you and for the person to whom you share your post. Guest posting will allow more exposure for your writing and your blog. By sharing your thoughts with another author’s audience, these readers may their way to your blog and you’ll have other people liking and promoting your work. You have something to share that no one else can, so you might as well spread it around.

 

How to Get Started Guest Blogging

 

To gain more of an audience, search for blogs that write in your niche and then read that blog and get to know the author of that blog.  Your style may fit into what this blog’s audience wants and needs. As a guest blogger, you will want to be sure that you are a good fit, which is why reading their posts would be a good fit. Does this author think like you do? You wouldn’t want to waste your time on a blog in which your views are not aligned to some degree with those of the blog host.

 

In addition, be sure that you have a link from the host writer’s blog back to your own.

 

You Should Also Allow Guest Posts on Your Blog

 

You should allow guests on your blog for the same reason you should guest on other blogs. You’re paying it forward by allowing some people to have the spotlight. You’re helping to promote them and, in turn, they’re promoting you too. Readers from their blog are going to come over to your blog to check out what their favorite writer wrote.

 

This is a way that you can give your audience a slightly different viewpoint. This guest has a slightly different view of your niche than you do, so it gives your audience a change of pace and a different way of thinking as well as getting to know another author in your genre. 

Want to Guest Blog?

I am currently looking for other bloggers, especially bloggers who have recently published a book to either be a guest blogger or allow me to guest blog on their blog.

 

When I guest post for someone else, I will be linking the post from my blog, promote it several times on twitter, share it on Facebook, thank you for allowing me to blog on your site, and I will answer any comments on the post.

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If you guest post on my blog, I will ask you to do the same.

 

If you have a blog and would like more exposure to your blog, please contact me at cygnetbrown@gmail.com and let me know which type of blogging exchange you would prefer.

 


Hubpages

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I have been on a number of article writing sites and the one that I have been on the longest is hubpages. The sad part is that last year I wrote only one hub on hubpages. I put most of my efforts last year on Bubblews which has now closed its doors.

Hubpages pays according to how many clicks you get per hub and how many ads get on a site. In addition, if you include specific amazon and ebay ads on the site, you get a commission from those also if someone buys from that specific ad.
On Hubpages about gardening, I included amazon links to my book Simply Vegetable Gardening. I have had them on their for over a year. Because the link is directly related to the subject of the article, no one has questioned the link.

EZine

Another article writing site that I just recently started participating in is Article EZine . This site doesn’t pay anything, but the articles written here are picked up by others and are put all over the internet. The idea is that the content is found and you become established as an expert regarding your topic.

Better Use of This Blog

A third and final way that I can get the word out there on the internet is to make better use of this blog. I have been thinking about different ways that I can work to get more traffic to this blog. in addition, I need to get more traffic going to my website. That is why I intend over the next several weeks to work on this aspect of getting seen online more as an expert in gardening, writing, marketing, and American History. I am going to make better connections between this blog and social media with my website. In addition, I want to connect a email marketing service. Although I would love to use AWeber, I have decided instead to use the free service of Mailchimp.

Offline Expert-Public Speaking

Having a book is indicative of an expert in a subject and so is public speaking. Speaking in public is part of what I do as a pastor, but is something I have neglected as an author. Getting out as an author of gardening books is easy. Last weekend, I participated as the Pastor of Faith in God Church, President of the Oregon County Writers’ Group (OCWG), as well as Author Cygnet Brown during the Ozark Sustainable Living University where I spoke about Simply Vegetable Gardening and my booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth around the House and Yard. I sold several books at the back of the room, and I made several connections including an heirloom seed company owner. All these are my initial open door to prepper and sustainable living events.\
Another place I am becoming a local expert is in the fact that people come to me for advice about various writing subjects, primarily publishing as an Indie Author. I am, after all, the President of a local writer’s group so I must know something about writing, right? Maybe I can take this experience online. . .eventually as a writing coach.
Finally there is all the historical research I have done for the books I have written. I need to find a way to incorporate that into public speaking. I haven’t thought of how to make that work yet. Perhaps I can share the stories that I learn from my research.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback.

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

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