I’ve accepted guest posts now for a few weeks and so far I’ve published three of the ones I’ve received.
The others I’ve received were either completely off topic or were so terrible I would have had to spend hours trying to put them right before I could publish them.
Out of the three I’ve already published, I’ve still had to spend a lot of time editing a couple of them.
That, for me, misses one of the points I had for allowing guest posts in the first place; allowing me time to produce more content.
I’m beginning to wonder whether it was worth my while opening my blog up to guest posts.
Breaking The Rules!
Similarly, one of my guest posting rules is that guest authors must respond to all comments left on their posts.
Only one of the authors so far has taken this on board and it aggravates me that I’ve agreed to publish their post but they’re not keeping their end of the bargain.
I’ve always answered all comments on my blog posts and I wanted that to continue on the guest posts as well.
Another thing I’ve let slip in my guest posting rules is the need for a guest post to be at least 1,000 words.
The last guest post was less than 700 words but I let that one through and in the process compromised my own rules.
I set the post length at 1,000 words because I assumed I would be more likely to get people who were serious about wanting to offer value in their guest posts.
What’s The Point In Having Guest Posting Rules If No-One Adheres To Them?
There isn’t any point in having those rules in place really, unless people stick to them.
So from now on, people either follow them or they don’t get published.
If there’s too much editing required it also won’t get published. A guest post needs to be a finished product and need very little editing.
I’m a little nervous about confirming someone can send me a guest post to check and then not publishing it but it may come to that more and more.
It’s not so easy for me to control guest authors answering comments; either they will or they won’t.
I’ve tried contacting the latest author to nudge them a bit but it hasn’t worked either.
Let’s put it this way. I won’t accept any further guest posts from anyone who doesn’t respond to comments on their guest post!
Familiarity Breeds Contempt
I’m wondering whether posts off the cuff is such a great idea.
Having people guest-posting who have had very little engagement with me or my blog maybe isn’t the best way to do things.
I’m more likely to get less favourable results not only with content quality but also with commenting and engagement.
Does familiarity breed contempt? If I invite people I know to guest post, similar to how a few people I know do things, then at least I’d know they’d take it seriously, right?
It’s a possibility that I need to be a little stricter about my guest posting rules and reject anything which isn’t up to scratch.
In fact, I know that’s the case. Even if I agree to receive a draft from someone, if it isn’t good enough, it won’t get published without extensive editing by the author themselves from now on.
What Are Your Experiences With Others Guest Posting On Your Blog?
I know that not everyone is open to guest posts on their blog and I may reconsider that myself.
I’d be interested to hear, if you do allow guest posts, what your experiences of these are?
Do you spend time having to edit them? Or do you reject them until they meet your requirements?
How about commenting? Do your guest authors respond to your readers? Is it one of your stipulations for guest posting?
Please let me know in the comments section below.
- 5 Reasons You’re Not Allowed to Guest Post on Our Blog (socialmediatoday.com)
- How To Identify Spammy Guest Posters To Avoid (onlineincometeacher.com)