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It’s Time To Shift Our Thinking About Guest Blogging

In case you’re not as tapped into the SEO world as us marketing professionals, you might have missed the firestorm that Google’s head of Webspam team, Matt Cutts, started a few weeks ago. He wrote a post about Google’s stance on guest blog posts, which many misinterpreted to mean that we should all give up on writing them. Before his words get twisted yet again, let me quote him from his  post:

…if you’re using guest blogging as a way to gain links in 2014, you should probably stop. Why? Because over time it’s become a more and more spammy practice, and if you’re doing a lot of guest blogging then you’re hanging out with really bad company.

A similar outcry happened in 2012 when Cutts made a similar decree about  press releases.

It's Time To Shift Our Thinking About Guest Blogging
 

So Should We Stop Guest Blogging?

Let me interpret what I believe Cutts is trying to tell us.

There are plenty of people using content marketing tools like guest blogging, search engine marketing, and press releases in the correct way; that is: using them to build credibility and to reach a wider audience. But there are an increasing number of people who take advantage of these strategies to get their spammy links on other people’s sites, in the hopes that Google will raise their sites up search results. Read more

Find New Customers by Guest Blogging

I was recently talking to a client that offers virtual legal services. She’s established a niche for herself, but her industry is so new, she has trouble finding clients.

I told her that her challenge was educating the marketplace. Sure, she offers legal services at a fraction of what the big boys charge, but if her audience doesn’t know that her company exists, she doesn’t stand to take some of that market share.

Find New Customers by Guest Blogging

I recommended she start  guest blogging  on sites that cater to her audience as a solution.

Why Guest Blogging Works

I’ve been guest blogging for my own marketing company for years, and I use it as a way to show off my services (blog writing) and get introduced to new audiences. I’d say at least 30% of my leads come from people who have read my writing around the Web. Read more

How Guest Blogging Works: Real World Examples

I’ve written before about the benefits of guest blogging for other blogs that target your industry. It can be a powerful tool if you target decently popular sites that your audience visits frequently. You provide useful content, and they can click that link to your site in your author bio.

Blogging for Cats  

At Egg, we’ve been offering more of this service, and I wanted to share some of our successes. Read more

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It’s our hope that this ebook shows you not only  why blogging is so instrumental in the success of your software company, but also  how you can get started.

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