The "Guest Blogger" is not a new phenomenon. But the way some are approaching the concept of "guest blogging" is muddying the time-honoured tradition.
I recommend the following:
1. If you want to be a guest blogger, do it on a blog and in a setting where you will be recognized and appreciated for your authority/talent/contribution.
2. DO NOT BEG to wite a guest-post for another blog.
3. EVALUATE "OPPORTUNITIES" AND INVITATIONS WITH CARE - If another blogger approaches you to write a guest-post, check out their blog first. Would you WANT to have an example of your work posted on it? Are you concerned about PageRank and other numbers? If yes, check out THIS ARTICLE and see if you can use a few of the tools listed to help you decide whether to go forward.
4. ASK ABOUT COPYRIGHT - reserve and preserve your rights to your own original material.
5. BE PATIENT - "good things come to those who wait" applies here. Keep up with the interests and projects of bloggers you like. Comment on their blogs. Link back to them. Interact whenever possible. Whether you think so or not, they're looking at your stuff. They may never publicly acknowledge you, but you are on their mind!
6. DON'T BLINDLY JOIN BLOGGING GROUPS OR OTHER NETWORKS - if you must, ask yourself "what is this network going to do for ME ME ME?"
7. DON'T GET WRAPPED UP IN "GUEST BLOGGING BS" ::: OR OTHER NONSENSE ::: if you need MONEY to keep your blog going (and maybe yourself too) there are many many ways to make it on the net. You're as unlikely to win a "pie-in-the-sky blogging contest" as your are to win the Irish Sweepstakes Lottery.
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