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The Proper Way to Feature a Guest Writer on Your Blog

Updated on January 21, 2016
A buried byline gets the guest writer nowhere
A buried byline gets the guest writer nowhere | Source

I've seen it happen too many times. A writer is invited to guest post and they gain no headline, let alone a byline. Or it’s buried in the text below where it’s never seen by the Google gods who can bring light to this guest author. After all, isn't the point of guest posting to bring recognition to the author?

Amateur writers think they have it going on because they have a website and a blog that is updated weekly.

But that’s only the beginning.

If you ask for and accept guest posts, you need to know how to present and attribute the authors who take time out of their schedules to offer their wisdom. In order for their and your time to be worthy - especially if you’re only offering exposure and not payment for their time, effort, and wisdom - you need to take the spotlight off yourself and shine it on the author(s) you've invited to your space.

If you don’t give your guest writer proper attribution, you’re not only wasting their valuable time, but it's disrespectful to the author.

If you’re serious about promoting writers on your site it’s imperative you do the following:

Use your guest's headline

To entitle your guest post as, “Guest Post by So-and-So” will never be found by Google, so why bother going through the effort of bringing this author to the forefront? And why would s/he bother taking time out of their busy day to fill in your content gaps?

After all, the reader on the other end of the search bar is not likely to Google “Guest post by Joe Author”, but is more likely to be searching for keywords that appear in the title.

Makes sense, right?

Entitle your blog post with your guest author’s title. Below that, instead of adding your name, give entitlement (the byline) to your guest author: by Awesome Writer.

There are many blogs online that pay guests for their posts and the authors are given bylines in addition to remuneration. If you can’t afford to pay your guest authors, the least you can do is raise their credibility with the search engines by taking yourself out of the picture and shining the light on those who have taken the time to support your site.

John Hansen's byline on my blog
John Hansen's byline on my blog | Source

It's okay to introduce your guest author

Granted, it’s your website. Everyone knows that, given your URL. That said, it’s perfectly acceptable to introduce your guest author. Just do him/her and yourself a favor by throwing in a blurb about why you invited/accepted the author to grace your blog pages. Everyone likes a pat on the back, right? Make it brief then turn the post over to your guest author.

Subheads provide benefits to your post

  1. Subheads give your readers the opportunity to choose which area(s) of information will most benefit them.
  2. They give the reader a natural stopping point when interruptions occur.
  3. Subheads break up long text, bettering the chances of your readers staying on the page.
  4. Google loves subheads, especially H2 and H3. This tells Google the information underneath is important. The subheads act as keywords, which increases the possibility of your post coming up in SERPs (Search Engine Result Pages). You can utilize these subheads by clicking on Format/Styles and Formatting in Word. A box will open up to the right of the page. You’ll want to use Heading (H1) for your title. Heading 2 for subs and Heading 3 for sub-subs. (Sub-subs are headings that pertain to and further define the previous subheading).

Make your guidelines clear

Most bloggers have a consistent format they incorporate into their posts. Whether it’s subheads, minimum/maximum number of photos, infographics, videos, word count, etc. it’s important you clearly state any specific guidelines you want your guest to follow. Be clear upfront, before the author puts in their time and research. If you don’t have submission guidelines posted on your website, state them clearly in an email when you accept a pitch.

Ask your guest author to send any properly attributed photos they’d like included in their post as separate jpeg attachments. That way you can save them to your computer and upload them as you normally do for your own posts.

It’s also helpful to ask your guest to indicate on their copy where they would like any attachments to appear. When I’m writing a post, whether for my blog, or HubPages, I always make a notation directly in my copy where I plan on inserting a photo or video. In the case of videos, I note the link. That way I can go directly to it and copy the URL into the post without having to search for it. Just make sure you don’t include the notes when you’re copying the post to your blog page!

The Advantages of Guest Blogging

If you have a website, do you welcome guest posters?

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Proofread, edit, and get final approval

Let your author know beforehand that you will proof and edit their contribution before posting. Read over the copy and check for spelling and grammar errors. Don’t be afraid to make suggestions to the author if you find inconsistencies or repeated words.

Once you’ve completed the edit round, send it to your author for approval. Don’t post any changes they don’t agree with (except for spelling errors).

A very important step in the editing process happens once you copy/paste the post into your CMS (Content Management System). It’s vital you take this step. Most Word docs lose some formatting when transferred into your website’s blog pages. Take the time to correct spacing between sentences and paragraphs. If bolded text gets lost, re-bold it.

Check that all links work and open in a new window. This can be done while in edit mode in your CMS. Simply click on the link. You should get an edit box that pops up. Click on the chain in the box. This will bring up another box showing the link and giving you the option to have it open in a new window. Click that option and save. It’s very important you take this step; the last thing you want is to have your readers click off your site when following a link.

Go back over the copy one more time to make sure everything is lined up, looks good, and reads well before hitting the Publish button. You want you and your guest to shine. Having a sloppy looking post is not a good reflection on either one of you.

Include a brief bio

At the end of the post, include a head shot of your author along with a brief bio (written by the author). Make sure they include a link to their own website. It’s also recommended to include a link to their LinkedIn and Google+ profile pages as well. This gives the author backlinks and increases their online presence in the search engines.

I’ve had two authors guest for me on Bravewarrior’s Feathered pen. Most of you know them: Vicki Warner of Life Talks – I Write and John Hansen, aka Jodah of HubPages.

Here’s a screen shot of Vicki’s bio as posted on my blog:

Vicki Warner's bio on the guest post she did for me
Vicki Warner's bio on the guest post she did for me | Source

Be My Guest by Fats Domino

Conclusion

Guest posting is a great way for an author to build his/her brand. When laid out properly, it gives the writer another searchable link when their name is Googled, which increases visibility and credibility. It also provides an online sample of their work that carries with it a byline. And it brings more traffic to the host’s site as well.

When you want to share the spotlight with respected authors by inviting them to be a guest on your blog, do it right. Treat the post as you do your own by following these guidelines:

  1. Entitle the post with the author’s title, just as you would if it were your own.
  2. Give the author the byline. Remove your name underneath the title and replace it with theirs.
  3. Make the layout as clean as if it were your own post. Make sure the text is properly aligned and free of errors.
  4. Include a headshot and brief author bio, including links to their site.


Have any of you been a guest on another writer’s site? Have you had guest writers on your blog? What was your experience? Did your site see more traffic as the result?

I hope this little tutorial has enlightened you. Share with us in the comments section below.

Peace,

Bravewarrior



Shauna L Bowling

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      Joyfulcrown 2 years ago

      Thank you for this very informative article. I am new to blogging/hubpages so this was very helpful.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      Enlightened me? OMG, it is a college credit education! Who knew all that stuff was entailed in having someone guest on a blog! You have given your readers much food for thought if they decide to have a guest writer as well as a road map on how to do it. Excellent article, just excellent!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hell, Sha, nobody ever told me there was a proper way. LOL Too funny!

      Oddly, I am rarely asked to guest blog. I've had a number of guest blogs on my site. I guess nobody wants to hear from this old man. :)

      Happy New Year dear friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Joyfulcrown, I'm pleased you found this helpful. It took a lot of learning from the top guns in blogging to garner this information. Just passing on what I've learned....

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Rachael. It dawned on me that I haven't posted a durned thing this month. I thought perhaps going out with a little how-to info for my fellow bloggers would be helpful.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I occasionally ask people to guest for me. Usually, bloggers go the other way. They pitch the big blog owners just as they would magazine editors. I thought this would be helpful for both sides of the blogosphere.

      Happy New Year to you too, my friend.

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      Pamela Oglesby 2 years ago from United States

      I think you gave many of us some great tips on having a guest and presenting them properly. This is a very good article and just having a guest is a great idea. Thanks for this info.

      Have a very happy 2015!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Pamela, just passing on what I've learned. I've seen too many amateurs litter their blogs with guest posts that do no one any good as far as being searchable. By the same token, new writers don't always know what to expect when guesting for another writer. The point is for everyone to benefit. When the guest posts are presented as I laid forth in this article, both parties benefit and potential readers can find what they're looking for.

      Happy 2015 to you as well. I feel it will be a very good year!

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      Vickiw 2 years ago

      I have a guest writer about every week. In fact I have a whole page devoted to them, as they are scheduled. I'm very picky about the chosen writers in my niche, so it's a mutual honor for us!

      I think I do all you suggest already. This will be a great help though for those thinking of including guest writers.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Vicki, one thing I discovered when researching videos for this article is Google now frowns upon writers who consistently guest in order to create backlinks for themselves. Guesting is still recommended to build a (guest) writer's brand, but if they consistently build backlinks instead of posting on their own sites, they're apt to be severely slapped by Google.

      Have you ever looked at your Google Webmaster reports to see what errors/suggestions they find on your site? I did a couple of months ago and had to go into my site and correct all the errors Google found that were hindering the success of my site.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Definitely good tips! So many blogs accept posts sight unseen and then are disappointed and have the unenviable duty of telling the guest that it's unacceptable. I learned to be very specific about my requirements. Saved me a lot of hassle. Voted up, useful and sharing! Happy New Year!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Happy New Year, Heidi!

      I'm not a professional blogger, but I follow some of the big guns on the Internet and have learned how to promote and respect guest authors. There's no point in inviting an author to impart his/her wisdom if it doesn't benefit them, me, and the readers.

      Everything in life has an effective procedure. Writing is no different. In fact, with billions of other writers competing for SERPs on Google, it would behoove us all to follow the procedures that allow us to be recognized.

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Sha. Lots of good advice here. It is laid out well and easy to understand and appreciate.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Glad it grabbed ya, Mike.

      Happy New Year! It's awesome to know we're embarking on another year of friendship.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I read your post, but I won't pretend to understand the true meaning. I do not have a website. I did have a blog, but stopped writing on it. I'm sorry to be so ignorant about the subject!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wonderful insight, dear Sha, you have provided here when inviting an interesting writer as a guest on one's blog or website. Yes, for goodness sakes, please do the guest a service and not a disservice! Sometimes I have read here of late a fantastic writer who has been invited as a guest, and, oh, my goodness, I felt so sad for the guest ... If one is going to invite a guest, let the presentation be professional all the way around, as one can tell when it is done in a hurry or without much work. If one is going to do a poor job of it, then it is best (in my opinion) to not do one at all. But what do I know, as I am just thinking on behalf of the guest.

      You have certainly given plenty of great advice for those who wish to have guests on their site, and what is best for all considered.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Blessings always

      Stellar job here!

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      Ghost32 2 years ago

      I neither contribute to other sites (except a political site on rare occasion) nor accept other writers on mine, but everything you've listed here makes sense.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Sha....You keep this up GF...and one day I may even be as smart as you. I don't know what I'd do then. I would lose my lifetime Title as Scatterbrain!!........You always have great info and present it in such an organized, helpful way. Who knew? Well, obviously you did, but you know what I mean.

      This seems like a great time to wish you and yours a very Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year! I wish you all the very best!!

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub Sha. well presented,interesting and so useful Will help many I know. Wishing you all good things in the coming New year my dear friend.

      Eddy.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Mary, this article pertains to blogging. Why did you stop posting?

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Faith, I've seen it too and I feel so bad for the guest. Of course, it's out of their control, but the readers don't know that. Poor layout and improper attribution gives a poor impression. Hopefully, bloggers will read this article and put it to use when they consider having a guest writer on their blog.

      Thanx for the shares my friend!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Ghost, thanx for taking the time to read and comment. I know you're a one-man show and quite successful, if I may add!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Paula, Happy New Year to you, too!

      Scatterbrain? I think you're being a bit too hard on yourself, silly woman!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Back atcha, Eddy! I have a feeling 2015 is going to be a good one!

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Sha,

      I have read this now a couple times as there is quite a bit of food for thought for me to "digest and chew..." I appreciate the specific details and insights in both your hub and the comment stream.

      As a writer for my own website, I always want my guests to feel welcome and shine, as I would if I invited them to my home. I may not be the 'savviest' at 'Google-speak / SEO - stuff' and the like but I am always grateful to you for sharing your expertise.

      And you certainly confirm what I inherently know...courtesy counts ALWAYS. Will share this far and wide so everyone will see and share as well...Voting UP and UABI.

      Here's to a 2015 of great friends, good health and reaching for the stars!

      Love and hugs, Maria

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Great info, Sha.

      I don't have a website, but you have given great direction of what to expect when being a guest writer or hosting a guest writer.

      Happy New Year!!

      DJ.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Great advice, I remember a couple of years ago I wrote about a young singer named Jenna Sousa, in fact I wrote two articles about her, and now she is just beginning to become known, this is really helpful to anyone who is planning on writing for a guest, nell

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      DJ, I wanted this post to benefit both sides. Judging from your comment, I've succeeded.

      Thank you and Happy New Year!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      DJ, I wanted this post to benefit both sides. Judging from your comment, I've succeeded.

      Thank you and Happy New Year!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Nell, what a coup! It's every writer's dream to make a difference with their words. You've achieved that. You should be very proud of yourself!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Mar, I'm glad I ran back through the comments. Yours was marked as spam by HP for some reason.

      You hit the nail on the head. Our guest writers should be treated with the same warmth and respect they receive when invited into our homes. That's a good way of looking at it. You certainly make your guests feel welcome.

      Thank you for sharing, my friend. Much appreciated!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Shauna, the information you give here is ver helpfu and detailed. I had the pleasure of being invited to be a guest blogger on your wonderful "Bravewarrior's Feathered Pen" and I was impressed by all the assistance you offered me to get my contribution just right. I had never contributed to anyone else's blog before and had no idea what was involved. Incidentally my Blogger site mentioned in my article no longer exists. I checked one day and it had been deleted so I had to create a new website. It will show up as a broken link now. Great hub...voted up.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      John, I'm pleased you found my assistance helpful. You were a pleasure to work with.

      Email me your new link and I'll change it in your post. I had to change Vicki's too because she renamed her site sometime after her guest post went live.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Ok Shauna will do, thanks.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I don't have my own web site, but I like to learn from writers such as you. I visit a few blogs and enjoy the articles and poetry. ( Epi ) Thank you for sharing....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Shuuna, I forgot to tell you that the Fats Domino video is disabled..Shucks!

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      This is one of those nuts & bolts articles that every blogger needs to read. I also learned some things I can use for my own benefit. I learned SO much! I'm sharing this all over the place!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you for reading, Ruby. And thanx for the heads up on Fats Domino. I'll have to fix it.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you for reading, Ruby. And thanx for the heads up on Fats Domino. I'll have to fix it.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Iris, I thought of you when I was writing it. You and I have had conversation about this in the past. I'm glad you found it useful and worthy of sharing. Thanx!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Ruby, you can still watch the video. Click on the link under 'watch it on You Tube'. It'll open in a new window. I notice a lot of You Tube videos are playing that way these days.

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Dear Sha, in the mind of any intelligent writer all of this should be 'common sense'. However, sometimes we may forget how important it is to properly handle the spotlight we have in our hands when we step aside and allow a guest artist to take our place. Featuring a guest artist is very much like taking a picture of them. Of course, the focus should be spot on.

      I have saved this hub of yours just to use it as a check list whenever I decide to invite guest artists to post something on my blog - something I would love to do in 2015.

      I wish you only the best of the best for 2015 :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Martie, I'm glad you found this useful. It's all about doing unto others as you would have others do unto you.

      I wish you the best as well. I hope 2015 will be a good year for all of us!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Never been a guest; had guests on other websites, but did not follow all your suggestions. However, this will now become a reference article for me. Thank you so much for the valuable information.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Very useful hub, Sha. Thanks for sharing!! ;-)

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      akshay 2 years ago from goa ,india

      a great info .

      i think this can help me a lot

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      These are all fabulous tips. I have had guest bloggers on my website and have had the opportunity to be a guest blogger for others. It was enjoyable, but I had not realized the relationship between guest blogging and Google. Thank so much for such valuable information.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Dora, you're very welcome. I've been studying the top bloggers for over a year now and what I've outlined here is how they all treat their guest writers. There's no point in being a guest blogger if Google never sees their work!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      You're welcome, Homeplace. Thanx for reading!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm glad you found this post helpful, Akshayy!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Marlene, guests posts rank even higher if a link to the author's Google+ account is included in the bio in addition to a link to their website.

      Thanx for reading and commenting. Happy New Year!

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      Chris Rose 2 years ago

      I've put this one in my favourites, Shauna, brilliant, well said !

      In fact, I've a good mind to send it to a particular 'author/'author promoter', whose name I won't mention, but, boy, am I tempted!

      I was supposed to be a guest author on 15th December on the website of the person in question. I spent a whole morning answering her questions and then sent them to her. She didn't get back to me at all. Or not until days later, after I nudged her on it - you know, is this how you treat your guests? All she said when she got back was, "Oh, just seen it. Well, you've left out my questions, couldn't you have copied and pasted them in? You'll have to do that first and send them in again..."

      I didn't do it. But I'm waiting to have dealings with her again to expose her publicly. You're absolutely right. Most of these so-called authors/author promoters are totally in it for themselves and believe that you, the guest author, should be utterly grateful. Unbelievable...

      Shauna. your wonderful post aside, you have the most magic year of your life yet, my dear friend. All the very best xxxxx

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Chris, that 'person' was certainly taking the lazy way out. I'm sure s/he had record of the questions asked. Why not copy/paste your answers?

      I guess at this point it doesn't matter. The host certainly showed her true colors. If she only knew how busy you are! And you took the time to give her what she asked for. I'd write that person off my list, for sure. Although I'd be tempted to speak my mind first!

      It's great to see you here on the first day of 2015, my friend. Thank you for your kind wishes. I hope to have a magical year. I wish the same for you!

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      Chris Rose 2 years ago

      With most of these author promoters, Shauna, they have a template of questions, which is understandable to a degree. But if and when when you deviate somewhat from that template, as an interviewee, that's when you expose them for what they are, because they don't adapt themselves. And it was obvious where my replies were to each question anyhow, because I answered each question after a blank space and with the first sentence in bold. Yes, she was being unbelievably lazy. But like I said, I haven't done with her...

      You have a great one, mate !

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I’ve never done guest blogging…and if I did, I’m quite certain I would handle this process quite poorly. That is, until I read this article, which is chock full of wonderful, useful tips and advice.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Genna, if you ever guest for someone else's blog make sure you get the byline and they include a bio with a link back to your own site. By the same token, do the same for anyone you invite. It's just common courtesy and respect for the writer.

      Thanks for reading!

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi

      Full of helpful advice and know how. Your knowledge of your profession shines through.

      I love how your promotion of fair treatment for all is woven right through all that knowledge. Respect all around definitely resounds from it.

      Happy New Year to you! Hope it is a good one. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Anna, it's all about respect and recognition. Your comment is beautiful. Thank you for your take away.

      Let's make 2015 the best year ever!

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Shauna what a beautiful blog you have. I loved everything about it. Great tips and you have given me a great idea! May 2015 be the best year ever for you.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Nadine, thank you for the wonderful compliment! I'm actually getting ready to post my first blog for 2015.

      I'm tickled you were inspired by this article. Can you see my big smile?

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

      Shauna, this is very informative, I did not know about this at all. But will have to read it again and have book marked it.

      I need to keep this handy to reread.

      Blessings to you dear friend and Happy New Year.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      You did a great job on this one! SO comprehensive and complete!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Shyron, I love that you find this informative enough to bookmark. That's a huge compliment. Thank you so much!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Rebecca. Too cool! :-)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Good tips, as it must be a mutually beneficial endeavor. Do you find that guest blogs bring additional or different traffic?

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Flourish, according to my stats reports, the answer is 'yes'. Each guest has his/her own following that come in to read. Not all leave comments, but the readership increases. Hopefully, the same is true on their own sites.

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      Jeannie InABottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I've never thought to have a guest blogger for any of my projects, but perhaps it would be a good idea. I will give the matter some thought.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Having guest bloggers is a win-win for both sides, Jeannie. It gives the guest a link to add to their portfolio and brings a new audience to the host as well. Not to mention the fact it's nice to feature other writers' knowledge and perspective from time to time.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for your tips, making guest feel at home, voted up

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      You're welcome, peach. Thanx for stopping by!

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      missirupp 2 years ago

      I'm working on my own website so this has been very helpful. These are things I probably wouldn't have thought of if I had not read this Hub. This is why I love HubPages. There are so many people with great advice in one spot.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Missirupp, I'm thrilled you found this useful. I'm glad I was in the right place at the right time for you.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      If I only had a blog....here I am retired but I can't seem to find the time for a blog. I do know this is very helpful information though and I'm sure it will be put to great use. You blogging gals are an inspiration.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Mary, I'm glad you found this useful. I can understand not having the time to blog. I've not paid the attention to mine that I should. I hope to remedy that. It's one of my goals for 2015.

      Thanx for the read and the votes!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I would assume that if a blogger was invited to be a guest that surely they would shine on the blog! Great tips! No blog for me, but just might one day when time permits. I'll be sure and make my guests shine!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Linda, there's more to posting an article by a guest. If the host doesn't tick the Google buttons, time is lost and notoriety slips into the writer's abyss. No one wants that. The writer loses and the host looks like an amateur. Well maybe not, the host probably doesn't rank, so the guest is the one who loses all the way around.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hot topic, ha. I never even thought about this, let alone know how to do it. I probably still would not be able to do it properly, but it sure is a great sea to drive up views.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Deb, the top bloggers have guests all the time. It's a good way to get exposure and links back to your own site.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Great article. Congratulations!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I'm back to say a hearty congratulations on HOTD!

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      Rota 2 years ago

      just what I needed. it's all pretty foreign to me but as a new blogger i will be looking to have guest posts

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Rebecca and Happy Birthday!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Flourish. It's my first ever! And it only took 3 years, 3 months to get there! :-)

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Good luck with your blog, Rota! I hope you'll refer back to this when you invite guest writers. Thank you for reading!

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      Anika Diaries 2 years ago

      Congrats on HOTD! Great piece of info must say.

      Seems to be useful to me in near future. Thanks.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Anika. I was quite surprised to receive HOTD. I'm pleased you found the information useful.

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Sha,

      This is a WELL-deserved HOTD - for content, detail and style... helpful to newbies and us old timers too! Congratulations, dear friend! Love, Maria

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      This was a very helpful post. So worthy of Hub of the Day! Congrats!

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Congratulations on your Hub Of The Day award!

      It is Great that they have recognized the excellence of you Hub.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanx, Mar. I'm pretty excited about it!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Heidi, I'm glad you found this helpful. That's what I was aiming for!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanx, DJ. I was completely surprised - and delighted!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Some interesting advice. I have not tested these waters yet but I may have to.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      A very informative hub that deserves the HOTD! Congrats, Sha!!

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      Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Sha,

      Congratulations on earning HOTD for this excellent, professional, fact filled article about featuring guest bloggers on a website. It's good information for both the host, and the guest blogger to know and I thank you for sharing it.

      Hugs,

      Gail

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Just came back to say congrats on the HOTD! It's always a pleasure when good writing is featured on this award site.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Poetry man, guest posting is a great way to increase a blogger's online presence and credibility. Featuring them in a professional manner does the guest and the host justice.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Linda. This HOTD award gives me a warm and fuzzy from HP staff.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you Gail. I was just passing on what I've learned. I'm glad my readers and HP staff appreciate my efforts.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Bill. Congrats to you, too. We earned HOTDs within a day of each other. Pretty darned cool, huh?

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Congrats on HOTD...this is such important information to have. Presenting someone in just the right way is a such a great thing to do.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      I have a website but have not even looked at it for over a year. This is great information and will bookmark it and share it too. Voted up! Congrats for HOTD!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Just came back to say, Congrats on HOTD! I see you had asked me why I stopped blogging (from an earlier comment here). I started out on Blogger, but I found it was just too time consuming for me to keep it up. I admire all you folks who blog, but I just don't have the enthusiasm for it.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This really explains in detail how to make a guest post effective. I learned a lot from your article. Congratulations on Hub of the Day. It's nice to see a well-deserving post in this spot.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Patti, it's all about respecting our guest writers and respecting ourselves enough to shine the light on other talented writers.

      Thanx for your wonderful comment and the angels!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Debra, I was getting a little lax with my site by the end of 2014. I made a vow to myself that I won't let that happen this year. Call it a New Year's resolution. After all, I can't expect my site to rank well and attract clients if I don't keep it live and fresh!

      I'm glad you found this helpful. Thank you for stopping by with your well wishes!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Debra, I was getting a little lax with my site by the end of 2014. I made a vow to myself that I won't let that happen this year. Call it a New Year's resolution. After all, I can't expect my site to rank well and attract clients if I don't keep it live and fresh!

      I'm glad you found this helpful. Thank you for stopping by with your well wishes!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Mary, thanx for dropping back by. Blogging isn't for everyone. I basically do it to keep my site fresh and falling in rank. It's a marketing tool for my business, so I'd be cutting the nose off my face if I don't give it some love.

      Thanx for the congrats!

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      Bravewarrior, I am going to link this with my business hubs. It's all business.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Peg, it works both ways. If you ever guest post for a blogger, make sure they give you proper respect. It helps both of you.

      And thanx!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Awesome, Debra. Thank you!

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      I put the link on my Tips for Advertising and promotions hub.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Cool. Thanx, Debra!

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Such wonderful advice. I read this when you first published it, but I wanted to come back to say congratulations on receiving Hub of the Day.

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      Congratulations on your HOTD, Shauna! And great tips, as always.

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      Allfindout.com 2 years ago

      Thanks :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Marlene. I'm beaming!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Deb!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      You're welcome, allfindout. Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      WOW, FRONT PAGE NEWS - Congratulations!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Yeah, how 'bout that, Mike! I'm just tickled pink!

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Very interesting article.

      Congratulations for HOTD

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Elsie. I'm glad you found it of interest.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Great job Shauna and definitely thumbs up on getting recognized with a hub of the day. I am fairly new to blogging and this added a fund of information that I otherwise would not have had. I have guest blogged and felt it was a honoring experience. I have not thought about having a guest blogger but I will entertain that idea in the future with hopes of gaining more traffic and connections. My poor little blog is barely above water at this point. But I have faith that it will all come full circle. Great job again and have a great week.

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      MariaMontgomery 2 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Thank you so much for some valuable info. I was recently invited to write a guest post on a gardening website. It will be the first time I have done this, so I still have a lot to learn.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Michelle, everything takes time, especially in the online world. There are sooooo many websites and competitors out there!

      It's nice to see you here. I see you on Iris' blog all the time. You two look like sisters, but I'm sure you've heard that before.

      Thanx for the read and the congrats. Much appreciated!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Maria, congrats on the invite. That's such an honor! Make sure the host gives you the byline and includes a bio with links at the end. You'll provide the bio and a head shot. If the host doesn't ask for either, you may want to direct them to this article before posting your contribution. Make sure they give credit where credit is due and lead people back to your own site.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I use to get asked to be a guest on blogs when I was writing on another site, and accepted the invites a few times. I have not had a guest blogger, but if I ever get that far, I will have this information to help welcome them.

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congrats on HOTD!

      You've raised some great points, and explained them all well. Kudos to you.

      Though I don't have a website, and my blogs are sadly neglected, this is good information to tuck away for future reference.

      Voted up, interesting and useful, also Pinned.

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Congrats on HOTD for this very useful and clearly written hub-- I will certainly refer back to it! Voted up, useful, shared and pinned! ~Cynthia

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Woo Hoo, Sha! Congrats on the HOTD. Well-deserved.

      Go girlfriend! Keep up the amazing work.

      Hugs and much love always

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      Dr. Samprita Sahu 2 years ago from Indore, India

      Great info!!! Thanks.....

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Colorfulone, that's great that you've guested several times. I hope the host gave you the byline and included a bio for you.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Lizzy, thanx for the votes, shares and congrats. Maybe one day you'll get back to your blogs and give them some love!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Cynthia, I'm so pleased you will hang on to this as a reference. I couldn't ask for a better compliment! Thank you for stopping by.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Faith. I'm honored to have earned HOTD!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      You're welcome, Samprita!

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      John A Williams 2 years ago

      Great article and information. I will use this for future reference.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm glad you found this useful, John. Thanx for reading and hanging on to it for future reference!

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I am so pleased to see so much traffic on this article. It really is well done and it provides excellent information! It's gratifying to see it, and you, get the much deserved recognition. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanx for checking back, Iris. I'm pleased with the amount of traffic as well. Who knew?

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      Cammy Walters 2 years ago

      Very insightful article, and much of what has been swimming around in my thoughts lately. Thanks for sharing! Blessings!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Cammy, I'm glad you found the right pool for your thoughts! :-)

      I appreciate you stopping by. I love seeing new faces in my little HP corner.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Great pointers to feature a guest blogger. Very helpful and great guidelines.Thank you for sharing.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you for stopping by, Vellur. I'm glad you found this helpful and worthy of sharing!

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 2 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      This is great advice, Sha. I'm in the process of starting my own "website" but ended up not finishing and getting cold feet. It's still unpublished and out in limbo. You have all the nuts and bolts in my head churning once again. I might have to take another looksy.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Kim, I completely understand. When I was building my website I was terrified. I was definitely travelling in unknown waters! But I was determined to do it and do it I did. You can too. Trust yourself and watch any of the tutorials the site host offers.

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      Linda Rogers 21 months ago from Minnesota

      Very well written hub on the respectful and right way to bring on a guest blogger or hubber. I have had a few guest post's on my blog but haven't done it in a long time. I really appreciate the great tips and information. How cool this hub got the HOTD but I'm not at all surprised.

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      Shauna L Bowling 21 months ago from Central Florida

      Linda, I'm glad you enjoyed this. I was thrilled when I was notified it was and HOTD. My one and only!

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      Randy Godwin 14 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Hey Shauna, don't know how I missed this hub but it well deserved the HOTD selection. I've contributed several guest writes to fellow hubber Alastar Packer's Carolinian's Archives and he always gives a great introduction and links to HP as well.

      I've contributed several historical fiction tales as well as a former HOTD nonfiction hub on his wonderful site. You pr0vide some very good advice in this article about how the owner of a site should recognize a guest writer. Thanks for providing this info. :)

      Randy

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      Shauna L Bowling 14 months ago from Central Florida

      Randy, it's great to see you here. Where've you been? I miss your stories!

      Thank you for the kudos on this hub. I felt the need to write it because, too often, I see guest posters on blogs who don't get the proper credit for their work. There's a way to feature your guest that allows their name to come up in searches, which helps them spread their name through Google recognition. Guesting also gives the writer another notch to claim in their portfolio when marketing themselves as a writer for hire. When you read the blogs of six-figure bloggers, you'll see how professionally (and respectfully) the guests are presented. The most important thing is to give the guest poster the byline. That's the first step in helping them rank. Using your own byline, then introducing them in the text doesn't allow that to happen.

      It's all about recognition and exposure.

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      Alastar Packer 14 months ago from North Carolina

      You sure have it right, Shauna. Very fine hub. And thank you for the kind sentiments on the site, Randy. Your always a most welcome contributor, the readers love your writes my friend, and from all over the world at that. Gonna shoot you a question tonight about an animal species which doesn't seem to be extant in your parts, but want to check w/you

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      Randy Godwin 14 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Still here but not as often as I once was because HP has destroyed my traffic since the subdomains are now extinct. It's pretty much hopeless to publish anything--especially fiction--on HP anymore. I'm slowly removing my hubs from here to other places in the meantime.

      Alastar--Will look forward to your question. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 14 months ago from Central Florida

      Alastar, I'm sure your readers love Randy. I know I do! And thank you for taking the time to read this and comment. Much appreciated!

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      Shauna L Bowling 14 months ago from Central Florida

      Randy, let me know where I can find you. I love your stories and don't want to miss out. You can email me any time.

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      Rolly A. Chabot 6 months ago

      Hi Shauna...

      I have had the good fortune to have been asked to do several interviews and guest blog and the experience has always been wonderful. I do love and respect all of the points you have brought up, very professional and educational... well done my friend.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Shauna L Bowling 6 months ago from Central Florida

      Rolly, it's always an honor when someone respects your work and what you have to offer enough to put you in front of an audience you may not have had otherwise.

      I'm glad you approve of this article. It means a lot.

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      Shauna L Bowling 6 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Fliss, I'm thrilled you took the time to read this post and leave a comment.

      I took a look at your site and love what I see. It's very clean, easy to navigate and offers valuable information. Additionally, it looks very professional. I love your guidelines for guest bloggers.

      I wish you much success. Clean living has once again become a way of life for many. Keep spreading the word!

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      Paula 6 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      GF....You're just so good at what you do. I LOVE that you shared this valuable info with your readers. I welcome all tips & advice from those who know of what they teach!! '

      I've thought a few times about featuring a guest and/or conducting an interview. Perhaps a fellow-writer, but maybe a particularly unique individual with a fascinating life & successful career.

      Hope all goes well for you, GF...on this busy Friday & becomes a really great week-end for you! Hugs, Paula

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      Shauna L Bowling 6 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Paula, I love your idea of featuring someone with an interesting story to tell. I feel somewhat ashamed, though. I wasn't aware you have a blog. Shame on me! Please send me the link!

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      Paula 6 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Sha.....No, GF. No need to feel badly. I do not have a blog. My comment was strictly HP related. If I choose to do an interview, I would feature it on my HP site.....Believe me, If I had a site exclusively my own, you would have the info!!

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      Nell Rose 3 days ago from England

      This was great info shauna, and something I will take on board in future, great stuff!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 days ago from Central Florida

      I'm glad you found this information helpful, Nell. Just trying to do my part in passing on tips I've learned along the way.

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