ShoutMeLoud is grown up like a giant in the field of the Blogging and Affiliate Marketing niche. Though there’re many big fishes crowded in this competitive niche. The man one who pushed the technology blog into a linkable resource for Blogging, SEO, Content and Affiliate Marketing, etc. he is a calm and straightforward blogger from India who dreams to make the blogging as a career option in his motherland. Let’s break the surprise; he is none other than our beloved Harsh Agrawal.
He built ShoutMeLoud as an award-winning blog to help Shouters. Best part SML accepts guest posts under certain circumstance. Here we’ve got the super three principles you should pass, to get accepted your first guest post from SML.
Many of the Freelancers and even some of the blog-o-spere members say’s, guest blogging is the lethargic way of link building. But according to Harsh, guest blogging for backlinks is worst. He says a blog with passion and tries to build your audience and community around your blog.
I indeed agree with this point, first and foremost you need to build the like-minded audience for your site. Backlinks are only for Google bots to rank your blog higher and stable in SERPs.
After analyzing articles written by Harsh, I’ll conclude that he loves high-quality, in-depth content. I agree with his point of view, No matter how big your brand is Quality cum detailed content is the only thing that your audience is looking for. He is the true believer of Content Marketing, that’s why he produce beast contents on a regular basis. These are the key point that he suggests for the bloggers who tempted to write for SML.
Three Lessons to Remember Before You Write for SML
Content is not the king, "High-Quality Content is the King"
Since ShoutMeLoud is an authority blog, you should maintain the quality that reflects that current quality and tone. “Content is the king” anyone should agree this statement when you’re in Blog-O-Sphere. Detailed cum quality together plays vital roles in making your posts robust, all you need to do is dig deeper into the topic and express your thoughts in a unique and exciting way.
For guest posts, you need to write in a conversation tone, so it stands among the other blog posts. Always remember while you write any guest article, you’re not alone you represent the whole blog community with the vast audience. Better you afford for best or hire some of the freelancers like Me. To write an in-depth content or case studies, go through the blog posts related to your topic, understand what you need to convey to the readers then start writing.
The quality of the content is one among the hallmarks, to get the approval of your guest posts. The reason why Harsh made prohibition for the low-quality guest contents in SML is that for the sake of readers (Shouters) and Cute animals. Confused right? Let me Explain.
Think a while that you’ve got an incomplete content, how will expect to solve your reader’s problem? When loyal readers read those contents, they may feel annoying and leave your site without reading further. More often your engagement and search traffic will be zero for that particular content. The reputation of the blog may decrease drastically if the blog continues with the flow of essence fewer contents.
Cute animals are referred to Google Panda, Penguin, Hummingbird, and other Algorithm updates. Especially Google Panda, which hunts for the low-quality contents, no matter which reputable blogs they are from. Due to the low-quality guest posts and some spam links, ShoutMeLoud caught by Panda in late 2011. Google Panda may ruin your site if you don’t follow Panda recovery techniques if the Panda penalizes the site. So Harsh pays close attention while accepting guest posts.
Think, if you trouble your readers you’ll be slapped by the Google. Keep your readers happy, how will Google know whether your readers are happy only with their engagement and conversation.
Remember these things before you submit guest posts:
- Make sure you’ve not copied the content from anywhere on the internet. (Don’t be CopyCats)
- Proofread your articles twice or thrice.
- Link to related posts, don’t link to spam or low-quality sites. Link to high authority websites like Wikipedia.etc. Maintain Solid Outbound link SEO.
- If you got the extra pair of eyes to survey your content is blessing right? Then use Grammarly for an advanced proofreading.
Giveaway: No longer content is king but “Quality content is the King.” Maintain the quality evenly throughout the post. Express your thoughts, ideas in a realistic way with your point of view which makes the content more shareable and a linkable asset. Make sure you strike the equal balance between the readers and search engine views.
Be Regular and Loyal Reader
Yes, it is one among these three golden principle’s you need to follow before you hit submit your post for SML. As I said above quality is the ultimate factor for guest posts, but you need to write content for blog audience mindsets (in your case Shouters) first, then message your content as per your tone (Conversation Copywriting). To know the audience, you should be the regular reader of the blog. When you look at the SML posts, you’ll come across conversation writing style.
Interactive writing is the key to success according to Harsh, so why not to include in your guest posts. Use active voice and confident tone of writing to get your article more engaging. Read SML guest posts to improve your writing style and to become well versed in that subject.
Do mention as below,
- Make sure you’ve subscribed to the mailing lists of the Blog.
- Subscribe to various social channels.
- Engage yourself directly with admin by leaving relevant comments.
- Be a loyal reader and well-wisher!
Giveaway: Though you’re not willing to write for SML, don’t stop reading. It’ll be your helping hand when you are lost in the blog-o-sphere.
Patience is the primary requirement for any of the blogger who inspires to take blogging as full-time. There is no record in the world that, one became successful overnight. Creating a WordPress blog, throwing some random articles and bombarding with Google AdSense will never make a penny for you. You need to write great contents, engage in yourself social networks, build niche relevant links, self-branding, build blog community and much more to achieve high feet. When it come for blogging, you need to have the patience to develop money making a blog which you can live by. If you lack patience, you’ll end up with quitting blogging. The reason I’m saying is, if your guest post gets rejected don’t get setback. You can resubmit again. Make sure you have improved your content much better before you resubmit, without improvement, it’ll be a waste of time for you.
The old proverb, Do or Die, but it doesn’t fit in the current era. So it is slightly modified into “Do before you die.”
Giveaway: It took 6+ years for Harsh to build this reputable blog. So how you expect instant approval for guest posts appeal. In order get succeeded, you must have patience which pays shortly.
Writing for a high page rank blogs like SML is a dream for most of the bloggers, I indeed dreamt. But how can it get accepted if it doesn’t meet the criteria for SML guest blogging?
Think a while if you are the admin of the ShoutMeloud, how will you accept those low-quality guest posts for your blog. You should try again if it rejected for the first time along with improvement that feedbacks by admin.
Harsh is hungry bloggers who look for writers with the quality post and a good intention of sharing some unique knowledge to the Shouters. If you have a unique idea and skill of expressing in a peculiar way, you’re on the right blog for submitting and sharing your thoughts.
Upcoming pro-bloggers, hope you learned something from this. Let me know what you have learned from the Harsh or SML?
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