After 2013 SEO changes, guest blogging has become one of the best way to generate genuine links. In this race, many Bloggers have enabled guest posting on their blog via Email, but when you are using WordPress, you can automate the process in the best ways. To make most out of guest posting opportunities, you should enable guest post submission by WordPress dashboard.
Here at ShoutMeLoud, I’m running a multi-author WordPress blog for more than 3 years and more than 400 bloggers have guest posted here. Along with backlink benefit, I also offer backlink opportunities and you can learn about it on our Guest post submission section. In this article, I will be sharing some of the plugins and settings, I use to create a multi-author WordPress blog and you can follow this to enable guest post submissions from WordPress dashboard.
How to Enable guest post submission in WordPress from Dashboard
To start with, very first thing which you need to do is enable registration in WordPress. Most of the blogs with guest posts enabled, are using default permission as subscriber and guest bloggers have to Email the admin to upgrade the account. From my perspective, this is time-consuming and when you are in mood to do a guest post, it works as a road-block. So, it’s better if you give default permission as contributor.
Enable WordPress registration:
Login to WordPress dashboard, go to settings > General and enable user registration “Anyone can register“. Give default permission level as contributor.
Here are few plugins which I use to take care of Adsense revenue sharing, Spam protection and automate the process of guest post submission, editing and publishing.
Stop Guest post spam with WangGuard plugin:
The major reason most of the bloggers don’t allow default registration level in WordPress as contributor to stop guest post spam. Spammers use many automated software’s to register on WordPress and for the submission. On a particular day, I used to see almost 100+ such spam submissions and it’s a headache to delete all posts one by one and delete the users. Now deleting a user doesn’t help here, as he can always register again and repeat the process. I use WangGuard WordPress plugin. It works like Akismet and offer many level of protection from spam WordPress registration. It doesn’t stop spam 100%, but it gives option like you can one click trash the post and report users as spam blogger. To make user registration more secure, you can use a combination of Sabre + WangGuard. Once you have set up both the plugins, make sure you test your user registration page yourself and see if there is any kind of issues, genuine bloggers might face while registering on your blog.
WordPress post notification plugin: Enable Submit for review
Now, here is a useful plugin call Peter’s collaboration Email plugin which notifies the admin when a post is submitted for review. Users with contributor right can get “Submit for review” option and once they are done drafting their guest post, with one click users can submit posts for review. If an admin accept or reject a post, user will get notification for the same. So, this usually helps a lot in automating the process of notifying the admin and contributing author about status of blog post. plugin>
Post notes for Interaction:
Now, here is another useful plugin from the author of above plugin. Peter’s post notes plugin add a column in post editor sidebar, where an author can add a sidenote for editor and admin. As an admin, if you are rejecting the blog posts, using Peter’s post note plugin you can quickly add the reason of rejection or any changes author can make to improve the article and resubmit. Simply add your note and change the status of article to draft and update it. Guest poster will get an email along with notes added by you. Simple but very useful plugin. Download Peter’s note plugin.
SEOPressor for SEO optimization:
After Panda update, I realized that most of submitted guest posts where marked as low quality content due to lack of proper on page optimization and structure of article. For example, There was no Keyword targeted in the post or submitter have used lots of h2 or h3 heading tag in the blog post, which was again a bad on page SEO for a Blog post. Last year, I integrated one paid plugin call SEOPressor, which adds a box on the post editor section, where submitted can add their target Keyword for the post and he can see the SEO score along with LSI Keywords and readability of his article..
From admin point of view, I find it very useful to quickly edit the post for target keyword and also to see how well article is written based on readability score.
Enable Adsense revenue sharing on Multi-author blog:
By offering Adsense sharing, you are offering an extra incentive for guest authors. Specially, it’s useful for freelance writers to become a part of your blog and earn passive from Adsense sharing on their blog post. And it looks a like a good deal for blogs with good traffic, as budding bloggers can take advantage of revenue sharing and can become a regular author of your blog and earn handsome income with revenue sharing. You can use Author advertising plugin and you can refer to my earlier guide on How to enable adsense revenue sharing in WordPress.
Now these are few of the plugins which I use all the time and they work like charm. There are many more things which you can do to make life easier for guest poster, by offering a custom WordPress login page or login box in your blog sidebar. There are many such plugins I tested in the past and you can use any one of them according to your requirement. Here are links to those posts, which will help you make most out of your multi-authored WordPress blog. Register plus plugin, thememylogin plugin.
Apart from above, here are few more things which you can do:
- Landing page for Guest posting enables information : Example page
- Give author credit within Blog posts (Read: Why?)
- Avoid turning your guest blog into article directory
- Add author box below post to make sure users know, who is the author of blog post.
- Author Archive page, so that users can see all the posts by an author. I use Thesis theme and they offer author archive page by default.
- Dont allow default Author bio, as many users can use it for linking to spam sites.
Well, these are some of the simple tips which you can follow to create a multi-author WordPress blog, not it’s up to your what all extra incentive you offer to your readers, which will make them to come back on your blog for guest posting opportunities back to back.
If you run a Multi-authored WordPress blog, where people can submit posts from WordPress dashboard, I would love to learn a new tip from you. Do share it via comment. If you find this post useful to enable guest posting on your blog, make sure to share the post on your Fan pages and Google plus.