Guest posting is a widely discussed topic recently. We already saw Susan sharing the list of guest posting mistakes and naturally we are all aware of the fact that this blog welcomes guest posts from contributors.
This post is meant to be a practical guide on how to snag a guest post and track new emerging opportunities using Twitter.
1. Twitter Search Smart Tricks
Twitter Search is the first tool in your arsenal. It aggregates the most recent (and thus still valid) offers from all over the world. The following search phrases (probably combined with some term describing your topic expertise) should be used to filter the search to guest posting offers:
[looking for writers]
[looking for contributors]
[interested in contributors]
Besides that, taking advantage of smart Twitter search tricks is also a wise idea. One such trick is appending a question mark to the search phrase to limit the search to Tweeted questions:
2. Use Seesmic to Track New Emerging Opportunities
There are various tools with similar functionality, I recommend Seesmic just because that’s the one I am using myself; so I am familiar with the tool well enough to recommend it.
First, configure Seesmic to notify you of new Tweets based on your filter. Navigate: Settings-> Notifications and put a tick next to “Notify about new search results”:
Now search Twitter from inside Seesmic for anything related to guest blogging (in your niche):
Your search will be saved automatically and from now on you will be notified of new Tweets as soon as they appear:
3. Track Guest Posting Opportunities within a Twitter List
Twitter lists ar a great way to organize your Twitter contacts. Twitter users eagerly sort friends into lists but few people really use the feature. Let me show you one possible (practical) implementation of the feature.
Do you have the list of respectful bloggers you want to guest post for? Then follow these steps:
Follow those bloggers on Twitter and add all of them in one separate list;
Use this tool to track this Twitter list for the word “guest”, “guest post”, etc:
Now, once the Twitter users within the list Tweet the word you are tracking, you’ll receive an email alert that looks like this:
Any other Twitter search or guest blogging tips to share? Please add them in the comments!
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