A few weeks ago, I wrote a guest post at Mama’s Monologues about guest post etiquette, about how one should conduct themselves when they’ve been invited to guest post.
I feel the need now to write about how one can be a hostess with the mostest – basically, how to be an awesome host for YOUR guests writers.
This need arose from a not-so-pleasant experience I had guest posting for someone, which resulted in this post. I was disappointed and hurt by what I considered to be unfair and inconsiderate treatment by my host. I then realized later that I wasn’t the only one she did it to. It wasn’t personal, that was just her style of dealing with guest posters.
That is not to say it is right. Now, I’m not the moral police for blogging. However, as this happened to me, I’m sure it’s happened to many. And it’s just not right. If I can help ONE blogger see their folly, my job is done. And if you’ve been wanting to ask people to guest post and don’t know how to go about it, this should help!
I host guest bloggers here twice a month, so this is just the way I do things. I’m not advocating these as rules, just a guideline and a list of things that work for me, and for my guests (I haven’t had any complaints so far!).
- Ask your guest well in advance if they can guest post for you . 2-3 weeks is a decent amount of time, both for them and you. In the event they say no, you have plenty of time to ask someone else.
- Give them as many details as possible: date of guest post, topic if possible (it’s very difficult to write freely for someone without a topic, at least for me), any ‘restrictions’ you may have such as length and language, deadline for submission, where to send the post to, can they include pictures, whether they should reply to comments and so on.
- Once your guest agrees to guest post, follow it up with an email of the details, if you’ve only exchanged tweets thus far. This makes it easy for your guest to have something to refer to if they forget the date, for example. This also makes it easy for you to keep track of who you’ve asked, and whether they have agreed.
- If your guest has not sent in the post by the deadline, it’s perfectly fine to send a reminder email or a friendly tweet. They may genuinely have forgotten or just need a little more time.
- Once you receive the post, do give it a good read. Check for spelling and grammar mistakes. Make corrections. Your guest will thank you, as they can easily miss small mistakes after reading their post over and over again. You don’t want them to appear like they can’t spell or write properly, do you? If you re-paragraph their post because you feel it’s too long, inform your guest as a courtesy. Send your edited version to them and ask them if it’s okay. They may have intentionally written it in that way to convey a certain message.
- Do inform your guest via email or tweet exactly when their post is going to be published, and if you’re on WordPress, give them a trackback URL so they can include it in their redirect post.
- I do not insist on my guests writing a redirect post, or tell them they can’t write their own post on the same day. I do appreciate if they tell me in advance if they have a post already scheduled on the same day, but they will definitely give their guest post on my site a shout out.
- If your guest has made it clear to you that they do not respond to comments for their guest posts, do not insist. Instead, comment in their stead, as you would your own post, if you’re one who just cannot leave comments alone, like me. 🙂
- Write an introduction of your guest. It can be short or long, but by golly, tell your readers who your guest is, as they may not be familiar with them. Do include your guest’s blog link and if you like, their Facebook page and Twitter handle too. Encourage your readers to engage with your guest outside of your blog. Your guest will love you for that!
- Promote your guest’s post, like you would your own. Tweet it out, place a link on your Facebook fan page. Mention your guest in your tweet each time. They will appreciate knowing that you care about their post as much as you do your own.
- If you do not end up using your guest’s post for whatever reason, DO tell them. Tell them in advance so they’re not left hanging and wondering what happened. If you want to delay the post, TELL them as well.
- I always thank my guest in the comments for guest posting. Whether you want to do that or not, it’s up to you. But if I didn’t, I’d feel like a hostess who invites someone into my home and not even acknowledge their presence.
Guest posting, to me, is like being invited into each other’s homes. As the hostess, I want to put out my best china for you. I want to serve the best food and drinks, provide the best entertainment. I want my other guests to love my guest star. I want YOU to love being the guest star. So why on earth would I not do my best to ensure you have the best time?
Do you have any tips to add on how to be the best blog hostess?
Mommy of a Monster & Twins liked this post!