Guest Blogging is the choice of many bloggers. For a writer or promoter it is the best way to interact with the traffic of other famous blogs and for a blog owner it is the best way to make money as well as to get the quality post. So guest blogging is always a win win condition for both and no one is going in lose.
Great writes always keep finding the guest blogging opportunities to expend their blogging arena and to make relation with the bloggers from all across the world.
But for a multi-author blog this can be a question to think that how to handle guest bloggers so that you can get most out of it and people feel comfortable after writing at your blog. Giving an awesome feel to the writer can feed more quality stuff on your blog and they will always having perception in mind that they are going to get real juice form your blog.
My blog is also a multi-author blog where I have more then 90 bloggers from all across the world who keep sharing their knowledge for my visitors, and the number is still increasing. When I made it open for guest blogging then there were questions which keep running in my mind about how to handle guest bloggers and I kept reading the articles about making a perfect guest blogging blog.
Here are following observations and tips which I found
1. Easy Registration Process
You must have easy registration process so that user will feel very good after registration. Make a page on your blog saying “write for us” and write down all your guideline in that page that what kind of stuff you are looking from them and how many minimum words requirement is there. Always ask them to use their original picture in the Gravatar.
For this you can use plugin called SABRE which will let users to select the password at the time of registration and this plugin will protect your blog from SPAMS also.
Don’t be harsh to writers and interact with them very politely.
2. Make them Contributor
Contributors are allowed to submit posts as pending for review, and they can see other posts and stuff inside dashboard, but they don’t have control over it, as they don’t have capability to edit, change or delete anything.
On the other hand contributors can add themselves in Google Plus profile for Google Authorship so that when anyone will search the article they will have their Google Plus profile pic in the SERP. All they need to do is to add your website address in the contributor field of their Google Plus Profile.
3. Use following Plugins
If you want to handle guest bloggers in a very well manner then these are must use plugins for any multi-author blog.
- Capability Manager – This Plugin will allow you to set the role of users as Contributor, Author, Subscribes etc and you can give then extra role which you want to give them like if you want that Contributor can upload the files then you can set this in this plugin.
- Peter’s Collaboration E-mails - This plugin will help the writers to get the notification about their post that if it has been published or sent in the draft again. Admin will get the notification when writer will left the post for Pending Review.
- Peter’s Post Notes - If you want writers to add notes while leaving the post for pending review then you can use this plugin which can be used from both the way. That writer can left any comments and admin can write down note that why he is rejecting his/her post.
These are some tips and plugin which I am using on my blog to handle guest bloggers and I am very happy with them. If you are having any suggestion which can help my readers to do this job in more advance manner then don’t shy to express your feelings and put your views.