The Best Guest Posting Sites for Busy Business Bloggers

As a busy business blogger, wouldn’t it just be nice to have short a list of quality guest posting opportunities and know where to go to get the best guest posting tips without having to read hundreds of articles? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Top business blogs for guest posting

Ramblings on the State of Guest Posting Today…

Now that Google has decisively shut down several of the most flagrantly artificial SEO techniques, guest posting has become big business. But the problem is, it’s become a little too big. The guest posting field is getting watered down by linking building droids who are spamming webmasters left, right, and center with their low quality, spun content, causing many webmasters to recoil in frustration. But none of this is surprising. After all, guest posting is supposedly the last free method of securing a prized backlink to your site…

So, let’s first get one thing straight, guest posting is not the best, free method to get quality backlinks to your site. There’s nothing “free” about it. To be successful at guest posting, you have to at least dedicate a significant amount of time to researching sites, being active on them, writing up a quality post, answering comments, etc. And your time is money, remember? If you are outsourcing your linkbuilding and content creation (or have permanently hired someone for the task) then it requires a direct investment of money as well.

The bottom line is that it is getting harder to find quality sites to guest post on, and it is getting harder to even get noticed in the first place, and this is happening as the tasks required to run a successful business blog and website are getting more and more numerous.

That said, there are plenty of quality sites out there that are still open to guest bloggers. For a good post on how to search for these sites in your particular niche and for some general guest posting tips, see this great post over at Kissmetrics; you should also take a look at this video at SEOMoz (transcript included). There are several posts out there listing “hundreds” of sites that accept guest post submissions. But,  for those of you who have limited resources, yet realize the potential of guest posting to amplify your message, build brand awareness, and send targeted traffic to your site, you may be looking for something more focused.

The sites listed below will give you the biggest bang for your buck. If you only have the time and money to focus on a few guest posting opportunities, you may want to target these sites first. To make the list they fulfill most (if not all) of the following criteria:

  • Strong social sharing- Aside from amplifying your work, social signals are becoming more important than ever in increasing your “authorship authority”- something Google takes into consideration when ranking the content on your own site.
  • Awesome commenters- The more comments, the more opportunities you get to express your expertise and ideas (by responding to them). If the site has Commentluv, then you can also showcase other posts on your site.
  • Strong brand- A guest post on an authority site is almost like getting an endorsement. Your brand is being associated with another strong brand that you can reference later on.
  • Good traffic-You need this to maximize those referral visits.
  • High page and domain ranking- You are getting a strong link from an authority site which will help your site’s ranking.
  • Allows a range of guest posters- You’ll actually stand a chance of getting published even if you are not running a top-ranking blog or website.
  • ***Bonus: The people behind many of the sites listed below are online networking superstars. It pays to sign up for their email lists and download an ebook or two even just to see what the “professionals” are doing. They are living examples of how to leverage your readership and brand.

You’ll notice that this list is relatively short. It was done on purpose. It is very much quality over quantity here. If you are a business blogger- especially a time-strapped, cash-strapped one- then I urge you to take a look at these sites.

The Most Valuable Guest Posting Opportunities for Business Bloggers

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Business Topics

  • Small Business Trends- The number one site for small business news and trends.
  • TweakYourBiz (formerly Bloggertone)- A good guest blogging platform exclusively for business bloggers.
  • Business2Community- Not so much social activity here, but it’s an extensive network of professionals writing on a variety of business topics.

General Topics and Lifestyle Blogs

  • Com Luv Network- The blog over at CommentLuv supports a whole range of topics and has a large readership
  • Pick the Brain- A popular self-development blog.
  • Life Hack- Another all-rounder with a strong readership and community
  • Technorati- Technorati is perhaps best known for its website ranking system, but you can also guest post there. This site offers a readership of millions monthly and publishes on a variety of topics.

Guest Blogging Communities

  • Aside from the sites above, you may also want to join a guest blogging community. Such sites bring together bloggers who are interested in connecting with other bloggers across various niches to both publish and receive guest posts. Though there are a few options out there, the best one is My Blog Guest, by Anne Smarty. The site is heavily moderated (read: no spam), it has an active community, and the quality of the articles are relatively high. You can try connecting with other bloggers via the forums or for $10 a month, you can get a pro account which allows you to put a summary of your guest post submissions into the articles gallery.

Comments

  1. says

    Hey Adam,

    As a busy blogger, I’ve been collecting a list of sites to guest post on. This is a nice addition.

    Thanks Adam for sharing that list.

  2. Adam Gottlieb says

    Your welcome, but you should share your list somewhere. The more you go out of your way to promote others, the more people will want to promote you.

  3. says

    Hi Adam, wonderful post and resources for business bloggers. Thanks for the shout out. A lot of people enjoyed the guest post you did on Basic Blog Tips and suddenly it’s getting another round of exposure due to some influential retweeters :)

  4. Adam Gottlieb says

    Thanks for stopping by, Ileane.
    And I’m glad that post is making the rounds again. Maybe if enough people complain then there’ll be some reduction in all that link building spam coming our way.

  5. says

    Hi Adam,

    Love your style. It’s very easy to read. I really like your list…particularly as I write for Tweak your Biz! Thanks for that shout out. The team really appreciates it.

    Just one thing though – I find that some sites, particularly European ones, have great content yet few people commenting. I think it’s a difference in culture and I’ve mentioned it before. (It would make for an interesting article.).

    I’ve seen great posts written with hardly any social shares yet I know the analytics show it’s been read by quite a few people. How do we encourage people to social share and frequently comment on the European side of the pond?

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks for sharing this on bizsugar.com.
    Take care,
    Denise

  6. Adam Gottlieb says

    Hi Denise,

    First, thanks for the feedback and compliments; they are appreciated.

    And regarding the second point… first realize that the question you’re asking should be rephrased: it’s not about how do we encourage Europeans to socially share and comment like Americans. The better question is how can we become more aware, understanding, and sensitive to the way Europeans create, digest, and share content online? And then the question that follows immediately on its heels is: How do we take what we’ve learned and apply it our websites/online stores to accommodate those markets?

    I did a little research, and it looks like you are right; there is a cultural difference in the way Europeans use and view the Internet vs Americans- especially when it comes to social sharing online. Here’s an article I found that brings up three main differences: http://www.ignitesocialmedia.com/social-media-strategy/social-media-strategy-europe/

  7. says

    Thank you for preparing this list and for being open about the reality of getting backlinks in today’s environment. We are putting together a list of guest post sites and will definitely add some of yours as well.

  8. says

    Hello Adam,

    Thanks for sharing this great resource. I plan to engage in guest blogging more and this list is really timely for me.

    I’ve bookmarked the page for reference.

    cheers!

  9. says

    Thanks for sharing Adam lots of people are searching for this list.

    Have you noticed at times how guest posts seem to water down a blog?

    Do find that you read the guests posts as thoroughly as do when the site owner posts?

  10. Adam Gottlieb says

    I’ve definitely seen many blogs where the guest posting takes away from the voice and style that the author(s) bring, but I’ve also seen many blogs where guest posting just works. It really depends on a few things:

      How much effort the site owner makes to weed out the low quality posts
      How “famous” and exclusive the site is- ie is it hard to get a guest post accepted?
      If there exists a community around the blog
  11. says

    Hey Adam,

    Awesome set of links!

    Guest blogging definitely has its ups and downs – As long as one filters through possible guest posting options and avoids any low quality sites they should be fine.

  12. says

    What a great article. I have been using a similar guest posting method for some time now, and I’ve had great results. I have always looked for sites to comment and guest post via Google. I have never found such a list. This is a great resource!

  13. says

    Great list. Some I had heard of and others not. Guest posting is great for getting your message out when done correctly. As a site owner I agree that when receiving guest posts you have to be careful to weed out low quality posts so that your voice and purpose for your blog doesn’t get drowned out.

  14. says

    I really enjoyed this post. Lately I’ve come to realize the importance of spreading the gospel outside of my little universe through the power of guest posting. I really didn’t know where to look as I’ve been a bit self absorbed lately (working my site PLUS attempting to live a life (yea right)). To make a long story short, THANKS.

  15. says

    Awesome list Adam! I really like the criteria you laid out here. Guest posting can be a serious time drain so it’s important to pick your targets carefully. Nothing’s worse than spending hours on a top-notch guest post only to have it posted on a black hole site with zero traffic or SEO value.

    And as you mentioned, My Blog Guest is definitely an incredible resource for guest posting addicts like me

  16. says

    Great post Adam !

    I’ve been searching for that king of information. I didn’t know that sites like My Blog Guest and other guest blog directories exist. I’ve been searching for guest blog opportunities manually, which cost me a lot of time and money. Your post has helped me to find guest blog opportunities with ease.

    Thanks !

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