What’s your favorite game of chance?
Mine is ludo.
Playing ludo my favorite game of chance.
I am an intensely analytical ludo player–I look at my opponent’s psychology and default strategies.
I then plan every move based on my analysis.
But at the end of the day, there is always a chance I may fail if the dice rolls a way I don’t want it to.
And that keeps the game exciting.
But when it comes to guest blogging to build my email list, I NEVER want to be betting.
Yet surprisingly most people bet when finding guest blog opportunities.
They bet that guest blogging on sites with high traffic will mean lots of people joining their email list.
When in reality high traffic has nothing to do with your email list growth payoff from your guest blog post.
So what should you look at?
Audience engagement aka a surefire sign of the best guest blog opportunities.
Why looking at audience engagement helps you find the best guest blog opportunities
Here is a quick visual to show you the difference audience engagement makes to a guest blog opportunity:
How to find the best guest blog opportunities
Use tools like NinjaOutreach to look up a blog’s audience engagement.
There are the four steps to do this. Let’s talk about each of them.
#1 Search for blogs in your niche in NinjaOutreach
For this example, we will assume the niche we are searching for is creative writing.
#2 Sort by total shares and save to list
#3 Download the list
#4 screen for blogs with highest total shares and shares per post
You would do this by:
- opening the list in Excel or your spreadsheet of choice
- removing the bottom 80% of blogs by total shares and then
- sorting by shares per post
And that is how you can stop betting and start knowing your guest blog opportunity will pay off for growing your email list!
Wrap up & next steps
Let’s summarize what you learned. You learned:
- Why betting on high traffic blogs to find the best guest blog opportunities is a mistake
- Why you should look at engagement to find the best guest blog opportunities instead AND
- How to easily find a blog’s audience engagement to confirm it is the best guest blog opportunity for you
Now it is your turn. Go ahead put this into action.
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Guest posting since 2009, Sana’s posts have been seen on places like Adweek, VentureBeat, byRegina.com and many others. She is on a mission to help online entrepreneurs like you grow their brands, credibility, and email lists by getting their guest posts published. When she isn't writing posts like this one you will find her meditating somewhere beautiful or pondering the meaning of life over a cup of tea.