ProBlogger Guest Post Review

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of guest posting on one of the most popular blogs around, ProBlogger. It’s been a secret goal of mine and glad to say, mission accomplished. Thanks for all the comments, likes, tweets, and support. Now that I have caught my breath, I wanted to take a look back, review the experience, and share my lessons learned.

Say What? Excuse Me?

A few months ago, I was embarrassed and a little disheartened. Why you might ask? Before Ignore the A-list Bloggers hit pay dirt, I was rejected, not once, but twice! After the first denial, I was stunned. Before this rude awakening, I was on fire as I was hitting my personal marks. I didn’t let up on my post schedule. I was lowering my Alexa. I was doing the best with my mozRank, friends, and followers. I continued building my community and created, what I thought was stimulating content. Who does ProBlogger think he is?

Lightning Strikes Twice

Ok, it happens to the best of them. You can’t win them all, right? I shook it off, and continued on my merry way. Then a few months later, I had another interesting topic, and fired again. I got you now, Darren Rowse. I learned from my mistake. I was a little too cocky and a little light on the material. This is understandable, but not a problem. Try this one on for size!

What? Rejected, again! I was fuming. I was beside myself. What does this mean? I am so upset that I figuratively split in two? Anyway, I was this close from writing a post on rejection, hoping it would help me deal with it, but I took a breath and decided against it. That post would have been a good read as it would have been quite emotionally charged and passionate. Next time, I should just let it all out.

Third Time’s The Charm

Call me a glutton for punishment or a man on a mission. I had a goal to get published on ProBlogger and would not take no for an answer. After the first two rejections, I knew I had to seriously bring my A game. To be fair, ProBlogger’s content manager, Georgina, was courteous enough to give me a reply. Both times I got something to the effect of we’ve published similar articles before so we can’t use your submission at this time. Ouch.

Throw The Kitchen Sink

I’ve read that when you guest post, you should submit your best stuff. Boy, they weren’t kidding. LaTisha from Financial Success for Young Adults asked, how did I do it? I swallowed my pride and listened to my rejection feedback. I couldn’t just submit the usual run of the mill stuff. I needed to be unique. Lately I’ve been dealing with stagnation for most of my metrics. Not only did I have to deal with my self-doubt, I had to see and hear about bigger blogs and their bigger metrics which added insult to injury. The biggest culprits were the A-list bloggers. What better way to deal with a problem than blog about it? Another move I’ve learned on my blog journey is to shock my audience or throw a twist. After two rejections, I had to pull out all the stops and applied both moves at the same time.

Holy Grail

My quest to get on ProBlogger was turning into a mini battle. Mostly within myself, but what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, right? In the past, I would hold back because my feeble former self would be crushed beyond repair and did not have the capacity to handle such a setback. Nowadays, I go down swinging in a blaze of glory. I finally understand what it means to leave it all out on the floor. I cobbled together, what I thought was a solid piece. A few days later, my favorite content manager writes back. Good news, bad news. She liked my idea, but wanted me to firm up the ending of the piece and gave me a few pointers. I breathed a sigh of relief. Ok, half way in, let’s finish this.

Final Thoughts

To firm up my ending, which consisted of blog advice, I needed to do additional research and provide resources that backed my advice. In doing the extra research, not only did I strengthen my piece, I even learned a thing or two about blogging itself.

The final numbers? Comments: 126, Likes: 23, Tweets: 397. These numbers are the best of my short blogging career. In fact, the tweets eclipse my entire career tweet totals. Insanity! Surprisingly, my own blog’s traffic did not spike. I believe everyone is so busy these days that they read the guest post, enjoyed it on ProBlogger, and quickly moved on to the next stimulating article. In the same vein, if they were so moved, the reader quickly tweeted it along to share with their followers. I still haven’t found much traction on Facebook or my subscribers. What about the new social media kid on the block, Google+? I also now have a new view about guest posting. Don’t expect a traffic spike. Do it for the experience, showcase your style to another community, and strengthen your writing.

The entire experience was educational and exhilarating. Setting a goal, encountering setbacks, and achieving it make it even sweeter. Don’t take rejection personally. Sure your ego was bruised and your confidence was shaken. But objectively, didn’t the reason you got rejected make sense? Take a step back and really look at the situation. Learn from it, harness it, and move higher. Hard work and persistence does pay off and I am now a better writer because of it. My confidence is higher than ever before. I am excited to use this new momentum to carry me to the next stage. Look out blogosphere, here I come. Call me corny, but after the big win, I felt like Rocky Balboa!

Stay Inspired!
Buck

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20 Responses

  1. No Debt MBA says:

    I’ve had four guest posts go up in the last month or so and only one of them caused a traffic spike. Almost all of that traffic went to one post I’d linked to in my guest article about our $25 grocery budget. That one post got like 500 views in one day, but I’m not sure how many of those readers stuck around.

    So I’d have to agree that guest posting isn’t going to work magic for your blog traffic, but it’s still worth while to build relationships and learn. I learned good stuff about writing and what readers are interested in (cutting their grocery budgets to $25/week apparently).

    Still, congrats! Getting on ProBlogger (as you found) is not easy!

  2. Congrats on getting published. Nice to see that your persistence was rewarded. I am surprised that the guest posting did not induce additional traffic. I have found that true of my one guest post as well. Maybe the conventional wisdom isn’t so wise.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks! To be honest, I was getting a little worried. Could I handle a 3rd rejection in a row? Colonel Sanders I am not. Haha. Conventional wisdom about a traffic spike may not be so wise, but guest posting does have its benefits. Just have to manage expectations.

  3. MoneyCone says:

    Fascinating Buck! I didn’t realize there was such a story behind the post. But I’ll say that was one heck of a post and truly deserved to be posted by the best!

    Congrats again!

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks MC! I’m just doing my little part to represent Yakezie. Also, I have to keep up with incredible writers like Money Cone. Nothing helps writing more than reading great writing!

  4. krantcents says:

    Thanks for the debrief! I always wondered what effect a gust post might have. I think multiple guest posts over time will attract a greater audience versus a single post. I think the real lesson is that you hung in there after two rejections. Keep it up!

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thank you for reading! I was pretty amped up and before I knew it, I had written my longest post to date. Good point about several posts over time versus a single post for audience building.

  5. Hunter says:

    Go Rocky! Well done for fronting up again, and then again. A-listers…who do they think they are? As well as the experience, you have another powerful addition to your blogging resume “content contributor on Problogger”, and that’s gold.

  6. Untemplater says:

    Thanks for the behind the scenes info and CONGRATS!! I love that you didn’t give up and used their feedback to your advantage. Awesome job! 🙂 -Sydney

  7. Hi Buck,
    That is one inspiring behind-the-scene story! That just proves again that persistence and perseverance really does pay off.
    I admire you for turning your rejections around into learning and achievement. It would be so easy to just give up and see the experience in a bad light but I’m glad for you that you were able to get something good out of it. It makes a good motivational post for the rest of us bloggers.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Hi Theresa,

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment. I have to say, there were times I wanted to throw in the towel. Do I really need this? Shaking it off, I really did! In the big picture, this was a tiny hurdle, but it encourages me to take on bigger challenges. We could apply this to every facet of our life. Small victories lead to bigger challenges and even bigger victories along with a wealth of lessons learned and stories to tell. Sounds good? CHARGE!!!

  8. Evan says:

    I should guest post more, but I can’t justify the time for the little bump in traffic or followers. It is still nice to interact with all those new people. Did you reply to each comment? That could increase the number of people who come over here

    • Buck Inspire says:

      It did take some time, but did get a lot out of it. Since you are more established, perhaps the payoff may not be as great. I did reply to each comment. Busy day to say the least. But the new visits were way lower than expected. Live and learn. Who knows, may be my comments weren’t fascinating enough. Haha.

  9. Great job! It didn’t result in a huge traffic spike, but you learned a lot from it. I’ve been way too busy to do a guest post lately. Maybe once things settle down, I’ll write one.

  10. It is so attractive when people are “completely themselves” and their writing distinctly flows from them. I see that in your writing…don’t worry the people will come!

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment. It made my day! In the past, I donned different personas trying to be more like a professional writer, but all it did was stifle me and mute my voice. Being myself, I am enjoying writing more than ever before. Since I use writing to express myself, problem solve, and vent, what you see is what you get, a pretty authentic look at what goes on in my head. Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend!

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