3 Tips for Wooing Experts to Build Your New Blog

woo experts to help build your blog

You’ve finally done it.

You’ve made the leap as a freelance copywriter.

You’ve invested in your new website and defined your niche audience.

You’ve committed to a consistent blog post schedule (right?).

You may have even gone so far as to create an editorial calendar for your blog (right?)!

And that’s likely when the reality hits you: aside from your own contributions and those of a handful of sympathetic (empathetic?) colleagues, your editorial calendar has a lot of empty spots in it. Circled in red, with a 🙁 for emphasis.

If you’ve researched your industry’s vertical to see what content your niche readers are eating up – and what they are not – then you’ve most likely discovered that they love those blog posts authored from recognized experts in the field.

So how do you – a relative “unknown” – convince these authorities to contribute to your brand new shiny blog?

Here’s what I’ve learned along the way… Keep in mind that these are long-term strategies; getting the attention, much less the contribution, of an industry “somebody” requires time.

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Content Tips from the Newsroom Excerpt: Media Law and Privacy

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Content Tips from the Newsroom media law excerptToday, I’m sharing an excerpt from my free Content Tips from the Newsroom course.

The following information on privacy comes from the first course tip: media law.

This is just one section of the media law tip, which also includes information on copyright, libel and slander.

Content Tips from the Newsroom Excerpt

Privacy

As a business owner or employee, you’re familiar with, or at least aware of, NDAs – information shared with you that you agree not to share with anyone else. Simple.

When you become a publisher, you need to know what else you can’t share that wasn’t covered by your signature on a legal document.

Here’s one example shared by The Associated Press:

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How a Guest-Blogging Strategy Can Double Your Subscriber List

A guest-blogging strategy should be part of your content strategy.

Why Is Guest-Blogging Valuable?

Guest blogging builds links back to your website and builds your audience.

Link Building Helps You Rank Well in Search

guest-blogging strategyGuest blogging improves your website’s SEO by building valuable links from authoritative sites that point back to your site – part of what’s called a link-building strategy.

Oy – strategy within strategy within strategy.

(If you’re a nerd like me, you’re probably having flashbacks to Frank Herbert’s description of Fremen eyeballs: blue within blue within blue. We get it; they have blue eyes – and online marketing requires a lot of strategy.)

Anyway, Google views links to your site as proof of your worth and uses those links as a factor when determining page rank in search results.

You want a lot of authoritative sites in your industry linking to you.

You accomplish this by:

  • linking to valuable content on your site within your guest posts (make sure you read the guest-blogging guidelines for any restrictions on this) and
  • writing a killer Author Bio that appears at the end of your post. Your author bio should link back to your website – and preferably to an email signup page.

Which brings us to our next guest-blogging benefit.

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