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Some time ago I published a post here on the Bad Blogger, where I talked about why your guest post shouldn’t be your best post. To illustrate my point, I used an example of a bar owner who gives a bunch of free beer away, thus…
People’s Desire to
Buy Beer from Him !
Why would you want to pay for beer, if you could get it for free, if you wanted? You wouldn’t. This situation can be easily applied to guest posting. You see, when you give all your best content away on someone else’s blog, not only do you give people free beer (free, top quality content) but…
You Also Send People to
Your Competitor’s Bar (Another Blog) to
Try it !
Now, don’t get me wrong… I’ve always been and will remain a guest posting fan. I love it. What I was trying to get at with that little example, is you don’t want people to go to a different blog to get all your best stuff. You want them to get some great content, and have an awesome experience, after which…
You Want Them to
Come to Your Blog
for More !
Now, on that post, there was one commenter, Matt, who wanted to play the devil’s advocate with me just for the sake of getting some attention. He wanted to sit down with me and theorize. While talking about theories and impossible scenarios is a nice little exercise if you don’t have much to do, I really do prefer to remain…
I don’t like theories that haven’t been proven through application and practice, unless they provide some kind of value to me personally, my family, or my business. Matt wanted me to assume for a moment I am not selling beer, but deal drugs. He said that then, I would surely want to give people my best stuff, so that…
They Come Back to Me
for More !
Of course I would. I wouldn’t give them so much of it, that they wouldn’t have a need to come back, would I? Of course, what they’d get from me would be really high quality, but the purpose of it would be to give them a sample. Something they can taste, take home and…
When they’re done with what they got, they’d come back to get more. It’s the same with your guest posts. Obviously, you want people to see what you have is of great quality, but you want to give them just a little bit… barely enough to keep them satisfied for a short while, so when they need more…
They’ll Come Over and
Visit Your Blog Again !
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Getting back to the devil’s advocate problem, though. As I’ve already implied, I have never liked arguments just for the sake of arguments. There never seems to be enough time in my life for them. Sure, playing a devil’s advocate will get you some attention, but…
It’s Not Going to Be
a Positive Type of Attention !
You’re not going to be spreading good will with your comments. Instead, you’ll be perceived as a jerk who has nothing better to do, but go around the blogosphere and annoy people. Instead, as you comment… forget about everything you want, and focus entirely on the blog owner. People say they have a hard time getting their comments to stick. The main reason for it is, the only thing they really care about is getting that back link, or that…
of Traffic !
Of course, we’re business people and we want to make sure what we do helps our business, but that doesn’t mean being focused exclusively on yourself. If you want to see your comments approved more often, you first need to know what you’re talking about, care about providing value to the blog and its audience, and then, you need to be sincere as you speak your mind.
Just for the Back Link !
Do so, because you have a genuine desire to share what you know with the world. If you do, your comments will not only stick much better, but they’ll be discussed by the community, and you’ll get noticed.
Be Unique !
Another thing you can do, especially if you want to get attention, is being unique in what you say and how you do it. You see, if you look around blogs and forums, you will notice a whole lot of people, who do nothing all day but…
Repeat What Other People
Have to Say !
In the internet marketing world, for example, you’ll have beginner marketers talking about what Frank Kern, Jay Abraham or Jeff Walker have done, what they’ve shared and tested. Then, as other people read the forums, they start talking about what they learnt, and soon you have have the whole community talking about the same thing, taking what they say for granted, because they’ve not taken the time to actually test it.
They’re Not Unique !
If you carefully position yourself above all that noise, then instead of repeating what everyone else is saying, you’ll be sharing what you really know. You’ll share helpful, first hand knowledge and actionable information, and as you do…
You’ll Get Attention !
Also, if your delivery is unique, funny or shocking, people will notice you, and they’ll remember about you. There’s no need to go around playing devil’s advocate just to get attention, so don’t do that. If you’ve been blogging for more than a few weeks, you could probably already share valuable information in your comments. If there’s nothing you can think of at the moment, then there’s nothing wrong with sharing…
Honest Feelings or
What You’ve Read !
Just make sure, whatever you share, whether it’s a tip or an opinion, it relates to what the original post is about. Remember commenting is taking part in a conversation, and if you want to join it, you need to stay on topic. Be precise and specific as you comment, just as you are when you talk to someone in person, and…
Just Fine !
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