As you may know, guest blogging for websites can drive traffic to your website and showcase your freelance writing talent. It offers you the chance to share your experience with others and help solve a problem. Freelance writers receive other benefits such as having their bios at the beginning or end of their posts. Here are a few questions to consider:
- What happens when you bio becomes outdated?
- What happens when you get married and take your partner’s name as your last name?
- What if you decide to completely change your name?
- How about changing your domain name?
- What if you stopped being a freelance writer?
Change happens and freelance writers have to think about this when they become a guest blogger or article writer.
How to Solve the Five Challenges Freelance Writers Face When They Guest Post
1. Typos. Even the most experienced freelance writers experience the dreaded typo. Whether you find them in the latest Best-Selling novel by your favorite author or a blog post, they happen. If you’re lucky, a reader will notify you via email that your post has a typo. Thank the reader via email for discovering the typo then email the web master of the site where you published your guest post. It’s up to them if they want to fix it.
2. Outdated bio. Freelance writers are no strangers to change. Most begin guest posting as a way to build writing portfolios. After a few months or years, chances are bios become outdated. If you have the contact information for the web owner, you may want to contact them with your updated information. If you don’t have their contact information or it has changed, at least you still have your clips.
3. Name change. Freelance writers who get married may decide to take their partner’s last name. Don’t despair. Do you know how many actors, actresses and best-selling authors have changed their names or use a stage/pen name? There’s too many to list! When you inquire about guest posting for a website, let the owner know you were ‘formerly known as’ and give them your new name. It’s not a big deal.
4. Domain name change. It happens. People get bored with their domain name or think of a better one. Hopefully, the owner forwards the old site to the new site which can list previous blog posts or articles. If not, you have your clips.
5. The website is no longer available. People start and discontinue blogs/websites for various reasons. Think about this before agreeing to guest post. Keep copies of your ‘guest blog posts and articles’ and use them as clips when you pitch and query companies and publications.
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