Whether it is a direct email, marketing campaign or even a cold call on the phone, it’s really important to make the offer relevant to the other person – if you want results anyway!
Guest blog approaches
If you want to do some guest blogging and have found some potential host blogs, your next step is to contact the blog owner and offer your posts.
Today, I received a pleasant email offering me some guest blog posts. She wrote clearly, openly told me which site her bio would link to, provided samples of previous posts and offered to write on a topic I suggested.
Sounds good, right?
Yes, up to the point of looking at her URL and sample post topics.
She is representing a housing construction company (the name Word Constructions does mislead at times!) so was offering posts about building topics which is obviously completely irrelevant to my blog.
Check for relevance
It all comes back to knowing your audience and your purpose.
If I know my audience are people running a business, then they are not coming to me for building tips but could be interested to read a business book review.
If the purpose of my blog is to share writing and communications information, there is little point writing about the best time to prune a lemon tree.
A little bit of research on the part of the would-be guest blogger would get her posts into more blogs – you don’t have to read much of my site to learn I am a writer, not a builder, and that my name is Tash. I (and therefore my readers) are not her audience so her posts are not relevant and she wasted her time emailing me.
So for every piece of business communications, know your purpose and audience so you can make the message relevant.
Have you considered the relevancy of your blog posts to the people reading them? Are they at least relevant to the audience you want to attract?