Featured Guests Made Easy for WordPress
A Guest post by Bren:
One thing that I find to be popular amongst bloggers is, Guest Posts or Featured Guests.
I have been a Featured Guest on a few blogs as well as had a few bloggers feature on my own blog. For me, it has been challenging. Most of the blogs I Subscribe to tend to be “technical”. Blog tips, Social Networking, non-pit bull type blogs . So I try and follow their niche by submitting a “technical” type post. Again, this is a challenge for me. My blog is mainly about my own pit bull Titan, pit bulls in general, hormonal rants women posts, and/or general lifestyle posts.
The challenge of writing a Guest Post is something I embrace, although while writing it, I do get frustrated and kick myself in the keister for accepting such a challenge.
So, the topic at hand is Guest Posts or Featured Guests.
There are many ways to submit a Guest Post. Since I use a WordPress.org platform, I’m going to focus on it.
In the past, I had the Featured Guest submit their post to me via email (usually a MSWord doc), an Author Bio, and any pictures that go along with the post. A few months ago, I stumbled upon two (2) very cool WordPress Plugins!
• Peter’s Collaboration Emails (WP plugin page) and the Creator’s website Peter’s Collaboration Emails for WordPress.
• Peter’s Post Notes (WP plugin page) and the Creator’s Peter’s Post Notes for WordPress.
Installing the plugin’s is very easy.
- You can do this via the above links provided or you can install via your WordPress Control Panel and search the two (2) plugin’s above under your Plugin’s option.
- Next, in your WordPress Control Panel, go to Settings, General. Here you can either leave the New User Default Role to Subscriber or you can change it to Contributor. I choose to keep mine on Subscriber and when I get a User who is going to Feature, I simply change it under their User Profile.
- Once you set the User to Contributor, it opens up a WordPress Dashboard for them. Similar to what you see, minus all the Administrator features.
- The User/Contributor will then go through the normal procedures for adding a New Post. Being familiar with a WordPress Dashboard comes in very useful here, however, you can walk a beginner through usually with no issues.
- So the User/Contributor composes their Guest Post. Uploading pics they need, adding any hyperlinks, grammatical, bla bla blah stuff. When ready, they Submit for Review.
6. What happens next is pretty cool! Peter’s Collaboration Emails sends and email to the Administrator (in this case ME) or whomever else you set it up to notify, that a post has been Submitted for your Review.
7. Log In to your WordPress Control Panel, Review the Post, and either Publish or notify the Contributor of any changes you would like to see made. This is where the 2nd plugin comes in handy, Peter’s Post Notes.
8. See that “Add note”? That was my note to the Contributor. Once I hit Publish, the Contributor will now receive an email notifying them that a Note was left for them.
9. They will Log In to their WordPress Control Panel and visit the submitted post and either see that their post will be Published or make any necessary changes that may have been left in the “Add note” section.
10. Whoa! See that? Very cool, eh?
11.If there are changes to be made, the Contributor will make the corrections and Submit for Review again. This hopefully won’t continue any longer than maybe one (1) correction. If it does, you may want to rethink contributing again to this blog. Just kidding!
12. In the event there are not changes, the Administrator and schedule the post as usual and all is done! Easy?
So that’s pretty much the gist of it. To me, it’s a lot easier for a Contributor to write his/her own Guest Post, add links and/or pics and such, Submit for Review, and then for the Admin’s approval.
Or you can simply continue the old way, have the Contributor email you the post with pics and then you upload yourself.
The other cool thing about these plugin’s is, the Contributor will get their own Author Bio under their blog post all based on what they add into their Contributor profile. Very cool?
This was the first Featured Guest Post I had using Peter’s plugin’s. You can see the entire post here, just to see the full affect, What Dogs Can Teach Us About Life.
So, what do you think? Did I leave anything out? What are the chances you might try Peter’s plugin’s for your next Feature Guest?
I definitely will!!
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