Being a Contributor Without Giving Up Content

By: Melanie Blodgett Photo by: Chelsey Andrews

One of the concerns I hear from students considering contributing is that they’re afraid they’ll give up some great content for the contributing position and their blog will suffer. I get it, coming up with topics to blog about is half the battle and you don’t want your best posts to end up on somebody else’s site. You ultimately want your best content to be drawing traffic to your blog by being published on your site. A completely valid concern. Here’s my advice:

Apply for contributor positions that cover topics that you’re not currently blogging about on your site.

For instance, on my blog I mostly cover party and diy ideas but obviously those are not the only topics I’m interested in or knowledgeable about. I also enjoy writing about being a new mom but I didn’t think my already established blog was a good avenue to do so. So I looked for contributing positions in the mom category and found one where I can share all things kiddo and I get to gush about my son without driving away readers who are coming to my site for what it already offered.

Make sense? This way your blog and your contributor position aren’t competing for content and you can just blog away to your heart’s content.

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Eden Hensley

Marketing creative, community engagement specialist, technophile, photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Road to The Good Life, a lifestyle blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the "haves" instead of lingering on the "wants." There you will find personal stories about my life and family weaved in with real-life, achievable entertaining tips, recipes for hearty home cooked meals, and DIY projects for capturing and sharing memories. I believe the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal, preferably a Thai-meal served family style, and teach an online introduction class to Thai Flavors and host the Family Dinners at The Station supper club in San Francisco.