Jonathan Phillips wrote a blog post called: Getting A-Listers to Notice Your Blog vs. Social Networking. In the article Jon asks his readers which source they would prefer to send them traffic. He mentions that his experience has shown that visitors who are referred from other blogs are more likely to stay on the site longer and more likely to subscribe.
I agree with the points that Jon made throughout the article and I wanted to build on those thoughts a little bit by listing a few ways to get the attention of A-list bloggers. For some new bloggers who are still trying to build an audience, getting the attention of an A-list blogger can be very difficult.
Some of the most common techniques are linking to other bloggers, emailing, writing guest posts, and ordering paid reviews. All of these methods certainly can work (and have worked for a lot of people) but they’re difficult because A-list bloggers get so much of this stuff.
I’d like to focus on a few methods that less people are trying. These five methods will get you noticed by the blogger, and hopefully it will lead to a link or an endorsement if they like your work.
1 – Write a Follow Up to a Post.
This is exactly what I’m doing with this post. I’m taking an idea that I like from Jon’s blog, expanding on it and hopefully adding some value to his article. When you’re reading other blogs look for ways that you can follow up on an article. Expand on the ideas presented by the other blogger or even respectfully disagree and backup your opinion with some examples and facts.
Once your follow up article is posted on your blog, email the blogger and let them know about your post and include a link to the article. This is a good way to get a blogger to notice your ideas and your ability. Odds are they’re going to at least read the article, and if they like it maybe you’ll get a link.
2 – Create an Exclusive Giveaway for Another Blogger.
Free giveaways are used by many bloggers to attract new subscribers and to reward current subscribers. Develop a new e-book or informational product and offer it exclusively to another blog to be used as a giveaway to their readers. In order for this to work, your product will have to be very high quality and also extremely relevant to the topic of their blog. If an A-list blogger does use your product as a giveaway, it could be a great way to get your name and work in front of a very large audience.
3 – Offer a Special Discount for Their Readers
Every blogger loves to be able to give something of value to their readers, in part because it helps to build loyalty. If you offer a product or service that would be of interest to a lot of a blog’s readers, consider making an offer to the blogger to provide a discount for readers. To avoid the appearance that you’re just looking for free advertising from the blogger you’ll need to make the discount very substantial and not something that can be found anywhere else. Otherwise they’re likely to see that there’s more in it for you than there is for them and their readers.
4 – Buy and Donate Something for Another Blogger to Give Away
A number of blogs run contests and give away prizes to their readers. How about providing a blogger with a prize for them to give away? They’ll certainly notice you, and maybe they’ll mention to the readers that you’ve donated the prize.
5 – Provide Them with a Free Service
If you provide a service that another blogger would be interested in, consider providing it free of charge. A few examples would be a free logo design if you’re a designer or maybe some free photographs to use on their blog if you’re a photographer. If you provide quality work they’re likely to refer you to others in the future.
While these ideas aren’t guaranteed to get you a link or a referral from an A-list blogger, they should at least help you to get noticed.