1. Guest posts are a good way to gain new exposure. What do you think is the appropriate way to go about securing a guest spot?
I've never even thought of trying to get a guest post on a blog. Honestly, I think it should be the blog-owner who gives the option first. Asking someone to post your words on their blog can have many consequences, good and bad. I think it has to be someone that fits in with your overall feel, or has some similar attributes to make the most seem like it belongs. I would love to do guest posts on many blogs, but I wouldn't feel right asking someone to let me post.
2. Leaving comments is essential to growing your blog. But how can you leave a comment without coming across as ‘Follow Me. Follow Me!’?
It can be difficult, because I'm always trying to get people to visit my blog. But again, I don't want to be pushy. Mainly I just leave my blog address in the comment, and hope that the blog owner will take the time to have a look. I always try to comment back on the blogs of people who write on mine, it's a reciprocal loop for me. I leave comments on many blogs, and many of them go unnoticed which I can understand. If I see a person has not commented back or replied continually if I have left multiple comments on multiple posts, I will consider unfollowing. It's a big thing to appreciate the people who read your blog, no matter how long it takes.
3. We’ve all gotten a mass email at one time or another asking for blog exposure, a link exchange, etc… But the mass emails don’t work. How do you make your email stand out from the crowd?
This one I'm still working on. I haven't tried emailing any blog owners, I stick to trying to spread the word through comments. Don't even know how I would send a mass email, it seems like it would be so time consuming!
4. In interacting with other bloggers where do you draw the line between seeking support and begging for exposure?
I will not beg. I will leave my blog address for them to look at, I will comment and follow their blog if it's something that appeals to me, but I don't see any point in begging for people to look at my blog. It's something that seems desperate, the way that giveaways can sometimes be. If there's a genuine reason for hosting a giveaway for your readers, then that's great! But if you're just trying to get more followers it seems a little hopeless. That's just my opinion, I know not everyone will agree.
5. What’s one rule of engagement error you made and how have you remedied that? I thought that just because someone commented they would follow my blog, or that by leaving my URL I would get a million more hits. I'm realizing how much work it takes to really grow a blog. For now I'm fine being small, but if the time ever comes when I want to expand I'm starting to understand the work I'll have to put in.
So those are my answers! Anything you agree or disagree on, or think I should reconsider my views on things? Let me know!
Til next time!