As you might have noticed, this blog was offline in the last 24 hours for maintenance purposes. The reason basically is a new attempt to move on to this next level after consistently pulling over seventy-thousand page views per month and ranking between the top 55,000 and 65,000 Websites on Alexa in the last few months. After careful observation and a little bit of reading on traffic generation and so on, we decided one of the best ways of improving is basically to reward our loyal readers and contributors by offering the opportunity to publish their own articles, share our exposure, receive feedback from people of like minds and most of all, get a bit of link juice from a PR5 technology blog.
So then, to the topic of the day – how do you reward guest authors who take on your offer to submit or contribute quality, unique content to your Weblog/Website?
Even a little child knows the value of praise and admiration. By recognising those who contribute to your Website, you will be given them the praise and recognition that is due to them as a result of their time and effort in adding something valuable to you. In WordPress, there are many ways to go about this and we have chosen to list the top 5 contributors at the most prominent position of the sidebar (above-fold). This means that everyone that visits this blog, will be able to see how much they are appreciated.
Giving back to guest authors does not actually mean link-exchange. It means you can provide a one-way back-link to your guest authors by creating a little bio or profile structure that will be linked to their display name. Thus, they will benefit from whatever recognition search engines such as Google bestow on you.
It is true that you cannot list every contributor on your Website on, for example, a sidebar. Therefore, some will be left out – or wait a minute, they don’t have to be left out. There are several WordPress plugins out there that could allow you to randomly display avatars or gravatars of contributors and authors on your site as we have done in the footer area. This will go a long way in showing that you not only care about those who frequently submit loads of articles but others who may not be able to do so for one reason or another.
Last but not least is financial rewards. There are a lot of quality freelance article writers out there and some may send emails offering their services in exchange for some money or financial compensation. Unfortunately, there are not so many wealthy bloggers out there thus this option is probably not the most popular. But if you can afford to do so, then why not?
What other ways can guest bloggers be rewarded?