1. Be specific – Let them know what you want. Topic, length, author bios, photos vs. no photos, language restrictions, anything that you can do to make it easier for there not to be problems later on is great! Then if the guidelines aren’t followed you will have a leg to stand on when you ask for a re-write or decide not to post what they have sent you.
2. Follow up – If your setting up a schedule, give them a deadline and follow-up if it isn’t met. You may even want to send them a reminder a week in advance. After the blog is posted, send them the link in case they want to share it with friends or see how it turned out.
3. Share- Let your readers know in advance that you will be hosting a guest blogger. Share the link with your followers on Twitter, Facebook, and even your e-mail list if you have one after it’s been posted. Someone has taken time out of their schedule to produce quality work for your blog, for free. Pay them back by getting them as much exposure as possible.
For more great tips on helping you be a successful guest blogger, check out “A Step-by-Step Guide to Guest Blogging” by Shelley Hitz.