One of the reasons why we started this blog was that we wanted to play nicely with the other kids.
While our parent website, the Overseas Job Centre, looks on proudly (and pays the bills) we hope to grow up in traffic, get hair in funny places and form lasting relationships with other websites.
I’m sure you have the same desire. No blog wants to be unpopular and little visited so, as in life, we try to find ways to be liked and part of a social circle.
Exchanging links is one way for blogs and websites to become popular and help with search engine rankings but to really get the Google juice flowing nothing beats inserting an article into another traveller’s website.
Though guest posting takes more time and effort it ultimately leads to a more fulfilling relationship with other blogpackers and the satisfaction of seeing more visitors to our own writings.
Here are 12 websites actively welcoming good guest writers:
Art of Backpacking
Always seeking 500 words minimum on off the beaten track destinations as well as a different approach to even the most beaten tracks. Art of Backpacking is also in need of food and drink pieces and motivational articles. Posts here seem to generate a fair amount of feed back and twitter love.
Gap Year Escape
Amar created Gap Year Escape to pursue his dream of travelling the world indefinitely and is himself a guest poster. He states that he is always happy to speak to contributors. The only drawback against posting to Gap Year Escape is that the byline is placed at the top of the page rather than the bottom.
Though there is quite a large team behind this site they still look for travel writers just itching to get their work published on the web.
Matt is the master marketeer of the travel blogging world. With all the work he puts in posting on other websites, it is no wonder he is always looking for new authors to share their travel knowledge and help expand his website. Matt gets lots of traffic and articles placed here can expect lots of comments.
An online guide to independent travel, Go Backpacking evolved from a 20 month around the world travel blog started in 1999.
It’s clear that from early into his world travels, editor Paul Dow had ambitions for TravMonkey to be more than a RTW travel blog. Started in 2007 this online magazine welcomes guest writers to cover topics such as the best ways to plan to more direct questions such as “Should I take my laptop travelling?”
Swapping her corporate perks to become a homeless vagabonder, Christine Gilbert’s blog and Ebooks are making her a bit of a poster girl for digital nomads. Christine interacts well with her audience and guest writers can expect to receive plenty of comments.
A Little Adrift
Shannon’s likable blog, covering topics such as volunteering, football in Guatemala and vegetarian food, offers plenty of scope for guest writers to offer a little contribution.
I Wish Gap Year
This new gap year website provides information on working, volunteering and studying abroad. They are looking to collaborate with other bloggers on a reciprocal basis; they write a piece for you, you write one for them.
Travel with a Mate
Are seeking guest bloggers to exchange advice, review destinations and write features for their site. A popular way to feature involves answering a few questions for an interview, revealing a little about yourself and your travels.
Jane is currently looking for guest writers who can post about travelling in Africa, or as a vegetarian, teaching English or WWOOFing, or offer travel photography tips. Bylines are placed at the top of each article rather than the bottom.
You don’t have to be in your twenties to be a guest author but do make sure that you have a relevant topic in mind, such as how to drink the Australian way, or lesson learnt from travelling. An alternative to writing an article is to submit some photos for the Friday Postcard section. The site features a guest writer around once a week.
Photo courtesy of antigone78
Do you guest write for other blogs? Has the relationship been beneficial?