Don’t want to blog? Do this.


If you don’t want to set up a blog but you’d like to use your knowledge to bring traffic to your website, guest blogging is a viable alternative.

Basically, that means offering your content to blogs that target your niche or market in return for a link to your website.

This allows you to write content when and if you feel like it, instead of sticking to a schedule.

But the biggest benefit is that this gives you the ability to leverage the traffic that visits those blogs.

And, by appearing on authority blogs, you also gain their implied endorsement; sometimes, their actual endorsement if they add some kind words about you.

You get traffic, build your authority, and get a lot of eyeballs looking at what you do when they arrive at your website.

If your website includes an opt-in feature, you can also build your email list this way.

You can even this with just a one-page website.

Start by searching for blogs in your niche that accept guest posts. Review their guidelines. Read several posts to get a sense of what they publish (subjects, length, slant). If some posts have a lot of comments or shares, see if you can figure out why.

And then, contact the publisher to offer your first post.

Blogs like to publish content written by authorities, and as an attorney, you certainly tick that box. You need to show the publisher or editor a subject they think is appropriate for and of interest to their readers, and you need to show them you can write.

As for your writing chops, link to articles you’ve published online, or send a sample or two.

Note, most blogs that publish guest posts will link to your website (or social media), but some may not be willing to do that. I once wrote a post for the ABA and they wouldn’t provide a link to my site. I wrote it anyway because it’s a nice credit, but I probably wouldn’t do that for other publications.

If you know anyone in your niche that runs a blog or other publication, start by querying them. If your practice area isn’t right for their audience, they can point you to other blogs that may be better suited, and possibly recommend you to them. They might also offer general advice about how to approach publishers.

Finally, if you know a blog that would be a good match for you but they don’t publish guest posts, contact them anyway. Yours may be their first.

How to use a blog to build your law practice


How to get free content for your blog


guest bloggingSo you have a blog (or want to start one) and you need content. Your time is limited. What can you do?

First, don’t assume you need to spend hours writing your posts. As I’ve written before, a post can be a few paragraphs that take just a few minutes to write. It can be as simple as taking something you read online and adding your comments. Tell why you agree, or disagree, link to another post that provides a different viewpoint or additional information, or share a story from your practice that illustrates the points in the article.

For longer posts, you have several alternatives:

  • Re-purpose something else you wrote (newsletter, article, speech, brief, report, interview, etc.)
  • Hire a freelancer (,,, etc.)
  • Hire a student (e.g., an English or Journalism major; they will often work for free for the experience or writing credits)
  • Have someone in your office write it (or the first draft)

One of the best ways to get original content for your blog is through guest posts. Someone else writes the post in return for a byline and link to their blog.

The benefits to you are

  • You get content you don’t have to research or write, from experts in their field
  • You get traffic to your blog and, possibly, opt-ins to your list. Presumably, the writer will tell his or her readers about the guest post and some of them will come to see it.
  • Your readers get valuable content and they appreciate you for providing it.

The benefits to the guest blogger are

  • They get to demonstrate their expertise to your readers and get traffic to their blog
  • They get additional writing credit they can use with other blogs
  • Their readers see them being endorsed by you, elevating their status

Now, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If guest posts are a good way to get exposure and traffic, why not offer to do some guest posting yourself? Find blogs that write for your target market and offer to do a guest post. Here are 21 tips for landing guest posts.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of guest posts is that they allow both parties to make a new connection. This can lead to referrals, introductions, advice, interviews, endorsements, networking and cross marketing opportunities.

Start looking for blogs that reach your target market. Invite them to write a guest post for your blog or offer to do the same for theirs.