The Various Ways to Get in Touch with #MyBlogGuest UsersThursday, July 5, 2012 16:32
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MyBlogGuest was created as the community in the first place. We want people to build blogging contacts and to help each other grow.
Therefore there are quite a few ways for our members to get in touch with each other.
The Common Sense Rules
1. Make sure your message is relevant
For various reasons (including obvious abuse) we ask our members to only pitch each other with *guest-blogging* related questions. Exceptions can be any personal chats, jokes, anything that has nothing to do with marketing or promotion.
Please don’t contact each other privately for self-promotion purposes (advertising your services) or for marketing / link building help (offering link exchange, link sales, social media promotion, etc).
We want our members to be free from any irrelevant pitches. If you get to know any other member well enough to discuss other ways to cooperate (provided you are both interested), please take this conversation outside MyBlogGuest
So before contacting any MyBlogGuest member, please, make sure:
- Your question is guest blogging related;
- The person you are about to contact must be interested in your message (i.e. that person explicitly expressed the interest using the public forum)
We don’t want you to feel your freedom is limited – but please mind that what seems pretty innocent to you may be considered as abusive and irrelevant spam to others. So let’s all follow generic common sense rules of conduct to avoid any unexpected issues. We are here to build contacts, not to ruin them!
2. Your message is personalized
Please don’t email or PM saying you want to guest post (or you are looking for a guest author), mention:
- The user’s name
- Your topic
- Why you think the user will be interested (mention his / her thread or article that made you contact)
Here are some advanced personalization advice that *really works*.
Step 1: First Contact
So once you are sure you have a good reason to contact one of MyBlogGuest users, you can use one of the options:
- PM (short for “Private Message”): You’ll get a reply to your MyBlogGuest inbox and all the correspondence will be kept there
- Forum email: This will go to the user’s email inbox outside MyBlogGuest. It’s harder for us to track because, once sent, we lose track of it.
TIP! Use our free built-in “Follow-up reminder” (works only for option one, i.e. PMs): It will only remind you to follow-up if your initial PM remains unanswered. That’s a great way to scale the whole contact management process:
Step 2: Following Up
If your initial message got no reply, here are the steps to follow:
- Use another medium to follow up (if that was a PM fist time, use the forum email now)
- Track the user’s Twitter username and send them a public @ reply saying you were trying to get into contact (Twitter usernames can be located on the person’s MyBlogGuest account page or on his site)
- Look for the obvious red flags:
- Check the last login date on his / her MyBlogGuest profile
- See your Outbox (hover over the icon next to your outgoing message to see if the person even opened your message)
If you PM is read but not answered, that user must be not interested. Alternatively, if the user hasn’t logged for some time, he might be on vacation or just offline for some reason (In this case, PM him /her again but move the follow-up reminder one week later or more).
There’s nothing wrong in following up. Online conversations are not reliable: I for one try to reply to every email I get but sometimes I get swamped (and thus take much time to reply) or sometimes an email gets into spam box (so I even don;t know about it).
Following up is a must and my best connections resulted from follow-ups. The key here is to be patient and polite: give your potential contact some time first (about a week or so), then follow up mildly (I usually follow up just once).
Lastly, if that contact is really important to you and you struggle to hear back, contact the team for us to try as well!