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Week 5

Week 5: Using Guest Posts to Reach Your Target Audience

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For the past 18 months I’ve been working out regularly.

I look up routines and customize them, work my ass off (video) in the gym and even had a trainer.

But it was all over the place.

I was always trying to figure out what to do next—wasting valuable time and effort.

Something had to change….

6 weeks ago I started a workout program called Candito (100% free).

I entered my max weights for 3 exercises and then Jonnie Candito, the creator, told me exactly what to do for the next 6 weeks.

No thinking allowed. Just go and do what he says and guess what… the results speak for themselves.

Sometimes results aren’t immediate so you have to be consistent and trust in the program.

Today, I look and feel more muscular than ever. Gimme dat PROTEIN!

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So for the next 5 weeks even if you have already tried it, just do what I say and report back the results.

Trust the system.

Even when things don’t work, it’s the chance to learn why so you can improve.

So far you have:

1) Set a singular goal

2) Figured out who your customer is

3) Setup email collection so you can talk with your customers

4) Developed a free giveaway to attract more emails and customers

From now on you’ll focus on WHERE your customers are.

Imagine this: If you had an apartment for rent. Where’s the first place you’d think to list it?

I bet 92% of you thought of Craigslist.

It’s where renters go to find a place to live in.

And wouldn't you post it on your local Craiglist? No reason to post on Berlin’s Craiglist if you’re living in Austin, TX.

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Now let’s do the same for your own business.

Close your eyes and imagine completely taking over 3 SMALL blogs (only sites with < 25k uniques a month). You are a pirate and get 100% access to their audience. Which 3 sites would you take over? Now the fun begins 🙂 Activity Week 5: Guest Posting

A) Leave a comment listing the 3 SMALL sites you’d love to guest post on!

B) Search their websites on BuzzSumo.com

How to exactly do it:

C) Use the template below to send an email to those 3 people:


Subject: Hey {site owners first name}


Really enjoyed your post about {title of article you like on their site}.

That article taught me {personal benefit about that article}.

I’ve noticed your most popular articles are

1- {#1 you found from BuzzSumo}

2- {#2 you found from BuzzSumo}

Anyway, I wrote a post about {pick topic related to #1 and #2}

Love to send it for you to review and exclusively post it on your site if you deem it worthy enough.


Rock on,

{Your first name}

D) If they want the post, go write a REALLY great post. The guest post for them should be better than what you post for your own site.

IF they say no, ask them, “Thanks {first name}, I still love your stuff and if you don’t mind can you let me know what type of guest post you would promote? - Be super, {your first name}”

E) Include a BYLINE in your guest post, feel free to copy my format:

Noah Kagan is the Chief Sumo at AppSumo.com, the free newsletter for entrepreneurs. Get his free marketing newsletter at Okdork.com where he shows how AppSumo grew to 700,000 subscribers in 18 months.

Leave a comment with the 3 sites you want to guest post on!

Who knows, someone here MAY be able to refer you directly to that site.

Noah & Tyler

P.S. There were some "insanely great free products" in Week 4's assignment. Davesh K. made an incredible PDF about Conversion Rate Optimization.

He even made a landing page just for Summer of Marketing. Get his 10 tools here.

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27 responses to “Week 5”

Bryan Payne
December 20, 2016 at 12:56 am

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Jesus Garcia-Parrado
October 13, 2014 at 8:59 am

here goes the sites I want to guess post vitonica.com, iicefs.org and entrenar.me.

Richard Cosh
October 2, 2014 at 9:14 pm

3 Sites I'm Going to Guest Post on (or die trying...or something)

1. http://charliehoehn.com/
2. http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/
3. http://mixergy.com/

Bonus #4. Tim Ferris (Hacking Kickstarter pt. II) - This IS going to happen!

Laura Vaughn
August 25, 2014 at 9:38 am

FINALLY getting to week 5. I want to post to:

1. http://eventmanagerblog.com
2. http://bizzabo.com
3. http://evvnt.com

August 2, 2014 at 6:28 am


Let´s See What Works...

August 2, 2014 at 12:16 am

I would like to post on blogher.com
I working on a free short video and possible topics based on some articles I say that were popular on those sites.

August 1, 2014 at 9:12 pm

3 sites I want to guest post;

1. http://www.mindbodygreen.com

2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com

3. https://www.birchbox.com

July 31, 2014 at 6:38 pm

The blog author I reached out to said she'd be happy to post my content. I sent it to her Monday night and haven't heard back yet. How long should I give her? If she isn't going to post it I'd like to go ahead and put it up on our own website. I sent a follow-up email yesterday, however no reply.

Tania Dakka
July 26, 2014 at 8:19 am

I'm curious...why 3 small sites? Why not shoot for the bigger sites? Thanks!

Chris Fellows
July 25, 2014 at 9:23 am

BuzzSumo - very cool! So easy to use and nice simple interface and excellent search. Totally impressed. Thanks for the great tool. Interested to see what the pro version has.

3 Sites for Per Diem Budget:

1. http://www.freebiefindingmom.com
2. http://feedmyapp.com
3. http://frugalinfortworth.com

Liked these because the are all targeted and niche. Moms/parents, Apps, Local geographic area.

Josh Graber
July 24, 2014 at 9:29 am

Hey all,

Here are 3 small(ish) sites I'd love to guest blog for:

1) Hashrocket: http://hashrocket.com/blog
2) Stream Companies: http://www.streamcompanies.com/blog/
3) The Iron Yard: http://blog.theironyard.com/

Down the road, I'd love a chance to guest blog for thoughtbot: http://robots.thoughtbot.com/

If anyone is looking for guest post opportunities OR a guest blogger for your site under the categories of: coding/programming, design, or online marketing, please respond and maybe we can work something out! You can check out our new blog here: http://poeticsystems.com/blog and you can reply here or e-mail me.

Thanks all!

Wes McCabe
July 23, 2014 at 6:42 pm


Corrissa Neal
July 22, 2014 at 10:50 pm

Hi Noah,

After checking all of the potential sites on BuzzSumo, I narrowed it down to these 3:

1. http://www.Vapor4Life.com
2. http://www.BestElectronicCigaretteBlog.com
3. http://www.EcigaretteReviewed.com

July 22, 2014 at 4:15 am

I think the best small resources suitable to my niche are:

1. http://www.cossa.ru
2. http://zillion.net/ru
3. http://netology.ru

Cameron Rambert
July 22, 2014 at 12:51 am

Hey guys just a heads up that we're open to those looking to guest blog on our site: http://www.digitalmined.com (contact cameron [at] digitalmined [dot] com)- Currently averaging approximately10k unique views per month. Ideally any proposed content should be relevant to freelancers - Cheers!

Also, three sites we would love to blog on:
1) http://www.freelancefolder.com
2) http://www.flyingsolo.com.au
3) http://www.learnlance.com

Alexia Anastasio
July 21, 2014 at 4:04 pm

I am going for a challenge.

Noah Kagan
July 21, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Not that you can't get these but go smaller....

John Corcoran
July 21, 2014 at 6:38 pm

I agree smaller, single-author focused blogs are going to result in bigger dividends. However, I did have an Art of Manliness guest post republished on Business Insider and it did quite well from the increase in traffic.

Ethan X
July 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Well, I completely missed the week 4 email, so I guess I'll post what my free giveaway was here. I created a 5 day course where I teach people how to get free tickets to the Playboy Mansion and free tickets to Hollywood movie premieres... among other things. http://www.manvcity.com

The top sites I would like to guest post on are:
http://www.goodlookingloser.com (He's already accepted my guest post offer.)
http://www.boldanddetermined.com (I actually went through all his sites comments a few days ago and found a topic he briefly mentioned that he might be interested in.)
http://www.lovesystems.com (They have a no guest posting policy though.)

John Corcoran
July 21, 2014 at 11:50 am

The 3 sites I haven't posted on that I would love to guest post on are: http://fourhourworkweek.com/blog/, copyblogger, and zenhabits.net.

Ethan X
July 21, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Haha. 4HWW. Who wouldn't want a guest post on that blog. Good choice. I should have put that.

John Corcoran
August 2, 2014 at 1:08 am

Oh. You said "small." I guess the 3 I mentioned aren't really small.

Curtis York
July 21, 2014 at 11:33 am

The 3 sites I would LOVE to guest post on would be Fashionbeans.com
And finally

Because I'm building a clothing line it would be awesome to have the leaders of the niche market of high quality clothing.

Kaoru Fujita
July 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

The three sites I want to take over are: http://bitcoinmagazine.com/, CryptoNews, and Coin Telegraph.

This week, I'm taking over Techzette.com and will try Noah's strategy of trying to get those three new sites to run some/all of my stories.

July 21, 2014 at 10:54 am

Here's mine:




And one big site: http://www.nofilmschool.com. That's the definition of my target market.

Jennifer Aldoretta
July 21, 2014 at 10:37 am

3 sites I'd love to guest post for:


Ethan X
July 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Digging your site's design. Very 'Googlesque.'