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A WordPress.com Twist for Guest Blogging on Problogger

If you want the blogging opportunity of a lifetime, check out Problogger Darren Rowse’s invitation to guest blog on his blog, the top rated blog about blogging in the English speaking world.

The interesting twist to this involves WordPress.com. Those wishing to enter their submission for consideration as a guest blog post are requested to register for a account and including the registration email address in your submission by email. When he gives permission to those with the rare privilege of guest blogging on his blog, they will be given access to his new WordPress.com blog. Submitted articles will be saved in Draft mode and he will review them, then copy them over to for final publishing.

This is an interesting use of WordPress.com as a submission center. I’m not sure what will actually be on the proposed WordPress.com blog, but it’s novel way of filtering through content within a familiar interface while controlling access to your main blog.

For those unfamiliar with the WordPress interface, I recommend reading the guide: What Do I Do With My New WordPress.com Blog?

Good luck to all and we’re expected the best of the best, so do your best blogging.



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6 Comments

  1. Posted February 20, 2008 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Now that is just absolutely brilliant!

    Couldn’t you allow anybody to create an account and post drafts on your wordpress.com blog? The only thing missing would be a notification of new submitted posts.

    I’m thinking as a twist to this, I might do the same thing but with my own separate installed copy of WordPress… that way people could submit articles directly using any tool they’d like, and I could customize the theme so that none of the articles would actually be shown.

  2. Posted February 20, 2008 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    @ The How-To Geek:

    Oh, wow, I see Darren’s opened a can of imaginative worms with this one. :D

  3. Posted February 23, 2008 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    It’s a bit of an American Idol audition for blogging!

    [begin devils advocate]

    Who’s to say ‘big blogger’ doesn’t glean great content from ‘little blogger’ from this WordPress ‘holding zone’, delete the evidence (oops!) and post convoluted bits in a semi-plagiarized article? Hell, for every 20 *proposed* articles, big blogger posts ONE – but gets enough content for a month’s worth of sit-back-and-let-it-come-to-me content. Brilliant!

    “…I could customize the theme so that none of the articles would actually be shown.”

    Very creative indeed.

    [/ devils advocate]

    – BigNerd, Little Blogger

  4. Posted February 24, 2008 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    Good solution for Darren.

    @Bignerd :
    Interesting though, big statement though ;)

    Lex

  5. Posted February 24, 2008 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    This is a clone as what seomoz.org have been doing since way back in 07.

    The best draft articles are published on the YouMOZ and if they perform well there they are transferred to the SEOmoz blog.

    Cheers,

    Michael Visser

  6. Posted February 26, 2008 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    How-To Geek, couldn’t you just do this:
    1. Allow user registration
    2. Make the default user level “Contributor.”
    That way people could register and write posts. WordPress would notifiy you of the pending post whenever you log-in, and you would be able to approve them easily, and have them be published. It would save a bit of effort. But you would have to find or write some sort of anti-spam-registration plugin…because spam registrations happen a lot.

    P.S. I submitted my guest post not long after Darren announced the opportunity. Hopefully he will publish it soon. :D


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