Inviting guest authors to contribute on a blog is a win-win situation for both the blog admin and the guest author.
The admin gets a free high-quality post, and the guest author gets visibility on new turf.
Here at ShoutMeLoud, we have already discussed how to create a WordPress blog for guest posting. Now, you’ll need something that can help you manage these guest posts.
There are many WordPress plugins out there which will help you automate, or make guest posting easier on your blog. When I say automate, it doesn’t mean that the guest post will be automatically published, it means that the plugins will help you streamline the guest blogging process.
Here’s an example of that streamlined process:
When somebody submits a post, the editor gets a notification. When a post is rejected, the submitter gets a notification along with the editor’s notes.
Here I will be talking about four such plugins that are useful for guest blogging-enabled WordPress blogs.
Best Guest Blogging Plugins for WordPress
This is the most popular plugin when it comes to guest posts.
This one plugin will help you tackle the biggest challenges with guest post submissions.
You can create a front-end submission form (basically a page or a post) from where guest bloggers can submit a post for review.
You can even charge some amount of money for every submission. However, I suggest you do not use this feature during the starting days of your blog.
Here is a video demo of the WP User Frontend PRO plugin:
You can also add additional features such as user listings & profiles, BuddyPress integration, and many other cool things.
The basic price of the plugin starts from $49, and it’s well-worth the purchase.
This is a great WordPress plugin for guest posting.
- When a contributor submits an article for review, this plugin sends an email to the admin so the post can be approved.
- When an article is approved, the article contributor gets an email saying that his/her article has been approved. If the article gets approved and scheduled, then the contributor gets an email saying that the article has been scheduled, and the publishing date is shown. The contributor also receives the name of the article.
- When the contributor’s article changes to “draft” from “pending”, the contributor gets an email saying that his/her article has been changed to “draft” and gives him/her a link to edit the post and re-submit it.
This is another great plugin for guest blogging.
This plugin can be used in collaboration with the “Peter’s Collaboration E-mails” plugin.
This plugin adds a “Note” area on the post edit page on the right side. This “Note” section lets contributors and approvers write notes that come attached to the article.
For instance, if a contributor writes a tutorial and does not add screenshots, the approver can make a note saying “Add screenshots and re-submit.” Now the contributor understands the problem with the submission and can adjust accordingly.
This plugin makes collaboration between the contributor and admin simple and easy!
Note: If you are using the Status Notifier WordPress plugin, I would suggest you remove it and install Peter’s Collaboration E-mails and Peter’s Post Notes instead.
One of the mistakes that I see many bloggers make is that they ask guest bloggers to send their post via email or in MS Word format.
There is nothing wrong with this, but it increases the amount of work for the editor. A good idea is to enable registration on your WordPress blog and let authors submit posts directly from the WordPress dashboard.
You should use the User Role Editor plugin to control what access your contributor will get.
Now, when you enable registration, you will also face the issue of spam registration and spam post submission. To combat this, you can install the WangGuard WordPress plugin.
I’m not going to go into much detail about this useful plugin because it’s already been covered on SML.
You can read about it here:
January 2018 update: Wangagurd plugin was a free project and is no more available. I’m looking for a good WangGuard alternative and will update as soon as I find something.
Members WP Plugin gives you full control over your blog. It provides you a user interface from where you can manage user permissions on your site.
It allows you to edit, create, and delete roles. Also, you can manage capabilities of these roles. You can define one, two or multiple roles to any user.
This one plugin gives you shortcodes to control who has access to the content. A login form widget is also there which you can use in theme’s sidebar.
There are more guest-blogging WordPress plugins that can help you out, like the Editorial Calendar, but for now, these 5 plugins will ensure your blog is ready for guest post submissions.
If you still have any queries or know of more such useful plugins for guest author enabled blogs, do let me know via the comments.
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