If you blog, you’ve likely had guest posters. Or you’ve guest posted for other people. Or both. If so, you can understand how tricky it can be to assemble all the information you need from the guest poster, including cover art, links, and author photos. Any special formatting can fly out the window as you try to copy/paste from a Word document or email.
My general philosophy in life is: MAKE IT EASY
This goes double when someone is doing a favor for me, like hosting me on their site for a guest post or giveaway or book announcement.
This spring I discovered the easiest way of all to transfer this information: HTML
Before you gag in an automatic reflex against any kind of programming, remember: THIS IS EASY
Here’s How to Use HTML to Guest Post (Blogger)
1. Use your own blog to create the guest post/announcement/etc. DO NOT PUBLISH IT, but check it out in preview to make sure all the formatting, etc. is how you like it. Put whatever images you want in there.
2. Hint: If you’re guest posting, put a small bio at the end. Something like this (note, I just copied this HTML from one of my previous guest posts):
Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling Mindjack series. You can find all her books on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and iTunes. Susan’s business card says “Author and Rocket Scientist,” but she spends most of her time writing, because she loves it even more than shiny tech gadgets. When she’s not writing, you can find her
wasting time playing on Twitter, Facebook, and her blog.
3. Once you have your post ready, click the HTML tab at the top of your editing screen for your post (Hint: it’s right next to the “compose” button). This will show you the HTML code that corresponds to the post you just created.
4. Copy/paste this HTML into an email and send it to the lovely person hosting you on their blog.
5. Give them instructions on how to use it: basically, copy the HTML back out of the email, click the HTML tab at the top of their “new post” screen, and paste. When they go back to the “compose” screen, the post should appear as you created it.
6. WARNING: sometimes, in the transfer, some white spaces may be introduced. The person hosting you can delete these, or make whatever other changes he/she wishes, to clean it up.
7. You. Are. Done.
The awesome thing about this method is that it preserves your formatting, and it couldn’t be easier for people on the receiving end. AND EASY IS GOOD.
Actually, I have no idea how this works. BUT I do know that bloggers who use WordPress have successfully used my HTML code and generated their own. So it works. I’m just not the person to ask how.
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