Thanking the Guest Post Host

A guest post is when you share a post on someone else’s blog or website that provides values to their readers. This makes the other person the guest post host. Guest posting is usually done as a marketing strategy.

The first guest post I did was on Jon Stolpe’s Streched blog. An article on how to encourage children to write thank you notes. I mailed him a thank you note shortly after to thank you from the opportunity.

After your post is live on their site, take a few minutes to thank the host. This may or may not be your first time interacting with host. A thank-you will leave a great impression.

4 Ways to thank the guest post host

* a handwritten thank-you note
* an email thank-you note
* a small gift
* a public thank-you on social media

A combination of the above can be used as well.

A handwritten note will be memorable. If you want to take your thank-you notes for your website or business to the next level, read Kent Sanders post: How to Say Thank You in a Way They’ll Never Forget. It includes instructions on how to print your own customized stationery and using wax seals.

For a gift, I recommend only doing this if you know the guest post host well enough to know what type of gift they will appreciate. Perhaps, they have mentioned their favorite type of coffee or are a chocolate lover.

Another option is to send a thank you email the day your post goes live and then send a handwritten note in the mail a few days later. If you wait a few days, then you can let the guest post host know the impact the guest post had on your site.

Two things to thank the guest post host for:

Their Time – The host most likely spent time reading your article before posting and possibly making edits. Then there is the technical time to get it posted to the site. They may also spend time promoting the post on social media.

Access to their audience – a guest post on another’s site is a great way to introduce yourself and your site to new readers.

Guest post host Thank you examples

For email or handwritten note:
Dear [person’s name],

Thank you for allowing me to share my message with your audience. Over 1,000 people have visited my site after reading the guest post and many have signed up for my newsletter.

Thanks again,

Dear [person’s name],

I am thankful for the opportunity to share a post on your site! I appreciate the time you spent reviewing the article and suggesting the edits to improve it. If you ever want to post on my site, let me know!

[your name]

Person’s name,

My guest post on your site boosted views on my site by 50% during the past 3 days. I thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my message with your audience. By the number of comments on the post, I think they found the information valuable. I am also grateful for your editing skills and for improving the article. I have learned a lot from you during this process.

[your name]

For social media:

On social media, tag the person in the post so that they get a notification that you are thanking them. On Twitter and Instagram, this is done by using the @ sign before the person handle. For the examples, I will use @HeidiABender which is my Twitter handle. To increase the visibility of the tweet, place their twitter handle at the middle or end of the tweet. You can also share the link to the post. Instagram does not limit the amount of text that can be shared. The Twitter limit is 140 characters.

Thanks for having me as a guest poster on your site today, @HeidiABender. [insert link to post]

Hey @HeidiABender, thanks for having me on your blog today! [insert link to post]

I am honored to be posting on @HeidiABender site! Read this post about [insert subject] here [insert a link to post]

Have you guest posted before? How did the host react when you thanked them?

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Heidi has been writing thank you notes for more than 30 years and is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes. Her goal is to help people write better thank-you notes by providing tips and examples.

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