The first time you log into PostRunner, you’ll see three main sections on the page: My Websites, My PostRunner Sites, and Your Author Score.
These are the websites you’re linking to from the guest posts you submit through PostRunner.
Each time you submit a guest post through PostRunner, the system will look at each link in the post, adding the top level domain (ie mysite.com) from that link to your My Websites list.
For example, let’s say the following blurb is at the end of one of my guest posts:
Mark Butler blogs about anything and everything relating to small business success on BigEnoughBusiness.com
The link in the guest post is pointed at http://bigenoughbusiness.com. PostRunner automatically pulls out ‘bigenoughbusiness.com’ and adds it to the My Websites list.
We’re only looking at the top level domains in your links. You could link to 20 different posts on one of your sites, but they would all fall under the same website in the My Websites list.
Each website in the My Websites list counts against your subscription. If you’re on the PostRunner free plan, you can only promote one website – which means you’ll only have one website in the list.
If you need to promote more websites than your subscription allows, just click the Upgrade link on your PostRunner dashboard.
The Live Posts and Returned Posts Columns
This column shows a count of all the guest posts associated with that website that have a live status in PostRunner (which means they’ve been accepted and published).
Clicking the number in the Live Posts column loads the Manage Posts page, filtered to show all live posts associated with that website.
The Returned Posts column shows a count of all the guest posts associated with that website that have a Returned status in PostRunner (which means they were declined by, ignored by, deleted from, or failed to reach their chosen PostRunner site).
Clicking the number in the Returned Posts column loads the Manage Posts page, filtered to show all returned posts associated with that website.
Learn more about the Manage Posts page and post statuses.
My PostRunner Sites
These are sites where you’ve installed the PostRunner plugin, allowing authors in the community to send you guest posts. Clicking on the site names in this list will load the Site Detail page for that site in a new window.
Learn more about the Site Detail page.
Clicking the Add a Site to PostRunner link starts the process of installing the PostRunner plugin and getting a site ready to receive guest posts from PostRunner.
Read more about how to receive guest posts from PostRunner.
If your site is properly connected to PostRunner, and we’re able to successfully send you posts for review, your Status will show as Available.
If PostRunner is having issues connecting to your site, or if you’ve deactivated or deleted the PostRunner plugin, your Status will show as Offline.
If you’ve paused your site, temporarily removing it from the PostRunner site listings, your Status will show as ‘Paused.’
You can learn more about the ‘Pause Site‘ feature in our article about the Site Detail page.
If your site shows as ‘Offline,’ and you feel like it should be showing as available, click on ‘Offline.’ PostRunner will check your site’s Status again. If your Status doesn’t change to Available, try these steps:
- Deactivate the PostRunner plugin (in your site’s WordPress dashboard).
- Delete the PostRunner plugin.
- Re-install the plugin.
- Reactivate the plugin.
- Click ‘Offline‘ in your My PostRunner Sites list so PostRunner will check your site Status again.
If that doesn’t change your Status to Available, contact Support and we’ll troubleshoot with you.
This column shows a count of how many guest posts are waiting for review in your WordPress dashboard. Clicking the Pending number loads a list of pending posts inside your WordPress dashboard. You may have to log into your site in order to see the list.
The Ignored column shows what percentage of posts sent to your site for review were NOT approved or declined within seven days.
It’s important that you keep your ignore percentage as low as possible – PostRunner authors have told us again and again that they dislike being ignored a lot more than being declined.
Find out more about the Ignore % by reading about the Site Detail page.
Clicking the manage link next to any of the domains in My PostRunner Sites loads the Site Detail page for that site (which is where you can edit all aspects of your PostRunner listing).
Your Author Score
This area of the Dashboard shows your current Author Score. Clicking on the score – or the score details link – loads the Your Author Score page, where you see which posts are factoring into your Author Score.
Check out our article about Your Author Score for more detail.