“You’re one piece of content away from what you want to happen happening.”
– Gary Vaynerchuk
Like so many bloggers wanting to take their online presence to the next level and start writing for a mega media platform, I too, found myself devoting an evening typing into Google “How to write for Huffington Post” or “How to become a Huffington Post blogger,” vigorously flicking through blogs to suss out the secret formula to getting published on The Huffington Post. As you can imagine, I came across many different ways but only one felt like the ultimate way and victory (I’ll go more in depth later in this post).
There are so many stories on the Internet of bloggers pitching stories to editors and never hearing back, but don’t let this discourage you from trying. It is difficult to get published on The Huffington Post but it’s not impossible.
So, here are my top five tips to help you become a blogger for The Huffington Post.
1. Fill out the HuffPost Pitch Form.
Many bloggers say this form is the black hole of the Internet, but there has been many instances where this notion has been expelled as myth. Though this is one way to get it done, I wouldn’t recommend leaving your fate to an online form; there are much better ways.
2. Get in touch with an editor.
Try to get in contact with an editor via email or social media (@HuffPostTravel). Twitter is always a fantastic option to get someone’s attention online, and it’s a personal favorite of my own. Send a tweet to an editor with a link to your post, as HuffPo is always looking for fresh new content to feature on their platform.
3. An editor contacts you!
You may be fortunate enough to have a HuffPo Editor get in touch with you if they come across a post on your blog they would like to publish. So don’t stop writing!
4. Go viral!
If you manage to get one post to go viral, The Huffington Post just may notice you!
5. Email Arianna Huffington directly!
While this may seem daunting, Arianna is known to love hearing from bloggers directly and will respond if she feels your content is suitable for the HuffPo audience.
After a personal post on my own blog went viral through my own circle, I decided to take my luck and pitch myself directly to Arianna Huffington. Some called this brave, but I called this a no-brainer. I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. My pitch was fairly simple, just a couple of short paragraphs introducing myself, my post and value behind my potential contribution; I also linked Arianna to my blog post.
Within 48 hours I received a response, inviting me to Huffington Post. It was the most surreal moment, and it gave me even more confidence in my work. I can confirm that since I have contributed to Huffington Post my blog traffic has tripled, I’ve had a post featured on HuffPo Women and Glamour Magazine and a legion of women coming forward and emailing me directly about how they’ve connected with my writing. Had I not taken a chance, or let fear dictate my way, I’d still be procrastinating today.
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