Raelyn Tan: Blogging & Digital Marketing Strategist

How To Get Published on The Huffington Post

hori-how-to-get-published-huffington-post (1)(Note from Raelyn: This post was written a few months ago but I never got around to publishing it. Here it is!)

I did it!

I’ve always wanted to be featured on the Huffington Post but never got around to doing it due to a lack of time.

Well, I finally got around to doing it, and my article on my lessons learned as a young online entrepreneur is now live on HuffPost Business.

If you haven’t heard of The Huffington Post, it’s one of the biggest publishing websites of the world.

Here’s how you can get published on HuffPost too.

I did it! I've always wanted to be featured on the Huffington Post and my article is now live on HuffPost Business. Here's how you can get your guestpost published too! (with email scripts and the exact pitch process)

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1. Before You Begin…

You need to have…

  • Your author bio ready (a short one will do)
  • Your headshot ready

Why would anyone even want to submit to The Huffington Post?

  • A backlink to your website from one of the largest website of the world
  • Bragging rights
  • Credibility to you as an author and blogger
  • More visitors & traffic to your website via your author bio, which will also help you get more subscribers (after all, The Huffington Post is huge)

2. Here’s How to Write an Article That Gets Accepted

The best way to ensure you get accepted is to write something that you’re proud of. Don’t write a half-past-six article and expect it to get through. If you write a great article, The Huffington Post will definitely publish it!

Some super helpful pointers that will help your article get accepted by HuffPost:

  • The Huffington Post loves articles that are emotional, so write about personal experiences, feelings, and thoughts.
  • Stick to a tried-and-tested format, such as how-to and list posts.
  • Use an eye-catching title.
  • Keep it around 800 words.
  • Check out the most popular articles in your vertical of interest and see what does well.

It does not matter which vertical your first article is about, once you get accepted as a contributor, you’ll be able to publish articles to other verticals in The Huffington Post.

3. Send This Email to Arianna Huffington

Her email is arianna[at]huffingtonpost.com.

Alternatively, you can send it to the editors of the vertical of your interest. But if you can reach the boss herself and she doesn’t mind, why not?

I’m not too sure if it’s actually Arianna herself that answers all her emails, but it gets the job done anyway. 😛

Make sure you copy the article into the email (not in an attachment). This makes it easier for her to read your article and decide if it’s a yes or no. 

This is the email I used, feel free to copy it. 🙂

Email Subject: Article Submission: (your article title)

Dear Arianna,

I hope that you’re doing well. Firstly thank you so much for creating The Huffington Post, I absolutely love it and read it almost everyday to ________!

I’m (your name), a (what you do) over at (your website). It would be an absolute honour if I could submit my article titled (your article title) to The Huffington Post.

I sincerely believe that it will benefit ____.

I’ve attached the full article and a short bio/ headshot/social media links in the PDF attached in case it’s needed!

I have also copied the full article below as well for easier persual.

Thank you so much for your time!

Sincerely,
(Your full name)

<Paste your full article here.>

Attach a PDF to your email too. The PDF should contain the article, your author bio, headshot and social media links.

4. What Happens After?

If accepted, Arianna will respond in the affirmative. I sent my email to Arianna 8th November, and she responded on 20th November.

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A screenshot of Arianna Huffington’s email to me, telling me that I’ve been accepted!

On the same day, you’ll receive an invite to sign up to the Huffpost Blogger Community.

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Invitation to join the HuffPost blogger community

After you’ve signed up, you’ll have your very own account where you will publish your article on the site.

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I’m live!

5. Just Do It.

Here’s proof that just FOLLOWING this article will get your article published:

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It’s honestly much easier than you think, once you’ve someone like me to teach you how.

Give the editor at least 4-6 weeks before checking in again if you don’t get a response.

The best way to avoid a dead response is to have an excellent article (see point 2). Just do it!

I hope this helps. Yes, you’re welcome. 😉

xx Raelyn 🙂

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Yay! I’ve just switched comments on. Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below:

Do they also accept travel related articles to be featured in their website?

Raelyn Tan

Yes, they def do – do a quick Google search to see.

How…..fancy does the headshot have to be?

Raelyn Tan

I don’t think they really care about how fancy your headshot will be 🙂

Sasha Taj

Hello Raelyn! I was curious as to whether you could read my article whenever you have time to give me insight on how interesting it is??

Helpful blog btw!

Raelyn Tan

Hey Sasha! Thanks for your kind words about my blog. Yeah sure, join my fb group, tag me with the link there to let me read to make sure I catch it 🙂

Aishwarya

Hi Raelyn!

Thanks for writing this. I actually sent an email to Arianna early December but didn’t hear back. This probably has to do with the fact that my article is over a 1000 words and is not really meant to be an emotional read. I sent my article to a number of international relations/politics magazines but again no replies. This was really quite demotivating because I spent a lot of time researching and writing the piece out. I have now submitted it on medium.com. If you have any comments on the piece or recommendations I would love to hear your thoughts!

Thank you!
Aishwarya

https://medium.com/@akrushn2/why-america-can-survive-a-trump-presidency-789537d2700a#.fwn5ofpc3

It’s a great piece, would have been great last month when everyone was all hyped up about the elections haha…

Aishwarya

Haha I suppose. Thanks for your comments!

It’s very nice, I wish I had a post featured on Huffington Post but it was hard for me. Your tips help me so much and I’m waiting for my article approved from Arianna.
Thank you so much !

Glad to hear that, Pham Viet. Let me know how it goes!

Hi! I love your blog. Thanks for being so informative. One of my goals is to start writing and sharing my expertise online. I plan to try to get into huffington post but I want to try to get into other blogs first. Do you recommend any blogs I might be able to get into that would be a little easier? I am interested in talking about “Mobile First Web Design” and how important it is, tutorials ect. What do you think?

Hey Devin, thank you for your kind words! You can start with Medium, that’s definitely much easier to get onto than HuffPost! 🙂

Ric

Hi Tan! Do you accept Guest post or do you have any service for building backlink?

No, I don’t accept guest posts currently. And I don’t have a service for backlinks either.

Great article, helped me a lot. Thank u so much dear.

You’re welcome, Hyma 🙂

Hey Raelyn,

Hope you are having a good time there. It’s been a week since I’ve started reading your blog.

I followed the article guidelines closely, prepared a very well-written article for home decor niche. I emailed Arianna yesterday, she replied the same day.

She now works for Thrive Global, so she asked me to publish at Medium. I did. Hope this updated information will help many of us.

Yes! Thanks for the update Adnan 🙂

Hey Raelyn!
It was such a helpful post! Loved it. Thank you so much!

You’re welcome, Julia!

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