(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.
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)
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!
(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.
On the same day, you’ll receive an invite to sign up to 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.
5. Just Do It.
Here’s proof that just FOLLOWING this article will get your article published:
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 🙂