Becoming a guest contributor on a popular website is a great way to build your personal brand.
Publications are always looking for new contributors. However, pitching guest-blogging proposals and becoming a guest contributor for popular websites can be time-consuming.
Each site has particular requirements and instructions. Some require topic pitches, some want full articles, and some require abstracts.
To save you time on sorting through the requirements and gathering information, we scoured the top websites for their submission guidelines and instructions on how to be a guest contributor.
Remember, it is important that you submit an authentic and original article on a topic that is relevant to each website’s audience. Before you submit anything, make sure you spend ample time reading the website’s articles so you understand what the website likes to publish.
Make sure that your articles are well written and well researched. The better you write, the less work it is for editors—and the more likely your prose will remain unscathed. Ensure that you have a firm grasp of your topic. You may want to follow up, in a firm but polite way, with a brief email if you haven’t heard back in a week or so.
Here is a quick overview of the publications and instructions and guidelines about to contribute to those websites:
About: Forbes.com focuses on news and information about business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and affluent lifestyles.
To contribute: To become a regular contributor, you must fill out this Google Docs form. The form will ask you for your LinkedIn and Twitter profiles, the concept for your “Forbes page” such as overall theme and story ideas. It will also why you are expert on the topic, and you must provide samples of your work.
About: The Huffington Post covers news, blogs and original content about U.S. politics, entertainment, style, world news, technology and comedy.
To contribute: According to the contact page, you should visit this Google Doc page to submit your blog idea and your bio. Editors there are looking for succinct, satisfying and easily shared articles. Here is a helpful blog post on how to become a regular contributor.
3. Fast Company
About: Fast Company covers technology, ethical economics, leadership and design. The About page says it is written for progressive business leaders to inspire readers and users “to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations, and create the future of business.”
To contribute: According to the guidelines for submitting articles, submissions should be between 750 and 900 words and exclusive to Fast Company. They must be complete and unpolished articles intended for Fast Company’s audience. Articles should have a tone appropriate to Fast Company and be written by a person, not a PR department. They accept articles only for their leadership section. Submit them to Associate Editor Rich Bellis at email@example.com. They don’t want pitches, abstracts, outlines, press releases or interview offers.
About: Entrepreneur is geared toward business owners who are starting and expanding their businesses. They cover actionable information and practical tips for startups.
To contribute: Fill out the form on their contributor page. Provide contact information, your LinkedIn and Twitter profiles, themes, story ideas, why you are expert on the topic, and samples of your work.
About: Inc.com publishes articles for small businesses. It provides advice and tools to entrepreneurs.
To contribute: Visit the contact page to learn more, and under “contributing to Inc.” it says that to be a regular columnist, you should email firstname.lastname@example.org. They don’t specify what they are looking for, but your email should follow what Forbes contributor form and the Entrepreneur contributor page are looking for with submissions.
About: Business Insider covers industry topics such as financial services, media and technology.
To contribute: The contact page says you should email email@example.com. According to how to contribute to Business Insider page, you should send a final draft of your article, a proposed headline, a brief bio and links to other articles you have published. You may want to review the authors’ page to see what other contributors are writing about.
About: Business2Community covers breaking news and top trends in social media, digital marketing, content marketing, social selling and social business.
To contribute: Visit the become a contributor page. You will then have to read the contributor guidelines and fill out the online application form, including your contact information, your website, and three writing samples that show that you know the topic and you produce high-quality blog posts.
About: Social Media Today provides news, trends and best practices on social media and digital marketing.
To contribute: There are two ways. You can register with the website to create posts that go directly to the website. They are looking for bloggers who want to provide exclusive posts that meet Social Media Today’s standards. You can also set up your account to take in posts from the RSS feed of your blog. Social Media Today can pick from those posts to post on their blog. To learn more, visit their blogger approval and posting page.
About: Mashable prides itself on being the “go-to source” for technology, digital culture and entertainment content.
To contribute: Visit the submit news page. Fill out the form to submit a pitch, tip or article. It will ask you what type of submission: exclusive story, a news update, a hot tip, an editorial suggestion or other.
About: PR Daily is a daily news website that delivers news and advice about the PR, marketing, social media and traditional media worlds. Ragan.com delivers practical advice, real-world solutions and field-tested strategies for today’s communicator.
To contribute: Visit the sites’ respective submit news pages. The editors are looking for basic contact information and the topic of your article. They will want to know whether it is an aggregated news story, original story or column, a previously published blog post, a tips list or other.
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A version of this article first appeared on the Knowledge Enthusiast website.