If you read How I Got On Huffington Post: 5 Bloggers Tell All, you learned first hand how some HuffPost bloggers got their start on the often difficult-to-penetrate site. Some of those methods involved a little bit of luck, so we’re sharing 8 practical tips to help you devise a strategy, if The Huffington Post is a blogging goal for you.
The most typical way to pitch HuffPost is to use their form. Although many bloggers claim that it’s a black hole, many people have also used the form, and had a very quick response/acceptance. It doesn’t hurt to try!
2. Pitch Relevant/Current Content
Many successful HuffPost bloggers emphasize the importance of pitching relevant subject matter on topics that are current and timely, as a key part of having your writing accepted.
3. Reach Out Directly To An Editor Via Twitter and/or Email
HuffPost lists all of their editors HERE. Beyond Your Blog has also put together an email directory for the various sections of HuffPost. It is fairly easy to target the section your piece is for, and identify the editor(s) you could reach out to. Arianna Huffington’s email address is even obtainable with a little Google-ing. Another way to get contact info is to look up the HuffPost section on twitter. Many sections will show an email address and/or twitter handles for the editors in the description. Here are a few examples, or click here for a full list:
4. Present a Complete Package
When you send your pitch, be sure to provide everything they need: social media links, headshot, short bio and EDITED post (they are not likely to do any heavy editing).
5. Attend Blog Conferences
Many bloggers have stories of getting inside Huffington Post scoop at blogging conferences. Whether it is someone meeting Arianna Huffington and getting her personal email address at BlogHer ’14, or attendees of BlogU being given a direct submission email address, attendees of conferences with a HuffPost presence often come away with a bit of an edge.
6. Comment and Share
While this is by no means sure-fire, commenting on posts and HuffPost social media in your targeted section probably won’t hurt. An editor may notice you and recognize your name when you submit, or in the case of some bloggers, an editor may even invite you to submit something based on comments alone. You can achieve similar results with strategic sharing and being sure to tag appropriate editors. While this strategy won’t get most bloggers into HuffPost, it may help a smoother environment for your other efforts.
7. Go Viral and Tell Them
There are multiple stories of bloggers who went viral and subsequently pitched the post to Huffington Post letting them know its popularity, only to be picked up quickly. In some cases, these bloggers were even passed over for the same post before it went viral.
8. Immerse Yourself
Read your desired section daily and note the types of posts they are publishing (titles, topics, writing style, word length etc.). Take that information and model your submission accordingly. For instance, if the top posts in your section are controversial, and hover around 500 words, that might be a good place to start with your post.
If you are a HuffPost blogger, we’d love to hear your tips!
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