How I Got On Huffington Post: 5 Bloggers Tell All

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For many bloggers, having your work published on The Huffington Post, is at the top of your aspirational list.  I know this isn’t the dream of all bloggers, but from the response received when I asked readers ‘What site do you MOST want to be published on?“, I know that there are a lot of you out there who are anxious to learn more about how you can become a HuffPost blogger.

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Many have submitted repeatedly via the famous HuffPost blog pitch form, only to hear a whole lot of nothing.  Don’t despair completely, there ARE people who have used the form AND gotten published.  They are real, because I have talked to a few of them!  That said, there are MANY other ways of getting onto The Huffington Post as well, and I have rounded up 5 bloggers to share their stories about taming the mythical beast, so we can all attempt to copy, or at least live vicariously through them.

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When Huffington Post Comes To You

Kim Bongiorno, blogging at Let Me Start By Saying

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How did you first get published on The Huffington Post?

In 2012, I wrote a post on my blog about how I am a Jedi Mom, and the HuffPost Parents team reached out to ask me whether I’d like to blog for them. I had noticed that they followed me on Twitter, but had no idea they were reading my blog. It was so exciting to get that email from them! The Jedi Mom article was my first post as a Huffington Post Blogger.

Did you have submissions rejected before getting accepted?

About 6-9 months before I was approached by them, I had submitted a parenting humor pitch through their online system. I can’t even recall what it was, but it definitely wasn’t accepted.  Once I got my blogging credentials, everything I submitted from that point on was accepted.

How have you benefitted from being published on HuffPost?

The Huffington Post has such a wide reach, and the team I’ve worked with has really made an effort to direct traffic from their site, Twitter, and Facebook, to my own blog and social media outlets. People seem to listen to their recommendations, which is awesome! I have seen my audience grow in direct correlation to their publication and sharing of my work on their website, as well as from making their Tweets of the Week lists. It’s also very cool to get an email from HuffPost Parents with the day’s headlining stories, and see my own name up there at the top–they make sure the bloggers’ names get out there in any way possible.

Any other notes about your experience with HuffPost as a featured blogger or tips for bloggers trying to get work published there?

I always publish pieces I’ve already put on my blog, ones I see resonating with the parenting audience, and often have a dialogue with the team at HuffPost Parents on what they think will be the right fit. I’d rather put up one piece a month and make sure it is something people will read, than just throw stuff up over and over again hoping for a hit. Working with them helps me make better decisions about what will get people reading my work.  They are usually right!

Once a piece is live, I try to show people who like my post, that I appreciate it by “Liking” their comments and shares on social media, or thanking them for their comments on the website, itself. There’s a lot of material out there to choose from, and I want to let those who take the time to read and share mine know that it is always appreciated.

Favorite Piece you’ve had published on Huffington Post

A Message From My Beloved Children Who Insist Their Lives Are Really Really Hard

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“I emailed Arianna Huffington”

Sarah Rudell Beach, blogging at Left Brain Buddha

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How did you first get published on The Huffington Post?

I read a post by Arianna Huffington on the Third Metric page of HuffPost, and she said if people had stories that fit with the mission of the Third Metric, they should contact her. I emailed her a link to a recent post I had written about mindful parenting, and she responded to me within a few hours to connect me with an editor, who set me up with a HuffPost blogging account.

Did you have submissions rejected before getting accepted?

I submitted many posts via the online submission form, as well as emailing individual section editors. I never received a response until i emailed Ms. Huffington.

How have you benefitted from being published on HuffPost?

I have gotten a lot of traffic from Huffington Post, as well as new social media followers and blog subscribers. It has allowed me to reach a larger audience. When I submit posts to HuffPost, I always include my social media links at the end of the post. I also include at least a few links to articles on my blog in each HP piece, and I get a number of hits each day from these links, often long after the piece was published on HP.

Any other notes about your experience with HuffPost as a featured blogger or tips for bloggers trying to get work published there?

HuffPost generally prefers pieces under 1000 words, although they will publish longer articles. I’ve noticed that a lot of the pieces that get featured and promoted heavily, are often in list form (“10 Ways to….”) or have headlines that draw you in (“What you didn’t know you’re doing wrong about….”). At BlogHer this year, Arianna Huffington asked bloggers to email their pieces to her. She was particularly interested in stories about how you MAKE LIFE WORK, how you balance work and family and self and everything else.

Favorite Piece you’ve had published on Huffington Post

What Dead Poets Society Taught Me About Being A Teacher

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 Go Viral – Get Noticed

Melissa Fenton, blogging at 4boysmother

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How did you first get published on The Huffington Post?

I first got published on HP back in June. I had never sent any of my writing anywhere, and had never wanted to be cross published, etc. I wrote on my little blog, or posted my writing on my personal Facebook page. I have had friends tell me for years to write for a bigger audience, but I had never pursued it.  That all changed when I wrote a short little piece titled “10 Ways To Give Your Kids An Honest-to-Goodness 1970s Summer“.  I shared it with my usual collection of Facebook friends, and for the first time I sent it off to a website. It was sent to the  site Mommy Page.  Within a week, the article had a life of its own. It was shared over 500k times on the mommy page, and via Facebook friends.  I opened my email one morning and it was from an editor at the Huffington Post. They want to put the article on their site. I was given a HuffPo blogger account, and the rest is history. I was hesitant at first. I felt that it would be the beginning of my ‘outing’ and I wasn’t sure I was ready for that. After thinking about it for a few days, I agreed, and HuffPo ran the piece. Several other sites also ran it including: Scary Mommy, Bon Bon Break, Redbook, Empowering Parents, and several others. I could no longer keep up with who was running it.

How have you benefitted from being published on HuffPost?

I have since had three more pieces published (some in 2 languages) on HuffPost Parents, as well as a cookbook review I wrote that they put on HuffPo Taste.  I have not benefited monetarily, as HP contributors are not compensated. I have, however, had my name get out there. I created a Facebook page just for my writing, and within just a few weeks have almost 2,000 followers. I joined Twitter (something I never thought I would do) and now have 500 followers there.  For me, the experience was both great and a bit scary at times. Part of what makes it great is I feel I can write for more sections than just the parenting blogs. I have experience in writing book reviews, technology reviews, and senior citizen learning theories. I feel that with HuffPo I can develop a diverse wiring portfolio.  The part that was scary was having my writing open to a very large audience of criticism for the first time. Very large!  I was not prepared for the hundreds and hundreds of rude and argumentative comments that were written about me and my essays.

Any other notes about your experience with HuffPost as a featured blogger or tips for bloggers trying to get work published there?

I have had no problems working with Huffington Post editors, or going through the process of submitting my writing. I would encourage other writers to continue to submit their work across many different aggregate websites, not just HuffPo.  If they write a piece that happens to go viral, HuffPo may find them!

Favorite Piece you’ve had published on Huffington Post

You Won’t Believe How Fast It Goes By Now

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Fast Track With BlogU

Audrey Hayworth, blogging at Mischief & Shenanigans/Lifestyles of the Insane & Delusional

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How did you first get published on The Huffington Post? 

I wrote a blog post on my blog about an experience I had buying school supplies, specifically EXPO markers, named EXPO Markers and the Reasons you Need to buy the Larger Packs of Them.  Within 72 hours of posting it to my blog, it had been viewed over 1 million times, and shared 328,000 times on Facebook. I submitted it to Huffington Post, but didn’t hear anything.  I had recently been to a blogging conference, BlogU, and met Jenn Mann of People I Want to Punch in the Throat.  After the post went viral, I asked her for advice, since I was paralyzed and didn’t know what to do next!  Her advice was to resubmit, telling them that the blog had gone viral, and also to submit it to an editors’ personal email (who I also had met at BlogU!–seriously amazing).  It was accepted, slightly edited, and it ran the next day.

Did you have submissions rejected before getting accepted?

Yes!  I was very discouraged, actually.  I had written another post about how I am judged a lot about how my husband and I parent our two autistic children.  It was really well received, and I thought it would have been perfect, but I never heard anything back.  I just kept trying, and who would have thought that a story about school supplies would go viral?

How have you benefitted from being published on HuffPost?

Traffic to my blog increased and it will hopefully open other doors for writing.  I wrote a fiction book that I am trying to get published, and I am hoping this will help me in my journey.  It was also a very positive experience and I have been learning a lot about how these things work.  I mainly started the blog to document the funny things my kids do and to build a reader base for future books.  Now, I view the blog as integral to any writing I will do in the future–everything we do professionally can usually be linked to some form of social media.  The editor I worked with (a big shout out to Emma/not sure I should give her last name–she rocks!) was soooo helpful and patient,  which was great, because I had absolutely no clue whatsoever at doing this and anxiety took over.  I am also currently doing my first giveaway, which is a really fun experience.

Any other notes about your experience with HuffPost as a featured blogger or tips for bloggers trying to get work published there?

Keep trying! And trying some more!  The best piece of advice I was given about it, was that they like things that are relevant.  I wish I could remember who told me that (to give credit to them), but that was helpful.  School supplies were on everyone’s mind with the beginning of school and it really struck a nerve in some people. It was really discouraging to not get noticed at first, but I’m really glad I tried again!

Favorite Piece you’ve had published on Huffington Post

The Price I’ll Gladly Pay For My Kids’ Education

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Met Arianna at BlogHer ’14

Leah Vidal, blogging at Little Miss Wordy

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How did you first get published on The Huffington Post? 

I had the pleasure of meeting Arianna Huffington at BlogHer ’14 during her book signing. I actually handed her my card and briefly pitched my book, Red Circle Days. I don’t know if I was feeling empowered by all the inspiration at the conference that weekend, but I know if I had a copy of my book I would have asked if she wanted me to sign one for her too. I actually walked away asking myself, “Who Am I?”

After the conference, still riding the high of being in an environment of inspiration and confidence boosts around every corner that were still coursing through my veins I sent an email…DIRECTLY to Arianna Huffington!

Again, “Who Am I?”

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I told her how much I enjoyed meeting her and how inspired I was by her words both in person and in her book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. I also included a timely back to school piece I had written and told her I would be honored to have it featured. A couple of days later, SHE RESPONDED, said the piece was perfect for HuffPost Parents, and put her Senior Editor in touch with me. Within hours I was set up as new HuffPost contributor.

Did you have submissions rejected before getting accepted? 

I had submitted a couple of pieces via the standard submission form in the past, and if the sound of crickets is a rejection (and in my book it is) then yes, they were rejected with a capital “R.”

How have you benefitted from being published on HuffPost?

I appreciate the exposure I’ve gotten from the pieces I’ve had featured. I have gained followers on my blog as well as various social media channels People who may have never heard of you, are suddenly paying attention. I was approached by Beyond Your Blog and I’m sure I wasn’t on that radar prior to being featured in HuffPost. The biggest benefit though, is the sense of validation it has given me as a writer. As writers, we all have our bucket lists, and Huffington Post is one item I was able to cross off with a great sense of satisfaction.

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Any other notes about your experience with HuffPost as a featured blogger or tips for bloggers trying to get work published there?

Other than the usual advice to keep trying and not get discouraged, I would say to find other avenues to share your work. Follow some of the editors on Twitter and tag them with a really great post of yours. Pay attention to the types of articles they are sharing in the section you wish to be featured in so you are submitting something in alignment with their preferences.

Favorite Piece you’ve had published on Huffington Post

A Message To My Children On Their First Day Of School

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About the Author

Susan Maccarelli

Susan Maccarelli is the creator of Beyond Your Blog, a site helping bloggers successfully submit their writing for publishing opportunities beyond their personal blogs. She also offers online training and consulting to new bloggers looking for direction on submitting their writing for publication. Susan has interviewed dozens of editors from publications like The New York Times, Huffington Post, Brain, Child, Chicken Soup For The Soul, The Washington Post, and speaks at many respected writing and blogging conferences.