Do you want to write for The Huffington Post? I’m going to show you exactly how to do it! I have been sharing this info with a few people over the last few months, so I wanted to put it into a blog post so it could be accessible to anyone who might be searching for it.
I’ve been writing for The Huffington Post since February (you can see my articles here), and while it’s so great to be able to write for them, what most people don’t know is that it’s really not hard at all!! If you have submitted work before and not heard back, there’s a good chance that it’s not due to the quality of your work but rather you just didn’t submit it correctly.
There are 3 main reasons why I think it’s awesome to be published with HP
- It’s fun, and it’s good for your portfolio to have your work published with a reputable outlet
- They allow you to publish content that has been shared elsewhere, which is amazing for bloggers!! All of my Huff Post articles are blog articles from My Spiritual Roadtrip that I have repurposed.
- Once you have one article published with them, you are a Huffington Post Blogger and you don’t have to go through the submission process to have future articles published! You get access to the blogger platform and just post articles from there, like you would on your own personal blog.
Win, win, win.
Oh also, you email Ariana Huffington directly, and she replies to you if she chooses to publish your work! That in itself is pretty cool to me.
Before I share the info, I want to say is that this info did not come from me- and I unfortunately do not remember who it came from!! I really wish I did, so I can give credit where it’s due, but someone posted it in a blogger Facebook group I used to be a part of. Once I went on my blogging sabbatical last year, I left all of the Facebook groups and have noo idea which group it was from or who sent it. If by some amazing chance someone reading this knows who sent it, please let me know!! All I know is that her name is Sarah, and I think she is so awesome for taking the time to put all of this info together for the benefit of people she doesn’t even know.
Okay Sarah shared a file that outlines exactly how to get published with The Huffington Post. Here is it.
- You can write an article from scratch or re-purpose one of your old blog posts. HuffPo don’t mind if you’ve published your article on your blog already. If you have I recommend changing it a bit so the articles aren’t identical. Having said that I don’t recommend repurposing articles you’ve written and had published as guest posts on other people’s websites.
- Articles should be between 500 and 1000 words and can be about pretty much any topic as long as it’s not offensive – keep it clean and positive.
- Once you’ve written an article you’re happy with, email it to Arianna Huffington herself – firstname.lastname@example.org include a short hello, a sentence or two about your post and include your post. I sent it in the body of the email (below the sign off) AND as a Word document just to make it easier for her/her team to read it.
- This is the second time I’ve submitted. The first time I didn’t hear back – if they don’t want to publish it they won’t reply. This time however, I received a reply within 4 days. I have heard of it taking up to 2 weeks for people to hear back.
- If you get the yes, you’ll receive an email from Arianna saying they want to publish, then you’ll receive an email from the blogging team with your log in details. You then log in, set up your bio, add your photo, add your post and format it (simple wordpress style formatting where you can add numbering, bold/italicise text) – it’s easy to do. You can also add a photo to be used with the post but it must be one you have permission to share – so not something you’ve just grabbed from the web or Pinterest. As far as I understand photos from free stockshot companies like Unsplash, Death to the Stock Photo etc. are ok.
- Once you’ve formatted your post you hit the save button which submits it to the editing team. They check it and if it’s all ok it’s usually live within 24 hours (unless they’re crazy busy, then it can take a couple of days). For me it was less than 24 hours.
- Share it around your community and celebrate the heck out of yourself for doing an awesome job!
That’s about it. Happy to answer any questions you might have. Sarah x
So there you have it. If you have any other questions or comments please send them my way! And if this lands you a Huffington Post publication, share you article in the comment section below.