I wanted to write for The Huffington Post for a while now. I talked myself out of applying several times because other, “more established” authors refused to write for them. Several reasons were given, the main was that The Huffington Post does not pay their bloggers. While this true, I decided that the exposure made it worthwhile for me. I’ve applied to several other ghost writing positions, guest blogging posts and freelance writing opportunities and was successful at most. I figured The Huffington Post was going like those ones. So, I picked a previous blog post of mine and submitted it.
I waited. And waited. I didn’t hear anything back. So, I picked an other article…and…it had the same results.
That’s when I realized I had to step up my game a little bit.
I read a lot of stories from other bloggers about how they became writers for The Huffington Post. The biggest piece of advice they gave was to read posts from other successful Huffington Post bloggers. So, I did. I looked at the different sections and read and read and read. Obviously, you will want to read and research in the sections you wish to be featured in.
Editing is such an important part of any writing process. If you want to write for the Huffington Post, be prepared to edit your work until it shines.
I had to decide what avenue I wanted to choose to actually submit my post. At this point, I opted to submit the post through their application AND send it directly to Arianna as well. It was a subject I felt passionate about and I really wanted it to be seen by as many people as possible. I’ve also heard of people having luck submitting their post via email to editors (email@example.com) and by even tweeting them. Another option for being published is having a post go viral and being asked to be featured on their site. I cannot comment too much about that option as that has never happened to me.
Once I received an email back from Arianna that she would love to feature my voice (Woohoo!!!!), I (impatiently) waited for a few days and didn’t hear anything. I was pretty nervous at that point because other people had stated that after the editor got their hands on their articles, they were rejected. I followed up with the editor and within two days after that, I received my log in information.
Since my first article, I’ve published a few more. I’m still in the beginning stages of the whole process. There is a ton I have yet to learn. I haven’t received a lot of traffic through them but I will still continue using the blogging platform as I am reaching a wider audience. Visit my author profile here.
Have you been successful in becoming a Huffington Post blogger? I would love to hear about your experiences!