Do you want to reach new audiences with your content? Have you heard about the benefits of submitting guest posts to popular blogs in your niche? Continue reading to learn more about guest blogging, how to write high-quality guest blog posts, and which popular blogs accept guest posts.
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What are guest posts?
Guest blogging began its ascent into popularity in the early 2000s as guest posts started to appear on blogs throughout the web. By 2008, guest posts had made their way onto the American Psychological Association, Bloomberg, CNET, Fortune, Lenovo, Marriot International, National Geographic, PBS, Wired, and many other respected publications.
Like most marketing trends, guest blogging went from a respectable marketing strategy to an abused link-building scheme. The former head of Google’s webspam team, Matt Cutts, denounced spammy guest blogging tactics in 2013 as a violation of Google’s quality guidelines.
He did, however, admit that “There are still many good reasons to do some guest blogging” and “there are absolutely some fantastic, high-quality guest bloggers out there.” He also pointed out that multi-author blogs like Boing Boing were “compelling, wonderful, and useful.”
In 2017, Google’s Webmaster Central Blog published a reminder about how large scale article campaigns violate Google’s link scheme quality guidelines. In this statement, Google condemned content “when the main intent is to build links in a large-scale way back to the author’s site.” Google approved of content creators that “inform users, educate another site’s audience or bring awareness to your cause or company.”
What are the benefits of guest blogging?
My journey into the world of guest blogging began in 2010 when I wrote my first guest posts for Famous Bloggers, Search Engine Journal, Search Engine Watch, and Social Media Examiner. A few months later, I received my first freelance writing job inquiry. As I continued to write content for more publications, I saw substantial growth in the following areas.
- Referral traffic to my blog and business website.
- Leads for my freelance writing business.
- Keyword rankings in search engines for my blog and business website.
- Social media audience and engagement.
- Podcast interview and conference speaking requests.
- Networking connections in the marketing industry.
The latter benefit is why you want to really want to do guest blogging well. If you regularly contribute excellent guest posts to top publications in your niche, you’ll be working with some of the top experts in your industry. Those are the connections that can become highly valuable assets to any business looking to increase their reach and visibility.
Entrepreneurs have achieved great success through guest posts as well. Leo Widrich, the co-founder of Buffer, grew the social media marketing platform from 0 to 100,000 customers. Alex Turnbull, CEO & Founder of GrooveHQ, reached over 1 million people. Gregory Ciotti helped Help Scout acquire over 36,000 email subscribers. All through guest blogging!
How do I become a guest blogger?
Are you ready to start submitting guest posts to popular blogs in your niche? Here are steps you can take to become a guest author on popular blogs.
1. Follow and engage with your target blog.
Get to know the blog content, owner, and editor for your target blog by following them for a few weeks prior to applying to write for them or submitting a guest post. This will ensure that your correspondence and content are perfectly fit for each blog you approach in your guest blogging outreach.
Most blogs will have an About Us, Our Team, or a similar page. This is where you will generally find the names and Twitter handles of the people behind the scenes of the blog. The key people you’ll want to get to know are the owners and/or editors of the site, as they are ultimately the people who will decide whether your content will get published on their site.
Follow them all on Twitter, along with the main blog’s Twitter account. The simplest way to do this is to create a list on Twitter. Take some time each day to read through their tweets and jump into the conversation when you have something valuable to contribute.
Additionally, subscribe to the blog via email to get to know your target blog’s content. Each time there’s a new blog post – especially if it’s by the owners or editors – read through the post and leave a meaningful comment. The Twitter interactions and the comments will make your face and name familiar to the people who will ultimately decide to publish your guest post on their blog.
After you choose a few target blogs, follow them, and start engaging with them, you will get a good feel for which one you can approach first.
2. Analyze your target blog’s most popular posts.
In addition to subscribing to your target blog’s post via email so you don’t miss out on any new posts, you can subscribe to your target blog’s post using Feedly (free) to see which posts are the most popular. Feedly has a popularity metric, showing how popular the post is on social media and amongst Feedly users.
Buzzsumo offers paid users in-depth analysis, sorting content based on the total engagement for the past 24 hours to five years. Export the top content for your target blog for the past five years to get the data in an Excel or CSV format. You can find out what posts have done best on your target blog in the past, studying the headline formulas and average word counts of posts that earn the most social media engagement.
This research will help you determine what topics are well-received by your target blog’s audience. Your goal in guest blogging should be the same as the blog owner’s and editor’s – to write a post that the blog audience will love, generating traffic, shares, and engagement.
3. Choose a blog post idea based on your analysis.
In addition to analyzing trending topics and your target blog’s top content, research the top content for your target blog’s main topics. You can use tools like Feedly (free) or BuzzSumo (paid) to find posts that have received a lot of social media engagement or you can use Google search to find posts that generate a lot of organic search traffic.
To find the top content in Google search results for the keywords with the highest search volume, try Ubersuggest (free). You’ll see the best keyword ideas on the left and the top content on the right.
From here, combine what you know about your target blog’s top search terms, most popular posts, and most recent posts. Choose a blog post idea that is unique and appealing to your target blog’s audience. Blog owners and editors will appreciate that you took the time to get to know them, their content, the audience, and the niche before approaching them with a guest post idea.
4. Follow the directions on how to submit a pitch.
Some popular sites will want you to send one or more blog post ideas – or pitches – before sending in a full blog post. If this is the case, this is the part where you will want to send in your blog post ideas.
Start by following the directions on your target blog for sending in a blog post idea. This may be a link to an application form or email address where you will submit your name, website, writing samples, and blog post ideas.
Keep track of when you send your applications and blog post ideas, as well as an estimated date of when you expect to hear back if your target blog specifies on their write for us page. If you don’t, you can do the following:
- Submit a new application with new blog post ideas.
- Submit the blog post ideas that weren’t accepted to another blog.
How do I write a blog post for a popular blog?
Once you are ready to submit a full post to your target blog, follow these steps to improve the odds that your content is accepted for publication.
5. Review editorial guidelines from your target blog when available.
Every blog is different. You may find a write for us page that has guidelines and links to their editorial email address, style guide, and three additional blog posts marked as suggested reading for potential blog contributors.
If you have editorial guidelines, style guides, or both, follow them as closely as possible when writing your guest post. They may take time to adapt to, but they may ensure that your content makes it through even the most rigid editorial review process.
6. Write your blog post to match your target blog’s content.
While some blogs give you strict guidelines, others may only provide a contact us page with an email address to submit your full post. If that’s the case, simply write your blog post to mimic your target blog’s content.
- Use a more conversational or professional tone.
- Match the length of your content. If the most recent or most popular posts are, on average, 1,500 words, your post should be a minimum of 1,500 words.
- Match the expertise level of your content. If the most blog tends to publish intermediate to advanced-level content on a topic, and you submit beginner-level content, your post will not get published.
- Format your headers like the ones in the most recent posts.
- Incorporate bullet points, bolding, italicizing, and underling to emphasize key information.
- Use a similar quantity and style of images such as customized header images, screenshots, or properly-licensed stock photos. Do not use images from Google search or from other blogs without asking for permission.
- Add links to data, facts, research, or statistics that back up any statements in your content as applicable.
- Note that most blogs do not accept any form of self-promotion, paid promotion, advertisement, or affiliate links within your content. You can link to your own website, products, and social networks in your author bio unless editorial guidelines state otherwise.
7. Use Grammarly to proofread your work.
Don’t let the blog’s editor be the first to edit your content. Grammarly is a grammar checking tool that can fix critical grammar and spelling errors for free.
Create an account and write your post in Grammarly’s browser editor. Alternatively, install the extension in your browser to have it check your blog post content while you work in Google Docs, WordPress, or other online editors.
8. Submit your guest post.
Start by following the directions on your target blog for sending in a full blog post. This may be a link to an application form or email address where you will submit your name, website, writing samples, and your completed post as an attachment or link to Google Docs.
Keep track of when you send your applications and blog post, as well as an estimated date of when you expect to hear back if your target blog specifies on their write for us page. If you don’t, you can do the following:
- Submit a new application with a new blog post.
- Submit the blog post that wasn’t accepted to another blog. Be sure to let the blog owner or editor know if you didn’t already submit another post.
Keeping track of your blog post ideas and drafts is crucial. You don’t want to let great ideas and content go to waste just because a few people didn’t like it. Just refine your ideas, adapt your content to new publications, and keep trying.
9. Promote your post and engage with your audience.
Once your post gets published, be sure to promote it heavily. You want your content to be successful with your target blog’s audience and if they are engaging with you, you want to engage back.
Ideally, you will see great results from your target blog in the form of referral traffic to any links you provided in your author bio and new social followers. If you do, you may want to contribute more content to that blog.
75 Popular Blogs That Accept Guest Posts
The following are 75 of the most popular blogs that accept contributions from guest authors on business, marketing, psychology, tech, and web design. Popular blogs from miscellaneous verticals have been included to show that not all guest post opportunities are business and technology-related.
How popular are the following blogs?
The number next to each blog shows the estimated number of visits per month per SimilarWeb. Most of the sites listed below receive over a million visits per month.
Do guest bloggers get paid?
Some do! Look for sites that have a [$] next to their name and read the page for more details. (Paid writers will often have more in-depth assignments than guest bloggers.)
How do I choose a writing sample?
When a blog asks you to submit a writing sample, they want to see the best pieces of content you have published. Take a quick audit of all of your content and choose your top guest posts based on topic relevance, where it was published, and the amount of engagement. If you haven’t written for another publication before, you can submit posts from your personal blog, company blog, LinkedIn profile, or similar publications.
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- ADDitutde [$] (2.46M) – The editors of the ADDitude web site are always seeking fresh voices to tell the story of living and thriving with ADHD. Please send a 300-word sample blog post covering the topic you’d like to blog about your work as an ADHD coach or a review of an ADHD-friendly product. Additionally, send us at least 5 specific blog post ideas, and writing samples of previously published work that reflects your ability and interest in blogging on an ADHD-related topic. Other paid writing opportunities.
- A List Apart (191K) – A List Apart explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices. We’re always looking for new authors. You may submit a rough draft, a partial draft, or a short pitch (a paragraph or two summarizing your argument and why it matters to our readers) paired with an outline. We publish articles of anywhere between 600–2,500 words, depending on subject complexity.
- Appypie [$] (1.22M) – Every entry that gets published, receives an assured award worth up to $100. 1000 – 2500 words (based on the topic you may have longer posts; we encourage in-depth content.
- The Atlantic (36.2M) – Journalists who wish to pitch reported stories or commentaries to The Atlantic’s website should reach out to the following email addresses.
- Bplans (1.4M) – We’re dedicated to giving our readers the most relevant and useful information on how to start a business. Submit up to three pitch ideas to apply to become a contributor.
- Benchmark Email (699K) – Our blog lets you keep up with the latest in email marketing and engagement emailing. Blogs must be 400-700 words. If you would like to write a longer blog, it must be broken up into a series. If there isn’t enough for a series, the blog will be edited down to conform to this standard. Blog topics should pertain to your expertise, be advice for online or small businesses, or editorials.
- Bigger Pockets (3.33M) – Contributing is a great way to gain exposure, interact with our community, and create important connections. For those willing to commit to a regular weekly piece of content, we offer additional perks, including a free Pro membership, featured content across the site, and the chance to be considered for further career-building opportunities, such as the BiggerPockets podcast, webinars, and more.
- Business.com (865K) – We offer comprehensive resources for entrepreneurs who want to start, run, or grow a small or medium-sized business. Articles must be a minimum of 1,200 words. Apply to become a contributor and include writing samples.
- Business2Community (1.25M) – We aim to provide a balanced view of the current business landscape based on industry news and trends, as well as the real-life experiences from our 10,000+ expert contributors. If you are interested in becoming a contributor, fill out an application and be prepared to include writing samples that demonstrate the topics and the quality of the posts that you hope to submit to B2C.
- Business Insider (184M) – Business Insider is a fast-growing business site with deep financial, media, tech, and other industry verticals. Send the final draft of your piece, a proposed headline, a brief bio, and links to any other pieces you’ve published. Our Syndication team will review your submission and get back to you if it’s something we’re interested in posting. Please note that we can’t make publishing guarantees.
- Buzzfeed (148M) – BuzzFeed is the world’s leading independent digital media company, which leverages data and innovation to reach hundreds of millions of people globally. BuzzFeed Community no longer supports Community Brand Publisher accounts or posts, which includes posts that are political, self-promotional, or about brands or organizations you’re affiliated with in any way.
- CafeMom (2.6M) – CafeMom represents moms in all their glorious diversity and strives to be a thought leader on the current parenting conversations and concerns. We prefer to receive all story pitches by email.
- The Chronicle (2M) – We’re writing for a national audience, so a successful pitch will not only point out a compelling local story, but will also be relevant to administrators, professors, and higher-education observers across the country. We love stories that show how institutions are working to overcome challenges, whatever the result.
- Cleverism (1.49M) – We publish long-form, evergreen content that helps people on their entrepreneurial, career, or personal development track. Minimum 1700 words; extra kudos for 3000+.
- ClickZ (143K) – Founded in 1997, ClickZ has grown to be one of the largest digital marketing communities in the world today. Apply to become a contributor. If accepted, you will join our network of industry leaders where you will have the ability to comment and collaborate with other contributors.
- Cloudways (1.4M) – We value relevant, user-centric, and high-quality content that provides value to our audience. We value our readers. They want to read exciting, compelling, relevant, and quality blog posts that offer insights on how technology and processes can benefit our audience. Another favorite theme is how developers, agencies, ecommerce store owners and other stakeholders can benefit from our platform and your products.
- CoSchedule (777K) – We’re always looking for fresh insights from the sharpest minds in marketing to help our audience do their best work. You will include writing samples and a detailed pitch, outline, and target keyword.
- Content Marketing Institute (385K) – We love connecting with writers who can help us fulfill our mission: advancing the practice of content marketing. To write for CMI, you will submit a form along with your completed post draft.
- Copyhackers [$] (71.1K) – As of Jan 2020, all Copyhackers posts are peer reviewed. Peer reviews are the final step in the submission process; until your post has had the sign-off of an objective third party, selected by the Copyhackers editorial team, it is not officially accepted for publication.
- Creative Bloq (4.5M) – We want to provide a platform for writers that share our passion to get published. If you think you have what it takes, send an email. Outline where your interests and knowledge lie, and please include some examples of posts or articles you’ve written.
- DOnations [$] (10.65M) – Our tutorials help people like you solve some of their trickiest problems. Whether they’re building out some infrastructure or writing a web application, readers trust our tutorials because they’re written for developers by developers.
- Entrepreneur (13.8M) – When you write for Entrepreneur.com, you are immediately connected with like-minded people not just through our site, but through our social media channels which total over 16 million followers. Find editorial contacts here.
- Envato Tuts+ (9.2M) – Tutorials provide step by step instructions to help students build their practical skills by working on a particular project or outcome. Create a how to tutorial in written or screencast format to help individuals achieve a useful outcome in a single sitting, inspire people to improve their creative and technical skills, and reach our audience of millions of monthly visitors.
- Fast Company (12.2M) – Articles submitted for consideration should be of interest to readers of the Work Life section, have a tone that is appropriate for Fast Company, and be written by a person, not a PR department. We like articles that introduce new ideas and advance conversations around topics and trends that engage our readers—think op-ed rather than content marketing. Submitted articles should generally be between 600 and 900 words.
- Financial Times (21.1M) – The Financial Times accepts guest submissions on any topic for the opinion section of our website and newspaper. Please keep it short — it should be at most 400 words long, and has a better chance of success if it is even shorter.
- Forbes (119.5M) – The contact page says to submit story pitches via email. Be sure to read this post first.
- 1stWebDesigner (409K) – If you want to get your voice in front of a global market of web design professionals, you’ve come to the right place.Once you’ve got an idea ready to go, send us an original pitch along with a brief outline of your experience and writing samples.
- G2 (3.2M) – G2’s Learning Hub reaches over 1.5 million monthly readers, ranging from HR professionals to marketers, technologists to educators. Register to be matched with a topic.
- GetResponse (7.6M) – Our blog aims to help all businesses (particularly SMBs) make sense of and use different digital marketing and productivity practices. We like relevant, well-researched posts (preferably 1300+ words) with actionable tips. Submit a topic idea or completed post along with writing samples.
- Gizmodo (38.3M) – Send story ideas. You should have some experience writing for online publications and include links to some clips. We love stories of all shapes and sizes: in-depth reported pieces, personal essays, op-eds, photo series, book reviews, interviews, debunkers, and simple (or complex!) explainers.
- Grist (871K) – Our core topics include clean energy, sustainable food, environmental justice, livable communities, and reinventing the economy through cutting-edge science and cleantech. We’re looking for stories that offer compelling narratives, surprising perspectives, newsworthy revelations, awesome visuals, or can’t-miss commentary. We want articles about wicked problems and kick-ass problem solvers that readers will devour and share.
- The Guardian (282M) – We’re always particularly interested in people with particular expertise or experience in the relevant areas (in your professional or personal life). Bear in mind that when writing for us, you are writing for a global, diverse audience. We’re always keen to hear from people from outside the UK, from different backgrounds, and about ideas and subjects you may not feel we’re covering enough already. E-mail us and tell us a bit about yourself and a brief outline of an article.
- Harvard Business Review (6.5M) – HBR covers a wide range of topics, including strategy, leadership, organizational change, negotiations, operations, innovation, decision making, marketing, finance, work-life balance, and managing teams. It’s helpful if you send us a short pitch first so that we can give you early feedback, but we need to see a full draft before officially accepting a piece — even if we’ve asked you to write it, and even if you’ve written for us before.
- Her Campus (2.25M) – If you would like to contribute a single piece for publication on the Her Campus national site, please fill out our open submission form. We are currently looking for original, compelling essays about personal experience, opinion pieces about timely topics, and perspectives on issues facing college women.
- Hongkiat (1.4M) – We’re always on the lookout for freelance and guest writers who can share insights, opinions, and content that are as well researched as they are well written. If you have tips, tricks, concepts, artwork, cool tools, cooler apps and insights you want to share with the web design, development and tech community, write for us.
- HowStuffWorks [$] (21M) – We also do not publish guest posts or any other material that is sent to us unasked. If our editors think we might work well together, we’ll assign you something to write — only then should you write something in the HowStuffWorks style and voice and send it to us. If we accept the article we’ve assigned you to write, we’ll pay you for it. All work is work for hire, and all authors must sign a freelance agreement before they begin writing any work for us.
- HubSpot (27M) – HubSpot has three main blogs: Marketing, Sales, and Service. Each blog has different guest posting guidelines, so please visit their individual pages to learn more.
- Huffington Post [$] (5.3M) – At HuffPost Personal, we want to help our readers better understand the news and the world around them, and we know storytelling is essential to our mission. A HuffPost Personal piece is original, authentic, compelling and told in the first person. We feature writers from different backgrounds and identities with distinct voices and points of view writing about a variety of topics.
- Inc (22.4M) – Everything you need to know to start and grow your business now. Also, try this. Only do this if you plan to contribute for at least six months. We don’t publish one-off op-ed-style articles. Every week Inc. editors review the contributor proposals sent to this email address, and—though we have to be quite selective—contact those standouts we’d like to more formally consider.
- Instant Shift [$] (59K) – You can write about any design specific topic as we cover most of the topics related to design and development.
- Jeff Bullas (397K) – Please submit 3 potential topics with a short introduction for each so that we can see the context and standard of writing to be expected. The types of topics the community expects are about social media, digital marketing, marketing, digital technology for business, entrepreneurship, startups, growth marketing, content marketing and all that sits in those ecosystems.
- The Ladders (3.4M) – We accept content between 400 and 1000 words related to the job search, professional development, industry or professional insights, or career management.
- Learning Solutions Mag (58.9K) – Learning Solutions offers eLearning professionals news and solutions that they can use in their work right away. Have a great idea, a solution, or a tutorial to share? Not a writer? Don’t worry; many of our contributors have never written for publication before!
- Lifehack (10.5M) – At Lifehack, we aim to deliver insightful perspectives, practical actions, and uplifting messages to our readers. Although our guest writer position is not paid, many of them have found success in their writing career through the exposure and experience we offer.
- Lifehacker (21.4M) – Lifehacker is the ultimate authority on optimizing every aspect of your life. Have a tip for us? Whether it’s something fun you found on the web, a shortcut you’ve discovered, or a hack you’ve put together yourself, send it.
- Marketing Land (456K) – We do not take unsolicited pitches of already-written pieces or potential article ideas. Instead, we have two opportunities for potential contributors: submit a pro tip or write a soapbox.
- MarketingProfs (200K) – Write from an objective viewpoint and convey valuable how-to information to the reader. Focus on practical advice, actionable tips, and useful know-how about a specific marketing topic or approach to marketing. Articles should be at least 800-1,000 words, but no more than 1,200 or so.
- Mashable (17M) – Mashable is the top source for news in social and digital media, technology and web culture. Submit news or a tip.
- Mention (264K) – Brand management and social media strategy for businesses. Share actionable tips, tools, and valuable strategies. Give readers advice that they can put to work immediately after reading. Share unique perspectives on topics that are considered over-saturated, much like social media. Aim for a 1,500-2,000 words post.
- The Muse (7.51M) – Are you passionate about helping others succeed in their job searches? Looking for a great new place to share your career expertise? Have a great idea that you think would be perfect for our readers? The Muse is always looking for career experts who are interested in contributing and solidifying their reputation as HR professionals, recruiters, or coaches.
- Musement (820K) – We’re looking for bloggers and photographers from all over the world. From travel features to photo galleries, we love telling stories about great experiences.
- The Next Web (6.18M) – Podium is our platform for experts to share their insights by bringing fresh opinions, analyses, and advice to TNW’s readers. In addition to all major tech topics — AI, cybersecurity, design, UI/UX, cryptocurrencies, social media, killer robots, programming, tech regulations, big data, privacy, etc. — Podium is a platform for exchanging interesting ideas on business, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Podium articles are usually around 600-1,200 words long, but always try to be disciplined when it comes to length, even if it’s under the maximum limit.
- Noupe (55K) – Do you think that you have great content for web developers & designers? Then we are definitely interested in sharing it with our audience! Here at Noupe we are always striving to spread knowledge among our fellow web geeks. Posts should have a minimum of 1000 words.
- Performance PSU (50K) – We welcome anyone with extensive computer hardware, gaming and overclocking knowledge to join a growing team of experts and share your knowledge with our pc enthusiast focused audience.
- Petapixel (4.91M) – PetaPixel is a leading blog covering the wonderful world of photography. Have a tip for a story you’d like to see on PetaPixel? Send us a pitch and we’ll take a look!
- PickTheBrain.com (181K) – If you’ve had a life-changing experience or overcome an enormous obstacle, sharing your knowledge could change the lives of thousands of people who face the same problem. All articles should be somehow relevant to self-improvement. Extra points for anything that’s intellectually stimulating.
- Psychology Today (29M) – We are looking for good, clearly articulated feature ideas–and writers with talent to bring these ideas to life. Nearly any subject related to psychology is fair game. We value originality, insight, and good reporting. Tell us why and how your story will change people’s lives, if applicable, and mention sources you might contact. If your work has been published before, attach writing samples.
- Quartz (15.38M) – Quartz was founded to cover the new global economy, so we’re interested in stories that have some aspect of economics, technology, policy, science, health, management or business at their cores. Do you have an idea in mind? If you haven’t written it as a complete article yet, don’t. We really prefer that you first send us what’s called a pitch: a paragraph or two at most, describing what you intend to say.
- Quill [$] (2.12M) – We’re assembling an inventory of tutorials for office workers – and we need your help. If you know how to solve a common office issue and can explain the process in a simple and engaging way, we want to hear from you! No need to be a professional writer, you just need to have skills to share.
- ReadWrite (320K) – ReadWrite aggregates professional communities dedicated to specific subjects of interest such as connected cars, smart homes, AR/VR, fintech and APIs. We like to have posts that range from 1,300 to 3,000 words. Preferably, we aim for 2,000-3,000 words. Apply to become a contributor with your completed post.
- Scotch.io [$] (1.62M) – Top shelf learning. Dev tutorials explaining the code and the choices behind it all. We have very high standards and pride ourselves on a rigorous approval process. We accept ~10% of applicants.
- Search Engine Land (1.29M) – We do not take unsolicited pitches of already-written pieces or potential article ideas. Instead, we have two opportunities for potential contributors: submit a pro tip or write a soapbox.
- Search Engine Watch (372K) – Search Engine Watch provides tips and information about searching the web, analysis of the search engine industry and help to site owners trying to improve their ability to be found in search engines. Apply to become a contributor. If accepted, you will join our network of industry leaders where you will have the ability to comment and collaborate with other contributors.
- Seeking Alpha [$] (19M) – Over 15,000 people have contributed articles over the years. These include individual and institutional investors, fund managers, college students, retirees, analysts and basically anyone who wants to share investment insights and ideas with our community.
- SEMrush (5.9M) – SEMrush’s digital marketing blog is an innovative resource for content strategy, content marketing, SEO, SEM, PPC, social media and more. You will submit your complete draft via their CMS.
- Shane Barker (232K) – We are looking to hear about all the latest and greatest Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing, SEO, and Social Media Marketing tips. Articles should be between 1,500-2000 words, completely original, and not published on any other site other than ours. Send a complete draft via email.
- SitePoint (5.29M) – SitePoint publishes articles for web developers, designers and entrepreneurs. Try not to exceed 2000 words. However, your ideas and the way they are conveyed should be your biggest focus, not article length.
- Smashing Magazine [$] (1.66M) – Smashing Magazine delivers reliable, useful, but most importantly practical articles to web designers and developers. Submit a contact form with your proposed outline, topic, and include writing samples.
- Social Media Examiner (1.29M) – Social Media Examiner helps millions of businesses discover how to best use social media to connect with customers, drive traffic, generate awareness, and increase sales. We prefer content from practicing social media marketers and creators who have in-depth knowledge rather than a general base of online marketing knowledge. You must have a track record of writing detailed, tactical articles. Apply to become a writer and include writing samples.
- Social Media Today (977K) – We provide original analysis on the latest happenings in the social media industry. Apply to be a casual or committed contributor.
- Social Media Week (87K) – Social Media Week (SMW) is one of the world’s premier conferences and industry news platforms for professionals in media, marketing and technology. Apply by pitching a topic idea and include writing samples.
- Techcrunch (19M) – Techcrunch covers news related to tech, analysis of emerging trends in tech, and profiling of new tech businesses and products. Submit a tip or guest column.
- Thompson & Morgan (737K) – We’re looking for guest bloggers to submit posts about all things gardening-related. We will consider publishing well-written, informative articles, but ask that you only submit original content and do not write about or link to commercial businesses.
- Truity [$] (2.72M) – We publish only posts related to personality psychology. This includes posts showing how one’s personality type may impact various areas of life, as well as constructive advice for dealing with different personality styles in the workplace. Blog posts can be short (600-800 words) or longer (1000+ words) depending on the subject matter.
- Venture Beat (3.45M) – VentureBeat regularly publishes guest posts from experts who can provide unique and useful perspectives to our readers on news, trends, emerging technologies, and other areas of interest related to tech innovation. You can pitch a story idea or submit a full draft.
- The Verge (42M) – The Verge covers the ways that technology and science are changing the way we live. Pitches should clearly and concisely convey the story you plan to write and why it matters. Send a good pitch and include writing samples.
- Wall Street Journal (53M) – If you would like to submit an article for consideration, it must be exclusive to the Journal. Your article should be a strong argument about an issue in the news. And it should not be a response to a Journal article; that is a letter to the editor. For an idea of what we are looking for, read the Journal’s editorial page on a regular basis. We prefer that the submission be between 400 and 1,000 jargon-free words, submitted as the body of an email rather than an attachment.
- Web Designer Depot [$] (626K) – WebdesignerDepot is the premiere community for web designers and developers. If you’re interested in writing for us, send us a brief email outlining your experience as well as specific articles you’d like to submit and include writing samples.
- Webflow (3M) – Webflow publishes content for creative professionals and entrepreneurs who build websites and digital products. Your post should appeal and speak directly to one or more of these audiences.
- Wired (17.55M) – We accept op-ed submissions on all topics relevant to WIRED (business, gear, culture, security, transportation, and science). Submissions must be original, no longer than 1,000 words, and they must argue a specific point of view. Most importantly, op-eds can only be written by humans, not brands.
- Wordstream (3.1M) – The WordStream blog is an authoritative resource that helps make online marketing easy for advertisers, agencies, small to medium-sized business owners, students—anyone interested in learning about digital advertising. The WordStream blog prefers pitches before considering completed guest post submissions.
- Working Mother (1.2M) – Pitches should be related to the working mom’s work, family or lifestyle. We assign at around 500 – 1,000 words, tip-driven, essay or listicle.
- Writer’s Digest [$] (883K) – Contributed articles and guest posts for online publication may be submitted via email review. We do not offer payment for unsolicited online articles and guest posts. except in rare cases when the content is highly focused or unique.
How do I find more popular blogs that accept guest posts?
There are a lot of search terms you can use to find blogs that accept guest posts. As you find sites that accept guest posts, analyze them with tools like SimilarWeb to see if they are getting traffic each month and look at the most recent posts to ensure that posts are receiving reader engagement.
To find popular blogs that accept guest posts, use the following with your niche keyword in Google search.
“become a contributor”
“become a guest blogger”
“become a guest writer”
“contribute to our site”
“email us your idea”
“email us your pitch”
“guest post by”
“guest blogger guidelines”
“guest post guidelines”
“send us a tip”
“send us your pitch”
“send us your story”
“submit an article”
“submit a post”
“want to write for”
“write for us”
What It Takes to Succeed as a Guest Blogger
Ultimately, the key to success as a guest blogger is taking the time.
Take the time to get to know your target blog’s content.
Take the time to engage with your target blog’s community.
Take the time to research great ideas to pitch to your target blog.
Take the time to craft quality guest posts to submit to your target blog.
Catherine Fulton says
Hello Kristi, thanks for this wonderful list. My blog also accept guest post. Its a decent general information blog. Please add it to your list. Thanks
Kristi Hines says
You’re welcome Catherine! 🙂
Philip Verghese Ariel says
Glad to be here again after awhile.
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Tanner Lim says
Thanks for all the detailed information you wrote in this article. Good continuation of the year 2021.