How to Get a Blog Post Published on The Huffington Post

Want to get published on the Huffington Post? Check out this in-depth guide to learn where to send your pitch and what kind of content they'll publish. Plus, get the FREE cheat sheet and checklist!This post is written by Careful Cents contributor, Catherine. She blogs about her journey to becoming a full-time blogger, and new mother of twins, at CatherineAlford.com. And don’t forget to download the free cheat sheet of other Huffington Post publishing secrets!

I have to admit, I never thought I’d be writing a post like this, and I’m still recovering from the shock that the Huffington Post actually published my writing. But over since Aprile 2013 I’ve officially been a blogger for the Huffington Post (travel, parenting and business sections).

Although I’ve been a freelance writer for several years now, getting published on the Huffington post feels real and (to be honest) a little terrifying and exciting all at the same time.

For my original Huffington Post article, I wrote about my family’s decision to move to the Caribbean so that my husband could attend medical school. While it sounds like a dream, it was actually one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.

Not only that, but I revealed to the world just how much debt we got into because of that decision, and I described how alone I felt when my husband decided to go there ahead of me so I could stay back home and work to support us.

Don’t get me wrong. I write about this sort of thing all the time on my blog, but to have it so public and out there on such a big website made me feel a little vulnerable.

Since this article was published I’ve received hundreds of emails from people who told me that they thought my story was inspirational, and that meant the world to me because that’s all I really wanted to do — inspire others — and show them that what might seem impossible is actually in reach.

The same principle goes for getting your work featured on a large website. It is possible to get published on the Huffington Post, or other big media outlets.

I’m happy to share my method with you so that you can do the same.

HuffPo-Cat

1. Learn from the greats

When I first started blogging, I enrolled in a blogging and media course, and it changed the way that I viewed my website.

This class was for both new and experienced bloggers, and the entire aim of was to teach others how to get featured on popular blogs. When I first started, I was just looking for tips. I never dreamed that it would help me land the ultimate guest post on the Huffington Post.

I knew I wanted to get published in the Huffington Post Money Section, so I became an avid reader of it. I started to notice the type of posts that they published, and I kept a running list of topic ideas specifically for the Huff.

While I didn’t comment on other money section posts regularly, I would actually recommend it. You never know who will be reviewing your post submission, and they might recognize your name if you comment all the time.

I should note that I’ve actually used this method to get hired as a staff writer too, because I think it’s impossible to pitch a post to someone when you don’t know what their site is about.

2. Copy the style

The only person that I actually knew who was already writing for the Huffington Post was Carrie! In fact, I never knew it was even possible to contribute until I saw her posts (thanks, Carrie!)

So, I decided to copy her style. Now, I don’t want you to think of copying style as plagiarism or anything like that.

What I mean is that I pasted every single one of Carrie’s posts into Microsoft Word, and I wrote down how many words she used, and I took note of the way she broke up her paragraphs.

While the way I write is unique to me, I made sure that my post submission resembled hers when it came to formatting, paragraphs, and word count. After all, they’ve accepted several of her posts, so something she did was obviously working!

As you can see from the photo below, I even used Carrie’s first post for inspiration for how to phrase my title.

By using this method, I was able to guarantee that my post would need very little editing, something that probably helped it get published.

HuffPo-Carrie

3. Pitch it the right way 

There are a thousand ways to send a pitch e-mail, and there are likely way more experienced people than I am who have a better method.

However, the route I took was a very short and sweet e-mail. I guessed that the Huffington Post got a couple of hundred pitches a day, and I wanted to make sure that when mine got to them, they would only have to read it for a few seconds.

My hope was that it was interesting enough to get them to open my attachment. Here it is below:

Dear BlogTeam,

Thank you for taking the time to review my post. As you know, most people pay off debt in pretty normal ways. They cut back their spending or they pick up extra jobs.

Not me.

I had to actually move 3,000 miles away to a tiny Caribbean island in order to finally get the momentum I needed to knock out my debt once and for all. I attached my story to this message, and I appreciate the consideration!

Best,
Catherine Alford

4. Send your pitch to the right person 

The Huffington Post has a place where you can submit your blog post pitch through a Google Form. But I know from my experience as a staff writer that it helps to have a good email address, or name when sending in your pitches.

Maybe I’m a little Type-A (okay, a lot Type-A) but I want to make sure that the submission sent, and was received, you know? I am the person who checks my sent folder every time I send an email, and for something so important, I wanted to have the peace of mind that it got there.

Also, the BlogTeam could take anywhere from a few days to a few months to get back to you, and unfortunately, they might not have the time to send out “thanks but no thanks” messages. So, just be prepared that you might be living with the unknown for a while once you submit.

UPDATE: Many of you have commented or emailed saying the email to the blogteam is not the correct address anymore. While it does still work, and worked for me be sure to opt-in for the free report download that will give you complete details for the right contact info and other secrets to get your article published.

5. Give the editor everything they need

Last but not least, give them everything they need. When sending in your blog post for consideration, include a headshot and a bio.

You’ll notice that every blogger has a headshot next to their name on the Huffington Post, so providing that along with a short and sweet bio gives them everything they need, and they won’t have to spend time asking for it. In fact, it will show them that you are prepared.

6. Make your post go viral

As of June 2014 my most recent post for the Huffington Post went hugely viral with more than 226,000 likes and 44,000+ shares. That viral post also led to me getting interviewed on Huffington Post Live, which led to tons of emails and new readers.

You may not realize this but once you have an author account on THP, you can pitch articles every day if you want. There’s no doubt that it’s beneficial to any writing career to be an author there.

One of the main reasons my articles are published on The Huffington Post is because I had such a unique story. However, we all have unique stories; we just don’t realize it. It might take some time to craft your article for them, so don’t rush it.

It’s better to have a polished and perfectly formatted post ready to go a month from now than to hurry up and submit today. Essentially, just be yourself and be open.

Say something that others will connect to. Write in a way that makes people feel like they are included or write about something others wish they could do. I mean, I had to move to a Caribbean island to get out of debt.

That’s a little weird, right? But, that’s my story, and sharing it with others in a very open way gave me just the right combination of materials to get it noticed.

I have no doubts that if you do what I listed above, you have a good chance of getting noticed too. Good luck, and let me know how it goes!

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202 comments

      • Cat Alford/ Budget Blonde says:

        I think you should always be looking for publications. The Huff in particular allows you to publish on your own blog and theirs so duplicate content is not a problem. It just might be a problem for another publication. I would wait 1-3 months to hear back from the Huff before submitting new queries to them.

        • James says:

          Hey Cat, thanks for the great article! I’m interested in what you say about HuffPost not caring if you publish the article on your own blog too. Did you publish your article on your blog first, then send the link to HP? Or they prefer to publish first?

        • Nina says:

          What about if you publish something as a LinkedIn Pulse post? Do you think this would hurt your chances of the post getting picked up by HuffPo?

  1. John S @ Frugal Rules says:

    Very nice post Cat! I think you provide some great tips here that many might overlook. I have been meaning to do it for a while and I just need to sit down and do it.

  2. Jordann says:

    Wow that’s so cool! I definitely learned a lot through this post, which I’ll keep in mind for my future guest posting ambitions. Thanks!

  3. eemusings says:

    +10000 on making things as easy as possible for editors. One thing that bugs me is people sending stuff in Word or PDF and sticking in awkward code/images. When I pitched to the Billfold I included a plain text file with HTML to make it simple for their team.

  4. Jen Havice says:

    This is so great! I’ve been wondering for quite some time how people did this. I appreciate the specifics, especially the fact that you pasted the entire post in the email. This may be something for me to work on.

    • Cat Alford says:

      My pleasure, Jen! Glad you found it helpful! I actually attached the post in a word doc but you could put a sneak peek in the e-mail to make them want to open it.

  5. Gina Pogol says:

    Nice work! I’m also a finance writer and have a couple of colleagues who routinely get on Huffpost. Perhaps I’ll be able to join them now.

    • Cat Alford/ Budget Blonde says:

      Sorry I’m just seeing this comment Andrea. I can’t remember the subject line exactly but it was definitely something related to moving to the Caribbean.

  6. Kristen Poborsky says:

    This is very helpful – I am working on getting connected and guest posting on several sites so the tip about looking at the style of other guest posters on the site I am targeting is a great idea. I’m going to check out Jon Morrow as well.

  7. Donald says:

    Can you only pitch brand-new pieces or can it be something that was previously published elsewhere, such as on your own blog?

  8. Shaanthz says:

    Thanks for the tips and advice – will give it a try.

    Here is what happened to me – I was at a women’s conference in New York City in April 2013. Arianna Huffington was one of the keynote speakers, along with Martha Stewart. Arianna talked about herself, her road to success, etc. etc. and told the 1200+ women present at the conference that we should blog and write. She shared her email with the audience and said to contact her directly for opportunities and said “Don’t go via the website and anyone at HuffPost!” I thought I couldn’t have been in a better place that day.

    I am a freelancer and write health/medical posts regularly for some healthcare websites. I was excited and sent an email to Arianna – she replied after 2-3 days and copied one of the editors asking me to correspond with the editor. The editor contacted me immediately and within a couple of days I sent an article, my bio, and headshot and waited….and waited. The editor got back in a few days and said “Sorry, we cannot accept your post now.” No other explanation – I tried asking a few questions but never heard back again.

    So much for Arianna’s words….so let me give your advice some thought and try again. Thank you!

    • Cat Alford/ Budget Blonde says:

      Getting an editor’s email is really key though. You can constantly submit to that email address vs. the one everyone else sends mail to!

  9. Rebecca says:

    Thank you Catherine! Your advice was so helpful. I’ve been dreaming about getting one of my pieces on the Huffpost. I just e-mailed them my piece. I know it’s a long shot but I’m trying to be braver and take chances.

  10. Elisabeth King says:

    Great article, Cat. The writing industry is so hard that it’s nice to pass on advice to others every now and then. Thanks for the tips!

  11. aarish says:

    written with so much honesty, nice article cat. had a small question to ask – does one get paid for the contribution and what is the measure like.

  12. Loulie says:

    I enjoyed this, Catherine! The email tip was particularly helpful.
    (I have a very silly question… BudgetBlonde or BudgetBrunette? 😉 HeeHee…

  13. W.T. says:

    Hi Catherine, how long did it take them to post your article up after they said they were going to? A editor contacted me last week but my piece has yet to go up. Thanks!

  14. Tom Crawford says:

    This is great information, and something I will use myself. Definitely going to bookmark this, and come back to it again.

  15. Latrisha says:

    Thanks for sharing. A lot of times people keep info like this to themselves so I greatly appreciate you sharing both your experience and the process. It’s great that you acknowledge that our stories, experiences, etc. are not just for ourselves. Best wishes for your continued success!

  16. Lauren Maxwell says:

    Thank you for sharing such great info! You reminded me that our dreams are never too far out of reach. Sounds cliche, I know, but it’s true.

  17. This is very nice post!. I have just signed up to huffington post and searched how to submit post to huffington and thank God i found your site. Its a very big help for bloggers like us.

  18. Ben says:

    Hey Cat, just came across your blog and post which I love. Do you know, does the HufPo require that your writing is NOT posted anywhere else prior to submission (eg: your own blog?) or is that fair game as long as the content is original? Thanks for the great piece. cheers!
    – Ben

  19. Congratulations on getting your post published, it was a great article so I can see why they choose it. I’m just wrapping a few ideas up now for their consideration, how long did they take to get back to you?

  20. Tora says:

    Thank you so much for this article – I googled this exact topic and there you were. I pinched your pitch and reworked it for my own topic/story – it gave me the confidence to know what to say as that’s the hardest bit, I find! Thank you for sharing.

  21. Tanu says:

    I have been writing for some local newspapers for a few years. Recently I have worked as a freelance writer on the market place. But still I have no personal blog or website for regular publishing. Hopefully I will start soon. Can I still try to write some posts for Huffington? I am really inspired reading this particular post. Regards.

  22. Urmi Majithia says:

    Thank you for sharing your tips. I am in the process of writing a post and I will certainly follow your tips. I had a question for you – Do I really need to have a website or can I write my post in a word document and send to them in an email?

  23. George says:

    I like this article so much. It is actionable. I interview people all the time about how to get featured in A-list publications. It is encouraging to know that it is doable.

    • Carrie says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, George! Cat also wrote a new post about using HARO to get published on high-traffic sites and being featured in A-list publications. Have you used HARO before? What has your experience with it been?

  24. Shannon says:

    Thanks for the advice. I give “advicetainment”, so I forgot what real advice looks like. I probably won’t be submitting to HuffPo, but good advice for other outlets as well!

  25. Jennifer says:

    FYI: I’m not sure why this email worked when you submitted, but I’ve submitted via this address before and they redirected me to send stuff through the website. So I don’t recommend using this email address.

  26. Antara Man says:

    There’s a lot of controversies out there about Huffington Post as a lot of their writers leave HuffPo, because it doesn’t pay them. I want to know how can one write regularly for them, be a regular blogger? Please,share your knowledge.

  27. Great inspiration. There is no such contact blurb at the bottom of my preferred HuffPo sections but I am still looking. I will send a pitch to the general Contact Us section and keep my fingers crossed.

  28. This is my second time reading your post and it is so fun to see the update about how Huff Po has been so beneficial for you! Thanks for adding that, I’m excited for you and sending even more good vibes your way.

  29. JP Maroney says:

    Catherine,

    BIG TIME Kuddos for having the guts to step out and DO IT!

    While most people sit around contemplating all the reasons it won’t work out right, you executed.

    Love this story!

    JP Maroney

  30. Mary says:

    I cannot thank you enough for this post! I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years now & my newest goal to make happen is submitting to The Huff Post. While I see above its a huge waiting game as to if/when they respond, can someone tell me if theres a timeframe that its OK to submit something else to try again?? I have 3 pitches in mind, but want to space out submitting….if pitch 1 gets rejected, I have back up material!:)

    Thanks!

    • Carrie says:

      I always politely follow up after about 2 weeks, and if I don’t hear anything back after 4-6 weeks (after following up one more time) then I move on to another editor/site. I hope that helps, Mary!

  31. Bob says:

    Ms Alford: thank you for this great article. I have a couple of questions–what did you put in the Subject Line of your email to THP? Also, I was wondering if you think it is still possible for an unknown such as myself to get noticed by THP? I’m thinking that, with this article, THP is going to get swamped with submissions and I will get lost in the pile. Of course, I will still submit (after I have done some research to write my post in a THP manner). Thanks again for a great article.

  32. Wesley Yuhn says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Your tips will really help me while writing a great post to publish on huffingtonpost. I am going to write my first post for huffingtonpost, need good luck 🙂

  33. Heather says:

    Thanks so much for this post! I love that you were so thorough! (From a fellow Type-A personality). – Heather at Life of a Traveling Navy Wife (PS Your spam filter is mean 😉 I have had to compose this three different ways to give you a thank you!)

  34. Paul says:

    Great article Cat. I’ve finally, after reading this, submitted my first article to Huffington Post for consideration and your advice was super helpful.

  35. Zed says:

    Hi – Great, informative article. Thanks so much for that. One thing I’m not clear on, which I hope is not too elementary…

    When you submitted the post, was it already published on your blog, or were you presenting them unique content that was unpublished?

    Thanks again for the fab article!

    • Carrie says:

      Great question, Zed. Cat and I have both published blog posts that were already written in our own blogs, as well as posts that haven’t been published elsewhere. So you can do it both ways on HuffPost.

  36. Ellis Shuman says:

    Excellent article! As a fellow Huffington Post writer, I keep getting asked all the time: “How do you get published there?”. I followed exactly the points mentioned above.

    My initial article was published on the Huffington Post in July =
    “10 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know About Bulgaria”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/ellis-shuman/bulgaria-travel-tips_b_5548731.html

    It went quite viral = in Bulgaria! 23,000 likes, 5,568 shares. And it was translated twice into Bulgarian (without my permission) and led to a long string of interviews and articles in the Bulgarian media!

    If you have something exciting to share, publish it on the Huffington Post. And, follow this excellence advice to get started!

    • Carrie says:

      Wow, this is an awesome accomplishment Ellis! I’m glad that Cat’s experience helped land you some good media attention and a post going viral. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. 🙂

  37. Julia Waters says:

    Really excellent article Cat! As a newbie to the world of blogging, it helped me structure a plan to get onto the Huffington Post site (I like to dream BIG!) thank you again xx

  38. Hi Catherine,

    I really enjoyed reading this post and found it really helpful. Its a goal of mine to one day be published on here – you’ve given me some motivation to give it a go.

    Great story too on solving your debt issues!

    Thanks again – Stacy

  39. Natalie says:

    Thank you so much, Cat! I followed your tips exactly and it worked! I heard back and was live within a week! I couldn’t have done it without this post. Thank you!

  40. Lisa Walters says:

    Thanks for sharing this. Great info! I just sent my pitch along with my article to the e-mail you have listed and just heard back from an editor telling me that the e-mail address does not monitor new contributors and sent me the link to the regular “Pitch a Blog” section on their site. Has this happened to anyone else?

  41. Thank you Catherine! This is awesome and super helpful…I am going to share with my clients and per your instructions above, I am going to (gulp) submit my first blog to HP today! Thank you!

    xo

    Amber

  42. Legion says:

    i emailed my article, but they gave me another link to google form (pitch a blog). i submitted through it a week ago but no reply yet.

    do they inform you regarding whether your article will be published or not?

  43. Sofie says:

    This post is fairly old so I don’t know if I’ll get a reply, but here goes 🙂
    What I’m wondering isn’t how long it took for them to get back to you, but how long you took to research their blog before you wrote your article and crafted your pitch?

    Thanks!

  44. Hey Catherine

    Your post on the realities of motherhood brought very happy tears to my eyes – I am not surprised that it got Shared innumerable times #HUGSS

    Thanks for this article too – it is definitely an honor to get featured in prestigious publications, and I am glad you got to experience that honor more than once #HUGSS

    Best wishes
    Kit

  45. Wow, Catherine! Congratulations on that piece of yours going viral!

    I loved your piece stocked with tips- I also blog on Huff Po – and learned a great deal. I do thank you for that! Here’s a link to my latest piece: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tricia-mccallum/how-not-to-get-the-job_b_6281964.html

    Any tips on how to help a piece go viral, Cat? I would love a shot on Huff Post live but my numbers never seem to get high enough..

    Continued success, in your work and in being a mom!

    Warm regards, Tricia McCallum.

  46. Wendi says:

    Thank you so much for these tips – I think you are absolutely right – being prepared is a number one thing. Congratulations and wishing you more success! ~ Wendi Spraker

  47. Dadinald says:

    This are awesome tips. Thank you. I’m a new blogger… aspiring writer. This gives me new ideas. I hope my most loved post, “There’s love and there’s that,” can make it. Or any other of my writings. Thanks again, and congratulations!

  48. Jo Jo says:

    Hi Carrie

    Thank you for sharing these most excellent and actionable tips. I’ve written quite a few posts but they are sitting collecting dust in my hard drive, so I really must bite the bullet and go for it shouldn’t I?

    I think a lot of people get perturbed because they may not feel that they have the writing prowess or capabilities to write a compelling blog post, but the truth is- practice makes perfect.

    Thank you also for the course suggestion too.

    Best wishes on all your future writing adventures 🙂

  49. Hi Catherine, thanks for sharing your story. I was also very fortunate to have one of my articles featured on the Huffington Post as well. My article went live last evening. I actually emailed my article, bio and bio pic directly to Arianna on Thursday morning. She emailed me 3 hours later and gave me an editor’s email to send my items to. I did so and heard from the editor a few hours later as well and received an invitation to set up an account with Huff Post through which to submit my article. I submitted my story yesterday (Friday) morning and had it go live that evening. I was totally blown away by how easy this all was…I guess my lucky stars were really just shining on me. I just want you guys put yourselves out there, anything is possible. Please check out my article, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yvonne-kariba/15-characteristics-of-people-who-make-things-happen_b_6999282.html. Thanks

  50. Hira says:

    Thank you for the great tips, I just wonder what do you suggest their approach is for someone who does not want to go public with personal details, like name, picture, etc.

  51. Krysta says:

    Hi! I realize the original article is over 2 years old but I was curious to know if you knew the guidelines for Huffington Post on your OWN PUBLISHED material. IE: If I write a piece on my blog, but I have a mere couple hundred readers, am I still within the guidelines to submit that piece to Huffington Post? Though I just signed up today (oops sorry) I have read your blog before and really appreciate your insight. I too, packed up and moved to the Caribbean, where I own a bar in Costa Rica. Thanks for your help!

  52. Mona Shaik says:

    Excellent advice. Thanks so much for breaking it down, and giving ME the right guidance! It does get overwhelming. How to send the pitch, the fear of rejection and the waiting. Omg. But the desire to still be published thrives. So thank you, and I will definitely let you know if /when I ever do get published.

  53. Waqar Ahmed says:

    Hi Catherine,
    I really wanted to know that how to get published on the Huffington post. You have done a great job.
    I haven’t submitted anything to them yet but it’s my biggest wish to do so. I will let you know if I get published after acting on your valuable advice.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Best regards,
    Waqar

  54. Lisa Jordie says:

    Hi Catherine,

    It’s both amazing and exciting that you were able to get a spot on HuffPost-congrats!

    Thanks for the Jon Morrow recommendation also. I’m aware of him and his courses and reading this article further cemented how awesome he is. I know this happened to you in ’13 but I just wanted to let you know that as a follower of your blog, you are still inspiring myself and others every day.

    Rock on,
    Lisa

  55. I particularly identified with the concept of contacting an actual person at a real email address. Yet, HuffPost uses the Google Form for submissions. Did you use this, or were you able to dig deeply enough to find that real person with an actual email box?

    – damon

    • Carrie says:

      Great question, Damon. I personally used the direct email address to become a Huffington Post blogger and I believe that’s what Cat did as well. However, I do know that if your pitch is good enough, you can submit it via the Google Form and get published. So either way is a good bet!

  56. sarah says:

    hi! so i was wondering if you provide a sample email so i know more or less exactly what to put? You did show your intro, of course, but where would a headshot and bio be incorporated? also, what could I put in a bio?

  57. Sharonda Jones says:

    This was definitely a wake up call for me to actually pursue this path! I will certainly be using this information!

    Sharonda Jones

    • Carrie says:

      The direct email addresses are not available online, which is why I offer a free download of the names and direct email addresses for the editors at The Huffington Posts (plus bonus information for other publications)! Just put in your info into the sign-up box to access everything. 🙂

    • Carrie says:

      Don’t we all! 🙂 Did you try using the blog team email? Or the Google form link? Additionally, just input your name and email address into the sign-up box above and all the contact info will be sent to you.

  58. Anthony says:

    Thanks for the insightful post. I have always wanted to get my blog published on Huffington Post, though i got to admit i am still learning the robes. Your strategy was quite ingenious.

  59. Hello Catherine!
    In an effort to give my work some exposure I have been looking to guest blog @ some well reputed websites e.g. Forbes & Huffington Post.
    Thanks for sharing your experience and useful tips (and also the link to Google Form). I hope I’ll get my post published very soon (I’ll try my best).

  60. robert may says:

    fantastic information. I am just getting into writing for professional sources instead of for myself and it is surely a different style to get used to. Thanks for the inspiration!

  61. Holly Smith says:

    Hi
    I read your article, thanks for tips! I am still trying to get to the right editor for my content and no one gets back to me. I did utilize your form also and still nothing.

    Any help you can offer to me, or even some contact names would be helpful I write on love addiction, relationships. Thanks so much

    Holly Smith
    PS I am a new writer

  62. Thank you. I would love to have the Huffington Post email contact info. Will you email it to me?

    I assume that’s the way to include the headshop and bio . . . in an attachment to one’s email?

    I just pitched by sending my article. You seem to indicate it’s good to do a short pitch ahead of the actual written blog?

    How long should I wait before I pitch the blog/article to someone else?

    How long do you think a Huffington Post blog should be ideally?

    Is it a plus to include hyperlinks?

    Do you put your sources at the end of a piece (for a non-fiction feature or opinion type piece)?

    Thank you.

  63. Ashley says:

    I just wanted to drop a note expressing my greatest appreciation for posting this article. Congratulations on getting published and thank you for sharing your experience so other’s may benefit– I just submitted my first post!

  64. James says:

    I read your article and I am now a blogger for HuffPo. I had an article I had been working on about being a first time father at 50. I read your post and submitted my article to Arianna’s email before I went to bed and had an answer when I woke up the next morning: I was accepted in less than 12 hours.

  65. Krissy says:

    Thank you, Carrie! Like James above, I submitted a piece to Arianna’s email Friday afternoon and was accepted by Saturday evening. I would never have had the nerve to contact her directly if it weren’t for reading this.

  66. Valerie says:

    How strict is their 1,000 word pitch? Will they electronically cut off at 1,000 words, completely reject, or is a human reading it and will go to 1,100 if it’s good? Thanks.

  67. Kayla says:

    Hi Cat,

    I’m not a blogger and not trying to become one. I have written a story. I was wondering if I can just submit my personal story to THP and they if they would publish it if they like it? If not THP do you have any recommendation on where I can send my stories too? Thanks

  68. Donna says:

    I know first hand that moving to the Carribean is not an easy feat. I have a daughter at SGU in Grenada. The life style on these islands is certainly nothing like some of the other islands most people vacation on. Although the day to day is difficult for a few years out of the country it is a short price to pay for setting your family up for the rest of your lives.
    Best of luck to you and your husband!
    Donna

  69. Elle says:

    What was the email address that you sent your blog post to? I am interested in submitting some of my blog posts but I cant find the exact place to send my blog post and my bio and headshot. Also, Did you provide photos from your blog post? When I filled out the form there was nowhere to add photos so all I could submit was the text.

    Thanks in advance
    Elle

  70. Hi Cat,

    So I used this exact method and got my blogger access to HuffPost. I’ve published 2 articles so far and it’s a dream come true. First of all thanks for your help and inspiring me. Secondly, I want to ask about the next steps. You mentioned how you became a staff writer which is my ultimate goal. Can you please give me insight or advice that can help me achieve that goal? I’ve applied for positions but I’m not sure if I’m wasting my time. I think it’s better if I know someone or develop a relationship with someone. Here’s my work work and profile to my Huffington Post profile http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anthony-awadalla/ Look forward to your response!

    Thanks, Cat.

  71. BellyBytes says:

    I have been blogging for years now but it seems that I’m doing something wrong. I diversified from one blog to three so that each blog would be specific to a topic; I tried sharing on social media; joined up with blog hops and blog aggregators; engaged with other bloggers through comments and shares but I STILL SEEM TO BE GETTING NO WHERE.

    I am hoping your tips help me lift the blogs from the bogs.

  72. Nancy says:

    I have a blog called Confessions of a Middle Aged Woman Gone Wild. I talk about the trials and tribulations of getting older with a sense of humor. Who would be the best editor to send a pitch to for that type of material? Thanks.

  73. I found this article because I too am hoping to get one of my blog posts from my blog, Ink & Stitches (blog.Jhwinter.com) up on the Huffington Post. I will start taking a look at how other writers format their posts to make sure that mine fits in easily with the rest. What great information!

  74. I bookmarked this article back in December, and took action on it in January. 2-3 weeks later, I also got a reply and I am now a contributor! I just now have the time to write.

    Thank you for the tip! I used your idea exactly, but I had actually forgot to add the article (oops!) and I was still added as a contributor.

  75. Mrs. Z says:

    Love this! I recently was accepted into the Huffington Post blogging community. I have my acount set up. I sent a post to the editors about 3 days and still have not heard anything about when it will be published. Any suggestions? Does it take awhile for them to get back?

  76. Erika says:

    This is fantastic advice for anyone curious about getting published in the Huffington Post! I’ve bookmarked this page and will use it as use your tips as a reference as soon as I get my act together and figure out what I want to submit. Are there any other sites that you know of that allow bloggers sending in duplicate content?

  77. Menellia says:

    Great post. One of my goals this year is to get published on THP. This was very well written and I can’t wait to receive my cheat sheet.

    xx Menellia

  78. Julie says:

    I want to thank Catherine and Carrie for this article and for the Cheat Sheet. I took your advice and emailed Arianna Huffington directly with my pitch and my attached article. She wrote back yesterday (the next day) with a gracious acceptance. I’ll let you know when my post appears. Happy writing!

  79. Hi Catherine and Carrie-

    Well, I followed your instructions and Arianna wrote back to me within 2 hours! Then, as she promised, her Managing Editor also wrote me back and offered me a guest blog post, which made my year! (It’s been a rough year but still, I was and remain thrilled)! But then, I was supposed to get a follow up email with my password and official post platform invitation. It never arrived. I’ve checked my spam filter thoroughly. So, after waiting an agonizing 48 hours, I wrote the Managing Editor to nudge her to resend. And I’ve heard nothing.
    Can either of you advise me? I don’t want to be a nuisance, but they both said they love my blog voice and I want to get busy and get Huffposting.

    Can either of you counsel me on how best to proceed?

    Thanks

    Kathleen Dennehy

    • Kathleen, when I was accepted, it took about a week before I got my login credentials. Although now I’m looking at the date of your comment, so I’m hoping you heard by now!

    • Pamela J says:

      I also emailed Arianna Huffington and heard back within a couple of hours. She CCed another editor and she said the editor would contact me to give me the login information. It’s been about 24 hours but I haven’t heard finally I sent the editor she copied a gentle reminder. Also I know that you can re-blog blogs that were originally published on your own blog but what about pieces that appeared as guest blog on other sites ? I Guess it would depend on the copyright on those other sites is that right?

  80. Arfa says:

    Amazing post! Posts like this surely encourage readers, bloggers, writers and the freelancers. Catherine had a wonderful story to tell and admire other strugglers. It’s a great post and highly motivational.

  81. Parvathy says:

    Thats quite inspiring. Have been trying for quite some time to get on Huff Post. Its the waiting thats really killing. If you at least heard a “No”, it would have been a relief.

  82. Hi there, I don’t know if you can help me, I’m at my wits end! I pitched a blog post to Arianna, and she sent a message back welcoming me as a blogger, and advised her blog editor Madeline would be in touch with login details and a password. But…I have heard nothing for over a week now. Madeline was cc’d in the email, and I have emailed her directly, but the email hasn’t been opened. I cannot find anyway to contact anyone regarding this – I was so excited, and now so despondent! Any suggestions? I don’t know that it will be effective (or endearing!) to email Arianna again….

    • Carrie says:

      Jillian, You can publish either new material or re-publish content from your own blog. Catherine’s post was brand new content, but mine was the debt story I wrote here on my site and re-published to Huffington Post.

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