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How to Get a Blog Post Published on The Huffington Post

published on HuffPoThis 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

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 recently.

Although I’ve been a freelance writer for almost 2 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 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.

Yet, that feeling quickly faded as 100+ friends on my Facebook page congratulated me throughout the day and took the time to share my post on their social media channels.

I even had a few e-mails 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, and I’m happy to share my method with you so that you can do the same:


1. Learn From the Greats

When I first started blogging, I enrolled in Jon Morrow’s Guest Blogging Course, and it changed the way that I viewed my website.

Jon’s class is for both new and experienced bloggers, and the entire aim of his class is to teach others how to get featured on popular blogs.

When I started the class, I was just looking for tips. I never dreamed that it would help me land the ultimate guest post on the Huffington Post.

The most important lesson that Jon taught me was to intimately study the blogs that I wanted to guest post on, and he has a lot of specific techniques that you can learn if you take the class.

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 did something else Jon Morrow’s class taught me: I copied 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 them as 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.

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!

Catherine Alford

4. Send Your Pitch to the Right Place 

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.

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.

Extra Tips:

I’m not sure exactly why my article got selected for publication, but I think it’s because I have 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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Update as of August 2014.

  • Many of you have asked if getting published on the Huffington Post has been instrumental in my writing career. The answer to that question is absolutely. Many don’t realize that once you have an author account on THP, you can pitch articles every day if you want. My most recent post for them 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. There’s no doubt that it’s beneficial to any writing career to be an author there.
  • Again, 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.

I’m glad I persisted and tried so hard to become a part of it. I wish all of you the best of luck!

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About the author: Catherine Alford is a contributor to Careful Cents and has blogged about her journey to quitting her day job to become a freelance blogger in less than 6 months. She’s an award winning freelance writer who created the course Get Paid to Write for Blogs. When she’s not managing her writing course, you can find her on her personal blog,
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  • Michelle May 3, 2013, 11:33 am

    Great post! This is something that I definitely want to do very soon.

    • Cat Alford May 3, 2013, 11:38 am

      Thanks Michelle! If anyone can do it, it’s you! :)

      • Maryann May 28, 2013, 3:27 pm

        Just used your advice. How long did it take you to hear from them?

        • Cat Alford/ Budget Blonde August 12, 2013, 8:48 pm

          To be honest, I heard back very quickly, but it could take months from what I’ve seen online. Unfortunately, they don’t write you back and tell you if they aren’t interested, so it’s just a waiting game.

  • Cat Alford May 3, 2013, 11:47 am

    Thank you very much for having me, Carrie!

    • Carrie Smith May 3, 2013, 1:43 pm

      It was a pleasure sharing your story! You’re welcome to do it again anytime.

      • Cat Alford May 3, 2013, 2:00 pm

        Thank you!

    • The Frugal Exerciser November 2, 2013, 1:54 pm

      How long should one wait and then move on to another publication?

      • Cat Alford/ Budget Blonde November 2, 2013, 2:06 pm

        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 June 13, 2014, 9:48 pm

          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 December 7, 2015, 11:11 am

          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?

  • John S @ Frugal Rules May 3, 2013, 12:04 pm

    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.

    • Cat Alford May 3, 2013, 12:10 pm

      Thanks John! :)

  • Jeffrey Trull May 3, 2013, 12:14 pm

    Awesome story, Cat! This is actually something I’d been wondering about. I’ll definitely come back to this when I’m ready to give it a try!

    • Cat Alford May 3, 2013, 12:36 pm

      Thanks, Jeffrey!

  • Kathleen O'Malley May 3, 2013, 2:03 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for your transparency. Congrats on the coverage!

    • Cat Alford May 3, 2013, 2:07 pm

      My pleasure! Always happy to help out other writers!

  • Mrs PoP @ PlantingOurPennies May 3, 2013, 7:15 pm

    Fabulous post, Cat – and the publication in HuffPo was well deserved. =)

    • Cat Alford May 3, 2013, 8:20 pm

      Thanks so much Mrs PoP!

  • Jessica Lawlor May 4, 2013, 9:33 am

    Such awesome tips! Thanks for sharing, Cat! Congrats!

    • Cat Alford May 4, 2013, 7:23 pm

      Thanks, Jessica!

  • The Norwegian Girl May 4, 2013, 9:45 am

    This was a great reading! I really learned a lot about how to go about when wanting to get published! You did a great job, Cat! :-)

    • Cat Alford May 4, 2013, 7:23 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind words!

  • Adventures in Tulum May 5, 2013, 10:57 am

    Great tips! Thanks so much.

    • Cat Alford May 5, 2013, 12:42 pm

      You’re very welcome!

  • Jordann May 7, 2013, 7:08 am

    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!

    • Cat Alford May 7, 2013, 4:39 pm

      You’re very welcome!

  • BrokeMillennial May 7, 2013, 4:42 pm

    Thanks Cat and Carrie! I’ve been pondering how to submit contributed content to various publications so these are some wonderful tips!

    • Cat Alford May 8, 2013, 6:31 pm

      Glad they were helpful! Thanks for the comment!

  • eemusings May 8, 2013, 11:25 pm

    +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.

    • Cat Alford May 10, 2013, 11:05 am

      Awesome tip!!

  • Jen Havice May 9, 2013, 8:40 am

    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 May 10, 2013, 11:06 am

      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.

  • CanadianBudgetBinder May 11, 2013, 8:59 am

    Well done Cat! You never know until you put yourself out there what magic can happen. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Cheers!

    • Cat Alford/ Budget Blonde August 12, 2013, 8:48 pm

      Cheers Mr. CBB!

  • budgetingbabe May 13, 2013, 2:44 pm

    Great information! Thanks for sharing. I need to bookmark this.

    • Cat Alford/ Budget Blonde August 12, 2013, 8:47 pm

      You’re very welcome!

  • Gina Pogol May 28, 2013, 1:16 pm

    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 August 12, 2013, 8:47 pm

      I hope so!

  • Andrea Dalton June 20, 2013, 6:21 am

    Fantastic article — thanks so much for your advice, Cat! One question — with the email address you used, how did you phrase the subject line to catch their eye?

    • Cat Alford/ Budget Blonde August 12, 2013, 8:47 pm

      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.

  • justin knapp June 22, 2013, 9:53 pm

    This was really helpful. Thank you.

    • Cat Alford/ Budget Blonde August 12, 2013, 8:47 pm

      You’re welcome Justin!

  • Kristen Poborsky July 7, 2013, 1:51 pm

    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.

    • Cat Alford/ Budget Blonde August 12, 2013, 8:46 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Janet July 11, 2013, 10:15 am

    Thanks so much for your genuine assistance! Best of luck to you :)

    • Cat Alford/ Budget Blonde August 12, 2013, 8:46 pm

      Thanks Janet!

  • Donald July 18, 2013, 4:25 pm

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

    • Cat Alford/ Budget Blonde August 12, 2013, 8:46 pm

      Sorry I just noticed this comment. You can post duplicate content on the Post. :)

    • Jen Schneider September 7, 2013, 10:40 pm

      Thanks! I had the same question. :) Thanks for the tips!

  • Den July 21, 2013, 12:16 pm

    Very helpful post thanks

    • Cat Alford/ Budget Blonde August 12, 2013, 8:46 pm

      You’re very welcome!

  • etsystalkers July 22, 2013, 12:35 pm

    Thanks for the awesome post!

    • Cat Alford/ Budget Blonde August 12, 2013, 8:46 pm


  • Kristen Cornejo August 26, 2013, 9:24 pm

    This is great. I’m winding up for the pitch. Thank you!

  • Shaanthz August 31, 2013, 3:01 pm

    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 November 2, 2013, 2:08 pm

      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!

  • Shannon Fisher September 13, 2013, 1:30 am

    Thank you! Great advice – and it is very generous of you to share it. We’re all in this together!

  • Rebecca September 26, 2013, 9:03 am

    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.

  • Kelly October 10, 2013, 1:50 pm

    Thanks for these tips! I am researching a lot now. Wish me luck!

  • Elisabeth King October 25, 2013, 3:30 am

    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!

  • Becky November 5, 2013, 4:54 pm

    This article is awesome – what a helpful pep talk, thank you!

  • aarish November 9, 2013, 7:19 am

    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.

    • Cat Alford/ Budget Blonde December 6, 2013, 2:18 pm

      No payment from the Huff Post! :) The payment is getting to say you were published there. 😀

  • Story Paige November 10, 2013, 12:14 am

    This is inspiring and very helpful. Thanks.

  • Loulie November 18, 2013, 8:25 pm

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

    • Cat Alford/ Budget Blonde December 6, 2013, 2:18 pm

      Haha the budget overtook the Blonde! 😉

  • Dina Santorelli December 6, 2013, 10:37 am

    Excellent info! Thank you for sharing.

  • Gail December 9, 2013, 9:28 am

    Perfect timing, Catherine. Thank you for the transparency and for sharing your success forward!

  • W.T. December 16, 2013, 8:35 am

    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!

    • W.T. December 16, 2013, 10:10 am

      *an editor

      • Cat@BudgetBlonde March 9, 2014, 9:02 pm

        That’s great an editor contacted you! Keep their e-mail address and follow up soon. :)

  • Tom Crawford January 6, 2014, 3:08 pm

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

  • Latrisha January 8, 2014, 2:27 pm

    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!

  • Bert January 19, 2014, 7:39 pm

    Thanks for the tips and the encouragement!!

  • Angel Rodriguez January 26, 2014, 11:14 am

    Thanks for the great tips. Much appreciated. :-)

  • Praverb February 6, 2014, 3:36 pm

    This is an amazing post and it is applicable to a lot of blogs. Thank you Cat.

  • Caty February 14, 2014, 7:32 pm

    This is great!!! Thanks!

  • Lauren Maxwell March 7, 2014, 7:29 pm

    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.

  • silaytambayan March 22, 2014, 12:07 pm

    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.

  • Ben March 28, 2014, 7:44 pm

    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

  • William Charles April 15, 2014, 12:14 am

    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?

  • Tora April 15, 2014, 5:24 am

    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.

  • ellenhawley April 24, 2014, 5:39 am

    Nice article–well organized and easy to use. Thanks.

  • Tanu April 25, 2014, 11:26 pm

    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.

  • Charles May 1, 2014, 1:03 am

    Nice guide, Catherine. We’ll try to make a unique story of our experience working in China for Huffington. I hope they accept it.

  • Urmi Majithia May 9, 2014, 10:30 am

    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?

  • George May 13, 2014, 3:21 pm

    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 October 15, 2014, 12:04 pm

      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?

  • Rachel Norman May 14, 2014, 12:01 am

    Did you submit it in Word, PDF, or include the article in the email body itself?

  • Marijoe June 8, 2014, 8:36 am

    how did you find out that your submission has been published? I hope for your respond.

  • Shannon July 24, 2014, 5:49 pm

    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!

  • Jennifer August 4, 2014, 11:21 am

    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.

  • Antara Man August 11, 2014, 1:30 am

    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.

  • aleisha August 17, 2014, 4:22 am

    Thanks for making this post. This inspired me a lot and gave me a lot of ideas.

  • Charles McCool August 19, 2014, 3:58 pm

    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.

  • Torie Henderson August 28, 2014, 12:29 pm

    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.

    • Carrie October 15, 2014, 12:03 pm

      Thanks for reading, Torie! Glad you found the update helpful and encouraging. :)

  • JP Maroney September 7, 2014, 1:23 am


    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

  • Mary September 15, 2014, 11:38 am

    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!:)


    • Carrie October 15, 2014, 12:02 pm

      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!

  • Bob September 16, 2014, 12:16 am

    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.

  • Wesley Yuhn September 19, 2014, 5:16 am

    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 :)

  • Heather September 29, 2014, 2:52 pm

    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!)

  • Paul October 7, 2014, 7:52 am

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

  • Karen October 8, 2014, 7:54 pm

    Thank you so much for the detailed information, Cat! I was just trying to figure out the best approach, and your post is very helpful.

  • Zed October 10, 2014, 10:56 am

    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 October 15, 2014, 12:01 pm

      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.

  • Jessica-Lynn Sage October 14, 2014, 10:51 pm

    Congratulations on being published to The Huff!! There are lot of people in my industry doing the same thing, so I think it’s time to jump on the band wagon. Your story is such an inspiration!

  • Ellis Shuman October 15, 2014, 2:50 am

    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”

    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 October 15, 2014, 12:00 pm

      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. :)

  • DeAnna Ross October 15, 2014, 8:43 am

    Thanks for this great advice! I love hearing about other published writer’s experiences and how they managed to get published. ♥

  • Claudette Pangilinan October 21, 2014, 1:15 am

    Thank you very much for sharing this post!

  • Julia Waters October 21, 2014, 1:06 pm

    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

  • Jaime October 24, 2014, 3:55 pm

    Awesome article! Thank you! What is the correct address to send pitches to?

  • Jocelyn Lum October 25, 2014, 1:30 am

    Hi Catherine,

    Thank you for sharing your tips with readers all over the world.

    A very meaningful post!
    Writing with passion is awesome.

  • Stefanie, The Broke and Beautiful Life October 25, 2014, 7:09 am

    It’s bizarre to me how elusive The Huff Po has been for me as a writer- especially with media success elsewhere.

    Maybe because I’ve only used the contact box on their website for submissions? I think getting in and having direct email is huge. Major congrats Cat!

  • Stacy Blackman October 31, 2014, 8:51 am

    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

  • Natalie November 5, 2014, 11:53 am

    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!

    • Carrie November 18, 2014, 3:56 pm

      This is such great news, Natalie! I’m thrilled to hear that you were able to be published on The Huffington Post using these tips. Go you!

    • Stacey Hall December 5, 2014, 9:38 pm

      Congratulations! Would you be willing to share the email address you used? It would be deeply appreciated.

      Thank you,

      • Natalie May 6, 2015, 6:52 pm

        Stacey, I’m so sorry this is months later! I didn’t check back and am just now seeing your comment. I used the email address. Hope this helps! Feel free to email me if you have any questions – Good luck!!!

  • Asher November 7, 2014, 12:00 pm

    Thank you so much for that Catherine. How inspiring to other writers!

  • Lisa Walters November 17, 2014, 6:18 pm

    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?

  • Amber Lilyestrom November 18, 2014, 10:01 am

    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!



  • Hanna K McDeavitt December 13, 2014, 3:11 pm

    Huffington Post now has sub categories under ‘Contact Us’ that include a blog pitch. Easypeasy!

  • Legion December 17, 2014, 6:56 am

    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?

  • Sofie December 26, 2014, 7:56 am

    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?


  • Krithika Rangarajan December 26, 2014, 2:13 pm

    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

  • Jen December 31, 2014, 12:23 pm

    Do you send submissions as word docs??

  • Tricia McCallum January 7, 2015, 4:57 pm

    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:

    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.

  • Wendi February 5, 2015, 4:57 pm

    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

  • Heather February 5, 2015, 11:48 pm

    Congratulations on your success, Catherine!

    Thanks so much for sharing your tips.


  • Dadinald February 17, 2015, 9:22 am

    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!

  • Ennis P. March 4, 2015, 12:45 am

    Thanks for a very insightful and informative post. Very helpful!!

  • Jo Jo March 6, 2015, 12:39 pm

    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 :)

  • Sarah Meyer Noel March 31, 2015, 4:58 pm

    I just sent in my first blog pitch, using the email address this author provided. As she mentioned, that’s not the right way to send in your blog pitch if you aren’t already an author. Instead, you go here:

  • Yvonne Kariba April 4, 2015, 7:59 pm

    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, Thanks

  • Dave April 21, 2015, 11:52 am

    Thank you for the great post. Catherine, I wanted to share with you and all the readers here that the email you suggested to submit the post no longer accepts the post. They sent me to this link instead:



    • Carrie April 21, 2015, 12:29 pm

      Thanks for the update, Dave! I’ve edited the post to reflect this information.

  • Hira May 2, 2015, 10:33 am

    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.

  • Krysta May 3, 2015, 3:17 pm

    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!

  • Mona Shaik June 8, 2015, 10:20 am

    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.

  • Waqar Ahmed June 24, 2015, 1:34 am

    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,

  • Charles Kipkorir July 5, 2015, 4:20 pm

    Thank you for the post. This is what I was actually looking for. Thank you.

  • Lisa Jordie August 1, 2015, 4:23 pm

    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,

  • Damon J. Gray August 3, 2015, 2:36 pm

    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 August 11, 2015, 10:40 am

      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!

  • sarah August 12, 2015, 3:32 pm

    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?

  • Sharonda Jones August 12, 2015, 7:42 pm

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

    Sharonda Jones

  • Harps August 21, 2015, 4:17 pm

    Hello fab post really useful! Where am I able to find a direct email address? I’ve tried searching online to no avail! Harps x

    • Carrie August 22, 2015, 1:16 pm

      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. :)

  • Harps August 25, 2015, 2:49 am

    Done! :) Where do I access the info? x

  • Naby August 26, 2015, 9:33 am

    I need an e-mail address for the Huffington Post.

    • Carrie August 26, 2015, 10:05 am

      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.

  • Anthony August 27, 2015, 12:18 pm

    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.

  • Thomas Andrews August 28, 2015, 9:21 pm

    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).

  • Debrah Lechner September 9, 2015, 11:13 am

    Thank you for the great info, and please send me the list of invaluable email addresses!

  • Zafar September 20, 2015, 9:34 pm

    Thanks a lot for this great info.

  • Matt Shao September 21, 2015, 5:35 pm


    You’re the (wo)man! This is great information, thanks for the insight : )

    Also, dat smile!

  • robert may September 29, 2015, 5:54 am

    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!

  • Holly Smith October 16, 2015, 9:26 am

    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

  • Colleen Chatterton October 18, 2015, 12:30 pm

    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.

  • Manoj October 21, 2015, 1:15 am

    Thank you so much for this article –I googled this exact topic and there you were. I will also try it in this way


  • Jessie Agarwal November 4, 2015, 11:14 pm

    Yes it is absolutely informative article.
    Thanks for your great article.

  • Ashley November 10, 2015, 10:41 pm

    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!

  • Adam Strange November 12, 2015, 2:11 pm

    Thank you for the article. I have a story I’d like to pitch to Huffpost also. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.

  • James November 20, 2015, 6:21 am

    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.

  • Krissy November 21, 2015, 9:28 pm

    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.

  • Valerie November 23, 2015, 12:38 pm

    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.

  • Lisa | The Money Pinch December 12, 2015, 5:07 am

    These are some great tips! I am actually working on an article for my blog, and noticed another blogger I follow with an article so that’s what got me curious about writing. Def going to include this in my strategy.

  • Kayla December 19, 2015, 12:50 am

    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

  • Angela January 8, 2016, 1:17 pm

    Just curious about pictures for within the blog post. Did you include them in your original pitch?

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