How to Become a Huffington Post Blogger (Using Their New Platform)

Want to get become a Huffington Post blogger? They've created a brand new contributor platform that allows you to submit posts anytime you want, without waiting on an editor. Here's how to get on the waiting list!

This post was originally written back in April of 2013, by Catherine Alford (a contributor to the site at the time) and has since been updated over the years. In the past, you could craft an article and pitch it to the editors at the Huffington Post, or even Arianna herself. Or you could submit everything via a specific Google form.

This is the way that Catherine and I have both done it in the past. And we’ve each been Huffington Post bloggers for over 4+ years. Once approved, you would get access to their blogger portal and be able to submit posts for review anytime you wanted.

You could republish content that was on your blog, or create brand new posts. Their editors would review them within 24 hours and you’d get an email letting you know if your submission was accepted or rejected.

These articles would show up in search results and be featured on their site if they were getting a lot of shares. Catherine even had one of her posts go viral, where she talked about her personal experience with having twins.

But now things have changed, and not necessarily for the better.

The new Huffington Post blogger platform

Since Arianna Huffington’s announcement to leave her media business and move into the wellness space with her new business, ThriveGlobal, she’s actively stepping away from HuffPost.

In the past you’d get a personal response from her and be connected to the site’s managing editor. Now, however, when you send an email or pitch to her directly, here’s the reply you can expect to receive.

Arianna Huffington post reponse - new

If you’re a past Huffington Post blogger (pre-2016) the old blogger portal now prompts you to use the new contributor platform.

According to members of the Careful Cents Freelancer’s Club, you’ll be prompted to sign up for the new platform but you can still go back to old one and submit there. Latoya has had “about 3 or 4 published the old way since signing up for the new platform so you should still be able to use it.”

old huffington post blogger portal

What this means for contributors

The new changes have pros and cons, and only time will tell if this is a good move or not. Currently, you can sign up for the new contributor platform and join the waiting list. Once you’re approved you’ll receive a username and password. Then you can start contributing posts at will.

new huffington post blogger platform

Yep, you no longer have to wait for the editors to review your contributions and can see your work published almost immediately. Obviously this means that anyone and everyone can become a Huffington Post blogger, which kind of muddies up their brand since there aren’t any standards anymore.

It’s turning into a Medium of sorts — or nothing too special.

And the worst part is that your blog posts are “nofollow” which means they aren’t indexed in Google, Bing or other search engines and won’t show up search results. The only way to access your content is to link directly to your author page, or the URL to the post itself. Otherwise you, and your friends, won’t be able to find the content in search.

Additionally, theses posts are only published on their Blog section, as opposed to the specific news section based on category. Previously, I was a contributor to their Money or Business sections, but all of those are being done away with in favor of a more streamlined process.

HuffPost contributor profile

Hey, I get why Arianna has to do this. She’s leaving the company and doesn’t have time to think about what will happen to everything when she’s gone. So if you’re thinking of becoming a Huffington Post blogger, now’s your chance — time’s running out.

Is there value in being a Huffington Post blogger?

For now, yes, there’s still a good amount of prestige in seeing your work published on a big site like the Huffington Post. Clients will still think it’s impressive if you use it in your portfolio, and you can still link directly to your posts even if they don’t show up in search.

Just don’t use the site as a way of building links, or part of your guest blogging campaign, as there is no longer any “link juice” or authority as a contributor. If you’re currently blogging for the Huffington Post it’s not worth it to continue. Just get your sample(s) and move on to paying gigs or bigger media outlets that actually offer “dofollow” links.

In the event that your post does really well, they may promote it a featured section of their blog and then you will receive indexing with Google. But you’d basically need to have a swarm of traffic to get that kind of recognition over their journalistic pieces and other newsworthy content.

Here are the benefits that becoming a Huffington Post blogger provides:

  • Recognition from advertisers – They likely don’t know that HuffPost doesn’t offer “nofollow” links, so you can still command a good sponsorship rate for your blog.
  • Social proof – This is one of the biggest benefits of being a HuffPost blogger. Social proof still matters when you are trying to build a blog/business, so it’s a good way for newer bloggers to get validity.
  • Validates your work – Writing for HuffPost validates your work because its still tough competition getting clients and standing out from the crowd. There are also things you can do to help your article get featured, so be sure to check out my free Promotion Checklist!
  • More eyeballs and traffic – While you won’t get search traffic from Google (unless your post gets featured) you can still get more eyeballs and traffic to your blog, through HuffPost followers and those who trust the platform more than your own website alone.

How to maximize your media mentions

Ultimately, time will be the deciding factor on whether or not this was a good decision from the Huffington Post. But for now, I’ll keep this post updated and share my thoughts as a 4+ years Huffington Post blogger.

In the meantime, keep using your HuffPost blogger status as a way to gain recognition, use in samples and build your reputation with potential clients. Put the logo in your “as seen on” section of your website/blog and list it on your portfolio page or LinkedIn profile.

as seen on example

Until the HuffPost brand deteriorates, most professionals and clients will see your contribution to the Huffington Post as a positive thing. So go ahead and milk it for all it’s worth. And then leverage it to move on to actual paying gigs.

Have you had experience writing for the Huffington Post? What do you think of these new changes?

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130 comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. Loulie says:

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

  11. 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!

  12. Tom Crawford says:

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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?

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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?

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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 🙂

  30. 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!)

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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. 🙂

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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!

  37. 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?

  38. 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

  39. 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!

  40. 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

  41. 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.

  42. 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!

  43. 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 🙂

  44. 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

  45. 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.

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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!

    • 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. 🙂

  49. 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).

  50. 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

  51. 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.

  52. 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!

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 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

  57. 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

  58. 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

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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!

  63. 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.

  64. 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?

  65. 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?

  66. 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

  67. 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!

  68. 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?

      • Julie says:

        This happened to me also. Did you ever hear back from the editor? I’ve emailed twice and am worried about being a nuisance.

  69. 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….

  70. Hi Catherine!
    Thanks for sharing your story and advice here. I am hoping to get accepted by the Huffington Post and was looking for any advice on how to do this. I have already submitted proposals to the UK and US Huffington Post but not had any response yet and wasn’t sure how long this can take. I am confident that I am a good enough writer because I am an author of two books, and as a writer have written for newspapers in Tenerife, including being a columnist for the Tenerife Weekly, and have written for many well-known magazines, including Big Issue and Kindred Spirit, plus I am currently working writing articles for an advertising agency. Maybe I should just be patient?

  71. Kalsi says:

    With this new platform Huffington Post is now flooded with so many spammers. Everything is just business now. Better to stay off from Huffington Post because blogging on this platform does not pass any link juice. Post on Medium.com or any other web 2.0 has more weight now as compared to Huffington Post.

  72. kim says:

    Thank you for this! A good friend invited me & it’s quite overwhelming keeping up with where to be seen and heard online as a real estate professional.

  73. Sheila says:

    Thanks for this info. I just pitched last week for the blog but I didn’t get any acknowledgment reply like the one you mentioned. Does that mean my pitch was rejected outright or I should resubmit using the new form? Thanks!

    • Carrie says:

      I suggest resending the email. Then I’d go ahead and submit using the form, or request an invite to their platform. Sometimes they’re so overwhelmed with submissions that things can get lost.

  74. Chris says:

    Carrie,

    Your post needs some clarifying – pages cannot be “no-followed”, they can be “no-indexed” though. “No-follow” and “do-follow” on refers to backlinks and if that website linking to the backlink is passing on its authority to the website being linked to.

    “No-index” via the way of meta tags tells Google’s bots to not index a page so that it does not show up in search results. It’s also a request, not a command.

    I reviewed Catherin’s blog post on the first 3 months of motherhood and did not see any “no-index” or any “no-follow” tags on backlinks. I’m not sure if this blog post is on the old platform, or if I just missed the tags, but either way, there still is a ton of value to be had in writing on such a massive platform.

    • Carrie says:

      Thanks for pointing this out! Catherine’s article was published on the old platform so it is indexed in Google and does have the “do follow” links. And you’re right, there’s still a good amount of value, as I mentioned, in writing for a large platform like HuffPost.

  75. Chandi says:

    Hi Carrie, I started blogging for Huff Po in January of this year and was on the old platform until, to my surprise, in July when I went to submit an article, I saw the new platform. I realized to my disappointment, that instead of being in the travel section, I was (as you pointed out) in blog section that way less people were going to see. That was a shame with that particular article as I’d interviewed wine bar owners in a town in Italy and had given them the impression that the article would be in the travel section of Huff Po. (I was confident it would be accepted because all of mine since I started in January had been accepted.) So it was a great disappointment to me to see that this article that meant a lot to me and to the wine bar owners, was in fact not posted in the travel section, was not searchable, and was not going to be seen in any kind of significant way. I am now trying to get it taken on elsehwere. Someone here mentioned medium.com. I will look into that. Do you have recommendations for a place that might food/wine/travel articles about Italy? Also, my main question for you: you mention someone who still uses the old platform. Do you know if I try re-posting my article with the old platform, would it have a chance of being in the travel section? If it still would just go to the blogger no share area, then there’s no point in trying to use the old platform, right?

  76. Anna Fani says:

    I moved over to the new portal a few weeks ago. Was a bit stunned to find out the editorial process would be eliminated. I still think there’s a lot of value publishing on HuffPost though, for the moment.

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