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 are indexed in Google, meaning they show up in search results and are 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.
If you’re looking to become a freelance writer, using a platform like HuffPost can lead to more money and more clients. But now things have changed, and their new Huffington Post blogger platform is officially closed.
How the Huffington Post platform worked
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.
If you are a past Huffington Post blogger (pre-2016) the old blogger portal will now prompt you to use the new contributor platform.
If you’re brand new, the portal is currently closed and you can not create a new account.
Update: The Huffington Post contributor platform is closed
The new changes to the HuffPost platform were definitely a sign that the free platform was coming to an end. And as of January 2018, most contributors received an email saying that “The HuffPost contributor platform is closing”.
According to the their email:
“Today, with the proliferation of social media and self-publishing platforms across the web, people have many more opportunities to share their thoughts and opinions online.
At the same time, the quantity and volume of noise means truly being heard is harder than ever. Those who are willing to shout the loudest often drown out new, more-deserving voices.
The same has proven to be true on our own platform.
It is with this in mind that we have made the decision to close the contributors platform on our U.S. site.
Going forward, when you log in to the portal at contributors.huffingtonpost.com, you’ll see that you are able to access your previous drafts and published posts — and unpublish those posts if you choose to do so — but you won’t be able to post anything new.
We won’t be taking down or making any changes to previously published content ourselves.”
As of January 2018, registration to the new HuffPost contributor platform is officially closed.
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.
And for the time being, you can still access your previously published content and/or promote it online.
This means you can use it your portfolio and continue getting credibility.
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.
On the flip side, if you’re new to HuffPost you will not be able to open a new account or become a new contributor.
So go ahead and milk your media mentions for all they’re 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?