How To Become a Contributor on Huffington Post
I’d been always interested to contribute on the Huffington Post, but I didn’t have enough self confidence to try it. I’ve read some bloggers’ opinions about contributing on the Huffington Post. Some says it’s not worth it, while some says it is. Regardless their opinions, I followed what I really want to do and that is to finally give it a try. I read some tips from those who succeeded in becoming a contributor and I applied those during my busiest week (final week for thesis and other academic papers). After 5 days, I received a response from Arianna saying that she’d want me to contribute on the Huffington Post.
Before you attempt to contribute to Huffington Post, you need to know that:
- Huffington Post doesn’t pay contributors, they pay their official writers.
- Contributors can submit articles that are already published on their personal blogs/websites.
- Huffington Post may not drive huge traffic to your blog.
- You don’t earn money and may not gain traffic that you expected, all you have for sure is the privilege to contribute on one of the top websites today.
So, if those are okay with you and you still want to apply as a contributor on the Huffington Post. Apply the following tips I followed:
- Choose your best article. Many bloggers find Huffington Post not worth contributing to because they don’t pay their contributors. But, it shouldn’t be an issue. They aren’t requiring contributors to submit an original article anyway. Of course, if it’s an original article you have the right to demand for payment. But since it’s not necessary, you can choose the best article from your blog instead then revise it. I had no time to revise an entire article, so I just changed few words from the first paragraph. Huffington Post has a wide range of categories so whatever category your article fall into, it has a chance to get accepted.
- Provide everything they need. I saved my article with bio at the end on a document format and attached it to the email together with the headshot (separate file). So, I attached two attachments.
- Add a catchy subject. I added this as a subject “Help a Muslim Blogger Reach Out A Bigger Audience”. I got this idea after reading the tip from a blogger who added a subject “Why Is There No Asian’s Voice on Huffington Post’s Voices category?”
- Add short message. I wrote the following when I submitted my application. “Hello, Arianna! I’m a Muslim Blogger. I’m hoping that my voice reaches out a bigger audience through your website. My article submission is entitled “Why I Keep on Blogging Even When No One Seems To Care.” I’m hoping that you publish this article. I attached my headshot, and the document with the article and bio details. Looking forward to hearing from you. Have a blessed day!”
- Send to Arianna directly. Sending directly to Arianna works more says most contributors than sending it to some editors. This is Arianna’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
After few days, Arianna replied that one of her editors would send me an email to guide me on how to start contributing on the Huffington Post. It took more than a week to get a response from the editor with a link to sign up on the Huffington Post as a contributor. I thought each time I submit an article, I have to wait for it to be reviewed first. I thought it was that strict but I find out contributors are free to publish an article directly anytime.
Check out my profile on Huffingtonpost : huffingtonpost.com/author/najmah-capal
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