7 Popular Blogs About Writing That Want Your Guest Posts

Popular blogs that want your guest posts
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It can be hard to be a writer these days.

Sure, the web has democratized attention — but when everyone has a chance to make their voice heard — everybody tries and it can be tough to get anyone to notice.

But what if I told you that there were dozens and dozens of websites that are read by thousands and thousands of people looking for authors like you to write for them?

Would writing for an audience of tens of thousands make a difference to the sales of your book, perhaps?

Maybe it would help you get enough attention on your blog that you catch the eye of an agent or publisher?

Or maybe it will just help you share your story with more people?

Whatever your reasons are, the fact is you probably want and need to get your words and ideas in front of people who are really interested in what you’re doing.

Well, there’s a way to do all of that and more, without taking all of your time or any of your money.

It’s called guest posting, and it’s something that serious bloggers have been doing for years…

The Power of Guest Posting

You may already be familiar with guest posting, but in case you aren’t, I’ll run through a quick explanation of how it works.

You start the process by creating a list of blogs that your ideal reader is likely to frequent — preferably big, powerful authority blogs in your niche. Spend time commenting on different posts, making sure to leave interesting and valuable insights.

While you’re doing this, pay attention to what types of posts perform really well on each blog. How-tos? Exposés? List posts? Keep notes on the preferences of each blog as you comment and engage.

After you’ve left a good number of comments on a blog, reach out to the blog owner with a clear and concise email proposing a post, including your suggested headline, and a little information about what you’d like to write for them, who you are, and why their audience will appreciate it if they give you a chance.

If and when they accept, draft up the post, including a brief bio, and make sure to schedule some time on the day that the post goes live to answer your comments.

There are plenty more details, of course, but at the end of the day, that’s the guest blogging process — and if you want to learn more, feel free to check out the Write Like Freddy training program — almost a thousand bloggers have benefited from it so far.

Okay, enough about the theory. Where can an author or writer go to guest post?

Read on for seven of the best places to start your search.

1. Write to Done

Mary Jaksch is the chief editor of Write to Done, a space for new and experienced writers to share their experiences, knowledge and advice with each other. Write to Done is one of the industry leaders in this area, and so having a post appear there is a great shot in the arm for your credibility and exposure.

Some of the posts that have done exceptionally well on Write to Done are:

Write to Done accepts guest posts frequently, but they have to be top notch! We’re talking about incredibly, unbelievably useful content — so peruse the guidelines and send your very best. Make sure to pay attention to the details!

2. Make a Living Writing

Carol Tice started Make a Living Writing to share her experience making a living as a freelancer. Using her extensive knowledge and experience in the field, she helps writers graduate from content mills and other low-paying markets. Make a Living Writing was named one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers in both 2010 and 2012.

Some of the most popular posts on Make a Living Writing are:

To guest post on Make a Living Writing, brush up on writing strong headlines, and don’t send any finished articles — Carol only wants a proposed headline and an outline of the points that you want to cover. Keep in mind that her most successful guest posters are blog subscribers and regular readers, so sign up!

Oh, did we mention she pays $50 per guest post? Email Carol directly to submit your pitch. (Update: While Carol is no longer accepting guest posts from all writers, you may still be eligible if you’re a current or former member of the Freelance Writers Den or a student or graduate of Jon Morrow’s Guest Blogging course.)

3. Men With Pens

James Chartrand is the pen name of the founder/owner of Men with Pens; she’s a leading copywriter and professional blogger from Montreal, Canada. She has been featured in Forbes, Intuit, Newsweek, New York Times and the Huffington Post, and regularly contributes to top blogs, like Copyblogger.

Men with Pens focuses on the writing side of commercial marketing, customer perception, online businesses, problogging, and consumer psychology. It has been voted one of the Top Ten Blogs for Writers for four years running.

Here’s a sampling of the stuff that does particularly well on her site:

Your post should be geared toward seasoned writing professionals and should specifically address the subject of succeeding online with your writing, whether about copywriting, freelancing, entrepreneurship, or online marketing. The content should be useful — and although this should probably go without saying, it should be well-written. Affiliate links not permitted. You can read all of the guidelines right here.

4. Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins is the author of Wrecked and leader of a thriving blog community. Jeff explores why writers write, how they can improve, and how to get eyes on their work. Definitely not a blog you want to miss if you’re serious about writing.

Some of Jeff’s best posts are:

Jeff talks about the importance of guest posting himself — so why don’t you send him a well-thought out pitch! Remember to include not just a headline, but also a few solid points you intend to cover, and a good reason why he should pay attention to you!

5. The Creative Penn

On the Creative Penn, Joanna Penn integrates her experience as an author, speaker, and online entrepreneur into her posts, creating a vast resource for people interested in writing, publishing (online and in print), and internet marketing and promotion for their books. Her blog features regular blog posts and interviews with authors and people in the publishing or marketing sphere.

Check out some top posts:

Joanna welcomes guest posts about writing, publishing, marketing or creativity, and favors articles which are useful or thought provoking. She typically accepts posts that are 500-1500 words in length, and an appropriate image must be included with your post submission.

Plan this guest post in advance; the current waiting time for guest posting on Creative Penn is three months! They say that good things come to those who wait, so get your pitch in now(Update: The Creative Penn is not currently accepting guest posts.)

6. The Write Practice

The Write Practice is composed by Joe Bunting and Liz Bureman, and they are all about improving your writing skills and getting you published!

How do they do that?

They’ll make you practice, and practice and practice — because nothing else will improve your skills! With tutorials on common necessary skills, and inspiration for everyday writing — the Write Practice is a wonderful place to “see and be seen.”

Here are some of the most interesting posts from the Write Practice. Use them as examples, and try them yourself!

The Write Practice likes guest posts about how to write various genres, from poetry to journalism. Make sure to follow all of the guidelines, and be patient if it takes a little time to get a response!

7. The Renegade Writer

Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell are the dynamic duo behind The Renegade Writer, and they practice what they preach: their philosophy is that to be a successful freelancer, you must do what works for you, rather than blindly following pre-established “rules” of the trade. Linda’s blog strives to encourage people to figure out their individual system of what works, and get them motivated to reach their writing dreams.

Some of their best performing posts are:

Guest posting on The Renegade Writer will also net you $50 in addition to access to their wonderful and engaged audience. If your post is published, you must be ready to promote it via social media and be actively engaged with readers in the comments. They prefer posts about productivity, motivation, query writing, tips on how to diversity your income, amongst others — and the higher the word count, the better! (Update: The Renegade Writer is not currently accepting guest posts.)

So there you have it — seven popular writing blogs that you should be writing for to gain exposure, credibility and excellent experience. Having relationships with these bloggers and their readers will have long term benefits for your writing career. So don’t hesitate!

Get out there and pitch!

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Comments

  1. Great list Danny!

    Men with Pens is by far my favourite blog to guest post for. James puts each guest post through (what the MwPs team calls) The Gauntlet and that’s a akin to a free writing lesson.

    You’re guaranteed to come out of it with a better understanding of what it takes to turn your writing from above average to good to great.

  2. Excellent post with terrific content as always, Danny. I love Jeff Goins’ writing and his heart for serving. He has built another community, this time around folks who have pre-purchased his soon-to-be-released book, The In-Between. Jeff is there in the community, encouraging, answering, and helping. Being a member gives you access not only to him, but also to opportunities to share your writing on his blog.

    As you note, guest posting is a terrific way to grow your blog. Creating relationships through communities like Jeff’s is another baby step for bloggers to connect and build trust prior to submitting posts.

    • I really like what Kim said about the human aspect of writing.One thing that attracts me to any writer is their passion .I will like Alexis to write more even though I love what she is doing now . I love how she writes. I love Jeff for all the things Kim said about him.I will definitely try Men With pens to see how he writes.Overall great content and I will make time to visits other writers that I have not been able to visit.

  3. Danny, thanks for the excellent guidance. I have done guest posting in the past but want to develop a newer plan with more dynamic results. My past experiences were wonderful and I can see where I can build on those and do more that will continue to give value to others as I promote my writing. BTW, I love The Renegade Writer.
    Thanks again.

  4. Thanks for a helpful and thorough look at the process of guest posting. Your point about making a list of the powerful, authority blogs is important, as well as visiting the sites and making thoughtful comments before diving in and asking to write a post. I’d also say be sure you personalize your query and say something nice about the site. I have people approach me with various requests and I always pay more attention if it’s clear that they are familiar with my site, and seem to like what they’ve read.

    • Hey Peggy, that’s an excellent point to remember, that most people forget (strangely!) – you definitely have to be familiar with the site to offer a good post to them, and yes, we get tons of the ones that obviously haven’t read anything on our site, and we can spot them (and mark them as spam) a mile away!

  5. Excellent site. So happy I found it. Thanks Rachel Gardner for the link 😀

  6. Excellent post Danny and great website! Love the list of bloggers. I’m regularly at Jeff Goins’ site as well as ‘The Creative Penn’, but I’ll need to check out some of the other blogs. Thanks so much for the helpful list!

  7. Great roundup! Guest besting is one of the best things you can do for your website! It’s nice to see that some websites will pay writers if the content is top notch.

  8. Like Samar said, this is a great list Danny.

    First, I want you to know that I’ve reached your post via Google plus. Currently, I am into learning how to guest post effectively and I think I’ve come to the right place (or should I say, right post). Also, I think those websites you’ve mentioned above would be a great place to start with whatever I’ve learned from your post.

    Cheers!

  9. Thank you, Danny! I’m really enjoying the initial phase of becoming a “Freddy” like you – following, commenting, and simply entering into these various communities. Some of these I already followed and now I have a few more to look at!

    FYI, the link to The Creative Penn isn’t working – perhaps the blog host needs to renew the site. Thanks!

  10. Excellent post, Danny – thank you! And anyone who hasn’t taken your Audience Biz Masterclass should definitely consider it – lots of great content!

  11. Thanks for this useful list, Danny. I’m already a fan of Joanna’s blog, but here are a few new ones I want to check out. (I found this post through your e-mail list.)

  12. Whoa! There is so much good advice in this post, it’s going to take me all week to process it! Thanks for your continuous generosity Danny. I’m in the current audience biz masterclass and I have to second Kent’s comment above: everyone should check it out. Danny and his team bend themselves into pretzels to provide as much value as possible to everyone on board. (And he’s not even paying me to say this! Just one week in and I’m a fan girl.)

  13. Thanks for this, Danny.

    I recently had more than one person suggest to me that what I really ought to be focusing on is my writing, so when the link to this one landed in my inbox it really couldn’t have been better timing. 🙂

    Jonathan

  14. Thanks…… I’ll try and contact them for a guest post. Hope they’ll accept.

  15. I’m with Kylie! There’s a lot of information to process in this very helpful article. Hey, there’s an idea for a guest post: How Not to Take Great Writing Advice Without Getting Overwhelmed. (Unfortunately, I’m not the one to write it.)

    Thanks for your sharing your tips, Danny. Brooke Warner steered me here, and I’m so glad she did.

  16. Thanks for including me, Danny!

    If anyone is interested to pitch me, please read my writer’s guidelines first:

    http://www.makealivingwriting.com/why-i-pay-writers

  17. What a great list! It is so useful and just what I was looking for. Thank you!

    • Jane, if you have good content, you can post those to my blogs, i have 2 quality blogs with good PA, DA, and all on unique IPs.

      thanks for your consideration.

  18. Danny,

    Thanks to the wonderful list of blogs that we can start engaging with the people who in top of the writing.

  19. Hi Danny, also check http://newsarti.com/. Its Free Guest blog submission site. 100% free and instant approval. Regards.

  20. This is great advice because guest posting is becoming big news in the eyes of the search engines, or so I am led to believe.
    As long as you are writing quality articles that provide some genuine benefits for the reader then you should be snapped up!

  21. Hi Danny,

    yes, guest posting is much popular now, and search engines also appreciate that.

    both parties are in WIN WIN picture, blog owner with unique content, and author to show case their work.

    i also have one good blog kindly review http://www.bookfordpark.com, Guest blog submission site.

    it would be great if you can include one too on your list.

  22. Very nice post well written its very useful for bloggers thanks for the sharing your knowledge

    Regards

  23. Thanks, Danny, this is a nice pithy list. I just shot Jeff Goins an email and received an automated response with the statement that he is backlogged with guest posts and isn’t accepting them at the moment. But like the other commenters on your post, I am familiar with and appreciative of his work.

  24. Great post Danny, thanks for sharing this resource.

  25. Great share. I didn’t know about a lot of those sites. Will have to take a look at them and see if anything in my niche will be applicable. 🙂

  26. This is very helpful. Especially for upcoming bloggers like. Thank you for sharing.

  27. Impressive Article, to the wonderful list, that we can start engaging with the people who in top of the writing. Thanks for sharing your tips…

  28. Great list, and it still shows up fairly high in search after two years. I wonder if there are any other new blogs that should be added to it?

  29. I am highly appreciated by reading your articles. Specially “Make a Living Writing” and “Write Practice”, both the points attracts me very much.

  30. I accept guest posts on public speaking, interpersonal communications, digital marketing or motivation at http://www.betterpublicspeaking.com/submit-guest-post-write-for-us/

    Thanks.

  31. Great blog!

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