You’re a great writer. You’re writing excellent posts with nuanced arguments and sharing practical advice and personal experience on your own blog. There’s just one problem: only your sister is reading it.
Blogging on your own site helps establish your voice and authority, your little corner of the internet. But attracting readers to your blog can be a challenge — where do you find them, and how do you convince them that you’re worth listening to?
For many bloggers, guest posting is the answer. By sharing your expertise on another blog, you build relationships with other bloggers in your niche and connect with a broader audience — some of whom may be your future readers and customers.
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Danny Iny shared his advice on guest posting back in the early days of TWL, and since the online world changes quickly, we’ve created a new list. Here are seven more blogs to consider pitching when planning your guest posting strategy.
1. Be a Freelance Blogger
Created by Sophie Lizard, Be a Freelance Blogger helps writers earn more money by blogging for hire. Many posts focus on finding clients, figuring out how to set your rates and developing your blogging skills. They’re informative, but also entertaining for readers.
Popular posts include:
- 7 Job Board Mistakes That Compel Clients to Reject You
- Freelancing: How I Close Deals Faster Than You
- How a Zombie Apocalypse Can Help You in Your Blogging Career
Submitting a guest post to Be a Freelance Blogger is a nine-step process, which sounds intimidating but isn’t actually that complicated. Start by getting to know the blog and its community by reading popular posts and sharing your thoughts in the comments. Brainstorm story ideas, then pitch them to Lauren, BAFB’s Community Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org). Once she gives you the green light, it’s time to write your first draft!
For more information on guest posting on BAFB, check out our Guest Blogging Spotlight.
2. Writer’s Relief
Founded in 1994, Writer’s Relief helps writers submit their work to literary agents and editors. Their blog offers tips on craft, advice on querying and interviews with successful authors, and they accept guest posts on topics ranging from marketing to conferences to writing inspiration.
Your submission must be original and unpublished, and should be a maximum of 600 words. Paste it in the body of an email to email@example.com, include your bio and answer this question: “What major thing will readers learn from your article?”
For more, follow their guidelines and learn from these popular posts:
- What’s Your Poetry Personality? Find Out Which Poetry Movement Matches You!
- Your Author Bio: Query Letter And Cover Letter Tips For Your Professional Writing Bio
- Seven Ways To Build Your Reputation As A Creative Writer
3. Writing Forward
Calling all fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction writers! Writing Forward wants to share your advice on crafting great writing, and they’re open to submissions whether or not you’ve been published elsewhere.
Popular posts on Writing Forward include:
There’s no compensation for guest posts, but you’re free to include links to your own blog in your post and bio. Note that commercial or spammy backlinks will not be published.
Interested? Check out Writing Forward’s guidelines and send a query in the body of your email to founder and editor Melissa Donovan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Live Write Thrive
Novelist and writing coach C.S. Lakin shares advice on storytelling, writing inspiration and promoting your book. She accepts guest posts related to her “Writing for Life” category and specifically looks for posts that will “encourage, help or instruct writers” to better their craft and share their work.
Popular guest posts on LWT include:
- 20 Things That Can Help You Find Inspiration for Writing
- Public Speaking—It’s Even for Authors Who Are Sissies
- Advice I Wish I’d Been Given When I Started … Part 1
Review the guidelines and pitch your ideas through the site’s contact form before writing a post. Note that LWT only runs guest posts once a week and has a long lead time, so you’ll want to get in touch early if you have a specific time frame in mind.
5. Funds For Writers
C. Hope Clark runs Funds For Writers, a site dedicated to helping writers earn more money for their work. Each weekly newsletter features a note from Hope, news and opportunities in the writing world, and you guessed it — a guest post. FFW focuses on paying markets, grants, contests, writing jobs, publishers and agents; this is not the place to submit posts about writing craft or character development.
Guest posts should share your best advice and success stories about building a writing business, breaking into a high-paying niche or unusual ways to earn an income through writing. Recent examples of guest newsletter posts include:
Since guest posts are shared in a newsletter, Hope is looking for tight, concise submissions: 600 words, max. Review the guidelines and send your ideas to Hope at email@example.com.
6. Writers Helping Writers
Run by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, Writers Helping Writers is a resource for writers interested in craft, publishing and marketing. To be accepted, guest posts need to share fresh, practical information that helps writers develop their writing, connect with audiences and improve their promotion strategies.
Guest posts that have done well include:
- What Makes a Strong Author’s Visit—a Teacher’s Perspective
- Ten Steps to Overnight Success, or, How it Only Took a Decade to Get Paid
- To MFA or Not to MFA: That is the Question
7. Pen & Muse
Pen & Muse calls itself “a writer’s haven, for writers of all ages and genres.” A team of Muses, led by Kristen Jett and Jolene Haley, shares advice on the world of writing and publishing, including advice on marketing, branding, craft, self-publishing and more.
Popular posts on the blog include:
- When You Should and Shouldn’t Use a Pen Name
- How To Outline Your Novel (Part One)
- The Secret To Getting An Agent & Getting Your Work Published
If you’re interested in submitting to Pen & Muse, make sure your work is original and unpublished. For inspiration, consider adding your voice to one of their featured series: How I Plot, What I learned from [Your Most Recently Published Book] or [Title of Your Last Manuscript], My Favorite Editing Trick, or Adding Depth To Your Characters.
Read the rest of the guidelines, then submit your idea through the contact form on the same page. They’re scheduling up to three months in advance, so be sure to send your idea in early if you have a specific run date in mind.
For more information on sites that accept guest posts, be sure to follow our series of Guest Blogging Spotlights.
Now, what are you waiting for? Get pitching!
Have you submitted a guest post on any of these sites?