Building links from other websites to yours is an important part of the search engine optimisation (SEO) process. One of the most popular ways of doing just that is by writing guest posts. We explain.
As part of the agreement when writing a guest post on another blog or website, the website owner usually allows you to add at least one link back to your website. This means if you wanted to have a link pointing to your website with your business name as the text, you could write something like This article written by Sally Smith, from XYZ Company.
So, how do you go about finding other websites and blogs that accept these submissions, and how do you approach them? Let’s walk through the process.
Guest post process
First, you can search for terms like “write for us” or “submit guest post”, or find a list of sites, such as the one we provide below (yes, we’ve done your work for you!).
Ideally, you find appropriate opportunities within your industry, so try using phrases to search, such as;
- industry “submit guest post”
- industry “write a guest post”
- industry “guest post guidelines”
- industry “write for us”
- industry “guest post opportunity”
- industry “accepting guest posts”
Here’s an example, if you were looking to write a guest post on health topics.
Once you find a blog or website that you feel your writing could suit, then you should look for their guest post submission guidelines, or any instruction page.
Then, depending on the instructions, you either submit a pre-written article, or if required, email a pitch with a few subjects and topics.
If you’re doing the latter, you then wait for a response and then you can write the agreed article.
Here’s an example email how you could pitch a few topics.
If the website does not have their own style guide, take a look at a few of their recent articles. This way, you can mimic the style. Do they use international English, or US English? Do they have lots of sub headings, or only a few? Do they have a minimum word count, or not?
Once you feel that you’ve done a great job in writing and subsequent editing of your guest post, it is time to submit it, along with any images if they have requested them.
Normally, you’ll hear back within a few days. If they come back with feedback, then you should make any requested edits and re-submit.
Once the editor is happy, they typically will tell you when it will go live. Write this in your calendar or keep checking their website.
Once it is published, make sure you thank them via email, and then promote the article across all of your social channels. This won’t go unnoticed, and usually means they will be more keen to have you write a further guest post in the future.
Ready to write your first guest post?
If you are ready to write your first guest post now, the below is a fresh list of websites that I have personally confirmed are accepting guest submissions. Each row has a link to the website, as well as to their submission page. All the best of luck in finding that right website or blog, to pitch you first guest post.
Websites looking for guest posts [as of January 2020]
Here are 50 websites as of today who are taking guest article submissions. For more sites, look at obtaining a guest blogging database or creating your own list.
|1st Web Designer||Web design||Main page||Submit|
|425 Business||Business||Main page||Submit|
|Agents of Geek||Technology||Main page||Submit|
|All Business||Business||Main page||Submit|
|Blog Critics||Blogging||Main page||Submit|
|Blog Dash||Blogging||Main page||Submit|
|Catch Updates||Business||Main page||Submit|
|Daily Blog Tips||Blogging||Main page||Submit|
|Daily SEO Blog||Marketing||Main page||Submit|
|Designr Fix||Web design||Main page||Submit|
|Digital Novas||Technology||Main page||Submit|
|Envato||Web design||Main page||Submit|
|Everyday Designer||Web design||Main page||Submit|
|Fluster Buster||Marketing||Main page||Submit|
|Hongkiat||Web design||Main page||Submit|
|How Stuff Works||General||Main page||Submit|
|Inspirationfeed||Web design||Main page||Submit|
|Instant Shift||General||Main page||Submit|
|Lonely Brand||Marketing||Main page||Submit|
|Make Tech Easier||Technology||Main page||Submit|
|My Venture Pad||Business||Main page||Submit|
|Onextra Pixel||Web design||Main page||Submit|
|Pole Position Marketing||Marketing||Main page||Submit|
|Rapid Boost Marketing||Marketing||Main page||Submit|
|Search Engine Land||Marketing||Main page||Submit|
|Shout Me Loud||General||Main page||Submit|
|Small Business Shift||Business||Main page||Submit|
|Sociable Blog||Marketing||Main page||Submit|
|Software Guide||Technology||Main page||Submit|
|Succeed As Your Own Boss||Business||Main page||Submit|
|Techie Blogger||Technology||Main page||Submit|
|The Huffington Post||General||Main page||Submit|
|ThemeGrill Blog||Web design||Main page||Submit|
|Web Design Booth||Web design||Main page||Submit|
|Web Design Depot||Web design||Main page||Submit|
|Working Mother||Business||Main page||Submit|
Note: we are always interested in guest posts too! See our Write for Us page for all the information.
Done effectively, guest posting on third party blogs and websites is a great way to build all important back links, as well as position yourself as an authority on whatever topic you are writing about.
Once you’ve written a few, you’ll hopefully notice an improvement in SEO and your website rankings, and will have been bitten by the writing bug. Good luck!