The Finaltimate Guide to Guest Blogging

Disclaimer: This list does not come with the guaranty that all or any of the websites listed below will accept your content, guest post or contribution. This post/list shall only be treated as a go-to resource for those who are looking to contribute their work to various media publications. The majority of these sites would require you to show some expertise & have some experience before allowing you to submit guest posts/contributions. So, take your time and ensure that your content is of top-notch quality before reaching out to any of these websites/blogs.

Also, it’s worth noting that by the time you read this post, some websites might have changed the rules and guidelines for guest blogging, have completely closed external submissions, decreased or increased in Domain Authority and/or Alexa Rank. That being said, we’ll try our best to keep this list updated and provide you with the most accurate, comprehensive and reliable source.

Before we jump over to the main part of this event, let’s go through the definition of guest blogging, how it can help you and things to be aware of.

What is Guest Posting?

If the primary reason for having a guest post published is to insert links back to another website, this is frowned upon by search engines. In fact, Google often penalizes sites that use guest posting for SEO link building purposes and asks that sites nofollow links going back to the guest author’s site.

For those of you who are not quite familiar with content marketing, blogging, and SEO, Guest blogging is a method used by bloggers to increase blog traffic where bloggers write posts to be published on other bloggers’ blogs. Guest blogging can work in one of two ways:

  • You write a post to appear on another person’s blog.
  • Another person writes a post to appear on your blog.

Beware that many websites use guest blogging as a way to build links to their website.

There is a little difference between guest posting & being a contributor. Guest posting is more for those who are looking to contribute a one-off post, whereas being a contributor may require some degree of commitment (e.g. producing 2-3 posts per month).

It depends on you how you prefer to call this process, ensuring that your posts are published only on reliable, quality and reputable websites is an absolute necessity if you wish to reap the rewards of guest blogging.

What are the Benefits of Guest Posting/Contributing?

It would have been a crime to write this post and not to mention the main benefits of guest blogging. At the end of the day, you aren’t writing articles for 3rd party websites just because you have the time to do so. Although you may want to sound like a philanthropist when pitching articles, deep down in your soul, you are expecting something in return, whether it’s some nice referral traffic or a boost in your brand’s exposure.

Here are 10 main benefits of guest blogging for other websites:

  • Reach a wider audience: Contributing your work to external portals/ websites would mean that more people will see your work. Imagine this, if you get your article published on Forbes, thousands & millions of people would read your article, and if the subject is relevant to them, people will come back for more (often directly to your website).
  • Generate quality referral traffic: Quality posts that get seen and read by 1000s of people are likely to generate a ton of quality, targeted referral traffic. You know where this can lead to. Yes, more exposure and more sales.
  • Build a long-lasting relationship: If you’re not one of those people who guest post just for links, you are likely to publish multiple articles on a single blog. This, in return, will tighten up the relationship with the owner of the blog and may lead to further partnerships.
  • Become an influencer: Being featured in authoritative websites and blogs would make you an influencer in the eyes of your potential audience. People would look up to you as an expert in your niche, and will often cite your words as the words of “The Almighty”.
  • Build up your social media presence: Wondering how to build up your social following without posting d*ck pics? Guest posting is the way to go. For instance, when someone shares your article, you would often get tagged and mentioned.
  • Increase an authority of your website: Individuals will probably trust and purchase from the brand that has an intense web nearness. On the off chance that your item gets a not too bad survey from The Next Web, would individuals have more trust in obtaining that result of you? Beyond any doubt thing.
  • Increase exposure & brand awareness: So also to expanding a specialist of your site, visitor blogging can open your image to a significantly more extensive group of onlookers.
  • Inbound links (backlinks): You can also get a quality, powerful backlink from your profile bio. The vast majority of sites will allow you to add a link or two in your byline, which usually appears at the bottom of every post.
  • Build an email list: A flood of referral traffic to your site can prompt a development of your mailing list. On the off chance that, and just in the event that you can change over that activity to your regular subscribers.
  • Money, money, money: Some people manage to build an entire business of contributing articles.

How to be the perfect guest blogger?

It takes lots of effort to gain backlinks, it is not as easy as many thinks. You should be prepared to work your socks off to get published in an authoritative publication.

But, what takes to create “perfect” guest post?

Step 1: Get to know the blog’s content and audience

Research about the content performs best on a particular blog and type of content gets the most traction. Identify the style and layout of other posts, how well they are written/curated and how deep the posts are.

Step 2: Read the guidelines

How long should the content be? There is no point writing a 2,000-word article just to find out that the limit is 1,000 words.

Step 3: Pitch your post

Before you proceed with writing the actual article, it’s worthwhile pitching an idea first to see whether this would be something they would publish.

When pitching, keep your email short (200 words or less), provide multiple headline variations, give a brief description of the article, a quick bio of yourself (what you do, where else have you been published, achievements, etc.) and a few links to example posts.

Step 4: Draft an article

Make sure your post is formatted according to the style of the blog, including any relevant images (everyone loves images). Usually, blogs would ask you to submit the article in HTML or Markdown format, in which case you should host images on your own website and input the source links.

Step 5: Craft a perfect bio

If you wish your guest blogging to be successful, the way you present yourself may be the determinant factor. Illustrate your expertise and knowledge of the subject, add a link or two back to your website and add any relevant social networks.

Step 6: Revise

Double or even triple check your article, read it out loud and give it to a friend or a family member to read. Does it flow well, is it coherent, can an ordinary person understand what you’re trying to say?

Step 7: Submit

At this stage, your input is not over yet. An editor may ask you to carry out any necessary amendments.

Some useful terms you may come across during this process.

As you will notice below, I use some useful terms and phrases like DA (Domain Authority) & Alexa Rank, which may seem senseless to some of you.

If you ever get overwhelmed by the terms I’ve used in this article, specifically in the tables below, refer to this part.

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Website: No need to explain that. That’s just the name of the website.

DA (Domain Authority): Domain Authority or DA is that statistical measure which is used to find out the reputation of a particular website which is provided by SEOmoz or better known as Moz. It is a statistical number from 0 – 100 which was developed by Moz in order to determine how does a domain rank in results of Google search engine. However, it is not the same thing as that of page authority. The difference between page authority and domain authority is rather significant as page authority is the ranking potential of a single web page whereas domain authority tells us about the overall ranking potential of the entire domain or subdomains.

Alexa Rank: The algorithm that is based on the amount of estimated traffic that a particular website gets. The lower the rank is, the more traffic a website gets (i.e. 1 being the most popular website).

Link: The actual wording used on a blog or the action required to get your article posted on a particular website.

Oh, that was indeed a long introduction for guest blogging.

So, lets move on to the lists,

Business, Finance & General Marketing Websites/Blogs That Accept Guest Posts and Contributions

Are you a passionate entrepreneur or a small business owner who wants to earn some attention with guest blogging? If so, this list is exactly for you. Not only you can gain an immense amount of knowledge from these sites, but can also contribute your expertise.

The following list consists of websites that cover general business, strategy, finance, and general marketing topics. I would suggest not jumping onto Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur and the gang before you secure some guest posts from publications with lower barriers.

Website DA Alexa Rank Difficulty Link
Forbes 97 217 Extreme Contribute
Business Insider 95 292 Extreme Contact
Survey Monkey Blog 94 610 Hard Contribute
Entrepreneur 92 1,086 Extreme Contribute
Fast Company 92 3,960 Extreme Contact
Inc. 92 1,469 Extreme Contact
Harvard Business Review 91 2,739 Extreme Contact
About.com 90 485 Extreme Contribute
Venture Beat 90 2,886 Hard Guest Post
Investopedia 87 764 Extreme Contribute
Small Biz Trends 84 14,272 Hard Become an Author
Seeking Alpha 83 1,888 Hard Contribute
Business.com 82 24,022 Hard Contribute
Business 2 Community 81 9,237 Hard Contribute
All Business 80 34,112 Moderate Guest Post
Benzinga 79 26,458 Moderate Contribute
Wise Bread 74 25,908 Moderate Contribute
BPlans 73 10,740 Hard Write For Them
Investing.com 73 719 Hard Contribute
Feedster 70 426,330 Moderate Write For Them
Business-Opportunities 69 176,638 Moderate Contact
BizSugar 69 46,272 Moderate Submit
SiteProNews 69 55,054 Moderate Guest Post
Money Saving Mom 66 50,207 Moderate Guest Post
Customer Think 65 90,204 Moderate Contribute
Startup Grind 65 62,916 Moderate Become a Writer
Startup Nation 64 105,448 Moderate Contribute
Killer Startups 64 92,514 Moderate Guest Post
Accounting Web 63 50,559 Easy Register & Post
Training Zone 62 272,612 Easy Register & Post
My Customer 61 111,294 Easy Register & Post
My Corporation 60 170,531 Moderate Become an Author
Business Zone 59 121,293 Easy Register & Post
Tweak Your Biz 58 67,256 Moderate Contribute
HR Zone 56 160,606 Easy Register & Post
Mirasee 53 159,848 Moderate Guest Post
Inc 42 52 41,644 Moderate Guest Post
Women on Business 52 405,645 Moderate Write For Them
CEO.com 51 335,815 Moderate Contribute
Ecopreneurist 51 496,180 Moderate Write For Them
Noobpreneur 48 250,249 Moderate Contact
SMBCEO 47 560,842 Moderate Contact
Youngupstars 47 278,709 Moderate Guest Post
E Secret 34 235,758 Easy Guest Post

Digital Marketing, Social Media, SEO & Content Marketing Websites/Blogs That Accept Guest Posts and Contributions

This list is more for those who have an in-depth knowledge and experience in either digital marketing, social media, content marketing, search engine optimisation (SEO) or search engine marketing (SEM). The vast majority of these websites/blogs cover all of the digital marketing, some may be more inclined towards technical SEO while others on advanced content marketing. So, make sure you check the content of each website before pitching or applying to contribute.

Again, I would not recommend jumping onto sites like Search Engine Land, Hubspot or Adweek until you get covered by less demanding ones.

Website DA Alexa Rank Difficulty Link
GoDaddy Garage 97 131 Hard Contribute
Outbrain Blog 95 177 Hard Become an Author
Adweek 92 2,797 Extreme Contact
Hubspot 91 535 Hard Guest Post
Search Engine Land 91 4,256 Extreme Contribute
Copy Blogger 89 22,600 Hard Guest Post
Search Engine Watch 88 10,799 Hard Contact
Content Marketing Institute 86 24,329 Hard Contribute
Social Media Examiner 86 6,276 Hard Write For Them
Social Media Today 84 16,001 Hard Register
Marketing Land 84 19,485 Extreme Contribute
Media Post 84 35,519 Hard Contact
KissMetrics 84 6,807 Hard Contribute
Crazy Egg 84 19,105 Hard Contribute
Search Engine Journal 83 9,089 Hard Write For Them
ClickZ 83 48,052 Hard Contact
Search Engine Roundtable 82 24,321 Extreme Send a Tip
Convince & Convert 80 46,408 Hard Contribute
Smart Insights 80 12,224 Hard Contact
Psfk 80 50,794 Moderate Contact
SEMRush 80 2,159 Moderate Register & Post
Marketing Profs 79 26,869 Hard Write For Them
Duct Tape Marketing 74 72,347 Moderate Guest Post
Contently 74 28,905 Hard Contact
Social Media Explorer 73 138,065 Hard Contact
SEO Chat 71 24,057 Hard Guest Post
Advanced Web Ranking 67 73,210 Moderate Become an Author
Search Engine People 64 83,969 Moderate Guest Post
Social Nomics 63 230,109 Moderate Contact
The SEM Post 61 63,405 Moderate Write For Them
Income Diary 56 35,916 Moderate Submit Article
Sociable Blog 54 555,761 Moderate Guest Post
Twelve Skip 51 39,390 Moderate Write For Them
Growmap 51 142,294 Moderate Contact
Guerrilla Marketing 49 149,813 Moderate Contribute
SEO-Hacker 48 97,577 Moderate Guest Post
ClickFire 47 811,521 Moderate Write For Them
Social Media Sun 43 488,836 Moderate Contribute
PPC.org 42 661,101 Moderate Write For Them
Daily SEO Blog 40 1,027,440 Moderate Write For Them
Social Media Impact 35 745,360 Moderate Write For Them
SEOBlog 32 133,367 Moderate Contribute
Tricky Enough 29 313,756 Moderate Contact
Techniblogic 28 97,316 Moderate Register & Post
Solvid Blog 28 687,960 Moderate Contribute

Blogging, Lifestyle & How-To Websites/Blogs That Accept Guest Posts and Contributions

This list is more diversified than others. They generally cover most topics mentioned in the title, but ensure that you check out every blog on a case-by-case basis. For instance, Lifehack & The Huffington Post are more generalised than others. They cover anything from web development to yoga. Whereas Daily Blog Tips & Shout Me Loud focus on teaching novice bloggers. Hence, it might be worthwhile doing a quick background check before pitching these websites.

Website DA Alexa Rank Difficulty Link
The Huffington Post 98 177 Extreme Blog Pitch
BuzzFeed 93 184 Easy Register & Post
Lifehacker 93 687 Hard Contribute
WikiHow 91 168 Easy Write
EHow 91 2,279 Hard Write For Them
A List Apart 90 29,485 Hard Contribute
Makezine 90 12,236 Moderate Submit
How Stuff Works 88 1,631 Hard Write For Them
Blogher 87 37,649 Easy Register & Post
Lifehack 83 2,295 Moderate Contribute
Self Growth 77 27,055 Moderate Register & Post
Daily Blog Tips 75 78,228 Moderate Contact
Pick The Brain 67 53,852 Moderate Contact
The Blog Herald 67 174,557 Moderate Contact
Wonder How To 65 3,745 Moderate Contribute
Dumb Little Man 65 56,657 Moderate Contribute
Tech Wyse 61 107,125 Moderate Write For Them
Shout Me Loud 60 4,110 Moderate Contribute
Specky Geek 60 358,374 Moderate Write For Them
Write To Done 59 98,284 Moderate Write For Them
The Write Life 58 49,276 Moderate Write For Them
Kikolani 56 96,426 Moderate Guest Post
Freelance Writing 54 113,398 Moderate Write For Them
Live Write Thrive 54 401,584 Moderate Guest Blog
Matthew Woodward 51 50,821 Hard Write For Them
Famous Bloggers 51 145,412 Moderate Contribute
Blog Engage 51 66,474 Moderate Guest Blog
Basic Blog Tips 51 128,991 Moderate Contact
The Digitel 47 144,595 Easy Post
Blog Dash 45 204,042 Moderate Guest Post
Successful Blogging 44 173,162 Moderate Contact
iBlog Zone 43 375,359 Moderate Contribute
We Blog Better 43 376,100 Moderate Guest Post
All Blogging Tips 41 51,762 Moderate Guest Post
HellBound Bloggers 41 53,478 Moderate Guest Post
Bloggers Passion 40 59,762 Moderate Guest Post
Intense Blog 38 275,572 Moderate Write For Them
Career Metis 33 297,341 Moderate Write For Them

Technology, Gadgets & Computer Websites/Blogs That Accept Guest Posts and Contributions

Are you a tech guru or a complete geek? This list is definitely for you. These websites cover anything from general tech news and innovations to in-depth software reviews. So, if you run a tech company or just developed a new software, and you’re confident that it could potentially revolutionise the market of technology, why not reach out to them?

As you can see, there are some very high-profile publications on the list, such as Wired and Tech Crunch that are very picky to what they publish. So, belt up and use your secret gun when pitching these guys.

Website DA Alexa Rank Difficulty Link
Wired 97 1,013 Extreme Contact
Tech Crunch  94 523 Extreme Contribute
Engadget 94 599 Hard Contribute
ZDNet 94 2,789 Extreme Send a Tip
The Verge 93 600 Extreme Send a Tip
The Next Web 91 1,960 Hard Contribute
Read Write 90 22,707 Hard Contact
Gigaom 88 28,938 Hard Contact
Tech Republic 88 3,295 Hard Contribute
New Atlas 85 5,283 Hard Contact
GSM Arena 83 359 Extreme Send a Tip
Opensource 74 17,033 Moderate Submit Article
Tech.co 73 32,405 Hard Contribute
Techno Buffalo 73 12,571 Hard Submit a Tip
Gizmodo.co.uk 70 27,613 Extreme Send a Tip
Tech Vibes 69 130,108 Hard Pitch a Story
Addictive Tips 61 14,235 Moderate Send a Tip
I Love Free Software 49 45,839 Moderate Write For Them
iAM Wire 44 60,733 Moderate Guest Post
Techfor.us 43 834,196 Moderate Write For Them
Technically Easy 41 509,485 Moderate Guest Post
Geek Estate Blog 41 497,054 Moderate Contribute
Tech Walls 34 71,681 Moderate Write
Martech Today 28 186,085 Hard Contribute

Web Design, Web Development & WordPress Websites/Blogs That Accept Guest Posts and Contributions

Are you a web developer or perhaps a WordPress enthusiast? This list could suit you well. The vast majority of these sites cover more or less all topics related to web design, coding, web development and WordPress.

But, it’s worth to keep in mind that several websites like Sitepoint and Smashing Magazine are extremely choosy in the content they publish. One of the reasons being the financial compensation they offer for quality articles. That’s cool, isn’t it? You can get the needed exposure and get paid for it! That’s heaven.

 

 

Website DA Alexa Rank Difficulty Link
Smashing Magazine 90 3,914 Extreme Write For Them
Creative Bloq 87 2,482 Hard Contribute
Sitepoint 86 981 Hard Contribute
CSS Tricks 84 1,474 Hard Guest Post
Codepen 83 847 Easy Register & Post
Theme Isle 82 10,930 Moderate Write For Them
Envato Tuts+ 82 1,607 Hard Teach
Tympanus 80 3,800 Hard Contribute
Dzone 79 4,460 Hard Register & Submit
Hongkait 79 2,060 Hard Write For Them
Android Central 79 1,499 Hard Send a Tip
Web Design Depot 79 7,889 Hard Write For Them
Six Revisions 78 43,295 Moderate Contact
Android Authority 74 1,953 Hard Contribute
Specky Boy 73 13,156 Hard Submit an Article
Web Design Ledger 72 31,447 Moderate Contribute
1st Web Designer 71 17,064 Moderate Write For Them
Noupe 70 34,575 Hard Contact
UX Booth 68 79,775 Moderate Contribute
Instant Shift 66 37,511 Moderate Become an Author
Design Shack 64 15,061 Moderate Write For Them
WP Tavern 64 39,222 Moderate Send a Tip
Vandelay Design 64 28,227 Moderate Write For Them
Onextra Pixel 64 40,854 Moderate Write For Them
WP Lift 57 61,038 Moderate Contact
Men With Pens 56 341,956 Moderate Guest Post
Code In WP 56 22,564 Moderate Write For Them
Designr Fix 54 55,023 Moderate Write For Them
WP Arena 53 742,375 Moderate Submit Article
Crazy Leaf Design 53 300,253 Moderate Guest Post
Torquemag 52 54,621 Moderate Contribute
WP Mayor 49 56,713 Moderate Contact
Creative Overflow 48 238,190 Moderate Contribute
Usability Geek 48 101,212 Moderate Write For Them
Design Beep 47 67,598 Moderate Write For Them
Qarea 46 1,199,371 Moderate Guest Post
WP Eka 42 177,044 Moderate Contact
Skyje 41 518,746 Moderate Write For Them

Picked, Trusted and Tested

This is the list of chosen publications that we’ve personally tested for our business or our client’s businesses. That’s not to say we don’t trust Forbes or Ink or Harvard Business Review, we certainly do! But, it’s an extremely challenging and exhausting process to get featured there. Although we must admit that Forbes is gradually losing its status of being one of the most reliable sources. All of those pop-ups, endless ads and quotes are just too annoying.

Website DA Alexa Rank Difficulty Link
Smashing Magazine 90 3,914 Extreme Write For Them
Small Biz Trends 84 14,272 Hard Become an Author
Sitepoint 86 981 Hard Contribute
Business 2 Community 81 9,237 Hard Contribute
All Business 80 34,112 Moderate Guest Post
My Customer 61 111,294 Easy Register & Post
Business Zone 59 121,293 Easy Register & Post
Tweak Your Biz 58 67,256 Moderate Contribute
Outbrain Blog 95 177 Hard Become an Author
Hongkait 79 2,060 Hard Write For Them
Hubspot 91 535 Hard Guest Post
Search Engine Land 91 4,256 Extreme Contribute
Social Media Examiner 86 6,276 Hard Contribute
Marketing Land 94 19,485 Extreme Contribute
Specky Boy 73 13,156 Hard Submit an Article
Search Engine Journal  83 9,089 Hard Write For Them
SEMRush 80 2,159 Moderate Register & Post
Solvid Blog 20 1,432,132 Moderate Contribute
The Huffington Post 98 177 Extreme Blog Pitch
Lifehack 83 2,295 Moderate Contribute
Tech Crunch 94 523 Extreme Contribute
The Next Web 91 1,960 Hard Contribute
Martech Today 28 186,085 Hard Contribute

What are the other methods to find guest posting opportunities? 

1. Google Search

Google Search persists to be the most popular way to find anything on the web. Same applies to finding blogs to contribute to.

So, begin the process with using advanced query strings. For example, to find out digital marketing websites that are on a lookout for contributors, we’ll use the following string: digital marketing “contribute”

To make the job easier for you, we’ve prepared the list of 10 popular strings:

Your Keyword “contribute”
Your Keyword “guest post”
Your Keyword “write for us”
Your Keyword “become an author”
Your Keyword “guest posting”
Your Keyword “submit post”
Your Keyword “submit article”
Your Keyword “submit an article”
Your Keyword “tip us”
Your Keyword “submit a tip”

All you need to do is to place your keyword.

2. Competitor Backlinks

This strategy can be so powerful if you have the right tools under your belt.

First and foremost, you would either need access to Open Site ExplorerAhrefs or BuzzSumo. These are one of the best backlink analysis tools available on the market. You can simply input any URL, and the tool will give you the list of backlinks a particular site has.

Not only you can sneak behind the link building scene of any website, but you can also find some great guest posting opportunities. All you need to do is to go through the links and identify the sites that accept guest posts and contributions.

3. Twitter 

Similarly to Google Search, you can use pretty much the same strings to find guest post opportunities on Twitter. When someone is featured on a reputable blog or publication, they will often share the post with their followers. That’s where you can sneak behind. For example, do a Twitter search for a query digital marketing “guest post”, and it will show you the latest tweets that include your keywords.

All you need to do is scan through results by clicking on the links and evaluate which websites accept guest posts.

Conclusion

Though the guest post is the good way to get traction, reputation and brand building, but do not post links anywhere, it is very important to follow the guidelines.

Hope you’ve liked enjoyed this article. We’ll try to keep this list updated.

Do comment your opinions or feedbacks below

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