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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|ZDNet||94||2,789||Extreme||Send a Tip|
|The Verge||93||600||Extreme||Send a Tip|
|The Next Web||91||1,960||Hard||Contribute|
|GSM Arena||83||359||Extreme||Send a Tip|
|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|
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.
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.
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 Explorer, Ahrefs 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.
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.
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.
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