Want to get your guest posts published on popular blogs? Through our Guest Blogging Spotlight, we spill the details on how to get your pitches accepted on blogs where you’d love to see your byline.
Editor: Chuck Sambuchino
Guidelines: Contact Chuck directly and ask for guidelines. Please note that WD currently only considers guest content from authors with traditionally published books.
Contact Info: [email protected]
Target audience: Writers of all levels, but mostly novice and intermediate
Compensation: There is no financial compensation
Other perks: “Those who come to me are simply looking to utilize the vast reach of the blog and our Twitter” says Chuck. “The blog gets an average of 250,000 page views a month, and our Twitter, which tweets in support of our blog posts, has 409,000 followers. So the only reason people come to me is exposure.”
What kind of posts they like: Posts that can help writers! Chuck encourages contributors to include some takeaway value for the reader.
Examples of posts that have done well: A recent one called “5 Reasons Novelists Should Write & Publish Short Stories” was very popular. “I think it worked because it did a lot of things right. It had a great, straightforward title,” explains Chuck. “People love numbers in a title. Writers love short stories, so the topic was of interest. Writers love to produce more content, so the title intrigued them. It worked well.”
What you can do to help the editor say YES: Provide concise, helpful advice. It doesn’t matter if your topic has been done before. If you’re instructing writers with good advice, then Writer’s Digest is interested in your guest post.
Lead time: Chuck specifically asks that guest bloggers be patient; he usually has 20-60 posts in the queue, so the lead time varies. That said, if people specifically request a certain time frame — i.e., “please publish this post somewhere around my book release date of June 1” — then he will try to make that happen.
Google Page Rank: 6
What’s Google Page rank? In basic terms, it’s Google’s assessment of your site, from 1-10, with 10 being best. You want to guest post for sites with high page ranks because when that site links back to your blog, it boosts your SEO.
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