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Bloggers and writers like to connect with their readers as much as possible; that’s why most writers aspire to publish their work places outside their personal blog or website, such as on Huffington Post. Contributing to Huffington Post gives a great boost to your portfolio and adds credibility to your name as a writer, and on a personal level, it allows you to potentially reach an unlimited audience. People all around the world read HuffPost daily, and it’s a useful platform to expand your readership and get your message out there to the masses.

For instance, my post Why I Kept My Surname After Marriage, one of the earliest posts on my blog, received only 464 views. When I posted on Huffington Post, it went viral. While the metrics are difficult to track and are limited through HuffPost (you will never know your page views), you can measure the social shares and likes. Viral numbers are obviously subjective, but for me, 70,000 Facebook likes and thousands of social shares, not to mention the story being translated and published in Japan and France in a matter of three days was viral enough for little ole’ me!

How to Contact Huffington Post

I can only imagine the page view metric for that post, but more than that, it has been incredible to connect with people all over the world, hear their opinions, and listen to their stories. Not to mention, you can link back to your blog or social media, as long as the links are relevant to your story.

Now that you know a few of the benefits of being published on Huffington Post, you may wonder how to get published there. In the first part of this series, you can learn how I got published on HuffPost with other tips on how you can, too. For this post, I’m creating a resource page for you to start interacting with and contacting editors at Huffington Post. You’ll also learn how to craft a pitch to them.

How to Published on Huffington Post It's Simply Lindsay

Tips:

Before you email anyone, you should check out the section you want to pitch to and read articles in the section. I also think it’s great to interact with other writers and the editors to start building meaningful connections and to see the kinds of stories that are being published.

Your pitch is not just your article idea – it will include your entire edited story. Make sure to submit only your best piece because all you need is one great shot to get noticed. Once you’re in, you are set up with a blogging contributor account where you have more direct access to publishing whenever you want.

Contact Huffington Post

1. You can use their online submission form to pitch your story:

HuffPost pitch

Some writers have been successful with this and had fast turnaround; others, like me, have not. This is a great starting off point though and certainly worth a shot!

2. HuffPost masthead: This link lists the current editors at Huffington Post by section. It does not contain their contact information, but you will know who to look up, who to contact, and who to start interacting with.

3. HuffPost Twitter: Huffington Post editors are very active on social media; start following the sections you’re interested in and follow the editors directly by clicking here. You can tweet to or message them as well. Once you have something published, be sure to use appropriate hashtags to get noticed and retweeted.

HuffPost twitter

4. Arianna Huffington: Contacting Arianna directly is what ultimately worked best for me. I have heard she is very accessible and has given out her address at blogging conferences and events. All it took was a little Googling to find her address.

Don’t want to put in that work? No problem! Arianna herself published her email address in a beautifully written article here.

I must admit, the moment I received a response from Arianna, my heart just about stopped. I have now come to the realization that such a powerful and influential woman probably isn’t checking her own emails all the time; heck, I can hardly keep up with my emails. However, if you can catch the attention of a decision maker through this contact, you’re in.

Crafting Your Email Pitch

These editors receive hundreds, if not thousands of emails a day, so you want to interest them immediately. Here are some tips on how to do so.

1. Keep it concise: Don’t go on and on about all the research (aka internet stalking) you have done about them and Huffington Post. While I’m sure they’re all lovely people, they also don’t need or want to hear your life story. They’re busy people and are after one thing: great writers and stories that will add value to HuffPost. Put your schmoozing and fan-boy/girling aside and professionally get to the point.

2. Remain professional: In your excitement about pitching your fabulous story, don’t get so wrapped up in the moment that you quickly hit send before editing. Check very carefully for grammar and spelling errors, and be sure that you included all (and only) relevant information. Remember, you’re a writer pitching your writing – you have the potential to lose your shot with silly simple errors; be sure to check out these 4 Common Grammar Mistakes (and how to fix them). Also use proper salutations (not “Hey Arianna, it’s me, Linds…) and a professional email address (not unicornsR4reaLz@aol.com).

3. Address your value: Did you recently have a post go viral on your blog? Did one of your posts stir up controversy, emotions, or traffic? Do you have a news story that is time-sensitive and instantly relevant? Let them know!

Ex: My recent post, A Mother’s Hope for the Future, really resonated with parents on social media and has been liked and shared thousands of times in a matter of two days; I believe the readers in the Parents section would connect with it as well.

4. What to include: Be sure to include your name, blog/website if applicable, and highlight the most interesting part of your story in a concise manner. Then you’ll paste your story.

5. Your story: You do not have to pitch an original story, so if it is published on your blog, that’s okay. Include a link to it and also copy and paste it in the email after your signature. It’s easier for the recipient to read instead of opening a document. Keep your story to 500-1000 words in length, and read articles in the section you’re pitching to get an idea of the type of stories and voices they’re running.

Lasting thoughts

While contributing to Huffington Post isn’t the easiest undertaking, it is definitely attainable! Several of my friends and outside writers have successfully published on Huffington Post after reading my tips, and I hope to add you to that list.

Opening yourself up to more readers can attract various internet bullies  – if that happens, read about how to respond to the haters with kindness, and see real examples of my HuffPost haters.

Please let me know what other questions I can answer for you or if there are other topics you’d like me to cover for this series. If you’ve been published on HuffPost, share your favorite article in the comments!

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  • To anyone reading my comment- Lindsay helped ME get published and it was one of the most proud moments of my life! Listen to her- she knows her shiz!! Go Lindsay!!! (Love ya, chick!)

    • Lindsay Katherine

      You’re such a peach. I’m glad I helped you, but ultimately your writing is what got you through : )

  • Greta Hollar

    Emaling Arianna Huffington is what worked for me! So exciting!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Seems like that’s a very effective way to do it! If you want to share one of your posts, leave the URL and I’ll check it out!

  • Lindsay, this is such good advice! I really want to be published by them but I have never applied because man, it is intimidating! I know you inspired Amanda to do it, and I am going to try soon as well! Thanks for laying this all out–these really detailed posts help immensey!

  • Boxwood Avenue

    Really really amazing tips for contacting the HP, thanks for sharing all of your info and secrets!

  • This is such great information. I’ve been working up the courage, and trying to find the right thing to submit. Thank you for all the tips.

  • This is such good info to have. I really want to submit my work, though I’m kind of stuck on what type of post to write for them. So they accept things that are already on the blog, or does it have to be a unique piece specifically for them?

  • Heather

    Great info! I will be using this sometime in the future!

  • Veronica Pototska

    This is a complete guideline to the Huffpost, the best one I’ve ever seen! Thank you for sharing

  • Thanks for the tips. My goal is to try to do this during the summer. I will be pinning your post and keeping in my Evernote file. Congrats on publishing on the Huff Post.

  • Heather Gullett Denniston

    This is awesome. So going to pin this. Thanks for being open to sharing your information.

  • Again, so awesome for your to share these pointers with us, Lindsay! Love how simple and staightforward this post is for anyone to understand and follow. Its too cool that your post was even translated to other languages, not to forget the topic of your post is my favorite too (yep, no changing surname here too). Thanks for sharing the details, will definitely be referring back to this post soon.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks for reading and for your kind comments; I hope it helps in the future, and I love that we have that surname choice connection : )

  • Elizabeth Duquette-Hollands (M

    Great recommendations for those looking to get on Huffington.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks Elizabeth!

  • I am reading Arianna’s book Thrive and now I really adore her! I would love to get published on HuffPost one day. Thanks for the tips!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      She is an incredible woman, isn’t she?? You are sure to get published, and when you do, send me your links!

  • You know that you were my push and inspiration to get my work published on the post! Tried and true this method for sure! You are the best for sharing all these tips and how to’s with everyone!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I’m so glad because you are an amazing writer, and your pictures are so stunning too.

  • These posts are so incredibly helpful!
    I really need to get on this, but ack! It gives me a headache just thinking about all the hoops. Your post is definitely a life saver though. Now I know exactly how to go about it.

  • This is such a helpful post! Being published on HuffPost would be so awesome!
    xoxo, Jenny

  • This is priceless information, thank very much

  • I have read a couple other articles about how to pitch to Huffington and this post is so much more insightful and I’m glad you included pictures! I am wanting to maybe pitch a couple of ideas to them (ah!) so we will see what happens! This post came at a perfect time 🙂

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Yay! I’m glad this came at a perfect time for you. If you want to throw any of your ideas or stories at me, just message me. Otherwise, looking forward to seeing it published : )

  • What an amazing accomplishment! This is such an inspiring post and very helpful. Definitely hope I can one day be added to the roster!

  • Paige Allison

    I love that you’re sharing all these tips! It’s not some dumb, vague “this is how you get published” post – you get into detail. I have a few posts I think would do fabulously on HP… I’m going to run some ideas by you via text if you don’t mind! Then I’m going to use all these tips to see if I can get published 🙂

  • Thanks so much for this. I think a lot of these tips translate to other sites as well. I used a few of them for a lifestyle brand website I’m trying to get published it. Thanks again!

  • Justine Y

    These were some great tips! I agree with Paige, I love that you went into detail. I’d actually clicked over to the Huffington Post a couple times and checked out that form, but wasn’t really sure if it was okay to submit things already published on my log, or what I really needed to fill in, or anything. Thanks for all this great information! I have a couple I definitely want to submit.

  • Michelle Mink

    this is so helpful for those looking to get published with the huffington post. as of now i don’t think that my topics are a good fit but if that change i will certainly put to use what you’ve recommended here

  • Annie McGarr

    Thanks so much! I have been wanting to get my stuff out there!

  • Thanks for sharing this! I was at an event Arianna spoke at a couple years ago and she gave her email address out to everyone! I haven’t sent her anything yet but I think I’d freak out too if she responded to me!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      hahaha you totally should email her! How was she as a speaker? I’m sure amazing.

      • Once I figure out whatever I’d like to write about for HuffPost, I will! And yes! Such an amazing speaker! I’m kicking myself for walking away for 2 minutes otherwise I would’ve met her!!

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    Thank you, thank you for sharing! I’ve been wanting to give this a shot, but hadn’t had the chance yet. I didn’t know that you can pitch ones that you’ve already posted…so that’s awesome news. Thanks so much for the help (fingers crossed!)

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Awesome, Kelsie, thanks for reading, and I hope it helps! Keep me posted : )

  • Jessica Hughes

    This is so awesome!! Thank you dear!

  • Thank you so much for sharing all of this useful information! I’ve always wondered how to get started contacting Huffington Post. Definitely pinning this for reference!

  • Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing your tips!

  • Angela

    Thank you for sharing this. I have sent 2 posts to the Huffington post, but not heard back. Hopefully your tips will help me get noticed!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Please let me know what happens or if you want to bounce any ideas off of me!

      • Angela

        I emailed Arianna maybe 5 hours ago with a blog pitch and she loved it! She emailed me back so quickly! Thanks for sharing this post! I’m so excited!

  • Bree Hogan

    Great post and well done on your Huff Post publication! I did the ’email Arianna’ way and it worked for me, I was so excited when my piece was published!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      That’s awesome, well done Bree! What’s your favorite submission? Leave the URL if you’d like and I’ll read it.

  • Maple Alps

    Great post and congratulations! This was very informative – thanks for the tips!

  • This is such a genuinely helpful post, Lindsay – thank you for it! I’ll be emailing Arianna this week, so thank you for the inspiration.

    Coming Up Roses

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Woohoo, that’s awesome Erica! Be sure to let me know what comes of it- I will totally support your story.

      • You’re the sweetest! Thanks so much girlfriend!

  • i love this post! This is seriously helpful. Pinning as we speak 🙂

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Awesome, Kara – thanks for reading! Come back and let me know when you’re published : )

  • This is sooooo helpful. Like most bloggers being published on HuffPost is a goal of mine, but I personally wasn’t sure how to go about it, but now I know! Thank u!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      So glad to help, Roxy : )

  • Carly Ferguson

    This is such a helpful post! I have dreamed about contributing to other online publications, but honestly, just haven’t set aside the time to do so. This is such a great guide to get started!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I’m glad this could help, Carly! Hopefully you see that it’s not that out of reach.

  • Ashleigh

    This is great!! I think it’s so important to share how other bloggers succeed in this community! I’ve been featured on HuffPost Parents 5x over the last couple months and all it took was the courage to reach out to Arianna! You’re right, when you get that awesome response email from her, there is nothing like it! Congrats on all your hard work and getting on the HP!!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Congrats to you as well Ashleigh!! Good for you for reaching out and getting your work out there. Well done.

  • This is great information! I’ve tried using the online submission, but had no luck. I didn’t realize there were so many other ways to contact Huffington.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I’m glad you found use in this! I also had no luck with online submission, so give something else a try.

  • Awesome post. I think its so intimidating to work on these types of projects.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Hopefully you’ll see that it’s not intimidating after all : )

  • Thanks for sharing with us. I’m not sure if I could actually post for huffington just because i don’t take negative comments so well. Lol And from your first post about why you kept your maiden name. I got intimidated.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Don’t let that intimidate you; that was my only post so far that had any negativity. I know Chelsea dealt with it for one of her posts, but I also knew the type of post I put out there what I was getting myself into. And for those handfulls of negative comments were literally hundreds of great ones that made me so happy! Plus, I’ve got your back : )

    • Boxwood Avenue

      I think I am the same way!! I would definitely be super nervous! But, if you piss people off, you know you hit a great topic!!!

  • Sarah Emily

    I love this post! I want to work on making my brand stronger before going for this but, it has always been in my mind to write for the HP!

  • Kate Walton

    Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks. I haven’t done HP yet. But you make it seem a bit less intimidating! Thanks so much!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Definitely not intimidating! I hope you are inspired to go for it : )

  • Saving this so I can refer to it later! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Great, Alix – hope it helps : ) Thanks for reading!

  • Thanks for the inspiration! I’ve had an email to Arianna Huffington in draft mode for over a month now haha I think I’ll have to complete and send it this week.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      It’s time to send it!!!!

  • Karissa Ancell

    This is such a great post. I will save it for when I have a post written to share. I’m very inspired by your story.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks for reading! Glad to have inspired you : )

  • Thanks for sharing these super insider tips – some of these I really wouldn’t have thought of myself!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks for reading! Hope you find it useful.

  • This is great advice and tips! What a wonderful opportunity!! I gave some work to do 🙂 you are an inspiration.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I’m so glad you found inspiration in this!!

  • These are amazing tips! This post really takes a lot of the guesswork out of contacting The Huffington Post. Now I’m considering writing something for them. 🙂 Pinning this to my blogging tips board.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks for reading, Tiffany! I hope this helps – if you ever have questions or want to bounce ideas off of me, let me know.

  • Lindsay, thank you SO MUCH for sharing this. Pinning this for future reference. I really appreciate the step by step guide, it’s so helpful — I feel like people can be a bit secretive about how they achieve success, I really appreciate you sharing!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks for reading and for your comment – that’s something that bothers me about many posts I read in my search for answers – the elusive advice. : )

  • I have needed this! Thank you so much!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Glad to help!

  • Wow I can’t believe you contacted Arianna directly, wouldn’t expect her to be so accessible!

  • Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together, Lindsay, it definitely sounds like an option for bloggers to get their work seen. Can’t wait to read more! I agree with @flightscarlet:disqus some bloggers are very secretive about how they got their opportunities, and I appreciate you being very transparent with us. It’s so much better to support one another and help grow a community instead of making it so cutthroat!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      That’s what I’m ALL about, Emma, so I’m glad we feel the same way. Hope it helps, and thanks so much for reading.

  • This is great!! Thanks for sharing such great information!
    xo ~Anna http://www.pepperedinstyle.com

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Hope it helps! Glad for the new connection : )

  • Jaime

    This is such a helpful post, thank you!!!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks for reading; I hope you found value in it!

  • tayloraube

    Amazing advice!! Totally loved reading this piece
    http://stopdropandvogue.com/

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks, Taylor – so glad to further connect outside of IG and into the blog world : )

  • Wow, that is awesome! And congrats on getting punished with Huffington Post!
    Emily at Style Cubby

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thank you for reading, Emily, and for your kind words!

  • Esther Collins
    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thank you!

  • This is such an informative post and I loved all your tips! Thank you for sharing!

    xo Mariam
    http://www.thepetitebijou.com

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks for reading, Mariam : )

  • What a great post, it is so funny I always avoid clicking send because I fear not getting a response but why not, whats the worst that could happen! Thanks for sharing and encouraging me!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I know that feeling, trust me! But once you realize that the worst that can happen is a no, who cares?? Feel free to message anytime with ideas or if you need help clicking that send button : )

  • Lindsey Lutz

    Awesome awesome post!!!! I have literally been researching this, and you made it so much easier. Thank you, and congrats! Can’t wait to read your article that went viral.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I’m so glad this came at a perfect time for you! Looking forward to hearing about your own HuffPost success : )

  • Freely Mi by Michelle Bazis

    You rock! Such a helpful article.

  • Lyla Ward

    I know I want to reach the Post 50 editor, Yagana Shah, but I can’t find her e-mail address on any of the Post’s contact information. Help?