How to Published on Huffington Post It's Simply Lindsay

If you’re a blogger or writer, most likely one of your goals is to get published on Huffington Post, am I right? While you do not get paid to contribute as a blogger, there are so many benefits that I will go over and then share how I started blogging for them (and went viral!). On New Year’s Day, I sat down and made a list of resolutions, and at the top of my list was my goal of getting published on Huffington Post. I knew this was a stretch; not only had my online submissions already been denied, but so many other writers I know had also submitted for years with nothing published. I decided if I had to put years of dedication into this process, I might as well start now. However, my story is a bit different because for me, it took one day.

Some people have warily asked me advice because they didn’t want to steal my tips or thunder, but I am all about sharing. As writers, we need to support one another and help build each other up. If you have been published, I want to hear your story – comment below with your experience and advice to help other writers meet their goals.

How I Got Published on Huffington Post

While you can consider blogging as competitive because there are hundreds of thousands of writers doing what you’re doing, I don’t view it that way – my mission as a writer is to connect with people through my words, not “get ahead.” With that being said, let me share my experience and tips.

My story

Like I mentioned, I had submitted posts through the online submission form  but was never successful this way. Instead, I decided to check out the editors of the sections I was interested in submitting to and emailing them directly. Ultimately though, when I looked at the list of editor names, I decided to go big or go home. I went right to the top of that list and emailed Arianna Huffington. Not only was my goal of getting published on the Huffington Post lofty, but I knew there was no way the highly sought after co-founder and Editor-in-chief would respond to my email. Can you imagine the amount of emails she receives?

Oh, and in case you don’t know about Ms. Huffington, she’s kind of a big deal. Just to name a few of her accolades, she was listed as number 12 in Forbes’ Most Influential Women In Media list; she is number 42 in The Guardian’s Top 100 in Media List; and she is listed as the 52nd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. So of course powerful and influential Arianna Huffington would not respond to little old me, but maybe I had a shot with the editors I contacted…

The response

To my absolute delight and shock, Ms. Huffington responded to me promptly, and in fact, she thanked me for “thinking of them.” My goodness, Arianna, you stopped my heart and made my writing dream come true yet you still have the humbleness and grace to respond that way?! What a classy woman. After I fumbled around to find the right way to balance my fan girl hysteria with a dignified professional response, I was on my way to my Huffington Post blogging account.

Huffington Post blogging account

An editor contacted me the next day with instructions as to how to set up my HuffPost blogging account. After that, you can submit posts at your will – you can submit as many or few as you like. There are no assignments. There is no posting schedule. You are an independent contractor of the Huffington Post. Once you understand and agree to their terms, you’re good to go. It’s important to read their blogging guidelines and follow them exactly for a better chance at your posts getting 1. published and 2. published quickly.

Benefits of blogging for the Huffington Post

Why would you contribute your writing if you do not get paid? So glad you asked! There are many reasons, including the following:

  • Broad audience reach: you have the potential to reach millions of readers worldwide. My viral post allowed me to interact with readers from all over the world, from places like Australia, Denmark, Spain, Belize, Mexico, India, Iran, England, and so many more.
  • Connect to blog: you are allowed to insert relevant links into your posts, which means you can link back to your blog.
  • Increase social media: Huffington Post automatically includes your Twitter account at the end of your post. Engage with your audience on social media and through the comments to drive them to other social accounts.
  • Credibility: blogging for the Huffington Post gives you a great level of credibility as a writer. You can use this to leverage your blog, writing services, or other publications.

Advice for getting published on Huffington Post

Everyone’s paths to the Huffington Post is different. Here are some great ways you can increase your chances:

  • Read the Huffington Post! This is a great way to start. Comment, follow, and like Huffington Post writers, and better yet, editors. Genuinely engage with others so if you choose to reach out for advice or to pitch, they see you are invested and possibly even recognize your name.
  • When submitting online or to an editor, be sure to follow their guidelines exactly. Also, by reading other articles, you’ll have a better idea of what resonates with their readers.
  • I mentioned earlier that I contacted editors and Ms. Huffington directly, but you may be puzzled because their email addresses are not listed. Do some internet digging.
  • Connect with editors and writers on social media. Retweet their stuff; comment on their posts; share with your own following. Develop relationships.
  • Don’t be afraid to go big – email Arianna! Don’t let fear of rejection dictate your actions because the worst thing that could happen is you don’t hear anything in return. So what? Keep going and try again (without badgering her or the editors, of course). Going big worked for me, and I hope it can work for you too.
  • Write, edit, read, edit, continue. Make sure your piece is free of errors before submitting.Check out this post on 4 Common Grammar Mistakes (and how to fix them).

My Huffington Post articles

While I’m excited to post many more articles, I’m going slowly to allow my readership to grow and to develop relationships with other writers as well. For now, here are my articles:

Why I Kept My Maiden Name (viral post, also published in Japan and France)

Why It’s Time to Give Up Basic Bitch

A Mother’s Hope for the Future

Subtle Discrimination in A Male-Dominated Workplace

If you have any questions about my experience or things I didn’t cover, please leave me a comment. If you’d like me to write about how my post went viral, let me know!

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  • Congratulations on being published in the HP! I was so excited when I saw it, it was like “HEY! I READ THAT BLOG ALL THE TIME! WAY TO GO LINDSAY!”

    These are great tips and I will take your advice! One resolution down like a BOSS btw, can’t wait to see what else you have in store for 2016

    • Lindsay Katherine

      You are so sweet Laura! hahaha we have been following each other for a while now : ) I appreciate your kindness and support. What goals do you have this year? Next on my list – losing the last 5 pounds of baby weight.

  • Ahhh I’m so proud of you. You inspire me and I WILL get published. I’m just not exactly sure what post yet. I feel like nothing I wrote yet is worthy enough.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I can’t wait until you are published. You are such a wonderful writer, and you are completely worthy right NOW.

      • Thank you. That made me cry!

  • Awesome 🙂 xxx

    • Lindsay Katherine

      thanks!

  • This is awesome. Congratulations!!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thank you Roxy : )

  • Michelle Mink

    Go big or go home is always a great moto because you never know what can happen when you are willing to go big. congratulations on getting published with them. i had never even thought about that. i’m looking into it now

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thank you Michelle – I hope this inspires you to take your writing to new heights!

  • H.Evans

    This is a great post.It is very kind and supportive to help other bloggers achieve their goal and I applaud you for it.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thank you so much! I think this is what we should be doing as bloggers and writers: sharing experiences and helping one another.

  • Thanks so much for sharing this! I definitely want to look into getting published on the Huffington Post. Congratulations!

    All the Best,
    Allison | http://www.livelifewellblog.com

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Let me know when you get published! ; )

  • Thanks for sharing – I have always wondered how the process worked. I am glad you chose to “go big or go home” and many congratulations on your feature.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks so much. I’m glad you learned a little more about how the process worked from my point of view. I hope it helps!

  • Neely

    Amazing tips thank you so much!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks for reading! Glad it helped.

  • Kate Walton

    Thanks for the tips- would love for you to join us over at http://www.akreativewhim.com/100-happy-days-14

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks for reading, Kate! I love your blog- I am connected with you on social media actually and always love your posts : )

  • I’m so excited that you shared these tips! I love that you don’t have a posting schedule with them. I always worry about becoming a contributor in case I can’t meet deadlines. I give myself a lot of leeway with my own blog but I would feel terrible if I missed a deadline for someone else!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Yes, it’s great to post on your own schedule for sure. I hope you’re inspired to take your writing to new heights! And looking forward to hearing about what you decided on terms of expanding your topics for your blog. Message me 😉

  • Allie Manydeeds

    Thanks for the tips! Very helpful. 🙂

    • Lindsay Katherine

      For sure! Thanks for reading. I hope you found something valuable in it.

  • Caitlyn

    Great post! Your blog is lovely! May I offer one design critique? I clicked a direct link to your post, but there was no logo at the top of your page (or site title). I think it would really help with creating brand recognition. I felt a little lost for a minute!

    Hope you don’t mind me saying! Great read though, I had never thought of trying to get published so big. Pinned on Pinterest 🙂

    xo, Caitlyn
    http://www.catonthemoon.xyz
    “A thoughtful style blog for a simple life.”

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful feedback! I really appreciate it and am going to get right on that. I think it’s awesome when bloggers help bloggers with this kind of stuff. Thanks again : )

      • Caitlyn

        No problem 🙂 I love how easy your post was to read though. The overall layout is just lovely.

  • As a blogger, I never thought much of being published by Huffington Post, but I don’t fault people for aiming for that. A few of their articles are fantastic.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      To each their own! Some people don’t follow or resonate with Huffington Post, but maybe there is another publication you feel suits your taste better that you could submit to (?).

  • Thanks for sharing your experience! As a travel blogger writing for the HuffPo is one of my goals. 🙂
    One day you will read the stories of my adventures there. Until then you will have to head over to my site… 😉

    Cheers, Stevie
    http://stevieonthemove.com

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Stevie, so happy for the new connection! I just connected with you on social media and checked out your blog – wow, I am so impressed and interested in reading EVERYTHING. You definitely need to submit; your life and stories are so interesting.

      • Thanks for the kudos! 🙂 I’m working on promoting my blog and happy to exchange with other bloggers – especially famous HuffPo writers. 😀

        • Lindsay Katherine

          Oh stoppppp : ) Keep me posted when you get published on HuffPost yourself. Also, you may be interested in checking out my friend and travel blogger @disqus_mPPiSZCTkT:disqus with Inspiration Indulgence. inspirationindulgence.com

  • Greta Hollar

    I read your Basic Bitch post and loved it! Congrats on getting published!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Oh thanks so much for reading it, Greta!

  • I’m still so excited for you that you were able to get such a quick response!! I think this definitely proves that you need to set your sights high and don’t be intimidated to work to achieve them! Congrats again and thanks for sharing your knowledge, Lindsay! (:

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks for reading and for your support, Amanda! You know I adore you and your blog and love how bloggers support other bloggers. It’s the way to go.

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    This is awesome! I have always thought that being on the Huffington Post would be AMAZING! Maybe I’ll go for it like you did 🙂

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Oh you absolutely have to go for it, Kelsie!!

  • You inspire me… I’m gonna go for it! I have an idea for the first post to pitch them, too! 😀

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Hooray!!!! Please keep me posted : )

  • This is awesome! I love how you just went for it! Inspires me to just go for it too!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I’m glad you feel inspired – let me know how things go, Annie! You’re an incredible writer.

  • Love that you had a lofty goal and you just went for it! Definitely inspiring for me as I continue to attempt to broaden my blog audience 🙂 And also, thanks for the tips!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I’m glad this inspired you! Let me know what goals you decide on : )

  • Congrats girly! How exciting! I’m definitely saving this!!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks Lexi!!

  • Congratulations!! That’s so exciting that she emailed you directly! That’s crazy. I’ve always wanted to write for the Huffington Post but had no idea how to go about it. So I may have to try your method 🙂

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks! I hope you’ll let me know when you get posted; if you want to bounce any ideas off of me, let me know : )

  • Thanks for sharing your tips…I love how you said you want to reach out and help others and connect…you don’t see it as competition:)

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks for reading! I think sharing is the way to go : )

  • You are so great to share your tips! I’ve always wondered how bloggers get published on the Huffington Post so this is good to know. I’m so impressed with how you’er running after your dreams and doing this! I admire that! 🙂

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks Lauren! Looking forward to learning from you and other bloggers as well (especially as we were just talking about our goals today!).

  • Shann Eva

    This is awesome! Congratulations on all your success so far. I love your writing, so it’s not really surprising to me 🙂 Thank you for all the tips too.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      You are so awesome, Shann. Thanks for your support; you know I love your blog and your writing. If you ever want to chat or bounce ideas off of one another, let me know!

  • SO exciting!!!! Ive been reading all of your “huff posts.” 😉 It doesn’t take a reader long to know that writing is your thing. Happy for your success!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Amanda, you are so nice. Truly, I appreciate you taking the time to read and then write such a thoughtful comment. I think you should submit about your beef with political correctness. I loved that post girl!

  • Lori Lyons Luhrman

    What an encouraging post! Thanks so much for sharing your success with others and allowing us to benefit from your experience. Congrats on getting published and good luck in the future!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Hey Lori, thanks so much for the kind comment! I hope it inspires you to take your writing to new heights, whatever that may be.

  • Belle Vie A Deux

    Really excited for you! You’re kind of big deal now! 🙂 you deserve it and I am glad everyone out there in the interwebs gets to hear your voice!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Definitely not a big deal : ) haha but you made me laugh. Thanks for reading and for your sweet comment!!

  • Dana Brillante-Peller

    How exciting! I hope to one day be published in Huff Post!!!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Oh you will be. Just set your mind to it. Do you have any ideas for posts you’d like to pitch? If you’d like to bounce ideas off of me, feel free to message me : )

      • Dana Brillante-Peller

        Thank you Lindsay! I don’t even know where to start for ideas…ahhhhh! Do you recommend more of a lifestyle post?

        • Lindsay Katherine

          What I would do is browse Huff Post in the various sections that you already write about; see what kind of posts are featured to get ideas. See what stands out.

  • Well you answered my question! That is amazing! Congratulations! Off to stalk the rest of these posts because I also kept my maiden name 😉

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Oh that’s awesome, Amanda! I’m glad for the new connection. I absolutely adore your Valentine’s look on your blog; looking forward to getting to know you more : )

  • You are amazing! Congratulations. I’ve been toying with the idea of attempting to get published by Huffington Post, but I haven’t taken any steps yet. Thanks for the great info!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Well stop toying and get it girl! If you want to bounce any pitch ideas off of me, let me know. Message me anytime.

  • Annie

    This is awesome! Congratulations. I’ve tried submitting content to the Huff Post a few times before. My question is about what you said in the email to Arianna. I’m not asking you to share verbatim, but did you include a submission there, or did you just express interest in posting there?

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I’m happy to share with you! I took advice from my friend who is an established news writer and has published several books and kept things short and sweet. My friend also said to copy and paste the text in the body of the email after your signature and attach a copy for ease:

      Dear Arianna,

      I have a blog post that has really resonated with mom (and dads!) in the past week, and I think it would be a great fit for Huffington Post. It’s called A Mother’s Hope for the Future: http://itssimplylindsay.com/a-mothers-hope-for-the-future/

      If you have time to read it, I would very much appreciate it. I have many more ideas and pitches, but I know you’re extremely busy and sought-after, so I will start with one for now and see if you think we’re a good match.

      Thank you for taking the time to read this email; I hope 2016 brings you much happiness and health.

      Sincerely,

      Lindsay

  • I’m a new blogger, so I’m still learning. This might seem like an obvious question with an obvious answer, but does it have to be unpublished work? I gather from your post that it can be published on your own blog already, but I don’t want to assume anything. After reading this, I am so ready to go for it. I have some posts I would love to try out.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Totally not an obvious question actually, but it does not need to be unpublished work! I am so happy you are ready to go for it, and if you want to bounce any ideas off of me, let me know. Otherwise, come back and let me know how it goes or if you need any encouragement. Get get em!

      • You’re so kind! My latest post is getting closer to what I would want, but my post titled Motherhood Mistakes is something I would love to get published in HuffParents.

        • Lindsay Katherine

          That sounds like a great post I would love to leave! Feel free to leave me the link so I can check it out 🙂

  • What a great share – you put together some great posts. No wonder you were successful and this is such a considerate one as well.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thank you so much! Your kind comments are making my day.

  • Shell Peterson

    Wow! This is amazing Lindsay!!! Congratulations!
    Xo, Shell
    Acourageousbeauty.com

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks Shell! Glad for the new connection.

  • AWESOME tips here girlfriend!! I’m planning on starting the HuffPost journey soon hopefully…it’s just so cool to be published elsewhere besides your own blog! And reading your “Basic Bitch” post now…very excited for it haha.

    Coming Up Roses

    • Lindsay Katherine

      You are such a peach, Erica. I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read my writing : )

  • Sharon

    Thank you Lindsay for sharing this brilliant article! Quick question that you may know the answer to;
    If you are successfully published, is it possible to translate and get it published on other country sites and if do, how? I see you mentioned that your post was published in Japan and France. If you have any guidance on this, I’d really appreciate it.
    Thanks again for s wonderful post!
    Sharon

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Yes, absolutely! One of my posts that went viral in America, Huffington Post translated and published in Japan and France, as you know – but this was not my doing – this was from HuffPost’s side. Please let me know if you have any other questions : )

  • I am behind the curve. I don’t know why I hadn’t read this before. Huffington Post is my 2016 goal. I’ll definitely be doing all of your helpful tips. Also, do they want content that we’ve already posted on our blogs or something new entirely?

    • Lindsay Katherine

      The post does not have to be original, so if it’s something you already have published on your blog, you can still submit!!

  • Jessica@organizedoptimist

    Hi Lindsay! I emailed Arianna early this week with a blog post pitch and attached my bio and article. Shortly after, I received an invite to join the Huffpost contributor platform (Athena). It seems that posts are instantly live and published when submitted on the platform. Is this platform different than the traditional Huffington Post blogger platform, and does this “count” as being published on The Huffington Post? Here’s a link to my post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/8-tips-for-becoming-a-morning-person_us_571f7f9fe4b0fca991224e5c?8zuxai0osb13y2e29 As you can see “entry” rather than my name is in the URL.

    Thanks so much!

    Jessica

  • Thank you so much for sharing this with us! One question – they cannot publish anything we have already posted on our own blog, correct?

    • Nope, they don’t mind if you cross-post 🙂 (Sorry, Lindsay – I know Megan, so I jumped in. While I’m here looking up where you posted the link to the list of editors, haha.)

  • uzma

    Hey my article is also published on huffington post but it is at entry level…how can i be sure that i is published on the blog?? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-forgotten-little-pleasure_us_578a5876e4b0cbf01e9fdfa7?uyhkdlhygpr6swcdi

  • Jacque Gorelick

    Hi Lindsay, Thanks so much for your post. Sharing your experience is so encouraging for aspiring writers and people new to this arena, like me 🙂 I have been writing (in secret 😉 most of my life and just recently decided to share some things and consider starting a blog. I followed your advice and did receive an invitation to join the Athena platform. About a week after my post initially went onto Athena, I noticed it was lightly edited and ‘polished’ to look like a feature article…I looked on Huffington Post and found it on the front page and the parenting page!! I was so excited, but by the end of the day it was gone and has not appeared anywhere since. It is still indexed and searchable on Google, but is nowhere to be found on HP unless I specifically search for it. I was just wondering if you had any insight why it would be featured, then ‘unfeatured’ so quickly? It was doing pretty well in the time it was up (several hundred views and likes and lots of comments). As a newbie, I just want to learn from this process and understand what I should do differently next time! Thanks so much for your site, I love reading your posts and seeing how you have set up your blog – very inspiring!!

  • Habiba

    Just wrote my first blog post HuffPo… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58df63e6e4b0ca889ba1a625
    would you please share
    xoxo