There’s nothing as exciting as writing for a highly recognized and respected website like Huffington Post! I was so thrilled when I got accepted to be a Huffington Post blogger. There are plenty of opportunities hidden behind writing for Huffington Post. It all depends on how you make use of these opportunities. There are some writers who do not encourage writing for Huffington Post, and there are some who are blatantly against it. I am neither, I am all about how to make the most of any opportunity I get and writing for Huffington Post when I have the time does have its perks. It all depends on how you make use of the opportunities Huffington Post offers you. Here are 6 facts you should know about writing for Huffington Post:
1. Huffington Post does not pay its bloggers
This is one of the main reasons many writers are against writing for Huffington Post, and they are right –to some degree – to feel upset for not getting paid for their hard work. What they don’t know is that you can land sponsorship deals with businesses and advertisers. The money that you’d get from those deals will be adequate compensation for the hard work you put in writing for Huffington Post. Sometimes we have to look at things differently to see the big picture. I choose to write freshly written articles Huffington Post on rare occasions (I have written only once this year) because I need the credibility, I want to be able to reach a wider audience, and I want the freedom to write certain articles I won’t want to publish on my blog.
2. Huffington Post does not publicize your articles
Promotion is not Huffington Post’s responsibility. It’s yours. You are responsible for your success as a Huffington Post blogger. Promotions can be a lot of work but it is extremely rewarding. As you share your posts on social media or to your subscribers in your email list, you are creating awareness about your writing skills. This is a good way of attracting clients to yourself.
3. Writers can leverage on Huffington Post’s prestige
This means a lot for a Huffington Post blogger. Having the articles you published on Huffington Post looks very good in your portfolio. Since Huffington Post’s credibility is known all over, people will respect you as a writer. This opens doors for paid opportunities.
4. It validates your work
You know how competitive it is in the writing space – in fact, any industry. So when you pitch for work, you have to compete against so many other people pitching just like you. Saying that you’re a Huffington Post blogger sets you apart from the crowd. It creates the impression that you are skilled and credible. Since you were able to make it to Huffington Post, this gives you an edge over other applicants.
5. Huffington Post allows you to republish your earlier work
Unlike some websites that don’t allow you to republish your posts anywhere else, Huffington Post gives you the opportunity to do so if you wish. This is time-saving, especially when you’re also trying to maintain your own blog. You can republish your earlier blog posts on Huffington Post while you concentrate on creating new content for your blog. However I always write freshly written articles for Huffington Post, I don’t like confusing Google by republishing my blog content but many writers do. At the end of the day, the choice is yours.
6. Access to exposure on Huffington Post
Huffington Post is very popular and it receives a high dose of traffic from its loyal readers. When you write for Huffington Post your article gets a chance to be viewed by several readers on Huffington Post. This helps to increase exposure to your article as well as to all the other articles you had written for Huffington Post. You may also get traffic and new followers on your blog and social media platforms if you include your links at the end of your articles.
Do you write for Huffington Post? Would you consider writing for Huffington Post? Do share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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That’s an interesting point of view. Some time back Yahoo had approached me and asked me to blog for them, and I had refused since they were not paying me. Wondering now if that would have been a good exposure for me.
May have been. You never know.
Thought provoking, this. I’ve never considered writing for the Huffington Post as I don’t consider it a quality website, to be honest. I’d rather just stick to the brands that pay me. 😉
Lol..Nice one Elizabeth.
I haven’t written for Huffington Post but I’m considering it. But I need to know if they could be interested in expat article or something in this area 🙂
I am sure they will. Get in touch with them.
Thanks for sharing. I didnt know any of this so very useful!
Thanks for reading Nikki.
No, I don’t. Would love to be able to write for them too. I’ve been meaning to get in touch with them, but haven’t had the chance to sit down and email them 🙂
Yea you should..
All good points, well made. But I still think they get the best side of the bargain if I’m honest.
Yea I agree Emma. They do get the best side and that is why I write on my terms.
Interesting points definitely, but I am not sure if I would ever do it. I know they say if you want something you have to work hard for it, but for someone as established as that to not promote I am still not sure. It’s the whole “working for exposure” debate…
Yea it is..
I’ve not written for them and I’m in two minds about it. I think you probably can get exposure from their readers, but having to promote your post after submitting it seems like too much work. Saying that, I have written for other places without payment or exposure, just because I like to write and get my story across.
I don’t promote posts I write for HP. Maybe just a tweet on the day it goes live..
Good point of view, I considered this before but I don’t feel my points are worthy enough.
There seems to be so many mystery around writing for HP so it’s great that you cleared up a lot of it in this post!
Yea many people get confused with the whole writing for HP thingy.
Thanks for sharing! Pinning for later.
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Really informative, I have wondered about the Huffington Post before. Thanks for sharing this!
Thanks for reading LaaLaa.
I have never really considered it and to be honest I may not be good enough 😉 Xx
I thought so too until I was accepted xx
An interesting read I’d definitely love to write for them just not sure my work is good enough for them.
I am sure it is..Try applying..
I’m so torn on this one. I totally get the whole exposure and kudos thing that comes with writing for Huff Post but the payment thing really bugs me I’m afraid.
Yea it bugs me too so I write once in a blue moon, lol..
The whole not paying thing is what puts me off writing for HP – even if you gain sponsorship afterwards I don’t think that’s the point. You wouldn’t work in a restaurant for free as you *may* get a good tip? Hmmmmm……..Nice article though.
Yea I have a different way of working with them and it works for my business. Thanks Sam.
I would rather be paid if I was going to spent my time writing for HP. It’s your time and effort and if they don’t event promote your content then it’s like you’re doing the job of someone from HF that sits in the office and gets money for this. At the same time I’m not criticising anyone who wants to write for them 🙂
Yea I understand what you mean. I hardly ever promote my posts on HP and I write only when I feel like it.
Really informative post, would be interested to maybe look into applying to write for them! xo
Cool Rachel xo
I had not idea they did not play!! Very interesting…I guess you have to know what you want money or being exposed!
Yea true that.
I’ve never written for HP but I’m a regular reader – the extra reach is definitely worth giving it a go to my mind, even if you’re not getting paid upfront for the post.
Yea I agree.
I have never written for the Huffington Post before, to be honest it is not something that I have even thought about as I just don’t have the time. Interesting for people who are interested in this kind of thing though xx
I think I’d be in two minds. I can see both pros and cons really.
Yea the cons outweigh the pros for many though.
Would be interested in writing for HP just to get more exposure.
Give it a shot Evelina.
I really can see the personal benefit from blogging for Huffington Post but I think the problem is that their model sets a precedent for unpaid writing in general. This makes it much easier for other big companies to follow suit – they make money off other people’s work is the bottom line.
Yea it does set a precedent but doesn’t really affect my work. I see my work on HP as editorial, everything else outside that has to be paid for.
An intersting post. The Huff Post have a business model that works well for them! It be interesting to see how you benefit from writing for them. Looking forward to your next post!
I benefit because I get paid opportunities from clients who have read my articles on HP.
This is a very interesting post, thank you.
I have always wondered what the deal was with Huffington Post!
Thanks for reading Sarah.
It’s good to get some insight into writing for HP, not sure I like the no payment but it’s good for exposure .
Yea it is.
I definitely think there’s pros and cons, I was reading something a few days ago about how they’re no longer vetting submissions which I have to admit has put me off if anyone can publish… It loses some of the prestige I think!
This was really interesting to read, I’ve seen a lot recently about people against them so it was nice to hear the other side. I totally agree about looking at the bigger picture.
Yea, thanks Helerina.
I don’t like that they don’t pay their bloggers but I would still write for them because I like to write anyway and that would be great exposure. Also, as you mentioned, it would have prestige and it’d be great for my portfolio!
Yea it is great for your portfolio..
I am also a Huffington Post contributor and you are right, the thrill is second to none! I don’t really care about not being paid (not saying it wouldn’t be nice) because for me, it actually feels like quite an honour. Like you, I also write fresh material for Huffington Post that perhaps wouldn’t fit quite so well with my blog!
Yea the thrill is amazing.
Yes I do, It could have a better incentive (pay wise), however it’s free exposure and that’s awesome I guess 🙂
Yea it can be.
I’ve not written for them but I wouldn’t mind. Do they approach you or do you contact them?
I contacted them.
I have worked with them on promoting a giveaway but never written for them
I always think before you turn anything down, what if… what if it does give you some exposure, though the lack of a follow link back to your blog can be annoying x
Yea I do that too x
I have never thought about writing for Huffington post, maybe I should find out about it.
Yea you can Marie.
I’m not so sure that I would find the time to be honest, I have trouble writing for myself at the moment.
I can imagine..
To be honest I would not write for them if they do not pay, I was asked to write for a local paper but with no payment, no sharing I though what was the point. On the other hand I do like to look back on my posts I did do for them on their website 🙂
Yea I see what you mean.
Very interesting read. Thankyou. I’d love to blog for someone as huge as huff post. Sometimes it’s not always shout getting paid, it’s about the exposure and how you use it. How did you contact and approach them?
I sent a sample article and got accepted.
This was a really great article and I agree with you on every point you made. For me personally, its more so about reaching a wide audience. Of course we all want to get paid and maybe it depends on the individual but I think its more so about reaching people with what ever message you have. The money will come but I think it should always be about the art of writing and being able to connect with people first. Most people wont jump at an opportunity unless it has a check attached to it…not realizing that working for free pays off way more in the long run. Thank you for this. Peace and love to you.
Yea so true. Thanks for reading.
How do you become a contributor? I’ve had a few blogs where people have recommended I send them in.. no idea where to start!
You need to send a pitch to them. You can grab an email address of their Twitter bio..
that link leads me to a bunch of code.. 🙁
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