Do you want to write for me?
I love welcoming new writers to my blog and giving them a chance to showcase their awesome work!
I receive a lot of submissions for guest blog posts, but not all of them are appropriate for my blog. So, today I want to not only extend the invitation for you to reach out and participate, but I also want to teach you how to craft an impressive pitch that convinces blog owners to want to know more about you and your writing.
Though these tips will certainly help you win favor in my eyes, they’ll also help you land gigs with blog owners across the web.
Perfecting Your Pitch
As a writer, you are only as good as your pitch. If you can’t explain who you are as a writer and why we should hire you, then you will only land a small percentage of your blog submissions.
There are several tactics you can utilize to impress your favorite blog editor:
- Opening Paragraph – When reviewing pitches to write for my blog, I pay close attention to the opening paragraph. If I can’t get past that opener, it’s unlikely we will hire you.
In your opening paragraph, address blog editors by name. Also, take some time and visit the blog’s social media pages. Use something personal that you relate back to them. Where do they live? Have you visited or maybe lived in that state at one point? Where did they go to school? Do they have a family? Perhaps they enjoy specific sports. Look for anything you can use to sincerely relate to the editor.
Remember, those first few sentences fashion the blog owner’s opinion of you. If you put a smile on their face, you have a stronger chance of getting the gig.
- Compelling Subject Line – Have you ever received an email and the subject line was so compelling that you had to open it? That’s the exact type of subject line that will compel a blog owner to open your email.In your subject lines, avoid generic language such as:
- Blog Post Submission
- Blog Pitch
- Guest Post Inquiry
Those emails may never be opened. It’s always best to reference the content of the blog post you are pitching. Since you are a writer, create a catchy phrase or something that’s provocative. Read your subject line and try to be objective. Would you open that email? If the answer is a resounding yes, then you are ready to send it.
- Stand Out – Some blog editors receive hundreds of pitches per week, and most do not respond unless they will use your post. The goal is to stand out so you can land this gig again and again. One way to stand out is to understand that the blog exists to help its readers. Remember this when crafting your pitch. Don’t just explain how great you are, but tell them exactly what value you can bring to their specific audience. This is the most important point to stress at the beginning of your pitch. If you can prove that your knowledge is valuable to them and their readers, you will land the job.
- Follow Guidelines – If you don’t see submission guidelines on the blog page, use Google to locate them. If that doesn’t produce any results, email the editor and ask for the guidelines. If you send a cold email, read a few of the blogs posts first so you can reference why you want the guidelines. For example, let’s say you were impressed with the quality of their writers or you might want to quote one of their blog posts. There are many ways you can relate to the blog editor so they will know you were engaged in their content.The cover letter is not just about you and your writing. It should highlight why you would be the ideal writer for their readers. That is the blog’s main concern. They have a need. If you can fill it, you will get hired.
- Make it Short and Sweet – Blog editors are busy. Refrain from writing a super long pitch that takes up more of their time than necessary. Also, don’t sent a final version of your guest post in the pitch email. Simply write a pitch on what the post will be about and include an outline, if asked. Save the final post for those who respond and ask for it. Concentrate on getting many approvals for posts and then you can spend your time working on the final post content.
If you follow the above five steps, you will be much closer to crafting a winning pitch. You might even write a pitch that will interest ME!
Writing for Freelance Writing Riches
If you want to write for my blog, here are our guidelines for submission:
- Blog posts must be at least 750 words
- Posts must be 100% original
- Posts must provide insight into the business of freelance writing and relate to our audience
- Posts must educate our readers
- Editing must be completed before submitting
- Posts must have accurate spelling and proper grammar
If we publish your post (that would call for a huge congratulations, by the way!) you will be giving us exclusive rights to use that post and you cannot publish it anywhere else.
In your pitch, give us an outline of what your blog will include and mention any other relevant details we may need to know about your future piece. Also, include recent writing samples so we can take a look at your work.
We pay a one-time fee of $50 per approved blog post. And to help you build your business, we will add your bio, which can include a link to your website and social media profiles.
Now that you know how to pitch blog editors, get those stunning posts out there and make some money.
And don’t forget to pitch us. We would love to use your submission!
We look forward to hearing from you.
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