How to Get Your Guest Post Published

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Guest posting is one of the most effective ways to build links, grow your brand and drive sales. I myself used to try to do five guest posts a week, and it did wonders for my business. It was actually our third biggest lead generation channel, right after SEO and pay-per-click.

It’s become such a mainstream method of marketing that bloggers are becoming inundated with guest posting requests, which is causing them to ignore the requests.

Since January 1st, I’ve received 931 requests for guest post submissions on Out of the 931 requests, do you know how many I’ve accepted? 0!

It’s because all of the pitches I get are either spammy or just terrible. Here’s an example of the type of emails I’m getting on a daily basis:

Dear Site Owner

I want to know do you offer guest posts on your website? Can you please tell me discounted price?

I will provide you very high quality and 100% unique article. Looking for your reply.

Regards Ambrose

When I see emails like the one above, there is no way I’m going to accept the post. I will reject the post because the sender:

  1. Didn’t bother to fix grammatical errors.
  2. Didn’t personalize the email.
  3. Didn’t tell me what he was going to write on.
  4. Offered me money, which means I would be selling a link.

If you want to start leveraging guest posts as a marketing channel, you need to first avoid the four mistakes above and then follow the steps below:

Step #1: Do your homework

You should never approach a blogger with a guest post submission unless you’ve done your research. Sure, you could try the rapid-fire approach by just blasting out hundreds of guest posting requests, but no popular blog is going to accept you.

Here’s the type of homework you need to do before approaching any blogger:

  • See if they accept guest posts – the obvious way to see if a blog accepts guest posts is to see if they’ve published any in the past. If they have, look for a web page that may outline their guest posting requirements.
  • Read their blog – don’t just read their last few blog posts. Read at least ten of them. Look for patterns on what their readers like and don’t like as well as the type of content that performs well. You can easily do this by looking at social share counts…typically, the higher the number, the more successful the post was.
  • Read comments – the best way to figure out what people like is by reading the comments on the blog. This will give you a quick understanding of what the readers respond to and what they are looking for.
  • Analyze their writing style – from formatting look to writing style, analyze everything. This will help you determine how you need to write your guest post. For example, on Quick Sprout, I only accept guest posts that are written in a conversational style and contain an introduction, body and conclusion.

Now that you’ve done your homework, you are ready to write.

Step #2: Come up with a topic and write

You know what the blog owner likes and what the blog’s readers want, so write something that pleases both of them. If you can write an awesome piece of content, you’ll increase your odds of it getting accepted.

When I write a guest post, I, first and foremost, make sure that it contains an awesome headline. If your headline sucks, no one will want to read your content…no matter how good it is.

Jonathan Morrow from Copyblogger actually has a great tactic in figuring out if a headline is great. He goes to his local bar and pitches headline ideas to random groups of drunk people. If he can get them all excited and laughing about a headline, he knows he is onto something.

Once you have a headline, start writing. Make sure you write a really detailed post…something so great that they’ll not only accept it, but they’ll want you to come back and write again. That’s actually why Kristi Hines is so successful at getting guest posts. You see her name all over the blogosphere because she goes above and beyond with her first submission, which prompts the blog owner to ask her to write again.

Lastly, when you write your post, make sure you include images. They need to be royalty-free or bought so that the blog doesn’t get into trouble for using them. The images need to be formatted to fit within the blogs design.

Step #3: Send off your email

Now that you are done writing the post, you need to shoot off an email to the blog owner. Here’s an example of a template that I’ve found to be effective:

Subject: you should blog about [insert your guest blog post topic]

[insert their first name], as an avid reader of [insert their site name] I would love to read about [insert guest blog post topic], and I think your readers would as well.

Your content on [insert existing post from their website #1, insert existing post from their website #2, and insert existing post from their website #3] is great, but I think you can tie it all together by blogging on [insert guest blog post topic].

I know you are probably busy and won’t blog on it, so I’m going to make you an offer you can’t refuse. 😉 How about I write it for you? Don’t worry, I’m a great blogger and have had my posts featured on [insert previous guest post URL #1] and [insert previous guest post URL #2].

Let me know if you are interested. I already know your blogging style, plus I understand what your readers love as I am one. 😉

Look forward to hearing from you,
[insert your name]

If you look at the template above, you’ll notice two things. The first is that it is very personalized to the site owner. Even though it is a template, it won’t work without being customized.

Secondly, you’ll notice that the email isn’t formal. Typically, a formal email, such as the one Ambrose sent me, is rejected. Bloggers see formal emails as sales pitches, which is why they ignore them. Casual emails are typically from readers, which is why most bloggers at least read them.

Lastly, before you send out the email, use a free software like Yesware. Yesware plugs into Gmail and tells you if someone opened your email. This way, when you send emails to bloggers to see if they accept your guest post, you’ll at least find out if they opened and read your email. If they aren’t opening your email, it could be because it’s going into their spam box. In that case, you may want to try sending it again from another email address or using a different subject line.

Step #4: Follow up

Hopefully, your guest post has been accepted by now, but chances are you’ve been ignored. Most bloggers will open your email, but they won’t take the time to respond to it.

What you’ll want to do is to send them a follow-up email every week to see if they are interested in publishing your guest post. Keep the email short, casual and to the point, like this template:

[insert their name], I just wanted to follow up to see if you were interested in publishing the guest post I emailed you last week.

[insert your name]

Until you get a yes or a no, don’t stop emailing. Sooner or later they’ll have to respond.

Step #5: Promote

If your post gets accepted, you want to ensure that it does well. If your post gets a lot of traffic, social shares and comments, the blog owner will most likely accept guest posts from you again. Plus, you can use that post as a reference when pitching other blogs.

Here’s how I ensure my guest posts do well:

  • Leverage the social web – I promote my posts through all of my social media accounts. From Twitter, to Facebook to even Google Plus, I share them on every social site I have an account on.
  • StumbleUpon – for ten cents a visitor, StumbleUpon can drive thousands of visitors to any blog post within 24 hours. Check out their Paid Discovery plans if you need a bit of help.
  • Don’t forget your friends – ask all of your friends to share your post via Twitter and Facebook. The more social shares you get, the better.
  • Respond to comments – to get the maximum engagement out of the post, you need to encourage comments. The easiest way to boost the comment count is to reply to every single comment on the post. And don’t leave short comments like “thanks”; write thoughtful comments that help people out.


Guest posting is a new form of marketing that has been taking off over the last year or two. It works extremely well if you are willing to put in time and energy.

The one thing I’ve learned over the years is that you can’t just get one or two guest posts published and expect them to do miracles for your business. You either have to do them on a consistent basis or you have to crank out 20-30 of them in a short period of time to make a big splash.

Do you have any other tips that will help your guest posts get published?


  1. I think whenever possible get to know the person first. Have a few interactions with them, be it through social media or email. This way the person knows who you are and they can distinguish your email from a spammy request.

    I also get a ton of guest post requests and one of the first things I notice is whether I know the person in some way. If I know you I’ll definitely open the email.

  2. Scott Wyden Kivowitz :

    Fantastic article, Neil. I think many people trying to get into guest posting will learn a lot from this. The template is a great starting point as well. Well done!

    • Scott, glad I could help 🙂

    • I was wondering if you ever considered changing the layout of your site?

      Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.

      But maybe you could a little more in the way
      of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful
      lot of text for only having 1 or two pictures. Maybe you
      could space it out better?

  3. Neil,

    Lot’s of great information in here. I think similar to guest posting, interviewing people in your industry is a great way to boost you traffic levels (you’ve mentioned this in a post before).

    If you can land a popular figure in your industry who has a lot of Facebook/Twitter followers and they post the interview to their page you are looking at a TON of quality content. This was one of the tips you’ve posted in my opinion!


  4. Tojola Bolaji :

    Thanks so much for this post, I was just looking for a way to learn how to pitch guest posts before I found this article on my news feed.Wonder job done here man and I am sure to make very good use of these tips when pitching guests posts.Thank you

  5. Amir @ Blue Mile Media :

    Great post. I’m always trying to learn new things and read about people’s experiences with guest posts as that’s my #1 source of backlinking and getting my content out there.

    Like you mentioned, personalization and knowing the community of the person’s site is the most important from my own experiences.


  6. Wow…absolutely informative and to the point. I hope more marketers read this and understand that marketing is much more than spamming!

  7. Peter@Neil Patel :

    Neil your template is gorgeous as it helps simplifies the brain cracking process. I agree with you that there is need for remodelling as per the site you want to guest post on.

    Point 2: Developing a relationship with the blogger you intend to guest post quite incredible as it helps simplify the guest posting process.

    the reason I say this, is assuming your guest post falls below standard, it easier to correct your mistakes, since, you’ve developed a relationship with the blogger.


    The blogger in question would easily tell you your mistake, so that you can prime up the blog post for for subsequent submission.

    And my advice is if the blogger is willing to help-do something to blow the mind of the blogger.

    Whats That?
    Over deliver as Kristi Hines over delivers in her articles

  8. Excellent post Neil.

    I’ve gotten so many terrible guest post inquiries that I actually put up a disclaimer on my contact page. While it’s lowered the number of spammy requests, I still haven’t gotten a legitimate one in months.

    The fact that you can’t take a few minutes to craft a personalized message says a lot about your writing. I would never tarnish my brand for an extra article.

  9. Mahesh Mohan @Minterest :

    Now tell me will you accept a guest post that meets all the above criteria? If you mention that here then it will be useful for the guys who submit the next “931 requests”. 😛

  10. Salmaan Aslam :

    Personalization is the key to effective Outreach having placed content with some of the giant websites on the Internet I’ve learned that short and personalized emails work the best.

  11. Utkarsh Bhatt :

    Hey Neil,
    The part where you have written
    “Read comments – the best way you can figure out what people like is by reading the comments on the blog. This will give you a quick understand of what the readers are like and what they are looking for.”

    You have written “understand” in the second last line, I guess, it should be “understanding”.
    BTW, a great post for the beginners like me who are just starting to get hold of guest posting!

    • Utkarsh, thanks for pointing that out. I’ll have to go back and change it. Great points you bring up as well !

      • Aw, this was an extremely nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to generate a really
        good article… but what can I say… I put things off a
        lot and don’t manage to get nearly anything done.

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  12. Hi Neil,

    I think your template is going to save the time for me whenever I decide to go in for guest posting.

    Thanks for this great share.


  13. Great article Neil. I get so many guest blog requests myself and I would love to have people guest blog on my site but just from the initial email I can tell its just a copy and pasted email.

    I’m going to direct every copy and pasted email to this article from here onwards.

  14. Kristi Hines :

    Thanks for the mention Neil! Also, great template. That forces potential guest bloggers to do a little research on a blog before pitching an idea. Definitely a much better template than the 100% copyscape ones out there. 🙂

  15. So Neil, I am back again. No matter, where I am I want to be closer to quicksprout :). Great piece again. Really ‘Dear Blog owner’ can really suck. I would not want to read from there any more. And then, ya one needs to have a good understanding about the blog where he want to do guest post. Should read its blog post as much as one can.
    For me, until and unless, I gain confidence of blog owner, I would never want to be guest, even for a post. 🙂
    I am saying it again, I’ll be coming back.

  16. Brenda Layman :

    This advice is so helpful, Neil. I’m planning to start a new blog in the near future, and I want to get it right. Interestingly, I’ve been told to “just follow conversations for a long time before you try to say anything.” I was wondering how long is “a long time”? How do I know when I’m ready to say anything? Moot point, because here I am posting a comment.

  17. Vinod Poyilath :

    Great, great post again Neil.

    I guess point#4 is often forgotten or ignored by bloggers from non business backgrounds. Most just shy away for fear of being accused of nagging… but if only they knew how much follow up goes on to complete most deals in the business world.. only thing is to not over do it.. like you said, once a week should be ok.

    Once again, thanks for the info and also for that gmail add-on link. Gotta check it out. 😉

  18. Darnell Jackson :

    Excellent post Neil.

    I’ve found that people respond best when you focus on how you can help them.

    Most bloggers are focused on what’s in it for them but they aren’t trying to assist the blog that they want to write for.

    The goal should be to write the BEST article the site has ever seen.

    At least that’s what I try to do when I guest post.

    Focus on their most popular articles try to beat all of those.

  19. Joan Harrison :

    Great post, pretty obvious common courtesy though. What was MUCH more interesting for me was taking a look at some of the site owners who had commented – what a refreshing mixed bunch!
    A breath of fresh air…
    That spoke volumes for you and your followers!!

  20. @Neil & @Vinod, the point #4 is key.
    Not an example from blogging but I eventually hired a guy who followed up with me at least a dozen times about some job opening. No answer doesn’t necessarily mean NO. The blogger could have been so busy that he or she never read your email until 5th follow up. And then they are simply curious, what the deal is with this guy who sent 5 follow ups. Persistency will give you an extra credit! Just keep it on a sane level without over doing as post mentioned. Awesome stuff, Neil!

    • Vadim, right on! You sound like an effective salesman.. you just have to follow up in a acceptable manner.

  21. This is timely, pertinent advice! It astounds me how often a person sends out an email blast without thinking about how obvious it is that the message has not been personalized.

    In fact, in any professional encounter, it usually helps to put yourself in the other person’s shoes – to understand their wants and needs as well as to gauge how you come across to them.

    Guest posting has attracted a lot of interest lately – and for good reason. Unfortunately, some people will always look for shortcuts – and then wonder why their approach hasn’t yielded the results they were hoping for!

  22. Hi Neil,

    Thanks for a great post! It sounds like if we follow all your steps, the chances of rejection are minimized, but I’m wondering what you would do with the content if your intended blogger didn’t accept it.

    Would you publish it on your own blog or try to make some edits and get it published elsewhere?

  23. hahah Neil!
    good (bad) example of dear site owner email 🙂 i cannot imagine how people can do anything like this… do you think it is just mass emailing?

    best regards!

  24. Venchito Tampon :

    I partnered guest post with expert interview. When I pitch a guest post on someone’s blog. I ask him If I can have an interview with him. This way, I don’t stop the connection with him. 🙂

    Connection and personalization is the key to an effective blogging and outreach.

    Thanks for this post Neil!

  25. hey neil, excellent post on guest posting. The above personalized mail can be written only if a website / blog hasn’t mentioned about guest posting acceptance.., what if the blog owner is accepting guest post via link saying “write for Us”, “become a contributor”., DO we need to be so personalized even for them?

    And one more thing, i sent an blog post to a website owner for guest posting, he hadn’t contacted me again..but he used article and posted in another blog with his name.., what can be done to avoid this?

    if any grammar mistakes please ignore it.. 😛

    • Personalization is always key. So yes, I would say make sure it is personalized. As for your guest post request I would say wait it out.. the person may have a long line of people waiting to post..

  26. Guest post is really an important task for internet marketing but I am feeling fear about Google Algorithm update!!! I thing may be in future Google applies penalty on Guest Post!!!

  27. Thank you Neil for a great post.
    Additional way to get the blog owner to remember you , is to comment on his posts for 2 weeks before submitting the guest post request. You will get more chance to be recognized and to receive a reply to your email.

  28. Again Great Post Neil, I am a regular reader of your blog and you know every time I visit your blog due to the reason that it will be something new and helpful.

    anyway I am not a blogger but I learned new thing here which I will use in my email marketing.( personalized message to specific customer).


  29. Great read. As a blogger, I also like it if the proposer points out step 5 to me, especially if they have a good following of their own.

  30. I was hoping you would write a dedicated post on guest posting sooner or later!

    One thing that I am still a little uneasy about is finding new stuff to write. Some niches seem a little “dry” – it gets that way both with product descriptions and with blog posts.

  31. Aghedo Jude :

    Thanks Neil for this wonderful insight. but my question is am I suppose to post the guest article on my blog first before sending it to the guest blog? since I will be writing so many articles.

  32. Web Development Company :

    Thanks Neil for this wonderful post .

  33. Yesware is an awesome reco! A wonder tool really!

  34. Hey Neil, I’ve been saving your emails so I can get back to them when I have time to read them. I get this’s great. I’ve done a little bit of guest blogging and funny enough it is one of my bigger traffic sources. Good point!

  35. Mark @ Transform Solution :

    Such a wonderful Tips Neil. Once again you have proved that you are a great blogger. I really like this. Cheers!!!

  36. Ravi Moosad :

    Thanks a lot for the great post as well as the template.

  37. Nikhil Agrawal :

    Awesome post Neil,

    Thanks for a wonderful post. I am a new reader of your article and really it helped me a lot and i will keep all those above mentioned tips in my mind. As i want to carry out my career as a role of a “Blogger” your tips are going to help me a lot…..

    Looks for much more helpful posts by u.


  38. I used to be really happy at the prospect of opening up guest posts. I made a page announcing I was accepting them (not on my current site) and eagerly awaited responses.

    My excitement ended at the first submission. It wa so poorly written that it took me hours to edit. Clunky sentences; Grammar errors everywhere. By the time I was done, I’d pretty much re-written it.

    I could’ve said no, but I didn’t have the heart. So I stopped taking guest posts.

    • Jonas, it is definitely tough and I agree with you. You just have to find the ones that are worth accepting..

  39. Neil, I’m surprised to not here a mention of trackbacks and how to repost your “guest post” on your own site correctly.

  40. Anika Davis :

    Guest blogging is a win-win situation for both bloggers involved. It helps to grow traffic for both blogs and strengthens blogger relationships. Don’t be afraid to ask for guest posts from bloggers whose content you enjoy and who you think can write a post relevant to your blog’s audience or to ask if you can write guest posts for them. Great article Neil!

    • Anika, great points. I think guest posting is something that is definitely beneficial to both parties..

  41. Agreed guest posting is needed irrespective of what others say and thanks to second this opinion. I thought I was the only one in this dilemma. Thanks Neil for the excellent insight.

  42. Hey Neil It helped me a lot,, my guest post are now published.. Keep rocking.. 🙂

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  44. Mike Collins :

    I’ve had good luck with guest posting and it is a strategy I plan to use more and more to get my name out there and build my brand. Interacting a little with the blogger before pitching them a post is huge. We all get bombarded with guest post offers that are really ads in disguise and most of them go right in the trash. It’s easy for a legitimate guest post to get mixed in with the garbage.

    PS – thanks for the Yesware tip…never heard of that before!

    • Mike, great points. Guest posting definitely has to be used with the caution and with a great strategy in mind..

  45. Chirag Dodiya :

    Hello Neil,

    That was extremely vital information you have provided right there. I myself have recent started a blog on startup businesses and technology. The guest blogging was on the top of my list to drive tons of traffic and your blog post gave me exactly what i needed to make it work.

    Thank you for the information.

    Best Regards.

  46. Chris Mayhew :

    This is some of the best advice I’ve seen on this sort of thing Neil so thanks. It’s a common problem that people have when they are trying to get their work published externally and I find it strange that some are still attempting to do this in the way that you personally see every day. Hopefully your advice will change this.

  47. neil i don’t have writing style, So how i could do gust post?

  48. Jeshal Rajgor :

    Hey Neil, Thank you so much to sharing wonderful information.

  49. Recently I have get a job about gust posting. So I Search it in google. then I found this article. I can know many thing from this. Thanks for shearing.

  50. Well written! I like your points very much neil. Thanks for sharing this useful information with us.

  51. Tyler Magnusson :

    Some of the pitches I see from time to time are rather stunning. Not even the slightest bit of personalization (generic greeting, for crying out loud!). And when I ignore one, I get another generic follow-up. And some of these emails are so incoherent they read as abstract poetry.

    I can only wonder the quantity of these that you get…

  52. Neil,

    Just wanted to thank you for a really helpful post. In the next few months I hope to start some guest blogging, but was a bit intimidated about the process. Thanks for the hand-holding.

    Also, another simple comment–I just love the overall look and feel of your site. So friendly…almost like a nursery or kid’s classroom. I feel very comfortable on your pages, thanks! Inspiring!


  53. Prashant Bairwa :

    I started posting gust blogs but after reading your post i come to know that i was making bid mistake. Now your tips will help me to be a good guest blogger. Thanks!

  54. Neil this is great inspiration for me. and I know what you mean about generic ones – I even got generic offers through comments and then one proceeded to pitch her stop smoking guest post on my life coaching and personal development/empowerment site???

    As for helping me personally – Last year I went mad on guest posts and wrote over 14,000 words in two weeks but it was incredibly unsustainable. I’m hoping this new format of proposing them will give me fresh inspiration and motivation to start properly again because It does require some extra milage to go and will create a quality post at the same time. Any tips for getting into the habit of doing this regularly/keeping up the drive?

    • Rebecca, you just have to maintain a consistent regimen. I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished anything in a week if I haven’t written at least 4-5 blog posts and put together some drafts for blog posts.

  55. Great and creative ways to increase the success rate! Nevertheless, speaking from my own experience, the content is the main reason that increases the chances of having a guest post accepted by other blogger. Thanks !!

    • Anderson, you are definitely right. Content that is unique always converts best!

      • Kata Selamat :

        Definitely agree with Anderson’s Answer. If you want to get a backlink for your site, you have do some effort. If you want your guest post published, make a nice write. .

  56. promdressusa :

    i totally agree with you guys its a to good for generating traffic thanks 🙂

  57. Valuable article. like it..

  58. This is a great article. I’m surprised some of this isn’t self-explanatory for people, as i would just seem so obvious. Maybe I misread, but when you send the template, do you include the blog post attached as well?

  59. hi Neil,

    my name is Hayden roy am a guest author and in this month of April i wrote 23 articles and 19 got published remaining got rejected by the site owners, i don’t know why?,they are not intimating the reasons for rejecting the article,if really if they are not interested in guest posting then they can usually tell us in our first approach itself when we send the article title to them that we do guest posting for your site.

    I just want you to tell me if there any sites which accepts guest posting on the relevant niche of entertainment ,travel and fashion, will you please tell me how to search for guest posting in the search engine .

    • Your ratio isn’t bad at all. Most people get a lot more rejected.

      I don’t know blogs in your niche that accept guest posts, but through Technorati you can easily find them.

  60. Thanks for the article and thanks for the email template!

    I have been looking for easier ways to locate blogs to contribute to and have looked at paid opportunities as well. It’s a huge challenge to find quality blogs and it’s hard to get responses from sites as well.

    I recently used to find some blogs, however I think there are way too many blogs on there that are sketchy.

    If you have any resources or tips to find quality blogs in a particular niche it would be greatly appreciated.

    • Chuck, glad I could help. You should check out some Hubspot courses on how to create email templates that are visually appealing and have great headlines.

  61. Oliver Scott :

    If you make that decision to start a business blog, its a commitment. Make sure that you consistently update it with fresh and interesting content. Great suggestions here.

  62. Dhruven Patel :

    Hi Neil
    I am read your post and i am get great information about guest posting convincing power. But please give me some more help to find High PR Blogs for request them for doing guest post. please give me some idea.

    • I would suggest checking out some more resources within my blog or just reaching out to other bloggers.

  63. Jennifer richard :

    awesome post neil. your suggestion help me in guest posting. I

  64. charles adams :

    Neil is just the best

  65. Oh man, thanks for writing this, Neil! I’m trying to get started with guest blogging and this is kind of the ultimate 101. Bookmarking … now!

  66. Jannie Taylor :


    Thanks for telling us the strategy to get the guest post published.

    Jannie Taylor

  67. Sangram Barge :

    Great tips man

  68. Satish Torani :

    Hi Neil,

    Love your in depth understanding & clear explanation. Its like a found the holy grail of seo!!


  69. Sometime I think it takes real gut to follow the processes you have shown above. Well, I am personally shy about offering someone for guest posting. But I believe you and I will do it with my absent mind.


  70. Alexandra Skey :

    Always love your templates Neil! Thanks for including them.

    We’re just starting our guest blogging adventures, and so far we’ve got 2 pieces accepted. Here’s hoping for another 15 in the next 5 weeks 🙂

  71. Hey Neil, quick question…

    Do you think adding UTM parameters to your domain links in the guest post is a good idea from SEO perspective?

    And if not, how can one track the success of their complete guest posting campaign?

    • UTM variables don’t hurt SEO. You can use them as much as you want. In most cases your analytics should be able to give you the data without you having to use a UTM parameter.

  72. Awesome post neil
    Thanks a lot for the great post as well as the template.

  73. wondrous post Neil. simply loved the way you explained. This will help me to improve my writing skills. Moreover with this information I can change myself into a famous blogger. thanks a ton.

  74. Its more helpful for me.My guest posting skills further improve.Thanks for nice one sharing.

  75. Thanks for this post, Neil. I’m new to blogging and have been promoting our blog posts through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to drive traffic back to our site but guest posting on other blogs is an entirely new idea to me. I’ll have to look through your blog to see if you’ve done any other posts as a sort of introduction to this concept, but I’m wondering does our blog need to reach a suggested number of unique visitors before we start offering to guest post on other blogs? Also you mention first writing the guest post article before you send an email asking to be a guest blogger. Do you include the article as an attachment when you contact the blog owner? Or does that give too much away?

    • Carrie, you can start guest blogging on day one…it really doesn’t matter.
      I wouldn’t give the article in it’s entirety right away. Talk about the topic and the potential opportunities that you can provide by offering your post.

  76. I struggled with getting my blog posts accepted when I first started.
    But now, I do not really face any of those challenges anymore.

    Guest bloggers should just keep their posts simple and straight to the point.

    Thanks for sharing Neil Patel, I really do enjoy visiting your blog.

  77. Michelle Hummel :

    Hi, Neil. This is an absolutely fantastic post. Actually, i am going to for guest blogging and i have created few posts. But my problem is that i have never done guest blogging and i don’t have any evidence guest post except my own blog. So, for the first time, how should i get in touch with blog owner i am going to guest blog to. Thanks & waiting for your reply.

    • Michelle, what an exciting time 🙂

      I would suggest just reaching out and being sincere with the webmaster/blogger

  78. Hi Neil-

    How do you go about finding the blog owner? This is quite simple if its a small time blog, but what about a larger site?

    For instance, I want to do a guest blog on I see dozens of guest posts yet, I can’t find the email contact where to send it.


  79. Hi ,Neil.Thanks for Sharing the Do’s required for Guest Blogging as most new bloggers don’t have an idea as to where to Start off and what to avoid.

  80. well said “vijay”, this article is helpful in more than one way.

    nice job

  81. Hi,

    My name is Neha Vasandhani and i`d like to write a guest post for you.

    I have a team of skilled writers and we are ready to make a research and provide a quality article that will go down well with your readers and give them some useful information.

    It would be great if you could allow me to place a hyperlink in any part of the article (one link in article).

    Please let me know if you are interested.

  82. Elena Ivanovska :

    Hello Neil

    I really enjoy reading your articles. They are very well explained and really helpful. I even started to use the advices from your article.

    Right now i have sent a follow-up email to a blog where they haven’t reply to me like 3 weeks ago. So now i am waiting for the reply.

    Quick question: Can i have around 10 guest posts published in a week? Or it is too much? Is there any number or limit in guest posting?

    Thank you!

  83. David Gitonga :

    Thanks Neil!

    I have been trying to be more aggressive in pitching guest posts lately and these tips will really come in handy. I especially like the templates you threw in. They are practical and look professional. I will definitely use them for my next pitch.

    Hopefully, they will work on you when I finally get the courage to pitch for Quick Sprout.

  84. This is wonderful information. Thank you Neil for a great post

  85. Neil,

    Great work as always. One thing I do to gain guest posting opportunities is share my previously published work. In my case, I’ve been fortunate enough to be published in the Huffington Post, which carries a lot of weight. Making mention of this brings a lot of credibility to me when I approach people, and doesn’t give them much room to say “no.”

  86. rishab panchal :

    i think that the guest post is the most ethical way to get more exposure and get audience for the blog. it has 2 benifit,first is building online reputapion as a wrtter,promotion and traffic for blog and second is backlink as well. so i think we should go on writting guest post.thanks for sharing your views.

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  88. George Xavier :

    Excellent post. However, I would like to ask for example you’re trying to outreach bloggers but you’re not a vivid writer, or you have a writer on your team and you’re the one contacting the bloggers, what’s the best approach?

    • RIch Rankin :

      George, I think the best approach is to be as open and honest as you can, it’s how we approach our outreach. I spend the majority of my time marketing the business, talking to people online, sourcing new opportunities etc whilst my colleagues are the ones with the skills and expertise on the subjects we want to talk about.

      Try using terms like “we’ve bounced a few ideas around the team an come up with…” or “…when discussing your site with a colleague, , he came up with a few ideas on topics that he’d be more than happy to write about for the site. I thought I’d run these by you to see what you thought…”

  89. Hi Neil,

    Nice article.
    Can you please suggest which is the best site to find guest bloggers.


  90. Some useful information here. I only found out about guest posting recently.

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  92. This is a great article. I’m surprised some of this isn’t self-explanatory for people, as i would just seem so obvious. Maybe I misread, but when you send the template, do you include the blog post attached as well?

  93. Hi,
    Im accepting guest posts at with backlink, posts must be about sharks or ocean conservation 🙂

  94. Mayank Wadhwa :

    Hi Neil,

    Indeed your article gave me some best or awesome points to write a professional email to do guest blogging. Indeed i was very confused about it i tried many times. But here is something best for me. Thanks for this great tips.

    • Neil Patel :

      Mayank, thanks for the feedback and I am glad I could help. Keep me posted on your progress.

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  96. Hi Neil, I have read so many blogs of yours, trust me all are awesome. I am working for Arka Softwares, One of my senor told if you really want grow in SEO field i should suppose to read your blog regularly.

  97. Hi Neil

    I was going to write an email to 50 bloggers for a guest or sponsored post for my Brand domain. But i had no professional format to write but one of my friends gave me that link to get or learn professional ways to write an email. Yes its a best guide to learn something professional.


  98. When i sit to write, most probably, i used to post this content on my personal blog. But i know, guest blogging only way to get good reputed backlink to increase your website goodwill and generate traffic. Neil Patel, please guide me to come out from this thought.

  99. Olowole Jetro :

    Thank you for the post. I read somewhere that it is important first to establish a connection before submitting an article. I will find a way to marry that with your own template suggestion and get a synergy between the two ideas.

  100. Hi Neil Patel,

    Sometimes my guest post rejected by guest blog owner. I can not properly understand why my guest post rejected. But some guest blog owner accept my guest post. You have mentioned very useful valid point here. These tips are very much needed for me. Thanks for post and keep posting.

  101. Yupp That’s Great Idea To Make Lots Of Guest Posts Thanks!

  102. Vineeth Mohan :

    Thanks a lot for this post. I will surely keep these things on mind while doing guest blogs!

  103. Thanks Niel, it was a nice post. I was hoping you could clear up one point for me, though.

    When I am trying to pitch a post, I should already have the article written and ready to go right? If so, then am I supposed to include the post in the pitch email, or should I wait until the blogger asks for the post?

    • I think its worth trying both options Grey. Having it all ready to go and including the post in the email can make the decision a lot easier for the person you’re pitching to.

  104. Akash Gurnani :

    After Reading this post i got my 2 guest post published. Don’t want to use links to those articles otherwise this comment would look spammy. Lol 😀

  105. Furniture Rental :

    Hey Neil, can you please let me know what are the best practices for content publishing for an ecommerce website. If I try to publish an article, is it better to publish it on some other website to get a valuable link or on my own blog to get authority in that niche. I am little confused. Please help.

    • You’ll need to do both. Publish content consistently on your own site as well as guest post on blogs that are similar. Take a look at this guide:

  106. Dear Nail Thanks For you ………quastion pls I have asite but I coud not rank in google

  107. Hello Patel, For this excellent post I want to give big hats up you and want to know do you have any paid course for quick sprout university which you share the top notch technic that you mostly use for your marketing tactics?

  108. Great post Neil! thanks! I am submitting a test trial blog post next week and if they like it, they will hire me. However I was wondering how should the formatting be done?

    The blog belongs to a retail company (the objective is to entice readers to buy the products based on the awesome blog posts!) So my post should include : writing, images and hyperlinks to appropriate page. My question is :Can I send it in Word? I’ve always assumed that blog posts are created in Word and then the site owner does a kind of copy and paste to their site… but now that I actually have a chance of getting published, I dont want to assume and screw up!

    Your post is really informative – definitely a keeper in the bookmark! 🙂

    • You can do it word, I would just be careful before you copy and paste it over as the formatting tends to get a little messy

  109. Thanks Neil for a wonderful and helpful information about the guest posts. and i have started working by following the steps that you provided in this post. i hope in future i will get more information about new techniques that we can simply make back links to our site.

    Thanks and Regards,


    • That’s wonderful to hear Padanjaly. The first steps can always be the hardest, but good for you on making it happen

  110. Muhammad Anas :

    Neil, your content is always so generous and valuable! I consider you blog posts my reference guides.

  111. Deepak Sharma :

    This is very helpful blog for me thank you sir.

  112. Bhaskar Das :

    Hi Neil,

    The same format is following everyone even i got many request for guest blog. Can you help me to create a new formation of requesting guest blog?

    • I would just keep adjust your content to see what works and what doesn’t, it’s the only way you’ll learn 🙂

  113. Flavius Noja :

    Hey Neil.

    I want to know if guest posting in 2016 is dead?


  114. Bican Valeriu :

    Great stuff man. You are awesome.

  115. Melissa Hamler :

    Lot’s of great information in here. Thanks for sharing Neil… !

  116. Good idea Neil….I will swipe and use it for my website 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  117. Thank for your great tips , This a very good way for our Guest post to be published on the other blog to get more number of visitors easily to comes to read our blog. Great Idea.

  118. Hi Neil,

    Again an awesome post! I was already your raving fan, now I don’t know what they call a higher version of a raving fan lol . Whatever it is, I am that now!

    Well, so you asked about a tip. Although it’s not something out of the box but I would say focus on building relationship with the influencer on social media and email. Don’t cross the limits as it’s very frustrating if you get on their nerves and suffocate them.

    But, as Gary Vee says again and again, to show Care without expecting anything in return and be authentic , a time will come when the other person will notice your efforts and you’ll see that it was all worth it.

    And being not formal was a new thing for me as I thought influencers would mind if we get a little frank. I thought they want to keep the distance. I don’t know if I’m able to explain myself or not.

    Anyway, thank you Neil for being The Hand on my journey.

    I don’t feel alone anymore.

    Thank you!

    Bless you Anam

  119. Oh that’s a very nice piece. But how to say thanks when a guest post accepted for publication? Actually I got an reply from TechCrunch editor saying “I’m going to pass on this piece.”

    Is the reply means, they have accepted my article for publish on techcrunch or something else?

    Please Neil, also include in your page on how to revert back to the editor when a article got accepted. Apart, reply me here. I need it urgently 🙂

  120. Shakir Hassan :

    Hi Neil,
    Thanks for writing this article. Guest posting is one of those strategies that I love using when increasing a brand’s visibility, ranking, trust and building trust with other bloggers who are in the same industry as yours.
    I wish I could praise you in words.
    Thanks again, for writing.
    Best Regards

  121. Alts solution :

    Hey, we are altssolution from cochin, It sounds like if we follow all your steps, the chances of rejection are minimized, but I’m wondering what you would do with the content if your intended blogger didn’t accept it.

    • You need to understand what they like by spying at what they share on social media and post to the site already.

  122. Thank you Neil for sharing very informative post which will definitely help people.

  123. Simple but super effective template. Thanks again Neil.
    Wanted to check with you what you think is more appropriate i.e should we write the article and then pitch including the complete post… or should we propose 2/3 topics, get the acknowledgement and then start writing the full post on the agreed topic.


  124. Thank You Neil Patel…
    I Always loved your articles…..
    Kindly suggest me email outreach plugin or website that is perfect and affordable.?

  125. Charles Vallena :

    Neil, let me know your thoughts about this strategy I want to work on:

    I have a list of 60 blogs I’m about to outreach. Instead of using a generic template, here’s how I will do it.

    I will focus first on the first 5 blogs- study their site, dig deep on what content they want, socialized, then send off my content idea. Of course each of these emails are unique & personalized.

    Then I will follow up on these 5 contacts and will not stop til I get a “yes.”

    I know this will be very a time-consuming strategy, but I think my success rate would be higher, compared to when I will just send 60 emails in a day.

    What do you think?

  126. Wow! Thanks for the insight. This is my first year of blogging. I am learning a lot from you blog and youtube videos.

    I would surely try this strategy and see how things turn out.

  127. Sir I am a beginner and please tell me the easiest way to enable others to post their blogs and pics and videos on my website. Thanks sir.

  128. Thanks a lot sir you are so cooperative.

  129. Sir last time you said that you don’t run ads on this site then how you earn money or running ads is extra earning? Thank you

  130. Sir I have sent you some of my credentials on your email address so please check it personally. I really want you to read that email and reply.

  131. I only need your help not your assistant’s help.Please do check it personally. And please do something for the approval of Adsense. Please. Thank you.

  132. Shawnna Guerrero :

    Wow that was well written and filled with alot of information!

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