If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time you probably already know that I’m a fan of guest blogging.
But like anything else, it can be abused, and poor guest blogging will definitely backfire on you.
Bad technique aside, guest blogging is filled with opportunities to hone your SEO and augment your influence and credibility.
There’s a big difference between knowing guest blogging is a good idea and being able to implement guest blogging as part of your strategy.
Maybe you have a mental list of “reach” sites you’d love to guest blog for, but you don’t know how to make it happen. Or maybe you’re just not sure which sites are worth your time.
That’s why I’ve created this list for some of the best guest blogging sites for marketers. There are hundreds of sites that you could target, but I’ve only included some of the best ones here.
It’s not a no-brainer getting published on these sites by any means. It takes a lot of work and determination. But if you are producing great work and approaching the right sites with it, you should have a great chance.
(And by the way, here is a guide to guest blogging and reverse engineering your SEO strategy as you do it.)
Some of the best guest blogging sites for marketers and their guidelines:
Copyblogger is a go-to source for content marketing education. A huge part of their mission is keeping everything on their site and blog practical, relevant, and written well. Obviously your writing has to meet and exceed these standards for them to want it.
For more on guest blogging for Copyblogger, see this article: http://www.copyblogger.com/guest-post-guidelines/
If you’re into digital marketing, then there’s a great chance that you know a thing or two about marketing. So why not write for CMO magazine?
CMO offers insights into marketing not only for executives, but also for managers and team members so they can “deliver standout experiences in a digital world.”
Additionally, it’s one of the few guest post websites where you can appeal to people in your own niche.
The website’s content includes interviews, how-to guides, advice from industry leaders, and valuable research.
Here’s the URL for pitching a guest post to CMO: https://www.cmo.com/about.html#gs.v2gecw
3. Social Media Examiner
Social Media Examiner is picky with guest posts, and why not? They only produce well-researched, detailed work that is written well, and they don’t intend to have guest posts diluting this reputation they now enjoy. So if you do submit here, be patient and understand that if you’re not well known to them you’ll need to prove your writing abilities and subject matter expertise.
4. Business Insider
Business Insider covers a lot of different topics including technology and entrepreneurship. Make sure that you can offer expert level advice before trying to submit here. If you want to give it a shot, send the final draft along with your bio, links to other work, and a proposed headline to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Design Milk
Does your business model have anything to do with art? If so, then consider contributing to Design Milk.
Design Milk is a website dedicated to modern design. It’s not confined to interior decorating, though. It also covers architecture, fashion, and even technology.
The website has been featured in The San Francisco Chronicle and The Los Angeles Times. It’s also on Twitter’s “Who to Follow” list of influencers in Art and Design.
Here’s the URL where you can tell the folks at Design Milk about some of your creative work: https://design-milk.com/contact/
Inc.com is focused on practical advice, services and tools geared toward small businesses. They offer only very simple guidelines for contributors, but they do accept pitches. If you’re not sure how to pitch this kind of guest post, read my advice for pitching here.
7. The Drive
If there’s anything about your business that car enthusiasts might find interesting, you should consider guest blogging for The Drive.
As of this writing, The Drive is in the top 20,000 of Alexa-rated sites. It’s the “go to” place for people interested in automotive tech and as such should make your short list among free guest posting sites.
And you aren’t just limited to writing about cars at The Drive, either. The website includes info about motorcycles as well.
Here’s the URL you can cruise to if you’d like to write a guest post for car junkies:
8. Smashing Magazine
Smashing Magazine is focused on web development and design, and it look for guest blog posts that are full of useful ideas, techniques and tips for readers. Be sure to include actionable insights and practical examples to illustrate your points. It’s also a great idea to share your stories about mistakes, and things that you’ve learned over time that would have helped you earlier on. Cite support for your arguments and avoid superlatives and over the top language to fit in with Smashing Magazine’s style.
entrepreneurialism. Remember that TechCrunch pieces usually at least touch upon investment and finance. The publication does seek out guest posts and they describe what they want and their monthly themes at the link below. You can either pitch a single story or try to become a regular contributor. Realize that one successful pitch and post is probably the easiest way to become a regular contributor, so if that’s your end goal you may be smart to try one post first.
“Got a tip,” for pitching single posts: http://techcrunch.com/got-a-tip/
MarketingProfs is specifically created for people who work in marketing, so you need to have a lot of insight in this space to succeed with a guest post. This site accepts both opinion pieces and “how to” articles, and even runs research summaries that distill the most important points from polls, studies and surveys for readers to quickly consume them. As with mosts sites of this ilk, a focus on specific tools and tips and practical takeaways is ideal.
PandaDoc is a site dedicated to helping people sell stuff. It’s also one of the many blog posting sites you’ll find online.
The audience of the website includes people who work in marketing, sales, human resources, and finance. So it’s a diverse mix.
Folks at PandaDoc are looking for articles on sales and marketing, automation, and document management.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to write for the site, visit this link:
More guest posting sites
Here are some other sites you can guest blog on:
ShoutMeLoud focuses on online marketing tips, online money making techniques and other practical advice for Internet success.
13. Blog Engage
This site is a blogging community that allows writers to publish about backlinks, blogging, exposure and traffic.
WebAndDesigners exists as a crowdsourcing forum for web developers, designers, and people whose work touches on these issues; the ideas sourced focus on problem solving and resource sharing.
This website provides tech news and insights useful to entrepreneurs.
This is a PR2 blog that offers information about search engine, traffic building techniques and related issues.
17. iTech Engine
iTech Engine is a technology blog that deals with computer tips and tricks, hacking tricks, Windows and MacOS tricks and tutorials, free applications reviews, registry tweaks, Ubuntu tips, and related topics.
This site is designed to provide advice on starting and building a business as a freelance writer.
19. Basic Blog Tips
This website offers blogging tips, how-tos and videos on social media and other kinds of training, and other blog building advice.
20. Famous Bloggers
This blog is about business, blogging tips, design, how to make money online, marketing and SEO.
Try writing a guest post for this blog if you’re a web developer or designer with news and tips on social networking and online marketing, especially within the WordPress context.
The focus of this site is technology tips that are quick and easy to follow. There is a particular emphasis on apps and hacks for easier everyday use.
This free guest post website offers marketing and publishing advice.
24. Web Design Ledger
This site provides daily news updates and practical guides for web designers and developers.
25. Ignite Visibility
Lastly, our website is a great resource for all things internet marketing; covering SEO, social media, PPC and more. Send us your idea and we’d be happy to consider it for our blog!
Despite what you may have heard, guest blogging clearly isn’t dead.
It is extremely competitive now, and rightfully so; no one wants to take risks on material from guest posters that can hurt their page’s SEO.
However, if you take the time to create your best work and share it in the right places, you have everything to gain by guest blogging and the symbiotic partnerships you’ll be forging with other influencers in your industry.