Guest blogging can be an extremely consistent and fast way to build your email list and relationships with the people in your market.
Sure, you need to get several things right to get 100+ subscribers from each guest post you write.
But the first step is to find a site that accepts guest posts.
You might have some ideas of sites where you could write, but hopefully you get a few more ideas from this list of guest blogging sites.
This isn’t even trying to be a complete list of sites that accept guest posts. Rather, it’s aiming to be a high-quality list; these are some of the best guest blogging sites you can target.
However, I’m sure I’ve forgotten many.
Getting accepted to some of them might be quite tough. But if you avoid the common mistakes when you pitch your guest post, you have a good chance to get through with a good post.
The sites are categorized to some degree, but they’re not in any particular order within the categories.
The first category is the only one I really know. The other categories aren’t as well curated, so tell me if you spot something weird.
I’ll update the list every now and then. If there’s a site you think I should add to the list (or something I should remove from it), let me know in the comments. Thank you.
And if you’re serious about learning how to write guest posts that grow your list, learn to write guest posts that attract people to you (article).
Latest updates to the list: November 17, 2013. NOTE (Jan 2018): I’ll update the post in a couple of months, so by the end of March/April, the list will be up to date.
Marketing / Business / Blogging / Social Media
Marketing sites that accept guest posts.
KISSmetrics – Write for them
I write for KISSmetrics quite regularly. If you go for it, prepare to go through a round or two of editing, and whatever you do, don’t forget to use real examples to illustrate your points. Self-promotion is an absolute no-no, so don’t even try.
Traffic Generation Café – Write for them
I’ve written for Traffic Generation Café a few times. Quality-standards are high: if your post isn’t really actionable for the audience, it doesn’t stand a chance to get published.
Think Traffic – Write for them
Think Traffic does accept guest posts, but based on what I understood, they invite all the guest authors. You can try to contact them and ask, but don’t spend time writing a post before you’ve checked that they’re interested to even look at it.
Firepole Marketing – Write for them
I have a monthly guest post feature in Firepole Marketing. They have a big, engaged audience, so you can get a lot of interaction in the comments. If you write a valuable post and you’re not in a rush to get it published, it’s well worth the effort to write for them.
Copyblogger – Write for them
Don’t hold me accountable for this, but I’ve understood that they’re focusing on using their in-house writers and their long-time guest authors. So, even with an introduction, it’s very difficult to get them to even read your post. And unsolicited posts don’t stand a chance.
Men with Pens – Write for them
They’re picky. Really picky. And that’s what makes the site so good. But if you’re not sure you can write something really good, you can probably spend your time more wisely.
Duct Tape Marketing – Write for them
I’ve only written one guest post for Duct Tape Marketing. They post one guest post every week, so the competition is a bit tough (put your best foot forward). And they have a topic calendar for the blog for months in advance, so ask for that before you suggest topics.
Daily Blog Tips – Write for them (There was previously a mention here about an unprofessional response I once got from this blog. The site owner reached out to me to ask about it, and it turned out to be a very unfortunate mistake with a word that changed his response’s meaning to the opposite of what was meant (“check out” vs. “keep out”)—and he didn’t notice my response email, so the misunderstanding didn’t get sorted until now.)
Self-development / Spirituality / Psychology
Self-development sites that accept guest posts.
Photography / Video/ Graphics / Design / Art
Photography, video, graphics, design, and art sites that accept guest posts.
Technology sites that accept guest posts.
Writing sites that accept guest posts.
Fitness / Health / Food
Health, fitness, and food sites that accept guest posts.
Finance sites that accept guest posts.
Travel sites that accept guest posts.
Parenting sites that accept guest posts.
Sites that accept guest posts and are difficult to categorize.
What should I add/remove?
This list is far from complete. And because my expertise is mostly limited to the business category, I can never complete it without your help.
Did I forget a category or a site that accepts guest posts? Note that this is a list of the BEST guest blogging sites, so unless a site is one of the largest or most trusted in its industry, it doesn’t belong to this list.
Should I remove or change something in the list?
You can contact me with suggestions. But please, only suggest sites that are among the largest in their industry/niche.
How to get your site listed?
Contact me through the contact page. Tell the topic, site URL, submission guidelines URL, and something about your audience size.
Remember, if your site doesn’t have one of the largest audience’s in its industry/niche, it doesn’t belong to this list. An exception might be a smaller audience of a very unusual audience (e.g., CEOs of Fortune 500 companies).