Setting Out as A New Contributor or Guest Blogger

When I sat down at my desk on the first day at CopyPress, I couldn’t even figure out how to plug everything in. Not a good start to the day. To be honest, I still wasn’t completely sure what I was supposed to be doing. Training week was a parade of team leads and various departments giving us a rundown of what they do, which was supposed to illuminate how we fit into the company, but it was overwhelming. So come Monday morning, I was staring at a blank screen, silently panicking on the inside.

IMG_20130603_083802_359Since I had convinced myself I was already doomed to fail, I figured I might as well just take a stab at it. Most of my articles were technology and security related so I started there. I thought of buzzwords I might find on a site that would want my content and I plugged them in to Google Blog Search. Once I got on a roll, finding sites was a breeze. When I found a reputable site that met all of my criteria, I prepared myself to pitch.

Despite everyone’s suggestions, you will inevitably find a style that suits you when approaching bloggers. I am a very uncomplicated person, so my pitch is simple and straight forward.

“Hello, My name is Jess and I am a young writer looking to contribute to intelligent and interesting websites.”

I don’t think it’s necessary to lavish strangers with compliments or build yourself up too much. Some people will go into great detail about their family and back story in hopes of better relating to the blogger.

I pitched to a few different sites with the same general template on my first day. My strategy was simple: find a title that would work best for each person. This only makes sense as bloggers want quality content that’s relevant to their site and I want to become a regular contributor.

Tuesday morning came and as I opened my inbox I expected to find a dozen excited emails begging me to send them my expert content.

I had one email.

I was silently panicking, why did no one else like me or like my content? Why were editors choosing other contributors over me, like picking teams in gym class?

I assumed that everyone else was probably swamped with responses, but I was also a little bit proud of myself for getting something. I sent a reply to my blogger telling him more about the article and he soon agreed to read it.

Progress.

After reading the article, he said he would get to work on posting it right away.

Success!

By the end of the day my article was up and victory was mine.

Except it wasn’t. My blogger had taken a link that I had included. I emailed him back, asking politely if he could replace the link as it was an important resource and I got a quick response saying “sure, no problem.” When I checked again, he had put my link under the article as a resource and not in the body of the article as I had asked. More Panic. By the third email, I was nervous he would be sick of me and my pestering and my delicate relationship with this blog would be caput. But he answered very quickly again, apologized for the mistake and fixed the link.

I got an article published on my second day of work. Part of it was luck, I’ll admit that. But I like to think part of it was due to my genuine approach. Not everyone has been as patient, some people are downright mean, but so far, honesty is the best policy.

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Jessica Pepper