It’s not widely known, but you can submit your written work to BlogHer for them to consider syndicating – and get paid for it!
The BlogHer Assignments and Syndication team, led by Rita Arens, reads submissions from between 50 and 100 bloggers per week for possible paid syndication. They also review recent posts by bloggers who have previously been syndicated by BlogHer for fresh material.
The syndication process is different than the tool any BlogHer member can use to self-publish blog posts into the BlogHer system. Some of those posts are selected to be featured on BlogHer, but writers are not compensated for them.
Here is what you need to know about submitting your work for consideration:
Submit up to 5 pieces.
You can submit up to 5 works at one time for consideration. Unlike some other online publishers, BlogHer does accept previously published work. You can also submit unpublished pitch ideas (2-3 sentences long), but the syndication team will want to see the full written post before making a decision on syndicating it.
Keep in mind what they’re looking for.
BlogHer seeks out original, fresh, entertaining writing on a variety of topics.
Consider focusing on niche areas.
BlogHer will consider submissions on nearly any topic, but always look for more posts in the following subject areas: DIY, crafts, food, career and personal finance.
Know your rights.
BlogHer gains non-exclusive rights to your syndicated post. You retain full rights to your content. Again, this is different than some other large online publishers, who will retain exclusive rights in the electronic media format.
Know what your chances are and stay persistent.
On average, BlogHer syndicates about 6 or 7 posts per week. Since your submission will be one of nearly 150 considered, don’t give up if you’re not selected the first time. Wait a bit, and submit again. It usually takes about two weeks for BlogHer to respond to submissions, but they only contact via e-mail those writers whose posts are selected (not rejected).
Realize you can be syndicated more than once.
While BlogHer does not use the syndication process as a recruiting tool to find contributing editors, many bloggers have been syndicated more than once.
Be aware of how BlogHer will promote your post.
BlogHer will promote your post on its home page, via social media channels like Facebook and Twitter, and also give you badge “bling” to show the readers of your blog that you’ve been syndicated on BlogHer.
Be prepared to complete paperwork.
Know that you’ll have to submit a completed W-9 and accept an online contributor agreement if your post is selected for syndication. Posts are usually paid $50 on net 30 terms from the end of the month in which your post is syndicated.
Understand if/how syndicating affects your link juice.
BlogHer does NOT use no-follow links on their syndicated posts. However, keep in mind that if the content BlogHer syndicates is already on your blog, Google may penalize you for duplicate content.
Write a strong bio.
Make sure you’ve got a strong bio in the BlogHer system that includes a link to your blog and your Twitter account, so interested readers can click through from BlogHer to your blog or follow you on Twitter.
Follow the directions!
Definitely follow the required steps for syndication, which is to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following info:
For further information, read BlogHer’s Syndication FAQs. Good luck and happy submitting!!!