Guest Post Rejection How to Make It a Positive Thing

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Guest Post Rejection: How to Make It a Positive Thing

Don’t take it personally – that’s my first suggestion.

And don’t let the fear of rejection keep you from submitting guest posts – that’s my second bit of advice.

A-List bloggers are human beings – they are not gods and they don’t have any say in whether you succeed as a blogger.

But rejection is almost inevitable.

Here’s how to handle it…

1. Should You Edit and Resubmit?

If the blog owner asks for an edit: If the blog owner asks you to edit your post, by all means do so. He wouldn’t be asking for an edit if he didn’t intend to publish your post. However, be careful here. Don’t make edits that you feel might go against your own moral code just so you can get your post published.

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If the blog owner just sends your guest post back: If the blog owner simply sends your post back without an explanation you could try sending him an email to ask him what you can do to make it acceptable. Maybe he just forgot to include it in his email. Most bloggers don’t just send back a guest post with no explanation. Chances are, though, if he’d wanted to tell you he would have.

If the blog owner never responds: If the blog owner doesn’t give you an explanation and doesn’t respond to your request – and you’re sure you’re submitting to the proper email address – then move on. It’s obvious he has no inclination to publish your post.

2. Submit Somewhere Else

Most bloggers who regularly accept guest posts will have a page that tells you how long you might have to wait to see your post published. If not, give the blogger one week to let you know if he’s going to use your post or not, and then send him a follow-up email. If he doesn’t respond within 48 hours, then send the post somewhere else or use it on your own blog.

Note: Some bloggers will take two or more weeks to get back to you. If they state that on their page of guest posting guidelines, that’s fine. If not, you spent time writing that post. You have every right to get it published somewhere, especially if it’s timely content, even if it’s on your own blog. If it turns out to be a popular post, he’ll pay closer attention to you the next time.

3. Use Rejection To Improve Your Content Creation Skills

Nobody likes rejection and it’s hard to look at it as a positive, but that’s exactly what you need to do. For whatever reason, the post you wrote wasn’t acceptable to that other blogger. It might be:

  • Lack of relevancy for his readership
  • Too much focus on promoting yourself or your blog
  • Poorly written
  • The topic has already been covered to death
  • Weak or thready content
  • You and/or your blog have a bad reputation and he doesn’t want to be associated with you

Understanding why your post was rejected and then correcting those mistakes only makes for better content for your own blog and for content you’re submitting anywhere else. So don’t take it personally when your guest post is rejected, take it to heart and use it to improve your content.

4. Use It On Your Own Blog

This one is self-explanatory!


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  1. Ryan Biddulph

    Use that content! One blogger’s rejection is another blogger’s brilliant piece; I have seen this after writing many, many guest posts. Super advice Steven!

    Never, ever take rejection to heart. Most people told JK Rowling she was nuts, and a children story type genre mixed with fantasy, would not work….but all those people make peanuts compared to her Billions now ;)

    Thanks dude!

  2. Lucy Pireel

    Great post! Thanks for sharing this. However I’m on the other end and just recently sent a post back to an author asking for certain edits. Instead of thanking me for the time I took out of my busy schedule to edit the post the author was ‘rubbed the wrong way’ and didn’t want me to post it at all anymore. :-(
    A shame, because apart from one para it was a great post. But I guess not all authors handle a critique the same way.

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