This week I had my first guest post published by another site. (You can check it out right here!)
It was exciting for two reasons: first, it was an accomplished goal, which is always awesome. Secondly, I really liked the article, I felt as though it was really strong, and I was happy to have it out there for people to check out. I thought it was inspiring and made a good impression on those who have no clue who I am.
I want to talk to you about how I accomplished that. First, from a practical standpoint, but even more importantly, from a mindset standpoint.
There’s a reason for that. I preach it day in and day out. After reading about, listening to and observing one badass after another, I’ve noticed one theme that is consistent without exception.
They all take action. They move. They try. They fail. They take more action, they try again, they refine, they fail again, and wouldn’t you know it, the cycle starts over.
The people I admire, those who are further down the road of fulfillment and success than I, are all—and I do mean ALL—action takers. They aren’t perfect. They aren’t all geniuses. They aren’t all privileged. Hell, half of them don’t have college degrees!
But I’ll be damned if they don’t take constant action.
Other people think, daydream, wish, conspire, plan, journey and pray. And these people, they just DO.
The real tricky thing about getting a guest post published is that there was no trick at all. I wrote a handful of posts that I thought were pretty stout, and I sent out about 5 emails to sites who accepted guest submissions, and I got one.
It was that simple.
But here’s why simple doesn’t mean easy. I said I sent out five, I got one published. That means four rejections. Four failures. And those were failures that I knew would probably happen and that I was not real excited about. Enter the temptation to not do.
I had to sit down one day, Google these sites, decide which ones I wanted to submit to, pull together whatever info they asked for, polish up a few articles that seemed strong enough to submit, and then actually spend an hour or two submitting them.
In short, after I daydreamed or imagined that this would be cool or helpful, or whatever value I decided it held, I had to actually sit down, send out the submissions, face the fear of rejection, experience said rejection, and keep moving.
There is simply no substitute for starting. That seems to be the hardest. I have it all planned out, I know why I want to do it (whatever it may be for you), I’m ready to go, and I’ll just, well… I’ll get to it eventually. Right?
You have to DO. You have to decide, at some point, to sit your ass down and start on it. Which, if you’ve read The War of Art, you know is easier said than done.
Here are a few easy steps if you want to have a guest post published somewhere. There’s a good chance you’ll laugh at how simple this is.
Find the Sites
I simply did a Google search for something like “Success blog guest post,” and immediately found a list of sites that accepted guest post submissions. I was a bit picky–I wanted to share some of my stronger posts with blogs who had at least somewhat of a sizable following. You may want to check out a site’s social media following, or perhaps the comments on recent posts, in order to assess the size and level of engagement of their following.
Write Great Stuff
I was careful to submit content that I thought was among my strongest. Not only did I want to make an impression on readers who’d never heard of me, but I wanted to have an open door to submit articles to that site in the future.
Be your own curator, your own critic. And employ a friend or family member who is smart (for me it was my wife, who is a hell of a writer!) to edit and honestly critique your stuff.
Only submit great stuff for guest posts. Or for your own site, for that matter. People deserve your best.
Submit to Several Sites
I know many writers who collect rejection letters (or emails) like trophies. They have turned it into a game. They know that the more rejections they have, the more action they’ve taken. The more action they’ve taken, the more opportunity they’ve exposed themselves to, not to mention the more they’ve written and the better they’ve become.
Not everyone is going to publish your submission. I believe I sent out five the first day. It may take a few tries and a handful of submissions, but commit yourself to writing and submitting until you get that first YES.
Now, let’s get back to the mindset issues involved. Those whom I observe, those people who are enjoying the accomplishment of big goals and the fulfillment of living life aggressively, all differentiate themselves in their commitment to taking action.
To put it simply, be one of those people. Take action!