This is the post we’ve been waiting for.
In our previous article, we’ve done a lot of work to generate a guest post idea. Now it’s time to craft an engaging guest post email pitch that will get your story accepted.
Never write and send generic guest post pitch.
Yup! The blog owner has that magical “delete” button for a reason.
And if you send a compelling and interesting pitch, you’ll get praising words from the editor.
Recently I sent an email pitch to the blog Write to Done.
And guess what?
I got the appreciation from Mary Jaksch (the blog owner) and I got my article publish.
In this story, I’ll reveal my guest post pitch formula (and my template).
Like a tasty dish, a strong pitch also has some ingredients:
- Clear Subject Line
- Personalize Email
- Strong Opening Paragraph
- Give a Brief About Your Story Idea
- Show You’re the Right Person
- Finish it With a Short and Clear Conclusion
- Email Signature
Are you ready to Craft Your ‘MasterPitch’?
Step #1. Write a Clear and Catchy Subject Line
Blog owners/editors are busy, don’t make them confused.
A subject line is the headline of your email – Make it clear and strong.
Don’t just write ‘Pitch or Guest Post Submission”. Subject line should include your context that makes the editor to read your email.
Poor Subject Line: Guest Post Submission
Strong Subject Line: Story Pitch: 20 Actionable Email Marketing Tips for Online Writers
Step #2. Address the Editor with Name
In his book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie stated that,
Remember, that a person’s name is the sweetest and most important sound to that person, in any language.
People love to see their names. Don’t say “Dear Editor or Hello Concerned Person”. Say “Hi John” or “Dear Kate”
Step #3. Strong Opening Paragraph
Want to make the blog owner read your pitch?
Start with a STRONG opening paragraph.
Keep the primary purpose of your email in the first paragraph of your email. Talk clearly and to-the-point.
How can you do this:
- I’m working on a story that…
- Establish a problem
- What question your story will answer
Start thinking to make your first para compelling.
Step #4. Talk About Your Story In Brief
Blog editors don’t have time to read your long (and boring emails). Face the truth!
It’s your job to tell them about your story in clear and simple way. Don’t make them confused to understand your context.
Here are some ideas:
- Tell the editor clearly what the readers will learn from your story.
- Keep the message short and simple.
- Use simple language, short paragraphs and bullet points.
Step #5. Show You’re The Right Person
Why are you the most appropriate person to write this story?
Why should people listen to you?
Show your expertise in the subject. Recall your previous amazing work.
Add a little blurb about you and include your 3-4 best writing links.
Here’s an example:
My name is Pawan. I’m an Inbound Marketer and Content Creator. I’ve been featured on Jeff Bullas, MarketingProfs. Customer Think, Social Media Today, Entrepreneur, Write to Done, SEMrush, Shout Me Loud, Business 2 Community, and Addicted 2 Success!
Here are a few samples I’ve written:
Step #6. Finish It With a Short and Clear Conclusion
Finish your guest post pitch with a strong and actionable conclusion.
What you want the editor to do – Tell them clearly.
Something like this:
Does this sound like this story would be suitable for your readers? If so, just say the word, and I’ll start work on a draft.
Step #7. Email Signature
Your email signature is the “silent” branding tool. It should contain your Name, Job Title, Company Name, Blog/Site Link, and Social Media Links.
Here’s what my guest post pitch template looks like:
I’m working on a story idea I think would be a great fit for your Marketing Section.
Do you have a moment to take a look?
Here’s my pitch:20 Actionable Email Marketing Tips for Bloggers (That Actually Work)
I asked some bloggers what is their biggest challenge?
And I found that their biggest challenge is, “how to develop a deeper connection with their readers.”
If you’re in the confusion that how to make your blogging more compelling and building relationship with your readers.
Email marketing can be your friend.
Successful bloggers became successful because they understood how important email marketing is in directing traffic to their blogs and building relationships with their readers.
If you’re a blogger, then you can’t afford to miss this huge opportunity to grow your audience.
This story will help your readers to improve their blogging and email marketing skills. What your readers will learn:
– Why email marketing is important in blogging.
– 20 actionable tips that actually work.
– How bloggers can build the relationship with their audience.
I will use one of your blog posts in this article: http://writetodone.com/how_to_become-a-freelance-writer/
A Little Blurb About Me: My name is Pawan. I’m an Inbound Marketer and Content Creator. I’ve been featured on Jeff Bullas, MarketingProfs. Customer Think, Social Media Today, Entrepreneur, Write to Done, SEMrush, Shout Me Loud, Business 2 Community, and Addicted 2 Success!
Some of my previous writing samples:
Does this sound like this story would be suitable for your blog? If so, just say the word, and I’ll start work on a draft.
Looking forward to hearing from you 🙂
Inbound Marketer and Content Creator
It’s Your Turn
Now you’re all set to send your guest post pitch.
Proofread it before sending and delete all the fluffy sentences and words.
If you don’t get quick responses from editor, wait for one week (they get a number of pitches) and then follow up. Don’t irritate the editor, one follow up email is enough.
You just accessed the most important part of your guest blogging campaign. Pat on your back!
Got any questions? I’m right here. Just drop your views in the comment section below.
Thanks for listening!