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How to Handle Guest Post Rejection

This guest post is by Tapha Ngum of MyAppTemplates.com.

So, you agreed on a topic to write about for a blog with the blog owner or editor, and you’ve just spent eight hours writing and editing it. You’ve done all the right things—read the submission guidelines, and double-checked your post for spelling mistakes, and you’re sure you’ve done a good job. You’re confident and excited, though a little apprehensive about sending it over. Because, after all, it could still get rejected, right?

But you send it out anyway.

Two days later you get an email back from the blog, and it tells you that the post has been rejected. Inevitably, you feel terribly deflated.

I know this feeling—and if you’ve been guest blogging for a while, then I’m sure you know it too. It’s really frustrating.

People don’t often talk about this aspect of guest blogging. But it’s a very real part of the equation. The fact is, you can spend hours working on a post and just like that, it can be rejected—deemed useless by the site you wrote it for. All that blood, sweat and tears for nothing. Even after you have discussed your post idea with the editor!

So what do you do?

Well, in most cases, that post that you wrote would probably end up locked away in some random folder on your computer. And with your confidence dented, you would probably not be too eager to write another guest post for a while, let alone make any revisions to the current one. But this, in my mind is the worst possible way to deal with guest post rejection.

The right way to deal with guest post rejection is to treat it as a stepping stone.

Guest post rejection, just like any other form of rejection, has within it the seeds of an equivalent benefit, if you know how to spot and effectively use those seeds. In each case of rejection, there will be some variability, and the benefits that you can take out of the situation will differ. But in the main, there are some key benefits that I have seen and used to good effect every time one of my guest posts has failed to be accepted.

I specifically mentioned the word “seeds” above, because the benefits that can be gained from guest post rejection are not always immediately apparent. A lot of the time you need to dig them up for yourself.

So, to help you along with that process, here are the three steps that I take when a post of mine has been rejected. You can use them to help you unearth the benefits for yourself and ultimately get more of your posts published.

Step 1. Get specific feedback from the person who rejected your post

Getting your guest post rejected is a brilliant opportunity to find out how you can improve your guest posting approach. Was it the way you wrote it? The lack of references in your article? In some cases you can even find that it was the way that you approached the person in the email that put them off and caused them to reject you.

Don’t be afraid to ask why your post was rejected. More often than not you’ll get useful feedback that will help you in your future guest posting endeavours. When you’re armed with this knowledge, your future attempts will only be more successful.

Quick tip: In your first email with the person who accepts the guest posts, let them know that you are willing to make revisions as necessary. This makes it easier to request a second submission later on if the post is rejected.

Also make sure that you do your research and find out how the blog that you’re dealing with likes to accept submissions. Often, you will find that your post has been rejected because you failed to discuss the ideas with them first. ProBlogger, for example, prefers bloggers to send their pitches over to them before you go ahead with your guest post.

Step 2. Try to resubmit the guest post

Once you have had a chance to analyze the feedback that you have been given and implement it into your post, send the guest post in again. Try your best to make sure that you have incorporated as much of the feedback as you can.

I’d also suggest you read the last ten guest posts that were accepted onto the site, to get a feel for what they like to publish.

Step 3. Try another blog

If you have really made an effort to make the post great, but are still not getting through with it, then maybe it is time to see if it can be placed on another site.

You should understand that every objectively well-written post is an asset, and even though it may not be valued by a particular site, it still has a lot of inherent value if it is used. So don’t let it end up on a folder, unused on your computer just because the rejection of it decreases your perception of its value. Not all posts are necessarily the right fit for all sites. So you have to accept that in some cases, your post will just not work for a particular site—and move onto another one.

A rejected post is not a useless post, although initially it can feel that way. In fact, if you have gone through the first two steps outlined above, and you’ve edited the post and submitted more than one revision, the chances are very likely that you will get accepted by another blog of similar standing.

Quick tip: Again, make sure that you know how the blog that you are dealing with likes to accept submissions. If you have to discuss the pre-written post with them before you send it in, make sure you do that. In the end, you want to make sure that you give yourself the best chance of having your guest post accepted and published. So complying with the host blog’s guidelines is a must.

Rejection can make your post better

A lot of people who have experienced rejection of their guest posts end up thinking that it’s just not worth the effort—it’s just too risky for them to put in the all that work for a chance that it may not even pay off.

But in my mind, that’s where the value in guest posting lies. If you learn to deal with this uneasy part of the guest posting process, then it will become an asset, not just to you, but to your business as well.

Have you ever had a guest post get rejected? How did you deal with it? Let me know in the comments!

This is a guest post from Tapha. Founder of MyAppTemplates.com, a site that provides custom iphone app templates to people who cannot afford to spend $1,000′s on their iphone app design.

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Comments

  1. Samuel says:

    Getting your guest post rejected is such a common occurrence when it comes to guest blogging.

    You just learn to deal with it and move on.

    Getting feedback is one of the best ways to hone your guest blogging skills.

    Thanks for the wonderful article,

    Samuel

    Internet Dreams

  2. Manoj Rawal says:

    Thnx for sharing this great article. getting guest post rejected is commom now a day. Now i’m learn lots of tweaks from your article,,,,,,
    lot of respect for you,,,,,

    Manoj Rawal

  3. Not having faced rejection yet on having a guest post published, I have experienced bloggers simply not responding to a guest post request, which I also find a common occurrence and a form of rejection. Like Samuel said, deal with it and move on. It doesn’t necessarily mean that your writing isn’t good enough, it could be that your style or tone of voice is wrong for a particular blog.

  4. Ben Troy says:

    I think a post is commonly rejected because of article quality. Most bloggers choose the most interesting and informational article for their site. They obviously do not need rewrite contents on their sites

    • Tapha says:

      Very true. Most people do not put enough effort into making a quality article for others. Even though giving away your best stuff is the secret to getting better.

  5. The best way is to go around to other bloggers with the same post. Hopefully they won’t reject it. And who spends 8 hours behind a single post

  6. I haven’t submitted any guest posts yet, mainly because I’m feeling stuck as to which blog I should go for first. But I would have thought that if it gets rejected, I should just try it again with another blog. You’re quite right when you say that it may not be the right fit for one blog, but could be perfect for another.

    • Tapha says:

      I’d suggest starting with smaller blogs first to build up your confidence. It makes reaching out to bigger ones much easier once you know that you can infact, write for others.

  7. rosemary says:

    I have been receiving many requests for guest posts for my blog and the first thing that bothers me is they do not send the email with my name. When my name is all over my blog, it makes me feel they are not really reading it, just sending random emails and I automatically deny their request. I feel if they wish to be a guest poster, they can address me in the email. Sometimes the post is just not the right fit for my site and again that comes from them actually looking at what my blog is about.

    • Tapha says:

      Very true, i often receive similar emails and can agree that they are pretty annoying. :)

      Making an effort to know a person, before reaching out, in any endeavour, is a must.

  8. Hi Tapha,

    I feel guest post rejection is simply guest post selection. Great summary here.

    Preference. That’s it. Either the post doesn’t fit the theme of the blog, or they just posted on a similar topic, or your work is not up to snuff.

    Get feedback. Yes, it might sting, but most people will be happy to make positive suggestions. Take these, work with them. You seize the opportunity and profit from it if you ask for and receive feedback.

    Being in cash gifting for 3 years I’ve learned how to deal with hundreds of rejections. It becomes easier over time because the more No’s you see, the more Yes’s flow in with greater ease.

    Keep at it. Pass the persistence test. Think of successful people: most had brilliant ideas, yet were rejected many, many times. These stories lift my spirits if I run into a rough patch, with guest post or any form of rejection in my life.

    Persist, learn, and most of all, keep writing guest posts.

    On that note, off to write another post. Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

    Ryan

    • Tapha says:

      Hi Ryan. You’re spot on with this, if you keep trying and listening to the valuable feedback that most are more than happy to give, you literally cannot fail.

      Good luck with your post!

  9. Adsense Tips says:

    How can i find blogs that accepet guest writers ?

  10. Ken E Baker says:

    Great tips – thanks for the practical suggestions – especially about being open to revision before the post is rejected. I think it is a really good motto to live by – and remember, if you don’t ask, you don’t get :) The worst they can do is say no.

  11. Priyank says:

    Nice tips Tapha,
    I am newbie in blogging world. Some weeks ago i’ve also started guest posting on reputed blogs. Most of my articles are approved. Rarely some are disapproved and as you mentioned above the tips, now I’m also going to find out the reasons of rejections through I can improve my writing skills.
    Using a duplicate images is also a big reason of rejection.

  12. Chris says:

    Very unique point of view as usual. Some of the best business advice you can be given is there are no failures, only lessons.

  13. Reed Nixon says:

    Thanks a lot for the info Tapha. These are great ideas and I have to accept; rejection could be a blow, but that should not be a reason to lose hope! As a matter of fact you should get used to the idea and work on improving it.

    • Tapha says:

      Absolutely Reed, accepting it as part of the process and unavoidable makes you much more effective!

  14. Wow! I really like your approach towards blog rejection. I do know the feeling, and at times it really compels giving up but that should not be reason enough. If it is your first time then this is quite hard, but with time you get used to the whole idea and you work at improving your guest blog. Thanks for the tips.

  15. Jane says:

    Guest post rejection is not a bad thing at all. You get your blog post peer reviewed by a popular blogger. You get feedback on your content. Over the time you can overcome the fear of rejection and get sportive at it

    And usually the rejection emails will have nice copywriting feedback that will help us mold our content much better.

  16. Hi Tapha,

    These are really motivating. Actually I like the way you reiterate on the fact that it is you, who can give yourself the best chance of having your guest post accepted and published. Taking guest post rejection as a stepping stone is a step towards achieving the same. Instead of crying over it; you should find out where you went wrong, ask why your post was rejected and make updates. Nice tips and thanks.

    Carmen

  17. This is interesting information Tapha. We have to understand that rejection is part of the aspect in blogging and even though it can hurt, pester and kill one’s writing mood, it is obvious taht not everything we use our efforts on could come the way we think, sometimes things might happen the opposite of our thoughts. It isn’t something to hide but to be open with… I actually love your great advice and I look forward into this. Keep up

    Carla.

  18. Shelby Roth says:

    Hi Tapha.

    This is an eye-opener topic and I really love every idea of you write up, very encouraging and inspiring indeed! Rejection is really a hurting thing in blogging and thanks a lot for advising us on how to handle that. It sounds a very charming thing to me to hear this and I’m sure this has helped same bloggers who have gone through the same too. I love this, thanks a lot.

    Shelby.

  19. When I’m in the position of rejecting a guest post submission, I politely explain why I’m unable to accept the guest post and I also offer suggestions to the writer of where they can submit their article next.

    I write a blog that shares dog care tips and the guest post submissions I rejected usually stray away from this format. I no longer post articles that are just a written promotion of a product and I try not to publish articles that link back to non pet related sites (i.e. free cell phone service).

    It’s a lot of work to communicate with potential writers and review their articles to make sure that they will fit in well with my blog and be read by my audience. It’s also a lot of work for some writers to submit articles to me, I think it’s only polite for me to explain why I’m unable to publish an article.

    It sucks though.

    • Tapha says:

      Being the one who has to make the rejection is definitely tough. But in my opinion, its an opportunity to help others improve their own writing.

  20. Zane says:

    Hi,

    Excellent post. I have been writing awesome guest posts from many years. If you write good then no one rejects your post. :)
    Thank you for awesome writing.

    Zane

  21. taberinos says:

    I think you’re right, a rejected post can get better if you approach the right way on handling what just happened and we all should take it as a stepping stone so we can get better at it.

  22. Excellent article and glad you DID talk about it. I like how you gave action steps on what to do when it happens. We don’t want that article to be locked away – We want to read it :)

  23. I don’t reject tons of guest posts, but I do reject a lot of guest post writers. I have some specific criteria for submitting an idea for a guest post that’s very easy, and if people can’t follow the two easy things I’ve outlined then I don’t trust them to get anything else correct.

    Of course, the 3 main reasons for rejecting a guest post are it’s badly written, it’s not on topic, and it’s a pure sales piece. I don’t find much plagiarism, though I check, so that’s a good thing at least.

  24. Himanshu says:

    Informative article. I agree with you a good blogging is not easy always. I think this information very very helpful me and others bloggers.

  25. Sergio says:

    I never really tried with guest posting, partly because I am afraid of working for nothing due to the fear of my guest post being rejected, and partly because I feel it is quite tough to find similar blogs to mine, that deal with exercise bikes reviews. I mean, who is going to accept my guest post if I am his/her competition?

    In any case, great post.