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What To Do If Your Guest Post Is Rejected

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Sometimes your guest post is going to be rejected. That’s a fact.

The following tips are designed to support you to write the best possible article to be published on someone else’s blog, making sure all the different aspects of etiquette are completely covered to give you the ideal opportunity to get your online identity cemented through a really positive network of contacts and new readers…

Don’t be afraid

It takes courage to write your first guest post – but be brave. The blogosphere is a pretty friendly and accommodating space, and most people will be delighted to read something you have produced as a guest blogger. Go for it!

Ask what is needed, and write for it

Guest posting is about answering a need on someone else’s blog – and no-one can identify this need better than the owner. Remain open to possibilities, and ask your blog host to let you know the kind of article they are looking for – and then deliver it in line with their needs.

Proof it carefully

When you guest post, you need to give your article more love and attention than you would for your own blog – it’s an honour to post on someone else’s pitch, so make sure what you submit is worthy of the chance to increase your readership. Submitting an article with errors is disrespectful – make your writing so good, your host will be proud to feature it.

Don’t do direct selling

Nothing turns off a reader more than being sold to. If you don’t make a habit of direct selling on your own blog (which is good practice), then don’t decide that a guest post is a great place to do it either. When you write a guest post, you’re doing all you can to offer the site owner something which is relevant, interesting and pertinent to their industry – flogging your own wares will very rarely fit in to these categories.

Don’t diss your competitors

It may be ok to run down your competitors offline, but never bring this rivalry to a guest post. Readers don’t want to read about other people’s incompetency – it’s much better to write a guest post from a neutral perspective, choosing a subject which can teach your readers something new, or offer up an opinion which is inoffensive but interesting about your chosen subject. Keep criticism of others offline, and you’ll stand a much greater chance of inviting new readers to your own blog through your guest article.

Keep to the schedule requested of you

If you offer to write a guest blog for someone, make sure you ask them when they want it to be delivered by, and stick to that schedule. There’s a certain etiquette involved with sticking to your promised deadline, so that people can plan their own publishing schedule around your submission and make sure they can publish your article at the right time to suit their needs. Being late not only looks unprofessional, scuppering any future plans for networking, but it also puts the blog owner to inconvenience if they haven’t produced an alternative article to cover your late response.

Answer all comments

There is nothing worse for someone taking the time to write a comment on a blog than to have their feedback ignored. Make sure you check in with your guest blog post often after it has been published, so you can respond promptly to any comments that have been posted up in response to your article.

Even if you do all of the above your guest post could still be reject. If so, ask for some feeback.


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28 Responses to What To Do If Your Guest Post Is Rejected

  1. Harry Hilders January 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    Nice post. It sucks when your post is being rejected, but hey, that’s life. These tips will help boosting your succes rate though.

    • Robert February 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

      the best thing to do is write three articles and submit them to three different websites that way if one of your articles is rejected at least you have another two that have been submitted elsewhere.

      The worse Thing to have happened is to submit one guest post and wait two weeks and then it’s rejected. It’s a total waste of time

  2. tushar January 6, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    I adopt a simple strategy-if even a single blog rejects my post, I believe it is not good enough for other blogs and i publish it in my blog

    • Andrew January 7, 2012 at 9:11 am #


      If the blog post is not good enough to be published elsewhere – why do you think it is good enough for your own blog?

      You should be aiming to publish the best you can!


    • Robert February 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

      You have to remember that You could have a good post but it may not fit within the theme of the website you are trying to get post for.

      I rejected a guest post that was talking about social media advertising even though my site is about SEO, blogging and social media.

      The article just didn’t fit

      • Andrew February 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm #


        I understand what you say but when Tushar said ‘not good enough’ – I took it as being not good enough to be published…not it was not a good fit.


  3. Bhupendr January 7, 2012 at 4:01 am #

    Hi Andrew
    Simple message but highly effective,Now a day i found that every blogger attraction toward guest post and some post are not approved,But by doing these great correction in post which you show here every guest post easily will be easily approved.

    • Andrew January 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm #


      I would not say ‘easily’ but you do improve your chances.


  4. Jane January 7, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    By following the points mentioned by you one can minimize blog rejection rate. We should always follow the instructions or guidelines set by the bloggers for whom we are writing.

    • Andrew January 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm #


      You make a good point in saying, “follow the instructions or guidelines set by the bloggers for whom we are writing”.


  5. Corinne Edwards January 7, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    Dear Andrew –

    I have only done a few guest posts and none have been rejected.

    But the obvious is to send them out to someone else. Making sure that you are meeting the new guidelines if different.

    And of course you can always post them on your own blog so your work has not been wasted.

    I confirm before I post a guest blog on my site that they must be timely in answering any comments. That is their job – not mine.

    I also reserve the right to edit and then send it back for their approval before posting. It could be that points should be in a different order or there is no invitation in the guest post to respond with comments.

    I am a compulsive editor as you probably already know. Can’t help it.

    The hardesr thing for me is to turn someone down. Hate to hurt someone’s feelings.

    • Andrew January 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm #


      Never be concerned about turning someone down. Remember it’s your blog…it’s your business!


  6. Alex Aguilar January 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Good advice – the best thing to do when your stuff is rejected is to dust yourself off and try again. It helps if you use rejection as a motivational tool to improve your skills and up your game for the next submission. Anyone who earns their living from writing will be familiar with rejection – the key is to learn from it and not to let it bring you down.

    • Andrew January 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

      Totally agree, Alex.

      And if your post is rejected ask for why – so you can learn.


      • Robert February 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

        “Ask why your post was rejected” that is so simple but never even thought about that before LOL

        • Andrew February 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

          The simple things are the best!


  7. Matt Kinsella January 8, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    I was told a long time ago not to knock the competition and it’s good advice, not many people want to hear negativity, they want to hear something new and positive and find out what you stand for.

  8. Manuel Marino January 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    I think it’s clear that if your article is rejected it’s time to check again everything from the scratch.

    Sometimes waiting a couple of days can let you have a different point of view on the topic and write a better post.

    • Andrew January 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm #


      Yes – true…take a break from the post, reflect and re-write!


  9. Cris January 8, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    You have to deal with it by acknowledging that it’s a numbers game. That’s how it goes in blogging in general, not just when you’re guest posting. For some a 10% approval rate may be good, so to me there’s actually no reason to feel bad about it, unless perhaps when you’re hitting zero per cent approval for an extended period.

    • Andrew January 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm #


      And if you get zero per cent approval…that might be the time to hire a writer!


  10. Josh January 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Don’t knock the competition seems so obvious to me, and yet many people need to hear it. How often does a political campaign turn you off because all they do is tell you about how horrible the other candidate is. The same is true here – focus on positives, not negatives.

  11. Gary Ashton January 11, 2012 at 5:17 am #

    Hi Andrew,

    I’m wondering what’s the best course of action if the article is rejected. I mean, is it better to submit it to other blog owners? Or maybe it’s better off if you will re-write it.


    • Andrew January 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm #


      I would try and get some feedback as to why the article is rejected befoe making any decisions.


  12. Michael Kapoustin January 17, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    It is a common mistakes by most guest blogger that they submit without proof reading the content and try to sell their or someone’s services directly (affiliate marketing) which is not ethical. Guest blogger should maintain the ratio of 80:20 i.e. 80 percent of an article should be informative and rest 20% of an article should be indirect selling.

    • Andrew January 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm #


      Personally I don’t want to see any selling in a guest post I receive. Just a link back to their site.


  13. Prakash June 24, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    Once my guest post was rejected by some blog owner and I checked it, that was all right. Then I applied the same article to other blog and get approved. You have written some really good points what we should consider about guest post if it got rejected.

    • Andrew June 25, 2014 at 5:00 am #


      We are all different – including different blog owners. Some will accept your gest post…others won’t.


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