Rejection can be hard to deal with. It is a part of life if you put yourself out there. Taking those first few steps of any process is hard also. So when I sent in my first guest post to a rather large and popular blog, and it was rejected, well, frankly, I was angry.
When I got over the anger and hurt (I’m a girl, I get my feelings hurt) I looked at the post and thought, “I wouldn’t accept it either.”
Sure I crossed my T’s and dotted my I’s. Used a catchy title and threw in a few subtitles that compliment the keywords. I gave credit to the image creator. Yes, the post was grammatically, legally and morally ready for publication.
So what did I do to have my post rejected?
For one, I never became aquatinted with the blog owner.
I never commented, shared or liked any of his posts. I wasn’t even on his blogging radar.
This tells him that I don’t care about his blog, so why should he care about my post? There are times blog owners will allow content from strangers, I do, but that article needs to be even better than my blogging friends’ article.
Aside from being a stranger, when he rejected my post there was no chance for a follow-up. I couldn’t just take up more of his time to ask for specific reasons why he didn’t want my post. Why should he take time for a stranger? If I were not, I am sure he would have told me what to fix and send it back in. Instead I got the standard rejection letter.
I also neglected to actually get to know his blog.
What else was he writing? Did I submit something duplicate? Did I even have a subject that complimented his ideas?
I look back now at my post and simply put it did not match the content on his blog. If you must know, it matches the content on my blog better, so I published it here.
I can honestly say I never checked to be sure it was duplicate content. I assumed it was not.
Look Before You Leap, Don’t Get Rejected
Guest posting is about trust; trust between the two bloggers before a guest post and hopefully even more after the guest post is published. I failed to establish any trust with the owner of the blog and learned a valuable lesson.
Have you ever had a guest post rejected? Why?
To see a guest post that got through check out my post Blogging Success Starts With Failure
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