Published July 18th in Content Marketing by John Boitnott

The Internet is made of websites both large and small. It’s like a froth of soap bubbles; some are much larger and crowd out more space than others. Many are tiny. As bloggers, most of us toil away on small sites, wishing one day to be part of the bigger bubbles.
Here’s the thing; most of these big sites, like The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, or the New York Times all accept guest posts. You can write for them, so long as you fit what they’re looking for. It’s that set of criteria that really matter. The wall most bloggers run into is that those standards require a certain amount of reputation, a certain level of quality, and some networking on the side.
If you’re looking to get into some of these larger sites, you need to work your way up. Here’s a set of steps and methods you can use.
Start Small

Everyone has to start somewhere, right? It’s a trivial expense and a minimal amount of effort to set up a blog. Populating that blog with quality content, now, that gets a bit more complex. I’m going to gloss over most of it, though; if you’re looking to write for HuffPo, you probably already have a site of your own set up.
I recommend taking the time to guest post around your industry. Pete…

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