Pet Guest Post & Pet Sponsored Post- Ultimate Guide and List
Do you love all things to do with pets? Do you have a pet blog or pet products? Then you’re a great candidate for writing pet guest posts or pet sponsored posts! Writing guest posts is a great way to increase your website or blog traffic, gain customers for products and services, and more. This is the main goal of writing guest posts. Other benefits for writing guest posts include gaining recognition as an expert in certain topics and more.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at what guest posting is, how to write a pet guest post or pet sponsored post, where to find guest post opportunities in this niche, and we’ll share a list of sites that are accepting pet guest posts. Let’s get started!
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What is a Pet Guest Post or Pet Sponsored Post?
To put it simply, a guest post is a blog post you write for a company or another person’s blog or website. They host your article as a “guest post” on their blog or website. This may seem like a simple enough concept, but there’s more to it than that. There’s also a strategy behind writing guest posts for others’ blogs or sites.
Guest posts are a way to gain reputation, visibility and be seen as an authority on a specific topic. In this case, we’re talking about the pet niche. But wait, there’s more!
Writing guest posts is another way to gain traffic back to your own blog or website. The purpose may be to gain readers for your blog, or perhaps obtain website traffic that converts into paying customers for a pet-related product or service you provide. This may sound complicated, but it’s not. That’s pretty much the strategy behind writing guest posts.
How to write a Pet Guest Post
Before contacting the owner of a pet blog or pet website, it’s always a good idea to read through their site/blog. Get a feel for the type of information that’s popular with their readers, then consider the writing style and voice, etc.
The reason for scoping out the site is to make sure that your writing and pet topic can match the style and topics their readers find valuable. Otherwise, you may not be accepted as a guest post writer, or if you are but the article is not on a topic that resonates with readers, then the post could fail.
Read the Guest Post Guidelines
While you’re reading through the site, remember to read the guest post guidelines. These are “rules,” or guidelines on how you need to write the guest post for that specific site. These guidelines will vary from site to site, so be sure to always read them for any site or blog you’d like to write for. Guest post guidelines generally include rules on the following:
- Images may be required (which includes information on acceptable sources)
- Author biography and headshot
- The number of links you can include in the post
- Word count of the post
- Tone (voice), style, level of formality
- Your work should be your own original work, without any plagiarism
- The article should not be published elsewhere
- You must have copyright to your work
- Your name will be in the byline & you’ll have a bio with a link
In addition to this type of information, you may come across guidelines that specify how article titles should be written, topics accepted, the need to add citation links, and more. You may also find that the site lets you know the post is free or paid; however, in most cases guest posts are free (as in you submit them for free and are not paid for the work). The site or blog may also retain the right to publish, edit or remove your post from their site without prior notice. Don’t let this scare you off—just follow the guidelines and you’ll be just fine! This is all normal and routine!
You’ll need to read all of this information before asking if you can be a guest post writer, or before pitching your article idea to the blog or website editor. The editor may also provide some example articles, or links to articles, to help give you an idea of what they expect from a guest writer. So, after reading all the guest post information, if you have questions, be sure to reach out to the contact listed with the guidelines. This may be the editor, or the owner of the site. They’re usually more than happy to answer any questions.
In other cases, the blog will ask that you submit the guest post to a specific email address. There’s no pitching involved. So, when you have the article written and ready to publish, just send it directly to that email address. Before submitting the article, look to see if a person’s name is included with the email address. If so, then address this person in the salutation of your email.
Research Your Topic
Once you’ve done all the work reading through the site and the post guidelines, then you’re ready to choose your topic, then get the research done. This can be one of the most fascinating parts of writing an article. You have an amazing opportunity to learn new things and then present the information to others in a way that is both interesting and valuable. What could be more fun?
You’ll want to use only authority sites for information to include in the post. Authoritative sites include:
- Official associations
- Government websites
- Cited research papers
- Highly respected industry experts
It’s also a good idea to see if you can find similar information from at least one other authoritative sitesources. Once you have the information put together, then you can go back and check your facts. Using facts that are incorrect can have a negative impact on your reputation and credibility as an expert in the field. So, always check your facts.
Write for the Human Readers
One issue to avoid when writing guest posts is using an SEO strategy called “keyword stuffing.” This is a technique that uses keywords, longtail phrases, etc. to gain traffic and rank higher in the search engines.
If a post is stuffed with keywords, you’ll know it right away. When you read the article, it doesn’t appear to make much sense, or it may contain phrases written with incorrect grammar, spelling, or the word order seems a bit strange. In other words, the language doesn’t feel natural. This type of post is written for the search engines, rather than for human readers.
The technique was started years ago, and Google has since banned this type of writing online. If you write an article that’s stuffed with keywords, Google (and other search engines) see this writing as spam, and they will penalize your site/article with lower rankings in the search engines. And when we say “lower” rankings, we mean very low.
And if you write a keyword stuffed article, chances are pretty high it will never be published as a guest post.
So, when writing a guest post (or any online article), write for the humans, not the search engines, if you want the article to do well in the search engines and with human readers.
Create Well-Written Posts
To be a guest post writer, you don’t have to be the best writer around. In fact, mediocre writers are often chosen for guest posts. However, the information should be presented in a logical way, and the writing should be conversational, interesting, directed at the reader and above all the post must be informative.
The post needs to provide valuable information to the readers, not only to gain traffic back to your own site or blog. If people find the article insightful and the information valuable, they’ll share it on social media, which is like free advertising, and gains you even more traffic, increases your reputation, etc.
One more advice on strategy—when you do a guest post, the hosting blog or website usually allows you to include a link in your bio. This link is highly valuable. It should link back to your website or blog, to a post with similar information to the guest post. It doesn’t have to be exactly the same, but something on a similar topic.
This link in the bio must be connected with a valuable article, something that is related to the guest post topic and that offers helpful information for readers. If not, then you won’t accomplish your goals, or the reasons for writing the guest post in the first place.
One last bit of advice—always proofread your article before submitting it. There are blogs and websites that will reject a guest post for this type of issue. So, always proofread!
How to find Pet Guest Post or Pet Sponsored Post Opportunities
Now that we’ve dealt with the basics of writing a guest post, let’s take a look at how to find places that accept pet guest posts or pet sponsored posts. Remember the goal is to find sites that are similar in topic to your pet-related niche or business. You’ll need to look for blogs and websites that:
- Have content that is similar to your pet niche
- The blog/website have been regularly updated for the past 3-4 months (or more)
- The audience of the blog or website is interested in your topic
- Check to see if readers regularly comment on the blog/website’s articles and share the posts on social media
- The blog/website owner is active on social media
You need to find blogs and websites that feature articles or information on your specific pet niche. For instance, if you regularly write about dog food bowl feeding stations (these are two steel dog food bowls inserted into a mat), then the blog or website should also have articles on this topic. If it doesn’t, then the audience may not respond positively to your post. The reason is the topic doesn’t fit in with their motivation for reading articles on that specific site. The readers may want articles on dog leashes, rather than dog food feeding stations. So, make sure your niche and post topic fit in with the blog’s topic(s).
Next, it’s important to find a blog or site that has been regularly updated for the past 3-4 months or longer. This is a sign the blog is active on a regular basis, so traffic will be more or less regular. On the other hand, writing for a blog that hasn’t been active in the past year is just a dead end. There may be readers, but there won’t be much discussion in the comments, no posts are shared on social media, etc. An active blog is the best place for you to write a guest post.
Then it’s a good idea to check out the blog or site owner’s social media accounts to see if they’re active or not. If not, then they may not actively promote your guest post. You want a blog owner who will promote your guest post as much as possible across each of their social media channels.
Find Guest Posting Opportunities with Google
Google, believe it or not, can be an excellent tool for finding pet guest posting or pet sponsored posting opportunities. All you need to do is figure out the best keywords to use to find blogs and websites that accept guest posts on pet topics. Here are some examples (note, when using these search terms just remove the quotation marks at the front and end of the term):
- “pet submit a guest post”
- “pet guest post”
- “pet guest post by”
- “pet accepting guest posts”
- “pet guest post guidelines”
- “pet sponsored post”
- “dog guest post”
- “cat guest post”
- “animal guest post”
These keyword terms should provide you with several pages of search results on blogs and websites that are accepting guest posts on pet topics.
Use Social Media to Find Pet Guest Post Opportunities
Another way to find some blogs accepting guest posts is to use social media! Reach out to your friends and followers and let them know you’re looking for places to guest post on pet topics. You never know what may come from these channels. Be sure to use the messaging tools that come with each platform, such as Facebook Messenger or Twitter messages, etc., then use them to personally reach out to those who may be able to help you.
LinkedIn is Another Tool
If you’re on LinkedIn, then reach out to your network! Let them know you’re looking for places to guest post on pet topics. Be sure to let them know the specific topic and niche for the post.
Your network is filled with professionals who may have a much broader network they can reach out to. And it’s easier to be “heard and seen,” whereas on social platforms it’s easy for your message to fall through the cracks.
Here, again, when reaching out to your network, use LinkedIn messages to send a personal note people who may be able to help you find pet guest post or pet sponsored post opportunities.
List of Pet Sites Accepting Guest Posts
Here’s a list of some pet sites that accept guest posts. We’ve checked on each site to make sure the links are correct, and that the sites actually accept guest posts, etc. Each link shared below will take you directly to the guest post information page.
One note, when you’re looking to see if a blog or website accepts guest posts, you may find this information under a section that’s often called “Write for Us.” Or you may sometimes see that the blog/site is asking for contributors. In both cases, this is where they will have the guidelines and rules you’ll need to follow to do a guest post.
If you don’t find this type of listing on the blog or site, then it may be necessary to search through the site. Sometimes the information may be found in the “about us” section, or in the “FAQs,” or in other places. It can be hard to find, but don’t give up. Search the site to make sure you don’t miss a pet guest posting opportunity!
Here are pet sites and blogs that are accepting guest posts! In the selections below, you’ll find a brief outline of the guidelines required for each publication. These details are only the highlights—not the complete instructions, so be sure to read completely read through the guidelines presented on each site.
1). Dogs Naturally Magazine
This site looks for professionals who have experience with dogs and can write on the following topics:
- Holistic healthcare
- Pharmaceutical controversies
The site’s topics are geared toward making the world a better place for dogs, and they promote only the best health practices to keep dogs healthy. They take a holistic view of dogs’ healthcare and believe the world can be a place where dogs live free of chemicals, drugs, processed foods, and unnecessary vaccines.
Be sure to read through all of the guidelines on their contributor page and follow the instructions on how to submit an article. Here, you will need to pitch the article to them. You’ll need to fill out the form and submit it for review. They do pay for articles.
This is an information site for pet parents, and the blog is geared toward saving the lives of pets through their articles on health and safety and providing information to help pet parents.
The site only accepts well-researched, comprehensive articles from experts (including professional dog trainers, cat groomers, veterinarians, and more).
Here, you’ll need to pitch an article, so be sure to read through their guidelines carefully and thoroughly. The article will need to be 1,500 words or more, and include subheadings, bulleted lists, etc.
When you’re ready to pitch your article idea, just fill out the form on their guidelines webpage, making sure to fill in all the questions. And remember to check the box at the end, just above the “submit” button. This box is important—you’ll need to give your consent before they can receive any of your information.
3). House Rabbit Society
This is a great site about all things to do with pet rabbits. The group is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that rescues and cares for abandoned rabbits. They look for inspiring or informative articles, and thoughtful essays that educate and entertain about rabbits, and support the organization’s philosophy.
You’ll find they have two deadlines: February first (Spring/Summer issue) and August 15 (Fall/Winter issue). Suggested topics include:
- Rabbit medicine (subject to veterinary review)
- New ideas in rabbit rescue and rabbit sheltering
- Discussion of rescue efforts and lessons learned
- Review of rabbit-related or veterinary books or articles written in the last 3 years (not previously reviewed on the site)
- Review of rabbit topics covered at veterinary and professional conferences
- Discussion of rabbit activism initiatives
- Rabbit care and behavior
- Rabbit-related how-to articles
- Rabbit-related topics with an educational message
Articles should be between 600 and 1,200 words, and articles must be submitted in Microsoft Word .doc or.dox format. They also encourage images be included with your submission.
4). The Bark
This is a blog dedicated to all things about modern dogs. The articles on their blog show pet parents how to develop a close blond with their dogs, providing information on health, training and more.
They ask that you first read through the site to get a feel for the type of articles they post. And keep in mind that they no longer accept unsolicited submissions and queries for their print magazine, but only for their blog.
They welcome your articles and will let you know if your post has been accepted for publication. There is no notification if your article is not chosen to be used on the site. In addition, you’ll need to ensure your article is original and that you have the rights to submit it for publication on their site. You do retain the copy right.
If you’re interested in writing an article for this blog, then follow the directions listed near the end of the page, and email submissions to the email indicated, along with a short cover letter that includes information about your writing experience and a short bio.
5). Entirely Pets
This is an e-commerce site that has a blog dedicated to all things pets. They sell all kinds of pet supplies, along with non-prescription pet medications.
They do accept guest bloggers for their site, and a sister site (blog.healthpets.com), so you can choose to write for one or both sites. Entirely Pets is look for guest post writers who love writing about pets and are knowledgeable about all types of pet topics.
They will give full credit to you as the author of the article. You should submit content that is 100% original and not posted anywhere else. Your post should be 1,500 words, and they’re interested in finding new creative topics for their blogs—something that resonates with their audience, and that can provide value.
You can choose to either pitch them a blog post idea or ask for a list of topics to write on. They also require you to carefully proofread your article before submitting it. Any post with excessive grammatical errors will be sent back for revision or may be rejected. You can find additional notes on their guidelines page.
Summing It Up
When it comes to writing a guest post, always follow the directions listed on the site. Some sites are stricter than others; however, the point is to follow their directions if you’d like to be published. Follow the directions but remember to have fun and always provide the readers with something valuable to take away after they finish reading your post.