How to Become a Recognized Expert by Writing for Fast Company

Even If You're a Beginning Writer with No  Portfolio or Fancy Credentials

by Jon Morrow

Did you know Fast Company gets about 2 million readers per month?

Crazy, right? Most writers could never dream of having an audience that large.

But what if I showed you how to get published there?

Let's face it, anyone who writes for a big magazine like Fast Company has more credibility. Your status as an expert instantly goes up a few notches.

Plus, the traffic potential is enormous. Even if only a fraction of their readers see your article, you're still putting your ideas in front of one of the world's largest audiences.

Of course, it must be tough to get published there, right? Bordering on impossible?

Actually…  no.

Here's a screenshot of a student I helped get published there:

Of course, it must be a fluke, right? Can't be that easy.

Well, here's another screenshot from another student:

I could list a bunch more, but I think you get the point.

What do all of these students have in common?

They used a strategy I'm about to teach you right now.

Let's dig in.

Step One:

Forget about Being Paid

Once upon a time, freelance writers got paid for their work. Hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars per article.

Well, not anymore. Or at least not at Fast Company.

You may not realize this, but Fast Company has hundreds of writers. They publish dozens of articles every week.

And you know how much they pay for those articles?


Instead, they give you things infinitely more valuable:

Authority. Influence. Exposure.

In exchange, you give them great content. It's a simple trade.

After writing for free for a while, lots of their writers have gone on to get book deals, cushy speaking gigs, or start their own businesses. For them, writing for Fast Company wasn't a job. It was a platform.

And the shocker:

It's a platform available to anyone. You just have to know how to sneak in...

Step Two:

Sneak in through the "Back Door"

Most people don’t know this, but there’s a “back door” to write for Fast Company.

It’s called guest blogging. Here’s the idea:

Fast Company gets about 2 million visitors a month. That’s a ton of traffic.

And do you know how they get so many people to visit their website?

By publishing hundreds of articles every month. Maybe even thousands.

Where do all of those articles come from?

A small percentage are written by staff writers, but the majority come from people like you and me. You submit an article, and in exchange, you get a link back to your site that looks like this:

It’s called a byline:

You see, Fast Company has figured out a way to get lots of articles written for them without having to pay anything out-of-pocket. Instead of paying writers like us to write for them, they give us publicity instead.

You can link to nearly anything you want. Your blog, your company’s website, a sales letter, your newsletter subscription form, whatever you like.

All you have to do is write them a juicy article. Here’s how:

Step Three:

Write an Article Worthy of Being Published

And no, you can’t write about yourself. Sorry.

The goal of your article should be to teach the reader something. Give them real, actionable content.

You also want to target the right readers.

For example, if you’re a consultant specializing in working with entrepreneurs, you don’t want to write an article about how to get a raise at work. Might get lots of readers, but it’s the wrong readers.

A better approach?

Your target client is an entrepreneur who wants to grow their business. Maybe they just feel confused about where to start.

So, maybe you write an article for Fast Company like…

7 Ways to Double Your Startup’s Revenue in 90 Days or Less

And then deliver the goods. Give the reader seven strategies they’ve never considered before.

The better the article is, the more people will click on your byline. If it’s really good, you might even get featured on the homepage and get swamped with traffic.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The next step is to send your post to the right editor.

Step Four:

Send Your Post to the Right Editor

Fast Company is divided into sections on different topics. When you finish your article, you need to send it to the right section editor.

Who is that?

Well, they don’t tell you. Probably because they would get swamped with submissions.

Instead, they make it ridiculously difficult to contact their editors. You can hunt around for hours and not find an email address.

The good news?

I did some of the hunting for you. I don’t have the contact info for every editor, but I’ve collected most of them.

And not just for Fast Company. I’ve actually collected the contact info for editors at over 100 big sites who are looking for writers. Sites like Forbes, The Huffington Post, and more.

You can have all of their email addresses. Right now.

It's Yours: The Contact Info for Fast Company Editors and 103 Other Massive Sites

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