- The blog you submitted a guest post to became stagnant.
- The blog you submitted to changed owners and you don’t like what they are doing.
- The blog may have taken a direction that may hurt your reputation, especially if you are writing for your own website, and not writing for a company.
- The blog is more of a blog community of guest writers and the variety of articles do nothing for your search engine optimization strategies.
Of course, its not so easy to just delete your article from the other site and it will involve communicating with the site owner.
The reason why I am covering this is because I have experienced several of the above reasons to reclaim my own guest posts and wanted to share with you the most civil and ethical way possible.
What Can You Do to Reclaim Your Guest Posts From Other Blogs
You want to definitely be sure you want to reclaim your guest post on another site. Just because the article is published, doesn’t mean that the site owns it… that is… unless you were paid for that post. If you were paid, you can’t do anything. If you did not receive any money, you do have a right to your own writing. With the Internet, blogs aren’t like newspapers where you can go back and remove an article after it has been published.
Once you have confirmed that that you do want to have the article removed, the first thing to do is to contact the site owner. If they don’t answer from their contact form or by email, try the site’s fan page, Twitter handle, or any of their other social network handles that are connected to the blog’s brand. When contacting the site owner, be polite and list why you want them to remove the article.
If the site owner doesn’t respond within 5 days, email once more and wait 3 more days. If there still is no response for the blog owner, then you do have a couple options available.
- Copy the article and paste it to your blog. You can put a line before or after the article on where the article came from and why you brought it back to your blog. In fact, you can probably just write a line on where you republished your post from.
- Copy the article, and then work on the post to make it better. If the blog post needs a little tender care to get it up-to-date, then so be it. Make that article yours twice over and don’t even bother about the old post anymore. Obviously the original blog owner didn’t care.
If the site owners does respond and they refuse, try the #2 suggestion above. However, also leave a line to the original article you wrote, the link to it, and a reason why you republished your article on your own website. There will be some blog owners that may get mad, but they often forget that while it is their website, the article was not written by them and they should be courteous enough to remove the post… especially if the website is dying or stagnant. It does nothing for anyone and it is better that the article be moved somewhere it is needed.
As a note, I do want to say that even though you really don’t need to tell the site owner the reason that you want your guest post removed, but it is important to reach out first before taking action.
Have you ever have to reclaim your guest posts from other blogs? What was the reason? How did you go about reclaiming your guest post? Were you successful?