4 ways to nail your HARO pitch

This writer is happy to share your content in exchange for expert commentary and a good quote. Follow these tips to make sure your offer rises to the top of reporters’ inboxes.

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As a freelancer who writes for a variety of different sources, I turn to Help a Reporter Out a lot.

I’m no veteran reporter at a city paper, slinking around a beat I’ve been casing for years. I write about almost everything, but I’m not an expert on every single subject under the sun.

I head to HARO to get commentary from people who know more about my project’s topic than I do— with the understanding, that there’s something in it for them, too. The professionals who reach out, along with the PR people they hire, are looking at my upcoming article as a way to get their names out there.

I know that’s how it works, and I’m totally fine with it. I’m happy to help you promote your product or business; you’re scratching my back, so why shouldn’t I scratch yours?

However, there are some things I wish more HARO responders considered before they pressed the “send” key. Here are four of them:

1. Your pitch should be relevant.

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