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Sites You Should Submit Your Content To

Do you ever submit your craft projects to other websites? I’m not talking about linky parties. I mean regular blogs and websites. If you haven’t, you might consider it. There are a ton of sites that actually encourage craft and/or tutorial submissions and there’s a good chance you’ll see an increase in traffic if they publish your project.

Since I post at least one painting tutorial each week, I’ve compiled a fairly substantial list of the sites I submit to. I will tell you that just simply submitting does not necessarily guarantee that my project gets published. But the majority of these sites have published more than one of my tutorials.

I wish I could list the websites in order of highest traffic received but, c’mon, I’m just not that organized. I do recommend that you keep some sort of chart to keep track of your submissions – the project name and date submitted is good enough for me. I just don’t want to submit any duplicates and look like a nitwit. Well, no more than usual, if possible.

Some sites have a submission form. Some just want an email with a link to your post. For some you have to basically rewrite your post, but for me it’s definitely worth the time and effort.

A lot of the sites want photos so make sure your pics are both watermarked and aptly named. I can’t tell you how many times I get hits from Image Searches. I can’t tell you because I have no idea how to get that stat, but I regularly check my Keyword Analysis (on Statcounter) and next to my “How To’s”, image searches get the most frequent hits. I know this came up in a Craftermind Twitter chat last spring – titling your photos (or is it en-titling?) – and although I haven’t gone thru all of my archives, I have noticed a substantial increase for image searches.

I hope you give some or all these websites a try. Keep in mind that with the holidays approaching, people are crafting a lot more so it may take a while for your project to get published, if at all. And, if you know of any other sites not listed below, why not share them in the Comment section.

Send an email
U-Create
One Pretty Thing

Submission Forms on Website
Craftgawker
Makoodle
I Share Crafts
Totally Tutorials – she’s gets a huge amount so submit as close to the 1st of the month as possible.
Fun Family Crafts
All Free Holiday Crafts

Super Easy – Add a link and photo
Homepodge
Craft Roulette

Tutorial needs to be written in Submission Form
Readymade
Cut Out + Keep

DesignSponge – must be original and not published anywhere else, even your blog
CraftGossip
HGTV Crafts
Oh Crafts

Knock Off Decor – inspired by popular retailers. Check site for list
Roadkill Rescue – trash to treasure projects

Dollarstore Crafts – Dollar Store Crafts

Design Dazzle – baby & kids rooms

TipJunkie – any kind of tip or tutorial, not just crafts

Your Best Rooms or DIY Projects
Nate Berkus
HGTV’s Rate My Space

Submitted Projects Must Use Company’s Products
Plaid Crafts – you need a project summary, not the whole post, and 3 photos.
I Love To Create – Aleene’s products (Tacky Glue)
MyKrylonVault – Krylon paints

Halloween Project Photos
Martha Stewart

Colleen Jorgensen blogs at Mural Maker and is a self-taught artist, decorator and writer. For the past 15 years she has painted murals and painted tapestries for homes and businesses in Northern California. Colleen lives with her husband near Sacramento, close to her 3 grown stepsons, her beautiful 3 year old grandson and her 95 lb. bull mastiff.
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51 Responses to “Sites You Should Submit Your Content To”

  1. J. Hill says:

    Awesome! I have been missing out on a lot of opportunities!

  2. heather says:

    This is a great resource, Colleen! Thanks for putting it together!

  3. Andrew says:

    This is wonderful. Thanks for the lists. Although, this means I will actually have to think through my creative process 🙂

    Drew

  4. Michael says:

    Great roundup! Thanks for including Homepodge in your list 🙂

  5. wow, thanks for putting this list together. i’ve been pretty lazy about linking up or submitting things, but after spending so much time on a project or craft, it feels like they deserve to be seen-and these sites are great platforms. not to mention full of inspiration for future projects!

  6. Karisa says:

    Don’t forget about FaveCrafts.com! We don’t require any exclusivity or anything, so you can just send any project you have on your blog. We do all the formatting for you too and we LOVE blogger submitted projects 🙂

    • Thanks, Karisa! Didn’t mean to leave FaveCrafts out (I’m a subscriber). I lost all my bookmarks this summer when my computer crashed so I’m slowly rebuilding my submission list.

      I just added FC to my worksheet 😀

  7. I’m glad you all found it helpful. It’s amazing how much traffic some of these sites bring. Plus, I get lots of ideas and inspiration on the same sites. So it’s definitely a win-win!

  8. Oooooh, I LOVE this post!! Thank you. You rock.

    xoxo

    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  9. Thank you for putting this together! I remember reading this post by Amy ( http://crafterminds.com/2011/01/grow-your-blog-ownin-your-content/ ) about owning your own content and how you really need to be careful about giving out your tutorials. I am guessing that she was talking about sites that don’t really promote your blog? If you do read that article, can I ask if the difference is that I choose to submit my post verses someone asking for it? I have let some big blogs take my tutorials and be the first to show it – is that wise? Is there a reason not to do that? I am fairly new (well, one year exactly) but I still feel like I’m not sure what I am doing! Thank you for all the great advice.

    • Selina, thanks so much for the question. I just reread Amy’s article and I totally agree with what she says in it. The majority of links I listed provide a link back to my blog. The few that required me to rewrite the tutorial usually don’t – but, my blog address is in my profile. Just in case someone wants to read more.

      There are a few – like HGTV – that don’t give a space for links or blog addresses. Go figure, right? But, to be honest, I get the most hits from Totally Tutorials & One Pretty Thing, who provide a thumbnail and a link.

      With HGTV being HGTV, I still submit occasionally to them. You never know! But I think I’ll go add my blog address to my profile, just to see if they allow it now – thanks to other bloggers who write for them.

  10. Ashley says:

    Than you for sharing all these website! I better get to work : )

  11. Shona says:

    Thanks so much for this list! I’ve actually been to some of these sites searching for how to submit projects. Thanks again for sharing!

  12. Lynda says:

    Thanks so much for a great list. I’ve only submitted mine to a couple on that list. Thanks again for sharing.

  13. Holy Cow! This is the holy grayel of submission list. I had no idea I could submit to half of the blogs/websites provided! Oh man… I have some work cut out for me! 🙂

  14. Kirsten says:

    Oh my goodness what a blessing!!! That is so generous of you to share these links with us, all the time it must have taken you to find all these sites. Thank you very much.

  15. Hi Colleen! Thanks so much for sharing. Great info =)

  16. Carol says:

    Thanks for sharing this Colleen. It took me forever to realize that you could submit to One Pretty Thing and I didn’t realize U Create was the same! I still feel a little weird doing it!

    • Carol – don’t feel weird. Both Rachel (OPT) & Kari (UCreate) are so warm and welcoming. Rachel even somehow finds the time to email me back to tell me when my submissions will be posted! I mean, seriously! She posts 3-4 times a day, around 16 links each!

      I hope you will submit to them. If it makes you feel any better, they both have ‘submit to us’ on their sites. 😀

    • Carol,
      I absolutely LOVE tutorial submissions! Please feel free to come by anytime! I would love to send my readers your way.

  17. Sarah moore says:

    Craft critique is always looking for submissions too! We have an open call for reporters as well!

  18. Thanks so much for this list. I hadn’t heard of most of them either and wondered where people were submitting things to.

  19. Colleen,
    I absolutely love this post and thank you for including Ucreate! My site would be NOTHING without all of the amazing ladies who take time to share their creativity with me!

  20. I just found another site for the list “CopyCatCrafts” while I was stumbling. http://www.copycatcrafts.com/about/submit/

  21. Charlene says:

    Crafters can also upload photos and SELL their crafts in their own storefronts on eWillow.com for NO CHARGE! Pass it along…

  22. Imy says:

    Thanks for that. A very interesting article!

  23. Fantastic info here. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  24. breanna says:

    thanks so much for putting together such a useful group of resources!

  25. What a fantastic list. Some sites I was already familiar with, but there are so many new ones to check out!

    Thank you, Colleen!

    Jenn

  26. Angie says:

    GeekCrafts.com also accepts submissions via an online submission form: http://geekcrafts.com/submit/

  27. Jessica says:

    I use this post every day. Thanks so much for putting it together.

  28. Anke says:

    Oh, thanks sooo much for this list, it’s extremely useful!

  29. WeKnowStuff says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your resources with us! Before this, I only knew of 2 sites! I can’t wait to submit to a few more on your list!

    Daniele

  30. Anshu says:

    Just what I needed. I found so many new pointers in this article, as well as in comments. I thought I would add my two cents as well. I mainly look for sewing related websites so here’re the ones from my list that haven’t been mentioned yet:

    Free Needle : http://www.freeneedle.com/
    Make For Baby : http://www.makeforbaby.com/
    Sew Can She
    Craft Stew

    Hope it helps, and thanks for sharing your pointers.
    Best
    Anshu

  31. onelmon says:

    just saw this from pinterest. Very useful piece of information. Thank you very much!

  32. Yvette says:

    Craftgawker is fantastic! I get a lot of traffic from that site and I often get lost pouring over all the beautiful craft projects featured on it.

  33. This a new online marketplace for Artist and Crafters to buy and sell there handmade Items. There is also a blog Grammy’s tip of the day. which has tips, shortcuts and Ideas.

  34. Aukse says:

    I am so glad I finally found all these craft websites in one place! Thank you so much it helps a lot! 🙂

  35. Cheri says:

    Colleen–I would love to have you add http://www.thediyclub.com to your list We have a nioce give-a-way every month.

  36. Elena says:

    Very useful information. Thank you very much.

  37. Thank you so much!! 🙂 xxx

  38. Jennifer says:

    Wonderfully helpful list! Thanks so much.

    I’ve been using it a lot lately and I have to say… is it just me or is CraftGawker super strict about photo quality?? I submitted what I thought were really nice, clean photos taken in bright natural light and tweaked on PSP, but I always get rejected due to photo lighting 🙁

    • MuralMaker says:

      CraftGawker is tricky. I wish I had an answer for you, but I don’t. I’ve heard that they’ve even turned down photos by professional photographers, so I don’t really know what they want. I just submit everything and hope 🙂 Keep trying! Thanks for your comment.

  39. Jennifer says:

    Well I’m glad it’s not just me.. submitting everything sounds like good advice to me 🙂

  40. Barb Badder says:

    Thanks. I found some resources that I’d never seen before.

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