Sending a Guest Post as an .rtf (or .txt) of HTML

Did you get all of that?

If you’re not a blogger, you can probably move along. Is that bad for business? Ok, fine. Stay. You might learn something new.

Here’s the deal: I’ve done a lot of guest posts in my time, and (especially lately) I’ve had a lot of people guest post for me. One of the questions that is usually thrown around in the transaction is, “What format do you want that in?” For me, it’s an easy answer. If you’re going to guest post for me and do work for me, you can send it over written in pudding on toilet paper and I will be forever thankful.

But, a few people have asked me how to send a post as an .rtf or .txt of the HTML, and I figured if a couple of people had this question, then it must be good blog fodder for this post-pregnancy brain.

Let’s talk the nitty gritty.

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What is an .rtf (or .txt)?

An .rtf is a type of file (just like a .doc or a .pdf), and it stands for Rich Text Format. It can be opened by many different types of word processors, so the the person you send it to never has to worry about being able to open it with some special program.

On a PC, you can create an .rtf in Notepad, and on a Mac, you can create one in Text Edit (.txt). When you save the file, choose the drop down menu that says .rtf. Bam. Done.

On a PC, you can create an .rtf in Notepad, and on a Mac, you can create one in Text Edit (.txt).

An .rtf file is a sure way to make sure that your HTML isn’t distorted when you send it to another blogger. That way, when they put in your guest post into their own publisher, it doesn’t get all wonky and need reformatting. Bloggers love that.

What is HTML?

HTML stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (snore), and it’s basically a computer language that when used correctly can create websites and stuff like that – stuff like blog posts too!

It’s got lots of symbols and rules and things, so learning it takes a little while. Luckily, you don’t have to learn to code HTML to copy it and send it to another blogger. Your blog publisher does it all for you. Sweet.

How to Copy HTML

When you’re in your publisher, click on the tab that takes you to the HTML. In Blogger, the tab is called HTML. In WordPress, it is call Text. Here are some screenshots:

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Write your post and add all your pictures and links and whatever else you do. Click on your HTML or Text tab, and you’ll to see a bunch of weird language with your words mixed in. Copy alllll of that. Don’t miss anything and don’t mess around with it. Now, go into Notepad or Text Edit, paste it there, and save it as an .rtf or .txt.

You’re done.

All of your words, all of your pictures, all of your links, all of your everything are stored in that code you just saved. Send that file to the person you are guest posting for, and she will love you like water. All she has to do now is plug that code into her Text or HTML tab, and bada bing – instant blog post complete!

Aren’t you glad you read all of that?


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  1. says

    I’ve not done any guest posting or had any…but never say never….so I’m favorite-ing this one, just b/c I love me some knowledge! Blessings on that new precious bebe!!

  2. says

    You mean I wasn’t the only one who asked
    about what preferred format guest posts
    were submitted in? whew! lol

    Great post, it did clear up a few questions
    that I didn’t know I had, or didn’t know that i didn’t know.
    Thank you! :)

  3. says

    has been set to “On”, the document becomes a rich-text editing area and the user can type into it as if it were a textarea. The most basic keyboard commands such as copy and paste are available, all others need to be implemented by the website.

  4. says

    Thank you for this! I had to swing back and find it, and now will pin it for future use. And just an FYI: if you type in Google Drive, you can save your document in .rtf.

    • Jenna says

      Ooh. Love that tip. I knew you could make it a .pdf, but I guess I never noticed the .rtf :) p.s. how was the last race you did?