Love languages and like writing? Great! We'd love to have you create content for us.
To answer your first two questions:
- We're looking for articles that are approximately ~1,500 words in length
- We pay a flat rate of $50.00 USD per article (may be negotiable for experienced writers and/or articles on very niche topics)
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What sort of content we want
We're pretty open. If you click around our blog, you'll find a variety of content on topics somehow related to language and/or culture. Language is often a means to an end, so we try to provide content that helps people with both the means (learning a language) and the end (enjoying a language). If you're learning French because you've got an upcoming vacation to Paris planned, for example, we think it's worthwhile to provide you with a post about six must-visit museums in Paris.
If you're looking for ideas, here are the four general topics we post about and a few examples of posts we're particularly happy with for each one.
1. Posts on "fun" topics
This is any kind of content that is (a) entertaining and (b) accessible to people even if they have no background in a given language. This sort of content generates a disproprtionate amount of traffic, and we use it to help funnel traffic to our more in-depth posts on less-Googled topics.
A few example posts:
- Turkish Basics: Ten Expressions to Start and End Interactions
- Differences Between Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese
- An Introduction to Manglish, Malaysia's English
2. Posts on grammar
If you're learning another language, you need to understand grammar. We aren't necessarily striving to be a grammar dictionary, but we do want to make sure we have high-quality content covering the most infamous grammar points that learners of a given language will definitely encounter and struggle with.
A few example posts:
- How to Get Chinese Word Order Right
- Le Subjonctif: The French Subjunctive Made Easy
- Italian Prepositions: Everything You Need to Know
3. Posts about culture and media
As we said — language is often a means to an end. Let's assume you've learned a language to a decent level: what do you do now? Many learners aren't sure. With these types of posts, we're aiming to give them some ideas and help them transition from learning a language to living a language.
A few example posts:
- Popular French Cultural Events and Festivals
- 5 Spanish Books for Learners at Different Levels
- Exploring Russian History & Culture: 5 Recommended Russian Films
4. "Other" topics
If you happen to know something cool about a topic that is somehow related to language, let us know! While these niche topics might not necessarily generate a lot of traffic, they do attract specific types of curious learners, and we'd love to build a reputation as being a place where you can go to find unique content that isn't just the basic SEO drivel everyone else on the internet is publishing.
A few example posts:
- Your Alphabet: The History of the Latin Script
- Hack Foreign Vocabulary with the DNA of Language
- The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis: Does Language Create Reality?
- Classical Guitar Throughout Spanish Culture: An Overview
- How to Improve Your Pronunciation in Any Language
Basic Partnership Rules
Here's a few biggies that are non-negotiable for us. The golden rule is that we strive to create value for our readers, and we expect you to do so, too.
Rule #1: Pitch us first
This will save both of us time. Let us know what you want to write about before you begin writing.
Rule #2: Your content must be original, detailed and unique
We're looking for original content that's engaging and full of useful information — in other words, whatever you're writing about, satisfy search intent. Somebody clicking on your article arrived because they had a very specific question; provide them with a satisfying answer.
Rule #3: Focus on objective facts and practical tips
Unless you've gotten it OK'd beforehand, avoid making your blog post an opinional piece. You can definitely share your thoughts and it's alright to have a bias (we all do), but we'd prefer that you take a more neutral tone in your writing and focus on the data/objective facts.
Again, our primary goal is to create value for readers. People should leave your post knowing something concrete that they didn't know going into it.
Rule #4: Don't advertise to our audience
We get it. You're probably not submitting content to our blog just because you're thrilled for the opportunity to be published.
All the same, nobody likes stumbling into a hidden advertisement. We don't want people to associate our blog content with half-hearted attempts to squeeze in a bit of marketing messaging. As such, please do not see Glossika's blog as being a place for making a sale. Your goal should be to educate, not to advertise.
In exchange for you taking the time to educate our audience, we will give you two backlinks:
- One in the body. This link must be purely educational in nature and somehow relevant to the topic of your article. We strive to create value with our blog posts, and if that value happens to be on your blog or YouTube (etc.), we're OK with sending people there.
- One in the author bio. You've got much more leeway here. Go ahead and introduce your company. You can even include a link directing readers to your product.
We work with each author to create a professional graphic. Examples of these graphics (and the "author bio backlink" mentioned above) can be seen below:
- Your email subject: [Guest Post] Title of your article
For example: [Guest Post] Asking Directions the Right Way in French
- Submit via Google Docs (please enable editing/commenting)
- Aim for ~1,500 words
- We currently accept posts in English and Mandarin Chinese
- Give us an author photo and a brief biography (2-3 sentences) — we'll make you a graphic if you don't have one
- All submitted articles will be reviewed by our editorial team — we'll notify you of any changes made and won't publish an article until we're both happy
- All guest posts will be promoted on our social media channels
Ready to pitch us?
If you’re interested in contributing to the Glossika blog, please send your pitch(es) to email@example.com
We'll do our best to respond within three business days. If you don't hear back from us within a week, please feel free to send a reminder.