I am excited to be able to offer opportunities for guest posting on So You Want To Teach? However, due to an overwhelming number of off-topic article submissions and overall time constraints in my own schedule, the guest articles have to be great. Therefore, only the highest quality articles will be given consideration. Below are guidelines that will help give you the best chance to get an article published.
Thank you, and some background
First of all, thank you for your interest in writing an article to be featured on So You Want To Teach? I have maintained this website since June 2007, with articles dating back to February 2007. As of August 2016, the blog has over:
650 RSS subscribers
1,950 Twitter Followers
1,275 Facebook Fans
2 million pageviews
Google PageRank 4
Since I resumed blogging in June 2016, pageviews have once again picked up. July 2016 saw more than 10,000 views. As the new school year kicks into gear, that is likely to continue growing.
As a result, your article will reach thousands of educators, many of whom will pass the information along to others in their network. So, what kinds of articles have the best chance of success? The top 10 Guest posts on the site are:
- 5 Classroom Management Skills Every Teacher Must Have (#8 most popular article on this blog)
- 45 Tasks for Parent Volunteers in the Classroom (#12 most popular article on this blog)
- 50 Online Reference Sites for Teachers (#13 most popular article on this blog)
- 25 Free Apps for Tech-Loving Teachers (#15 most popular article on this blog)
- Reader Appreciation: Pamela (#24 most popular article on this blog)
Those articles all have over 22,000 views as of June, 2016. The next 5 have over 13,000 views.
- Are Classroom Rules Needed?
- Make Love, Not War
- Gone Wild: Classroom Jobs
- 20 Great Websites for Teachers
- Early Childhood Education: What Makes a Great Teacher
Clearly, the topics that resonate the most with my readers are classroom management and lists of online teaching resources.
Beginning in September 2016, I will begin charging for guest contributions, and limit to no more than one guest article per week.
Your bio will be at the beginning of the article and will look something like this:
I’m really not all that concerned with how many links you include or how much information, as long as you’re linking to legit sites. The bio will also include an avatar based on the email address you send me.
I will provide an appropriate customized title image for your article. The image help the article perform better on social media sites. This also ensures that it fits into the design standards of the rest of the website.
Make the article as long as you feel is appropriate. You may break longer articles up into installments, or just send one big huge thing. The articles that have the most success tend to have between 500 and 2,000 words.
Ultimately, this is my website and I am responsible for the content that is posted on it. I want it to be of the highest quality and class. If I feel a need to make a minor editorial change in preparing the article to publication, I will do it. If I feel there are numerous minor or any major changes that are needed, we will discuss that more in-depth.
Ultimately, I ask myself “Can a first year teacher read this article and go away having an elevated sense of HOPE or at least apply something from it in the classroom tomorrow to make life better?” If the answer is no, then we can rework it some to get it more in line with the target audience. Ultimately, this will help your article perform better. Some suggested topics that tend to do well include:
- Classroom management
- Solving problems for first-year teachers
- Inspirational/optimistic/it’s all going to get better soon type posts
- Personal development
- What were you least prepared for this year?
- What were you most prepared for this year?
- What were some of the biggest surprises this year; things that you never guessed might happen based on your student teaching experience?
- What advice would you give to students enrolled in teacher preparation courses
- What advice would you give the ten year younger version of yourself
- Lists of technology resources
- Useful education or music related infographics
You should include links in the blog. I will check each link prior to approving it. Sponsored articles will include nofollow tags on links.
You can view all previous guest articles from this site here: Guest Contributions
Feel free to email me if you have any further questions.