Hello! Thanks for your interest in guest posting on LinguaLift. Below, you’ll find an overview of what makes a good post, the submission process, and tips on how to promote your contribution once it is live.
We receive a very high number of guest post requests, and we’ve created these guidelines as a way to make sure that we’re collaborating with partners who share the same ideals as us. If after reading this you think that might be you, then we’d be delighted to share your advice, ideas and stories with our readers.
- We’re looking for in-depth, evergreen articles of at least 2000 words.
- Genuinely useful throughout. Every paragraph can be defended for its utility to the reader.
- Carefully choose one niche topic, be specific and explore it in every detail.
- The article must be authored by you, and unpublished elsewhere.
- Link to your original sources. Make it easy for readers to dig deeper!
- Link to at least one other LinguaLift article to add value.
- Include actionable takeaways and recommended next steps.
Important: Before you write a post, please check what has previously been covered on our blog, then email us 3-5 of your best original topic ideas, including prospective titles and a few takeaways for each. We’ll help you find the one that will appeal best to our readers
We’re looking for posts that are fun and easy to read, but provide real practical value.
Here are some examples of the topics that you could cover:
- Practical tips to improve your language skills (7 ways to improve vocabulary, 60s hacks)
- Specific study methods or learning tools (ex.: Intensive language learning, Readlang review)
- Motivational stories of language learners (problem, solution, result)
- Career opportunities involving languages
We are especially interested in blog posts exploring language learning through the lens of other interests, skills and career fields (ex.: language learning is like going to the gym). Listen to a few episodes of Between Worlds by Mike Walsh for inspiration.
Think about how the article will be enjoyed on a variety of devices and screens. Try to have no more than 2–3 sentences per paragraph.
Make active use of block quotes (
>) and put
[Tweet] after short, shareable sentences. (See our older blog posts for examples.)
Only include images when they add value to the blog post. Don’t sprinkle random stock photos throughout the text.
Read, edit, re-read, and edit again. We will have our own editor go through your submission and make additional changes, but contributions with a confusing narrative and grammar mistakes will be rejected right away.
Think of a title that would grab the readers’ attention and make them curious about reading more. A good headline should follow the four Us:
- Be useful to the reader,
- Provide her with a sense of urgency,
- Convey the idea that the main benefit is somehow unique; and
- Do all of the above in an ultra-specific way.
We recommend that you come up with a least a dozen headlines for your contribution. Some of the latter ones, once you start to run out of ideas and begin to think truly creatively, usually hit the mark.
We’re not looking for ‘click-bait’ titles; we’re looking for a title that piques the readers’ interest, and then delivers on that promise.
We reject the majority of posts that are submitted to us. The main reason for rejection that the author hasn’t followed these guidelines. Once successful, we ask you to:
- Please supply us with a short 1–2 sentence bio so we can credit the post to your name. The bio should reflect you as person, rather than as a job title.
- Be prepared to work on your article and accept suggestions to improve your writing. We don’t publish an article without a rigorous editing process, and we want you to be a part of that.
- We reserve the right to edit the of the post for readability.
- The copyright of your work will be vested with us, and this gives us the right to choose where, and for how long it is published. We will always credit you as author.
- It can take up to three months before your guest post is published on our blog.
- Once the post is live, we ask that you promote it on your blog, social media and in your newsletter to extend its reach. Some ideas that have worked for us in the past are:
- Share the blog post on an appropriate sub-Reddit.
- Search on Quora, and if there’s a question relevant to the blog post share a genuinely useful answer based on its content (i.e., not just an excerpt), then link to the full post at the end.
- Search relevant forums, and if there’s a recent question relevant to the blog post share a genuinely useful answer based on its content (i.e., not just an excerpt), then link to the full post at the end.
- Join relevant LinkedIn and Facebook groups and share the blog post with their members.
- Share the blog post in relevant Google+ groups.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Marta at firstname.lastname@example.org