How to Become a Get Educated Guest Blogger
Who Can Be a Guest Blogger?
If you are a genuine online learning expert we want you chatting up our readers with your intelligent musings, whether that be in the form of articles, infographics, or video shorts.
We especially welcome book authors, course developers, ed tech geeks, and online students and teachers alike who are interested in shedding light on online learning and the future of higher education.
Why Be a Guest Blogger on Get Educated?
If you’re an expert or thought leader on any aspect of online learning — online teaching, online college quality, degree mills, online student success, open source, ebooks, consumer finance for higher education, or ed tech trends — your opinion matters.
Your insights could help a new generation of lifelong learners and DIY students get educated about quality online learning. That’s what we’re here for – to help Americans get educated about the best online learning options BEFORE they enroll.
Get Educated is visited more than 100,000 times a month. Our traffic is 100% organic, and we get a lot of attention for our unique efforts. (Hey, we run the only online college ranking and reviews site hand-crafted to help consumers compare online colleges. We want to help people get educated about online earning so they get matched to the right program at the lowest possible cost.)
EXPERT CITATIONS – Get Educated routinely gets cited by pundits in big media like Kiplinger, Bankrate, New York Times, CNN, Forbes, PC World, Fortune, Yahoo, The Ladders, and more …
It can’t hurt you to have your expert advice featured on our web site.
Your guest article will be published with a bio, your picture, 1 link back to your main website, and up to 2 additional links back to your best resources or services (Here is where you can promote that book, consulting service or your freelance services….)
What We Love in Our Inbox
We crave good, clean advice for consumers looking to get educated about the best in online learning. We are dying for fresh, smart career and teaching tips for online educators who want to take up careers in the digital world.
We cover financial aid, adult and non-traditional student issues, online teaching jobs and careers, online student tips, new product and new college reviews, the best online education for hot careers, diplomas mills, and online education scams.
1–Top Lists / Best lists
Time is short. Attention spans too. Lists are darn popular. Tell our readers – both online students and teachers – who, in your expert opinion, offers the best of anything related to online learning. Top 5 – Top 10 – Top 7. Help our readers cut through the clutter, hype and drivel that gets served up by a Google search today. Be real and recommend the very best!
2–How to Tips for Students
Each article should contain at least 5 solid, actionable tips for solving a specific problem. Offer solutions for an online student, teacher, or consumer who is trying to decide if they should buy a higher ed product or service online. We cover higher education, so assume the student is in college or doing advanced high school placement or career/technical studies online. Adult and non-traditional student tips are great for us. Women, the military and first-generation college students are our fan base.
3—How to Tips for Teachers
Teachers and professors need help keeping up with everything from how to find a teaching job online, to the 7 best ways to use Facebook in a Class, to the top 10 free content creation tools for their students. Help ‘em out!
4—Reviews – Product or Concept THUMBS UP or THUMBS DOWN –
If there’s a new tech toy, application, product, company, or service – like an iPad app for special education or an online tutoring site — review it using a pro and con style, then judge it – Give it the ole Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down or slap on a letter grade from A to F.
5—Refreshing New Spins on Tired Old Debates
What We Hope Never Dirties Our Inbox
1–Self-Promotion OR Content Farm Articles
Articles written by paid marketers that promote any one degree or online degree search or lead generation site will be set aflame and sent back to you (or printed out and given to Chester the Dog with an Online MBA to happily destroy). If your piece would look good on any spam farm it’s not for us.
No fluffy, watered down topics like “how to get a degree online,” or “why moms like online learning.” A) They’re not even helpful, and B) they’ve been done before. We want content that’s got more meat on its bones: hard real tips, advice, and insights.
NO posts that teasers or off-site link bait. These posts force readers to leave our site to see the entire article or to discuss the issue on your blog or your social media site. Our readers want the whole story. And it better be good.
General Examples of types of articles we’d like to see more of:
- 10 Best Apple iPad Applications for Teaching English Online
- 7 Top Websites for Librarians Who Lust After Online Learning
- 6 Ways to Go Back to College Online and Keep One Eye on the Kids
- 5 Ways For-Profit Online Schools Rip Off Students
- 5 Ways Non-Profit Online Colleges Fail to Serve Students
- Special Education Teachers – 3 Best Free Digital Tools to Take Charge of the Classroom
How to Submit a Guest Article
Step 1: Pitch it to us Baby
Send us a suggested title and a maximum 75 word pitch. Send us links to your 3 best articles so we can see you in action. We’ll respond in 3 days if we think you’re a good match.
Step 2: Write Your Heart Out
If we like your pitch, our editors will get right back to ASAP, begging you for more-more-more.
- Article must be 500-1000 words
- Must be an original post 100% authored and owned by you. The article cannot be published in its current form anywhere else, including your own website. (30 days after we publish it you can however post it to your own site!)
- Submit draft in Microsoft Word via email or using Google Docs.
- Insert no affiliate links. No product for sale links.
- Submit a 50 word max bio, a picture of you yourself, and a link for your photo/bio.
- To illustrate your post, include a photo that you own, or include a link to a suggested Flickr photo with a Creative Commons license attribution such as Attribution, Attribution-NoDerivs, or Attribution-ShareAlike (you can search CC photos on flickr here http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/by-2.0/)
Step 3: Get a Sweet Reward
After reviewing your draft our editor will do one of three possible things:
- Accept your piece. She’ll provide a run date when we believe the article will be published on the site. You’ll get $50 to thank you – or, if you don’t want the lucre we’ll donate the same $50 to the charity of your choice.
- Do some edits or ask you to do a bit of re-writing to make the article a tighter fit with our audience.
- Send the article back with a rejection. This rarely happens. But in theory it could happen if you pitch us one thing and send us word poo-poo instead.
1. Will Get Educated own my post?
We assume all rights BUT 30 days after posting on our site you can re-blog on your own site with attribution back to the original post at Get Educated. You can also just post an intro to your piece on your own site with a link to the Get Educated full posting.
2. Will Get Educated edit my post?
Yes, of course. We edit all articles. We edit for clarity, tone, grammar, and appropriate linking.
3. Will my post carry my bio and byline?
Yes, and it will also carry a link back to your own site or blog so people can read more of your great stuff.
4. Do you pay?
Yes, if it’s really good stuff we start at $50 per piece. The more people show us they like your stuff by linking to it, tweeting it, sharing it, commenting on it, and sourcing it, the more you will be paid as time goes on. If cold hard cash isn’t really your style, we’ll happily donate your pay to the charity of your choice.
4. Can I Get Hired as a Regular Writer for Get Educated?
If you’re really-really-really good at writing fresh advice, tips, product reviews, how to articles, videos, or visually rich infographics, we have begun looking for telecommuting section editors who know higher education inside out, and who can create crisp word salads that help consumers get educated about the best online education sources, products, and experiences.
Show us your best stuff.
If it’s really good, we’ll want to go steady with you.