Guitar Chalk's primary goal is to provide high-quality content for the guitar and music education community.
If you consider yourself a guitar or music nerd with valuable tips, tricks, learning methods, techniques or insight into music theory, guitar or bass, you're more than welcome to write for us and add to our library of solid, useful guitar resources.
These guidelines will provide all the information you need to get started with your article.
PLEASE, consider and review recent articles on Guitar Chalk as they are your absolute best template to aim for, since they represent the level of quality we expect, if we're to accept and publish your material.
Before you get to pen and paper (or keyboard) be sure and review our most recent articles at Guitar Chalk.
What your article should accomplish
Sharing practical examples and methods is one of the most important aspects of our content. Thus, you article should follow suit and provide readers with the following:
- New insights and ideas
- Shared expertise (mistakes, what you've learned, things you wish you had known)
- A deeper understanding of the topic you're discussing
The more practical and concrete this can be, the better.
Ambiguity, fluff and broad generalizations should be aggressively avoided in your submission copy.
At the same time, this doesn't mean that you shouldn't express your own opinion. You can, and should "be you" when you write, and carry on a conversational tone, but without filler or paragraphs with no real point or value.
To be more specific, here is a do and don't list for your submission.
Your best bet is to write in a natural and conversational tone.
- Write in a conversational tone
- Give practical, concrete examples, advise and knowledge gained from personal experience
- Include media, pictures, diagrams and photos
- Use bulleted lists (like this one) and broken paragraphs for easier consumption
- Proof read your content and send us a reasonably clean copy
- Provide an author bio at the end of your post with a link to your own website
- Cite your sources
- Drone on about how great something is without telling us why that thing you're talking about might be great. Convince us.
- Use vague guitar improvement tips like "try a guitar app" or "try Skype lessons." We'd rather see how YOU used that guitar app to improve your own playing, how it worked and some freaking screenshots.
- Write about something you DON'T consider yourself an expert in. For example, maybe you're steeped in pedal mods? Write about it.
- Make broad generalizations in place of definitive statements. Avoid things like, "XX is probably the most common way to learn guitar in some cases." Be confident and clear in what you're saying. If you can't be, you shouldn't be writing it down.
- Send in copy that's plagued with grammatical and spelling errors. A few are unavoidable, but copy you're submitting should be cleanly proof read.
We want to publish well-written, thorough and unique content that is pristine and valuable for the long term.
This means that the substance of your writing is vastly more important than the length. However, we typically publish content that is around 2000 words, which, if you follow the above guidelines, shouldn't be a problem.
Good writers do not have trouble writing a lot of words. In fact, after your first draft is done, your challenge should be to REDUCE your copy, and have a lower word count.
Take your time and get it right.
Buckle down and take the time to get it right - you'll have a far better submission to present, as a result.
PAYMENT & BENEFITS: Guitar Chalk guest authors have two different options when it comes to reimbursement for their writing:
- Offer their content free and link the article as they wish (affiliate links, etc.).
- Accept payment for their content, and allow Guitar Chalk to link the article.
The second option still allows you to have a link to your website in your bio, but any other links must be strictly resource-focused and not related to affiliate or SEO benefit.
Those who go for the second option will be reimbursed based on the following criteria:
- Length of article
- Structure and cleanliness of copy (spelling, grammar - less editing on our end)
- Overall quality of their article
Before publishing, we make sure that both parties agree to, and are satisfied with, the terms of compensation.
GUITAR CHALK TRAFFIC INFO: For those who choose the first method, offering the content free of charge in exchange for including their own affiliate links, you can base your potential earnings on the following metrics:
- 75,000 visits per month
- 215,000 page views per month
- 2600+ social media following
- Bounce rate of less than 1%
While we cannot guarantee the success your article might have, you can count on a lot of impressions for your content, which in the proper context, has the potential to drive leads and conversions.
Good to go? Take the next step...
Based in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Guitar Chalk typically works with writers in the surrounding area, though can accept content from anywhere in the world. If you're interested in writing for us, please use the contact form below.
We'll review your submission and get back to you quickly.
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