TUT Contribution Program

Interested in becoming a writer for The Urban Twist?

Your City. Your World. Your Twist.

Everyone has a voice. What’s yours?

The Urban Twist is a platform that allows journalists and bloggers the opportunity to get their voices heard and read, and for them to also be able to take home the revenue their articles generate over their lifetime.

We are always looking for strong passionate writers who are motivated to develop and write engaging content.

Our primary goal is to deliver quality content. If you feel that you’re up for the task, please read this information. It will greatly improve your chances of being accepted into our contributors’ program.

Who Should Apply?

You should! (Unless you are a spammer)

Our authors range from experienced writers to first-timers. As our process includes editorial oversight, we can be a great place to publish your first piece.

We’re primarily wanting writers who are looking for exposure for their writings and/or an opportunity to get real-world experience.

We are looking for reporters, journalists, and writers who can produce in-depth premium content with expert knowledge in one or more of TUT’s featured categories.

What Kind Of Articles Do We Publish?

We publish articles written by people who work on the web, for people who work on the web. These include:

  • News Articles: This one is self-explanatory.  Anything trending on the world wide web or breaking news would apply here. News articles could cover any category and topics that we cover on our site.
  • Viral News Stories: Stories that are going viral and have created great discussion among those who have seen or heard about the story.  A good example of a recent viral story would be Charlo Greene quitting her reporter job live on air.
  • Music, Film, and Video Games Reviews.
  • List posts.
  • Original News Stories: You’re the reporter.  You’ve discovered this bit of news, so why not report it on our site?  Let your creativity and freedom of expression run wild with these kinds of pieces.
  • Op-Ed  News Articles: These kinds of articles are the backbone of what The Urban Twist is all about.  We love for our writers to share their opinion or “twist”, as we like to call it, on a wide variety of subjects that are near to them.  These kinds of pieces are specially created to form some sort of dialog and feedback with our readers.  Whether good or bad feedback is given, creating discussion is critical with these kinds of articles.

What Do We Not Publish?

We work with individual authors. Real people that our readers can reach out to if needed. We will immediately reject your application submitted on behalf of your CEO or a nameless member of your team. If your CEO would like to write for us, great! Send them this page and they can make contact in the same way as everyone else.

We do not publish articles that are an obvious attempt at content marketing. While your experience in your company and with your product is valuable, pieces full of links to your product, or which are a walkthrough of how to use your application will be rejected.

We are also not interested in SEO companies, content producers, or anyone trying to link-bait using our site for guest posting and articles that are not related to our core audience. We’re looking for actual journalists and bloggers.

We do have sponsored post options for companies who would like to increase their visibility while sponsoring great content. Again, this is not a way to post an advert, rather a way for you to put your name to some great content for our readers. Examples might be a company with a web performance tool sponsoring a series of articles about performance; an email service sponsoring an article about email design. Contact us if you would like to discuss this.

Who Are We Publishing For?

The Urban Twist audience are professional web designers, developers and other people involved in developing websites and online businesses. When you write, assume that your reader is a knowledgeable peer. Writing a beginner article about a technology is great (we are all beginners at something), but you can assume a starting point of familiarity with web technologies.

Practical advice that comes from real experience, plus well researched opinion is what we aim for. See the writing and style guide for more tips on how to write for our audience.

What Will We Ask Of You?

When we give your outline the green light and ask you to write an article we ask that:

  • The article is an original piece of work for Smashing Magazine, not something you have published elsewhere.
  • You will work with the editor assigned to you, and be open to their feedback.
  • You will establish a timeline for delivery with your editor, and if you realize you will miss a deadline, communicate with them.
  • You commit to our publishing policy, this is especially important to consider if you are writing about something learned while working on your own products. You can always ask your editor if anything is unclear.

What Will The Urban Twist Do For You?

Creating great content is a two-way process:

  • We will pay you promptly on publication of your article.
  • We have lovely, experienced editors and reviewers with specific knowledge in the subjects we cover. They will help ensure your article really hits the mark.
  • We give you a byline with your photograph and biography, so readers can find out more about you and your work.
  • We will promote your article on Twitter and in all our other channels.

We have a full guide to our writing process here, we aim to create a great experience for authors and to help you publish your best work with us.

Experience is a valuable commodity. If you’re looking to become a full-time journalist or freelancer, we’ll give you a great launching pad and invaluable experience in the article creation process. We’ll teach you how to use one of the most popular publishing programs, and how to adhere to best practices for online media creation.

The opportunities that are available for our writers are directly tied to the level of commitment that a writer demonstrates for our site. Current and past contributors have had opportunities to interview celebrities and gain access to red carpet events.  We’ve even had contributors move on to start their own foundations and their own websites after using us as a launching pad.

 

 

Ok, I’m interested. How do I start?

Read on below to find out what we’re looking for in new contributors.

Payment – Yes (Dependent on page views)

Requirements –  We are only looking for ambitious writers who are looking to actively contribute to the site on a daily basis, preferably multiple articles per day and the desire to take on assignments which include reviews, guides, list style articles, and more.  You will meet weekly requirements for article quotas and monthly requirements for traffic quotas.

Our main areas of interest are:

  • News Articles: This one is self-explanatory.  Anything trending on the world wide web or breaking news would apply here. News articles could cover any category and topics that we cover on our site.  Some examples can be seen below in our rules section.
  • Viral News Stories: Stories that are going viral and have created great discussion among those who have seen or heard about the story.  A good example of a recent viral story would be Charlo Greene quitting her reporter job live on air.
  • Music, Film, and Video Games Reviews.
  • List posts.
  • Original News Stories: You’re the reporter.  You’ve discovered this bit of news, so why not report it on our site?  Let your creativity and freedom of expression run wild with these kinds of pieces.
  • Op-Ed  News Articles: These kinds of articles are the backbone of what The Urban Twist is all about.  We love for our writers to share their opinion or “twist”, as we like to call it, on a wide variety of subjects that are near to them.  These kinds of pieces are specially created to form some sort of dialog and feedback with our readers.  Whether good or bad feedback is given, creating discussion is critical with these kinds of articles.

Voluntary Contributors

If the above doesn’t sound like you, but you are interested in contributing to our site we would still like to talk with you.  Voluntary contribution to our site will still have some expectations attached to it, but far less than what’s listed above.

Apply Today!

If you think you have what it takes and you are ready to write in-depth premium content, apply today to become a contributor.

We are interested in forging long-term collaborations with our writers. If accepted, we’ll provide you with detailed guidelines and suggestions, so you will know exactly what we expect and what we are interested in.

Note: We are not accepting any guest posts at the moment. We are also not interested in SEO companies, Content producers, or anyone trying to link-bait using our site for guest posting and articles that are not related to our core audience.  We’re looking for actual journalists and bloggers.

Also Please Note: Just because you apply to become a writer on our site doesn’t guarantee that we will accept you.  We unfortunately are not able to email everyone who applies due to number of submissions that we receive.

WRITER APPLICATION

6 EASY STEPS TO MAKING MONEY ON THE URBAN TWIST

On top of these 6 simple steps to getting started writing and earning on The Urban Twist we have a resource center. You can explore it here. It has guides on everything from getting started to writing reviews and lists.

1.

Before you jump into the world of revenue share content writing there are some things you should understand. First of all, while writing on The Urban Twist your revenue will come from a few different sources.

You will generate most of your earnings from AdSense. Adsense pays out at around $2-$3 per 1,000 views, but it is subject to change and depends on content. On top of that, we also partner up with affiliate programs such as Amazon but the going rate is based on our Adsense revenue generated.

PLEASE NOTE: We can and will negotiate better rates for those authors who have the ability to bring in more traffic than the norm through their followings.

2.

Once you’re satisfied that you want to write for The Urban Twist you can jump into the exciting community and get to know everyone. First however, you’ll need to apply.

3.

Okay, so you’ve applied and registered an account, you’re wondering what is next. First of all you need to decide what you want from The Urban Twist. Are you going to be an occasional book reviewer who earns beer money or are you going to be a hardcore contributor who writes 3-4 highly polished articles a day and tops our earning leader board?

If you cannot decide, but still want to contribute as a writer, and be part of the community you can take your time but please keep in mind that to be eligible as a paid contributor, you must average at least 3 posts per week.

4.

Once you have decided what type of writer you want to be (there is no commitment, so do what you want really), it’s time to start writing content.

You will earn advertising revenue on all lists you write, but you’ll earn a lot more if you write product orientated lists that feature 5+ items linked from different affiliate sources. We have listed all the companies we are partnered with here, so you can pick and choose products from them for maximum earnings.

5.

So you’ve done your research, you’ve spent hours writing a high quality post… now what? Well after you click submit an editor will take a look at your post. We have a dedicated team of editors who take quality very seriously. If they think the quality is good enough they will create a stylish thumbnail and header image for your post and submit it.

If there are some minor problems with grammar and spelling then the editors will correct them and post your edited post. If your post does not meet our quality standards then it may be rejected. Feel free to contact the person who rejected your post for an explanation.

Editing can take up to a few days as we get a lot of post submission, but it is normally a lot faster. If you get a track record of creating high quality posts then you may be able to eventually approve your posts on your own.

6.

So you’ve submitted a bunch of high quality articles and reviews, you’ve added hundreds of items to lists…where are the earnings?

As you write lists and articles for The Urban Twist you will soon realize that there is no secret bullet to earning lots of money online. If your content is quality and your list contributions are the best you will soon see your earnings picking up. The Urban Twist is a growing website so an article you write now may not earn a lot now, but in the future it could go viral and get a lot of traffic.

This is part of the beauty of The Urban Twist. You earn from your article for as long as it is live.