Write for us

DeskTime is a time tracking and productivity app used by thousands of companies and freelancers worldwide. Our blog is about productivity, team efficiency, employee management, work-life balance, and generally - about those 90,000 hours of our life that we spend at work.

If you're an experienced writer and want to write for us, we'll be happy to hear from you. That being said, we have some ground rules that we ask you to follow or we won't be able to accept your submission.

Here's what we're looking for in an article:

Originality

We do not publish content that has already been published somewhere else. Google doesn't like duplicate content, and we don't like being your second choice.

Comprehensiveness

We're looking for well-researched, in-depth articles that are at least 1500 words long. In fact, the articles that do best are usually at least 2000 words long. We want more of them.

Actionable tips

We want practical tips and takeaways that our readers can put to work. That being said, use theory, research, and science for supporting your claims and making your article more comprehensive. Always add links to reputable sources that back up what you're saying.

Real-life examples

Share your experience and use examples to help readers better understand the topic. In most cases, it'll be your experience and unique standpoint that will add the biggest value to your article.

Logical structure

Pay attention to the structure and make sure it's easy to follow your flow of thought. Every article should consist of an introduction, body, and conclusion. When writing, always explain why are you mentioning a specific idea or concept, and how it helps you answer the question proposed in the headline.

Reader-friendly formatting

We're looking for articles that are easy to scan through - short paragraphs, clear headlines, sub-headlines, bullet lists, images, etc. In the best case scenario, the reader should be able to learn the main takeaways by only reading headlines.

Proper grammar

Use Grammarly (it's free!), ask a friend or hire a freelance proofreader to edit your article before submitting it to us.

Please, do not pitch:

  • Topics that have already been covered on our blog before

  • Anything that is too promotional

  • Articles whose only purpose is to get a backlink

  • General "how to be more productive" type of articles

  • Superficial "best apps" type of listicles - if you want to write such an article, make sure you review min. 50 apps and add lots of details

How to submit a guest post to DeskTime:

Write an outline

Include:

  • Headline

  • Short intro - what your article is going to be about

  • Article structure - the different paragraphs you plan on including, as well as what you propose to write under those

  • Sources to be used

  • Main takeaways

Submit your outline

Please, keep in mind that we only accept Google Docs (don't forget to give editing access!). When your outline is ready, submit it via this form.

Wait to hear back from us

If we'll be interested, you'll hear back from us. Because we receive many pitches, we may not be able to reply to all. If you have not heard back from us in 5 days, feel free to offer your idea to someone else.

Write your article

Once your outline is accepted, we'll ask you to write and submit a draft. Please, do it by following our guidelines! If the finished article won't fit our guidelines and quality standards, we retain the right to decline publishing it.

Get published

After your article is published, we'll be happy if you help us promote it:

  • Share it on your social media

  • Send an email to your subscriber list

  • Post on relevant niche forums and Reddit groups

  • Email people you've mentioned in the article and encourage them to do everything mentioned above!

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