Your Guide to Becoming a Technical Writer

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Do you want to share your knowledge with the world and get paid to do it? SitePoint is always looking for talented writers to contribute their insights on technology.

Our audience includes developers of all levels, as well as designers. We’re interested in hearing from you if you want to write about JavaScript, Python, Rust, WebAssembly, React, Figma, and Tailwind CSS.

If you’re not a writer but are passionate about technology, we’d still love to hear from you! Can you submit drafts in fluent English and share valuable knowledge with other developers? Great. We’re happy to work with you on your piece (and help you learn the ropes of technical content along the way).

We’re always looking for talented people to contribute. Pitch us and let us know what you’re passionate about!

A Few Tips for Technical Content Beginners

If you’re new to technical content writing, you should keep a few things in mind.

  • First, your article should be well researched and accurate. You should be able to back up your claims with concrete evidence.
  • Second, it should be clear and concise—our readers are busy people, so they appreciate articles that get to the point.
  • Third, it’s important to be able to explain complex concepts in layman’s terms. And to put them together in a way that helps the reader click.
  • And lastly, remember that a little humor goes a long way! We want our readers to enjoy your article, even if it is about a dry subject.

If you can keep these things in mind, you’re on your way to becoming a SitePoint contributor! We look forward to reading your pitches.

Pitches We’re Looking For

We’re always interested in hearing from developers, designers, content creators, and digital makers who want to write about the latest and most impactful technologies.

Some of the topics we’ve written about recently include:

  • Front-end architecture
  • Web performance and accessibility
  • JavaScript topics from beginner to advanced
  • Frameworks like React, Vue, Svelte, Solid.js, Next.js, Gatsby, and runtimes like Node and Deno
  • Python — from data science to Django
  • Rust, the rise of WebAssembly, and serverless computing
  • Tailwind CSS, Figma, and Webflow
  • Notion, Airtable, and Zapier

No matter what your level of expertise is, we want to hear from you! We’re interested in articles for beginner, intermediate, and advanced audiences.

Our core areas are:

Web Development and Design

  • JavaScript, HTML and CSS
  • Python and PHP
  • WordPress, Ghost, and other content management systems
  • User experience design and design tools like Figma

Entrepreneurship & Digital Marketing

  • SEO, content marketing, and social media
  • Productivity tips for freelancers and solopreneurs
  • Web hosting & development tools
  • The business of web development and design
  • Freelancing and running a web-based business
  • Growth Hacking

No-Code & Low-Code Tools

  • Workflows and integrations with apps like Notion, Airtable, Zapier
  • App builders like Webflow, Bubble, and AppSheet
  • Marketing automation tools like HubSpot, ActiveCampaign, ConvertKit

Development Tools & Environments

  • Domain name registrars & site builders
  • Text editors, code playgrounds, and collaboration tools
  • Code testing & debugging tools
  • Package managers & dependency management tools

What We Offer Our Contributors

We believe in fair pay for fair work. Our rates start at $200 USD per article and go up from there depending on the length and depth of the article.

We have a rigorous editorial process to ensure that your article is the best it can be before it goes live on the site. Our editors will work with you to make sure your article is clear, concise, and well researched.

And of course, we’ll promote your article on our social media channels and newsletter to help you get the most exposure for your work.

Ready to Write for Us?

If you’re interested in becoming a SitePoint contributor, the first step is to fill out our pitch form. We look forward to hearing from you!

Invoicing SitePoint

We love our writers and editors, and we also love paying everyone on time. To make sure that your payment is processed as quickly as possible, please submit your invoice to [email protected] with all of the required information, within 90 days of your article being published. Invoices received after this time will not be paid.

Do not use the finance email address to pitch articles. It will not get to the editorial team. Use the link in the first paragraph.

Not sure how to create an invoice? Here’s a free template.

If you are unsure how much you should invoice for an article, please contact your editor.

Your invoice must include:

  • Your name, as displayed on your article.
  • The name of your business, if applicable
  • A unique invoice number
  • The date of your invoice
  • Your address, or business address
  • Your PayPal address
  • An itemized list of articles, with URLs (these must be the published URLs, if you submit an article preview URL your invoice will not be paid) and channel (eg. Design & UX, HTML & CSS, Ruby, etc.)

If applicable please include a Value Added Tax Identification Number (eg. ABN / VAT Reg No / VAT TIN, etc). If you are an Australian resident, you must include your ABN on the invoice (even if you are a freelancer).

All pay rates are inclusive of local taxes.

Please make your invoice out to:
SitePoint Pty Ltd
Level 1
110 Johnston St,
Fitzroy VIC 3065

A note to anyone looking to send us a crate of beer: this is our shipping address as well!

Payment Methods

Please include accurate payment information. The payment options we provide include:

  • PayPal e-mail address
  • Bank Transfer (within Australia only)
  • SWIFT transfer by prior agreement with SitePoint. A $25 transaction fee applies.

Payment Dates

We don’t necessarily make PayPal payments on a specific day each week or fortnight as it is based on the volume of invoices that are submitted. Sometimes you may receive a payment within a day or two, other times it will take a little longer. You can expect your PayPal payment to arrive within 14 business days.

Bank transfers and SWIFT payments are made approximately once every 14 business days. This means it can take an extra day for payments to appear in your account so you can expect payment within 15 business days.

Thanks for contributing to SitePoint!