Write for DOnations is a program that supports people who create content for DigitalOcean’s public knowledge base. Through the program, community authors receive a personal payout and select a tech-focused charity to receive a matching donation.
The work of these community authors helps grow DigitalOcean’s library of DevOps, software development, and production systems tutorials—all based on free and open-source software.
Typical tutorial content pays out at $300, and we match all payouts with a charitable donation.
Most new tutorials are paid out at $300; complex production-focused topics may be paid out at up to $400. Updates for existing tutorials, such as distribution changes, are typically paid out at $75 to $125, based on the quantity of changes and technical content. All payouts are at editorial discretion, and will be matched by a donation to a single tech-focused charity or nonprofit or a group of nonprofits united by similar missions.
“Your articles will teach hundreds of thousands people all over the globe, and the feedback you receive from DigitalOcean's editors makes the difference between being a good author and a great author.”
Joined April 2016
“Working with DigitalOcean editors means working with some of the best technical editors you'll find anywhere. No matter how good your writing is already, you'll end up a far better technical writer than when you just started.”
Joined June 2014
Apply, collaborate, write, revise, publish, and repeat.
At a high level, we're looking for two broad categories of content.
When you apply, take a look at our public topic list for articles we're actively looking to publish or share your own ideas for unique content our readers will love.
Thank you for your interest in the Write for DOnations program. We've temporarily suspended our application process for new authors while we work through all of the wonderful content people have submitted.
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