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Another Writing Site: The Matador Network

Matador NetworkIn browsing around the Internet I came across another writing site called the Matador Network. Its tag line is “Matador Network: The World’s Largest Independent Travel Magazine.”  Sounds like this could be the right site for you if you’re a traveler and like writing about it.

Basic Info on the Matador Network

This site has been around since September of 2006
Current Alexa rank is 7,632
Current Google page rank of 6
Average unique monthly visitors: 1,092,756
Average number of monthly page views: 2,308,867

When you go to their Become a Contributor page, you’ll see the monthly visitor and page view information listed on the right-hand side.  With over one million monthly visitors and over 2 million monthly page views, it sounds like they get quite a bit of traffic so your work would definitely be seen.

Matador U

What I found interesting about this site is they have what is called Matador U (as in Matador University).  Matador U provides training for its writers, photographers and journalists (the courses are not free).  It sounds like they take their website and article quality very seriously and are willing to take the time to educate their contributors to produce high-quality work. I find that to be a plus.

Since this is a travel site, it is open to international writers.  As a matter of fact, they even have a link to the Spanish version of the Become a Contributor page (Colaboradores) for Spanish-speaking contributors.

Rights and Ownership

The Matador network is a compilation of 13 different blogs.  Before pitching a story, you should take the time to familiarize yourself with their blogs. They don’t want story ideas for topics that were previously covered.

Matador NetworkThe Matador Network claims the first North American serial rights for the article.  What this means is you grant them the right to publish the work (digital or printed) in their North American English language magazine.  Once it’s published all rights revert back to the author.  However, if you publish your Matador article elsewhere (after 90 days), you must include a notation that Matador was the first publisher of the work.

Payment Scale

Matador pays $25 per article via PayPal upon publication.  According to their website, $25 is non negotiable.  As far as the length of the article, their site only mentions the maximum of 2000 words.  But I would assume for a $25 articles they do want articles longer than 250 to 300 words.

After submitting a draft for their approval, expect to wait several weeks before they get back to you.  They receive a large volume of submissions.  They will, however, notify you whether not they’ve accepted the article and if they intend to publish it.

If you are travel writer or interested in travel writing, this sounds like a nice place to investigate.  If anyone is currently writing for the Matador network, I’d love to hear your take on them.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Julie January 15, 2011, 6:25 am

    Hi, Felicia-

    Thanks for mentioning Matador and MatadorU. I’m the managing editor of the Network and the lead faculty member for MatadorU’s travel writing program (we also have a travel photography course), and am happy to answer any questions your readers may have. I invite them to contact me at julie[at]matadornetwork[dot]com.

    • Felicia January 15, 2011, 6:58 am

      Hey Julie,

      Thanks for stopping by and offering to answer any questions.

  • Lissie January 16, 2011, 1:11 pm

    I actually did 1 or 2 articles for them years ago – before I realised I really wasn’t wanting to be a freelance writer. They paid and their response to me was pretty quick. The nice thing is if you’ve done a lot of travel its pretty easy to put a piece together

    • Felicia January 16, 2011, 4:29 pm

      Thanks for your input, Lissie. It’s good to know they’re legit.

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