Spoke Contributor Network: Frequently Asked Questions & Tutorial

Here’s everything you need to know about getting started with our Spoke Contributor Network and writing regularly for Red Tricycle.

Jump to: Getting Started | Submissions | Publication | Promotion


How to Use the Spoke Submission Platform


Getting Started

How do I sign up as a Spoke Contributor?

Easy! Just go to this page, read through the guidelines and click “Sign Up.” Once your profile is submitted, we’ll review it and you’ll receive an email when it has been approved.

Where do I log into my Spoke account?

Here’s the “Sign In” page. Make sure to bookmark it!

Can I change the email address associated with my account?

Totes! Shoot us an email at spoke@redtri.com with your old email and new email and we’ll take care of it on our end.

What types of stories do you publish on Spoke?

We’re looking for stories that fit into these three Storytelling Categories: Parenting Real Talk, Parenting Humor and Rockstar Parenting(More info about each Storytelling Category can be found here.)

The stories that perform the best on the Spoke platform are those that offer compelling, engaging and raw honesty about what it’s like to be a parent today—and tell those stories in a way that doesn’t feel exclusionary, judgmental or pushy. 

Are there posts you won’t publish?

We do have a few guidelines for publishing on Spoke. Specifically, we won’t publish:

  • Rants, insults, scare tactics or general bad parenting mojo. We’re all in this together—so let’s keep the vibe inclusive, empowering and validating.
  • Profanity above a PG-13 rating. If you wouldn’t say it in front of your ten-year-old, please don’t say it here.
  • Politics. There are plenty of places to read and sound off about the political landscape. We’re not one of them.
  • Affiliate and/or referral links. Any post promoting a specific brand, website or product with affiliate or referral links will not be published.
  • Spam and/or shady promotional content. Just don’t—we won’t publish it. We reserve the right to remove any and all URLs or links that are spam, affiliate/referral, or promotional in nature within the body of any post you submit.
  • Product reviews of any kind. 
  • Anything you are being paid to write.
  • Self-promotional content promoting your business or website. Each Spoke Contributor is given three hyperlinks at the end of each article that can be used to link three posts to your own blog or website.
Do you publish essays about controversial topics?

We don’t avoid controversy, but your essay must be judgement-free and productive. Our readers appreciate a good conversation, so we’re not looking for you to stand on a soapbox and preach. Invite conversation, use empathy and show compassion. We don’t publish essays that add to the noise of a controversial topic and we’re definitely not a part of the mommy wars.

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Submitting Your Post for Review

How do I submit an article for Spoke?

It’s super easy: just check out the Spoke Network video tutorial above to walk you through the whole process.

How many posts can I submit to Spoke?

There’s no limit to the number of pieces you can submit. We may not publish them all at once, but we love getting your Spoke submissions and we promise to review all of them.

Can I publish a piece I already posted on my blog or another website?

Yes, you are welcome to re-purpose or republish existing blog content that you own. If you have a piece that you published on your personal blog that you want to reach a wider audience, Spoke is perfect for that! The same goes for pieces you may have published on other publications. We WANT your unique voice!

Can I include a photo with my post?

Absolutely! Right now, the system will only accept one photo per story and we have a few photo guidelines.

What photos work best?

Please use actual photos, not graphics or clip art. We require horizontal photos at least 1,000 pixels wide. We do not accept any photos with text on them.

Where can I find free photos online?

Only use photos that are free to use and/or you have permission or rights to use. There are some stellar free photo resources online: Unsplash, Pexels, Pixabay, Burst (by Shopify), Raw Pixel, Kaboom PicsPicography, FreeStocks and StockSnap and are all good places to start.

Do I have to include a credit for my photo?

Yes. Any photo submitted via Spoke must include a credit to its photographer, its source (e.g., Jane Smith via Unsplash) and the link to the photo source (the actual image, not just the source site).

If you’re submitting a personal photo, please use your own name as the photographer and include a link back to your blog or website, if applicable. Our submission platform automatically formats your photo credits for you.

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After Your Post Is Published

Where can I see my published posts?

You can read your awesome articles—and all the other great Spoke content—on the Spoke Contributor Network page.

Why did you change my photo, title or something else in my post?

Our Spoke editors will do their best to touch your copy and photos as little as possible. We’ll tweak a headline, swap out a photo or make incremental changes to your story to really make it shine. We want to set you and your content up for success and sometimes this means editing (after all, that’s what we love AND are trained to do).

How can I make a change to my post once it’s been published?

Shoot us an email at spoke@redtri.com and we’ll make the change(s) for you. If you have a bunch of edits, a document with track changes is the easiest for us to manage. Please remember that we’re a small team (there is literally one of us managing all of Spoke) so please triple check your work before submitting. Pretty please with a cherry on top!

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Promotion & Getting the Most Out of Spoke

What are the perks of writing for Spoke?

Spoke Contributors have the chance for unique opportunities to work with our brand partners for influencer campaigns, many of which are compensated. Spoke Contributors have worked with major brands including Old Navy, Amazon, ClifBar and L.L.Bean in the past. We recruit for these brand opportunities via our Spoke Facebook group and Spoke email newsletter.

In addition, Red Tricycle reaches 20 million parents every month—that’s a ton of moms and dads reading your content through our website, in email newsletters and on social media. This many parents means traffic back to your blog or website. But don’t take our word for it…here’s what a few Spoke writers have to say:

  • “I have had great referral traffic from the pieces I have republished on [the Spoke Contributor Network] … absolutely great to work with.”—Liz Petrone
  • “The piece I had promoted on Red Tricycle Spoke Network drove … a HUGE number of subscribers to my site. More folks subscribed from Red Tricycle than from HuffPo and Scary Mommy combined. [Even though] fewer views overall, but stickier readers! Just uploaded more stuff there for that very reason, and will make RT one of my priorities!”—Kate Chapman, This Life in Progress
  • “[Red Tricycle Spoke is] amazing- thank you again for taking me on. My traffic is better than it has been in months. It has tripled the past few days due to Red Tri. I am so grateful!”—Kristin McCarthy, Four Princesses and the Cheese
  • “I just received a huge bump in traffic today from Red Tri. THANK YOU for inviting me to this network. It’s awesome.”—Emily Music, Not Your Basic Mom
Do you pay for Spoke posts?

Red Tricycle Spoke Contributors are eligible for $50 paid compensation when a post reaches 25,000 unique page views. Page views can be tracked via your Spoke profile. Click on “Manage Your Articles.” Page views are listed in the column labeled “UPVs.” (If your post has crossed the 25K threshold, please contact spoke@redtri.com we’ll get you setup with payment.)

How can I promote my Spoke posts?

Here are some easy ways to get the MAX number of page views and get you closer to your goal. Before you know it, you’ll be a high roller!

  • Shout it from the rooftops on social media. Don’t just share it on your blog’s Facebook page; tell your friends and fam on your personal page—and ask them to share, too. (They’re your biggest fans and advocates and love to see what you’re writing.)
  • Pin your post on Pinterest, share it on Instagram, tweet about it: wherever you are, share!
  • Are you following us on Twitter? If not, make sure you do! We’ll be tweeting about your article and you don’t want to miss the chance to retweet.
  • Feel free to tag us at @Red_Tricycle on Twitter and on Facebook when promoting your post.
  • Don’t underestimate email! Everyone gets their news in different ways.
  • If you’re active in blogging groups on Facebook, share your Spoke post there, too!
  • Feel free to share an excerpt of your Spoke post at your blog. Give your readers a taste, then include an invitation to “read more” and link to your Spoke post.
  • Do you send out marketing emails or newsletters? Include your Spoke post!
How can I connect with other Spoke writers?

Join our Spoke Facebook Group! You’ll find the latest Spoke news, examples of awesome stories and tips on what makes an article do well on social media. It’s also a space for you to talk to each other, share ideas and tell us what you’re writing about.

How does Red Tricycle promote Spoke posts?

We love to share Spoke posts that are funny, unique and resonate with other parents. Keep an eye out for Spoke articles posted on the Red Tricycle homepage, in our national email newsletter, on our Facebook page and Twitter account. We do our best to promote almost every Spoke post across all of our platforms.

Can I promote my blog in my Spoke post?

We want Spoke to be a great place for you to gain followers and meet other awesome writers and parents. All Spoke contributors will have a published bio, photo that includes links to their blog/website and social media accounts. You also get three hyperlinks at the end of each of your Spoke posts where you can include links back on your own blog posts or website.

Is there a badge I can put on my blog?

Yes! Feel free to post this on your blog and tell everyone you’re part of the Spoke Contributor Network! To snag your badge, simply Right Click on the image below and select “Save As.”


Have a question we didn’t answer? Send us an email at spoke@redtri.com!

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