If you love writing but don’t want to start or manage your own blog, why not get paid to be a freelance author and write or even proofread for companies out there seeking your talent? There’s an endless need for well written content these days in various industries looking to market their services.
Did you know that websites that have blog content have 434% more search engine indexed pages that those that don’t?
Companies are aware of this and “that’s why successful businesses are hiring freelance writers in droves. There’s actually a shortage of content writers currently. In 2016, companies spent 195.58 billion on content marketing, and the research firm Technavio predicts spending will more than double to 412.88 billion by 2021. – Resource SmartBlogger.com
This is a post compiled of 50+ awesome sites and other resources that will pay you for your opinions, guides, creative work and tutorials. The niches are comprised of travel, lifestyle, technology, finance, theater, culture, education, parenthood and more.
Scroll below to see some new add ons of sites that pay upwards of $100-$200 for articles.
Rates vary depending on the company. Some are sponsored networks that set you up with brands that pay big bucks, some affiliate companies that pay commissions and others that pay per gig, but it can all add up to a great side hustle or full time career!
There are even plenty of companies seeking proofreaders. Were you always an avid reader with an eye for detail? Leverage your word skills. You can build a solid work at home business being a general proofreader either part or full time. Click on the link to learn about these free workshops.
If you’re an experienced or even a newbie writer who has always wanted to see your name in print this is the time! Contact the companies you’re interested in, in the niches you enjoy, read their requirements, style guides and get started!
Here’s a huge list of Content Marketing Agencies!
50+ Sites That Pay You To Write – Updated!
Bustle.com – Bustle Digital Group is seeking a part-time, remote Commerce Beauty writer to create affiliate content. The writer will work under Bustle’s commerce editors to produce articles about products that readers will love, whether it’s a list of the best Korean beauty products or a round up the best hair dryers for fine hair. Ideal candidates should have a strong background and knowledge of beauty and be able to speak with authority on everything from skin care to hair tools.
Freelancer – This is actually a site that hires freelancers, but they have a ton of postings for writers to fill jobs for any kind of niche. Just type in what type of writing you do and jobs will populate.
Fiverr – This company is similar to Upwork except you create your gigs (promoting blog posts, making eBooks, courses, etc) instead of applying to them, and potential clients contact you. A lot of smaller gigs start at $5, logos and shorts tasks, hence the name but if you promote your gigs this can easily add up fast! I’ve made over $1,500 working with them in the span of a week!
The Freelance Writing Job Board – Since 1997 delivering daily and real time freelance writing jobs for beginners to experts.
Linqia – This site is a sponsored post network. You get partnered with brand and write/post/video featuring their products or services and get paid to do so! Just sign up, wait to get approved and the offers come to you.
Verblio – (General Writers) Formerly Blogmutt. Love this site. Great customer service and easy navigation. You do have to submit a writing test which isn’t too horrific. They create high quality content for businesses and agencies worldwide so there’s always a lot of work to apply for.
Problogger Job Board – A popular, competitive free job board for writers. Check it religiously for paid gigs!
Shareasale – This is an affiliate network where you sign up as a publisher, get approved (don’t fret if you don’t there are plenty of others) pick your offers and promote them on your blog or website. You can devote an entire page or add links embedded in a related article or post, or on social media and earn various commissions depending upon the company policies.
Site Point – (Web Design) Looking for content on HTML, CSS, Sass, PHP, WordPress, Java, as well as other popular or trending technologies.
List Verse – (Entertainment) Publishes list-style, top-10 type Viral articles. Anything goes as long as the content is unique and interesting, and over 1500 words – Pays $100.
The Change Agent – (Education) Features writing by adult students and learners that raises awareness or evokes thought among readers about social justice. Suggested length is 200-1000 words. They pay $50 stipends to adult education students whose work is accepted for publication.
TakeLessons Blog – (Education) Online teaching and tutoring. Set your prices. Also features articles written by teachers on learning music, academic subjects and languages.
Money Crashers – (Finance) MoneyCrashers.com, a popular personal finance site, is currently looking for writers with a passion for detail and research to contribute engaging, informative posts on a range of topics, including, but not limited to, investing, money management, retirement planning, estate planning, tax preparation, credit and debt, real estate, mortgages, frugal living, and lifestyle. Expertise in one or more of these broad areas through direct experience, advanced education, or certification is preferred.
WritersDomain.net – Founded in May, 2011, WritersDomain is a branch of the online marketing company Boostability. They match top writing talent from around the world with thousands of writing assignments each month in the US, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and Australia.
Cracked – (Multi-niche) If you are a funny/smart/creative person, Cracked is the single best opportunity you will ever come across in your life. No experience necessary. They will pay you if it’s good. You talk directly to the editors. Pop culture, Internet style humor.
Income Diary – (Blogging) Welcomes expert articles on creating websites, social media, SEO driving traffic, making money online, and setting up a successful online business. Pays up to $200 per article.
The Penny Hoarder – (Finance) Articles cover the topic of earning, saving and investing money as well as unique ideas that are related to finance.
Today I Found Out – (General Knowledge) From trivia to knowledge that requires research to dig up, this site is always looking for interesting articles to publish.
eCommerce Insiders – (eCommerce) Accepts content on online retail issues such as marketing, loyalty, operations, merchandising and design and industry-related experience.
Scotch-io – (Web Development) Looking for tutorials, lessons, how-to guides for PHP, AngularJS, servers and hosting, etc.
How l Round – (Theatre) A site for the theatre community that accepts and posts essays, blog post and critical reviews.
The Partially Examined Life – (Culture) A philosophy podcast and philosophy blog that accepts book reviews, brief posts related to culture and ideas, and philosophy accompanied by commentary.
The Introspectionist – (Philosophy) Looking for article ideas and pitches that will interest women. Accepts articles, creative non-fiction, essays and informative content.
A Fine Parent – (Parenting) A site that looks for positive parenting methods and the sort of articles and tips that adopt that approach.
Babble – (Parenting) Babble is a parenting blog by Disney that accepts submissions on various categories including pregnancy, parenting, home, entertainment, beauty, and more.
WhatCulture – (Entertainment) If you like to write about movies (or films), TV, music, gaming, sports and other cool topics, here’s the place to submit.
New Scientist – (New Science) They have internal staff but are always on the look out for write-ups on new research in the Sciences: Physics, Health, Earth, Technology etc.
Lies About Parenting – (Parenting) If textbook parenting isn’t getting the job done, then the content you find in this post may help. They look for advice, stories, experimentation and personal experiences. Think going against the grain.
BabyFit – (Parenting) The site has their own in-house writers but will accept articles on health topics related to pregnancy, parenting, nutrition and fitness.
Scary Mommy – (Parenting) Articles to do with different stages of parenting, from pregnancy to child birth, to issues to do with raising kids and more.
The Layout – (Design) They publish posts about WordPress, business and how-to guides on WordPress and web design.
DigitalOcean Community – (Tech) Teach others and grow as an author while supporting tech-focused nonprofits and charities doing important work in the field.
Bee Culture – (Bee Industry) Interested in articles to do with beekeeping, history, equipment, imports, pesticides and even about predators and diseases.
Great Escape Publishing – (Travel) Looking for posts on travel writing, photography, travel blogging, tours, and even import & export businesses.
Linode Guides & Tutorials – (Tech ) Looking for cloud hosting posts and guides as well as helping people to learn Linux. Also pays for updates to already posted articles. Pays up to $300 per guide.
International Living – (Travel) Covers the stories that are told from the eyes on the street, leaning towards better, cheaper, healthier alternatives than what you find in mainstream publications.
Mamalode – (Parenting) A site which publishes personal experiences seen through the eyes of new and seasoned moms and dads, as well as plenty of children stories.
Transitions Abroad – (Travel) Looking for practical tips and experiences about working, living, travelling and studying abroad.
Write Naked – (Writing) Covers write-ups on writing life including interviews, day-in-the-life of a writer, publishing trends and writing essentials.
Wow!Women on Writing – (Writing) An e-Magazine that promotes communication between women readers, writers, editors, authors and publishers.writing essentials.
Writers Weekly – (Writing) Covers articles on how to earn from writing as well as sell-employment and home-based businesses.
KnowledgeNuts – (Facts) Shares knowledge about anything that’s interesting, obscure or little known enough to the general public.
Polygon – (Gaming) Publishes everything about modern gaming including game reviews, game videos, gaming consoles and hardware reviews, etc.
The Diplomat – (News) Interested in breaking news, articles and blog posts about Asia on economy, environment, politics etc
Blog Meets Brand – Another sponsored post network like Linqia. You sign up and get notified. This site pays even more than Linqia!
Massive Sway – Developed by the SITS girls – once you register and are approved you have access to all their offers. There are requirements for each offer such as a certain # of followers, note to self. Join their Facebook group for more info as well. They have multiple sponsored posts and campaigns running.
Upwork – I’ve made great money on Upwork. Simply sign up for an account, set up your profile & rate and apply for freelance writing gigs. A client will reach out to you and once you agree on terms & budget you can get started right away. I made $100 for a 10 minute gig with them!
Pay U2 Blog – The pay is a little low here, but if you’re a newbie it may be worth checking out. You’ll get opportunities quickly and get paid right through PayPal.
Clever Girls Collective – This is another sponsored post network that you must apply to. I’ve heard they’re pretty selective and it’s tough to get in. Your traffic must be really high to get into this club of influencers.
Social Fabric – This is another network that pays you to blog. But like Clever, your #’s have got to be up there. This is definitely an Elite society that one can aspire to belong to!
Elite Daily – If you’re a generation Y’er Woman, they want to hear from you and your experiences about fashion, dating, politics, celebrities, travel, fitness, health etc.
College Humor – This site that generates millions of pageviews per day and once bought a stuffed banana for like $4 grand? Send an email to Articles@collegehumor.com with your pitch, and our editors will work with you to craft the perfect article. Even better? For a single page article, they pay you $35. For a larger multi-page article, they pay you $50. Not too shabby.
Back 2 College – News & information resource for adults re-entering college. Payment is $55+ for original feature articles ($27.50+ for reprints and derivatives), approximately 1,000 – 1,500+ words in length (compensation is determined by depth). Payment is rendered by check or PayPal 30 days after publication and receipt of invoice.
Pxleyes – If you think you have the talent to write your own unique tutorials, then this is your chance!
Writing a tutorial for Pxleyes can earn you up to $200 per tutorial and will give a lot of name exposure for you or your website! Have a look at the exclusive tutorials sections to get an idea of the earnings.
And there you have it! 50 Sites that pay you for your unique writing views:)
And more sites!
Matador – “Matador Network has inspired millions of readers to become fearless travelers and better-informed, more engaged global citizens. In the process, we’ve worked with thousands of writers, photographers, and filmmakers — from industry-leading voices to young creatives published for the first time. We are always looking for original writing and visual storytelling about travel, culture, and political commentary.”
A List Apart – “Always looking for new authors. If you’ve got an idea that will challenge our readers and move our industry forward, we want to hear about it. But you don’t need to wait for an idea that will redefine web design. Just aim to bring readers a fresh perspective on a topic that’s keeping you up at night”.
Sites that Pay $100 and Up!!
The Travel Writer’s Life – Insider’s tips on earning money as a travel writer and interviews.
The Sun Magazine – Fiction and Non fiction works and poetry. Pays $100-$250
Chicken Soup for the Soul – 1200 words, seeking inspirational, empowering true stories. $200 per tale!
Reader’s Digest – Seeking a 100 word true story. Compelling and completely true that is fascinating to readers. $100.
Income Diary – Looking for experts on blogging, social media, website creation, digital marketing strategies. $200.
FreshBooks – Seeking articles about small business, invoicing and freelancing.
WordPress – All things WordPress related! $100-200
Cooking Detective – They pay up to $160 for 3K words on subjects related to cooking, food, appliances related gadgets.
Contena– This is a paid job board that curates jobs from other job boards but it might be worth it because they email you high paid leads of specifically what you’re seeking.
Cosmopolitan – A lot of writer’s have gotten a great start at Cosmo! 800 word crazy, funny, quirky stories for $100.
Nutri Inspector – Looking for product reviews and guides on food, nutrition and weight loss. Pay up to $180 and they have regular gigs!