Are You a Content Writer? 10 Amazing Sites That Will Pay You for Your Writing!

10 Amazing Sites That Will Pay You for Your Writing

So you’ve got a thing for writing…

Is it just for pleasure, or do you want to make a living out of it?

Perhaps you have tried to make money blogging or writing before, and you get stuck with an ineffective strategy. Or you just run out of job opportunities and are continually chasing that next one. It can be stressful.

How much better would your freelance writing career be if you had an endless supply of writing jobs available to you? A set of writing websites that would guarantee you work every time you needed it?

It might sound unrealistic, but it’s not.

The Internet offers plenty of opportunities for bloggers and content writers; you just need to trust the right sites to start making a decent income with writing.

Don’t worry, you won’t need to go through a lot of trial and error to find writing websites that pay well. The following list will guide you towards reliable, safe, and profitable sites that will stock you up with jobs for whenever you need them.

1. Contena

contena-screenshot
Contena has a lot of really great features to help writers jump start their freelance writing business and find specific writing work listed all over the web. That’s why it is number one on our list.

Some of the features include;

  • Job search tool
  • Email alerts
  • Submission finder
  • Pay rate database for over 1600 companies.

All memberships include access to Contena Academy, which provides members with a six module video training course and materials to show how to really jump into starting a freelance writing business. Even members with previous writing experience see the Academy positively, as it provides them with the tools they need to find success.

The icing on the cake of joining Contena is the professional writing coach they provide under their Platinum memberships that will personally work with Platinum members to help them craft their portfolio, individual pitches for jobs they find on Contena, and provide any advice they need along the way.

It’s totally free to get an account with Contena to start seeing how it can kickstart your writing career.

2. Blasting News

Blasting News is the largest global social news publisher – set up in mid-2013, it is now one of the 200 most visited websites in the world, according to Alexa, thanks to +80 million monthly unique on-site visitors.
Blasting News reports in 25 languages and 34 countries, and its freelance writers and journalists in the US currently earn up to $12 for each 1000 readers.
All articles are produced by freelance contributors (Blasters), and fact-checked and curated by a quality team of senior professionals (Senior Blasters). To guarantee the best results, news is distributed by the writers themselves as well as by Social Blasters, a global team of top digital influencers.
You can sign up as a freelance journalist right now and get paid up to $150 per article.

3. Listverse

Listverse

This is a website focused on the most fascinating and rare gems of knowledge. At Listverse, you can submit list posts packed with uncommon facts. If you have an idea for a captivating list post that’s 1500+ words long, then you can submit it and earn $100.

The competition is stiff, but having your post published at Listverse is one of the quickest ways to get paid to blog.

4. InstantShift

instantShift

If you can write quality articles associated to design and programming, then you should definitely submit them at InstantShift. The payments are decided on the basis of the volume and quality of your content.

Since this is a reputable website, you can expect to earn a decent amount for a top-quality article.

5. FreelancerCareers

freelance careers

If you are tired of hunting blogs and websites that will pay you to write a single article, then you should aim for writing services that provide a constant workflow. At FreelancerCareers.com, you can easily find well-paying writing jobs associated to your interests.

The payments vary depending on the complexity of the job, but you’ll get from $7 to $31 per page for your work.

6. Metro Parent

metro parent

Do you think you can write for one of the most successful parenting magazines on the web? Metro Parent is always looking for experienced freelance writers who can write content of interest to parents. You can write department columns of 500-700 words, or feature articles of 1000-2500 words.

Depending on the type of articles you write, you’ll get payments from $35 to $350.

7. HubPages

HubPages

HubPages.com gets a lot of traffic, so it’s definitely worthy of attention. You’ll need to submit articles of 700+ words, but make sure they are free of spelling and grammar errors if you want to get them approved.

8. The Dollar Stretcher

The following top 10 list will guide you towards reliable, safe, and profitable sites that will pay you for your writing!

If you are a full-time writer, then you surely know a thing or two about saving money. This website is dedicated to “living better… for less”. The best part is that it pays writers to submit content associated to this niche.

You’ll get $0.10 per word for any article accepted. If you get 3 articles of 1000 published in a month, it means that you’ll get a decent income of $300.

9. WritersWeekly

Pay you for your writing

This online publication distributes weekly editions with articles associated to writing, freelance job listings and markets for writers. The subscribers of WritersWeekly don’t need articles on how to write; they are interested in making more money through their work.

Once you get that part figured out for yourself, you can start submitting articles for this publication and get $60 for 600 words.

10. Change Agent

The Change Agent

This is a biannual magazine for adult learners and educators, with a mission to provide low-cost resources that feature writings by adult learners. The articles are focused on student writing, classroom activities, news, cartoons, poems, graphics, and opinion pieces. You’ll get a payment of $50 for a submission of 200-1000 words.

More writing websites where you can get paid

Here are some additional writing websites that will pay you for your skills:

A Fine Parent

eCommerce Insiders

The Penny Hoarder

Smashing Magazine

Photoshop Tutorials

Treehouse

A List Apart

Tuts+ Code

The Travel Writer’s Life

Write Naked

Viator Travel Blog

Sitepoint

International Living

Tuts+ Vector

UX Booth

Digital Ocean

Tuts+ WP

Cracked

Wrap

There are over 25 great writing websites in this post that will help you earn money from your writing skills.

I put this list together because I know how hard it can be to get a start when you are trying to kickstart a writing career.

If I was to only choose one site above to start making money with writing, it would be Contena. It brings together some of the best opportunities from all over the web and enables you to effectively pitch for jobs with their helpful training academy. Check it out and see where it takes you.

I wish you all the best with your writing career, and hope this article has helped move things in the right direction.

Guest Author: Robert Morris is a content manager, loves creating social media tips and tricks. You can find Robert on Google+

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Comments

  • http://www.thesocbox.com/ James Alderman

    Thanks for tips, will check them out :)

  • http://www.internetlocallistings.com/ Internet Local Listings

    Nice list! I’d heard of some of them, but haven’t checked out some of the others. It’s good to know where the legit sites are–there are a lot that try to take advantage of content writers.

  • http://www.dancingdogblog.com Mary Haight

    While there may be a couple of legitimate freelance opportunities here, I am taken aback by listings for sites like hubpages — they only pay if you produce your own traffic, much as sites like the Examiner. To my thinking, this is not a “job”. And the notion that writers should work for maybe $7, maybe $35 per article is…well, all I can say is that you get what you pay for.

    This kind of information really does a disservice to businesses looking for a capable writer, giving employers the wrong idea about the value of high quality content for their sites. Devaluing what writers do for marketing, social strategy, and sales is the wrong choice for any business that wants to be successful online.

    • sivasubrahmanyam s

      Mary it is disappointing that we writers are supposed to work that too writing articles for $5 to $35. But it is our bread and butter. Do u have any other alternative. A very disappointing features even with some of the best recommended sites is classification as Basic, Premium and Standard. But, one can become a premium writer by paying some amount. How funny it is …after all who are they to classify. We write and they pay if they like..

    • sivasubrahmanyam s

      what freelance opportunities? You are made to sell your article just for $5 after facing bitter competition. You have to participate in the bidding. Are we businessmen or writers?

    • Leslie Montgomery

      For most writer’s the problem is getting through the door of a major publisher, no matter how good you are at writing. I am the author of numerous books with publishers, but I got in the door twenty-five years ago when you could call a publisher and they’d meet you for coffee or lunch. Most major publishing houses require an agent and/or a platform before signing you on as an author. Most people with a either a platform or an agent don’t need to look for a deal! So, where does an aspiring writer look? Well, the first thing you do is start building your writer’s biography by submitting your work to various magazines. Start a blog, a newsletter, or whatever else you can to create readers and a writer’s resume of your work. One of the best words of advice I was told is, “Write what you know.” If you’ve got a passion in a specific area, write about that and submit it magazines, etc. in that market. My most successful book was written from a topic I know about inside and out. You may have to do some work for free or $7 or $35 – that’s called paying your dues. I did it. It’s a nice dream to be signed to a major publishing house on your first novel without writing experience and get a nice big advance, but the chances of that happening are less than you winning a world-wide lottery, so don’t quit your day job. Speaking of which, you really shouldn’t quit your day job and start writing full-time unless 1) You have a sugar-daddy; 2) You still live with your parents; 3) Your family doesn’t depend on your income to survive; and 4) You are making what you need to live off through penning your own work (or ghost-writing). I’ve made a lot of money ghost-writing, so don’t knock it, and you can still put that experience on your writer’s biography. Most writer’s who kick out books yearly (even more frequently in some circumstances) are making a modest income. The number of Dean Koontz, Beth Moore’s, or writer’s of best-sellers are actually minute considering 600,000 to 1,000,000 books are published per year. Also, if you’re serious about writing a book (or even on a regular basis), you have to get past rejection, because even if you do write a best-seller, chances are you’ll be rejected first a few times; trust me, I know this personally. I’ve never met a successful or famous author who didn’t receive rejections in the past, so get over it! It’s no different than going for a job interview and being turned down – it’s part of life! Finally, I’ve taught a lot of writer’s classes – even promising to help people get their books published if they did as I encouraged them to do – and you would be surprised to know the number of people who actually took me up on that offer (a handful). Why? Because everybody wants to be an author and make money, but no one wants to take the time and sit down and write a book! Yep. That’s the biggest hurdle: writing it. It takes perseverance, discipline, and the ability to see both the small and big picture of a project (not to mention a good editor). Oh, and don’t be so prideful that you don’t have a professional editor edit your book (note: P R O F E S S I O N A L – not your grandma, BFF, or sister). I still pay an editor to edit my books BEFORE I give it to one of the publishers I work with (who is going to have their in-house editor work it over too). I want publishers to look at my work and say, “Hey, she’s got integrity, class, and pride about what she does…” Do you know what this does for me? It opens the door for my NEXT book. Because of this I can call any publisher in the market and ask to send over a proposal for a book and my reputation will open the door. So take pride in what you write and do it right the first time. Writing is like any profession in that you need help to learn the craft and get better the more you do it. Learn what you need to learn and do what you need to do if writing’s your dream, and don’t let anyone else shoot down your star, but if you’re going to do it, do it right. Keep your eyes on the Prize and your feet on the Rock and you’ll never fall – I promise.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Yes, many don’t offer much for professional writers. It is totally up to you what site and service you want to engage with and also how much you value your writing. This post is about awareness not recommendation.

    • sivasubrahmanyam s

      Nobody is a professional writer. The more you write the more you will be professional. Have you ever observed the language they use?

  • http://blog.advancedsp.co.za/ Sean Van Staden

    Was an interesting post but fully agree it was misleading. The problem Jeff you have is that you have spun an article that many want to read because you know it will attract traffic. If only your list was more legit, it would have had the potential to be a great article.

    Lesson I think, why don’t you put your money where your mouth (expression used in a polite way) and create a new list of 10 sites, register, and go through the process of submitting an article, getting paid and explaining your experience.

    You know what works with regards to writing so this could not be an easier task for you.

    Looking forward to your reply and you taking the challenge

    Regards
    Sean

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks Sean for your comment but I am struggling to see why it is misleading. They are 10 sites that pay for your writing. That’s the headline.
      By the way I am not the author but it is a guest author :)

      • http://www.jennifergregorywriter.com/blog Jennifer Goforth Gregory

        I agree that entire article is very misleading. The title is actually “10 amazing sites that will pay you for your writing.” This gives writers the impression that the rates offered by the sites are market rates and the type of rates that they should be aiming for. Even more than that, the headline indicates that these sites are the highest paying of the sites since they are “amazing.” This is totally untrue.

        With some effort, writers can make at least 10 times the rates
        from this site by contracting directly with businesses (especially B2B) and working for leading agencies representing large companies. Experienced content writers should be aiming to make $100 per hour and newer writers should be aiming no lower than $50 per hour (not per article) with a goal of raising
        their rates as soon as possible. I know many freelance writers who earn over 100K each year solely from writing. Writers can also increase their income by having a niche (an area of industry expertise) and then market their expertise to companies needing their skill set. I talk extensively about these strategies on http://www.jennifergregorywriter.com/blog and welcome emails from writers who have questions about making a solid income as a content marketing writer.

        The tone of the article is also misleading regarding the
        realities of being a professional writer. Comments like if you are a full-time writer you know a thing or two about saving money gives the impression that all writers are struggling and poor. And the comment about feeling better about yourself if you get picked to be published for $100 an article alludes that
        most writers lack confidence. Other misleading terms used in the article include “decent income”, “well-paying writing jobs” and “fair payments.” Yes, there are writers willing to work for
        these rates, but my point is that they are not market rates and writers shouldn’t settle for these rates when there are opportunities out there that will pay a living wage.

        The article also gives the wrong impression for businesses
        considering hiring writers that these are market rates. Posts like this do a huge disservice to professional freelance writers. Many businesses who go the low paying route when hiring writers (many using sites like these as well as Elance and others) find out quickly that they get what they pay for and do not receive a high quality deliverable that will help increase their customer’s trust in their brand. Yes, a company can sometimes find a up and coming writer on a lower paying site that will do a great job, but my experience from talking to many agencies and businesses is that these experiences are not the norm.

        You said that this article is not a recommendation, but about
        awareness. However, I feel that because of the tone and word choice used in the article (especially the word amazing in the title), the article comes across as a recommendation for writers. At the very least, I wish you would remove the word amazing from the title and add a paragraph explaining that these are lower paying sites.

        • Hannah

          You offered 100 percent criticism and zero value except a plug to lure people to your own web site. ugh.

          • http://www.angelpaper.co.uk/ Qamar Hussain

            that is brilliant, love it! ha ha ha!

        • http://www.dancingdogblog.com Mary Haight

          While what you say is true, you should not be spamming someone else’s content. It’s good of Jeff, who ordinarily has excellent content, to refrain from banning you.

          • http://www.jennifergregorywriter.com/blog Jennifer Goforth Gregory

            You are 100 percent right. I should not have posted my link. I posted some ideas below on how to find higher paying work and an explanation of why I posted my link. I was really trying to help other writers make more money, which is one of my passions. I don’t sell anything on my site or gain anything from page views so I didn’t see it as spamming, but I can see how it could be perceived as such.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks Jennifer for your comments and insights. Yes, they are mostly low pay rates, but no one is forcing you to use them. Some people may be happy with that rate.
    The web is commoditising everything (that is why Elance exists) and writing and other services are no different. This post is not a recommendation but a heads up.
    You still have choice.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks Jennifer for your information and insights.
    The web has its strengths and weaknesses and it also has a nasty habit of reducing prices in a competitive global economy. Cheap and nasty is not my preference but it is sometimes a reality.
    It sounds like people should check out your blog if they want higher rates :)

    • Lourdes Mboya

      I like your Composure under attack Jeff.

      I am a 20 year old gentleman venturing into this ‘content mill business’ and need I say, for a country like Kenya it makes sense to write for 10 dollars an hour.

      Keep up the good work.

    • Lucy Frost

      My thought on these sites is that they may be good places for less experienced writers to get a start in content writing.

  • James Hughes

    Hey Jeff!
    I am pleased to read this post and commend you on your effort to create
    awareness for budding writers, opening new gateways for them to enter the
    domain of marketing content. This is a good opportunity for starters, to not
    only earn but also learn in the process.

    Regards,

    James Hughes.
    My email: jameshughesonline@gmail.com

    My website: http://www.jameshughesonline.com

  • Jessica Barrett

    Jeff, I think you’re great, but most of these sites are businesses who quite frankly should be ashamed of themselves. iWriter pays far less than a livable wage. I don’t know how Brad sleeps at night. What writer worth their salt would agree to that?

    • Hemm Morgan

      hello

  • Elliott J Curry

    Cool list! Clearly, it was written by someone who isn’t that involved in the industry because WriterAccess, Zery’s, or SkyWord wasn’t on the list. I have been doing this for a few years now, and all three of those are my primary sources of income. Then again, the author did leave Textbroker off, so he must know something about something!

  • http://happylifeeve.blogspot.com/ Amir Sohail

    thanks for sharing this nice post I just thankful to you for this.

  • http://happylifeeve.blogspot.com/ Amir Sohail

    I Have also written on earning money websites. at http://happylifeeve.blogspot.com/

  • http://happylifeeve.blogspot.com/ Amir Sohail

    thanks for sharing.

  • aulbertwest

    How many of these use a

  • aulbertwest

    How many of these use a method of payment other than PayPal in the United States? I can’t use PayPal due to the fact they locked my account and won’t verify my information. Payza is not a good alternative, because they can’t have accounts in the United States, at least not in Lockhart, TX

    • sivasubrahmanyam s

      why and when did they lock your account?

  • Hannah

    Stop plugging your stupid site.

    • http://www.angelpaper.co.uk/ Qamar Hussain

      Hannah, you are funny so get off the site madam, I’m off!

  • http://www.neurosurgeryresidency.com/ Rohan Shah

    it seems like best blog for me

  • Faixan Khan

    Is penjob.org legitimate?

    • Dexter

      Penjob.org is a bit of a pain. They never respond to questions through their online form nor their email add. They have a site that seems to be created by an amatuer whose native language is definately not English. All articles are 1000 words and payments are made “Strictly Every Weekend” Sic. I tested them out a couple of weeks ago, submitted an article and 5 messages and emails later – nothing. A lot of reviews say they do pay and I see that the assignments keep mounting so someone somewhere is working on th site. But a courtesy of a response to your mail you will not get – ever, is my conclusion. When I get paid the 10 bucks they owe me for my article, I’ll post it here and keep writingfor them!

  • sivasubrahmanyam s

    Is this for Indians also?

    • kindergart

      This is a Indian site.

  • Arpita Gamot

    Thanks for sharing. There are many websites for writers and
    authors to increase their writing passion and earn something from that. I know
    one such website which has become bridge between businesses and writers. http://writopedia.org/ is very good community
    of such. They are also paying very good amount to writers.

  • http://www.amandapelletier.com/ Amanda Pelletier

    Thanks for the info, I have linked to your post in my list of paid blog and magazine gigs at http://www.amandapelletier.com/online-writing-gigs-that-pay/

  • http://www.rawinfopages.com/tips/ rwaddilove

    There is a small budget for a few writers each month at http://www.rawinfopages.com/write-for-us.html

  • Vinashak

    iwriter is a nightmare, the numbers quoted here are no accurate….initially you get like a dollar or so for one article (yes, you read that right)… you have to complete 30 low paid gigs and maintain a rating above 4 (out of 5) to rise to the next level and unlock high paying gigs…

    But it is easier said than done… It has become full of disgusting scumbags of late. Once one of my article was rejected and rated 1 but later I found that it has been used somewhere. On complaining they restored my rating but no money. It happened several times just after I crossed the threshold and became a premium writer. So much so that my average rating dropped below 4 and and I was relegated to the basic level.

    Now, some of the rejections might have been real but some others were surely not and I myself detected several instances when I found that the rejected content has been used by those clients.

    Iwriter model is something I would have preferred otherwise but they need to come clean on this.

  • sana

    i want job in writing articles, short stories, content writing etc.

  • http://www.livethejoyfullife.com Live The Joyful Life

    Great list. Thanks for this

  • writermannyk

    Another site that’s new and pays writers is winningwrites.com

  • http://www.tamalanwar.com Hac Himel

    This is awesome list for any upcoming content writer. I really wanna start writing articles for these websites. I’m just thinking that the quality of my posts needs to be up to the mark. Any tips on how to get more posts submitted ?