If yes, I will be very grateful to send their list to my email address. Well, boo on them! As of July 1, The Toast is closing and their freelance calendar is full…check back at a later time! I recently discovered your list of websites that pay for writing.
First of all, thank you for sharing such a valuable resource. Second of all, I have a quick question that I had a little trouble finding the answer to on google. My question is:. I just got started writing for my own blog. Do you know if most sites would be okay with paying me for an article that is also on my blog? Like if I copy and pasted an article from my blog for the purposes of publishing the same exact article on their website?
How do most sites handle this sort of thing? Moses, no paid sites want a reprint of a post from your blog. I also wanted to ask another question. So none of them are recommended by me! Many thanks for your answer Carol. So just as another question; may I send my article to several related sites and wait to see which one accept it? Just pitch your idea. You could always write 2 unique articles on the same topic if you found more than one blog that liked it.
Hi Carol, as usual a great list. Check my blogs below and let me know what you think? Again I want to thank you for your efforts here, Carol, and on your other blogs…. Thanks so much, again, for your time…. Looks like you got your site link as your listed URL for this comment…which is the right way to do it. Hello, thanks for this list.
I want to write about women issues in some developing countries. No idea, Nan. If I knew, it would be here on this list! In the hope that we will finally stop raping our own creativity by using its backup energy for tasks that are not inherently ours, and thus, strip away the very core of our being…….
How much time should I wait after sending an article to one of these sites and not getting an answer before submitting the same article somewhere else? I think I will take both your advices, but I am going to take mostly the second one: I am going to keep sending articles or at least segments of articles adding a deadline to the message for some time. Look to get a handful of clips together you can put on a portfolio site — and then hit the paid sites.
Thank you for this treasure chest of information. I phrased it wrong. A better way to put it would be that it seems like a good way to build your portfolio that could eventually lead to higher paying jobs in the future. In my first Small Blog, Big Income e-book, I talk about how I guest posted weekly for a year for free on another writing website with a similar small audience to my own, just for the practice of learning how to serve another audience and write strong headlines and posts.
It would be hard to make a list because there are SO many sites that are willing to take free guest posts! These are some good options for people looking to make extra money by writing online. Great post! Thanks for sharing! That work for you? Very helpful post. Being a player of words, we get past d only when our content is better than the majority. We deserve to be paid well. Other than that, Google is your friend on this.
Thanks to Jennifer for the list and to Carol for the continued education and encouragement. Is that something you knew starting out, or something you learned on the fly in order to write for that niche? I got a job with a business trade off my clips covering communities and social issues somehow! It all rolled from there. Asked lots of questions, and learned as I went. Probably we should take them off the next list. We have a few of those that pay only if you negotiate your rate beforehand — such as PennyHoarder, Write Life, and Brazen.
I love when you put out these lists. It is like free money as a freelance writer! This is just another reason why you rock! Thanks, Andy! You CAN stand out and get hooked up with one of these paying markets. I will definitely be sending pitches to some of the sites listed here. Thanks again Carol. Carol you are a life changer love you thanks. I am always on the lookout for writing opportunities that pay well. Also, I would like to thank those who have made previous comments.
Thank you and keep tapping that keyboard! Glad you found it useful, Jodi. The more pitching you do, the more chances you have of getting published — and paid. The Penny Hoarder is hiring for in-house staff in St. Petersburg , Florida. Thank you so much for this comprehensive list! This is a truly valuable resource. This article is fantastic!
I love round-up pieces like this. A quick question: Is Big Grey Horse still looking for freelancers? Any further info? Hmm…not sure. This site was submitted in the comments on the last post, and their submission guidelines page is active. Great list! Thank you so much for updating and sharing this list, and giving us freelancers someplace concrete to start. It is competitive, but I believe that a great pitch will get an acceptance just about anywhere.
Study the guidelines and the types of stories the site you want to write for runs. Send it in. Nice post. This could prove to be a valuable resource for freelance writers. The main problem for me with freelance writing right now is that it is so competitive, the chances of getting accepted to write an article for any of the above publications are slim.
We need to be idea machines, churning out unique concepts for articles that editors will be impressed with. Just look at the Listverse submission guidelines for an example of this. An article like this could take hours to come up with, and they might not even accept it! We all have good ideas now and then, but unfortunately, the wealth of information on the net means the majority of good ideas have already been written about in an article by somebody else.
Feeling a bit disheartened about freelance writing right now I guess. I have followed all the guidelines about marketing and I have some clips that are good quality. It can take an entire day to send pitches, and you might end up with no replies. Finding a long-term client that pays well is remarkably difficult. I am not one to shy away from hard work and I know I am a good writer. But something tells me that connections mean more than good pitches.
Thanks for your response Carol. I will certainly have a look at the articles you have linked to. As an aside, do you recommend pitching to the websites of globally popular newspapers such as The Guardian? I reckon the pay would be great. I think most websites are less competitive to get into than the top print magazines, so maybe give some of these markets a try! I know what you mean about the Listverse thing. Ended up publishing it on my own website instead for a couple of hundred views instead.
Was a shame because it was IMO a damn good article I put together. Linked to it in my name here. Repeat work speeds up the whole process because the pitching is quicker and once the client becomes more comfortable, you get some leeway. Pick a topic you can talk about and stick to it to cement yourself as a thought leader in the industry.
This way you can pitch the same piece of content to multiple publishers in that niche. Mainly because it goes against my entire ethos — I like to write about things I am interested in. These vary from soccer to food to travel to self-development. Choosing just one area to write about would not only be extremely difficult for me, but also feel wrong. You have to figure out what the trends are in a new niche, who the experts are, what the best sources of data are for good research studies.
Specializing drives better earnings. Thanks for the helpful response; I understand what you are saying to me. I need to be providing solutions with my writing to businesses in one or more strictly defined niches. Perhaps I should leave the more generic writing topics to my spare time.
I think part of my reluctance to focus in on a couple of trendy or in-demand subjects is that I am a terribly indecisive person. But for now, maybe I should focus on e-mailing businesses in certain industries. My travel expertise is a bit too niche — I only really know about Thailand, given that I live here.
And any travel blogger will tell you that there are more articles on Thailand than people travelling there. Perhaps the next logical step is to get in contact with businesses. I wrote a landing page for a recruitment consultant recently and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I received great feedback too. But the question is, do I focus on writing landing pages for recruiters now or do I focus on writing landing pages for all kinds of websites?
I have issues with choosing a target market to focus on. Need to get in the right frame of mind again, and I will. Thank you for your reminders on my mails, they are gladly there, on my side…. Blessings Therese. You always have to be a good writer to get a handsome amount. Here, I would tell you something else.
I am a product reviewer and thus, I used to work on an online platform as a freelancer. That could be a good idea but it takes a lot of time and money too. The truth is that many popular blogs have a hard time finding enough quality content to keep their editorial calendar full.
Frankly, right now I have more writing opportunities than I can keep up with and I turn away new opportunities regularly. The key is to get added as a regular contributor rather than making your living as a guest poster. Sure, you may start on a guest post basis, but try to get a commitment for a regular contribution — once per week for example.
As far as ideas? Make a Living Writing. Coaches Training Blog is looking for articles about coaching — business, life, career, and other kinds. Pay based on assignment. Read the submission guidelines carefully to pitch. They run posts about the CEO lifestyle, success stories, interviews, and other reported features of interest to business leaders. They list a blackhole [email protected] email address, but I recently tweeted them about how to submit a pitch, and they suggested hitting up the managing editor, Koa Beck.
Be prepared to negotiate to get a better rate. Unsolicited posts are unpaid. Penny Hoarder shares money-saving ideas. The catch? Articles must be submitted on spec. They occasionally post requests for articles on specific topics , which might get you closer to that big paycheck. LiisBeth is all about feminist entrepreneurs.
Study the guidelines, read past articles, and look at the About page and LiisBeth manifesto to get a feel for the audience. Pay depends on assignment. Know the frum life to succeed here, and email [email protected]. They do accept reported features and other article types, and pay rates may vary for those. Brain, Child publishes long-form essays on a wide range of topics. Send your pitch to editor and publisher Marcelle Soviero.
Check their guidelines for a list of current needs. Past essay topics have included the gig economy, online dating, mental illness, and more. Traditional publishing has had a rough ride, but many consumer magazines are still going strong, and many of these publications still pay well for a feature article.
Likewise, trade journals crave quality articles within their narrow topic area and many are waking up to the more conversational, engaging writing style that writing for the web demands. Also, talented bloggers with proven specialist knowledge can often skip the ladder-climbing and break in with the right pitch.
In the last five years, content marketing — this concept of creating valuable content to attract customers and build credibility and trust — has undoubtedly gone mainstream. The result? More and more businesses are getting into the content game. Some have a clear strategy, while others are just jumping on the bandwagon and hoping it pays off down the line. This has created a market for smart writers who can write for a specific audience.
These content-hungry businesses need articles, white papers, case studies — the list goes on. And they fully expect to pay for them. Initially, you may need to jostle for attention with thousands of other eager freelancers vying for online jobs on marketplaces like Upwork. But with patience and hard work you can establish a track record of successful projects and break away from the low-earning masses.
However, this route requires a writing portfolio of content-related skills — not just an understanding of the target niche, but of marketing fundamentals and SEO too. One smart way to differentiate yourself as a professional writer is to build your own platform, using blogging and guest blogging to demonstrate the expertise you hope to harness for others.
What about making it big as an author? Could that be your best route to a life of freedom as a full-time writer? Ten years ago, writing a best-selling book was a distant dream for most writers and self-publishing on Kindle was often dismissed as a vanity exercise. But today, thanks largely to Amazon and Kindle, the self-published book market is gigantic and making money from writing books is far more achievable. To succeed, you need to be commercially minded and target an established market with proven demand from readers.
But should you be writing fiction or nonfiction? If you want to find success as a self-nonfiction author, check out Steve Scott. For inspiration and direction visit The Creative Penn. Joanna Penn is a prolific fiction and nonfiction author and her site is rich with information about making it as a creative writer. But in either case, you need to be led by the market for topic or genre selection.
And you need to be prepared to write multiple books before seeing any real results. One major advantage of this route is that you continue to earn money from your back catalog, sometimes far into the future. Once you start to make a basic living from your writing, additional titles only build your income further.
The secret to making authorpreneurship work for you? Build an email list. Your existing fans are the perfect audience for your next book. Sales letters, video scripts, even product descriptions — these all need writing by someone, and they live or die on the results they produce.
So unless you have a copywriting background be prepared to invest a lot of time and possibly money in learning the fundamentals. Notwithstanding the steep learning curve, the rewards of copywriting can be significant. As a bonus, a foundation in copywriting will also be valuable should you ever decide to sell your own products. But there is a path to making money from a blog where you still spend a good proportion of your time writing.
And it starts with picking a writing niche where a large, passionate audience already exists and — this is crucial — where you can find successful products from trusted names to sell. Promoting affiliate products affiliate marketing is a much smarter way to start earning money from a blog than creating your own product.
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