When you're first starting out as a writer, it can be hard to know where to begin when you're trying to get paid to write. Even if you've been writing for a while, it's difficult to know how to move beyond making mere pennies per word.
Though it can take some time, sending out pitches and submissions to reliable websites can be a great way to get started as a freelancer.
Before we look at specific websites that will pay you to write articles for their own blogs or publications, it’s worth thinking about whether pitching individual articles to sites is the most efficient way to get paid the most for your time.
Of course, there are high-caliber writers out there that are sought after by magazines and major websites. Until then, though, you have to painstakingly pitch countless sites in order to land gigs.
If you’re trying to find clients right now that will pay you well for your work, you’ll want to check out the Freelance Writing Jobs board. Specifically curated to connect freelance writers with clients, this is a one-stop shop for tons of awesome gigs that pay well, many of which could potentially lead to ongoing clients and projects.
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If you’ve ever gotten sucked down a rabbit hole online about an obscure and strange topic, it’s likely that you’ve found your way to Listverse.
This can be a great place to start if you’re new to writing, as they don’t expect you to be an expert. They just ask that you speak English equivalent to a native speaker, love unusual and interesting things, and have a sense of humor.
Before submitting your list, consider browsing around the site for a bit to get a sense of the type of articles they publish. You can find everything from “ten men who suffered horrible executions” to “ten ludicrously large things humans have lost” on there, so if you have any obscure interests, you might just find this an excellent place to get paid to write.
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Vibrant Life is a bimonthly magazine that “promotes physical health, mental clarity, and spiritual balance from a practical, Christian perspective.” You can submit completed articles that are ready for publication, along with your contact information and the rights that you’re offering.
They list their specific areas of interest as the following:
As a part of the deal, they purchase world serial rights, reprint rights, and the right to post your article on their online site.
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Transitions Abroad is dedicated to cultural immersion travel, study, work, volunteering, living abroad, and more. They primarily look for practical, useful information that writers have gained from first-hand experience. The primary audience is, as you might expect, readers who travel to other countries to immerse themselves in the culture.
Emphasizing work that has a journalistic approach, the content must be information-based, and subjects must be explored with authority.
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If you have first-hand experience with a business-related topic, you can make $50 to $150 per blog post writing for B. Michelle Pippin, the CEO, and founder of Women Who WOW. This is a site that is exclusively focused on women entrepreneurs, and if you’re published through her private newsletter or on the company blog, you can make pretty good money.
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You might remember seeing issues of Reader’s Digest on the coffee table when you were a kid, but what you might not know is that you can get paid seriously well per word to write for specific sections of this classic publication.
In particular, there are two excellent opportunities for freelance writers offered by RD:
“Your True Stories” is an opportunity to write a seriously succinct and compelling story in one hundred words or fewer. If the editors pick yours to be published in their print magazine, you’ll usually make $100– that’s a dollar or more per word!
If you’ve got a killer joke that has been leaving people in stitches every time you tell it, you can also make some cash selling it to Reader’s Digest.
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Another site that is known for paying well is Copyhackers. They have a pretty specific list of steps you’ll want to follow in order to have your post considered, so you’ll want to check out their guidelines before getting too deep into it.
Posts have to be more than 2000 words unless it’s “extremely wonderfully amazingly readable reading,” and they make a big stink about ensuring that your headline is a real show-stopper.
According to their site, they only respond to posts that they’re interested in pursuing. If you don’t hear back, it means they’re not interested. They only accept one out of every thirty pitches, and only one-third of the pitches they accept actually get published.
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Have people always told you that you have an incredible sense of humor? If so, you might consider checking out the submission guidelines for Cracked, the classic humor magazine.
Serving up fresh, hilarious content since 2007, Cracked is well-known for publishing content by new and up-and-coming writers.
Many of the articles that Cracked accepts are in listicle form and can otherwise touch upon just about any topic you can conceive of. Depending on the type of article and the topic, the pay can vary.
Want to write about writing? The Barefoot Writer is a site that focuses on freelance writing and topics that can help writers in their day-to-day lives.
Paying between $100 and $300 per article, you can submit your work to one of the following site sections:
Though this isn't the fastest way to get your work published, you can earn $200 per story or poem if your submission is accepted by Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Do you have a heartwarming story to share with the world? If so, this is a great place to send your first-person essays.
Focus on the Family often puts out calls for submissions with specific topics they're interested in. A Christian ethics-based site that emphasizes the promotion of faith, ethics, good behavior, culture, and parenting through high-quality writing.
There are detailed submission guidelines for each topic, so you'll want to give those a thorough read-through before you get to work.
Most of the stories written in Edible Seattle are provided by freelancers, which means that you could be one of them! Having an article published in this publication is seriously lucrative-- they pay between $0.20 and $0.30 per word.
They ask that you send a written pitch before submitting a finished piece of writing. On top of that, any writers that haven't worked with them before are asked to send in writing samples-- preferably published work.
A quarterly, seasonal publication, this is a great way to make good money for your writing if you're a dedicated foodie with a lot to say about all things culinary.
Money Pantry is a high-traffic site that covers all sorts of money-related topics. If you're interested in breaking into the personal finance niche, you'll want to check out their submission guidelines.
Focused on articles about earning money and saving money, they specifically ask for unusual and unique ideas and strategies that your regular Joe or Jane could use to make more money and keep more money in their pocket.
If you're more interested in writing about news and entertainment, check out the writing opportunities over at What Culture. This is a UK-based magazine that covers all matters of pop culture across the globe.
Drafts are accepted on topics such as music, gaming, TV, sports, film, and much more. There are almost seven hundred articles published over at What Culture every week, so you aren't vying for a highly competitive slot in the same way you are for some of these other sites.
This is another site that mostly focuses on listicles, but they'll also accept videos, news pieces, quizzes, and galleries.
Another site dedicated to teaching people how to make money, Income Diary, specifically focuses on earning cash online, social media, building websites, SEO, and content creation.
Rather than accepting submissions on all topics all the time, though, they post on their site (and send to their email list) calls for submissions about specific topics. For example, they are currently looking for an SEO expert to write a post that takes a deep dive into the topic of keyword research.
This site is all about entrepreneurship from a feminist angle. It can take a while to hear back from them after you make a submission, but they can pay quite well if you're article is accepted.
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Are you a freelance writer and a mom? This might just be the perfect opportunity for you!
An online community for moms that are focused on maintaining a sense of self while also being a great mother, they look for articles that offer actionable or practical advice and tips while also being in-depth.
They have a pretty specific list of submission guidelines, so you'll want to read them thoroughly before sending over your ideas.
Here's another opportunity to have your work published in a quarterly print magazine. Filled with essays, poetry, fiction, and articles covering science, history, literature, culture, and public affairs, they only consider nonfiction work submitted by both known and unknown writers.
Accepting less than two percent of the unsolicited manuscripts they receive is a competitive opportunity indeed.
If you're accepted, though, you'll be rewarded handsomely.
Are you insanely passionate about early American history or architecture? If so, you can make pretty good money if your piece is selected to be published in Early American Life.
A fair warning, though-- they plan out their content as much as a year in advance. This means that you'll have to wait a while before you actually see your writing in print.
Payment varies depending on your relationship with the magazine and your skill.
However, more skillful and experienced writers can receive more than that.
Cricket has a family of award-winning children's magazines, including literary and nonfiction magazines. With a bunch of publications geared towards different topics and age groups, there's a lot of opportunity here for people that are interested in writing for children.
Healthy Mummy publishes real-life stories about motherhood, health, food, mental health, pregnancy, and more.
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There are a number of different strategies freelance writers can use in order to get to a point where they have steady work and are getting paid handsomely for their writing. Some might choose to work full-time as a part of an in-house team, and others might work as ongoing freelancers for a few companies, and so on.
Another method is to have your work published in reputable publications and well-known sites in order to get bigger clients and better pay over time. Using this strategy, you typically have to pitch article ideas or even submit completed articles to sites and hope that they will accept them and issue payment. As you might imagine, this is a method that can pay off in the long run but can be incredibly time-consuming and not always that lucrative upfront.
If you're ready to get paid to write right now, it's time to take a look at our freelance writing jobs board. The best place on the web to find writing jobs, we specialize in connecting freelance writers with clients that are looking for writers just like you.