Why I’m Starting to Pay Writers for Guest Posting on My Blog

Carol Tice

Why I now pay writers for guest posting on my blog. Makealivingwriting.comLast year, I started actively soliciting guest posts for this blog. My original idea was to find a few writers interested in guest posting regularly, once a month. I did that weekly for a year on WM Freelance Writers Connection, and thought it was a great experience for me…so maybe some readers would like to be regular guest posters on my blog.

You told me my idea sucked.

After all, I’m all about empowering writers to get paid more. How could I ask writers to regularly write for free?

I thought about it. I realized I had accomplished something.

I had created a brand on this blog.

My brand stands for something — it stands for fair pay for writers. That means I have to be true to that, always.

I immediately switched to simply soliciting single guest posts from writers. Which were done for free.

Because after all, guest posting is something we all do for free, as a marketing activity. Right?

But the free guest posting idea still bugged me.

Especially in the past few months, as this blog began earning a very modest but still meaningful income.

I’ve crusaded for three years now against $15 articles and $20 blog posts.

Why, I had to ask myself, do I still think free guest posts are OK, especially on sites that make money?

The answer is: I don’t.

I’ve decided that while I may continue to choose to guest for free on other sites, I don’t think it’s OK for me to ask writers to post for free here.

That’s why I am now paying for guest posts.

Yes, this is going to hit my budget. But I’ve decided it’s got to be done. Somebody has to take a stand and say that if a blog is a money-making business, writers should be paid.

I kept waiting for one of the big, popular blogs to start paying and start a trend, and then lots of blogs would pay for guest posts.

But that hasn’t happened.

I may not be starting a trend, but I’m going to start paying writers for guest posts. Because I feel it’s the right thing to do.

Here’s how it’s going to work:

For now, I will only be accepting two or three posts a month. I will be paying $50 $75 a post (as of fall 2015).

I realize that for some of my readers, this will make me a highly desirable market, while for others it will be an insultingly small amount of pay.

In either case, I pay $75 for each blog post I publish.

I pay on publication.

Writing experts or others who guest post in order to put a link to a paid product in their tagline remain unpaid. My aim is to pay working freelance writers for their success tips.

Interested in guest posting on my blog?

Here are my writers’ guidelines. Please read them carefully.

Make a Living Writing provides authoritative, helpful advice that doesn’t pull any punches. I’m seeking posters who can offer straightforward, practical, valuable, no-bull information that’s rooted in personal experience. Concrete examples are encouraged.

Please be a regular reader of this blog before you pitch me. Be familiar with the topics that have recently been covered on the blog. Propose something different.

Know how to write strong headlines.

Some particular areas where I am always looking for guest posts include specialized writing niches, time management, and the technical end of blogging and writers’ Web sites. I also like success stories about how a writer broke in, or got a great client.

I prefer posts of about 500 words or less, though a long-list type topic might need more space.

Proof relentlessly. Write concisely. Know AP Style.

Check the popular posts sidebar at right for a sense of what readers like.

Posts should be unique and previously unpublished. You will not include any lies in your post, or especially anything that slanders or defames anyone else.

I retain the right to use your guest post in future ebooks and other products. However, you may reprint/republish your post after 30 days.

Compose your post in your WordPress so that it formats well, if you can. Please suggest an image (either free or a cheap one from istockphoto) and provide credit link information.

Once your headline and outline has been approved by me and you’ve written your post, send me two things: a .txt or .rtf plain-text version of your proposed post for putting into my WordPress html mode, and a Word doc for easy read-through.

I offer two links in your tagline (or you can stick one of those in the post, if you prefer). That is all. Keep your tagline short – three lines max.

Have a passion for helping other writers make more money.

Do not send me finished articles without an assignment from me. They will not be read or accepted.

When you’re ready, email me your pitch. It should include the proposed headline for your blog as well as an outline of the points you would cover.

If I think there’s potential there, I’ll contact you on email and we’ll flesh it out.

I look forward to having some terrific guest posts on the blog, and to helping create more conversation around the idea of pay for guest posts.

For great examples of guest posts I’ve published in the past, see my permanent guest-post submission guidelines page.

What do you think — should guest posters be paid? Leave your opinion in the comments below.

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  1. Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg

    Paying guest posters is a fantastic idea… the $50 is there to make sure that the guest writers and readers both understand that it’s not about how much you got paid for the post (since its being done as a marketing activity), but the token of “I value your words and am willing to pay what I can on my scale, in additional to the other benefits you get that are of far greater value.”

    it fits your personality and ultimately, the underlying message of what the blog is about- and since your premise is about helping writers make a living, it’s a perfect way of showing that you practice what you preach.

    one comment that might help your potential posters: find the relevant image before you come up with the headline and premise. it’s a whole lot easier to start with the image and work backward then trying to find the perfect image to go with something you have already come up with.

    Rabbi Issamar

    • Carol Tice

      Thanks for the photo tip! And for getting on my site before it went down. Still sort of tetchy but hopefully other people can come on and give me some reaction to my new policy!

  2. P-A-McGoldrick

    Seems like an encouraging idea, Carol!
    I, too, have Guest Posted with many of the positive results of increased readership and contacts.
    Your idea is well-considered.

  3. Wade Finnegan

    Excellent idea Carol. You’re taking action and I applaud you for that. I believe when you’re authentic people will recognize you for it. Now, I need to come up with a killer idea for a blog post. 🙂

    • Carol Tice

      Go for it, Wade! I’m sure I will be getting a lot of pitches. And everyone should know I’m booked through about mid-June…but I’ll be looking for 2-3 guest posts each month at least. I like to have those different voices and writing experiences on the blog.

  4. Hajra

    Excellent idea I must say. Everyone talks about empowering writers and you are doing it. I think 50 $ is good enough to start with. Also, when we are guest posting for free, that amount seems like a fortune. Would love to join in but will wait for see the pitch of the articles received and how I can contribute. This is going to be fun!
    Good luck to you too!

  5. Paul Wolfe


    I personally think this is a great idea. I would love to see some of the top blogs adopt this too – ESPECIALLY if there will be a commensurate improvement in the quality of posts around the ol’ Blogosphere.

    I’ll be really interested to see how this plays out over the next few weeks and months – please post updates and let us know how it goes! (I may do the same in a couple of months time….).

    Cheers and good luck.


    • Carol Tice

      I probably will be posting about how this works out.

      Guess my hope is I will get some great, quality guest posts and have a lot of pitches to choose from. I think even at a nominal fee, many writers will take it more seriously than when it’s a freebie.

      I was expecting more immediate reaction…and I just discovered the issue — my email subscribers didn’t get the post today because of my site problems. So no doubt there’ll be more reaction tomorrow! Thank heavens for RSS…have about 1/5 of my people on there.

  6. Ann Wilds


    Way to step out of the box. I love how you are not afraid to forge a path. You are “walking your talk” and showing your followers your authenticity. I commend you.


  7. Susanna Perkins

    Good for you! I admire you for standing up for you principles this way, and wish others (Huffington Post, are you listening?) would do so as well.

  8. Peter Wright

    Good idea Carol, as previous commentators have written, it shows that your are introducing a remedy for a problem that you have been highlighting.

    It will, I think give some new writers the opportunity to earn their first fees for their writing, the motivational value of which will far outweigh the actual fee.

    Offering to pay the fee to a charity for those that do not require it is another excellent idea which will surely remove any perceived stigma more experienced writers might associate with this level of payment.

    It is going to be interesting to see how this develops.

  9. PatriciaW

    Interesting. You believe strongly in something and you’re helping others. Kudos! I think you’d have had a ton of guest post queries at $15, but you may have a higher quality of posts from which to pick for $50. I hope it works out for you budgetwise because I think many would have done it for free. Increased marketing of oneself in the right places and gaining confidence/motivation through successful action are priceless in the world of freelancing.

    • Carol Tice

      Wish I could pay $100…I’ll be looking to move it there as this blog grows.

  10. Miss Britt

    This really says a lot about your integrity, Carol.

    And everything it says is good. 🙂

  11. Justin Germino

    I wanted a way to separate the “guest posters” from ‘site writers” so I hired a writing staff (now 8 people) and divide a portion of my site profits with my writers. I never over-promise so my profits pay for my overhead, I never will dip and pay out more than my site brings in. My wife took a different approach and hired 3 writers for her site who committed to 2 articles per week each for free, why? Because they loved local music and wanted to contribute, when 2 writers stopped writing she fired them and hired 2 more. There were always writers wanting to share their opinions and they wrote great articles. My wife has writers contributing 6 days a week to her site and they all do it unpaid, she does get them gift cards and payout a little here and there as bonuses but no promises and it is all based on when the site brings in money.

    With DragonBlogger.com I have 2-3 people contacting me per day wanting to guest post, I weed through their articles and publish only original ones (pass copyscape) that are quality. Bloggers can guest post on my site for free, but people who are writing to inject keyword links in their article for SEO on their own site or maybe an advertiser hires them to hide a few keywords in articles (there are so many out there) I charge a fee for hosting their guest article. So in that case they pay me to host their article if I feel it has a sponsored link or an advertisers outbound link in it.

    People develop whatever system works for them, I think of “guest” and to me you shouldn’t pay them. Honestly the benefit of a backlink or two and author recognition should be sufficient. But I think of guest poster I think of 1 post only, never with expectations of a 2nd or routine. If I expect 2-4 posts per month, I consider this a “writer for my site” not a guest blogger and this I would expect to have some payment arrangement.

    Sorry for posting so much, just sharing my in’s and outs with guest posting and hiring writers.

    • Carol Tice

      Some interesting perspectives there Justin!

      Don’t know if I consider this site profitable…as I keep plowing more money back into it for more storage space, plugins I need to build my membership community, and so on. But it does have cash flow, and to me some of that cash should flow to writers.

      I don’t like to write for a variable share of unknown-sized future profits that might well turn out to be tiny, so I’m not going to make that my offer to writers here on this blog.

      Of course, many, many of us are willing to guest-post purely for the marketing value.

      But I think that overlooks something important. This blog makes money, and it makes money because it has great content.

      If you contribute some of it, I think you should get paid, even though you do also get a promotional value from it. Just my position on it, so that’s what I’m doing.

      Can’t wait to hear from others on this.

  12. Jenny

    I’m so tickled to hear that you’re doing this. It’s such a great idea, and one that really should have been implemented on larger blogs sooner. I know guest blogging bring traffic, but as of late it seems to be less successful than in past and now doesn’t seem to be to be quite an adequate reward for the effort put into them. So yes, I’m so glad you’re doing this. It’s very true to the message you’ve been broadcasting so and I give you lots of credit for doing what you can to implement that where ever you can.

  13. Michelle Rafter

    How funny – I commissioned my first-ever paid guest post for WordCount last week, also for a $50 fee. I also use a slightly different tactic and approach writers I already know to write paid posts.

    I think there’s still merit in offering some non-paid guest post gigs. I get approached all the time by writers or entrepreneurs who provide services to writers who would love to do a non-paid guest post for me to promote a new book, e-book, service, course, webinar, etc. I don’t have a problem saying yes to those proposals, as long as the post fits what the blog is about, is well written, isn’t blatantly commercial, and has merit for my readers.

    I’ll be interested in hearing how this works out – good luck! 🙂

    Michelle Rafter

    • Carol Tice

      Hi Michelle…

      Aha! Great minds thinking alike. You raise an interesting question, as sometimes the promo-post type people do have useful info for my audience. I’ll have to see how I shake that out as I go here. I don’t think I’m going to make a distinction — guess I think everybody is promoting something or other when they guest post…but I just want writers to be paid. So glad you’re part of that as well!

  14. Karen Lange

    I think it is a wonderful idea, and I appreciate your efforts to do this. I don’t mind occasionally guest posting for friends when I have the time. It’s a nice perk too, when they reciprocate. Ultimately, though, my goal is to get paid for more of my writing, so your proposal is encouraging, and I think, generous, as I understand a tight budget. 🙂

  15. David Worrell

    Carol — I’m ALL IN. I’m adopting your policy for my blog, and encourage all your readers to do the same. (This could become its own little underground economy!)

    Thanks for taking the lead on this.

    Anyone interested in the topics of small business finance and strategy — can submit a guest post for a $50 payment at http://www.insideguy.biz … all of Carol’s rules apply, including AP Style. (And I’d add, a Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level readability score of less than 8th grade.)

    Keep up the great work. We need your leadership!

    David Worrell
    “Your Inside Guy”

    • Carol Tice


      Thanks for making my day. I’d write a little smiley-face emoticon, but a small smile won’t cut it.

      Let’s hope we see more bloggers getting on board.

      I really think we have a great opportunity to become the places with really high-quality guest posts. I’ve already had bloggers tell me $50 is the highest-paying market they’ve encountered. So I’m expecting some quality pitches…bring them on, people!

  16. Ahlam

    More power to you Carol! It seems as though you may be starting a trend afterall!

  17. Alice

    Good for you. Someone who stands by what her message is. All the best to you.


  18. Archan Mehta


    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for writing this post–a valuable contribution.

    Yes, I think it is a great idea to pay for guest posts. One would hope you would earn enough money to be able to do so from your own creative activities.

    As a professional writer, you could pay much more, but only if you also earn much more. The 50 dollars is quite less, but that is besides the point: it is the thought behind it that counts, because you are sending a message out there. It is an empowering message for writers and readers alike.

    As a writer, I look forward to contributing a few guest posts on your blog and other sites. By the way, do you have a newsletter? If not, it would be a great idea to start a newsletter: I would like to sign-up for it. I have a lot to learn from you. You are such a talented writer. Cheerio.

    • Carol Tice

      Just fill out that big red box on the right, Archan!

  19. Julie from Vashon

    Your move to pay speaks to high integrity and that is something that truly inspires me.

    As much as your writing, ideas and the no-nonsense way you have of expressing yourself here, it is the fact that you are seeking to build both confidence and integrity that makes this sight unique and valuable. Building a community is something that is done out of respect and right action — and as the others note: you are “walking your walk.” The writing community you are cultivating is stronger for that.

    While $50 is not a fortune, it is also not a pittance. And the option to donate it is brilliant.

    I know I do not have to wish you luck with this — it is the right thing to do, and your blog shines from the heart you put into it. Congratulations are in order for your having the confidence to know that doing the right thing pays off in ways that are bigger than money.


    • Carol Tice

      Hi Julie! Great to hear from you. Thanks for the support.

  20. Karen

    I see this as a win-win situation. You are upholding what you believe in and what this blog is about, and that gives you huge credibility and integrity. Potential guest posters get all the benefits they previously got and they get paid as well. Arguably it might even increase the quality of guest post offerings you receive.
    There is one thing I deisagree with in this post. You say “I might not be starting a trend’ implying that you are not necessarily one of the ‘big boy’ trend setters. I disagree. This blog gives great value and has a lot of authority. All the freelance writers I’ve recommended it too agree.You are a natural leader. I just hope some of the bigger blogs (who can afford it better than you can)
    will follow your lead.

    • Carol Tice

      Wow. Thanks for even more support, Karen!

      I tend to think of myself as a sort of barely-happening blogger, with my still very modest-sized subscription base. It’s not exactly Copyblogger around here…yet. But thanks for making me see myself in a new way.

      I’m trying to be a leader of my tiny corner of the blogosphere anyway, and take it where I think it should go. It certainly would be great to see more blogging businesses get on board with this. Can’t wait to see what happens!

  21. Christy Karras

    Hi Carol,

    I’m so in your camp on this. The more folks are willing to write for free (or close to free), the less likely it is that they or anyone else will ever get paid well to write.

    I only write for free when it’s a favor to a friend (rare) or when it’s something that will clearly pay dividends in some other way and is thus worth the time.

    A good rule: If someone else is making money off your posts, you should, too.

    I actually wrote a post about this same thing for a mutually supportive writers’ website (I wrote the post before you posted this, but my post just went up today): http://1stturningpoint.com/?p=6455

    Thanks for putting your money where your mouth is! May you reap returns both financial and karmic.


  22. kymlee

    Carol, I am very excited about this opportunity. I think $50 for a guest post is right on target as part of the idea is promotion as well as providing insight to the community. I agree with the sentiment that if a site is making money on your work, you should get a piece of the pie. Which is why for a long time, I’ve resisted the urge to write unpaid guest posts, unless specifically requested by someone. I really respect your commitment to making sure writers get paid for their work! You freaking ROCK!

  23. Di Mace

    Carol, I applaud you and salute you simultaneously (no small feat when you think about it) for this stand. This shouts volumes about your intergity and belief in what you do…which is why you have such a loyal following. Writers need to be recognised for their efforts and a fee (of whatever payment or kind) satisfies that need for a feedback loop to be completed. Cyber-space can be a hollow sounding hole at times, but being accepted (and paid) to guest post on your blog would answer all those needs, and more! I’ll start my list of ideas right now…..
    As you said, many of us are willing to guest-post just for the marketing value and exposure.
    But the fact that you’ve recognised GOOD CONTENT deserves reward is the most important attribute that will carry your weight to the top of the pile.
    Well done girlie !

  24. Susan K

    Wow, Carol, I have to tip my hat to you and I also need to eat crow.

    I will admit that although I have liked some of your posts, I tend to stay for long periods of time because I did see what you were doing or where you wanted to go (post for free!).

    So it is a pleasure to see you make that shift and put your money where your mouth is, especially if you truly believe in the writing community. By the way, I don’t think people would have judged 1 guest post badly (there are motivations behind doing a guest post), but rather continuous guest posts (or sometimes having a promotional guest post).

    Also, there are blogs that pay for guest posts. I’m positive that I saw the exact same rate at Freelanceswitch. Just saying.

    Good luck

    • Carol Tice

      Really? I’ll check it out — I want to compile a resource list for readers of all the blog sites that pay for guest posts.

      — Hey, I checked it out and you’re right! Cool. Adding them to my list.

    • Melissa Breau

      Hey Carol,

      I’m pretty sure all of the envato websites (the company that runs Freelanceswitch) pay $50+ / post (I checked prior to commenting and at least App Storm does).

      Just a few more for your list 🙂

      Also, She’s Self Employed (shesselfemployed) pays $50 / post.

        • Carol Tice

          I just had a note in the Den that they’re paying $75…good point! Need to add them too.

      • Carol Tice

        Ooh! I will check out She’s Self Employed and hopefully add that one, and I’ll make a note about the other Envato sites.

  25. Marya

    Wow, talk about putting your money where your mouth is. BRAVO! 🙂

  26. Qin Tang

    Thanks for taking the lead on this. Yes, you are a leader. Hopefully other bloggers who have more influence and a bigger subscription base will follow your lead and do the same thing. Thanks for standing up and supporting other writers.

  27. Susan

    I understand why many blogs don’t pay for guest posts (and I’ve done plenty of unpaid guest posts myself), but I applaud you for breaking this model and doing what you think is right. Hopefully others will follow! (Sounds like some already are.)

  28. Brennan

    Hey, I love this idea. I wish more people would get behind the idea that quality writing matters. I might even submit a pitch myself, but kudos for being true to your ideals! =D

  29. Joseph

    I think that paying guest posters is a great idea. If you produce valuable content that generates revenue for a blog, shouldn’t you be compensated for it? I think so.

    Congrats on being one of the first blogs that I know of to be doing this. It will help you to continue publishing the best content. I expect other blogs to follow your lead.

  30. D.J.Rony

    It’s simply an amazing idea, I just hope blog like yours will start to do what you started. I cam here through Google and you know what i am bookmarking your site rite now as you are promoting with some good initiative.

    By the way if you are really in need of guest poster, I guess you should look in the freelancing site. With dollar 50 you can atleast get 15 articles. I don’t know why you haven’t done that.

    • Carol Tice

      It’s already rolling, D.J. – the first $50 donation was made last week.

      I don’t buy 15 PLR articles for $1.50 instead because the quality of that type of content is very different from what people visit this site for. I don’t need to stuff my site with junk content. I’m looking for successful freelancers who can share practical tips to help others earn more — it’s pretty specific and needs to flow from personal experience. When robots can write it up for me, I’ll be out of a job as well.

      I’m not really in NEED of guest posters — I could write the whole site myself. I think having several guest posters each month improves the quality of what I deliver by adding fresh voices and points of view.

  31. tolly

    Hey nice! I love to write, I write a lot but do not know how to make money out of my writting. Where do I start. Please am hanging on to this until I hear from you. Can I start with the USD $ 50 for a start? how? what does it take?


    • Carol Tice

      Just read the guidelines and submit a pitch if you have some freelance-writing expertise to share with my readers.

      If you’re just starting out, you might want to visit my new membership community for writers looking to grow their income, Freelance Writers Den. Lots of ability to get those questions answered in there.

  32. David

    I think the idea to reward guest post authors beyond the traditional “traffic and back-link juice” idea is a great one, and definitely something I’ll look at employing once I get my guest-post criteria sorted out.

    While some people might look at this as opening yourself up for a bunch of poor quality content from authors looking for a quick buck, I actually think it’s a positive point of difference you’re offering over other blogs that might not pay guest authors. Plus the idea of sending over a pitch rather than a complete articles is very smart – means you don’t have to read 500 words from every hopeful author, prevents people from bombarding you with poor quality work and means you can encourage the type of articles you, and your readers, will find most interesting. Love it!

    • Carol Tice

      Thanks David —

      Yeah, I’m so not reading the prewritten posts of the universe.

      Rather than being hit with a lot of junk, in fact, what’s been happening has been a thrill– I’m able to attract a large number of writers and then pick and choose the very best writers and ideas to include on this blog. I have loved the new voices and quality of information I’m able to bring readers through this program. (OK, I get junk pitches too, but I just ignore them.)

      It’s sort of been too successful — I have enough guest posts in the can now to take me through the end of the year! Wish I could afford to do more guest posts, but 2-3 a month is my limit for now.

      Paying guest posters spreads goodwill, builds the reputation of this blog as a place that’s serious about supporting fair writer pay, and I’ve met great people through the guest posts. I find the paid posters become real evangelists for this blog and the marketing value I get is well worth the $50 invested.

      For some, $50 is not impactful and they have me donate it to Invisible People TV. For others, it’s the most they’ve ever been paid. I’ve had people from all over — just accepted one from Pakistan.

      It also allows me to do a little bit of editorial training for bloggers who’ve never had an editor, which I consider a useful service to the community. Many have to try 3 or 4 versions of their pitch before they get an OK. Bring your killer headlines to me, people! Weak headlines remain the biggest problem in blogging.

  33. Rob

    I write guest posts, but I get paid to write them. Otherwise, I’m with cranky old Harlan Ellison, who said, “I won’t take a piss for free.” $50 is great money for me, though. No matter how many of your blogs I read, I can’t fathom getting $100 or more minimum.

    Thanks for having the integrity to pay for guest blogs. It would be very enticing for many to blog for you for free in hopes of getting some exposure.

    • Carol Tice

      Despite being a paying market now, Rob, you wouldn’t believe how many people still ask if they can do a free post for me.

      It sort of weirds me out. Do you have something against money?

      I love paying for blog posts, because of how it raises the quality bar. The guests posts I’ve had recently had terrific information, and some have been very widely read.

      I’m sorry you can’t imagine getting $100 a blog post — because if you can’t envision it, it can’t happen. Most of the paid blogging work I’ve done has been at that rate or higher, BTW.

  34. Self-Publishing Annie

    I’m a little confused by your statement that all emails sent become property of MakeALivingWriting.com. That makes it sound like if I send you an guest blog post in an email with an idea outlined, that you are free to turn me down, but keep the idea and outline. I’m pretty sure that is NOT what you meant, but I don’t know how else to interpret. Can you please clarify what you mean by this line:

    All emails become the property of this blog.


    • Carol Tice

      Hi Annie —

      Good question! I am definitely not out to steal your ideas. I don’t archive them, and I can’t even remember what they are, to be honest! Because I get so many. On the other hand…like all editors, I may have heard that idea from several other writers, too. So everyone should keep that in mind.

      Think I’ll clarify this up top. Really, the emails I want to keep and want the right to reproduce are the ones where people ask me freelance writing questions, which I might want to quote and answer in a mailbag post. So you’re right — I think that comment’s not really relevant to pitching me…going to delete it.

  35. Perista Mamadi

    Hi Carol Tice
    I can I qualify to guest write
    I am not a writer.
    If I do now this will be my first ever
    I am a medical doctor
    However, I have passion for writing but I don’t know how to start
    Probably this can be an opportunity


    • Carol Tice

      It could be an opportunity, Perista…if you have an idea for a blog post and can pitch me a headline and outline, like the guidelines say. Feel free to email it over.

      • Ben

        Hi carol, first of all you have a very nice smile to start with 😀
        I am a Guest/Content Writer at present but the field does not interest me anymore because of low respect and work quality that I have around me. People judging me are far from being a content writer. Can you guide me on how I can improve myself and evolve into a professional writer! I just love to write 

        • Carol Tice

          Sure thing — consider joining my learning community, Freelance Writers Den. We’re open only now and then, but you can get on the waiting list for first crack at a seat when we reopen.

  36. Margo

    I absolutely LOVE reading all that you have written here. I have been trying to find a way to really make money online for months now and I have always been told that I should write. I am great at it and I ma passionate about it. I think paying for guest posts is fair. It shows that you care about others and respect them as a writer and contributor.
    I have learned a lot from reading your blog. I personally am just starting out being paid to write and the hardest part for me is trying to figure out what I should charge. To be honest, I am working for a client right now, and I am really being ‘ripped off’, I figured that to get my foot in the door I needed to take the first job I could get on Elance. I am getting $0.50 for every 100 words, the person gets ahold of me randomly with an assignment, the last assignment was 5 articles, 500 words a piece, and a seven hour deadline. ALL of the topics were NOTHING I had any idea about so I had to research each and every article before I wrote it. 🙁
    I know my writing is worth more. I love how you say to try to find paid blogging jobs, but I am not very good at selling myself and how much I should charge.
    Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much

    Margo Johnson

    • Carol Tice

      Charge a lot more. Don’t work for mill or bid-site clients who pay pennies.

      Find the clients who are willing to pay more.

      Become good at selling yourself. It takes practice, but anyone can learn to market themselves.

      • Margo

        Thank you! After I posted my comment I went and started searching for piad bloogers wanted and came across probloggers, a list of blogging jobs available and found that the pay range for the jobs is between $12 to $100 per post. They even have a salaried job for $1500 to $2250 per month! I am applying for a few. I am also going to continue looking.
        I was wondering if I could put a link to your website in my next post on my blog(s). I think your information is very important for all writers to read and implement.
        You have inspired me, and made me rethink my value!

        Thank you so much

        I am also going to be publishing a blog later today that I am very proud of.
        Thanks again

        • Carol Tice

          Margo, looks like you were trying to link us to a blog post — please use my CommentLuv tool to make that happen…otherwise you may end up in the spam.

          And certainly you’re free to link to me in a post…everybody else does it, so jump on in. 😉

  37. Karshim Kanwar

    The idea of raising awareness of homeless people’s struggles through video and helping to inspire change is great one in deed!
    Hope you succeed and achieve your monthly targets!


    Many days have gone past the years since you started this project.It is only recent that I discovered this wonderful blog for I have not been an online writer until I registered as an online Business and Finance student at Atlantic International University in Miami (USA ) that I wanted an extra fees to pay for my course that I wakened the love for writing in me.The question you posed where it is appropriate to pay 50 dollars to guest writers on your blog, works in developed countries where one could rightly say NO.Here in Africa and particularly Uganda where I live 50 dollars is a big boost, My question is is the offer still on such that I write as a guest? I have done it before with the government News paper,The New Vision for the purposes of marketability and promotion.Thank you Tice.

    • Carol Tice

      Alex, see the link to my full writers guidelines page up in that post for all the details on my process for accepting guest posts.

  39. Shannon

    I think what you have decided to do is courageous and empowering. As a newer writer (and former victim of far too many content mills who refuses to let them shake my confidence) I thank you. And I will be pitching and grateful for the opportunity. 🙂

  40. Felicity

    Just wondering whether you saw an increase of guest post submissions after you made the decision to pay for them? Thanks

  41. Felicity

    Hi – Just wondering if you saw an increase in the number of guest post submissions after you made this decision? Thanks

    • Carol Tice

      OH, yeah, Felicity. It is amazing what happens when you wave $50 at writers!

      I get so many that later, I decided to limit applicants to grads/members of either my Freelance Writers Den community or Jon Morrow’s Guest Blogging class. You can check out my updated guidelines for all the details at https://makealivingwriting.com/why-i-pay-writers

      I also do the occasional open pitch week where I look at posts from all comers.

  42. Edwin Smith

    Hello there!
    I have been following your blog for quite a while and love the content and information that you offer your readers.
    I am reaching out today to see if you would be interested in a sponsored post for your blog. I believe I can provide value for your readers and share my knowledge.
    I will ensure the content is top-notch and provides a new look on a topic that your readers are interested in learning more about. Looking forward to hear from you soon.


    Edwin Smith

    • Carol Tice

      Edwin, I get probably 5-10 requests like this per week now…but I don’t accept sponsored posts.

      My guest posters are not paying link-seekers, but working freelance writers with useful, hands-on experience to share with my readers. I currently only accept guest posts from two groups of writers — members and grads of my Freelance Writers Den community, and of Jon Morrow’s Guest Blogging course. Full guidelines are here:


  43. Glynis

    Hi Carol,
    I just came across your blog thru Jon Morrow and I think your stand on paying guest bloggers is an excellent example of putting your money where your mouth is–pun all day!
    I am not a new writer but completely new to blogging. I am reading blogs, will continue to do my homework and if I am good and extra lucky, I may see myself here someday:>)
    Thanks for all you do–you are appreciated, especially by newbies like me



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