Get Paid to Write: 23 Sites That Pay Freelancers $100+

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What would your income look like if every assignment paid $100 and up? Sites that pay writers that much or more are out there. Seriously.

But you’re not going to find them on Craiglist or low-rate content mills that pay pennies per word, or worse. And even a large number of writing job boards that promise well-paying gigs turn out to only have gigs that pay enough per assignment to fill your gas tank.

Skip those gigs, and move on to sites that pay better rates so you can truly get paid to write.

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Ready to find sites that pay freelance writers $100 and up? (Updated for 2022!)

In this list of 23 sites that pay freelance writers, we’ve identified new markets we haven’t featured before. And even though these sites represent a variety of different niches (e.g. finance, parenting, health, technology, travel, etc.) they all have one thing in common.

These are sites where you can get paid to write $100 or more for blog posts, articles, essays, tutorials, and other types of writing assignments.

The way you’re going to land a gig with one of these sites that pay $100-plus, is by writing a solid query letter, pitching a well-thought-out blog post, or sending a customized LOI (letter of introduction).

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Members of the group also share direct referrals to gigs where you can find even more opportunities to get paid for writing. Join today and take your writing career to new heights.

Below is our curated list that will help you find freelance writing jobs.

1. B. Michelle Pippin

Business expert Michelle Pippin publishes guest posts on topics like time management, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Pays up to $150.

2. The A.V. Club

Are you a TV and movie junkie? The A.V. Club is always looking for great entertainment content, paying an average of $0.21 a word.

3. Bustle

This popular site is looking for stories in a range of niches, including entertainment, lifestyle, and style. They pay $0.25 a word so it’s a great way to get paid to write. There are multiple editors to pitch to depending on the topic.

4. Sport Fishing Magazine

This site is dedicated to the sport of saltwater fishing and pays up to $300 for online features and $750 for print stories in their magazine. They’re one of the best sports writing jobs out there for freelancers. Email editor@sportfishingmag.com with your pitch.

5. The Escapist

This site is dedicated to covering the gaming industry and pays up to $250 for articles. Pitch topics about video games, movies, board games, science, and technology.

6. Freelance Mom

This site pays $100 for 1,500-word blog posts (from moms or dads) about entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and the systems, tools, and processes to be a successful freelancer. Email your query/pitch to founder and editor Lisa Stein.

7. Healthy Living

This site pays $150 for 1,500-word articles on health, anti-aging, beauty, lifestyle, parenting, recipes. You can use the general submission form and expect a response within six days. But it wouldn’t hurt to pitch directly to editor @AidaPoulsen.

8. Worthpoint

If you’re into antiques and collectibles, Worthpoint will pay you up to $100 per article to share your insights and expertise. Email wayne.jordan@worthpoint.com with your pitch.

9. Slate

Slate is a popular online magazine covering news, politics, culture, business, technology, and more. They pay $300 for a 1,000 to 2,000-word op-ed, according to The Web Writer Spotlight

10. The Layout

Want to write about WordPress? The Layout pays up to $150 for blog posts about design-related topics and tutorials.

11. Copyhackers

While they are very choosy with their guest posts, this is a site that pays $325 for articles about copywriting, marketing, branding, building a business, and other related topics.

12. Make a Living Writing

Yes, this blog is a site that pays $75 up to $150 for posts on freelance writing topics aimed at helping writers move up and earn more. Be sure to read the guidelines, study the style, and take a look at the types of blog posts we’re looking for.

Rates depend on the complexity of the topic and the amount of research needed. Send your pitch to editor@makealivingwriting.com. We will also consider your pitch for other sites in our family of sites, including Selfpublishing.com, The Write Life, and more.

13. Mom.me

Here’s a site that pays $125 and up for blog posts and features articles about pregnancy, motherhood, parenting, family life, and other topics.

The editing team says they are looking for voice-y, opinionated writers with a sense of humor (don’t forget to check out our guide to more humor writing jobs) who can write for moms.

14. MoneyPantry

Founder and editor Saeed Darabi created this site to help people both earn and save more money. Pays up to $150 for 1,000 to 2,000-word blog posts.

As of February 2021, MoneyPantry is temporarily not accepting guest posts. They will update their contributing page when they are ready to accept guest posts again.

15. Pentimento

While this is one of the sites that pay closer to $250 for posts about people living with disabilities, they do not currently have any calls for submissions.

16. HerMoney

Get paid $150 to write about women and money. Reach out to the editor for inquiries, editor@hermoney.com

17. Semaphore

This site publishes articles about software development and pays $100 to $300. Semaphore is looking for articles about development tools and practices, build automation, application deployment, and how to configure, integrate and develop software.

18. FreshBooks

Yes, the freelancer invoicing site we recommend is one of the sites that pay $200 a post and up!

19. Transitions Abroad

This travel site pays up to $150 for articles (800 to 2,000 words) about travel advice, experiences, and adventures to help and inspire others to see the world. Have a travel-related story idea? Transitions Abroad is looking for articles on working, living, volunteering, and studying abroad.

20. The Travel Writer’s Life

Here’s another travel site that pays $100 to $150 for interviews and personal stories about people who are making a living as a travel writer, photographer, or tour operator.

How-to articles about getting paid to travel pay up to $200. While this is one of the sites that pay $100 or more for contributions, they also feature courses to help you become a better travel writer.

21. Vibrant Life

This site pays $100 to $300 for articles (up to 1,000 words) about physical health, mental clarity, and spiritual balance from a practical, Christian perspective. Send queries to editor Heather Quintana.

22. IncomeDiary

This blog is looking for articles related to “creating awesome websites, driving traffic, social media, or making money online.” They can pay up to $500 for articles in some cases.

23. Babble

Get paid $100-$150 for articles on parenting, pregnancy, style, beauty, travel, food & drink, and other topics. [NOTE: Babble is no longer publishing.]

Move up and earn more

If you’ve been writing for sites that pay less than $100 per assignment, it’s time for a change. This list is a good place to start. Once you find a site you want to write for, here’s what to do next:

  • Study the submission guidelines
  • Read past blog posts or back issues
  • Develop an outline for a blog post or write a query letter
  • Find the contact information for the editor and send your pitch via email
  • Repeat, and you’ll be headed in the right direction to move up and earn more

What are your favorite sites that pay $100 or more? Add them to the comments or to the list on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Evan Jensen is the guest blog editor at Make a Living Writing. He writes for clients in the health and fitness niche, and runs 100-mile ultramarathons. 

Looking for more resources on how to get paid to write? Find more on how to become a freelance writer.

38 Comments

  1. Akachie Gabriel Mokobia

    Thanks so much for this very important information. I’m a born writer. I’m very good at writing novels and articles.

    The nature of my job as a secondary school Chaplain, Teacher and Vice Principal leaves little or no time for me to practice my real work as a writer. Fortunately for me, this period of Covid-19 lockdown has given me ample opportunity to sit at home and think of the best way to put up my time for useful endeavours.

    I searched through the Google app for sites that pay writers and I got this very one. I’m really impressed with what I have read so far.

    Please I’d like you to put me through on how to submit articles and other materials for posting and at least, some compensation.

    I’ve never tried this before, nevertheless, with my flare for writing, I think this should be the right place for me.

    Sincerely,
    Akachie Gabriel Mokobia

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    • Evan Jensen

      Akachie,
      Read the submission guidelines that a blog, site, or magazine publishes. Come up with a blog post, article, or story idea that’s fits the publication. Then pitch your idea. Rinse and repeat.

      Reply
    • Carol Tice

      Akachie, big tip: Submitting pre-written articles is a method with low success. We mostly write on assignment, by sending a query letter outlining our idea. Editors at paying markets usually like to have input into what will go in their pages. If you need to learn how to write a query letter, check out my community site — we have a lot of resources.

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    • Rajesh Chandra Pandey

      I was so glad to read the words “my real work as a writer”. With me too, it’s almost the same. Though I’m an Electronics & Communications engineer going by degree, I consider writing as my real work.

      Hats off to Evan Jensen for this great list. It’s so useful and I’ve made up my mind to attempt to get published with some of these websites.
      Thanks a million, Akachie and Evan 👍👍

      Reply
  2. Kaoutar elbadri

    i enjoy it when i write

    Reply
  3. Deon Christie

    Outstanding post, well done! And thanks for sharing. I’m most certainly checking out these. Because I speak Fluent WordPress with a Search Engine Accent. I’m going to have a lot of fun with WriteHacker and SlickWP! Have a lovely weekend buddy. And thanks again for an outstanding post!

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  4. akhilesh mishra

    Mate most of these links are outdated please update the article again.

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    • Angie Mansfield

      Hi, Akhilesh –

      We’ll take a look at this post, but just be aware that websites and publications change and disappear all the time. We’re constantly posting new lists of markets, so if some of these market posts are outdated, you can find others (if you Google “Sites that pay site:makealivingwriting.com” you’ll come up with a huge list of posts we’ve done on these).

      Our market lists are also meant to give you an idea of what’s out there, not to be THE definitive list of markets for writers. If you search around for similar publications, you may find some gems we haven’t listed!

      Reply
    • Carol Tice

      We do new market lists every month — subscribe to get the fresh ones! This one is several years old.

      Reply
  5. Kemar Minzie

    Thanks for the list of site you provided and the info. Very grateful for the knowledge.

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    • J.W. Bailey

      I have been considering freelance writing ever since I retired as peace officer. I worked in several different divisions including patrol, traffic/major accident investigation and finished up my career working as a homicide det. After hanging up the badge I taught criminal justice classes and spent five years as Director of a regional police academy. Now I would like to write articles and/or blogs on police work. But I can not seem to find any places to submit my work. Any suggestions?

      Reply
  6. Nihal Pa

    Nice Article about various freelancer related projects!

    Reply
  7. Nicholas Jordan

    Hi Carol I’m trying to switch from HR to writing and started a portfolio site but I’m finding the design so difficult to work with and I think it’s stealing attention from my words.

    Do you have a favorite solution for hosting a writing portfolio?

    Reply
    • Carol Tice

      Hi Nicholas — I’ve removed your site link because it doesn’t seem to be to a writing portfolio but to a site for HR Recruiters. Not seeing a portfolio or even a ‘hire me’ tab on there.

      In general, WordPress is the most popular platform for creating websites, and it has a portfolio plugin that seems to work well. Having your own site for your portfolio is far preferable to putting one on a mass platform like Contently, Clippings.me or Journoportfolios in my view, as sites like that make it easy to compare you to OTHER writers and usually also difficult to figure out how to contact you or learn more. But if you want something fast where you don’t have to host or keep it updated, those are among the more popular solutions out there.

      Reply
  8. Amber conarro

    Im new to this and i write all the time and just curious as to how to sell some of the stuff i have written about?

    Reply
    • Angie Mansfield

      Hi, Amber –

      It’s harder to sell something you’ve already written; editors want to have a hand in shaping the idea and the direction of the article. You might have better luck if you choose a publication you want to write for, develop an idea for them, and then send a strong query.

      Reply
  9. Freelance Queen

    Thank you for sharing, this is an excellent list of resources.

    Reply
  10. Jacquelynn

    Doller Stretcher doesn’t pay.

    Reply
    • Angie Mansfield

      Thanks for letting us know, Jacquelynn – publications change their policies all the time. I’ve updated the post.

      -Angie (MALW Admin)

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    • Carol Tice

      Thanks for the note, Jacquelynn — seems like as fast as we compile market lists, the market shifts yet again. We’ll update…

      Reply
  11. Victor Ofem

    I really find this helpful, let me go and send in my pitches,😁

    Reply
  12. Elicia

    This was very helpful. I’ll definitely be checking out some of these that have the topics I’d like to write about. I’m just getting started down this venture as a full-time traveling freelancer. I’ll post again to say what worked out for me, personally. Thank you. 😎

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    • Sugianto

      Good news, thank you for this helpful information.

      Reply
  13. Grace Murugi

    So helpful. Thanks.

    Reply
  14. Andria

    Your link to Babble sends you to the Disney website.

    Reply
    • Angie Mansfield

      Argh – thanks for letting us know, Andria! Think Babble was owned by Disney and is no longer publishing. I’ll edit the post. -Angie

      Reply
  15. Wanjiru Ciira

    Thank you for this useful information.

    Reply
  16. Azfar Bilal Saleem

    Great post. Thank you so much.

    Reply
  17. Janet

    I was excited to see that AV Club hires freelance writers (I love writing about sitcoms), but when I went to the links, it seemed clear that they don’t hire freelance writers (or if they do, they don’t advertise it). I’m wondering if this info needs to be updated.

    Reply
    • Angie Mansfield

      Hi, Janet – I’m having our editor look into it. Keep in mind, though, that just because a publication doesn’t specifically say it hires freelancers doesn’t mean it’s hopeless. You could always pitch the appropriate editor anyway – the worst that happens is they tell you they don’t use freelancers.

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      • Janet Beatrice

        Hi Angie! Thanks so much for your prompt reply. The idea of pitching to them when they’re not openly saying they look for writers makes me nervous. But it did occur to me and I’m really glad you said that, because it reassures me that it would be fine. As you said – the worst thing that could happen is that they say they don’t need freelancers. I’m thinking that the editorial coordinator would be the person to write to. If you don’t mind replying again, would you say that’s the right person – or at least not the absolute wrong person? Thanks again for your reply!

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        • Carol Tice

          Janet, I’ve never seen an ‘editorial coordinator’ as a title, in 25 years of freelancing. The ‘right person’ will vary from place to place.

          When you say it makes you nervous… about what? What’s the worst that will happen? I just take my best guess at the right person and close with, “If you’re not the right person, appreciate your forwarding this on to the editor who works with freelancers.” Boom, done.

          On the business side, I’d say 90% of companies that could use a freelance writer are not advertising for one anywhere. We make our living going out and finding that hidden part of the iceberg of opportunity.

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          • Janet

            Thanks, Carol! I suspect if I stopped being nervous, I’d get more work. 😉

          • Carol Tice

            Here’s the trick: You don’t have to stop being nervous. You just have to stop ACTING like you are. 😉

  18. Gina

    Hi Carol, Is it possible nowadays for writers to work with line editors, like in the old newspaper days? And how do you feel about editors changing your work? I would love your thoughts on these things.
    Your guidance to working writers is always so great!

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    • Carol Tice

      Hi Gina — sorry, just finding this comment!

      It’s always possible to do anything you want in this life, pretty much… the only thing standing between you and what you want is money. There are a thousand laid-off newspaper editors in the woods who need work. The problem is, after you pay them to line-edit you, there won’t be any pay left for you, if you’re writing editorially! Not a lot of pay to begin with.

      How do I feel about editors changing my work? Like they say in A Chorus Line, usually, I feel… nothing. If you don’t want anyone to ever change any of your precious words, then you write in your journal. Those of us who write for clients and publications understand that it’s a collaborative process. I’m usually grateful to HAVE an editor — too many situations now there is basically no editorial process. So there’s no one to make your piece even better. Hope that helps answer!

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      • Gina

        Hi Carol, thanks for all that advice. Part of why I asked the question is I’ve been doing some copy editing work, working with other editors. And it’s interesting to me how different editors can have different approaches. I can only dream of the old days where a few copy editors could get in an argument around the table. Or where authors and editors gather at a salon….So I’m all for editors. But I was curious to get your take – you always have the perspective on how things really work in relation to old school. Thanks!

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  19. jossef salman

    thank you for sharing this amazing list, it was very helpful. I do not like writing about any internet marketing-related niches but I found here three sites very worth writing for. thank you, keep the generosity.

    Reply

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