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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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.

39 Comments

  1. Rahul Singh (smarthindipeople.com)

    I made my mind to make a living writing by writing on my own blog and other people blogs. It seemed easy in starting but it’s really hard to make money online as there is a very big learning curve and with time SEO is getting more and more complicated. You done a great work by sharing all these websites.

    Reply
  2. 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
  3. 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!

    Reply
    • 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!

    • 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!

  4. 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.

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    • 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.

    • 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!

    • 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.

    • 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. 😉

  5. Azfar Bilal Saleem

    Great post. Thank you so much.

    Reply

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