How To Make Money Freelance Writing: Websites That Pay Writers $50+


Earn Money Online: 92 Websites that Pay Writers. Makealivingwriting.comTired of writing for pennies (or peanuts or whichever cliche for crappy pay you prefer) and ready to learn how to make money online for real?

We’re tired of it, too. That’s why Carol started paying for posts a few years back — and why she upped her rates to $75+ last fall. And it’s why we update our list of sites that pay on a regular basis.

Below is the new-and-improved, early 2021 edition of Make a Living Writing’s list of websites that pay at least $50 per post.

What’s included — and not

Rather than linking to the list we published last fall, we’re posting a comprehensive and updated new list. We’ve added new markets we learned of in the past 6 months and removed sites that have categories of posts that are below $50. That’s our minimum.

In some cases, these sites keep it on the Q.T. exactly what they pay. We’re including markets where freelance writers in our network report they pay more than $50, in order to bring you the widest variety of paying markets possible.

We also removed sites that are not currently accepting pitches, which knocked a good portion of the writing-focused sites off. Sites where you only have a shot at earning $50 writing on spec, or based on traffic or ad clicks, are NOT included. This is a list of markets offering guaranteed pay only!

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As always, we appreciate any corrections or additions — please post them in the comments. Here’s the list:

Business, Career, and Finance

  1. B. Michelle Pippin pays $50-$150 for business-related articles.
  2. Coaches Training Blog is looking for articles about coaching – business, life, career, and other kinds. Pay based on assignment.
  3. Copyhackers pays $325 for articles about copywriting, branding, running a business, and more. Read the submission guidelines carefully to pitch.
  4. CEO Hangout will pay $50 if you pre-arrange it with the editor — send a pitch and negotiate payment before writing the article. They run posts about the CEO lifestyle, success stories, interviews, and other reported features of interest to business leaders.
  5. DailyWorth pays $150 for articles about women and money. They list a blackhole editorial@ email address, but I recently tweeted them about how to submit a pitch, and they suggested hitting up the managing editor, Koa Beck.
  6. Doctor of Credit pays $50 for personal finance articles that focus specifically on credit.
  7. eCommerce Insiders pays $60-$150 for articles about online retailing.
  8. FreelanceMom pays $75-$100 for posts about running a business as a busy parent.
  9. FreshBooks (yup, that same freelancer invoicing site we recommend) pays $200 a post and up. Be prepared to negotiate to get a better rate.
  10. Acorns has a new online pub called Grow Magazine that pays $50+ for finance writing geared toward millennials. They don’t have guidelines posted, but they told me to submit to with the word STORY in your subject line. We don’t normally recommend those generic emails, but because the pub is still new, it might not be a huge black hole yet.
  11. IncomeDiary pays $50-$200 for articles about making money online, including SEO, affiliate sales, and traffic generation.
  12. Mirasee pays $200 for 1,000-2,000-word posts on marketing, business productivity, and growth topics. [NOTE: Mirasee is currently paying only for posts they commission. Unsolicited posts are unpaid.]
  13. Modern Farmer reportedly pays around $150 for articles.
  14. Penny Hoarder shares money-saving ideas. You’ll need to negotiate pay with the editors during the pitching process — and be willing to forego a link back to your site.
  15. Priceonomics pays $1,000 for 2,000-word articles on data and economics. 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. [NOTE: This pub’s writer’s guidelines now say they pay $50/article. Be prepared to verify/negotiate payment.]
  16. RankPay pays $50 for articles about SEO, content marketing, and social media.
  17. 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.


  1. Aish accepts first-person accounts on the positive influence of Orthodox Jewish beliefs on everyday life — and they pay $200 on publication. Know the frum life to succeed here, and email
  2. pays $100 for essays about college. They’re also using this essay submission as a way to find writers for assignments.
  3. Dame reportedly pays $200 for essays. They do accept reported features and other article types, and pay rates may vary for those.
  4. Brain, Child publishes long-form essays on a wide range of topics. Send your pitch to editor and publisher Marcelle Soviero. Pays $300 for 1,500 to 4,500-word essays.
  5. The Establishment pays $125 and up for reported stories and essays.
  6. Eureka Street is an Australian site that pays $200 for analysis or commentary on politics, religion, popular culture or current events in Australia and the world. They also pay $50 for poetry (check out our full guide to poetry jobs), which seems to be a rarity these days. [NOTE: This publication is closed to submissions from December 13, 2016 to January 10, 2017. Anything submitted during this time will not be read – please verify they’re back open before you submit.]
  7. Guideposts pays $250 for Christian faith-based essays.
  8. LightHouse pays $100 for uplifting essays by blind or visually impaired writers.
  9. Narratively pays $200-300 for 2000 – 2500-word essays on specific topics. Check their guidelines for a list of current needs.
  10. The New York Times Modern Love column reportedly pays as much as $300 for essays on any topic that could be classified as modern love.
  11. Skirt pays $200 for essays about women’s issues.
  12. The Bold Italic might be a great fit if you’re from San Francisco or have a connection to the city. Past essay topics have included the gig economy, online dating, mental illness, and more. Pay is $50 per essay.
  13. Vox First Person reportedly pays in the $400 range for personal essays of about 1,500 words. Pitch
  14. Buzzfeed has an estimated 168 million unique visitors every month, and they publish a wide variety of topics to keep those visitors entertained and informed. Pays $.13 to $.27 per word.

Family and Parenting

  1. Babble pays $100-$150 for posts on parenting, entertainment, pregnancy, beauty, style, food, and travel. (NOTE: Babble’s writer’s guidelines are no longer easily found. You may have to do some sleuthing to find contact info for an editor.)
  2. Just Parents is a UK-based site that focuses on pregnancy and parenting. They pay $60 per post.
  3. posts non-snarky articles about parenting and family issues. Pay starts at $50.
  4. Fatherly is looking for parenting advice and funny experiences with kids from a dad’s perspective. Pay based on assignment.
  5. Stork Guide focuses on pregnancy and parenting of newborns and toddlers. They pay $50+ per post.
  6. Well Family (the New York Times’ parenting blog) pays $100. Pitch the editor.


  1. The Anxiety Foundation pays $50 for mental health articles.
  2. The Atlantic’s online health section reportedly pays $200.
  3. PsychCentral covers mental health. They don’t list a pay rate on their site, and they didn’t respond to my query about pay, but a reader on last year’s list reported they are a paying market. [UPDATE 12/2016: The website says they don’t pay, but exceptions are made if you discuss payment BEFORE submitting.]

Lifestyle and General Interest

  1. BBC Britain doesn’t publish their pay rate, but I’ve seen reports of $350-$1,000 for various BBC sites. Pitch stories with a British slant for an international audience.
  2. Bitch Magazine’s website pays for pop culture features. Pay is variable, so negotiate to get your desired rate.
  3. BookBrowse pays for book reviews! Writers accepted into their stable of reviewers will earn $50 for a 600-word review.
  4. Adoptive Family accepts pitches on all aspects of the adoption process. Pay based on assignment.
  5. The Daily Beast reportedly pays $250 and up. Their submission guidelines have a black-hole editorial@ email address, so you’ll want to do a little digging to find the right person to pitch.
  6. Backpacker is all about wilderness hiking. Pay based on assignment.
  7. getAbstract reportedly pays $300 for longer (2,000-4,000 word) book summaries.
  8. Gothamist pays $50-$150 for reported pieces about New York.
  9. Backstage is a resource for performing artists. Pays $0.14/word – pitch Briana Rodriguez, Editor-in-Chief, on LinkedIn.
  10. The International Wine Accessories blog pays $50 and up for articles.
  11. Knitty raised their rates to $120-$200 for articles about knitting and knitting patterns. They also have a sister site —Knittyspin — for knitters who like to use handspun yarn.
  12. Lifezette pays $100-$200 for articles on parenting, politics, faith, health, and pop culture. Contact the appropriate editor with your idea.
  13. Listverse pays $100 for long (1,500 word) lists on various topics.
  14. New York Observer pays $100 on posts about politics and culture for “sophisticated readership of metropolitan professionals.”
  15. OZY does pay freelancers, but rates vary.
  16. Paste pays $50+ for submissions in many different areas.
  17. Playboy. com pays up to $350, depending on the topic. NOTE: Playboy has removed their editorial contact page.
  18. Pretty Designs covers fashion and beauty. You’ll need to negotiate per-post pay.
  19. Refinery29 reportedly pays $75 and up for slideshows, articles, and essays on various topics. They also post their needs for specific columns on their guidelines page.
  20. Salon pays $100-$200 for essays and reported features, even very long ones.
  21. Smithsonian Magazine Online reportedly pays established freelancers up to $600 for reported articles.
  22. The Tablet pays for articles on Jewish news, ideas, and culture. Pay varies, so be prepared to negotiate. I saw a report of $1,000 for a heavily reported 2,000+ word feature.
  23. TwoPlusTwo Magazine pays $200 for original posts about poker. They post articles for six months, after which time the rights revert to the writer, so you can sell reprint rights or post it on your own blog.
  24. Upworthy pays $150-$200 for 500-word posts.
  25. Vice‘s pay rate varies, so you will need to negotiate if you’d like to write about food, technology, music, fashion, and other lifestyle topics.
  26. YourTango pays $50 for posts on love, sex, travel, mental health, and just about anything else that affects your relationships.


  1. A List Apart covers web design. They pay $200 per article.
  2. Compose pays $200 and $200 in Compose database credits for articles about databases.
  3. The Graphic Design School blog pays $100-$200 for articles and tutorials about Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and open source design tools. NOTE: This site has removed its submission guidelines page, and it’s not clear whether they still take guest posts.
  4. Indeni pays $50-$200 for posts that cover Check Point firewalls, F5 load balancers or Palo Alto Networks firewalls.
  5. Linode pays $250 for articles about Linux,, NoSQL databases, game servers, Open Change, and Web RTC.
  6. Devilish about web development? SitePoint pays $100-$150 for articles on HTML, CSS, Ruby, PHP, and more.
  7. SlickWP pays $100 for posts about WordPress and the Genesis Theme framework.
  8. Tuts+ pays $100 and up for tutorials on various technologies, including Web design and Flash. Tuts once ran a network of 16 different blogs, including Freelance Switch, but it’s all together on a single site now that encompasses design, gaming, photography, writing, and more.
  9. WordCandy pays 6-10 cents a word for ghostwritten pieces about WordPress — these will appear on some of the larger WordPress blogs, such as wpmudev.
  10. WPHub pays $100-$200 for posts on web design trends, coding best practices, and other WordPress-related topics.

Travel and Food

  1. Big Grey Horse page $125-$200 for posts about Texas — photos must be included. Texas-based writers are preferred, because the site requires in-person visits.
  2. Cultures and Cuisines pays $200 per article. NOTE: This site is now gone.
  3. Desert Times pays $50-$100 for stories about the deserts of North America and the culture and lifestyle of the people who live there. They prefer writers to also submit photos.
  4. Expatics serves U.S. expatriates. This is another site where you’ll need to negotiate pay before you write your article.
  5. Fund Your Life Overseas pays $75 for articles about business ideas that provide enough income for U.S. ex-pats.
  6. The International Wine Accessories blog pays $50 and up for articles.
  7. Saveur starts at $150 for “amazing stories about food and travel.”
  8. The Salt (NPR’s food blog) reportedly pays $200+.


  1. ClearVoice is a platform to connect bloggers with brands in various niches, as well as commissioning posts for its own blog. Pay is variable but ranges as high as $250-$400 (from what we’ve seen so far). When you apply, you set the rates you’re willing to accept; then, the platform emails you when appropriate opportunities arise. It’s not a bid site — fees are preset. But gigs are presented to multiple writers, and then the client chooses who they’ll work with. Luckily, there’s no elaborate application process, once your profile is set — you simply reply that you’re interested, and they let you know if you win the gig.
  2. Contently pays about 35 cents a word for their freelancer-focused online magazine. Download their pitching guidelines here.
  3. Freedom with Writing pays $50+ for lists of paying publishers. They also pay for short ebooks, so there is an option for longer-form content, too.
  4. Make a Living Writing. That’s right, this-here blog pays $75-$100 for guest posts, depending on complexity and research needed. Be sure to read our guidelines thorougly, especially our list of the topics we’re actively looking for guest posts on right now. Pitching one of those will seriously improve your odds!
  5. WOW! Women on Writing pays $50-$150.
  6. The Write Life pays for some posts — you’ll need to negotiate your rate.

Tips for successful pitching

Before you pitch any of these sites, read the guidelines carefully and study the posts they’ve already run. Make sure you either have a fresh topic or a new way of exploring an issue they’ve covered before.

Paying markets are more competitive than posting on free sites. And the more bad pitches a site receives, the likelier they will reconsider whether they even accept guest posts, let alone pay for them. (Believe me, this happens, and it is the reason some sites we’ve listed before are no longer accepting pitches.)

Need help learning how to pitch a paying guest post? See this post, and this one. And make sure to check out our tips for effective freelancer invoicing so you get paid for your work.

Have you written for any of these markets? Found others that pay well? Tell us in the comments below.

Jennifer Roland is a freelance education, financial institution, and technology writer — and the guest-blog editor here at Make a Living Writing. Her latest book, 10 Takes: Pacific Northwest Writers, was published by Gladeye Press.


  1. Ronan

    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.

    It’s not enough to be a good writer to make it as a freelance writer. 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. They want thoroughly researched, quality lists that are so quirky they’ve not been written about anywhere before. 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.

    I will no doubt pitch to some of these publications, but I won’t hold my breath waiting for a response. 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.

    • Carol Tice

      There’s definitely an art to coming up with salable idea angles, Ronan. And I can tell you I had NO connections whatsoever, when I started out. Any writer can learn to develop ideas — here’s a post that might help with that:

      And a good idea will get you in the door cold — you don’t need ‘connections,’ as I discuss here:

      • Ronan

        Thanks for your response Carol. I will certainly have a look at the articles you have linked to. Maybe every freelance writer goes through phases such as the one I’m in now. Might be par for the course, I don’t really know. I’m sure there’s something I could improve – generating salable ideas might be it.

        As an aside, do you recommend pitching to the websites of globally popular newspapers such as The Guardian? They often run opinion pieces, and I’m sure many of these submissions are freelancers. I reckon the pay would be great.

        • Carol Tice

          Don’t know — most opinion pieces are unpaid.

    • Carol Tice

      I think most websites are less competitive to get into than the top print magazines, so maybe give some of these markets a try!

    • Jonathan Holowka

      I know what you mean about the Listverse thing. A while ago I spent several weeks putting together an article for them called “10 Real Life Spies More Unbelievable than James Bond” and was told by their editors that there were too many issues with it by their publishing standards for them to publish.

      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.

    • Dennis Hammer

      I think you can combat some of those challenges in two ways:

      1) Spend energy building relationships with the people who DO accept your writing so you can get repeat work from them. Repeat work speeds up the whole process because the pitching is quicker and once the client becomes more comfortable, you get some leeway.

      2) Go niche. 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.

      Just some thoughts. 🙂

      • Ronan

        You’re probably right about finding a niche, although I hate that term and how much it is used. 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.

        • Carol Tice

          Nobody’s insisting you choose ONE thing to write about — I have about 9 niches I can show expertise in at this point, Ronan, though they’re all under a business umbrella. But when you write about varied things you’re interested in, without focus, it doesn’t help your career because you don’t develop expertise you can demonstrate, and you keep having to reinvent wheels. 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. You have to do more work, and it’s harder to convince clients you deserve better pay.

          My joke is that when I meet a generalist who’s earning more than a writer with defined niche(s), then I’ll start advising people to be a generalist. Except in 8 years of coaching and interacting with thousands of writers, I NEVER HAVE. Specializing drives better earnings.

          • Ronan

            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. I want to write about everything, but I end up writing about nothing because I don’t know where to focus my attention.

            I’ll be joining your freelance den whenever it’s back open for more expert advice. 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.

          • Carol Tice

            Ronan, the Den is open right now for writers looking to join us for Steve Slaunwhite’s bootcamp, Email Copywriting That Wows Clients:

            Your questions are definitely the type we discuss all the time in the Den!

        • Alex

          Great list! Thank you so much for updating and sharing this list, and giving us freelancers someplace concrete to start.

      • Therese Roth

        I won’t forget this great site and I want to act on the information you’ve been kind enough to give…
        I’m in quite an offline turmoil at the moment, but this one is first on my list.
        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….

    • Stephen John

      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. One day I realised that when I have this much knowledge about a product, why I can’t I make an authority site? That could be a good idea but it takes a lot of time and money too.

    • Lauren Meeks

      The Mix is no more. Hearst Media just abruptly pulled the plug on it yesterday.

      • Carol Tice

        Well, boo! Thanks for updating us for the next edition of this list, Lauren.

    • Jon Penland

      Howdy Ronan,

      I’m also a fulltime freelance writer and editor. Every gig I’ve landed was landed with zero “connections”. 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? Troll the comments sections of blogs you want to write for looking for questions to answer (for example, your comment could inspire a post about “X Ways to Generate New Blog Post Ideas” – sure, it’s been covered, but you could come up with a new angle and new techniques!). Also, read lots of posts in your target blogging niche and try to think of spinoff post ideas based on posts you’ve read.

      Good luck!

      • Carol Tice

        Great suggestions here — thanks Jon!

  2. Jennifer Roland

    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. Then refine your idea until it’s a perfect fit for them and something only you can write. Send it in. Then move quickly on to another market so you’re not dwelling on the success of that pitch or stalking your inbox.

  3. Evelyn

    Great list! Thank you so much for updating and sharing this list, and giving us freelancers someplace concrete to start.

  4. Gina Horkey

    LOVE THESE POSTS – such a great roundup of various niches. If it’s not rude, can I add that Horkey HandBook is upping our rate from $50 to $75 per post starting in May? Details can be found on the “Write for Us” page on the site.

    • Carol Tice

      Gina, give us a link in a comment URL to the write for us page, and we’ll check it out and add you to the next list. 😉 I aim to make this list longer each time we put it out!

  5. Swayam

    Thank you. Are these opportunities available to Americans only,

    • Carol Tice

      Not as far as I’m aware — they’re open only to strong writers with great, fresh ideas that are relevant to their audience, is my experience. Never had anyone ask what country I’m in.

    • Rohi Shetty

      No, most of them are for anyone who can write a quality post.

  6. Mandy Ellis

    This article is fantastic! I love round-up pieces like this. A quick question: Is Big Grey Horse still looking for freelancers? I just checked out their blog and it looks like they haven’t posted in any category about two years. Would love to write for them if they’re still looking. Any further info?

    • Carol Tice

      Hmm…not sure. We’ll be sure to double-check this one before we do another list, Mandy — thanks for flagging that for us.

    • Jennifer Roland

      I’ve emailed them to make sure. This site was submitted in the comments on the last post, and their submission guidelines page is active.

  7. Jonathan Holowka

    Carol, I think you forgot to include Guardian Liberty Voice on the list…

    That was a joke!!! (I’ll see myself out.)

    • Carol Tice

      You know, I CONTINUE to get emails from people who find my post on them who’ve been sucked into doing their bootcamp and want to know if they should keep going. So I’m glad my piece is out there. 😉

  8. Jennifer Waddle

    Thank you so much for this comprehensive list! Wow. This is a truly valuable resource.

  9. Cherese Cobb

    In March 2016, I pitched the Penny Hoarder, and they told me they were only working in-house.

    • Carol Tice

      Hm…feel like I’ve seen them soliciting recently on one of my Facebook boards not long ago, but thanks for the red flag on that.

      • Cherese Cobb

        Carol,yes, you’re right. The Penny Hoarder is hiring for in-house staff in St. Petersburg , Florida. If anyone lives there, I’ve linked the address to my name. I couldn’t find a way to post it in the comments.

  10. Jodi Hughey

    I, and I think I speak for many others, GREATLY APPRECIATE a list like this. I am always on the lookout for writing opportunities that pay well. Also, I would like to thank those who have made previous comments. You have provided some sound advice such as sticking to a particular topic/niche and keeping the writing pace going once an article has been submitted (helps keep the mind from wondering if the article was accepted). Thank you and keep tapping that keyboard!

    • Editor

      Glad you found it useful, Jodi. The more pitching you do, the more chances you have of getting published — and paid.

  11. daniels george

    such a comprehensive list is what everybody(especially the peanut earners) likes. Carol you are a life changer
    love you

    • Carol Tice

      You’re welcome!

  12. Jeremy Delancy

    On this page the CEO Hangout goes to the Brazen Careerist website. I will definitely be sending pitches to some of the sites listed here. Thanks again Carol.

    • Editor

      Whoops. That link is fixed now.

  13. Andy Nathan


    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!


    • Carol Tice

      Thanks, Andy! It’s not exactly free money…still up to the writers to come up with a great idea.

      I was just telling a writer that I think I pass on 99% of what I’m pitched. Most pitches are from link-seekers or people who haven’t even read my blog, ever. You CAN stand out and get hooked up with one of these paying markets.

  14. Barry Desautels

    Thank you Carol and Jennifer.
    Great job.

  15. Carol Tice

    I’m seeing a note on the previous list that IncomeDiary doesn’t pay so much anymore — looking at their ‘write for us’ page, it seems to indicate they ‘occasionally pay’ people who are primarily writers. Probably we should take them off the next list.

    It’s becoming more of a difficult thing to parse, as endless hordes of CEOs, marketing managers, experts, and other ‘thought leader’ types pop up willing to post for free. It’s our responsiblity as writers to show why what we deliver is more valuable — because it’s not self-serving.

    • Editor

      We have a few of those that pay only if you negotiate your rate beforehand — such as PennyHoarder, Write Life, and Brazen. I left them on because we had heard from people that they were paying $50 or more when those rates were pre-negotiated.

      • Carol Tice

        Aha — got it!

    • Vanessa Sheets

      Yes, but goodness, as an assistant editor who reviews those “free posts,” they usually require a complete rewrite to fit our audience. We usually recommend the “thought leader” do a sponsored post instead so we can interview them and write the post to fit our audience.

      • Carol Tice

        That’s another reason I pay — it screens out a lot of junk content offers. Most who pitch me don’t even seem to know my blog topic, and often don’t have strong English skills, either. I’m like, “Hello — this blog has an audience of…WRITERS!” Maybe that works in some other niches, where you just stuff some keyword content on or take sponsored posts from whoever, but I don’t believe it would work on my blog.

  16. Rachel

    Thanks to Jennifer for the list and to Carol for the continued education and encouragement. I’m back in a place where I am going to take a more focused shot at this whole freelance deal, and I am grateful for new words of wisdom, as well as, reminders of some I’ve heard before.

    Carol, I know you’ve said that you wrote for finance publications before. Is that something you knew starting out, or something you learned on the fly in order to write for that niche?

    • Carol Tice

      I knew NOTHING about business at all. I got a job with a business trade off my clips covering communities and social issues (somehow!)…and literally the first thing I was handed was a 200-page SEC document about one of my beat companies’ IPO, which I needed to write a story about that week. It all rolled from there. Asked lots of questions, and learned as I went.

      And I haven’t written for Finance pubs I’d say — just business pubs, but have told a lot of financial stories, covered bankruptcies, credit-card lawsuits, and on and on. Not the Kiplinger’s or Money magazine type places.

  17. Mark

    Thanks for the list.

    Does anyone know how to pitch the editor of New York Times’ “Well Family”? I’d like to send them an article, but can’t figure out how to do it.

    • Carol Tice

      Whenever we have a submission page or editor contact, we’ve included it in the links on this list, Mark. Other than that, Google is your friend on this. 😉

  18. Melinda Crow

    Thanks for the awesome list Carol! There were several on the list that I did not know paid.

  19. Abhishek Suneri

    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.

    Thanks for such service to the writer community.

  20. Alex D.

    Great post! Thank you so much! 😀

  21. Morgan

    These are some good options for people looking to make extra money by writing online. It’s important to negotiate with these sites to make sure you are getting a fair payment for your hard work. Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    • Carol Tice

      Well, some of these sites (including mine) are flat-fee, but others yes, you should negotiate.

      Recently, I’ve taken to telling people who reach out to me for posts, “I’m getting $300-$500. That work for you?”

      Obviously, I’m trying to send people away with that, because I’m mostly too busy to take on new gigs…but I recently had two different companies say yes to that. 😉 With longform, rates are really rising, and writers should bear that in mind.

  22. Michael Sosnowski

    Thank you for this treasure chest of information. I think it’d be good writing practice to try to get an article published in one of these websites and get paid for it too.

    • Carol Tice

      Michael, these sites aren’t for ‘writing practice’ — they’re paying markets. Bring your ‘A’ game! The sites that don’t pay are the place to practice.

      • Michael Sosnowski

        That’s true. 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.

      • Robert Kelsey

        Carol, is there a list anywhere for these “practice site”?

        • Carol Tice

          Robert, pick any low-traffic site in the niche that interests you that takes guest posts — they’re a good place to practice.

          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!

  23. David del Real

    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?

    • Carol Tice

      David, in most cases you shouldn’t be sending pre-written articles out anywhere. It’s better to pitch your idea and get an assignment. This avoids the problem you describe…then you can keep pitching the same idea, and if someone gets back to you late, you can say, “Sorry, I sold it somewhere else in the meanwhile!” And you don’t run the risk someone will get mad because something ends up published twice.

      Your other option, if it’s a site that does want drafts, is that you’ve got to wait until they get back to you. Or you could front-load it with, “If I don’t hear back in X time, I’m going to move on and pitch this elsewhere.”

      • David del Real

        Hello Carol, thanks for answering so fast.

        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. If I send only pitches I think I´m in big disadvantage as a lot of people send pitches and I have currently no published articles in English language in the “Lifestyle and General Interest” field (that are the ones I´m writing right now). I only published a small review article for a scientific publication some years ago and I suppose most publishers don´t consider that as experience as it is too different from their magazines focus.

        Thanks again for your help.


        • Carol Tice

          David, I’d look to post on some of the better-reputation sites that don’t pay for starters, rather than hitting the paying markets. Look to get a handful of clips together you can put on a portfolio site — and then hit the paid sites.

          It’s harder to hit a home run with your draft than it is to write to assignment, with the editor’s input, especially when you’re new to writing for clients.

  24. Therese Roth

    Carol, you’ve put together an amazing resource here.

    I’ve been working in the metals- and facility sector for the past 38 years, of course, doing my duty and surviving…..

    I’ve actually been quite severly ill, ignoring the inner fire of my subconscious, which has a funny quirk, as all such powers seem to have:

    It won’t impose itself or force the matter…….

    But it will allow illness to develop from stowed-up energy, it WILL allow the same failures to “enter the house” at long, cyclic intervals……

    In the hope that we finally wake up, and start believing we can write…..

    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……

    Thank you very much for your work with this site, Carol…..

    • Carol Tice

      You’re welcome, Therese!

      I hear from SO many writers who’re finally at home trying to pursue freelancing, because illness has disabled them. It’d be great if we could all listen to that inner voice about what we should be doing with our lives and our time BEFORE the stress of that soul-sucking day job destroys our health…

      • Therese Roth

        Yes, Carol!
        Thank you for your answer……


  25. Nan_

    Hello, thanks for this list. I want to write about women issues in some developing countries. where should I go?

    • Carol Tice

      No idea, Nan. If I knew, it would be here on this list! Sounds like something NGOs blog about, likely not for pay mostly, but you might try some of the women’s sites listed above.

  26. Therese Roth

    Again I want to thank you for your efforts here, Carol, and on your other blogs….
    Sometimes it’s juat a matter of trusting onesself enough….
    I have a website I’m building out on Sacred Sites of the world, don’t know if it’s appropriate to post a link here….
    Do you recommend using the material as reference writing, if it’s a good quality level?
    Thanks so much, again, for your time….


    • Carol Tice

      I don’t know what you mean by ‘reference writing,’ Therese. If you mean as portfolio samples to show prospective clients…if your self-published blog is all you’ve got, show your best clips from it.

      Looks like you got your site link as your listed URL for this comment…which is the right way to do it. 😉

  27. Lindsay Pevny

    I get so many awful guest post pitches at my blog, and I don’t offer payment for them – so I can’t imagine how many unusable pitches these sites get. At the same time, I’m going to give a few of them a try. The least I could do is offer them my best, and maybe I’ll stand out and get published. I’m getting more comfortable with coming up with pitches and sending them out.

    • Carol Tice

      It’s definitely a chunk of my time, screening out all the hopelessly off-base pitches from people who’ve clearly never read my guidelines…but I’m committed to paying and being an elite platform for writers to be featured on. 😉

  28. Kostas

    Hi Carol, as usual a great list. I have 2 blogs where I pay bloggers/writers $50-$100 per published blog post. Check my blogs below and let me know what you think?

    Thanks Again!

    • Carol Tice

      Thanks for adding another market, Kostas! We’ll be sure to include you in our next list.

  29. Ali

    Hey guys and thank you Carol for sharing this great information, I really appreciate it.

    I wanted to know approximately how long does it take for above sites/magazines to approve or reject my article?
    I’ll appreciate it if anyone else can give me an answer for my question : )

    Thank you in advance,


    • Carol Tice

      There’s no standard answer, Ali — every place has its own policies and turnaround time.

      I’m notorious for being slow to get accepted guest posts to publish…because, as I noted above, I tend to plan them far in advance, so if I’m taking your post now, it may be easily 4-6 weeks out, because I only do about 6 posts a month and I plan ahead.

      • Ali

        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? And if one of them accept and another site comes back to me after a while, tell them that I’ve recently sold it to another site?
        ( I think this is what you’ve mentioned about, right? 🙂 )
        Do you recommend me to put a deadline in my submission letter?

        Sorry if you feel that you answered these questions before… ) I just want to make sure that I’ve understood what you’ve said correctly : )


        • Carol Tice

          Ali…the simultaneous submission rule is mostly for magazines.

          In general, most better blogs don’t take prewritten articles (I can tell you I don’t!), so you shouldn’t have the problem. 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.

  30. Ali

    I also wanted to ask another question. I’ve recently read your post about “” and wanted to know if there is a list of sites similar to or any other recommended sites that pay based on page views?

    Thanks again )

    • Carol Tice

      Oh, Ali, there are many, MANY sites that do that. But most of them don’t end up paying more than a few pennies…because the strategy of ads against mass junk content is a failed one. Google is onto that strategy and doesn’t rank their content — when’s the last time you saw a link for Ehow or one of those sites come up on the first page of a search you did? Right. So none of them are recommended by me!

      The only scenario where you should be interested in pay for traffic is the one I outline here:

      • Ali

        Many thanks Carol : )

  31. Moses Rivera

    Hi Carol,

    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. Eventually, I’d like to get paid to write for other sites like the ones on your list I mentioned above. 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? Or do they usually want writers to edit/tweak their writings so that they are no exact duplicates from other sites (even a personal blog)?

    Thank you for your time and for the valuable resources you’ve already shared on your site.

    • Carol Tice

      Moses, no paid sites want a reprint of a post from your blog. And spinning your article a hair just to pass Copyscape or something won’t work either — they’re actually looking for an entirely new, high-value article. That’s why they pay.

      • Moses Rivera

        Thanks for the information, Carol. I can see how that could make sense.

  32. Tracy

    As of July 1, The Toast is closing and their freelance calendar is full…check back at a later time!

    • Carol Tice

      Yeah, I think I heard that — bummer!

  33. Kristi

    Scary Mommy stopped paying as of 7/22 🙁

    • Carol Tice

      Well, boo on them! But thanks for letting us know — we’ll update that in our next edition.

  34. afsane

    Hi, As you know, Paypal doesn’t support some countries. Do you know some websites which pay online money with alternative payment methods? If yes, I will be very grateful to send their list to my email address.

    • Carol Tice

      I haven’t really analyzed payment methods at these sites, sorry. But I gather there are platforms that provide a workaround if you don’t have paypal.

  35. Redgage

    Great resource for writers! I heard The Redgage also pays contributors a bonus based on their articles or photos performance on the site.

    Thanks !!

    • Carol Tice

      Gee, I wonder where you heard that, since your name seems to be… Redgage.

      This list is only for sites with guaranteed payment of at least $50 per post. I’d like to encourage you to consider paying writers enough to allow them to pursue their craft as a living, rather than a hobby. The readers of my blog are looking for the former.

  36. Audrey

    Thank you! Great read.

  37. Jeremy

    Hi Carol,

    Great post.

    Wanted to add our site to the list. We recently started accepting outside writes/guest post for our eCommerce blog.

    • Carol Tice

      Hi Jeremy — happy to add you if you can tell us what you pay! And it’s $50 a post or more. Your link is just to your blog and NOT to a ‘write for us’ page that states rates.

      • Jeremy A

        Hi Carol,

        We pay $50 per post, and will start accepting writers at the beginning of September.

        Please let me know if you need anything else.

        • Carol Tice

          That’ll do it — thanks for the info!

  38. Gurki Bhamber

    Yup, came here wanting to inform you about Scary Mommy not being paid anymore, but looks like someone already mentioned that! Thanks for the great resource. I will keep the list handy for future reference!

  39. eric

    This is good info. I use to publish a tax, investing and business magazine and would be interested in contributing articles in same.
    Thanks for the info

  40. Rebecca

    Babble doesn’t pay for the first 3 posts and scary mommy stopped paying. Thanks for this comprehensive list! Found some new ones!!

    • Carol Tice

      I did NOT know that about Babble — we’ll definitely make note for upcoming editions.

      Thanks to you and everyone who updates us in the comments! It helps us make the next edition of this list even more useful. 😉

      • Rebecca

        I love reading the comments! They’re almost as good as the post itself 😉

  41. Sayed

    The listed websites require blogger’s personal website link in order to submit guest posts. But they are in very different niches or the topic they want are vary with each other. What should I write in my own blog? Is it possible to create 10+ blog in different topic and send the relevant link with the pitch for different sites?

    • Carol Tice

      Sayed, I’m not aware that you have to have your own blog to submit a guest post. I think if you don’t have a blog, you just leave that blank. You certainly could create a small blog with a few posts if you think it’s needed, but I have more than one writer friend who’s earning well writing for others online, and do NOT have a blog of their own.

  42. Cynthia

    Hi Carol and Jennifer, this is such a helpful list of websites that pay. I’d like to add Writers Weekly that pays $60 for feature stories. My pitch was accepted today. I’m so happy because it’s my first time getting paid for a guest post. I think I’ll now pitch to some of the websites mentioned here.

    Thanks so much for the wonderful roundup!


    • Carol Tice

      You know…I KNEW that! Silly that WW has never been on my list. We’ll definitely add it next time!

  43. Rob Munro

    Great list – thank you so much!

    Just a heads-up – Gawker is no more. It was shut down 22nd August after being successfully sued back to the Stone Age. The story is here:

    • Carol Tice

      Thanks for the update — we read through these comments when we prep the next edition, which we’ll probably be doing fairly soon!

  44. Mike S.W.A

    I earn between $25-$40 an hour (using voice to text software) writing for a private article mill company that is rarely mentioned. The pay per article is low, the work is soul killing but I have the feeling that I would spend the same amount of time or more working for higher ticket clients. I also fear that I will run into more rules, restrictions and criticism. I get auto-pay time I finish an article and I fear a lengthy process to pass the mustard if I go higher up.

    What I do see promising on the other side is less of a grind, meaning less churn and burn but more of a solid steady focus on a single article or series of articles.

    The opportunity cost of doing spec work, creating a blog, social sites, video sites and curating them with high quality work does seem like a ton of front-end marketing work.

    One thought that I constantly have is that writers always get the short-end of the stick. Higher pay ultimately means that someone else is making a greater profit from our work than we do. Quality content is for sure king of the internet and I think that writers need to spend more time on learning how to become content hubs vs content writers. Create a business model where we aren’t always working our butts off or dealing with someone else’s rules. Even the high pay work only builds a very narrow form of equity via a byline but it isn’t the type of equity that equals earning money while you sleep or while you are on vacation.

    I have reason to believe that you already know this and that your site is probably going to be your personal catalyst for this type of writer turned money making, full equity site owner, and is a shift that more writers need to make.

    • Carol Tice

      I’m definitely a fan of writers developing multiple streams of income, Mike.

      But I have to disagree with everything else you have to say about it not being worth building an independent business and finding your own clients.

      What happens to your business when that single content mill you write for goes belly up, as so many do? Your situation is really worse than being an employee — if you only have one client source, you’re LIKE an employee, except without the decent pay and benefits you deserve.

      I’m sad to hear that you’re letting fears keep you from building a more sustainable, viable business. You might want to check out my Write Big fear-busting course over on Useful Writing Courses.

      You might spend the same amount of time or more for better clients — but you’d be earning over 10x as much. I mean, the last article I turned in was for $3200. The hourly rate is certainly better than $25.

      Doing ‘soul-killing’ writing work in an endless grind is non-sustainable. What will you do when you simply can’t make yourself do it anymore?

  45. Cynthia

    Hi Carol, I’m a little confused about the submission process for the Connections column on Boston Globe. Their About page says they take queries, while at the end of the Connections column it says they take complete stories. There are two different email addresses as well. I’m not sure what I should send. Can you help?

    Thanks so much!


    • Carol Tice

      Cynthia, maybe you can help US — we report the best info we’ve got on each market, so if there’s a confusion there, maybe you could inquire and find out which it is. Sounds like that particular column is looking for article drafts, but if you learn more, let us know!

      • Eliana Osborn

        Connections requires a complete story, not a pitch.

        • Carol Tice

          Thanks for the update on that, Eliana!

  46. Trisha

    Scary Mom doesn’t pay for guest posts anymore. 🙁

    • Trisha

      Ok so, I wanted to come back and post a comment again because I went through and read the comments after posting mine. Between this post and the comments, I sent pitches to three different places and plan on sending more once the weekend is over. 🙂 I’m one of those writers who works for peanuts because I’ve gotta pay the bills 😛 But, it’d be nice to shy away from that. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Carol Tice

      Believe we’ve got that noted in the comments above, but thanks for weighing in ! When we do our next list, we’ll update the information.

  47. Ritika Bhateja

    Thanks much for the detailed insight! It was indeed helpful.

  48. walid

    thx so much carol,i am looking for a site accepting arabic writer.

    • Carol Tice

      Sorry, this is a list of sites looking for articles in English. You’ll probably need to look for another list!

  49. Ibrahim Saleem

    This is a very useful post for writers who find it difficult to earn good sum of money by writing. I am also sharing your post on my Facebook account to help your post go viral.

  50. heather

    the link for BacktoCollege – website isn’t there.

    • Carol Tice

      Interesting — thanks for letting us know! This is why we publish updated versions of this list on a regular basis…because things change online, pretty fast.

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