Websites That Pay Writers 2015: These 79 Sites Offer $50 and Up - Make a Living Writing

Websites That Pay Writers 2015: These 79 Sites Offer $50 and Up

Websites That Pay Writers 2015: These 79 Sites Offer $50 and UpIt’s been a few years since Carol rocked the world of free guest posting and began paying for guest posts.

I’m happy to report that a lot of other sites have followed suit.

That means it’s time to update our annual list of websites that pay writers at least $50 per post or article (and really, should you be writing for less?).

This year’s list is a bit different from past lists, in that we’ve previously linked to other lists to make up our total market count.

This time, we’ve done the legwork, asked around our freelance writer network, and gathered our own intel on every market in our list, right here on the post. This list runs the gamut of topics, from parenting and knitting to business and writing, so there should be something here for everyone.

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 over $50, in order to bring you the widest variety of paying markets possible.

As always, we appreciate any corrections or additions to our list.

Prepare to pitch

Before you go pitching any of these sites willy nilly, read the guidelines carefully and study the posts they’ve already run. Paying markets are more competitive than posting on free sites.

Make sure you either have a fresh topic or a new way of exploring an issue they’ve covered before. Compiling this year’s list, I spoke with some site owners who used to pay, but got so many junk pitches from people who didn’t even know what the site covered that they quit offering payment — or quit taking guest posts altogether.

Need help learning how to pitch a successful guest post? See this post, and this one.

Here’s the list!

Business, Career, and Finance

  1. B. Michelle Pippin pays $50-$150 for business-related articles.
  2. Back to College pays $55+ for articles that address the needs of adults going back to school.
  3. Brazen (formerly Brazen Careerist) will pay if you pre-arrange it with their editor. They’re looking for posts about higher ed administration, marketing, networking, and recruiting and HR.
  4. DailyWorth pays $150 for articles about women and money. They list a blackhole [email protected] email address, but I recently tweeted them about how to submit a pitch, and they suggested hitting up the managing editor, Koa Beck.
  5. Doctor of Credit pays $50 for personal finance articles that focus specifically on credit.
  6. eCommerce Insiders pays $60-$150 for articles about online retailing.
  7. IncomeDiary pays $50-$200 for articles about making money online, including SEO, affiliate sales, and traffic generation.
  8. Mirasee (formerly Firepole Marketing) pays $200 for 1,000-2,000-word posts on marketing, business productivity, and growth topics.
  9. Modern Farmer reportedly pays around $150 for articles.
  10. The Work Online blog pays $50 per post.


  1. pays $100 for essays about college. They’re also using this essay submission as a way to find writers to give assignments to.
  2. Essig Magazine offers $100 for essays about a personal experience.
  3. The Establishment pays $125 and up for reported stories and essays.
  4. 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, which seems to be a rarity these days.
  5. Everyday Feminism pays $75 per post, but they are not always in the market for contributors. Sign up for their newsletter or check back often to see when they need a writer.
  6. Guideposts pays $250 for faith-based essays.
  7. LightHouse pays $100 for uplifting essays by blind or visually impaired writers.
  8. Narratively pays $100+ for essays on specific topics. Check their guidelines for a list of current needs.
  9. 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.
  10. The Washington Post’s PostEverything section reportedly pays $250 for essays on politics or culture.
  11. The Toast pays for essays. Negotiate your rate as part of the pitching process. [NOTE: The Toast is closing down and no longer accepting submissions.]
  12. HelloGiggles pays $50 for essays about crazy things that happened to you, beauty or fashion trends you’ve tried, and other women-focused topics.

Family and Parenting

  1. A Fine Parent solicits articles on a rotating topic. Check out the topic, then pitch your idea on the theme. Each accepted article earns $100.
  2. Adoptive Families covers the adoption process from every perspective. You’ll need to negotiate your pay rate.
  3. 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 located on their site. You may need to do some sleuthing to find contact info for an editor.)
  4. Lies about Parenting is a site that tells the truth about raising kids. They pay $50 per post.
  5. The Motherlode (the New York Times’ parenting blog) pays $100. Pitch the editor.
  6. Scary Mommy pays $100 for original parenting posts.

Lifestyle and General Interest

  1. The Atlantic’s online health section reportedly pays $200.
  2. 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. Download their guidelines as a Word document.
  3. Bitch Magazine’s website pays for pop culture features. Pay is variable, so negotiate to get your desired rate.
  4. BlogHer pays $50 per post on a variety of lifestyle and Internet topics. This site is part of the SheKnows family of sites, which also includes StyleCaster, DrinksMixer, and DailyMakeover.
  5. Cultures and Cuisines pays $200 per article.
  6. The Daily Beast reportedly pays $250 and up. Their submission guidelines have a black-hole [email protected] email address, so you’ll want to do a little digging to find the right person to pitch.
  7. Dame reportedly pays $200 for essays. They do accept reported features and other article types, and pay rates may vary for those.
  8. Dorkly pays $75 for long features on Batman, Marvel, Pokemon, and other potentially dorky topics.
  9. END/PAIN is a new site launching in 2016, and they are paying $250. END/PAIN is no longer paying this rate.
  10. Expatics serves U.S. expatriates. This is another site where you’ll need to negotiate pay before you write your article.
  11. Fund Your Life Overseas pays $75 for articles about business ideas that provide enough income for U.S. ex-pats.
  12. Gawker Media reportedly pays $250 for reported features and essays on its family of sites, which includes Deadspin, Jezebel, and more. They prefer to see fully written stories. They shuttered a number of their sites yesterday and plan to focus on politics now, so take care with pitching to ensure you hit a paying site.
  13. getAbstract reportedly pays $300 for longer (2,000-4,000 word) book summaries.
  14. Gothamist pays $50-$150 for reported pieces about New York.
  15. HowlRound pays $50 for blog posts about the theater — management and marketing, play production and writing, and so on. Note: This market asked to be removed because they were receiving pitches that were not well targeted. Target your pitches so we can keep providing these lists.
  16. The International Wine Accessories blog pays $50 and up for articles.
  17. Pay at The Daily Dot’s online magazine The Kernel varies, so be prepared to negotiate. I saw a report of $350 for a 1,000-2,000 word option piece.
  18. Knitty pays $75-$100 for articles about knitting.
  19. Listverse pays $100 for long (1,500 word) lists on various topics.
  20. The Mix, a network of contributors to Hearst online publications (including Country Living, Bazaar, Esquire, Popular Mechanics, and more) pays $50-$100 for articles. [NOTE: The Mix is no longer accepting submissions.]
  21. New York Observer pays $100 on posts about politics and culture for “sophisticated readership of metropolitan professionals.”
  22. OZY does pay freelancers, but rates vary.
  23. Paste pays $50+ for submissions in many different areas.
  24. Penny Hoarder shares money-saving ideas. You’ll need to negotiate pay with the editors during the pitching process.
  25. pays up to $350, depending on the topic.
  26. Pretty Designs covers fashion and beauty. You’ll need to negotiate per-post pay.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Salon pays $100-$200 for essays and reported features, even very long ones.
  30. Saveur starts at $150 for “amazing stories about food and travel.”
  31. The Salt (NPR’s food blog) reportedly pays $200+.
  32. Smithsonian Magazine Online reportedly pays established freelancers up to $600 for reported articles.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. Upworthy pays $150-$200 for 500-word posts.
  36. 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.


  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: submission page removed. No longer clear whether they 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. SlickWP pays $100 for posts about WordPress and the Genesis Theme framework.
  7. Treehouse pays $100-$200 for posts about web design and development.
  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 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.


  1. Funds for Writers pays $50 for original articles for the newsletter that cover ways to make money writing. (If you don’t subscribe to their newsletter, it’s worth signing up while you’re there reading the guidelines.)
  2. Make a Living Writing. That’s right, this-here blog pays — and as of this post, we’re raising our rates to $75 a post. We’re also paying $100 for longer assigned posts on specific topics (see that guidelines link for a list).
  3. Read. Learn. Write. Pays $50 for original essays about reading and writing. They are no longer paying, though they are still accepting the same types of essays.
  4. WOW! Women on Writing pays $50-$150.
  5. The Write Life pays for some posts — you’ll need to negotiate your rate.
  6. Writer’s Weekly pays $60 for writing-related features.

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, healthcare, and technology writer — and the guest-blog editor here at Make a Living Writing. Her latest book, 10 Takes: Pacific Northwest Writers, was recently published by Gladeye Press.

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199 comments on “Websites That Pay Writers 2015: These 79 Sites Offer $50 and Up

  1. Tom on

    I pitched IncomeDiary last night and they responded that they would be interested in an article, but that they do not pay for posts. They allow a bio at the end of the article.

  2. david on

    Well, even though it is tech, it’s not like writing articles for other sub-categories within tech.
    One can write a general tech article without actually having any coding abilities, such as writing about the new features in the latest iPhone, but you would need that coding ability to write an article on using one of the latest popular Javascript libraries, or comparing the Rails framework to Sinatra.Where general tech might be considered writing news articles, web development and design would be more of a technical how-to nature.It would be the difference between writing tech articles intended for the general public vs. programmers writing articles intended for other programmers.

  3. Tamara on

    Looks Like WaPo is no longer paying for articles, but instead want to use them in any way, shape or form for free. Sigh.

  4. Ronan on

    Hi Carol,

    Thanks for this post. Your website has been enormously helpful to me. I only started reading it just a couple of weeks ago, but better late than never.

    I ventured into freelance writing in October last year without any real clue how to make decent money. I studied something called actuarial science in university, and after a year of working at it I realized that I hated the whole office environment and the rigid working hours. The pay was great, but the passion was non-existent.

    I am a huge fan of travelling, and as an introvert who has always liked to write, I felt that freelance writing would be a wonderful way to combine two big passions of mine.

    I started out with content mills. I have only been using two – iWriter and WritersDomain. Unfortunately, I got fired from WD just recently, and this has forced me to reassess the whole freelance writing thing. I wasn’t let go due to poor quality work – my professionalism was lacking and I neglected to review some of the work that was sent back to me by the editors at WD.

    I have also had one private client who found me on Upwork and added me on skype. He has contributed about $3000 to my earnings in 3 months, which was more than enough to live comfortably in Thailand, where I am now living. Annoyingly, he has stopped messaging me though. He hasn’t been online for 3 weeks which leads me to conclude that he is either on vacation or has ran out of work. It would’ve been nice to get a heads-up!

    What I have learned from the brief time that I have been reading your website is that the most important thing is to treat this seriously – like a business. I was content with just having the one private client before, and I neglected marketing. Now that the work from him has dried up, and I am realizing content mills are a load of crap, I am back to square one searching for clients.

    I have been using sites such as Upwork and PeoplePerHour. Not had much success so far except for one guy who hired me to write about soccer. He gave me positive feedback, but I am still struggling to find new clients. It is frustrating and I don’t really know what to do next.

    Anyway apologies for the rambling post. I’m just kind of at a crossroads. I know that I need to get away from content mills. But as a location independant writer, a lot of the marketing strategies you champion are void for me. Cold calling doesn’t work when you are thousands of miles away from prospects. Ditto with attending events for writers. The only real options I see are working hard on attracting clients from Upwork and other bidding sites, starting my own writing website, and creating a LinkedIn profile. Any pther suggestions would be much appreciated.


    • Carol Tice on

      Thanks for the tip, Ranjeet — if you have a link to their guidelines where they name their rates, please post it here (I’ll dig it out of spam). We review all these comments when we put together the next edition, but we want concrete evidence of their pay.

    • Carol Tice on

      Mercy, I don’t list any academic essay sites because that sort of writing work is unethical. The students who use those essays get expelled. This sort of work isn’t anything you could use in a freelance writing portfolio.

      Yes, the companies that do this talk a good game about how these essays are examples and for inspiration…but we all know what really happens. I strongly recommend writers not be part of this type of work, which exploits writers with super-low rates, AND ruins students’ academic careers.

  5. Ciaran McEneaney on

    Not sure if this has been mentioned already (too many comments to read through them all) but The Motherlode blog is now called Well. Not sure if they still accept posts but it’s definitely looking different.

    • Carol Tice on

      Thanks for the tip on that — we go through all these comments for leads when we prep the next edition of the list, which I’m hoping to do fairly soon!

  6. Courtni on

    Fabulous list! Another great place for general writing and editing is There’s a lot of work at fair prices. It can be hard to find steady work as a freelance writer, so I appreciate this list.

    • Carol Tice on

      Courtni, you and I may have different ideas of what ‘fair prices’ are…but this list doesn’t include any freelance marketplace or middleman sites. These are all sites that in themselves want to hire and publish writers.

      I’ve never heard of that one, but I’ll add it to my list for a proposed roundup post we’re working on comparing these platforms.

  7. John Nasaye on

    Thanks for the tip. I will check out the course … I badly need to drop $5 articles! They suck the life out of me really!

    About the portfolio, should I stick to one niche (topic) or is it okay to be dynamic and cut across various topics? Could I write for a career website as well as say, a tech website?
    Lastly, I know you are quite busy but; Check this website that paid me to do a few posts ($50) a piece.

    I suppose this is where I should start to build my portfolio …right?

    • Carol Tice on

      Seems like that site is only for Rwanda? I like to list markets that are more global in scope, but we’ll check it out for our next edition.

      I’m not sure what you mean by ‘this is where I should start to build my portfolio’ — Ideally, your portfolio is on a site that you control, not a mass-hiring platform.

      To your other question…you can certainly write for more than one niche — I have about 9 topic areas I write on! But don’t flit all over the place — try to build up expertise in your topics.

  8. John Nasaye on

    WOW! This is quite a comprehensive list! I have read EVERY comment and even picked out some updates to the list. I am quite upbeat now about making a decent living as a writer.
    I was feeling so bogged down with $5-$8 articles I have been doing for the past few weeks … not forgetting the obnoxious demands for “top quality” with such rates, some of them under $5 for 500 words!
    Thanks for this list Carol!
    Just one question: How necessary is an online portfolio when applying, or would a stellar submission make up for lack of one?

    • Carol Tice on

      John, without an online portfolio…you’re invisible. Prospects think you don’t understand the Internet, or take your writing career seriously.

      The thing to know is the blog-post rates here are the BOTTOM of the marketplace, in my view. $5 is the Underworld of Freelance Writing. The last article I wrote paid $2,800, and the blog post I filed today is for $400. These markets are more like the first rung on the ladder back to sanity.

      You might want to take a look at this, if you need to get off the $5-an-article level — — check out Escape the Content Mills.

  9. Graham Frizzell on

    I am positively grinning from ear to ear with number 7!

    Hopefully it will be a fortnightly gig. There is a lot to discuss as a fiercely independent legally blind person whose passions range from craft beer to high end audio.

    And I have experiences of living with as many as 13 Saint Bernards and moving from Perth to Melbourne (I’d be lying if I said the two were unrelated lol!)

    Thankyou Carol. 🙂

    • Graham Frizzell on

      Thankyou Jenifer & Carol I should say. And I must correct myself on the listing number, which was 17 rather than 7.

      • Carol Tice on

        Graham, I’m not sure how many of the sites in this list could easily turn into a ‘fortnightly’ gig — like me, many of these blogs aren’t looking for regular contributors and like to keep a rotating cast of fresh voices. But they are a great place to get seen, and potentially find business blogging gigs that offer regular pay — all while getting a paycheck. I say, if you’re going to guest post on a big site, why not focus on the ones that pay?

  10. Grace Muturi on

    I`m really desperate for a site that pays $10 and above per 500 words and has a good flow of work. I was recently working for writersdomain but my account was shut down as I was operating from overseas. Please email me so of the options. Thanks

    • Carol Tice on

      Grace — I don’t know what I’d email you, as I put all the markets I know that pay over $50 into this post!

      I don’t really track markets that pay less than that, because it’s just not a living wage, for most writers.

  11. paul on

    Thanks for your effort to place this list but i need christian freelance sites that pay high.please if you know any just pm me.

    • Carol Tice on

      I wish I knew any, Paul, but the feedback I get from my Christian writer friends is that they all pay very low. There seems to be a feeling in the Christian community that you should do it as a volunteer or for a pittance because it’s all for the good of Christ. I’m thankful Jewish publications take a different view!

  12. Leiann Lynn Rose Spontaneo on

    Thank you so much! I found a few magazines on frugality that I would like to submit to. You are awesome!

  13. Jeff Kennedy on

    Hi carol,
    You’ve done a great job, this list is just awesome, making a living through writing is not a stroll in the park, it’s highly competitive but with a list like this, it gives the writers so many options to prospect for jobs and this also increases the possibility of been successful. Thanks for sharing this, you are a life saver.

  14. Nicole Slaughter-Graham on

    Hi Carol! Thanks for the list, as always. I’d like to add to the list. I currently write for them. They pay $105/article up to 500 words; $150/article between 500 and 1000 words; $205/article over 1000 words.

    They cover a number of lifestyle topics and writers pitch topics to the editor directly.

    • Carol Tice on

      If you can get us a ‘write for us’ page link that describes their pay rate, or a confirm from the site, I’d love to add them to the next edition! Let us know how we can verify. The reporter in me doesn’t want to say anything about them without verifying… 😉

  15. Edwin on

    Wow Carol I agree -doubly! I haven’t found such a comprehensive list anywhere. This also answers a question I just sent you yezterday via e-mail. I guess i should’ve post the question here… Please remember you’ve got a friend in NYC.
    Thank you.

  16. Ross on

    Hi Carol. Isn’t it a bit of a waste of time writing content that has about a 10% (or less) likelihood of being accepted? The sites listed seem to have some pretty tough criteria that make it seem an uphill task getting one’s writing accepted. I can imagine there’ll be numerous rejections of wrtiers’ work by these sites.

    • Carol Tice on

      Ross, I don’t think it’s much different from pitching magazines. Many ideas will be rejected.

      If you want to write for a living, you have to generate a lot of ideas and pitch a lot at the start.

      Getting paid for writing isn’t a walk in the park…or everyone would be doing it, right?

      And no one’s saying to write content on spec — you write on an assignment.

  17. Ransom on

    Great list. I can find great sites for paid post here. I always prefer guest post than paid post so as to get back links to my blog.
    It will be good for content marketers to check out this list.

    • Carol Tice on

      Not sure what you mean — I usually get paid AND get a link. Sometimes it’s to an author profile which has my site link in it, sometimes direct. My guest posters certainly get paid AND get 1-2 links.

        • Carol Tice on

          Maybe some places they don’t, but most of the places I’ve been paid to blog, I’ve also gotten a link. Each site is different. I am hearing increasingly about markets where they’ll offer you one or the other, they’ll pay you OR give you a link. Have to look at each site individually and see what they offer.

  18. Kostas Chiotis on

    Hi Carol, what a great list. I have 2 blogs where I pay bloggers/writers up to $70. Check my blogs below and let me know what you think?

    Thanks Again!

    • Carol Tice on

      Unfortunately, it looks like most posts pay $20 on your sites with a chance of “winning” a $50 bonus. My list only includes markets that pay a guaranteed $50 and up. I’d love to hear that you’ve raised your minimum, so that I can include you in the next edition of this!

  19. George on

    I am not familiar with any of the listed website, Never tried to sell articles neither. Sounds very promising to me. I could totally make my friends write articles and together make some money out of it.
    Can anybody suggest which one is the best please?
    Thank you very much!

  20. Obodo Charles on

    Am quite excited to come across this wonderful article, this is exactly what I was searching for. I have been freelancing for some time now and was searching for new opportunities to scale up my earnings. This is a great resource guide for freelance writers and is so happy to have found it. Thanks for sharing, I really appreciate your efforts, please keep up the good job. Thanks

  21. Mickiyas B. on

    Hi Jennifer,

    Thanks for your valuable post. It’s great to get paid while sharing valuable content with the audience of other people’s sites.

    I’m checking out all the websites in my industry and have found quite a few potential sites. I’ll soon start sending out my pitches.


  22. George Donaldson on

    Would I be “that guy” if I pointed out that this is a list of 80 websites? But, seriously, this is probably the best list out there for folks trying to start pitching directly to clients (such as myself). I get a sense that there are probably 100s more out there. I am also wondering what’s the best way to get a pro-bono article published on a well-known publication to really jazz up my portfolio/resume.

    • Carol Tice on

      I think we added one market after publication George, maybe be why the count’s off.

      I don’t think top publications are looking to get free articles from newbies. I’m sure they get asked that all the time. You can imagine how many people would do anything to be published in Forbes magazine or Redbook, just for the portfolio cred.

      The requests to simply post something free on this blog flow in like a tidal wave. I try to explain that I only publish quality work I’ve assigned to working freelancers and pay for, but on it goes.

      Editors will assume if you’re working for free, that what they’re going to get probably isn’t the quality they want. Instead, just keep building your portfolio and keep pitching up the chain, and going after the legit, paying assignment.

      • George Donaldson on

        Thanks for the quick reply. Another thing is, although I really like the idea of being a paid writer, I wonder how I will be able to keep coming up with new ideas to pitch people every day. I could probably come up with a dozen or so initially, but after that I don’t know what I will do. Maybe I’m just being pessimistic, but what does a freelancer typically do to keep generating new article topics?

  23. Sandra Luckey on

    Hi my name is Sandra Luckey. Im so happy to get this list!!! I wrote my 1st book (it’s out in ebook form. MY BOOK OF POEMS: P.OURING O.UT E.MPTINESS M.ORE S.HHHH!!!!) and the publishers stiffed me on the contract!!! I’m trying now to get it done in PAPERBACK.
    But I do love writing!!!
    I’ve got to try something new and CAROL TICE you’ve given me my BRAND NEW START ON WRITE 😉 THANK YOU!!!

    I look forward to going forward!!!!

  24. Mohammed on

    Thank you so much for responding that fast . Well , i guess it depends about the quality of my writing . i am not that magnificent in writing but i will do my best to improve my skills in order to convey some honorable materials . Please , could you provide me with some easy sites to work for , because i am just a beginner in this field and i do not know much . you will be much appreciated because you can’t imagine how desperate i am and how much i need money.
    thank you

  25. Mohammed on

    thank your for sharing this informative info , i just would like to know if a non american citizen can benefit from such offers , given into consideration that i am Moroccan man , and i wanna make a living writing .

    • Carol Tice on

      Mohammed, I’m not aware of any specific rules on these sites prohibiting non-US writers. I know I’ve published guest posts from writers all over the world. What matters is — terrific writing and fresh, highly useful information that readers of the target blog haven’t already seen 10 times online.

  26. Jhon Wright on

    It would be awesome if you can give another post which will have the list of most potential websites. I mean to say those websites which guaranteed the payment as well as the publication. Its a list of 79 sites so I am confused which sites should I choose to work as content write.

  27. Rob on

    Hi, I’d like to add JustParents to the list of sites within the parenting/pregnancy category –

    $60 for accepted articles – typically 700+ words.

    Would be great if you could include this in the main list, or next time it’s updated?

    • Carol Tice on

      Rob, we’ll scoop up all the new markets we got in these comments for the next edition of this, which I’m hoping to get out next month. Thanks for adding another paying market!

  28. Kevin J. Duncan on

    Hi Jennifer and Carol,

    What an awesome resource for writers looking to make some extra dough! I’ll definitely be bookmarking it. 🙂

    Do you have any personal favorites, Jennifer and Carol? Besides Make A Living Writing, of course. 😉

    – @kevinjduncan

    • Carol Tice on

      I don’t — I think it depends on what you’re interested in writing. That’s why we’ve got many different categories.

      My favorite is always…the one that pays the most. 😉

  29. Krista on

    Hi Carol,

    Here’s one more paid opportunity you may want to share in the Family/Parenting cateogry –

    We’re a growing online hub for new moms and have just started looking for new writers to contribute to the site. We pay $50+ for original feature posts depending on the length and style of the content.

    I look forward to hearing from some talented writers 🙂

    • Carol Tice on

      Deepak, what niches are missing? Feel free to add ideas and paying markets to this list, we plan to reissue it several times a year, so if your nominees check out and pay over $50 a post, we’ll feature them in the next edition.

    • Carol Tice on

      As it happens, I’m working on an ebook on that very topic — I think the title will be Small Blog, Big Income. Stay tuned for details in the next month or so!

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      Dont want to make another post here. I hope this will help

  30. Greg222 on

    Thanks for the list, it’s nice to be able to write for leisure for a few websites. So far it looks like the income potential is better than the day job. I like to write from wherever I wish to. And the income is good too. Finally will be paying off college loans.

  31. ste on

    Hey, great list. We have recently started paying for writers, I was wondering if you could add us to the list? Click my name for the link….I cant post the link to the ‘write for us’ page but it is linked in the footer.

    We pay $50 and upwards.


  32. Shumi on

    It would be awesome if you can give another post which will have the list of most potential websites. I mean to say those websites which guaranteed the payment as well as the publication. Its a list of 79 sites so I am confused which sites should I choose to work as content write.

    • Carol Tice on

      Shumi, for starters, these sites all publish in English, so you’d need to be fully fluent. The grammar errors I see in your comment tell me you should probably keep working to improve.

      All of the sites listed pay a flat fee on publication — but I’m not aware of ANY site that GUARANTEES publication. Your post still has to meet with the editor’s approval, which may or may not happen. I’ve had several submissions that I’ve killed because they just did not fit the tone of this blog, did not provide enough useful information, or weren’t as advertised in some other way.

      The same is true with print publications — articles can get ‘killed’ if the editor is dissatisfied. Your job as the writer is to make sure you deliver on the assignment you were given.

    • Carol Tice on

      Not from me, Moris. If you’re not aware, ghosting essays for students is unethical. Unfortunately, this is a type of writing that does not build your reputation, can’t be used in your portfolio, and doesn’t help you build a successful freelance writing career. Students who use these essays are routinely expelled.

      That’s why I advise writers to stay away from these sites. Yes, they’ll tell you a good story that these essays are just for students’ ‘inspiration,’ but we all know how it REALLY works. And this is a completely different type of writing than any of the better-paying gigs out there, so it doesn’t serve as a sample you can ever use.

  33. Laria on

    Woah that’s a long list. Hmmmm… Would you recommend this these type of sites for new bloggers? I’ve only been blogging for 5 months now and after seeing that list and the requirements I’m a bit intimidated lol

    • Carol Tice on

      It would depend on what you like to write about, Laria, and your goals in guest posting — that’s why we’ve got them in various categories.

      If you feel like you’re not ready to blog for pay, try reaching out to some blogs similar to yours and doing some free guest posting first, to get warmed up. Then you’ll have more samples and a track record of writing for others’ blogs to bring to the table.

  34. Param Prakash on

    You made a great list which is not a child play. Thank you for sharing.
    I am here to share with you two more website which is providing free guest post you may add these website in your list. I hope it will be helpful for you.

    • Carol Tice on

      Afraid you have to pay at least $50 a post to make our list, Param. There are a million places to post for free — my mission is to help steer writers away from that and to paying markets.

  35. ravi on

    thanks that showed me the great way how to make money and once more thing Carol Tice the way you have written the article is awesome

  36. Manee on

    That’s a really amazing list Carol ! Thank you. Can you please help me in telling what is the procedure to apply? ( I’m new to freelance writing )You said in a comment that- we send query or pitch to write the piece, what’s the exact way to do that? I send an email and what all should be included in it, keeping in mind that I don’t have any experience?
    And carol, I really want to improve my grammar and vocabulary. Can you share some tips or links of your articles for the same ?

    • Carol Tice on

      Monitan, these sites are nothing like Fiverr and iWriter — they’re not a middleman that takes a cut of your tiny pay and allows you to bid on their gigs. These are all websites and blogs that are curating content for their own site, and offering pay.

      It makes me sad to hear you didn’t know any other sites for writers to earn from…I’ve got to get the word out more!

  37. Sonburst Communication on


    What do you feel is the best way to go about acquiring guest writers? I am more than willing to pay them, but really don’t know where to start. We want to increase our blog articles but don’t exactly know where to look to get qualified writers in our space.

    Any suggestions?

  38. sandra lawson on

    i recently applied and am currently in the process of hiring. However i am concerned that they requested all personal banking information with agreement for me to block out numbers as i see fit. does this seem legit or are they a scam? does anyone know?

    • Carol Tice on

      You recently applied — WHERE, Sandra?

      I’d be concerned about any market that requires you to hand over your bank information. Don’t know what you mean by “block out numbers as I see fit.”

      I’ve had clients that I ended up giving bank information to so they could pay me on ACH or direct bank transfer, at my election (it was optional but gets you paid faster)…but these were major corporations I didn’t have a concern with…places like Forbes.

      If it’s any of the markets on my list above, I’d definitely like to know. Sounds odd.

  39. Adeyemi Ola Julius on

    What a great list! Priceonomics dot com is paying $1000 for about 2000 words on any topic.

  40. Tracy Keeney on

    Hi Carol! I’ve only written for a Christian women’s blog, and it wasn’t a paying gig — just three women writing articles about faith and family, as well as answering reader questions, sort of like a faith-based “Dear Abby”.
    I’m just beginning to try freelance writing for pay as a way to bring in some extra income, so I hope my question doesn’t make me look like an idiot. 🙂
    Since you can’t know ahead of time if a site is going to accept and publish your submission, is it okay to submit to more than one site that addresses that topic? Does it work like applying for a job? Do you submit to several sites and just decide which one to go with if you’re lucky enough to have more than one accept your submission?

    • Carol Tice on

      Tracy, for most good-paying markets you don’t send in your ‘submission’ — you send a query or pitch to write the piece.

      Most markets are different from each other in some way, so often you wouldn’t send the exact same idea to multiple markets. But if you do, then yes, whoever gets back first expressing interest gets the article, and if others get back later (which actually only happens rarely), you just let them know that one is taken. Big tip: Be ready with more ideas just in case!

    • Rebecca Beck on

      You have to look at the sites submission guidelines. Some encourage simultaneous submission, most don’t like it.

    • Carol Tice on

      What do they pay, Vinil? We only include markets that pay at least $50 a post guaranteed. From that page, it says SOME authors are paid $25-$50…so I think they don’t make our cut. We’re looking for markets where they consistently pay writers, and all get over $50.

  41. Claire on

    Most of my consulting work involves writing of one kind or another – I help nonprofits with capital campaigns and building development programs, so there are umpteen grants, donor proposals, white papers involved. I have actually found that the fiction work has made my professional writing better. So I think you’re right, it all feeds us. I find your site so helpful. I would like to try my hand at some articles, and know I must learn about marketing my business and myself better. EVERYTHING you’ve written in that regard is golden. Thank you!

  42. Claire on

    Thanks so much for this useful list. Much appreciated. With two mysteries written and an agent secured, I’d like to explore building my platform as a writer over the coming years.

    Here’s a question for all of you free-lancers: if you write copy or articles most of the time, how has that affected your fiction work? Are you worn out? Or just the opposite?

    • Carol Tice on

      Claire – remember that Salman Rushdie wrote copy for Ogilvie & Mather. I don’t write fiction (so far), but I don’t have the sense that writing all day can be negative for writing on your personal projects. It’s all helpful for honing craft.

  43. Osadebe Ijeoma on

    I’m so happy to come across this post at this point. Just left paid employment to get into full time freelancing. I hope this helps a lot into the new year. Thanks Carol and Jen for the resources.

  44. Muhammad Sohail on


    Thank you for making list of article-paying sites. It was helpful to me.

    I have applied for . Is this site still paying? Further, how can I apply to become a writer for your website?

    I hope to hear from you soon.

    • Carol Tice on

      Afraid I’m not aware of whether Income Diary is a paying market.

      You don’t really ‘apply’ to become a writer for my site, Muhammad. I usually only accept one guest post per person, rarely more, as I like an ever-changing variety of fresh voices in my guest posts. There are no staff or ongoing writing positions.

      But you can see my guidelines here — please note the two groups of writers I accept pitches from:

  45. Dr. Heather Stein on

    Marijuana Times ( will pay $50 for articles related to the medical cannabis industry

    • Carol Tice on

      Thanks for adding a lead here, Heather!

      Is there a ‘write for us’ or guidelines page writers could take a look at? Or an email they should use to pitch?

      If so please come back and give us a dead link to it, like you’ve done above (otherwise my spamcatchers will block it). Thanks for commenting here — we look through these comments when we update our guide for the next version, which we’re planning to do this spring!

    • Carol Tice on

      Well, this is our third or fourth annual edition of it, and this one just came out. But we’re thinking about doing it two or three times a year in future, so stay tuned in the spring, we may have an update for you by then.

  46. Scott Hopkins on

    It should be noted that a great number of these lists, although helpful, have now been used so much by querying writers that the vast majority of the publishers are not taking any more submissions. Check out a few of the other lists of websites or blogs that pay for writing on the first page of Google. You will see most of the publishers listed have changed the given page that was linked to, as a result of receiving too many inquiries.

    • Carol Tice on

      Scott, I’m hoping that we’ve screened out the markets that aren’t accepting paid guest posts anymore with this list — we recheck each market before we publish a new version.

      It’s true that many sites have changed their policies over time, but it’s not because a list got published. It’s because those of us who take guest posts get hit with an endless stream of scammy link-seeking guest post requests and people trying to pass off duplicate content as unique. You have to be willing to be a vigilant curator and to push hard to get fresh, truly useful info from guest posters, and some bloggers just get tired of the process.

      The biggest problem we paying sites have isn’t being overwhelmed by querying writers — it’s that the vast majority of pitches we get aren’t even in the ballpark of what we’d run. Study your markets, writers!

      • Scott Hopkins on

        That’s great Carol! I haven’t made it to the list enough times to find it updated. That is an excellent value-added to the post.

        Is the number of unqualified pitches both a pro and a con? I imagine this page alone nets hundreds of visitors a day. Although, most are contributing less than stellar quality, the traffic certainly helps, doesn’t it?

        • Carol Tice on

          It’s mostly a waste of time for me, sadly. Most writers just don’t put much effort into this…and most are link-seekers running a scam, anyway. I offer the list as a public service because my mission is to get writers PAY!

          I don’t really need this post to attract guest posters, as I get plenty of pitches from the two groups of writers I accept them from — Jon Morrow’s classes and Freelance Writers Den grads & current students.

  47. Maruanda on

    Hallo Carol, I live in Cape Town, South Africa, will most of these contacts accept my applications, me not being American? Thank you

    • Carol Tice on

      I think most online sites don’t much care where you are, Maruanda — they care about terrific, fresh, well-written posts. My experience with most pitches I get is they are recycled stuff we’ve all read 100 times before…bring new information, would be my big tip. Many writers can’t take direction, either — you ask them to tweak their idea a bit to suit the site, and then never hear back.

      I have a useful post on this, too, where you can see the editorial process:

      Hope that helps!

  48. Sam Warren on

    Awesome resource Carol, thanks so much for pulling this together.

    I think your audience might be interested to know we just created our own paid blogging gig as well.

    We’re offering $100 for each article we accept for publication related to SEO, social media and content marketing!

    Here’s a link to the program, looking forward to hearing from those of you that want to contribute.

    • Carol Tice on

      Alexandria, I wish I could say I know some great-paying book-review sites…but the problem is, everyone wants to do that, so rates seem to have shrunk to nothing. Too many people are willing to review books for free now. And even back before the Internet, I think I maybe got $25 or $50 a review. It was never a lucrative niche, outside of the very top daily papers’ book-review sections.

      • Davida Chazan on

        Actually, I have a gig with one book review site called Book Browse. Because they are a site for book stores and libraries, they charge their readers a subscription fee to see all of the reviews. That means they can pay their reviewers. Mind you, to get paid you do have to not only write a review of a certain length, you also have to write a “beyond the book” piece for it as well. They only pay for reviews that the readers believe are worth a minimum of four out of five stars. So while you work hard for the pay, it is the only paying book reviewing gig I’ve found.

        If you get accepted as a reviewer for them, they don’t charge you a subscription fee for the site. I don’t know if they’re accepting new reviewers right now or not. Also, all reviews go through an editor, so if you’re into editing, maybe they also have openings doing that.

        You should also know that because they pay you, the work becomes the property of the site, but you have the byline. When you sign with them, you agree to the reviews you give them to be there exclusively.

        Finally, you can’t just review whatever you want. They send you a list of books they have available for review and you either get the ARC via NetGalley or if you live in the US they might send you a proof copy.

        • Carol Tice on

          Interesting, Davida. I don’t like hearing about gigs where you only get paid IF…

          But…if you hit their metrics, what do you get paid, and how long are these reviews and beyond the book pieces?

          I do meet writers who love to do reviews, so curious to know what the opportunity is there.

          • Davida Chazan on

            You misunderstand. This isn’t a metrics thing at all. The site pays me a flat fee of $50 for each of my book reviews. Technically, they commission book reviews from me. First they tell me which books they are looking for reviews for, then if there’s something that sounds like I’d like, I ask for the assignment and then get the ARC via NetGalley. I have to read the book, and write the review and a “beyond the book” section, by the site’s deadline so that it can be edited and formatted in time for the publication date that they assign. The only “if” involved is if I find that the book isn’t good enough to be recommended to readers. (I asked for one book that was just lousy, and so instead of getting paid for a full review, I gave them a one paragraph review explaining why I couldn’t recommend the book.)

            The site puts the basic target for book reviews at around 600 words. The “beyond the book” section is also around that mark. They have very specific guidelines regarding not too much plot summary and the subject of the BTB section has to be okayed by the site, and should relate in some way to the book itself. For example, when I reviewed My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, many other sites were noting that it was a “slim volume” so my BTB was about lengths of novels vs novellas.

            This may seem like you do a lot of work for the money, but don’t forget, you also get to read a book for free! I’m very happy with the arrangement.

            By the way, just yesterday I found another site that said they’re open to applications for book reviewers. I haven’t contacted them yet, so I don’t know if they pay or not. If so, I’ll let you know.

          • Carol Tice on

            Aha — well if they pay $50 it sounds like maybe we can include them in the next edition!

            What makes me sad is that I’ve also gotten paid $50 for book reviews. It was around 1993 or so.

            20+ years later, the cost of living has risen a lot, and it’s sad that rates haven’t kept up for reviews. But it’s like any other niche where many people want to do it — that drives rates down.

          • Davida Chazan on

            Just so you know, the other site I’m looking into is called Kirkus Reviews. I haven’t applied to them yet, but I’m assuming that they do pay for reviews because they charge authors to get their books reviewed.

  49. Sania Shah on

    Hey Carol 🙂 I must say you have such a informative site . I saw your site for the first time and subscribed at once! I wanted to ask you a question so please help me. I searched alot on internet about writing sites that pay you for your writing, but they either pay by PayPal( which is not supported in our country) or they are only for U.S citizens. I am searching online for about a week and couldn’t find a single legitimate site. Please tell me such sites where I can apply. I would be very very very thankful to you 🙂

    • Carol Tice on

      You know, I pay some people who are in non-Paypal countries, and they just use a third provider to hook into Paypal. You might check out — that seems to work. You just notify your client you need to send them an invoice so they can pay via Paypal, and you create that in the other provider.

      As far as lists of websites that want ESL writers…I’m afraid I don’t know of any. In general, looking at mass websites for gigs never pays well, anyway.

  50. Cathy Bryant on

    This is a great list! I’d love to see an additional section for poetry and/or fiction, but that’s a small point. I’d add Freedom with Writing to the Writing section – I can’t add the URL because your comment dewberry won’t let me, but they paid me $100 for an article. Thanks for a very useful resource!

    • Carol Tice on

      Cathy, those aren’t markets I write in, so I’m just not familiar with any good-paying online markets for those, but happy to hear suggestions.

      Thanks for mentioning Freedom With Writing — we’ll check them out for possible inclusion in our next edition of this list!

  51. maria on

    Carol Tice I would love to see an article on writing teams/Duos and how to work affectively with a writing partner!

    • Carol Tice on

      Well…I just don’t think that many writers write with a pair, and I don’t, so I can’t advise on it. I’d need a guest post from someone who does, with takeaways that would help the rest of us.

  52. Noman Nazir on

    Thank you Carol!

    This is what me, and many writers, wanted.

    Carol, I want to ask you what sets an average – or below average – article apart from an ‘amazing’ one; apart from using correct grammar and using facts?

    Do any of these blogs offer permanent positions (as writer)?

    if there’s an article on it then kindly give a link to it.

    • Carol Tice on

      I’d say permanent positions writing for blogs are few and far between, Noman.

      I could probably do a whole article on the difference between the mediocre work we see so much of online and the kind of articles that earn $1-$2 a word. Besides writing ability, most better pieces have a LOT of useful research and fresh interviews, a new slant on a topic, and you get information you haven’t seen elsewhere. That’s what editors are on the lookout for. 😉

      • Noman Nazir on

        You forgot to mention ability of analyse.

        someimtes I feel the need to give an analysis like ‘if company A offers this product then it means ____. We should not forget that ________ All that will result in _____.”

  53. Rebecca Beck on

    I wrote for YourTango which is a site about relationships and they pay 50$ for original content. Site:

  54. Laurel Bern on

    Hi Jennifer,

    Wow! What a great list of sources that pay! I’d love to add another one. It’s a new site called Write Hackr started by Scott Sind who’s a fabulous writer and marketing expert. He’s paying between $25-$100 per post. And he’s a helluva nice guy too.

    • Carol Tice on

      Afraid if some posts only pay $25, he can’t make this list, Laurel — I only include markets where the least they pay is $50. But thanks for the tip! Maybe you can talk him into raising his floor. 😉

      • Scott on

        Thanks for the shout-out Laurel! And thanks Carol as well for a wonderful resource for writers. We will definitely be upping our base rates as soon as we can—we’re bootstrapping now so we aren’t able to pay as much as we like. I’ll send over a note when we are able to pay more and hopefully open up the opportunity for your community.


        • Carol Tice on

          All I can say is — take the plunge. It’ll do wonders for your reputation and your business to establish yourself as a paying market. It’s the best form of advertising you’ll ever find.

          • Scott on

            Thanks Carol. I just might take the plunge and raise it to $50 minimum. My ultimate goal is to have a sizable content budget for each issue. May I send over a note if I do raise the rate?

      • April on

        Well, even though it is tech, it’s not like writing articles for other sub-categories within tech.

        One can write a general tech article without actually having any coding abilities, such as writing about the new features in the latest iPhone, but you would need that coding ability to write an article on using one of the latest popular Javascript libraries, or comparing the Rails framework to Sinatra.

        Where general tech might be considered writing news articles, web development and design would be more of a technical how-to nature.

        It would be the difference between writing tech articles intended for the general public vs. programmers writing articles intended for other programmers.

  55. Sophie on

    Hopes&Fears has rates for some of our standard features. We pay $75 for Questions, $150 for City Index and interviews, and generally more than that for features.

    • Jennifer Roland on

      I did look at them, but we decided to focus only on sites that pay a guaranteed amount. Revenue share is too dependent on factors beyond the writers’ control — and can be much lower than our $50 threshold.

    • Carol Tice on

      I wish we could say revshare sites are places you usually earn $50 a post or more…but my experience talking with thousands of writers is that earning $1 a post or nothing is more the norm. So revshare sites are NOT part of this list. I guess that could be an opportunity for us to do another list! But I’m not a fan of revshare that comes with NO guaranteed pay, as I outline here:

      Thanks to Google, traffic at most revshare sites is plummeting, where the content basically IS the only product they sell and they’re just hoping for ad-clicks, so not only has it not paid well for most writers in the past, but the outlook is for LESS revenue in future.

  56. April on

    You can list this one under Tech…

    At SitePoint, we pay our writers well for good quality web design and development related articles.

    Follow the link on my name, for more info.

    We also publish books and video courses. Writing articles for us is a good way to get noticed, if you’d like to eventually step up to more than that.

  57. Angie on

    Jen, you’re a rockstar. Thanks for doing so much legwork for this post – I’m going to forward a few of these to friends in those niches. 🙂

  58. Autumn-Lynn Tummavichakul on

    Thank you so much Jennifer! As someone who is in the midst of putting her website together, and stepping back into the freelance market … I know I will find this to be a powerful resource. Very much appreciated. 🙂

  59. David Throop on

    Jennifer, (and Carol!)
    Thanks for compiling and sharing!.

    I’m sure it was a little time consuming to compile, and as per some of the comments, difficult to confirm with some of the sites but this is an awesome compilation none-the-less.

    And for me, the timing is awesome! I’m a part-timer looking to transition to a more full-time writer and the timing of this post is right on point for me as I gear up for the new year.

  60. Bex vanKoot on

    Really great work this year! It was really fun brainstorming all these markets and it’s inspiring to see it all come together like this. Definitely bookmarking this for future reference when I’m trying to come up with just the right

  61. DJag on

    Hi there! Thanks for this amazing list! However, the Modern Love hyperlink appears to go to Everyday Feminism by mistake. Just letting you know!

  62. Daryl on

    Great extensive list! I’ve written for a few of them on here (Writers Weekly, Listverse, MALW), nice to see an updated list as sometimes the payment and guest posting policies can change rather quickly. I think it’s always important to try and find out from the editor/blog owner exactly what they are looking for in your post so that you can deliver optimal value.

    • Jennifer Roland on

      You’re telling me! One of the sites that was paying when we confirmed last week is now no longer paying, and three of the Gawker sites I’d mentioned were shut down yesterday, necessitating a last-minute change to their listing. The web moves fast!

    • Carol Tice on

      I am excited to see the list of paying markets online growing, and rates inching up. I can remember when my own list only had about a half-a-dozen, and people only got bigger lists by counting EVERY Tuts+ site individually. 😉

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