Hunting for Writing Jobs? 8 New Sites That Pay Writers — Plus Important Updates
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8 New Sites that Pay Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

8 New Sites That Pay Writers — Plus Important Updates. Makealivingwriting.com

We know how much you love our lists of sites that pay writers. So we’ve got an update since last year’s list of 92 sites that pay $50 and up.

Why do we do these market lists?

First, we like to help writers earn a good living. We have a floor rate of $50 for inclusion in these lists so that you can move up from sites that pay writers $10, $15, and $25 for posts.

Then, once you’ve added a few clips from these better-paying sites to your portfolio, you can move up again to sites that pay writers more. (Don’t think those sites are out there? Read about writers who are making $200+ per post and a content mill that pays $400 per post.)

Second, we want to recognize sites that value the work their writers are doing. Good guest posts bring traffic to a site, which leads to list subscribers or ad revenue. When someone helps a blogger or business earn money, they deserve to earn money for that work. And we celebrate sites that have that same philosophy.

Now, on to the updates.

New sites that pay writers

Here are the sites that pay writers you told us about that are paying $50 or more for a guest post (in alphabetical order).

  1. Alpha Beta Commerce pays $50 for articles about ecommerce, payment processing, marketing, and logistics. NOTE: This site appears to be down.
  2. Finance Blog Zone pays $50 for original personal finance posts. If you reach certain traffic criteria, you can earn up to an additional $50. The catch is that the posts need to be long — 2,500 words or more — and include photos.
  3. Gaming Mouse pays for posts about the technology industry, with a preference for the latest news. [waiting for confirmation that they meet the $50 threshold]
  4. PreTravels is owned by the same person who runs Finance Blog Zone, and it also pays $50 for original personal finance posts plus up to an additional $50. Posts should be destination guides or travel tips and should be 2,500 words or more. You’ll also need to include 6 or more photos.
  5. Narratively pays $200-300 for 2000 – 2500-word essays. Higher rates negotiable depending on the piece. Narratively has been around about five years. We recently learned about the site thanks to blog reader and Narratively features editor Lilly O’Donnel.

Sites that almost make the $50 cutoff

When compiling these lists, we always come across those that offer rates of $50+ for some sections, but lower rates for other sections. Rather than locking these sites out, we decided to include a few of them here. (And we may do a dedicated post of sites that bridge the gap between $25 and $50.)

  1. Craft Your Content pays $35-$50 for posts about words, grammar, creativity, and other topics of interest to writers.
  2. Dorkly pays $35-$75 for posts about Pokemon, anime, horror, Game of Thrones, World of Warcraft, and other geek chic topics. They even pay for image collections, so that collection of WOW screenshots might earn you a little scratch.
  3. Writers Weekly pays $40-$60 for posts. They currently need posts only at the $40 level — the Freelance Success Story section. But, beginning in April 2017, they will again be open to feature article queries about the business of freelance writing, and that section pays $60. Note: Writers Weekly has been around a while, but hasn’t been listed in one of our posts about sites that pay writers before.

Sites that no longer pay

Cue the sad trombone sound. Some of the sites we’ve featured previously no longer pay, for various reasons.

  1. The Back to College site was shut down.
  2. BuzzFeed is no longer accepting freelance pitches.
  3. Gawker Media was sued out of existence, though only the Gawker.com site was completely shut down. Their other sites were purchased by Univision and continue to publish. They do not post pay rates, but I am sure their writers do receive some compensation, if you’re still interested in writing for Deadspin, Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Kotaku, and Lifehacker.
  4. The Kernel online magazine shut down.
  5. Hearst Publishing killed The Mix.
  6. The Toast was shut down.

Other updates

Mirasee recently resumed accepting pitches earlier this month (January 2017), but only pays on assignment, and not unsolicited submissions.

Priceonomics and Rank Pay lowered their rates to $50 per post, so they still make the cutoff, but the rates used to be higher.

Scary Mommy, a site that serves up pregnancy advice and parent tips, still pays but isn’t currently accepting unsolicited posts.

HowlRound asked that we no longer list them because they were receiving poorly targeted pitches from writers who said they’d found out about them on Make a Living Writing. This is why it’s critical that you study the site and its audience to develop a well-written query. But believe it or not, a lot of writers don’t do this, even when pitching Make a Living Writing.

“I think I pass on 99 percent of what I’m pitched,” says Carol. “Most pitches are from link-seekers or people who haven’t even read my blog, ever.”

Sites that pay writers spend way too much time wading through pitches from people who’ve never read the site, have no idea who the target reader or main topic is, and often won’t take no for an answer. Some even get tired of it and stop paying or stop accepting guest posts altogether.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

“You can stand out and get hooked up with one of these paying markets,” says Carol.

Have you written for any of these sites or found new ones that pay $50 or more? Tell us in the comments below.

Jennifer Roland is a freelance education, personal finance, and technology writer. Her latest book, Pacific Northwest Writers: Perspectives on Writing, compiles writing advice from novelists, playwrights, and poets from around the Pacific Northwest.

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48 comments on “Hunting for Writing Jobs? 8 New Sites That Pay Writers — Plus Important Updates

  1. Rai Cornell on

    Hey Jennifer! CopyPress Blog pays writers $103 (weird figure, I know) per post for writing, creativity, freelance business, etc. topics. I’ve written for them several times and it’s always rewarding.

  2. Susie Rosse on

    I love the fact that you made a list of sites that pay, and I like the old list too. But…I clicked on 2 links from this new list, and they both ask you to include images with your submissions!

    It can be really hard to find images…or not? Do you know anything about using images and copyright?

    I know if you include an image within an article, you’re not necessarily claiming it as yours. But you still don’t own the random images you find online. I also tried looking on royalty free sites for images to use on my own blog, and they either have payment plans, or special licenses.

    So it seems like the only real option is to make your own images, but that seems like it’d be so time consuming to me, including for my own blog.

    • Carol Tice on

      Susie, there are free, royalty-free images you can use on so many websites — I like MorgueFile. It’s really easy to find images to use there, or on Flickr Creative Commons, and scores of other places, that photographers are making available free to promote their work. No one’s expecting you to make your own images! You shouldn’t have to pay to get free photos, so ignore any sites that try to get you to do that. Many free platforms are hooked to paid ones, so make sure you’re in the right department.

      And yes, you don’t want to just use random images you find using a Google search and clicking Images…you could definitely get in some copyright trouble that way.

    • Cheryl Cash on

      I absolutely adore unsplash.com for high quality free photos. You can also try thestocks.im

      They search several sites and the sites are listed to the side if you want to check them out individually.

      • Carol Tice on

        Oh, you know who else has really good free photos now is MavSocial — and they’re formatted so they look good when you share them on Twitter or FB. They have a mix of pay and free, and you can check the boxes only for the free ones they search if you want.

        • Susie Rosse on

          Thanks again! Didn’t see this until now, but really appreciate all the suggestions. I actually <3 unsplash, the one Cheryl suggested.

  3. James on

    Thank you for this list! I am so sick of seeing the same old sites posted and recycled – you have actually given me some sites that I had looked into before!

    Will be keeping an eye on your blog 🙂

    • Carol Tice on

      Really? I think they’re one of the better-paying online essay markets I’ve found, in several years of compiling these lists. Happy to hear of others that pay more!

  4. Jennifer Gregory on

    I saw Contently on the original list, but didn’t see Skyword and Newcred. They are similar to Contently in how they work, but I find these two much more consistent in terms of management and editors. The pay for both depends on the project, but I have had several blogging gigs with Skyword earning $350 per post with no interviews and another project that paid $500 to $700 per articles about 700 words long. Newscred also differs by project but I am on several projects right now that all pay in the .75 to $1 per word range. I’m on a Newscred project that pays $1000 for 1000 words (highly technical topic) and another that is $500 for 700 words. My third project pays $350 for about 500 words.
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    • Carol Tice on

      Jennifer, we have a post coming up about the ‘move-up mill’ space, as I call these marketplaces. I don’t tend to include them in my lists of sites that pay over $50, because they may also include gigs below that level. And it’s a push system rather than pull — these lists are all sites you’re free to pitch your idea, rather than reviewing their opportunities. ClearVoice is also missing, which I’ve had great experiences with.

      Different category in my mind — and we’ll hit that in an upcoming post. Glad you’ve got good things to say about NewsCred — I only knew them for slideshow tools for Forbes in the past, great to hear they’re paying real rates as well.

      • Jennifer Gregory on

        Thanks for explaining. That makes a lot of sense. I call those companies Content Services so I didn’t realize you were talking about those when you said Move Up Mills. I know many writers earning over six figures, including myself, that get work from those sites so it feels a bit odd to use the term content mill. Especially since I’ve earned $1 per word and $150 to $300 an hour on some of their projects. But I totally agree that they are different from content mills.

        I talked with a lot of writers about those three sites and have not heard of anyone getting less than $50 in several years. On Ebyline, yes, but not on Skyword or Newscred particularly. I don’t believe I’ve heard lower than $100 on Contently in a long time either. I do a lot of work for Newscred and Skyword for the past few years.

        I appreciate all of the work you are doing to help writers move up.I’ll watch for that post.
        Jennifer Gregory recently posted…How to Find Your Perfect ClientMy Profile

  5. Yvette B. on

    These are some great writing gigs!

    – But do you have to have experience in the genres you’re writing about or just have excellent writing background?

    – What if you only possess skill as a highly creative writer?

    – Should you try reading up on various subjects to gain a knowledge base to write for these blogs/companies?

    – What do you suggest?

    Thanks for your brilliant posts, btw!

    • Carol Tice on

      Let me take a stab at this:

      – But do you have to have experience in the genres you’re writing about or just have excellent writing background?
      You don’t HAVE to do anything but die, Yvette. I’ve held 2 staff writing jobs that required degrees I didn’t have, for instance. My rule is if you think you can make a compelling case that you’re the writer for this gig, pitch it.

      – What if you only possess skill as a highly creative writer?
      Again…what if? Remember that every writer working today once had no clips. Keep pitching on topics you’re interested in, and somewhere, you’ll find somebody willing to take a chance on you.

      – Should you try reading up on various subjects to gain a knowledge base to write for these blogs/companies?
      You might want to check out my Step by Step Guide ebook (up on the ebooks tab) for an easier way to break in than becoming a student of various and sundry topics.

      – What do you suggest?
      I’d suggest that you already know about some things, either through work or life or personal experience. Start with one of those topics, and you’ll make it easier to build a portfolio. In the meanwhile, learn all you can about writing great blog posts, in general — got a couple ebooks about that as well. 😉

  6. Reinhart on

    Your site looks great and I like how you explain the key elements from the writer’s side.
    What I am looking for: finding a writer with a background/understanding in farming to get a set of self-evaluation templates of their situation.

  7. radha on

    Thank you Carol. This information is invaluable. Now it’s up to me to make good use of it and get back to you with my success story! 🙂 🙂

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