100+ Websites That Pay Writers

computer mouse with dollar signLet’s face it — most blogs don’t pay for guest posts. It’s considered a marketing activity by the writer, who gets a link back to their site.

That can be worth it, too. I’ve gotten some amazing connections and clients from blogging on popular sites.

But I believe writers should be paid for their work. And sites that take guest posts still get a piece of writing out of the deal.

So I did a crazy thing…

Back in late 2010, I did something sort of nuts — I decided to start paying for guest posts.

At the time, my audience was pretty small and I was still earning most of my living from freelance writing.

It didn’t make economic sense on the face of it. I just thought it was the right thing to do.

I needed to put my money where my mouth was. I hoped I might inspire (or is that shame?) some other bloggers into paying for posts as well. I also hoped being different from the norm by being a paying writing market might get this little blog some attention.

And it worked

On both fronts, it worked! Make a Living Writing has received loads of attention, subscribers, and traffic from being published in many digests of paying markets. Even better, quite a few sites decided to pay after seeing me do it.

But I’ve neglected a critical last step here — to connect you to those paying markets so you could rake in some cash.

Fixing that now. Here’s my personal list of blogs that pay around $50 a post or more, from my own writers’ guidelines page. They’re listed in the order they began paying for posts, most recent first:

  1. Your Online Biz — Thrilled to have inspired Darnell Jackson to top me — he began paying $100 a post in March 2013. Nice job, Darnell.
  2. Write Your Revolution — Sarah Russell’s blog joined the ranks of $50-a-post paying markets in February. (UPDATE: This site is on hiatus.)
  3. Be a Freelance Blogger — Sophie Lizard has joined the smart set and now pays $50 a post.
  4. The Renegade Writer – Excited to add Freelance Writers Den’s Other Den Mother Linda Formichelli to the list of people who’re taking the high road and paying $50 a post.
  5. ReadLearnWrite – Paying $50 a post after seeing my Problogger post about paid guesting in Feb. 2012.
  6. David Worrell’s blog, Rock Solid Finance (formerly Your Inside Guy) was the first niche blogger to jump on board my bandwagon and start pay $50 for guests posts back in late 2010. So I think he’s the coolest. You should definitely read his blog.
  7. Freelance Switch – they pay around $75 per post. So I think they’re cool. And now I even guest blog for them on a regular basis myself. (They are owned by Envato, which has a half-dozen other sites that pay, too.)
  8. HouseLogic – This site operated by the National Association of Realtors pays $1 a word — I had an opportunity to interview their editor a while back for an article for The 2013 Writer’s Market. If you’ve got a good twist on a shelter story and strong reporting skills, you know where to go now.
  9. One Spoon at a Time — Paul Wolfe was inspired to start paying $50 a post back in Fall 2011. This one was inspired by my announcement…feels good to know I’m helping to create new paid markets for writers.
  10. OnText – OK, they only pay $40 a post. But maybe some of you would like to know anyway, I’m betting.
  11. Patch – AOL’s Patch.com, as of this writing, often pays $50 and up for short blog-postlike articles. (NOTE: Patch closed many of its hyperlocal news sites at the end of 2013, so do a little research to see if there’s still a Patch near you.)
  12. Make a Living Writing — can’t forget to mention my own site! Still proudly paying $50 a post. (Due to overwhelming response, I now only take guest posts from students or grads of Freelance Writers Den or Jon Morrow’s Guest Blogging course.)
  13. New! Kicking it off in 2014 with Strong Whispers – this multi-topic site is paying $50 a post. Coolness!

Those dozen get you started. Fortunately, a couple other bloggers have been busy compiling more helpful info on blogs that pay, and now there are several other good lists out there — and I’ve collected links to all of them here.

How to find 100+ more paying markets

Two are by Bamidele Onibalusi of the newly renamed Writers in Charge (formerly YoungPrePro), and one is by the abovementioned Sophie Lizard of Be a Freelance Blogger. One older list is from the freelance-training site Matador. The assignments range from blog posts for niche bloggers to fully reported online feature articles for major national magazines’ online sites.

Here are links to those below:

I got curious and compared all these lists to see how many listings were unique. Eliminating all the duplication between the lists and counting my 12 above, there are nearly 120 unique paying websites and blogs listed in all. Nice, huh?

I’m thrilled to have helped add a few names to these lists of places that pay. Possibly my finest achievement here on the blog.

Now that you know how many markets pay, I have to ask:

Why not get paid?

As a blogger, you’ve got a choice when you look to guest post. If you’re going to guest post for exposure, I say, why not get paid, too?

I recommend making paying guest markets your top priority. That’s what I’ve done and it’s allowed me to earn quite a lot while also getting attention for my writing and my blog.

And if you have a blog you’re looking to build, consider paying for guest posts. Just a suggestion.

Ever gotten paid for a guest post? If you know more paying markets, please add to my list.

  1. Thanks for the mention, Carol! I’m putting together the 2013 edition of my Ultimate List of Better-Paid Blogging Gigs now, so I’ll cross-check to see if I’ve found any paying blogs that aren’t already linked to from this post. My best find last year was a specialist online magazine that pays $1000 per post; this year I’m hoping to top that. :)
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    • Carol Tice says:

      Cool, Sophie! I had almost forgotten about HouseValues, and just added them to my list. There are really so many paying online markets, and I believe in the future there will only be more, as more magazines migrate to online-only.

      • Ajay Goel says:

        Hi Carol,

        Thank you very much for the links and such a great initiative to help us writers earn better. I am in a process to write for some of these sites, one will be for Sarah also :) apart from some others.

        I’m planning to make it a habbit to write more of these guest posts, and ultimately start paying writers to write guest posts for me :)

        Thank you very much again. I was always in search of better writing career, you fulfilled my wish :)

        Regards,
        Ajay Goel

    • Keith says:

      I am new to this freelance writing and I want to make good income part-time show me the best way to start where I am making income right away.

  2. d says:

    wow! WOW!
    Nice one Carol

    Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I’m about writing a post for Darnell and I’ll be banging his $100 soon

    Thanks

  3. Kiesha says:

    Hi Carol!

    Your posts never disappoint! I’d like to add Contently.com. If your story is accepted, hey pay between $50 and $75 per post.

    I admire you for stepping out and going against the grain with this. I saw your article in the Writer’s Market towards the beginning of this year – so awesome!

    • Carol Tice says:

      Kiesha, I think of Contently in another category altogether, which I like to call “move-up mills.” Don’t know if I would list them here. I’ve also seen quite a few of these that tell you it’ll be $50-$75 but when I check in with writers here it is often less.

      I’m planning a post about this type of market, though, so stay tuned!

      • Ruth says:

        Looking forward to reading about the move-up mills. I was just approached by Written.io about licensing a blog post of mine. Not sure if they count in this category… They seem kind of like PostJoint…? I’m sorta baffled by these new content marketplaces and whatnot… It’s great that writers are finding paid assignments writing for the actual sites like eByline etc., but is anyone finding new clients through these platforms?

        • Carol Tice says:

          Yeah…anyone who could give me an overview on all of these emerging platforms and whether they’re worth it, I’d love to have some intel for the blog here! I haven’t had enough time to scope them all out myself.

  4. As ever, thanks for sharing Carol.

    The competition to write for these sites is really going to hot up now, which is great news for those websites and may encourage a few more to follow suit.
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    • Carol Tice says:

      That’s my hope, Kevin, that every time we talk about paying markets a few more sites will realize paying changes everything. The quality of what you get changes dramatically. I’ve been loving the guest posts I can attract as a paying market, and highly recommend paying for any blogger looking to stand out.

  5. Elyse Sommer says:

    The intention is good but there’s an equivalent of the “read the fine print”caveat here. The paying bloggers all buy rights that the guest blogger may regret giving away– for example, complete exclusivity, re-posting the bought piece, inclusion in e-books, and more. As a former authors’ agent I often found the rights publishing contracts wanted an author to sign away were as important as the upfront money.

    • Carol Tice says:

      Hi Elyse —

      If you have your choice of getting $8 for a piece you’ve sold all rights to or $100, it’s not a mystery to me which seems like a better situation.

      Also, appearing on a big blog isn’t just about getting paid — there’s huge exposure and credibility that comes with guesting on a pro site. The pay is really gravy.

      I guess I could sit around feeling bad that Copyblogger now owns the rights to several great posts of mine, and Freelance Switch has a whole slew of them…or I can focus on all the incredible clients and relationships that came from appearing there. I choose the latter.

      These days it’s harder and harder to retain any rights anyway, because duplicate content is such a negative.

      You’re talking here about one short blog post — not like anyone’s being asked to sign away the rights to their novel or something.

      If we didn’t get exclusivity for the post, why would we pay for it? The whole point is to have unique content.

      In general, my experience is that writers who sit around worrying about rights they’re giving up have careers that are going nowhere. Worry more about getting your work out there.

      If you have something you truly think has big potential for your own career — you want to build an ebook around it or something — then don’t make that your guest post. But most of us writers have plenty of ideas to go around.

      • I wholeheartedly second your reply, Carol.

        I did my time in mills, and I put too much time and effort to produce researched and well-wriiten articles for a one-digit fee. (From those hell pits, I managed to keep a couple of clients who were willing to pay $30 per post, and I moved away as soon as possible.)

        This is how the market is. After all, I see no difference with professionals who make, let’s say, handcrafts and then exchange them for dollars (or euros, in my case). Do they still own rights to their work? No.

        Feeling sorry for good work that we gave away for money is a sort of stinginess — which is a form of insecurity, actually. After all, aren’t we able to produce good work again and again?
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        • Carol Tice says:

          I’m with you — we have a lot of quality work in us. I’ve done a ton of well-paid work for hire for businesses and never spent time feeling sad I was giving up the rights to it. That’s just how it works.

          I believe as we go forward, unique/exclusive content will be ever more important and valuable. For those who’re into reselling maybe that’s a disappointment. But it does create a lot of earning opportunities for writers as well!

      • Carol, I think it’s important to point out the difference between exclusivity (which is fine) and all rights (which is not). Some bloggers who pay as little as $50 ask for rights to include a blog post in e-books, marketing material, etc, which basically means that if they slapped together an e-book using, say, 30 guest posts from various authors and started selling them for $4.99 a pop, they get to keep all the profit while the writers who actually wrote that content get nothing.

        So while I don’t mind exclusivity with my guest posts, I certainly wouldn’t give away rights for people to use my work for free in e-books, etc.
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        • Carol Tice says:

          Oh. Well, I take those rights. I know few markets who don’t expect reprint rights.

          But I do allow people to resell after 90 days, so it’s non-exclusive.

    • Elyse -
      I think for many of us this is about exposure more than profit. Guest blogging gives you the opportunity to leverage someone else’s audience and readership. That definitely has value above and beyond the token payment offered by the site owner. Indeed, to me the exposure is the primary value and the payment is just icing. Thus, the terms are fair and in many cases even desirable. As a matter of fact, I’d love for certain heavy-hitters to feature a single post by me in their ebooks and if asked I’d do it for free.

      Also, much of what I write is narrowly targeted to the site’s goals and audience, so its value is diminished outside that context anyway.

      Just stuff to think about.
      KR

      • Carol Tice says:

        So agree with all that, Kim. Who wouldn’t want to find their work included in an ebook one of the big blogs does? Those credits are great for your reputation and continues to build your association with that brand.

        I actually know one writer who writes an online column for one site and he uses it as his entire calling card — his own writer site header says “As seen on” and the name of the publication. It’s his whole ticket to getting other clients. AND he gets paid! Perfect scenario, even if he doesn’t retain reprint rights.

  6. Thanks for sharing these, Carol. I’m going to take your challenge and make guest blogging a priority. Appreciate you sharing your wealth of knowledge.

    Sending prosperous thoughts your way,

    Crystalee
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  7. Great resources. Thanks!

  8. Willi Morris says:

    Thanks, Carol! I know you said I should try for other markets, but you know how much I love to blog! Thanks for taking the time to put thus together!
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  9. Nida Sea says:

    This is an excellent resource, Carol! I found several paid blog posts via Matador, and your list just adds more to the pot. :-) I’m working on getting my first post. Once I have it I’ll branch off to others and make it a regular habit. Thanks again!

  10. Carol, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for sharing this! It’s exactly the kick up the backside I needed today :-D Time for me to put my research hat on…
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  11. Sue Campbell says:

    Great list!

    I have a rule to ONLY do paying blog posts unless I’m doing a favor for a friend. I LOVE guest posting for Linda, I’ve done three now.

    Blogher.com is also a great gig, they pay $50 plus you get great exposure. And I happen to know they are always looking for funny pieces for their “Life” section (the editor says they get too many heavy pitches for that section).

  12. This is so awesome! I’ve often thought it would be nice to be paid for guest posts, since it takes so much work to write a really stellar one. Thank you for setting the trend! I will definitely consider paying for guest posts on my own blog in future (once I start accepting guest posts, that is!)
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  13. Ha haaaaaaa!

    Thanks for the mention Carol.

    You inspired me so there you go I had to step up.

    Another thing you were right about is the benefit of training.

    It’s just so hard to know what you don’t.

    It’s nearly impossible to predict how long it will take you to figure out the fundamentals of freelance writing on your own.

    Also I don’t think people are prepared for the real risks of “doing it wrong” and the impact this has on your reputation.

    There is no UNDO button in real life, It’s not what you do but how you do it.

    This is why I started the #IBCT and it’s also why I recommend the writers den for anyone interested in freelance writing.

    Thank you Carol for setting an awesome example.
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  14. Thank you for this article and all the work you did on the list. I also love reading the comments and the fact that you are so active in answering things brought up in them. Sometimes I learn as much from the comments as I do from the articles.
    Have a great day.
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    • Carol Tice says:

      Rabbi Issamar Ginsburg keeps telling me to stop sharing so much in comments and save those insights for other posts…but I don’t care! I love the conversations in the comments. Though I DO sometimes get ideas for future posts out of them. ;-)

  15. Patti Hale says:

    This is great information! Just so you know, I list 100+ websites that pay on my “Write for Us” page I mostly found by Googling “Write for Us” and “Writer’s Guidelines”.
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  16. David says:

    This is a great list of paid options! As a freelance writer who earns most of his current income on Elance, I had no idea that these opportunities even existed! With the SEO value and the straight-up cash incentive, I’m going to start guest posting immediately!
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  17. Carol, what a wonderful thing you did by encouraging others to pay for guest posts too. It is such a relief for newbies to have such a tremendous amount of help offered by you. Thanks and thanks for this post!
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  18. állatorvos says:

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  19. Thanks for the lists, Carol.
    I used one, already and submitted to The Krazy Coupon Lady. However, they wanted to pay $35, instead of the stated $50. They also wanted all rights to the piece with no bio or link to my site. This disappointed me because they are a super huge site with about a million subscribers and I thought they could do better.
    Just curious, what your thoughts are about the ‘all rights’ thing. I’m used to retaining as much rights as possible for my work–even blog writing which pays more than $35. Is it customary for the higher paying sites to retain all rights to the content?

    • Carol Tice says:

      I don’t think there is a custom — each site makes their own rules. Sorry to hear they don’t even provide a link — I wouldn’t do it without that.

      I do allow reprints after 90 days, though I don’t know anybody who’s recycled my posts. I’m pretty targeted in what I ask for so it’s tailored to my readers. But I do reserve the right to reprint in ebooks, which I would think writers would be thrilled about. I’ve been featured in several other peoples’ roundup compilation type ebooks and they’re a great source of traffic.

  20. Fantastic list Carol, thank you!

    Another site that I’ve found great work from is GoGirlFinance.com — they can be pretty picky about what they accept, but they pay $35-$50 a post depending on length, and they also do a great job promoting their writers on social media.

    • Carol Tice says:

      Awesome — thanks for adding another market. Not sure if it’s in any of the other lists but it doesn’t sound familiar, so thanks for sharing it!

  21. Fran Severn says:

    This is fantastic! I have struggled with how to find “legitimate” on-line sites. I’m still riding the learning curve of adapting to the on-line world from the print and paper one, and this gives me a big push in that direction.
    THANKS!
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  22. Brian says:

    I like this website and I appreciate the list, but am I the only one that felt a tiny bit duped by the title :)

    I guess it’s legit since the links do have 100+, but there are only 12 here. It’s a nitpick but I as I read, I thought, “Hey, wait a minute. That’s pretty sneaky.”

    Thanks for the list nonetheless.
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    • Carol Tice says:

      Brian, I could have ripped off the other lists and reproduced their links to make it a bit more convenient for readers, but I wanted instead to promote and credit the others who’ve taken the time to compile market lists.

      Realize people have to take a few extra steps to get all the markets…but my main point was to say — there are a lot of paying blogs out there! Just trying to help writers realize there’s a lot of opportunity out there beyond getting $15 for something on a content mill or Elance.

  23. Laura Davis says:

    Has anyone here actually had any luck getting paid by Patch.com? If so, where? One of their editors (in the SF Bay area) told me that he never pays for content. Obviously, this must vary from market to market.

    • Carol Tice says:

      Laura, Patch is a bit like Forbes in that many are unpaid and a few are paid. I’m friends with one writer/editor who I know was making a good living from Patch for quite a while there, but you’ve got to get into the paid stable.

      And you’re right, it does vary from market to market. I believe they pay more when they’re ramping a market, and then as they get their relationships built up they begin tapping local bloggers who’re craving exposure. But they definitely have paid editing gigs.

  24. Isabella says:

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  25. Maham says:

    Hey, I really loved every post of your blog. I badly want to speak my heart out. Even being a proficient English content writer in Pakistan, I get $1.5 per article only..I feel this is the worst of my skills’ return..I really feel like quitting freelance writing :(

    • Carol Tice says:

      Maham, keep working on your English skills to earn more writing in English. You may be considered a proficient English writer in Pakistan, but what you’ve written above is not entirely grammatical. There’s a great book out by Ben Yagoda called How to Not Write Bad that might be helpful.

      • Maham says:

        Well, it was random of course. Professional writing demands a higher level of quality and efficiency, which i definitely offer. Thanks for suggesting the book :)

  26. Nicole says:

    Hi Carol,

    Love your blog – been a long time reader! Thank you for compiling this list as I need to start writing for more credible blogs and escape the ghostwriting trap I’m in.

    I just was browsing through Elance and I can’t tell you how angry it makes me to see what people are looking to pay freelance writers – and the requirements they have!

    I sent a response to one ad because I was becoming more furious at each ad I looked at and the horrible wages.

    It probably does absolutely no good – but I had to. He had a ton of requirements and was looking for US-based writers only. HA! Here is what I said:

    Good luck finding a “professional 1000+ word article” for that price.

    The kind of article you’re looking for takes an absolute minimum of 2 hours – and that is pushing it.

    Please explain to me what you think the quality of life might be for someone earning $2.50/hr in the US. Please stop taking advantage of the desperate situations that people might be in.

    Thank you for devaluing the entire writing community.

    - Hard-working freelance writers

    • Carol Tice says:

      Nicole, I used to do that sort of thing now and then when I was totally incensed by an offer… TOTAL waste of your energy. Just stop looking at Elance and use all that energy to find real clients yourself. Way more productive use of your time.

  27. Monicah says:

    Hello,thank you for such an informative blog. I have been earning peanuts writing for some other sites, guest blogging is quite interesting and paying way better from what i just read, but my question is, do i have to own a blogging site to guest blog for others?

    • Carol Tice says:

      Not necessarily, Monicah, but it definitely helps to show what you can do if you have a blog of your own. And usually, most of us guest blog only in part for the pay…and in part to get traffic and readers to our own blogs.

      Lots of other types of freelance writing can pay better than guest blogging, so I think most of us who get into paid guest blogging do tend to have blogs.

      Hope that helps!

  28. Leo says:

    Nice list , even now Sb started accepting guest post , but its damn hard to get your article approved .
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    • Carol Tice says:

      It’s true — I should really do a followup to this post on getting a guest post accepted. I can tell you of the pitches I get, the vast majority aren’t even in the ballpark of what I would accept for this blog. You can really see the need for courses like Jon Morrow’s Guest Blogging (see my Products I Love page for details on that one) and Danny Iny’s Write Like Freddy. Most writers do not know how to do it.

  29. Really a great article. Hoping that I will also get some paid posts.
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  30. Grace says:

    Hi Carol, this is indeed the best information for a newbie like me. The topic is really detailed info that saves me a lot of time wondering what are those Your Online Biz… is all about. Many thanks for writing this article.

  31. This is great information – thanks!
    Still pretty new to “the game” but am finding it fascinating. My blog is ‘niche’ but so far seems to be going well. I started it for myself really – have so much stuff in my head! It’s good to get it out. I hope that what you see on the page is an embodiment of my voice. I have a story and use the blog to tell small pieces of it as they occur….
    Anyway thanks again for a great article
    D
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  32. Oh, when I wrote for FreelanceSwitch, they paid me $50. Do they pay $75 now? :)

  33. Vicki says:

    Hi Carol,

    I am so delighted to find you, your great website, and your completely fair attitude. This is really meaningful, when I have spent a year writing for pennies on a couple of sites. I finally just decided to start my own blog site, because I was so fed up with feeling devalued. I am now devoting the major part of my time to researching ways leading to me becoming not only a better writer, but better at connecting to others, because it is clearly the way to go.

    I look forward to reading all your examples of great blog writing, and hopefully will be able to pitch an awesome post to you soon!

  34. Rana Prathap says:

    Type It Out accepts all sorts of works and share the advertisement revenue based on pay per view.

  35. Susan Guinto says:

    Never realized that writing could really pay so well. I started freelance writing only a few months back, but my dream of becoming a writer started way back my teen-aged days. We’re short on finances that’s why I opted for a business course which helped me land great corporate jobs. But I just realized I have to go back to my first love. :)
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    • Carol Tice says:

      Susan, the $50-$100 a post you see on these websites is just the beginning, really the bottom rung, of decent writer pay. Many other types of writing such as white papers and feature articles for national magazines pay much more.

  36. Great info Carol…thanks!
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  37. Lashpal Kaur says:

    Hi Carol Tice,

    Thank you for supporting writers. I want to write in English and i am published author in my language. How can i post my articles so that those can be edited before publishing. I need all guidance where to start publishing and earning . please reply me, I will be thankful to you for this. I do not have my own website.

    with Gratitude.

    Lashpal.

  38. Carol, looks like Sarah Russell closed her blog, so you may want to ask her if you should remove Write Your Revolution from the list.

    I have a question about HouseLogic– I found no writer’s guidelines or guest post submissions page on the site. Should I just find out who’s the editor, use their contact form and shoot my pitch? :)

    • Carol Tice says:

      So I see — I will go update my posts to reflect that Write Your Revolution is down.

      I think HouseLogic is a real longshot if you’re not a trained journalist with a solid portfolio under your belt. They expect really outstanding stuff for what they’re paying.

      They’re looking for fully reported US shelter stories that break fresh ground…but yeah, hunt down an editor email and pitch them if you think you have a great angle they haven’t covered before.

      • Glad to be of service, Carol. :)

        And I might just wait to be a little more confident before I pitch HouseLogic.

        [There is something I should add to this that I might just tell you by email, as I feel comments aren't really the right place for it.]

  39. I have been meaning to pay contributors for quite a while now. Like you, I am loathe to be part of the problem of people expecting content for free. That being said, I have quite a few contributors on my site, producing quite a bit of content, but as yet, we have not made any money (though are starting to get advertising interest). A lot of the contributors on my site duplicate the materials they send me, and post it on their own blogs, or elsewhere. I also have a broad range of contributors ranging from people aspiring to one day be a writer (in which case, I work heavily with them to help them write better) to experienced authors, and journalists. Do you have a standard you set for posts you pay for, or do you pay everyone who guest blogs with you? Also, do you only pay for original and exclusive material? Sorry to bombard you with questions, but I want to make sure I get it all right if I am going to start paying people for their content.

    • Carol Tice says:

      Hi Rebecca –

      Fascinating to see your questions here, since you’ve just told me in the comments on another post that you’ve committed copyright infringement by reproducing one of the guest posts from my blog. I can see that this is all unfamiliar territory for you.

      You can read my guidelines about what I pay here: http://www.makealivingwriting.com/why-i-pay-writers

      Since I assign from a headline and outline that I develop with each guest writer, my expectation is that every post is unique content. The concept usually changes quite a bit from the initial pitch. To help me avoid publishing duplicate copy, I never read or publish any of the numerous pre-written posts I am sent unsolicited. I do not publish reprints, and I would not expect to pay for content that writers intended to widely re-post elsewhere.

      I buy first rights, and the right to include the post in future products…so the blogger could conceivably decide to resell it after the initial timeframe, though I’ve yet to see that happen. What I solicit is pretty custom-crafted for this blog. I don’t take many posts of generic “10 tips” type advice.

      I pay all my guest writers except those who are writing to promote a paid product such as a course or ebook…an example would be the post you illegally reproduced.

      I’m sure a good starting point for you would be to simply stop being a copyright violator and obtain permission before you reprint.

  40. Anetta Bursh says:

    There are people who are very good in writing and they are making money out of it. I support you on the idea of paying for guest post since it will help in improving the site ,and quality. Paid services are very good. Nice post to share. ~ Anetta

  41. Carol, I would love for you to include Big Grey Horse Media on your list. I pay writers $125-200 per blog post. The caveat is the writers must be Texas residents. I’ve got a page on my site which is a call for Texas writers, if you’d like to link to it.

    Currently I have three amazing writers, but I’m always looking for more.

    Thanks!!
    Laura Townshend recently posted..Things to Do in Dallas: The Dallas Farmers Market

  42. P V Ariel says:

    Hi Carol,
    Great list here
    Thanks for sharing
    I am on my way to check out one by one
    Keep up the good work
    Will Come back soon to check out more
    Best
    Phil
    P V Ariel recently posted..Bloggers Your Attention Please!!! 20 Indian Pro-bloggers that you should know about:

  43. Azman Nabi says:

    Nice list , I tried to write a guest post for write your revolution, but its very hard to get your post approved .

  44. Don Modekali says:

    If you can blog on topics like web design, graphic design and freelancing in general, you can check out Hongkiat.com

    Pays from $150 to $200
    Don Modekali recently posted..My Goals for 2014

  45. Dawn Garvin says:

    Hi Carol,

    Thanks! It’s a really good post with great information for any blogger or writer. Who doesn’t want to get paid to do what they do? Why not get paid if you can? Just knowing of some of these paying sites will make me sharpen my skill and gives me a running start because I really had no idea where to start as far as being paid. It gives a beginner guest blogger a great motivating start to making money off the top.

    Thanks again for the great post, I will definitely check them out.

  46. Edgar Rider says:

    Hello Carol
    Is it not a good idea to write for some free journals? Some of us feel if we have some published links we can show them to potential paying journals,e-zines etc.. I read somewhere you said its hard to get paid for music reviews. Is that the same case for all kinds of pop culture journals. For those of us who write personal essays and pop culture reviews, Do you have any advice to find paying markets?

    Thanks for your time
    Edgar Rider

    • Carol Tice says:

      If you have no published work whatsoever, a few articles on a free site or your own blog can get you started.

      From there, why not target paying markets if you’re going to guest post? As you can see from this list, there are plenty of them.

  47. qamar says:

    Hi Carol I want to ask if any of those sites or any other pay for the jokes that I may write.

  48. Carol Tice says:

    If it were easy, everyone would be doing it, Alex. But if you’re a good writer and study these markets, I think you can come up with successful guest post pitches!

  49. Jandré says:

    Hi Carol

    Thanks for the website and the advice

    IT seems that your 150 websites list is a bit out of date.

    Among the first ten
    Write your Revolution
    Renegade Writer
    One Spoon
    and house logic
    all seem to be out of it!

    Thanks
    Jandre

    • Carol Tice says:

      It’s true, this post went up a while ago, and markets do continue to evolve. Some stop accepting guest posts, and some change their guidelines, as I have.

      If I gather enough new ones to do another post, I’d love to do an update sometime!

  50. Mercedes says:

    Trying to avoid scams and the first site Youronlinebiz is several different links to buy a membership. A membership with promises of making six figure salaries for only several hours of work a day. Just wondering why you talk about avoiding scams when your intention is to lead people right into them?

    • Carol Tice says:

      Hi Mercedes — I know the owner of that site, Darnell…disappointed to hear about this. This is an older post, and sites do evolve over time. I’m sure when I put it up, there was a link to a ‘write for us’ page and no membership was required.

      I’m in a mastermind with him, going to reach out and pass this feedback on to him and hopefully get this straightened out.

  51. Ericka says:

    Thank you so much for this one, been trying to grow my streams of income and I am excited.

  52. Gaurav Dutt says:

    Paying for guest posts may have been a wonderful idea while before reading this i always think of it only as a backlink building technique and now it’s sounds more beneficial than that. Still think I’m far from making money freelancing
    Thanks for your valuable post

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