markets that pay

2 New Content Mills That Suck + 3 Promising Freelance Websites

Promising Freelance Websites for Writers + New Content Mills That Suck. Makealivingwriting.com

If you’re a writer who spends time looking for freelance websites where you can find work, you’re not alone.

Job boards, move-up mills, and agencies can be places to find good clients. But freelance websites for writers can also be a cesspool of low-paying gigs.

How do you know what freelance sites are worth your time, and which ones to avoid?

Do your homework and read this blog. We like to check out freelance websites for potential opportunities and let you know where to find great gigs and what sites totally suck. And believe me, there are a lot of freelance sites for writers out there that suck.

While doing your own marketing by sending LOIs (letters of introduction) and query letters is one of the most effective ways to grow your freelancing business, picking up work on freelance websites is a great way to help you move up and earn more.

We recently vetted five new freelance sites for writers. Three turned out to be good places to find clients that pay decent rates. But two new content mills we haven’t featured before didn’t measure up to Make a Living Writing standards.

Here’s the scoop on two new mills that suck and three promising freelance sites for writers.

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Freelance Writing Gigs With Great Pay: 50 Niches to Explore

Niche Nectar. Get the best-paid freelance writing gigs. Makealivingwriting.com.

Do you ever wonder where the better-paying freelance writing gigs are hiding? It can be hard to believe a good income is even possible, especially if you’re trapped in low-pay assignments that don’t even earn you the minimum wage.

The good news is, there are plenty of niches that pay better than writing, say, a 300-word blog post or a 50-word online product description — to name just two classic bottom-of-the-barrel niches where pay is often miniscule.

The problem is, many writers aren’t aware of all the different types of freelance writing gigs that offer better pay.

Below is a list of writing niches that I can report writers are seeing strong rates for. I’ve noted rate ranges as I’m aware of them, from talking to thousands of writers through Freelance Writers Den and my coaching. I’ve also included tips on industries and approaches for connecting with these clients.

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Can Revenue Share Writing Still Pay? We Investigate

Can revenue share writing still pay? We investigate. Makealivingwriting.com

The online offers for revenue share writing gigs are ubiquitous. They’ve been around since the early days of the internet.

If you’ve been looking for writing jobs, you’ve probably seen the ads for this type of work: Get published and make money by submitting articles on any topic you like.

Sounds pretty good, right?

If you’re a veteran writer who knows how to write compelling copy, or you’re a newbie freelancer who can churn out content, maybe revenue share writing could be a stable source of income.

In theory, it’s possible. After all, millions of people are online, and there’s a niche audience for every imaginable topic you might be interested in writing about.

But before you sign up, tap into your creative energy sources, and start cranking out content for a revenue share writing site, you need to know a few things.

How revenue share writing really works

It’s a business model that relies on freelance writers to create content to drive website traffic. But instead of getting paid flat-rate fees, you get paid based on the number of views, or more commonly, on a percentage of clicks made on ads placed next to your articles.

Ever wonder if this is a good way to make money as a freelance writer? We tracked down all the details to answer the question: Can revenue share writing still pay? Here’s what we found:

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Hunting for Writing Jobs? 8 New Sites That Pay Writers — Plus Important Updates

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.

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Oh, Snap! 18 Websites That Pay Writers for LGBTQ Content

18 paying sites that want LGBTQ content. Makealivingwriting.com

“It’s a real hustle, you sure you want to quit your job at Harvard?”

That’s the response I usually got from family and friends when I talked about leaving my day job to become a full-time freelancer. So I put it off.

But after thee years as a smoking cessation counselor and researcher at Harvard Medical Center, I knew I needed to leave academia. The work was boring. The people were toxic. The egos were huge. And it never seemed like any of my patients ever quit smoking.

Ever wonder if you can make it as a full-time freelancer, find your niche, and make good money?

I did. So I started freelancing on the side. Within a year I took the leap and quit my day job. I’ve been freelancing full time for seven months, and I can’t imagine going back to a J-O-B.

Trying to find your niche? Some writers seem to have that dialed in from day one. It took me a little longer to figure out where to find good-paying clients. But what I’ve been able to accomplish as an LGBTQ writer in a short amount of time is proof that you can be a successful freelance writer in just about any niche.

Here’s the basics about how I found my niche, along with 18 LGBTQ sites (+1 bonus) that pay writers $50 or more per article.

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Readers’ 2015 Picks: Most Useful Posts for Freelance Writers & Bloggers

Top 10 Most Useful Posts for Freelance Writers & Bloggers - Makealivingwriting.com

Need a shot of freelance writing knowledge to start the New Year off right? I’ve got it for you right here — our annual list of the most popular new posts that went up this year here on Make a Living Writing!

That’s right, the all-time most populars you see over in the sidebar from past years are out of the running for this fresh list.

Winners here must have been published for the first time in 2015.

You, my awesome blog readers, voted for these by coming and reading them.

The posts that got the most traffic clearly had the most compelling topics, and are ranked below in order of the views they got.

These are your picks for the most helpful posts this blog put out in the past year.

Without further ado, here are your picked for 2015’s top 10 best posts:

  1. Websites That Pay Writers 2015: These 79 Websites Offer $50 and Up by Jennifer Roland — This one’s coming up on 20,000 readers to date! And reminds me that the top thing I can do around here that’s useful is provide job leads. Which is why we’re laying plans to present market lists more often in 2016.
  2. Writing an Article Vs. Writing a Blog Post: What’s the Difference? by Carol Tice — The raging debate over what makes an article different from a blog post, and how to charge for each as these two forms increasingly converge, made this a lively topic.
  3. Think You Can’t Earn $100 an Hour on UpWork? This Writer Does by Megan Williams — While I spend most of my time warning people away from sites like this, clearly, success tips for profiting from the bid sites are appreciated.

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