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 editorial@ 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 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.
  12. xoJane 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.
  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 editorial@ 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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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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47 comments on “Websites That Pay Writers 2015: These 79 Sites Offer $50 and Up
  1. Daryl says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      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. 😉

  2. Gina Horkey says:

    Just shared this post in my private FB group for writers. Thanks for putting it together :-).

  3. DJag says:

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

  4. Williesha says:

    Hooray! Another list I can share with people. This is SO helpful thank you.

  5. Williesha says:

    Oh also you need to remove Read Learn Write. They are run by a different team and they aren’t paying for contributions.

    • Williesha says:

      For some reason I couldn’t post this link, but there are updated guidelines at Read Learn Write.Com (no spaces, all lower caps.)

      • Jennifer Roland says:

        Thanks, Willi. Things do change fast, as that page was active and said $100 per post just last week. :)

        And I had to make some last-minute changes to the Gawker listing after their restructuring yesterday.

  6. Rohi Shetty says:

    Thanks for this comprehensive list. Great way to get going in the last days of 2015.

  7. Bex vanKoot says:

    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

  8. David Throop says:

    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.

  9. Autumn-Lynn Tummavichakul says:

    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. :)

  10. Peter Gagliardi says:

    Thanks so much Carol Tice. The list is very helpful.

  11. Angie says:

    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. :)

  12. Lisa says:

    I really appreciate your effort in putting together this list, thank you so much!

  13. April says:

    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.

  14. Elna Cain says:

    What a great list! I’ll be sure to share this with my subscribers who are itching to get paid to write!

  15. What a great resource for writers! I heard The Penny Hoarder also pays contributors a bonus based on their articles performance on the site.

    • 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 says:

      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.

  16. Harriet Cooper says:

    Great list. Will definitely be looking at a few of them for essays and what not.

  17. Sophie says:

    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.

  18. Ryan says:

    Can we stop listing web-design and WordPress under Tech?

    • Carol Tice says:

      Well…it’s tech to me. 😉 It’s not lifestyle, or writing, or business…right?

      • April says:

        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.

  19. Laurel Bern says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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.

  20. Rebecca Beck says:

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

  21. Noman Nazir says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 _____.”

  22. maria says:

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

    • Carol Tice says:

      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.

  23. Cathy Bryant says:

    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 says:

      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!

  24. Zoe says:

    Great list Carol. Thank you for sharing.

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