Why I Pay Writers for Blog Posts

Blog Posts Should Pay

I started this blog because I’m on a mission to help writers find better-paying gigs.

That applies to blog posts, too.

I believe if a blog makes money for its owner, guest posters should be paid.

I’ve put my money where my mouth is. After this blog began earning income in 2010, I started paying guest posters $50 a post.

As of fall 2015, I am paying $75-$100 and up for select, longer assigned posts on specific topics.

What are those topics, that I’m looking to assign to qualified writers? I recently surveyed my readers to find out what they need to learn about most. Based on their top requests, I’m looking for more posts about:

  • Market reports: What it’s like to write for specific online websites and emerging platforms, such as eByline, Contently, etc., including interviews with the company and successful writers on the platform.
  • Editor Q&As: What do editors really want? Talk to several in a niche and share it with us.
  • Scam detection: How to tell free from paid markets, or avoid ripoffs.
  • Social media marketing success stories: On established or emerging platforms, from Facebook and Instagram to Blab.
  • Move up and earn more: First-person stories of how you found your first good-paying client, raised your rates, up-sold a client a big project, or broke into a new, better-paying type of writing; where to find better clients and how to get them to hire you.
  • Productivity: Fresh techniques, tips, tools, or insights on time management/overcoming procrastination/committing/avoiding distractions/staying motivated
  • Writing craft: Concrete approaches and exercises for improving your writing, overcoming dry spells/writer’s block, figuring out what to write about
  • Self-publishing success stories: Would love to hear from writers doing well marketing and selling their e-books.
  • Juggling: First-person stories on balancing a full-time or part-time day job with freelance writing.
  • Making the leap: How to make the transition to full-time freelancing.
  • Resources/tools/best sites: Seeking longer, 50-100 item resource posts for freelance writers.
  • Blogging: How to get more traffic, build your list, guest post, conversion, using blogging to get freelance clients (should be backed with data/screenshots/social proof).
  • Overcoming Fear: New slants, techniques, and first-person stories on how to do freelance marketing or put your writing out there despite fears, how to build confidence.
  • Breaking in: How/where to find good beginner markets that pay.

Can you pitch me?

In general, I only accept guest post proposals from current and former Freelance Writers Den members, and from students or graduates of Jon Morrow’s blog mentoring program.

Occasionally, I hold an open pitch time. If you’d like to pitch me, but you haven’t been through one of those two programs, like my Facebook page to stay in touch — I post there when I’m open to pitches from all comers.

10 Steps to Guest Posting for Me

Here are my writer’s guidelines:

1. Become a subscriber to this blog and read it a while. Nearly all my successful guest posts come from regular readers.

2. Read and follow these guidelines. Seriously, you would not believe how many writers pitch me who have clearly never read this page.

3. Submit your best headline idea AND outline for your proposed guest post, in the body of your email. If I’m interested, I’ll probably ask for some tweaks before giving you an assignment.

4. Receiving an assignment is not a guarantee of publication. So remember to write the heck out of it.

5. I pay on publication, at month-end. I often have a backlog of guest posts and only use 2-4 per month, so it may take 8-10 weeks for your post to appear. I’ll pay you by Paypal at the end of the month your post appears (on Mass Pay, so no fees get taken out!), so make sure I have your correct Paypal email.

6. I am buying non-exclusive first-time and reprint publication rights. I reserve the right to reprint your post on other sites of mine, and in future books or e-books I create. You may reprint the post elsewhere 90 days after your post first goes up on Make a Living Writing.

7. DO NOT SUBMIT PRE-WRITTEN POSTS without getting an assignment from me first. They will not be read or published.

8. I prefer 500-word guest postsĀ (unless I’m assigning you a specific idea from the list above at a longer length we agree upon).

9. Note that I do NOT pay experts who would like to do a guest post ahead of an appearance on one of my Webinars or podcasts, or who are posting specifically to promote a book or other product. If your guest post has fresh, useful information for freelance writers, I may still be interested in publishing it, but I do not pay in this scenario.

10. On the day your post goes up, please come on and respond to comments. Part of what I pay for is your help driving engagement and social sharing of the post. Payment may not be forthcoming if you are MIA the day your post goes up, so be sure to let me know if you’re not available so we can reschedule your post.


If you are an agency or company working to place guest posts for links, I am never, ever going to accept posts from you. You can really skip pitching me. Take me off your list now. Ditto if you want to pay me to publish your sponsored post with your links, or go back to an old post of mine and stuff your link in. Not gonna happen. Thanks.


Due to the volume of pitches I now receive, I am unable to respond to all the pitches that aren’t a fit for this blog. If you don’t hear back from me, you might want to re-read this page and work harder on your proposal. For instance, I’d say well over half the pitches I get have obvious grammar errors, or are on a topic that we don’t cover on this blog. Don’t be that writer.

How to get your post idea accepted

Wondering what makes an awesome post I just can’t resist publishing? Most of my guest posts contain firsthand, practical advice about some creative way to increase your freelance writing income.

Here are a few great guest posts I’ve paid for:

Think You Can’t Make $100 an Hour on UpWork? This Writer Does

How I Supercharged My Writing Income With a Niche Website

How I Got 25,000 Blog Subscribers from Pinterest…in Two Months Flat

3 Ways Smartphone Apps Can Help Freelance Writers Get More Gigs

How to Get Well-Paid Copywriting Gigs Without Being a Suck-Up

More help crafting the perfect guest post

Recently, I did a post analyzing a round of guest-post pitches I got to identify common problems that caused me to reject a pitch. Strongly recommend you read it:

10 Reasons Why Your Guest Post Pitch Got Rejected

For a look at my editorial process, you can check this out:

3 Guest Post Pitches That Got the Gig

My nondiscrimination policy

This site actively welcomes useful contributions about how writers can earn more from writers of every color, ethnicity, religious faith, sexual orientation, political viewpoint, and country of residence or origin. If you’ve got helpful information for freelance writers, I encourage you to contact me with your pitch.

My list of other blogs that pay at least $50 a post

As a service to the writer community, I’ve started a list of blogs that pay more than $50 a post.

I update it periodically. Here’s my most recent compendium:

79 Websites That Pay Writers $50 and Up in 2015

If your ideas aren’t a fit for me, maybe there’s another site somewhere in that list that might buy your post. Best of luck!