What would your income look like if every assignment paid $100 and up? Sites that pay writers that much or more are out there. Seriously.
But you’re not going to find them on Craiglist or low-rate content mills that pay pennies per word, or worse. And even a large number of job boards that promise well-paying writing gigs turn out to only have gigs that pay enough per assignment to fill your gas tank.
Skip those gigs, and move on to sites that pay better rates.
Sites that pay freelance writers $100 and up
In this list of 26 sites that pay freelance writers, we’ve identified new markets we haven’t featured before. And even though these sites represent a variety of different niches (e.g. finance, parenting, health, technology, travel, etc.) they all have one thing in common.
These are sites that pay $100 or more for blog posts, articles, essays, tutorials, and other types of writing assignments.
The way you’re going to land a gig with one of these sites that pay $100-plus, is by writing a solid query letter, pitching a well-thought out blog post, or sending a customized LOI (letter of introduction).
Have you been looking for sites that pay better rates? Check out this list. Squeeze your marketing muscles, and start pitching to earn $100 or more per assignment.
1. Bird Channel Editor Jessica Pineda got her first lesson in caring for parrots, canaries, finches and doves when she was a babysitter. Now she helps bird owners care for their feathery friends as the editor for this niche site. Pays $100 to $200 for short articles. $300 to $400 for longer features.
NOTE: This site is gone as of 8/2020.
Business expert Michelle Pippin publishes guest posts on topics like time management, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Pays up to $150.
3. Bless This List (Hacked) This site pays $100 for 1,500-word list posts on almost any topic. Offbeat, unusual, fun facts, or bizarre topics are encouraged.
4. Cicada Associate editor Anna Neher says their young adult audience is interested in comics, the strange and unusual, and young adult literature. Pays up to $0.25 per word for essays, fiction, and comics.
NOTE: Cicada Magazine ended publication since this post was written.
This is a cooking food blog, but it’s not just for recipes. The site publishes articles, how-tos, expert interviews, nutrition tips, and even fitness guides. Some assignments pay $75. Ultimate Guides on food/recipe topics pay $120 to $160. Read the guidelines on the site, but send your pitch via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a frugal living website that’s been around for nearly 20 years. Founder and editor Gary Foreman says they’re always looking for fresh ideas on how to save time and money. Pay is $0.10 a word. Study the site (more than 10,000 articles), before submitting a query.
7. Entelligent This site pays $180 per article on topics related to energy, business, and the environment for its investor-focused audience. Content manager Laurie Greenwood says business journalists should pitch energy-related stories on current news events, business and scientific articles, and corporate news.
NOTE: This site has removed their blog.
This site is dedicated to covering the gaming industry and pays up to $250 for articles. Pitch topics about video games, movies, board games, science, and technology.
This site pays $100 for 1,500-word blog posts (from moms or dads) about entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and the systems, tools, and processes to be a successful freelancer. Email your query/pitch to founder and editor Lisa Stein.
This site pays $150 for 1,500-word articles on health, anti-aging, beauty, lifestyle, parenting, recipes. You can use the general submission form and expect a response within six days. But it wouldn’t hurt to pitch directly to editor @AidaPoulsen.
If you’re a fan of the theater, consider writing for Howl Round. This site pays up to $150 for articles about theater life for students and professionals. Check the submission guidelines for essays and the NewsCrit feature, which pay the most. Note: Howl Round only accepts submissions from freelancers with theater experience.
12. The Introspectionist The target audience for The Introspectionist: intelligent women. The site pays $100 to $200 for features. Check the editorial calendar to look for upcoming themes for submitting a query.
NOTE: This site is gone now.
Want to write about WordPress? The Layout pays up to $150 for blog posts about design-related topics and tutorials.
14. Less Than Perfect Parents (Site no longer exists) Less Than Perfect Parents pays $100 for posts about practical ways to be a parent. Editor Tracy Gibb says the site features blog posts about things like easy ways to cook healthy meals, easy-to-make children’s crafts, family-friendly activities, and other topics.
Yes, this blog pays $75 up to $150 for posts on freelance writing topics aimed at helping writers move up and earn more. Be sure to read the guidelines, study the style, and take a look at the types of blog posts we’re looking for. Rate depends on complexity of topic and research needed.
Here’s a site that pays $125 and up for blog posts and feature articles about pregnancy, motherhood, parenting, family life, and other topics. Editor Madeline Holler says she’s looking for voice-y, opinionated writers with a sense of humor who can write for moms.
Founder and editor Saeed Darabi created this site to help people with earning and saving money. Pays up to $150 for 1,000 to 2,000-word blog posts.
This site pays $250 for posts about people living with disabilities.
19. Power for Living This site pays $125 to $375 for inspiring stories (750 to 1,600 words) about Christians who are making a difference in the world from mission trips to everyday experiences. [NOTE: This site appears to be broken.]
This site publishes articles about software development and pays $100 to $300. Semaphone is looking for articles about development tools and practices, build automation, application deployment and how to configure, integrate and develop software.
21. SlickWP Here’s another site that pays $100 for blog posts about WordPress and Genesis-focused tutorials. Not a website guru? Fine, SlickWP also pays for reviews about WordPress themes and plugins.
NOTE: This site was last updated in 2015.
This Christian-focused site pays $300 to $375 for articles (1,200 to 1,500 words) about marriage and family life, ways to help children develop faith, and interviews with personalities.
This travel site pays up to $150 for articles (800 to 2,000 words) about travel advice, experiences, and adventures to help and inspire others to see the world. Have a travel-related story idea? Transitions Abroad is looking for articles on working, living, volunteering, and studying abroad.
Here’s another travel site that pays $100 to $150 for interviews and personal stories about people who are making a living as a travel writer, photographer, or tour operator. How-to articles about getting paid to travel pay up to $200.
This site pays $100 to $300 for articles (up to 1,000 words) about physical health, mental clarity, and spiritual balance from a practical, Christian perspective. Send queries to editor Heather Quintana.
26. WriteHackr WriteHackr pays up to $100 for blog posts for articles about freelance writing. Founder Scott Sind says the online magazine launched with a Kickstarter campaign, features how-to articles, interviews, and industry trends related to freelance writing.
NOTE: This site is gone as of 8/2020.
Move up and earn more
If you’ve been writing for sites that pay less than $100 per assignment, it’s time for a change. This list is a good place to start. Once you find a site you want to write for, here’s what to do next:
- Study the submission guidelines
- Read past blog posts or back issues
- Develop an outline for a blog post or write a query letter
- Find the contact information for the editor and send your pitch via email
- Repeat, and you’ll be headed in the right direction to move up and earn more
Evan Jensen is the guest blog editor at Make a Living Writing. He writes for clients in the health and fitness niche, and runs 100-mile ultramarathons.