Get Paid to Write: 26 Sites That Pay Freelancers $100+

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Sites That Pay Freelancers 100 and Up

Sites that pay freelancers $100 and up. Makealivingwriting.com

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.

2. B. Michelle Pippin

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.

5. BestPickist

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 marieanoor@gmail.com.

6. Dollar Stretcher

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.

8. The Escapist

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.

9. Freelance Mom

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.

10. Healthy Living

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.

11. Howl Round

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.

13. The Layout

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.

15. Make a Living Writing

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.

16. Mom.me

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.

17. MoneyPantry

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.

18. Pentimento

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.]

20. Semaphore

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.

22. Thriving Family

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.

23. Transitions Abroad

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.

24. The Travel Writer’s Life

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.

25. Vibrant Life

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

What sites have you written for that pay $100 or more? Add to the list on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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. 

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12 comments on “Get Paid to Write: 26 Sites That Pay Freelancers $100+

  1. Nicholas Jordan on

    Hi Carol I’m trying to switch from HR to writing and started a portfolio site but I’m finding the design so difficult to work with and I think it’s stealing attention from my words.

    Do you have a favorite solution for hosting a writing portfolio?

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    • Carol Tice on

      Hi Nicholas — I’ve removed your site link because it doesn’t seem to be to a writing portfolio but to a site for HR Recruiters. Not seeing a portfolio or even a ‘hire me’ tab on there.

      In general, WordPress is the most popular platform for creating websites, and it has a portfolio plugin that seems to work well. Having your own site for your portfolio is far preferable to putting one on a mass platform like Contently, Clippings.me or Journoportfolios in my view, as sites like that make it easy to compare you to OTHER writers and usually also difficult to figure out how to contact you or learn more. But if you want something fast where you don’t have to host or keep it updated, those are among the more popular solutions out there.

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    • Angie Mansfield on

      Hi, Akhilesh –

      We’ll take a look at this post, but just be aware that websites and publications change and disappear all the time. We’re constantly posting new lists of markets, so if some of these market posts are outdated, you can find others (if you Google “Sites that pay site:makealivingwriting.com” you’ll come up with a huge list of posts we’ve done on these).

      Our market lists are also meant to give you an idea of what’s out there, not to be THE definitive list of markets for writers. If you search around for similar publications, you may find some gems we haven’t listed!

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  2. Deon Christie on

    Outstanding post, well done! And thanks for sharing. I’m most certainly checking out these. Because I speak Fluent WordPress with a Search Engine Accent. I’m going to have a lot of fun with WriteHacker and SlickWP! Have a lovely weekend buddy. And thanks again for an outstanding post!

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  3. Akachie Gabriel Mokobia on

    Thanks so much for this very important information. I’m a born writer. I’m very good at writing novels and articles.

    The nature of my job as a secondary school Chaplain, Teacher and Vice Principal leaves little or no time for me to practice my real work as a writer. Fortunately for me, this period of Covid-19 lockdown has given me ample opportunity to sit at home and think of the best way to put up my time for useful endeavours.

    I searched through the Google app for sites that pay writers and I got this very one. I’m really impressed with what I have read so far.

    Please I’d like you to put me through on how to submit articles and other materials for posting and at least, some compensation.

    I’ve never tried this before, nevertheless, with my flare for writing, I think this should be the right place for me.

    Sincerely,
    Akachie Gabriel Mokobia

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    • Evan Jensen on

      Akachie,
      Read the submission guidelines that a blog, site, or magazine publishes. Come up with a blog post, article, or story idea that’s fits the publication. Then pitch your idea. Rinse and repeat.

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    • Carol Tice on

      Akachie, big tip: Submitting pre-written articles is a method with low success. We mostly write on assignment, by sending a query letter outlining our idea. Editors at paying markets usually like to have input into what will go in their pages. If you need to learn how to write a query letter, check out my community site — we have a lot of resources.

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