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Why I Pay Writers for Guest Posts
Want to write a guest post for Make a Living Writing?
You’ve come to the right place for guest post guidelines to pitch your ideas about the business and craft of freelance writing.
I started Make a Living Writing to help writers find better-paying gigs, and teach freelancers about how to move up and earn more.
I believe that if a blog makes money for its owner, guest posters should be compensated. After this blog began earning income in 2010, I started paying for guest posts.
I currently pay $75-$150 for guest posts (higher fees are for longer, in-depth pieces written on assignment only).
Pitch your guest post ideas about…
What topics am I looking to assign? Based on reader requests, I’m looking for posts about:
- 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).
- Breaking in: How/where to find good beginner markets that pay.
- Copywriting: Tips and strategies for writing headlines, email campaigns, lead magnets, case studies, white papers, and sales copy that converts.
- Editor Q&As: What do editors really want? Talk to several in a niche and share it with us.
- Ghostwriting: How do you find ghost writing clients? How much should you charge? Are there ghostwriting platforms that connect writers with clients? What’s it like to be a ghostwriter?
- Juggling: First-person stories on balancing a full-time or part-time day job, kids, family, etc. with freelance writing.
- Making the leap: How to make the transition to full-time freelancing.
- Market reports: What it’s like to write for specific online websites and emerging platforms, including interviews with the company and successful writers on the platform.
- Marketing: Lead generation strategies to find freelance writing prospects and clients, how-to marketing tips for freelancers, ways to be consistent with marketing, how to find the right prospects to pitch.
- 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.
- 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.
- Productivity: Fresh techniques, tips, tools, or insights on time management, overcoming procrastination, committing, avoiding distractions, and staying motivated.
- Resources/tools/best sites: Seeking longer, 50-100 item resource posts for freelance writers.
- Self-publishing success stories: Would love to hear from writers doing well marketing and selling their e-books.
- Social media marketing success stories: On established or emerging platforms, from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.
- Writing craft: Concrete approaches and exercises for improving your writing, overcoming dry spells, beating writer’s block, figuring out what to write about, writing headlines.
Where should you send your pitch?
Email blog editor Evan Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you pitch now?
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 Make a Living Writing
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 4-5 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 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.
7. DO NOT SUBMIT PRE-WRITTEN POSTS without getting an assignment from me first. They will not be read or published.
8. I prefer 750 to 1,000-word guest posts (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 respond to comments over on my Facebook. 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.
Sound good? Email blog editor Evan Jensen to submit your guest post headline and outline.
I DO NOT ACCEPT ADS, PAID LINKS, OR SPONSORED POSTS.
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.
WE’LL RESPOND ONLY IF INTERESTED.
Due to the volume of pitches we now receive, we’re unable to respond to all the pitches that aren’t a fit for this blog. If you don’t hear back from us, you might want to re-read this page and work harder on your proposal. For instance, I’d say well over half the pitches we 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:
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:
For a look at my editorial process, you can check this out:
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 blog editor Evan Jensen with your pitch.