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Writing Jobs for Bloggers: 10 Sites That Pay $75+ for Guest Posts

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Writing Jobs for Bloggers That Pay $75+. Makealivingwriting.comAre you looking for blog writing jobs?

No. I’m not talking about the prolific Craigslist ads and content-mill stuff that pays $5 to $10 per blog post.

If those are the types of writing jobs you’ve been chasing, it’s time to get some new clients. You can do better.

If you ask the Interwebs, there’s an estimated 400 million blogs online. Sure, lots of those are dead sites or personal blogs with pictures of kids, cats, and crafts. And you won’t find any writing jobs there. But there are blog writing jobs that pay.

Do a little digging, and you’ll find business blogs in virtually any niche designed to engage readers, drive website traffic, and promote a product or service. You’ll also find niche news-style blogs that operate similar to a newspaper or magazine.

Both of these types of blog writing jobs are money for the serious freelancer. Why? Well-run blogs publish frequently and need content. That means one blog writing assignment can easily turn into a regular gig.

Looking for more blog writing jobs? Check out this list of 10 sites that pay $75 and up per assignment.

1. Elite Personal Finance

If you want to write for Elite Personal Finance, there’s two things you’ll need to know. First, you’ll need to know the ins and outs of finance, credit, home loans, ways to make money online, identify theft, or investing. And second, you’ll need to know how to write for millennials, the site’s target audience.

  • Pays: $100 per assignment
  • Guidelines: 1,000 to 3,000 words
  • Tip: Pitch a guest post idea from the list of accepted topics, and increase your chances of acceptance with an original image or artwork.

2. Freelance Mom

You don’t have to be a mom to write for this site (dad’s can write for this site, too). But you do need to know what it’s like to balance taking care of kids, freelancing, and running your own business. Your personal story and experience can help connect you with readers, but your guest post needs to be more than a this-happened-to-me story.

  • Pays: $75 to $100 per guest post
  • Guidelines: 900 to 1,500 words
  • Tip: Increase your chances of acceptance by including a 30-minute action plan with your guest post, or pitch a how-to or lessons-learned post related to freelancing.

3. Knitty

Here’s a niche blog for knitters who are passionate about knitting patterns, clothing design, new and emerging fiber materials, techniques and innovations in knitting, and more. You can get paid for guest post tutorials about knitting-related topics that teach readers new skills or techniques, or earn by sharing original knitting patterns.

  • Pays: $120 to $200
  • Guidelines: 1,000 to 2,000 words
  • Tip: Include original photos with your guest post tutorial pitch to increase your chance of acceptance. Knitty, also publishes the blog KnittySpin for people who enjoy handspun knitting. Editor Jillian Moreno recently wrote about the difference between combo-draft and combo-spin knitting.

4. List Verse

Chances are pretty good you’ve been sucked into reading a curious list post about something you stumbled upon online. Right? Ever thought about writing one of those list posts yourself about something you’re curious about?

That’s exactly the kind of stuff List Verse publishes…list posts about things like “10 Fake Viral News Stories From The Early 20th Century,”  “10 Forgotten People Who Nearly Changed The Course Of History,” “10 Fascinating Facts About Surgery,” and many more.

  • Pays: $100 per list post
  • Guidelines: Pitch with a completed and original list post that includes at least 10 pieces of information
  • Tip: The more offbeat, novel, or interesting, the more likely your post will be accepted.

5. Make a Living Writing

What do you know about the business and craft of freelance writing? If you’ve been around the block a few times, or you’re new to freelancing, and learned a valuable lesson to grow your business, land new clients, use social media for marketing, or make more money, pitch a guest post idea to share your tip with other writers. It’s the reason Carol Tice created the blog in the first place…help writers move up, earn more, and make a living writing.

  • Pays: $75 to $100 per guest post.
  • Guidelines: 1,000-plus words per guest post with actionable advice other writers can follow
  • Tip: Study the blog and guidelines before pitching. Typically publishes 2-3 paid guest posts a month. Screen shots, social proof, and/or video related to your post increases your chance of acceptance. If English is your second language, read this before pitching.

6. The Penny Hoarder

Be frugal. Spend wisely. Save for the future. Earn more money. Enjoy your life. That’s what The Penny Hoarder Founder and CEO Kyle Taylor envisioned helping people with when he launched this personal finance site 10 years ago. Now it’s one of the most widely-read personal finance blogs on the Internet.

If you want to write for The Penny Hoarder, here’s what Kyle is looking for in a pitch: “We’re looking for freelance writers who have fun, unique ideas for earning or saving money. We’d love to hear your personal experience, especially if you can share detailed numbers, strategies, and advice.”

  • Pays: $75 and up per guest post
  • Guidelines: 700 to 900 words
  • Tip: Increase your chance of acceptance by pitching a guest post about unique jobs/ways to make money, eating/travel on a budget, guides to earning and saving.

7. Priceonomics

How much is that doggy in the window? No not just the price tag. What’s the cost of breeding, medical care, food and shelter, and advertising that determines the price of the dog? If you can think like that and find the answers, you can write for Priceonomics, a data-driven news site founded by Rohin Dhar.

A couple recent blog posts to get your creative-data brain going include: “The States with the Worst Eating and Exercise Habits in America,”  “Here’s How Much Your Healthcare Costs Rise as You Age,” and “Why Security Breaches Just Keep Getting Bigger and More Expensive.”

  • Pays: $250 to $1,000 per assignment
  • Guidelines: Depends on assignment
  • Tip: Pitch a plan to write one of the nine story ideas on the guidelines page. Include a brief bio about yourself, and link to your most popular published credit online.

8. Pxleyes

If you know your way around the Adobe Suite of software products like PhotoShop, Illustrator, Fireworks, or InDesign, the image-editing software GIMP, or software-based graphic design tools, you can write a tutorial about how to perform a specific task or project and get paid. Check out these creative tutorials for examples and ideas before pitching.

  • Pays: $200 per tutorial
  • Guidelines: Step-by-step tutorial to complete a task using graphic-design software
  • Tip: Review examples before developing original tutorial idea.

9. Refinery 29

If you can already riff on fashion trends, celebrity tattoo gossip, shopping and make-up must-haves, career moves, relationships, movie pics, and the kind of stuff girlfriends like to talk about, you already know what the Refinery 29 audience wants. Or if you don’t know all the nitty gritty right now, you at least know who to call and where to go to get the scoop and pitch a guest post idea to Refinery 29.

  • Pays: $75 and up per assignment
  • Guidelines: Based on assignment
  • Tip: Refinery 29 Editor Neha Gandhi wants guest post pitches about pop culture in South Korea, bargain shopping stories, tips and hacks, and college-campus-life trends and issues.

10. Yummy Mummy Club

There’s a lot that goes into being a mom. And if you don’t keep yourself in check, it’s easy to become a husk of your pre-babies self. That’s usually a recipe for feeling frustrated, unfulfilled, frustrated, conflicted. It’s exactly why the Yummy Mummy Club was born. If you’ve got advice to share with soon-to-be-moms or moms raising kids, this is the place to turn your wisdom, heartache, and life experience into a paid assignment.

Pays:$100 per guest post
Guidelines: Based on assignment
Tip: Read the submission guidelines and pitch an idea based on the Yummy Mummy Club editorial calendar.

Get more blog writing jobs

If you want to land more blog writing jobs, there’s a basic process you should follow.

  • Study the blog. Read a dozen or more blog posts on the site and get familiar with the content.
  • Pay attention to the headlines, lede paragraphs, writing style, and target audience. Bonus points if you can pick out key phrases. Note: Blog posts tend to have more subheads, pull quotes, bulleted lists, and graphic elements than traditional news writing.
  • Generate blog post ideas. Come up with a fresh idea for a guest post. Write a working headline and brief summary. Craft the headline with a key phrase that gets search traffic.
  • Pitch the editor. Write a letter of introduction or query letter and pitch your guest post ideas to the editor. Yes, directly to the editor, not the generic [email protected] black-hole-email address.
  • Tip: Many blogs don’t publish submission guidelines, but that doesn’t mean they don’t hire freelancers to write blog posts. Find a blog in your niche that looks like a potential client, and pitch the editor.

Blog writing jobs can be a great way to boost your income, because effective blogs publish at least once a week or more. Want to make a living writing? Go get a new blog writing client.

Need helping landing blog-writing jobs? Let’s discuss in the comments below.

Evan Jensen is the blog editor for Make a Living Writing. When he’s not on a writing deadline, or catching up on emails, he’s training to run another 100-mile ultramarathon.

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21 comments on “Writing Jobs for Bloggers: 10 Sites That Pay $75+ for Guest Posts

  1. Kayla Farmer on

    Hello My name is Kayla and I am new to Freelance Writing. Due to some personal life changing experiences on tope of being a new single mother to 3 very active boys I had to find something that generated an jncome, where I was able to be flexible with schedule because I am now on my own with the boys, and something that also held my attention and I wanted something I can turn to a career not just a “job”. So I have been studying the ins and outs of freelance very heavily even got a certificate in digital marketing and working on another certificate for advanced digital marketing and blogging as well through Shaw Academy it seems half way credible but I’m stuck right now. I need an income but have no past experience with working with anyone or a portfolio. What should I do or what way should I go? I know no one in this field so I need to network as well but how with no work experience? I have plenty of experience in being a mom, and how to keep our household moving with routines, life changing experiences that make you pull yourself back up, go through a midlife crisis in the middle of a nationwide pandemic but I have no physical work experience. Help Please!?! First reach out for help

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    • Angie Mansfield on

      Hi, Kayla – Really hard to provide coaching in a blog comment, but these are exactly the kinds of questions we answer in the Freelance Writers Den community. Right now, the only way to join is through our SEO bootcamp that’s running in February, but if that’s not feasible for you right now, you can join the waiting list (using the link at the bottom of that page). That way, you’ll be notified next time we’re open to regular members. We have a bootcamp in the den called Get Your First Freelance Writing Jobs that would provide those first steps you’re looking for.

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    • Carol Tice on

      Kayla, never heard of Shaw academy — and after 12 years helping freelance writers, that’s saying a lot. Know that these ‘certificates’ are meaningless to our clients. Just take classes to acquire skills you need. They look at portfolio samples and hire us — this is a field where ‘credentials’ aren’t important.

      Your note about ‘I know no one’ reminds me why I founded Freelance Writers Den back in 2011 — to give writers a place to come together, find and support each other, and where newbies can learn from the trainings and the many members who are working pros. Hope to see you in there!

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  2. Frank Z on

    Hi.

    Thanks to the team of MALW for sharing so interesting and motivational content.

    I am an unemployed Electronics Engineer, with advanced computer skills, and have been an internet surfer for more than 20 years.

    I have tried some freelancing websites like Peopleperhour.com, and Freelancers.com to get some jobs related to data-entry, EXCEL, and English-spanish translation. However, having no credentials, portfolio or blog to show to my potential customers it is almost impossible to compete with thousands of freelancers to get a first client.

    What kind of jobs, websites, or companies should I look for to get started or find jobs as a freelance writer without previous writing experience ?

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    • Carol Tice on

      Frank, afraid our focus here is on WRITING freelance — don’t really have any intel on Data-entry or translation jobs, or good places to find those!

      But in general, mass platforms that aggregate together thousands of contractors of a single type to bid against each other in a race to the bottom on price is usually not a great place to hang out.

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      • Frank Z on

        Hi Carol,

        Thanks for your comments.

        One of my major concerns is about those first places where inexperienced writers should start looking for a first job without spending months to achieve this goal. I understand that job-seeking strategies may vary by job field.

        While reading one of your articles, I learned about a great place to start for inexperienced “Writers”: Content Mills. It seems that beginners have more chances to land a first job faster here than in Freelancing sites. Am I right?

        Questions:

        – Besides “Content Mills”, are there any other alternative sites for inexperienced “WRITERS” to get a first job faster than on freelancing platforms?

        – How do you call a website where I can search for potential customers, explore their profiles, and contact them directly to pitch my services.?. They are something like an online database of companies, websites or people that provide steady work for writers every day.

        Finally, If you agree with me, I would like to recommend to stand out the following tip in some of your articles:

        “Freelancing sites like Freelancers.com, Upwork, or Peopleperhour are not the right place for freelancers to get a first job if they don’t have previous experience or credentials. “

        ,…., Have a nice day Carol.

        Frank Z.

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        • Carol Tice on

          Frank, I’ve given that ‘tip’ 1 million times. Not only are they not the right place to get a first job, they’re even MORE not a place for experienced writers to hang.

          No idea what post of mine you could form the impression from that content mills are a ‘great place to start for inexperienced writers.’ Definitely not my view, as the type of client relationship AND the quality of work produced will often not be useful to building a freelance career. Maybe you saw one of my posts on what we call ‘move-up mills,’ that have flat rates and better models? But they’re NOT really content mills.

          I feel like I’ve failed to change your mindset from looking for a site or platform of some kind that will magically give you first gigs. There is no such good site. So how I call that is ‘a fantasy.’

          There are some paid business databases like Hoover’s or Dun & Bradstreet, but there’s no free resource like that. Manta and Owler are both business directories, but I think you’ll still need to research up your best contact person and email.

          As I outlined already, contact companies and pitch a pro bono piece to get your samples. From there, go out and identify and pitch your own clients. I have resources in Freelance Writers Den that show you how to quickly and easily find FREE lists of prospects.

          Hope that helps!

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    • Carol Tice on

      I’m not sure why you think these blogs won’t pay someone in Africa, Lukmon. While content mills may take only US writers, most blogs don’t care where someone is, if they have great, fresh info their readers need. We’ve certainly had guest posters here on this blog from all over the world.

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  3. Carmel Murugen on

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Following up on Carol’s suggestion in a previous post I checked out Writers in Charge and went on Onibalusi’s List of Blogs that accept guest posts. I selected a few to pitch and my second pitch to The Self Improvement Blog was successful (yay!) I’ve just been informed that my post releases on September 1st. It isn’t a paying gig but it’s given me the confidence to pitch blogs that do pay. Thanks for the great tips on this post on how to increase my chances of acceptance.

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    • Evan Jensen on

      Hi Troy,
      You can still pitch these markets. You’ll even find that many of these editors welcome the idea of a guest post from a guy, because they just don’t hear from them as often. But obviously, there are stay-at-home dads hustling just like stay-at-home moms. As long as you can write about the work-at-home-with-kids challenges for their target audience, there’s no reason not to pitch an idea.

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  4. Jeannie Michael on

    Something I’ve never figured out – is there an easy way to spot a blog? I read so much ‘stuff’ on line, including news stories from major and minor pubs – and tons of other sources. They don’t exactly say ‘blog post’ even though they may be blog posts. Should this be obvious to me? Dumb question, but like they say . . . only unasked questions etc. etc.
    Reason I’m asking now is because of the above post!

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    • Evan Jensen on

      Hi Jeannie,

      You’re right. If you jump into the wayback machine of the Internet, everyone called their blog a blog. But that’s just not the case anymore. For example, Make a Living Writing, one of the most popular blogs on the Internet for freelance writing, doesn’t have a “blog” menu or archive titled “blog posts.” But it’s a blog. Some sites still use “blog” to direct readers, but the more sophisticated ones have moved away from that, typically for marketing and branding purposes. When I visit a site to see if there’s potential to pitch blogging services, I look for a place where they might be publishing regular content, or at least attempting to. That might be labeled “blog,” “news and updates,” “articles,” “Q&As,” or it might have its own unique name like MakeaLivingWriting. Hope that helps.

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