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There’s a saying in the online marketing world that content is king. Content comes in many forms, but the most prevalent is the written word. Today, providing free information in the form of articles is one of the most popular ways businesses attract customer and clients. While many businesses have their own writing team, many more pay writers to create content for their websites.
The good news is that you don’t have to have a degree in journalism or English to get paid to write. You just need to be able to write clearly, coherently, and without errors.
The bad news is that writing jobs, especially those online, pay woefully low. Writing is one of the most time-consuming and mentally challenging ways to make money, and yet it’s not valued like it should, with many sites paying a measly $5 for an article.
With that said, there are sites that pay $25, $50, $100 and even more for great content. Here are 20 that pay up to $100 for articles.
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20 Sites that Pay Writers $100 or More per Article
If you’re a parent and can share your parenting tips, A Fine Parent will pay $100 plus enter you to win an annual bonus. It fills it”s content quickly and on occasion, it closes down submissions for a short time. Check back or sign up on it”s list to be notified when submissions open again.
A Disney Parenting site, Babble accepts articles on all things parenting. It has very specific instructions for submitting, so be sure to read and follow the guidelines carefully.
Bird Talk pays for articles along with photos about pet birds. It pays $100 to $200 for short features (1,000 words or less), but pays more for longer articles.
The CSM is a news magazine paying $250 (more for longer, half as much for short pieces or sidebars) per article. Each features section has its own guidelines, links to which are listed on it”s main submission information page.
For database experts, Compose pays $200 per article, plus you can earn additional $1000 if your article is voted best of the year.
Submission to Cosmo’s online magazine starts with an 800 word essay about a “memorable, crazy, hilarious, or touching college experience” or if you didn”t go to college, why you didn”t or think college is a waste of time. If it likes the piece, you”ll be paid $100 and have the opportunity to write more.
If you”re an HR expert, iWorkWell pays for how-tos, checklists and more about HR related topics. Pay is based on the quality of the article ranging from $25 to $195. It also includes bonuses for particularly difficult article topics or and submitting on time.
Knitty publishes original knitting patterns and tutorials. You can increase your chance of being accepted by paying attention to it”s current needs (i.e. Spring patterns) as indicated on the guidelines page. Payment is $120 to $200.
Knoji seeks experienced consumer guide writers and pays $50 to $200 per article.
Listverse is all about lists. Unique lists. Bizarre lists. Cool lists. Informative or educational lists. While that sounds easy, like all articles, it needs to be compelling not just to Listverse, but its readers as well. The list needs at least 10 items with explanation, which can get long (over 1,000 words).
Metro Parent has several freelance opportunities, but the features (1,000 to 2,500 word) articles pay $150 to $350. Other departments pay less.
Model Railroad Hobbyist has a payment structure that includes word count, photos and vidoes. It pays $10 per landscape spread of text, $10 per photo, and $25 per minute of video. It says that a typical article with 3000 words, 10 photos and a short video would be paid $230.
If you get paid to travel, consider submitting The Great Escape, which covers “the craft and business of getting paid to travel, whether by writing, photography, tours or other means.” Normal pay is $50 to $75, but it pays $100 to $150 for interviews or personal stories, and up to $200 for article with specific income advice readers can follow.
This online women”s magazine accepts a variety of submission types (articles, essays, poems) etc. Shorter articles pay only $25, but for longer articles (2000 word +) it pays $100, over 5,000 words it pays $200. Submissions should be related to the issue”s theme, so check the editorial calendar included on the site”s guidelines page.
If you’ve renovated your home and did most the work yourself, submit your story to This Old House. If accepted, it will pay you $250.
This unique travel blog focuses on providing content for cultural immersion travel, work, study, living, volunteering abroad and much more. It has separate guidelines for each type of article (i.e. working traveler, living abroad, study abroad, etc), so be sure your know where your topic and fits and read the guidelines for that area. It says it pays $50 to $100, with most freelance writers receiving $100 for an article.
Share your travel experience in China and you could get paid $200 to $500. Scroll down the site”s page for submission information.
Two Plus Two is a poker and gambling magazine paying $200 for 1,000 to 2,000 word articles.
In effort to post the highest quality content on making a living online, Your Online Biz pays $100 per original, exclusive article.
Covering all things WordPress, WPHub pays $100 to $200 per article depending on the topic and length of your article. Most articles are 800 to 1,200 words with visuals. Note that its looking for more in depth WordPress articles, and not basic tutorials or how-tos, or plugin reviews.
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