Are you a freelance writer who’s tired of websites offering $1 for 100 words or $10 for 1,000 words? Well, there’s good new for you. I have a list of some good quality blogs and websites that pay you to contribute content.
I have already featured around 10 websites that pay you to write articles. But the problem is… they’re either networks or big publishers so their acceptance rate is low and a good percentage of them accept only U.S./U.K. writers. That’s not all, you’ve to be an established writer to get into their network. And then I recently featured over 90 random websites to make money online for anyone and everyone.
Now today I’m going to focus on specific blogs or websites that pay you to blog. This time I’m going to exclude networks so you can contribute your content directly and get paid. In other words, these blogs will pay you for contributing guest posts and may even hire you as one of their in-house writer.
You do have to offer extremely high quality content to match their publishing standard but you don’t have to be an established writer. Some websites may give preference to writers who have an active social media presence.
I used the Alexa rank, blogging frequency, indexed pages by Google, social media profile, and/or the overall user experience as a criteria for creating this list.
And I’ve ignored some of the famous blogs like Smashing Magazine (web 2.0), Lifehacker (tips), Lifehack (tips), SitePoint (web 2.0), Entrepreneur (entrepreneurship), MakeUseOf (tech), Babble (lifestyle), etc. as they are very choosy with low acceptance rate and they take much longer time to respond. But you can definitely try your luck.
Tuts+ teaches creative and technical skills to millions of people worldwide, on topics such as design, development, photography, video, computing, and craft.
Tuts+ Network by Envato has multiple sub-domains like Adobe Photoshop (PSD), Web 2.0 (Net), Adobe Illustrator (Vector), Audio, Adobe After Effects (AE), Mobile, Web Design, WordPress (WP), Computer Graphics (CG), Mac, Game Dev, and few more here. You can contribute content to any of their sections after pitching them.
Alexa Rank: 598
Topics: Photoshop, Web Design & Development, Adobe Illustrator, Audio, Adobe After Effects, Photography, Mobile (iOS, Android, Windows, BlackBerry), WordPress, 3D Maya, Game Development, Mac & OS X, Crafts
Payment: Not specified
We want gals who can parlay their interests into colorful, witty, engaging, inspiring and expertly researched articles for our website — all written in the true SheKnows style. No fluff. No flack. Just awesome ideas that become invaluable resources for our female audience.
Alexa Rank: 1,747
Topics: Entertainment, Beauty, Love, Parenting, Pets, Home, Living, Food, Health, etc.
Payment: $60 (approx.) per blog post
3. Greater Good
Writers for Greater Good magazine range from behavioral and social scientists to grade school teachers and journalists.
Alexa Rank: 2,199
Topics: Family, Education, Work, Career, Mind & Body, Ideas
Payment: $.25/word for featured posts; $75 for book reviews & research briefs; $350 for interviews.
We are always looking for WordPress experts who can write up a storm. So if you can write great WordPress tutorials, amazing WordPress resource list & review articles or incredible investigative, topical and informed WordPress opinion pieces – then we want to hear from you.
Alexa Rank: 2,518
Topics: Blogging, WordPress
Payment: $200 for a tutorial; $300 for a premium post; Up to $500 for an epic post
Listverse—the original top 10 site—serves over 19 million pages a month to more than eight million readers. We publish lists that intrigue and educate, specializing in the bizarre or lesser-known trivia.
Alexa Rank: 3,495
Topics: Entertainment (Gaming, Movies, TV, Music), Books, Facts, History, Lifestyle, Food, Health, Sports, Travel, Society, etc.
Payment: $100 per post
PostJoint is a new members-only content marketing platform where independent advertisers and bloggers meet to arrange publishing deals.
Alexa Rank: 4,033
Topics: Digital Marketing, Content, Blogging, SEO, Copywriting, Social Media, Make Money Online
Payment: $100 – $200 per blog post
AppStorm succeeds based on a talented community of passionate writers and software users. If you’d like to contribute to the site, we would love to hear from you.
Alexa Rank: 5,419
Topics: Mac, Web, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Reviews, Roundups, How-to’s
Payment: $60 per post
The Krazy Coupon Lady contributor network is a new way for stay-at-home moms, working women and men-who-are-in-touch-with-their-money-saving-side to share their expertise with KCL’s audience of millions. Earn money by submitting original, engaging content that helps others learn to save money!
Alexa Rank: 5,172
Topics: Style/Fashion, Home/Gardening, Travel/Entertainment, Family/Parenting, Extreme Couponing, Finance
Payment: $50 per blog post
Matador Network is an independent media company and nexus of travel culture worldwide. Matador seeks original writing, photography, and video that promotes travel culture around the world.
Alexa Rank: 8,728
Topics: Activism, Art, Culture, Religion, Nature, Food, Health, Education, Music, Photo, Sports, Travel, Writing, etc.
Payment: $20 – $60 per post
10. A List Apart
Alexa Rank: 8,823
Topics: Web Design & Development
Payment: $200 per post
We are looking for extensive, detailed, and informative tutorials of the highest quality designed to teach micro-business skills to freelancers and entrepreneurs in a concise and approachable way. These may take the form of written tutorials or screencasts.
Alexa Rank: 9,148
Topics: Blogging, Freelance, Small Business, Marketing
Payment: $50 (approx.) per blog post
Are you a talented designer who enjoys writing and blogging? If you are, we want to hear from you! SpyreStudios is a design blog with a focus on typography, design trends, inspiration, CSS, HTML, WordPress, jQuery, minimalism and blogging.
Alexa Rank: 14,779
Topics: Web Design, Web Development
Payment: $50 – $160
International Living’s general themes are retiring overseas, how to get the best deals when traveling, real estate bargains outside of the U.S., how to set up a business outside of the U.S., items that you find overseas that may sell well in the U.S. market (import-export), foreign investment…basically anything that involves saving or making money outside of the U.S.
Alexa Rank: 17,545
Topics: Entrepreneurship, Retired Overseas, Travel & Adventure, Short Blurbs
Payment: $25 – $400
We welcome and encourage all our readers to create and submit their own top ten list. We will supply any graphics that would be needed, so you only need to write the list. We’ll give full credit and a link to your own site or blog if you have one.
Alexa Rank: 18,338
Topics: Bizarre, Entertainment, Food, Health, History, Humor, Nature, People, Politics, Religion, Sports, Travel, etc.
Payment: $50 per blog post
Here’s your chance to share your tutorial with thousands of Photoshop users. Starting is easy and you don’t even need to have your tutorial ready. Just fill out a form with a picture of your tutorials final result and we’ll let you know if it qualifies.
Alexa Rank: 19,063
Payment: $50 – $300
The Dollar Stretcher is a group of publications dedicated to "Living Better…for Less". The goal is to provide readers with ways to help them save time and money. You need not be a professional in the area being discussed. But you must be knowledgeable. Personal, hands-on, experience is valued. Unpublished authors are welcome.
Alexa Rank: 45,722
Topics: Money, Food, Home & Auto, Lifestyle, Family, Kids, etc.
Payment: $0.10 per word
17. UX Booth
UX Booth is a publication by and for the user experience design community. You pitch a topic or idea that you’d like to share. If accepted, a development editor is assigned to you in order to help you develop your narrative in accordance with our style guide.
Alexa Rank: 54,223
Topics: User Experience (UX), Usability, Design
Payment: $100 per post
If you think you have the talent to write your own unique tutorials, then this is your chance! Writing a tutorial for Pxleyes can earn you up to $200 per tutorial and will give a lot of name exposure for you or your website!
Alexa Rank: 59,391
Topics: Photography, Photoshop
Payment: Up to $200 per blog post
IntenseBlog is a fast growing, multi niche blog that we’re always on the lookout for talented individuals to contribute high quality articles and tutorials. The benefits of writing for us are not only getting more traffic and backlink to your website, but also the powerful way to gain exposure and introduce your blog to our fast growing community.
Alexa Rank: 73,978
Topics: Blogging, Internet Marketing, Web Tutorials, WordPress, Web Design
Payment: $20 – $50
We are primarily looking for tips for our e-mail newsletter, WorldStart’s Computer Tips. We are also seeking feature articles for our website covering any and all aspects of computing.
Alexa Rank: 96,494
Topics: Computer Tips, Computing
Payment: $25 – $50 per post
Dropzone.com aims to provide users with a platform where skydivers can interact, learn, share and grow. Our articles reach over 100,000 absolute unique visitors every month. This is by far the largest audience and the widest distribution of expert and new skydivers reached by any skydiving related publication.
Alexa Rank: 106,372
Payment: $50 – $100
If you have the skills to write an excellent Photoshop tutorials or you can write interesting and useful posts about design (graphic design, web design, photography, inspiration), we can work together very well. Our readers are mostly designers – all those who love the great aspects of design and blogging.
Alexa Rank: 160,447
Topics: Photoshop, Design, Web 2.0
Payment: $30 – $75 per post
Developer Tutorials strives to provide its users with a regular supply of cutting-edge programming and design guides keeping them up-to-date on new and emerging technologies and techniques. To help fuel this effort we continually seek knowledgeable writers to produce unique, high quality tutorials.
Alexa Rank: 177,047
Payment: $50-$100 for tutorials; $30-$50 for list posts
24. Metro Parent
Metro Parent Publishing Group is always looking for talented, experienced freelance writers to enhance our magazine, ancillary publications and website. Our general goal is to have a good mix of fun and substantive local stories of interest to local parents.
Alexa Rank: 179,156
Topics: Fun, Food, Parenting, Kids, Health, School, Travel, Hobbies
More Blogs That Pay Writers…
I’m featuring the following blogs separately as they don’t have any predetermined rates.
Your work could be seen by millions of people. We need articles, photoshops, infographics and videos. No experience necessary. We will pay you if it’s good. You talk directly to the editors — no form letter rejections.
Alexa Rank: 657
Topics: Movies, TV, Music, Video Games, Music, Tech, History, Science, etc.
26. Six Revisions
Six Revisions is a website that publishes practical and useful articles for designers and web developers. We seek to present exceptional, noteworthy tips, tutorials, and resources that the modern web professional will appreciate.
Alexa Rank: 3,814
Topics: Web Design & Development
Guest authors of Noupe get paid for their work. Noupe’s recommendations are based on the expertise of its authors and are made in the best interests of its readers and the web design community.
Alexa Rank: 4,620
Topics: Web Design, Photography, Wallpapers, Freelance, Photoshop, WordPress, Tools, etc.
We are mostly aiming towards creative and fresh article content which covers good research and recent developments in design world. We need our writers to be original, specific, and totally clear about what they are writing.
Alexa Rank: 9,937
Topics: Web Design, WordPress, CSS, Tools, Tutorials, Fonts, Freebies, Photography, Icons, etc.
We are always looking for new contributors for the blog. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t an experienced writer or a professional design blogger. All it matters is the quality of your contribution.
Alexa Rank: 27,649
Topics: Web Design, Graphic Design, Tutorials, Photography, Top 10 Lists
30. PVM Garage
We are looking for original posts written by new authors and guest posters. We want to provide quality stuff for our readers and we need your help. PVM Garage is a Web Design Blog and our goal is to provide quality stuff for designers and web developers.
Alexa Rank: 133,764
Topics: Web Design, Photoshop, Tutorials, WordPress, Freebies
Even More Blogs…
Here are some more blogs and websites that pay you to blog. I haven’t featured those websites as it didn’t meet some criteria. But I decided to include them as a supplementary list since their “Write for Us” page is reachable from its homepage.
- Be a Freelance Blogger – $50 per post
- Austin Briggs – $55 – $105 per post
- WOW! Women on Writing – $50 – $150 per post
- FundsforWriters – $50 per post
- BootsnAll – Up to $50 per post
- YourOnline.biz – $100 per post
- Progressive – $50 – $1,300 for activism, social movement pieces, interviews, investigative reporting, etc.
- Funny Times – $25 – $40 per cartoon; $60 for story
- Brazen Life – Payment rate not specified.
While I’ve tried my best to maintain accuracy in the list by reviewing each site personally before adding it to the list, I’d expect you to check the “guidelines” for pitching these blogs successfully. I’d suggest you prepare a custom proposal for each of the blogs you wish to approach for a better prospect than sending generic proposals.
I’d also appreciate if you share your experience with the blog with me regarding the response time, acceptance rate and reliability so that I can keep updating my list here.