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Earn money online: Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them

Websites that will Pay you (2)There are a lot of side gigs/hustles that a person may earn money from. Countless! Bloggers, stay-at-home mums, students and even those who are fully employed can earn extra income from writing on websites that pay writers for articles. There are a lot of websites to write for out there but some of them offer low pay. In this article I have compiled websites that pay better than most in the market. If you are interested in writing, go ahead and check these ones out:

Earth Island Journal

Pay: They pay 25 cents/word for shorter pieces (1,200-1,500 words) and for longer investigative features (2,500-3,000 words). You can expect to earn about $750-$1000 for an in-depth feature story.

Topic interests: Environmental issues which include: wildlife and lands conservation, innovations in science and technology, public policy, climate and energy, animal rights, public health, environmental justice and cultural survival, related film, music, and books.

Guidelines: They want stories that will surprise, provoke, and entertain readers and that explore new territory overlooked by other publications.

A Fine Parent

Pay: $100 upon acceptance of an article, with an opportunity to earn a $200 bonus for the author of the most viewed blog post at the end of the year.

Topic interests: This positive parenting website focuses on a specific theme each month. A Fine Parent contains longer articles (typically 1,500-3,000 words), and focuses on quality content over quantity. Submissions open intermittently when the site creator announces the next few monthly themes and accepts outlines for potential articles.

Guidelines: A Fine Parent asks writers to include as many examples and personal anecdotes from their family and friends as possible, as well as links to authoritative references that support their points, with at least one of them pointing to a respected research study or published book.

The FreshBooks (invoicing site)

Pay: $200 a post and up. Be prepared to negotiate to get a better rate.

Guidelines: The ideal story length is 800-1200 words, they only accept original content and do not publish anything that’s been published elsewhere (including on your blog).They also do not accept sponsored or advertorial posts designed solely to promote your business.

Mirasee

Pay: $200 for 1,000-2,000-word posts on marketing, business productivity, and growth topics.

Topic interests:

  • Audience & Engagement – attracting, growing, engaging an audience i.e. list building, blogging, lead generation
  • Online Courses & Education – creating online courses, running a course, piloting a course, etc., specifically
  • Offer Creation – creating an offer, pricing, positioning, etc.

Cooking Detective

Pay: $120-$160, depending on depth of the topic covered Articles (2000+ Words): $75

Topics interests: Healthy recipes, nutrition tips, entertaining menus, fitness guides, buying guides, reviews of cooking courses and kitchen appliances.

Guidelines include that articles must be written following their approved steps, must be new, original and have not been published anywhere before, should have useful and quality content and should be well written and easy to understand.

getAbstract

Pay: reportedly pays $300 for longer (2,000-4,000 word) book summaries.

Sign up with getAbstract here.

Topic interests: Random

Guidelines are writers should:

  • Avoid the use of first person plural (we, us, our)
  • Rephrase – or quote, when appropriate – the original material in accordance with standard rules on plagiarism
  • Avoid long, complex sentences
  • Use active voice
  • Reach for evocative vocabulary, powerful expressions and a smooth style
  • Don’t use phrases such as “the author says…” or “getAbstract thinks”; instead, write as if you were the author. *(Taken from their website)

Christian Science Monitor

Pay: basic rate for a story is $250. Longer stories can pay appreciably more. Short stories or sidebars often pay half the basic rate.

Topic interest: International and national news, features about people making a difference, a Christian perspective on science, books, the new economy, and energy voices.

Guidelines: Every section has different requirements. Get in touch with the right editor and do not start writing before you have been approved and have a contract. Work from new writers is accepted on spec only.

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Upworthy

Pay: $150-$200 for 500-word posts.

Topic interest: Upworthy is open to unusual ideas that will resonate with millions of people, and they love to experiment. Positive news, social justice, original stories that support the mission of creating a better world.

Guidelines: Surprising , meaningful , visual  and shareable. Stories are generally short (usually less than 500 words)

ClearVoice

Pay: varies but in the range of $250-$400.

Guidelines: When you apply, you set the rates you’re willing to accept. The platform emails you when appropriate opportunities arise. Writing gigs are presented to multiple writers, and then the client chooses who they’ll work with. It’s not a bid site, fees are preset.

I know there are a lot of places where bloggers and writers are finding writing gigs. If you are one who has found other websites (paying ones of course!) that are not on this list, i would love to know them as well. Please leave a comment.

Tips for successful pitching

It is crucial that before you pitch to any of these sites, read and follow the guidelines carefully and study the posts they have already run. Practice a lot before write anything for submission. Make sure you either have a fresh topic or a new way of exploring an issue that has been covered before.

Please note that the list will be constantly updated as the writer does more research. Make sure you bookmark this post and come back for more.

©Sharon Chihaka Chanyau ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Crucial tips and tricks for blogging beginners

8 crucialBy Sharon Chihaka Chanyau

It’s an open secret that there are millions of blogs out there, but don’t let this worry you! When you are new to blogging, it can be a daunting task figuring out the best practices to follow,  how to start and keep going on. Don’t worry that is why I am here for, helping you through your baby steps until you can “walk” on your own. In this article I highlight some of the tips and trick that have helped me in my blogging journey.

Have ORIGINAL content

Seasoned and experienced bloggers do a keyword search and research on what other bloggers have written about on the topic they want to write on, or similar ones before they put words on paper. The main reason for this is to check out the competing bloggers while intending to grab the attention of their readers. It is always good to check out on what other bloggers in the same niche has written on a particular topic as it can widen your scope on the subject and who knows, you can get inspired! By choosing the right keywords, you can increase blog traffic and gain readers that can turn into loyal followers.

For blogging beginners, you can read experienced bloggers articles as a way of research, planning and preparing your blogs but PLEASE you absolutely should not copy their work verbatim at all. Why I am stressing on this is that, this may not only cheapen your blog but it can end in Google penalizing you for it. How?  You ask. The Google bot runs and gathers all of the information from all websites (yours included) and does its analysis on it. It will find your post and see it as a duplicate of someone’s work, this will result in your website suffering the consequences and your rankings will tumble. Plagiarism is not something that Google tolerates! Check out

Use Killer Titles

Take your blog post title like the cover of a magazine or a book. Normally book/magazine covers are designed for one purpose…to get you to open the book/magazine. These covers are catchy and attractive and the same should be true for a blog post. The greatest blog post in the world might not be read unless you have a compelling and catchy title. There is saying that goes like “first impressions count”, the headline of your post is the first impression to a reader. After you have done your keyword search and you have decided on a post you are going to write, remember it is very important to insert your keyword in the headline, so don’t forget to include it! Read more about how blog titles are important for your blog. How to boost traffic to your website

Remember Less is more

Chances of your audience reading through your entire content are high when blog posts are shorter, instructive and to the point. Only on a rare occasion is there a need to ramble on about an issue. Make sure you use short, clear sentence and paragraphs. Do not let your readers get lost in one long and complex paragraph which can be nicely put across in fewer words. Get rid of unnecessary words! Readers tend to scan through a page before they really read your content, and personally for me, long paragraphs are a biggest turn off. Breaking longer paragraphs of text into smaller chunks makes the post look less daunting to a reader.

Remember sometimes less is more when it comes to blogging. Rambling on and on may bore your readerTweet: Remember something less is more in blogging. Rambling on and on may bore your readers

Map out your way.

Most beginner bloggers who start blogging without any training start with a multi-topic niche blog. There is a saying that goes, “Jack of all trades, master of none”, for you to succeed in a particular field you have to set yourself and focus on one particular thing and become an expert. When you establish your niche, chances are you get loyal audiences and followers who love to know more about the topic that you write on. This grows your brand and makes you an authority and influencers in your niche. You are much more visible to companies for advertising campaigns. With a well difeined niche it becomes easier for you to choose and place yourself  in correct group boards on social media platforms.

Engage in the Blogging Community

Blogging communities are found on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. These platforms can help you in three ways.

  • They help you quickly boost your blog traffic. Create viral headlines. They always bring you instant traffic from social media sites.
  • Use social media sites to build connections with the influencers.
  • You can build your own tribe using your Facebook fan pages, groups or Twitter chats.

It does not matter what niche you choose, it is very important to be involved in a blogging community as there are so many benefits that come with it. Benefits include meeting and learning from your niche influencers, creating working relationships with other bloggers, finding collaborations with other bloggers etc. I have seen great things happen in blogging communities. For example, a travel blogger meets and collaborates with a photography blogger and they all work on one massive project, each one bringing in their expertize and ideas from their respective fields.

Focus on Building an Email List

Most bloggers make building an email list second priority. This is a huge mistake. An email list should be built and focused on way before you have start blogging. If you ask successful bloggers to share their biggest blogging mistake, most of them will say “I did not start list building from the first day.” Would it not be awesome to have 500 or more email subscribers waiting for and reading your very first blog post? Your email list can be built through your friends, family, Facebook and Twitter followers. You can incentivize signing in on the email list by offering a freebie or free eBook, printables etc.
Email marketing platforms that you can use to build your email list.

On another note: Building an email list is not enough for your blog on its own. You have to create engagement. You need to build trust. You have to find ways to sell your email list. That’s a story for another day. Watch this space!!

Do the Basics.

This is basically spell check, proofreading, checking out facts to make sure that your facts are true. A well presented, error free blog post is always a joy to your readers and followers. Read more about the the importance of doing the basics here: How to create great content for your blog

Don’t give up on blogging just yet

It is very common and frustrating to anyone to blog for several months and not see immediate results. You may get frustrated when your comments are at zero and the traffic is not what you thought it would be. You may think your hard work is not being recognized. Always remember what made you start blogging in the first place when you are thinking about quitting. Motivate yourself to continue and focus on the next step.

Blogging is quite enjoying and satisfying when you get the hang of. Like in every aspect of life, anticipate failure and have a counter plan for it. Be focused and resilient.

If you have any questions and contributions on this topic please leave a comment or contact me at schihaka@zoho.com. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Happy Blogging!

©Sharon Chihaka Chanyau ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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