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Guidelines: The ideal story length is 800-1200 words, they only accept original content and do not publish anything that’s been published elsewhere (including on your blog).They also do not accept sponsored or advertorial posts designed solely to promote your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


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.


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

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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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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)


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.

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