There are plenty of blogs out there that allow writers to leave guest posts, usually in exchange for a link back to their sites to help develop a portfolio of published articles. But there are also plenty of freelance writing jobs that pay writers for leaving guests posts. While compensation might be quite low with certain sites, others pay a decent amount for published work.
Whether you’re just starting out as a freelance writer or are simply looking to earn a little money on the side, there are plenty of websites that allow you to make money online from the comfort of your home, or wherever else you happen to be.
Here are some sites that will pay you for your guest posts.
The mastermind behind Make a Living Writing is Carol Tice who is very vocal about her desire to help freelance writers earn a living doing what they love. She certainly puts her money where her mouth is and offers $50 per guest post if it is published. In order to pitch a topic idea, however, you will have to pitch during Open Pitch Period. If not, you’ll need to enroll in the Freelance Writers Den before you pitch.
This female-focused website is filled with information dedicated to women. Their content is typically very witty, bold, smart, and opinionated, so if you’re the type to write in that style of voice and enjoy writing about anything from politics, to reproductive rights, to gender and beyond, this may be the site for you. The site claims that pay is competitive and negotiated on experience and quality, though there are reports that $0.13 per word can be expected in many cases.
Travel writers may want to check out BootsnAll, an indie-style travel guide site that pays $50 for feature articles and guest posts. While the site accepts one-off articles, they prefer to build working relationships with their writers. In addition, they look for very specific ideas and encourage writers to check out their current opportunities.
This finance site publishes articles centered around making money, saving money, and building wealth. They look for articles that are presented in a light-hearted and witty way while still educating the reader. They prefer evergreen articles as opposed to trending pieces, and pay around $75 for 700 to 900-word articles, though the site stipulates that an editor will discuss payment once the pitch has been accepted.
This healthcare blog publishes content surrounding the holistic health and wellness sphere. They prefer their writers to hail from the healthcare field, including graduates and current students. They pay $50 for a 600 to 1,000-word post on a topic related to holistic health and wellness. Not only do they pay, but they also credit you for the content.
Anyone looking for “listicle” type content on the web will find all sorts of long-form articles on a wide variety of topics on 5 Best Things. They like content that is easily clickable and will pay you anywhere between $15 to $130 per article depending on how in-depth the writing is.
If you love wine and writing about it, the IWA Wine Blog might make a great fit for you. This is the official blog of International Wine Accessories that publishes content aimed at wine connoisseurs. If your work is accepted, you can earn $50 per post.
8. Write Naked
Write Naked is a site about the freelance writing life with the motto, “the writing life cut open.” It offers content on anything from tips for working with editors, how to interview to get your next article, and guest blogging, to name a few. They pay $50 per guest post and even as much as $200 if they’re super impressed with your writing.
Tutorial Board is more on the technical side, so if you’re into writing manuals and putting tutorials together about things like Adobe Photoshop or another type of software like this, you may enjoy writing for this site. They pay as much as $150 per tutorial and even allow you to put an author byline at the end of your content.
Elite Personal Finance is a finance blog with content from those who have experience in the finance sector. They encourage people with expertise in this field to submit pitches and will pay $100 for 1,500 to 3,000-word posts if your content meets their criteria.
BlogPaws is a global community of pet lovers who love to write about their pets and connect with others through social media. The site connects pet parents with each other, so if you have an affinity for animals, this might be a great gig. They pay $75 after your pitch has been accepted.
Listicles are popular types of articles found on the internet, and Listverse is dedicated to such content. You can earn $100 per listicle post (minimum of 10 items on the list). You don’t even need any experience. All they are looking for is someone who is a native English speaker, has an affinity for certain things, and has an interesting way of communicating them.
The creative, funny, and witty type will love writing for Cracked. Millions of people peruse this site, so you could realistically get a lot of eyes on your content. And the fact that they pay you for your work sweetens the deal. Compensation is not specified.
14. Your Online Biz
Your Online Biz is dedicated to helping people grow their businesses online. It publishes content focused on helping online businesses boost traffic to their sites, convert visitors, and drive profits. They currently pay $100 for original guests posts.
15. Dollar Stretcher
Those who thrive on frugal living may find this site relevant. They pay $0.10 per word for some guest posts, but they don’t usually like content that contains a bunch of self-serving links in the body of the article. Payment is made after the article has been properly edited.
You’ll find all sorts of articles on traveling, working, and studying abroad on the Transitions Abroad site. They’re always looking for content that offers readers practical information obtained from real-life experiences. They pay between $50 to $150 for articles in the 1,500 to 2,000-word range, though the average payout is $100 for initial submissions.
17. Brain Child
This award-winning magazine is specifically geared towards mothers. The content posted is typically long-form anywhere between 1,500 to 3,500 words. They love posting work from new writers and pay for articles submitted and accepted. No compensation prices are stipulated on the site.
This website features a large collection of articles based on the human condition. Their topics vary a great deal, so there’s not much that’s off the table for this site. They pay for articles submitted, though payment amounts are not specified since it is based on an editorial review.
This popular site runs all sorts of content that covers a wide range of topics. Anything from health to parenting, to technology and beyond is covered and presented in a unique and attention-grabbing way. Writers are encouraged to submit their pitches and can be paid as much as $600 on approved submissions.
The title of this site is pretty self-explanatory. Anything to do with reading and writing is covered here. They accept personal essays between 500 to 1,200 words and pay $50 apiece when published.
There are seemingly endless ways to make money online, and if you’re looking for freelance writing jobs, there are plenty to choose from. These sites, in particular, pay for guest posts, but some may even be open to taking on writers on a more established basis. Even if they don’t, posting online is a great way to make a little extra cash while building your freelance writing portfolio.