Get Paid to Write: 14 Websites That Pay Writers $100+

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The internet is fraught with content mills taking advantage of writers who simply want to put in the effort and get paid to write. When so many of these mills pay $5 for guest posts or $10 per article, it’s no wonder freelance writers get discouraged when trying to make money online.

But dig deeper, and you’ll find out that all is not so bleak.

We’ve put together a list of websites that pay writers a decent amount of money.

And this list is just a starting point. There are so many other websites that will pay for freelance writing. Brands and businesses need content like guest posts and are actively searching for freelancers who can write articles for them.

And because we didn’t just want to give you just a plain ole’ list, we curated the best pitching advice from the pitching guidelines on every website.

Get started with these 14 websites to make money writing right away. It’s time you earn money online — at a good rate that you deserve.

1. Cooking Detective

Pay: Extended guides pay $150-$250, depending on the topic. Articles pay $50-$75.

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

Pitching lessons: Cooking Detective recommends that writers read this extended Buffer guide and learn how to write better headlines before pitching.

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2. A Fine Parent

Pay: $100 per article

Topic: Parenting with the motto great parents are made, not born. Raising happy and well-adjusted kids the slow and steady way.

Pitching lessons: 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.

Good to know: Submissions aren’t always open, so you should sign up for their waiting list to find out when submissions are open. Pitching usually follows seasonal writing prompts. A Fine Parent is one of the most popular websites that pay writers, so expect some competition.

3. Freelance Mom

Pay: $75 to $100 per article (plus a $150 bonus for top shared articles)

Topic: Motherhood and following your career dreams. Freelance Mom is a community for moms who believe that women can still be who they are after becoming a mom.

Pitching lessons: Your article should offer current practical and actionable advice, tips and be in-depth enough that the reader walks away with new knowledge and new approaches. Your article should be well-organized, written in short paragraphs and include lists and bullet points where it makes sense.

Good to know: Men are also welcome to apply.

4. Christian Science Monitor

Pay: $200 to $225 per article. Longer stories can pay significantly more. Writers of short stories or sidebars often get paid half the basic rate.

14 Websites that Pay Writers $100

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

Pitching lessons: Every section has different requirements. Get in touch with the right editor and never write articles before you have a contract.

Good to know: Work from new writers is accepted on spec only. This means that the editors want to see the full story before they accept it for publication. You’ll have to write and submit before you get paid.

5. A List Apart

Pay: The pay is $50 per mini-article, $100 per article and $200 per feature.

Topic: They welcome thoughtful submissions from all kinds of web professionals: designers, developers, architects, strategists, writers and project managers.

Pitching lessons: Make sure your submission:

  • Has a thesis and offers a clear argument—not just a list of tips and tricks.
  • Has a voice. Be bold, interesting and human.
  • Is supported with convincing arguments, not just opinions. Fact-check and cite sources where appropriate.

6. Barefoot Writer

Pay: $100 to $300 per article that gets published, depending on the assignment.

Topic: Building a writing career.

Pitching lessons: Get to know our style. Know and understand our audience. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself the following questions about any freelance writing articles you’d like us to consider:

  • Does it offer new or unique tips on writing?
  • Will it help other writers build their businesses?
  • Can it provide assistance as somebody builds a freelance lifestyle?

7. Upworthy

Pay: When I was first researching for this article, Upworthy was quoting a rate of up to $200 per story. The rate no longer appears on their Write for Us page, but they reportedly pay $0.23 to $0.35 per word.

Topics: Positive news, social justice, original stories that support the mission of creating a better world.

Pitching lessons: Upworthy is looking for freelancers who can write articles that are:

  • Surprising  (Is the topic, narrative, character, or outcome something truly new?)
  • Meaningful (If a million people saw this story, would it make the world a better place?)
  • Shareable (Would you share it? Would your friends share it?)

8. The Graphic Design School

Pay: $100 to $200 per article or tutorial that gets accepted.

Topic: Graphic design, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, open source design and utility software for designers.

Pitching lessons: Always credit your sources. It’s a part of protecting and respecting your community of artists.

9. 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: Environmental issues, including: 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.

Pitching lessons: We prefer that writers query us before submitting a story. Please describe why you believe the story is newsworthy, specific angles you will investigate, and whom you will interview. The more details you can provide, the better.

10. Great Escape Publishing

Pay: They pay $50-$75 for articles they request for the website, $100-$150 for interviews and personal stories, and $150-$200 for articles with specific income advice.

Topic: The craft and business of getting paid to travel.

Pitching lessons: Familiarize yourself with their style before you pitch by signing up for their free newsletter.

11. Cosmopolitan

Pay: $100 per article

Topic: College experiences

Pitching lessons: Our dream contributors are active members of the Cosmo community and follow Cosmo on multiple social media channels.

Good to know: This is on spec work. This means that you have to write articles first and submit your completed story, not just the pitch of an idea. The good news is that once you’re on their roster of writers, you might get assignments (and get paid!) easier.


Pay: $1.75/word for a feature in the print publication (not confirmed on their website)

Topics: Parenting

Pitching lessons: Before you query us, please take a close look at our magazine at the library or newsstand. This will give you a good idea of the different kinds of stories we publish, as well as their tempo and tone. In addition, please take the time to look at the masthead to make sure you are directing your query to the correct department.

13. Babble

Pay: $100 per article (not confirmed on their website).

Topics: Parenting, Body and Mind, Work and Money, Home, Relationships, Entertainment, Beauty, Food, Travel.

Pitching lesson: Tell us the topic of your piece in 1-2 lines maximum. Then explain your angle — your new contribution to the topic, what’s insightful/entertaining/counter-intuitive/poignant about your approach. For this, again, 1-2 lines maximum. Give us the first paragraph of the piece and then an outline of the rest. If it’s a list, include a few sample entries.

14. Working Mother

Pay: $0.20/word for a piece with limited reporting. (Unconfirmed on their website.)

Topic: working moms and their relationship with work, family, personal well-being or a mixture of these topics. They’re looking for tightly focused pieces that celebrate working moms.

Pitching lesson: The best way to pitch an idea that can work: Read Working Mother for content and tone.

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These 14 websites that will pay are just starting points to earn money. If there’s a site you read regularly and would love to get published on, make sure to check out their submission guidelines to see what type of guest posts they’re looking for so you can make money writing.

Have you pitched any of these publications? How did it go? Feel free to link to any posts that you published on any of these websites.

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18 thoughts on “Get Paid to Write: 14 Websites That Pay Writers $100+”

      • You’re both very welcome. It took a while to separate the wheat from the chaff, but there are websites out there that will pay decent money for a good writer.

        Good luck with pitching!

          • I’m not aware of any websites that pay for poetry. But try googling “literary magazines that pay” or “write for literary magazines” for better results.

            Good luck!

  1. Hi Mickey, I’ve been writing tech and vidoe gaming-related articles for various US-based online publications for quite some time now. However, after Google decided to change its algorithm, the scene for writers like me have become quite challenging. There is hardly any website that genuinely offers a decent pay. I currently write for a couple of blogs and another website but the income I generate there is negligible. This list is very helpful. Are you aware of similar blogs/website that focuses on tech or video gaming news? I’ve tried finding them online but much to my chagrin, I couldn’t find any reliable website where I’d like to work. Any help in this matter is much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

    Warm Regards,

    • I don’t personally know of any tech publications that work with freelancers, Vinay.

      But a good place to research is whopayswriters [dot] com. You’ll get a good idea of what publications are out there, what their rate is, and how writers pitch the editors.

      Good luck!

  2. This is a very useful list. Thanks for putting it together.

    Do you know how writers get paid? Does the amount go into their bank account? And do they get paid before or after they submit the article?

    • Each publication decides their payment policy, Archana. So make sure you check with the editor once they’ve commissioned a post.

      Good luck!

  3. Do you have any more recs for websites that pay for parenting humor pieces? My style is very Scary Mommy-ish, but they don’t pay anymore.

    • What I usually recommend is browsing through to see the publications that other freelancers are writing for.

  4. Seemingly a great list. Hopefully I will find some room to earn some extra cash. Thanks for the article. Thanks again from a Bangladeshi HEART.

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