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Online Writing Jobs: 45 Websites that Will Pay You to Write in 2020

Would you like to get paid to do online writing jobs in 2020?

One of the best ways to get paid to write is by actively seeking websites and online publications that pay writers. You can then send your submissions to these websites and get paid when your article is accepted or published. If done right, you can earn a full-time living doing online writing jobs just for these websites.

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It is also important to clarify that the websites and publications featured on this list do not use a revenue-share model or any kind of arrangement in which payment is uncertain. Instead, they pay a fixed (and clearly outlined rate) as soon as your article is accepted (or published — depending on their policy). So getting paid for your articles is not a gamble; instead, you know exactly how much money you’ll be making before your write your first word.

In essence, what this article does is that it lists 45 websites and online publications that provides writing jobs for freelance writers; payment for these writing jobs ranges from $50 – $1,000+, and you’ll find sites that pay freelance writers to write about health, tech, travel, finance, business, freelance writing, blogging, and pets.

This list is an extension of my original list of 30 websites that pay writers. So if you’re considering freelance writing as a job, then this is the list you need.

Enjoy!

Get Paid to Do Online Writing Jobs for These 45 Websites

Below are 45 websites offering to pay for writing work. For each website listed, I include the niche, the amount paid per article accepted, the payment method, and what they are looking for. Depending on how many of the websites you decide to apply to, you might not have to look for writing work elsewhere:

#1. Income Diary

Niche: Online business/making money online

Amount per post: up to $500

Payment Method: PayPal

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

Income Diary accept articles about anything related to building an online business: this includes articles about making money online, getting traffic, social media, web design, conversion optimization and anything in between. If your article is about building a business online, it will most likely be a good fit for them!

#2. Longreads

Niche: General

Amount per post: $500

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

Online writing jobs -- Longreads

Writers looking for freelance writing jobs can earn a good living writing for Longreads Essays.

Longreads Essays’ editor Sari Botton is looking for “well-written, well-told stories with narrative arcs that are easy to follow, and which illustrate some relatable human experience readers will identify with.”

Pieces are expected to be between 2,500 and 4,500 words, and you’re encouraged to contribute even if you’ve never been published before.

You’ll be paid $500 per accepted article.

#3. Informed Comment

Niche: Politics/Foreign Policy

Amount per post: $100

Payment Method: PayPal

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

If you’re looking for paid writing work that relates to politics or foreign policy, you might be interested in writing for Informed Comment. They want articles to be focused on Middle Eastern and South Asian politics and US foreign policy. They are also open to pieces about human rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights, religious discrimination, religion, energy, and climate change.

They want pieces to be around 800 – 1,000 words and have a preference for reporters and academics with original information.

They pay $100 per article.

#4. Smithsonian

Niche: General

Amount per post: up to $0.60 per word

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: No

Smithsonian is another website to add to your list of publications to consider for freelance writing work. They are looking for pieces that relate to topics and subject matters researched, studied and exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution. Specifically, they want pieces related to: science, history, art, popular culture, and innovation.

They pay up to $.60 for pieces both for their magazine and their online publication.

#5. Travel + Leisure

Niche: Travel

Amount per post: up to $1 per word

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: No

Travel + Leisure specializes in leisure travel and want freelance writers who can write articles about leisure travel.

While I can’t find any information about payment on their website, third party research shows that they pay up to $1 per word for accepted articles and that the majority of content they publish is by freelance writers.

#6. Wanderful

Niche: Travel

Amount per post: $50 per article

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

What Wanderful wants is quite simple: content aimed at helping and empowering women to travel the world.

You most likely won’t be able to make a full living writing just for Wanderful. The flat rate of $50 per article they pay is quite small compared to the other opportunities featured on this list, but it can quickly add up.

Still, writing for Wanderful can be worth it: they offer to actively work with you to edit your work (which can help you be a much better writer) and you also stand to earn an additional $25 per piece if your piece performs exceptionally well.

#7. Transition Abroad

Niche: Travel

Amount per post: $75 – $150

Payment Method: Paypal/Check

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

Transition Abroad’s goal is to create “inspirational yet practical planning guides for cultural immersion travel, work, study, living, volunteering abroad and much more,” and they are looking for freelance writers to contribute content that helps achieve this goal.

Payment for articles start at $75 per article and they pay up to $150 for in-depth and authoritative articles.

They pay upon acceptance for articles.

#8. Budget Travel

Niche: Travel

Amount per post: up to $1 a word

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: No

While we’ve listed quite a number of websites that present you an opportunity to travel and still do your job as a freelance writer, you might want to consider adding Budget Travel to the list.

Budget Travel publishes articles about travel destinations, culture, tips, and adventure. They pay freelance writers to contribute articles related to these topics.

While it’s hard to find specific information about their pay on their website, third party sources suggest that they pay up to $1 per word.

#9. Entheos

Niche: Web Design

Amount per post: Unspecified

Payment Method: PayPal

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

You can also get paid to write tutorials and articles about web design and development for Entheos. Articles can be about Photoshop, Dreamweaver, HTML5, CSS, Illustrator, Fireworks, and web design in general.

They don’t have a fixed rate per article: they want writers to make an offer, and they pay for accepted articles upon publication.

#10. Back2College

Niche: Education

Amount per post: $55+

Payment Method: Paypal/Check

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

Back2College is looking for articles about education for older students. These articles could address issues such as obtaining financial aid, attaining academic excellence, career management, on-campus education, online education, and other issues of interest to adult learners.

They pay $55 or more per article and payment is made via Paypal or Check 30 days after publication of your article.

#11. Foreign Policy

Niche: Global Affairs/Policy

Amount per post: up to $1 per word

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: No

Foreign Policy is one of the leading online publications about foreign policy and global affairs. They accept articles on issues about politics, culture, finance, business, and world events as long as it relates to foreign policy.

While they don’t specify pay information on their website, third party research shows that they pay up to $1 per word for articles.

#12. Great Escape Publishing

Niche: Travel

Amount per post: $150

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

You can also get paid to write about travel for publications like Great Escape Publishing.

Great Escape Publishing is a travel publication looking for articles relating to making a living by traveling; they want interviews, personal stories, and other types of articles that offer specific income advice that their readers can follow to earn more income. They expect articles to be around 300 – 600 words.

They pay $150 per accepted article upon publication of your article.

#13. Elite Personal Finance

Niche: Finance

Amount per post: $100

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

While we’ve listed quite a number of websites that pay writers to write about travel, you can also get freelance writing work related to finance.

Elite Personal Finance is looking for articles about personal finance, saving money, making money online, credit cards, loans, identity theft, business, and many more topics.

The expect articles to be between 1,000 and 3,000 words and pay $100 per article.

If you are looking for reliable and long-term jobs writing online, then this particular website is worth paying attention to; besides making it clear that they spend over $100,000 annually creating content for their site, they also actively encourage writers to put in their best effort to make this a possible recurring source of income.

#14. The Diplomat

Niche: Asia-Pacific

Amount per post: Unspecified

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: No

The Diplomat is looking for freelance writers to contribute analysis and commentary on events taking place in the Asia-Pacific region. Articles can be about a lot of different topics including defense and intelligence, popular culture, arts, environment, human security and development, as well as geo-political trends in the Asia-Pacific region.

They want blog posts to range between 400 and 800 words and feature articles to be at least 1,200 words. They prefer writers to pitch first and payment has to be agreed upon in advance by the editor.

#15. Copyhackers

Niche: Copywriting/Conversion Optimization

Amount per post: $325

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

Copyhackers is one of the leading copywriting and conversion optimization blog. They publish some of the best, most in-depth content on copywriting and conversion optimization. Their articles are also always of a very practical nature. They want no less from their writers and claim to accept just 2 percent of all pitches and publish only a third of accepted pitches.

Copyhackers pay really well for accepted articles however: they will pay you $325 for each article they accept that gets to the final phase.

#16. Belt Magazine

Niche: Rust Belt

Amount per post: $50 – $500

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Partially

This particular opportunity shows that you can get paid to write about ANYTHING. You can get paid up to $500 per article to write about the Rust Belt region.

Belt Magazine is looking for articles about anything related to the Rust Belt region, and you’ll be paid $50 – $500 depending on the nature of your article; your article can be an essay, a commentary or long-form reporting.

#17. A Fine Parent

Niche: Parenting

Amount per post: $75

Payment Method: Paypal

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

If you’re a parent who wants to get paid to write about parenting or a freelance writer looking for online writing jobs in the parenting niche, then you should consider writing for A Fine Parent.

They are looking for articles about parenting, and they pay $75 per article.

They boast over 4 million pageviews annually and will allow you to have a bio with a link back to your site in accepted articles. They want articles to be between 1,500 and 3,000 words.

#18. Semaphore

Niche: Software Development

Amount per post: $200

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

If you’re looking for software development-related writing opportunities, you might want to consider writing for Semaphore. Semaphore is looking for freelance writers and web developers to contribute software development-related tutorials to their site.

They pay up to $200 per accepted tutorial and there is no limit to how many articles you can contribute.

#19. Metro Parent

Niche: Parenting

Amount per post: $35 to $200+

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

This is another parenting publication for parents and freelance writers looking for freelance writing jobs. Metro Parents is looking for freelance contributions to both their magazine and website, and they pay anything from $35 to $200+ per article depending on several factors.

Specifically, they want pieces to be focused on southeast Michigan or Michigan at large depending on whether you’re contributing to their website or magazine.

#20. GoDaddy Garage

Niche: Design/Development/Business/Entrepreneurship

Amount per post: up to $150+

Payment Method: Paypal

Payment info confirmed on website: Partially

The Garage is Godaddy’s blog for entrepreneurs and web professionals and is maintained with content from freelance writers and guest bloggers.

They are looking for articles related to entrepreneurship, website design, website development, WordPress, freelancing, and more.

While the amount they pay depends on several factors, they pay really well and I can confirm that the pay up to $150+ per article they accept.

#21. Write Naked

Niche: Writing

Amount per post: $75

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

Write Naked wants writers who can contribute articles related to the art and craft of getting published. This includes interviews with key writing figures, publishing trends, and writing success stories.

They pay $75 per article and expect articles to be in the 450 – 650 words range.

#22. Cracked

Niche: General

Amount per post: $150 – $250 per article

Payment Method: PayPal

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

You’ll get paid to contribute articles on almost any topic to Cracked.com, provided it has humor: it doesn’t matter whether it is about culture, social media, history, or anything else. You can take a look at popular topics discussed on the website for ideas.

You’ll be paid up to $250 per post and will also have a bio.

#23. Digital Ocean

Niche: Linux

Amount per post: $300 – $400

Payment Method: PayPal

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

Digital Ocean is looking for freelance writers to create software development-related content for their public knowledgebase.

They are looking for articles related to Linux; your articles can be about Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, or any of the other Linux ecosystem.

They pay $300 for the typical tutorial and up to $400 for complex tutorials. Payment is made via Paypal or Digital Ocean credit for accepted articles.

#24. Plesk

Niche: Web Design/Web Development/Web Security/WordPress

Amount per post: $50 – $200

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

Plesk is looking for freelance writers to contribute articles and tutorials about web development-related topics. Articles can be about WordPress, website security, Javascript frameworks, DevOps, Docker & Plesk, and much more.

They pay $50 for shorter articles, $100 for longer 1,000+ words articles, and $200 for more comprehensive 1,500+ words articles.

#25. A List Apart

Niche: Design

Amount per post: $100

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

You’ll be paid about $100 per post to contribute typically 1,500 – 2,000 words articles. You’ll also be allowed to have a link to your website in your post bio and payment will be made on publication of your article.

#26. Linode

Niche: Linux/Linode/Cloud Infrastructure

Amount per post: up to $300

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

Linode is looking for technical writers and subject matter experts to submit tutorials about Linode, Linux, and cloud infrastructure.

If you’re looking for content writing jobs of a technical nature, then you just might be able to make a living writing for Linode as well as some of the other websites featured on this list.

#27. Global Comment

Niche: General

Amount per post: $50+ per post

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

You will be paid to contribute articles on any subject to Global Comment. That said, they have a preference for well-informed essays, well-researched opinion pieces, and reviews of films, TV, books, music, or art at a national or international level.

Pay starts at $50 per article.

#28. RankPay

Niche: SEO/Content Marketing/Social Media

Amount per post: $50

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

If you’re looking for SEO, content marketing, and social media related writing opportunities that pay writers, you might be interested in writing for RankPay.

They want articles to be at least 1,000 words, use lots of relevant visuals and third party reference, and cover SEO, digital marketing, and small business. They also only want articles written by native English speakers.

They pay $50 per article.

#29. Craft Your Content

Niche: Content/Writing

Amount per post: $75 to $150

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

If you want to get paid to write about, well, writing, Craft Your Content is the publication you want to write for. They are looking for articles about writing and language, grammar, the business of writing, and staying creative and productive. They pay up to $150 per article.

#30. Yoga International

Niche: Yoga/Meditation

Amount per post: $50 – $200

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

Who knows you can also get paid writing about Yoga? Well, isn’t freelance writing fun!

While there doesn’t seem to be a lot of online writing opportunities for Yoga enthusiasts, Yoga International wants freelance writers to contribute articles about yoga and meditation, and they are willing to pay up to $200 for each article they accept.

#31. Greater Good

Niche: Science

Amount per post: up to $350

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

You can get paid up to $350 per article to contribute your articles to Greater Good. Greater Good prefers science articles with a mix of storytelling.

#32. International Living

Niche: Living/Retiring Abroad

Amount per post: up to $400

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

International Living will pay you up to $400 per article to contribute articles on living/saving when retiring in a country other than the US.

#33. Providence

Niche: General

Amount per post: $100 – $1,000

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

Perhaps the number one niche-related inquiry I get is from freelance writers who want information about Christian writing jobs. These writers would be delighted to learn that you can earn up to $1,000 writing for Providence.

Providence is looking for articles that intersect the Christian faith and theology with national security, foreign policy, political theory, defense, terrorism, and a lot of other political/policy related issues. They want articles for their website to be between 500 to 1,200 words and articles for their print edition to be between 800 to 4,000 words depending on the nature of the article.

They pay $100 for articles for their website and up to $1,000 for articles for their print magazine.

#34. SitePoint

Niche: Web Development

Amount per post: $150 – $300

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: No

They are looking for articles about HTML, CSS, SASS or other topics related to web development.

They pay $150 for articles and $200 for tutorials; they pay $300 for articles they feel will do really well traffic-wise.

#35. Listverse

Niche: General

Amount per post: $100

Payment Method: PayPal

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

You’ll be paid $100 per list post you submit to Listverse that is published. You can submit lists on anything. List posts published on Listverse are usually of a top 10 nature.

#36. Mental Floss

Niche: General

Amount per post: Unspecified

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: No

You will be paid to contribute articles designed to help people improve their knowledge and brain capability at Mental Floss; articles are usually made of quizzes or facts.

#37. The Progressive

Niche: Politics

Amount per post: up to $1300

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

The Progressive is a politics magazine that accepts submissions from freelance writers. You’ll be paid between $50 to $1,300 per post if your article is accepted by The Progressive.

#38. Salon.com

Niche: General

Amount per post: Unspecified

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: No

You can submit an article to Salon.com that relates to any of the categories featured on the website. This includes culture, politics, science and health, food, technology, the economy, and news.

#39. Serious Eats

Niche: Food/Cooking/Eating

Amount per post: $100+ per article

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

Serious Eats is a food publication looking to pay writers for their contributions related to food, cooking, and eating. So yes, what you’re thinking is correct: there are online jobs for freelance writers who want to talk about food. So if you feel this is right up your alley, you might want to reach out to Serious Eats.

#40. Funny Times

Niche: Humor/General

Amount per post: $60

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

There are also freelance writing jobs for writers who have a good sense of humor!

Funny Times wants very funny stories of about 500 – 700 words. They are specifically requesting that you send in the funniest stories you have ever written. In exchange, upon publication of your article you’ll be paid $60 per article.

You can submit articles about any topic as long as it pokes fun at any major subject. It could be on politics, business, religion or anything as long as it’s humor.

#41. Source

Niche: Newsroom Software/Web Development

Amount per post: $200 – $500

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

Source is an OpenNews project designed to discuss journalism code/web development and they are looking for case studies, project introductions, and walk-throughs of tools developed in and for newsrooms.

They pay $200 for shorter pieces and $500 for longer case studies and topical primers.

#42. SQLServerCentral

Niche: SQL

Amount per post: $150

Payment Method: PayPal/Check

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

SQLServerCentral will accept any article on any SQL-related topic. While they are not specifically requesting articles to be of a particular length/word count, they want articles to be clear and in-depth.

They pay $150 per article at the end of the month in which an article is published.

#43. Hongkiat

Niche: Design

Amount per post: $50

Payment Method: PayPal

Payment info confirmed on website: No

Hongkiat is a top web design website that will pay you for your design articles and tutorials. They want articles to be about web design/development, technology, design inspiration, and social commerce. They expect articles to be in-depth and comprehensive but not too long.

#44. Working Mother

Niche: Working Moms

Amount per post: Unspecified

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: No

Working Mother is looking for writers to contribute content to both their print magazine and online publication. Just as the name implies, Working Mother is looking for pieces that have direct practical implications for career-focused moms.

#45. JustParents

Niche: Parenting

Amount per post: Unspecified

Payment Method: PayPal

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

Just as the name implies, JustParents is looking for articles that is of relevance to parents and pregnant couples. In particular, they want articles to be tailored towards first time parents.

They prefer articles to be in the 700 to 1,500 words range and pay for accepted articles within 24 hours of approval.

#46. DesertUSA

Niche: Adventure/Wildlife

Amount per post: $50

Payment Method: Unspecified

Payment info confirmed on website: Yes

They are looking for articles about travel, wildlife, geology, desert lore and cultural/natural history of the North American Desert regions.

They want articles to be in the 1,000 – 1,700 words range and they pay $50 per article accepted.

What other websites offer online writing jobs?

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