How would you like to earn $100 per blog post? You can earn that and more writing online if you know where to look. While I often point out that the best gigs are rarely advertised, that doesn't mean you can't find some public gems out there for newer freelance writers -- websites and blogs that pay writers $100 and more.
That's where this list comes in. Updated in May 2018, it features online writers' markets where you can earn $100 per post or article. Some even pay significantly more than that, so check them out even if you aren't just getting started.
Why These Markets Were Chosen
My requirements for inclusion in this list were simple:
- It had to be an online writer's market (blog, website, web version of a magazine, etc.).
- Guidelines, or at least payment info, had to be available publicly online (and not just from third party reports).
- The $100 mark had to fall within the market's pay range for at least one type of writing (for example, some might start at $100, and others might pay "up to" $100).
Websites & Blogs Paying $100 per Article
Explore these paying blogs and other online markets to see if any are a good fit for you. And don't forget to keep an eye on the writer's market directory where I periodically add new listings.
NOTE: As of May 2018, the writer's market directory was moved to a new system on the backend of the site. This allows posts like this one to be automatically updated as new markets meeting the pay requirements are added to the broader directory. So check back periodically for new and updated markets.
Atlanta Parent is a locally-owned print and digital magazine for Atlanta area parents. They accept personal essays of 400-500 words, practical articles of 400-600 words, and longer feature articles of 800-1200 words. Payments range from $25-50 for short articles up to 600 words and begins at $100 for features.
Autostraddle is a progressively feminist online publication catering to lesbian, bisexual, and queer trans women. They also include content about and by non-binary individuals. They accept freelance submissions covering fashion, beauty, sex, relationships, dating, trends, and humor. They're particularly interested in contributions from butch/masculine-of-center women, people of color, trans women, those under 23, and those over 45. Payments generally fall in the $40-150 range, though they also accept longer (3000+ word) investigative journalism and pop culture features where they negotiate pay up to $1200.
Backpacker magazine covers hiking, backpacking, North American destinations, and advice for improving the backcountry experience. All articles and photos must appear to Leave No Trace's ecologically friendly practices. Destination features run 1500-5000 words. They also accept personality, technique, and gear features as well as freelance-friendly departments (Life List: 300-400 words; Done in a Day: 500 words, Weekend; Skills; and Gear). They also publish web-only content from freelancers based on each month's theme. They pay on acceptance and buy all rights. Payments run $.40 - over $1.00 per word.
Beneath Ceaseless Skies seeks short stories of up to 14,000 words. They publish "literary adventure fantasy" with second-world settings. They pay 6 cents per word.
Bitter Lawyer (a part of Bitter Empire) accepts articles (such as rants) and listicles from lawyers and law students about about whatever has them feeling bitter. They pay $25 for posts of 300-700 words and $100 for posts 1000 or more words. Writers are permitted to write under pseudonyms.
Broken Pencil is "the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts." They accept submissions for their "Pencil Sharpener" short reports section of up to 400 words, feature stories of 1000-3000 words, and original fiction of up to 3000 words (fiction is read from March 1 - September 15). Payment ranges from $30 - 300 depending on the type of submission. Pitch deadlines for seasonal issues are January 15th, April 15th, July 15th, and October 15th.
BustMold.com is an online publication / blog run by Mold Busters, a licensed mold removal company in Canada. They accept articles related to environmental services, mold removal, asbestos testing, water damage restoration, air duct cleaning, pollution inspection, and building inspections. Articles should be 2000+ words and pay $200 each. They also accept "ultimate guides" of 3000-4000 words, for which they pay $300-400.
The Christian Science Monitor is a daily newspaper covering US and international news. The paper accepts freelance news submissions. In general freelance writers submit only on spec when new to the publication, and writers grant the newspaper 90 day exclusive rights. Pay for a typical story is $250.
This magazine is devoted to science fiction, fantasy, and horror. They purchase both fiction and nonfiction writing. Payment for nonfiction is 10 cents per word up to their 2500 word limit. Payment for fiction (1000-16,000 words) is 10 cents per word for the first 5000 words (and 8 cents per word over that limit).
Coastal Review Online is published by the North Carolina Coastal Federation. They accept freelance submissions of 800-2000 words. Pay varies from $75-200, and they pay within 10 days of acceptance.
CookingDetective.com is a cooking, recipe, and food blog. They pay $120-160 for "ultimate guide" articles of 3000-4000 words, and $75 for articles of 2000+ words.
Cosmopolitan.com, tied to Cosmopolitan magazine, is looking for online contributors to submit essays about "a memorable, crazy, hilarious, or touching college experience." These should be up to 800 words and can focus on friends, dating, partying, classes, working, internships, and more. Pay is $100 for a published essay.
Couchbase accepts contributions of tutorials and blog posts related to Couchbase and the benefits of NoSQL. Topics they suggest include GeoJSON with .NET, Paging with N1QL, programming languages like PHP, Ruby, and Java, and more. They pay $200 for published posts.
Daily Science Fiction publishes original short works of speculative fiction. They pay 8 cents per word for first worldwide rights and nonexclusive reprint rights. They accept stories, including flash fiction, from 100-1500 words.
Earth Island Journal covers environmental issues such as wildlife conservation,land conversation,public policy, climate and energy, and more. Contributors are paid $.25 per word for print stories (around $750-1000 for an in-depth 4000-word feature). Online reports pay $50-100 and are a good way for new writers to break into the market.
Freelance Mom is an online publication for professional mothers (though they accept submissions from dads too). The community looks for actionable advice and tips including a 20-30 minute action plan at the end. Articles run 900-1500 words and pay $75-100 each.
Guyvorce.com is an online publication offering divorce advice and information for men. They accept articles of at least 1200 words and pay $100 per article (via PayPal).
IncomeDiary accepts online submissions about web development, web and blog design, SEO, driving traffic, social media, content creation, and making money online. Payments are up to $200 per article.
iWorkWell accepts contributions from HR professionals / consultants / academics and employment or labor attorneys with HR expertise. They're looking for instructional articles related to HR professionals. They accept both edit offers for existing content on the site (up to $75 depending on the level of improvements) as well as new contributions paying anywhere from $115 - 195 per article. Articles are generally 1500 - 3500 words.
Knitty.com accepts freelance submissions of knitting articles / tutorials / patterns. Pay attention to the writer's guidelines for notes on when to submit season-specific tutorials. Payments are $150-200 per submission.
Linode hires freelance technical writers to write tutorials about Linux, Linode, and cloud infrastructure. They pay up to $300.
Listverse publishes list-based posts covering topics ranging from the bizarre to entertainment to science. They pay $100 per accepted post via Paypal. Posts must include at least ten list items.
The LA Times accepts freelance contributions to its travel section, both in print and online. They buy first North American rights, and have strict ethical standards (please review their linked guidelines for details). They don't accept queries -- you must send the full spec piece. And trips must have been taken in the past two years. They accept 400-word submissions for their Weekend Escape section, 1300-word destination pieces for print and online publication, and 200 word blog posts. Print pieces pay $200-750 while online-only pieces generally pay $500. Weekend Escapes pay $200. And blog posts pay $75.
This parenting magazine for southeast Michigan also publishes online (including some online-only articles). For the print magazine, pay starts at $50 for short 600-word "Kids 101" submissions to $200+ for 1200-2500 word features. They also accept 50-word blurbs and pay $25 for those. For MetroParent.com, they pay $40+ for general and breaking posts of 600-800 words or resource round-ups. They also accept freelance submissions for their ancillary magazines -- Fun Guide, Big Book of Schools, and Pink + Blue.
This lifestyle magazine focuses on the Midwest region of the U.S. They often test new freelancers with local scouting assignments or 300-600 word articles for their website. Pay varies, but they state a first-time writer working with them could generally earn around $150 for one of these scouting or online content assignments.
Model Railroad Hobbyist publishes articles and videos "on all aspects of model railroading and on prototype (real) railroading as a subject for modeling." Articles typically run around 3000 words with 10 photos and a short video clip (payments being $230 for these). $200-600 per feature is typical, though they've paid over $1000 for longer articles as well (such as through their website where length isn't an issue).
Nevada Magazine is the state of Nevada's official tourism magazine. They accept stories in the 500-1500 word range, and payments are up to $250. Payments for stories on their website, NevadaMagazine.com, are $100-200. They pay on publication and they don't pay expenses.
PhotoshopTutorials.ws accepts Photoshop design tutorials and quick-tips. You must submit a picture of your final Photoshop project (and can do so for consideration before writing the tutorial itself). The site pays $50 for quick-tips and $150-300 for full tutorials.
Postmark accepts tutorials from freelance writers who can write about transactional emails for developers. Topics might include email delivery, reputation, design, tools, testing, and tutorials for using Postmark with specific coding languages. Payments are made via PayPal and range from $200-300 per tutorial depending on complexity.
Pseudopod is an "audio magazine" in the horror genre. Writers can submit their stories to have them read and recorded by voice actors. They pay $20 for flash fiction reprints and $100 for short story reprints, or $.06 per word for original fiction.
Readability Formulas provides free readability tools to help writers assess the reading/grade levels of their writing. They also publish writing tips related to writing reader-friendly content and copy. They accept contributions from professional writers and pay $100 / article ($.10 per word) for articles via PayPal, based on a suggested article length of 700-1000 words.
SitePoint.com accepts tutorials covering HTML and CSS. Pay is $150-200 per tutorial of average length, and $300 or more for articles and tutorials that are longer. They're also open to content covering Sass, developer tools, open source, performance, browser stats and trends, and task runners.
Slick WP accepts posts that help readers get the most out of the WordPress platform and the Genesis Theme Framework. Articles and tutorials should be 1250-2000 words long. Pay is $100 per published post.
SmartBusinessTrends.com is a blog covering online marketing, email marketing, Wordpress, and Amazon FBA. They pay $100-200 via PayPal for full rights for tutorials, case studies, and product reviews.
Sport Fishing magazine publishes 9 issues per year and focuses on saltwater fishing mostly around North America. They accept features of 1800-2400 words, including sidebars, though their departments are usually staff-written. They pay $750 for print features. Digital features pay $200 for up to 1000 words and $300 for over 1000 words.
Strange Horizons is a magazine that publishes speculative fiction as well as poetry, interviews and reviews. The pay is $0.08/word for fiction and stories must be less than 10,000 words, though below 5,000 is preferred.
Teaching Tolerance accepts both magazine articles and online contributions for K-12 educators "interested in social justice and anti-bias topics." Features run 800-1600 words. Why I Teach pieces run 600 words or less. Story Corner features student-facing short stories and nonfiction. Short articles for the website should run 500-700 words. They pay $1.00 per word for magazine contributions and $100 for short online articles.
The Texas Home School Coalition Association accepts blog posts related to home schooling in Texas. Current themes for pitches are in their guidelines. They accept features of 800-1200 words and sidebars of 125-300 words (1100-1800 words combined). They pay $40 for nonexclusive print and electronic rights for works previously-published or where authors want to retain the copyright. They pay $175 for exclusive print and electronic copyright to previously-unpublished blog posts.
The Green Parent is a UK-based bi-monthly digital magazine covering topics such as pregnancy & conscious birth, breastfeeding, family life & simple living, alternative education, natural health & beauty, green travel, gardening, sustainable fashion, and more. Articles run 1500-2000 words, and they also accept shorter opinion pieces of 600 words. Pay is £75 per 1000 words.
The Guardian accepts freelance submissions for its newspaper and website. Freelancers can pitch the commissioning editor of the section they're interested in, though if you haven't written for them before you should submit a spec piece for consideration. They pay 310.68 GBP per 1000 words, pro-rated thereafter, and they pay 90.00 GBP for "Pick of the day" blog posts.
The Introspectionist is a "digital magazine for the intelligent woman." Different themes are covered every month through a series of thought-provoking articles. Topics include family issues, dating, health and beauty, and other current topics of interest (such as an upcoming issue on social networking). Pay is $25 for departments (100 to 500 words), $100 for features up to 2000 words, and $200 for features up to 5000 words. Poetry and fiction pay $25.
This site doesn't publish traditional travel pieces for the general public, but rather focuses on content that teaches people how to get paid to travel (travel writing, photography, etc.). 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 advice on how readers can earn money while traveling.
TransitionsAbroad.com accepts freelance contractions for its Web magazine. Examples of topics covered include working abroad, teaching English abroad, studying abroad, and cultural immersion travel. They pay on acceptance, and payments range from $50 to $150 for articles in the 1250-2000+ word range.
TutorialBoard accepts submissions of tutorials related to Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, and other design software. Tutorials must include downloadable .psd files. Pay is up to $150 per tutorial.
Web Loggerz accepts articles, screencasts, and infographics from freelance contributors. Content should be related to the WordPress platform. Guidelines note this is a paying market (at the time of inclusion, the owner confirmed they pay $30-100 per contribution).
Yes! Magazine features both a print and digital magazine featuring "nonprofit, independent, reader-supported journalism for people building a better world." Articles cover politics, the economy, the planet, and more. Pay for online reported articles is $.35 per word, and pay for print reported articles is $.50 per word. Small stipends may be paid for commentaries rather than reported articles.
Zift is looking for parenting guest bloggers, particularly parenting & technology bloggers or parents who can speak to technology topics, and paying $100 per accepted post.