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 it's true the best gigs are rarely advertised on job boards, you can often find gems when you seek out ongoing writers' markets instead. That includes a wide variety of blogs and other websites that pay writers $100 and more.
This post features online writers' markets where you can earn $100 per article. Some even pay significantly more than that, so check them out even if you're more established and seeking higher rates. But first, a key consideration:
Is $100 per Article a Good Freelance Writing Rate?
This depends entirely on your individual circumstances such as where you live, your level of experience, and your specialty. For someone like me, with over 20 years of professional writing experience, this would not be a good rate. But for a writer with only a few years of experience, either in freelance writing or in their area of subject matter expertise, these gigs could be a good stepping stone to better things.
In general, I would consider $100 per article to be a "low-pro" rate.
My advice to most new freelance writers is to start no lower than $50 per article or per hour (assuming short, relatively simple pieces).
In months to a year, after building a portfolio, $100 per article is certainly reasonable. Not long after, you should be well beyond that. And some freelancers will start out well past this rate due to industry experience and contacts outside their new freelance career.
This rate isn't uncommon in freelance writers' markets that routinely accept pitches (think online versions of magazines). But they're not found as often in advertised freelance writing jobs, like what you might find on the All Freelance Writing Job Board.
I find this sometimes skews clients' ideas about what's "normal" pay for a freelance writer because higher-paying buyers often don't advertise publicly (they find you via search and referrals), or they're markets that rely on a combination of staff writers and freelance pitches.
What's the Difference Between Writers' Markets & Freelance Writing Jobs?
While these two types of leads are sometimes used interchangeably, there's an important difference between markets and freelance writing jobs you'll find on job boards.
- Writers' markets accept queries or submissions from freelance writers on a regular basis.
- Freelance writing gigs from job boards are about filling an immediate need.
In other words, markets like those listed below might be open to hearing from you, but that's not a guarantee they're looking to buy what you're offering right now. So they might not be your best option when you need a gig urgently.
That said, when combined with job boards, inbound marketing (my primary approach), relationship marketing, and more traditional querying or cold-calling, these types of markets can certainly help a newer freelance writer fill their schedule. Now, to the markets...
Websites that Pay Writers $100 per Article (& More)
Explore these websites and blogs paying $100 and more to see if any are a good fit for you. And don't forget to keep an eye on the All Freelance Writing collection of writers' markets where I periodically update and add new listings.
Here's your quick list of blogs and other websites offering paid writing jobs. Click on any publication name below to go directly to its market summary where you can find a link to its writers' guidelines.
- Arkansas Soul
- Beneath Ceaseless Skies
- Briarpatch Magazine
- Broad Street Review
- Christian Science Monitor
- Clarkesworld Magazine
- Daily Science Fiction
- Earth Island Journal
- Elite Personal Finance
- Freelance Mom
- Income Diary
- Los Angeles Times - Travel
- Midwest Living
- Model Railroad Hobbyist
- Nevada Magazine
- Photoshop Tutorials
- Readability Formulas
- Smart Business Trends
- Sport Fishing
- The Green Parent
- The Guardian
- Tutorial Board
- Yes! Magazine
$100+ Online Freelance Writing Markets
AGNI accepts stories, essays, and poems that are previously-unpublished. There are no word limits "though space is at a premium and length sometimes affects decisions." They do not publish romance, horror, mystery, or science fiction but are open to fiction borrowing elements of them. They don't publish academic essays or purely journalistic pieces, and they pay $20 per printed page for accepted prose and $40 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $300. Submissions are considered for both print and online publication. Free submissions may be made via mail.
Arkansas Soul seeks to publish and amplify talented writers of color with content focused on BIPOC issues. General submissions, feature stories, personal essays, news stories, profiles, and interviews are all accepted.
Stories for Reimagine Arkansas run 500-2000 words and pay $150-300. Personal essays, first-person accounts, and op-eds run 750-2000 words and pay $100-250. Reported news stories run 500-1000 words and pay $150-250. Features run 1000-2000 words and pay $150-250. Profiles and interviews have a flexible word count and pay $150-250.
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. Payments generally fall in the $80-200 range.
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Beneath Ceaseless Skies seeks short stories under 15,000 words. They publish "literary adventure fantasy" with secondary-world settings. They pay 8 cents per word.
Briarpatch Magazine publishing work of political importance on topics such as grassroots activism, electoral politics, economic justice, labour, gender equity, indigenous struggles, and more. They accept submissions from new and experienced freelance writers alike. Pay is $150 for profiles, short essays, reviews, blog posts, and "parting shots" under 1500 words. Pay is $250 for feature stories and photo essays generally running 1500-2000 words. And pay is $350 for research-based articles and investigative reporting typically running 2000-2500 words.
Broad Street Review
"Broad Street Review is an online arts and culture journal serving the greater Philadelphia area." They publish reviews, features, previews, profiles, and essays around theater, music, visual art, exhibitions, dance, books, film, television, and design. This includes pitches for personal essays tied to life in the Philadelphia area and those related to grassroots social and political efforts, the creative economy, and public spaces. Reviews run 500-850 words, essays 750-1000 words, and previews run 300-500 words. Fees are $50 for previews, profiles, and reviews up to $100 for some longer profiles and features. Payment covers first publication rights (exclusive for 30 days), then non-exclusive rights to maintain pieces in the publication's archive.
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.
Christian Science Monitor
The Christian Science Monitor is a daily newspaper covering US and international news. The paper accepts freelance news submissions. This is a paying publication, and a kill fee (typically 50% of the standard fee) is paid if a piece isn't used.
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 (1000-22,000 words) is 12 cents per word.
Cracked.com is a comedy site that publishes listicle-style articles around pop culture topics and more. They pay $150 for a contributor's first four articles and $250 per article after that.
Daily Science Fiction
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.
DAME is a women-led, independent, reader-funded magazine. It accepts essays and reported features from freelance writers with a focus on journalism that is both accessible and intersectional. Pay is $350-750 for reported stories.
Earth Island Journal
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 $150 and are a good way for new writers to break into the market.
Elite Personal Finance
ElitePersonalFinance is a finance blog publishing articles on topics including personal finance, business, making money online, saving money, loans, credit cards, identity theft, credit reports, and related subjects. They pay $300 per 1000-3000 word guest post, and they're open to recurring work with writers.
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.
HowlRound accepts submissions to its journal from "contributors who are deeply invested in and committed to the theatre field." They accept pieces on theatre commoning, ideas that challenge the status quo, lesser-known or marginalized aesthetics, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility for under-represented theatre communities and practices, and theatre practice and process. They pay honorariums of $200 per essay.
IncomeDiary accepts online submissions about web development, web and blog design, SEO, driving traffic, social media, content creation, and making money online. Payments run $150-300 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 run $175-300 per submission.
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.
Los Angeles Times - Travel
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 prefer 2000-word first-person pieces and 500-700 word "Guidebooks." Pay starts at $200 (and starts at $350 for destination feature stories).
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
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 a flat rate of $250. Payments for stories on their website, NevadaMagazine.com, are a flat rate of $150. They pay on publication and they don't pay expenses.
PDX.Vote is covering elections that impact Portland, Oregon-area residents (including state-level elections and elections happening in other parts of Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties). I’m looking for pitches for articles looking at Portland-area politics. Please send pitches through the contact form at https://pdx.vote/contact/.
I’m especially interested in pitches that cover important issues and how upcoming elections may or may not impact those issues. Some issues I’m looking for articles about are housing access, police violence, and COVID-19 responses. Rates start at $250 and go up for articles requiring substantial research. Please send pitches — not finished pieces. In the pitch, please highlight any personal experiences or expertise that connects to the article you’re pitching.
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.
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 $.08 per word for original fiction.
Rattle accepts unsolicited poetry submissions year-round. They do not accept previously-published work (but publishing to the author's own blog, message boards, and social media accounts are not disqualifying). They encourage simultaneous submissions. Pay is $200 per poem and a one-year subscription if the poem is published in print, and $100 for online contributors.
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 up to $100 / article for articles via PayPal, based on a suggested article length of 1000-1500 words. They purchase all rights.
Smart Business Trends
SmartBusinessTrends.com is a blog covering online marketing, email marketing, Wordpress, and Amazon FBA. They pay $200-500 via PayPal for full rights for tutorials, case studies, and product reviews. They purchase full rights.
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.
The Green Parent
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, and you may be asked to submit the piece on-spec for consideration. They pay freelance contributors based on the fees laid out in their freelance charter found at https://www.theguardian.com/info/guardian-news-media-freelance-charter.
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.
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 $.40 per word, and pay for print reported articles is $.50 per word. Small stipends may be paid for commentaries rather than reported articles.
About These Websites That Pay Writers $100 or More
How were markets chosen for this list? My requirements were simple:
- Each publication had to be an online writer's market (blog, website, digital magazine, etc.). Publications that have both print and online versions are also included.
- Guidelines, or at least payment info, had to be available publicly online (directly from the source 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).
Something that makes this list of paying writers' markets unique is its source. This list automatically updates whenever markets are added, removed, or edited in the larger writers' market directory here on the site.
Be sure to bookmark this page and check back from time to time. You could find new markets at any time, and you'll often find rate changes.
Want More Writers' Markets?
Browse the full All Freelance Writing writers' markets database for the full collection of writers' guidelines. On that page you can also find more specialized market lists like this post, and you can browse by niche or industry to find markets that fit your specialty.