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. 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.
Websites that Pay Writers $100 per Article (& More)
Explore these websites that pay writers 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 backend system. This allows posts like this one to be automatically updated as new markets meeting the pay requirements are added to the directory. It also means you can report markets by clicking "report link" if details have changed or the link is broken. This helps ensure this post will always be up-to-date. Bookmark this post and 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 $50-200 range, though they also accept longer (3000+ word) investigative journalism and pop culture features where they negotiate pay up to $2000 in addition to covering expenses.
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 under 15,000 words. They publish "literary adventure fantasy" with secondary-world settings. They pay 8 cents per word.
Better Humans accepts contributions offering actionable advice, based on the author's experience and primary research, on topics such as productivity, leadership, and health. Articles run around 2750 words on average, and pay is a flat rate of $500.
BitcoinTechWeekly is looking for freelance contributors who can write 1500-word lead-in editorials for their Weekly Edition categories based on current events, up to 600-word briefs and highlights also based on current events, and feature articles. Articles must be in Markdown format. Payment is made in BTC at a rate of $200 "for well-done articles for new authors." Pay goes up for authors with an established track record with them. Briefs of 200-600 words pay between $20 and $40.
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.
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 $100 for profiles, short essays, reviews, blog posts, and "parting shots" under 1500 words. Pay is $200 for feature stories and photo essays generally running 1500-2500 words. And pay is $300 for research-based articles and investigative reporting typically running 2500-3000 words.
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. 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 also 10 cents per word.
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.
Color Bloq publishes "art, scholarship, and community knowledge" by QTPoC writers and creatives around each collection's theme. They have an open-pitch process and publish quarterly. They accept articles and critiques focused on history in a social, cultural, or political context as well as reporting and analysis and deep studies into a singular topic. These pieces range from 1200-2000 words and pay up to $500 each. Color Bloq also accepts personal essays from 600-800 words, for which they pay $200.
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.
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 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 accepts essays and reported features from freelance writers. Submissions should be written for an audience of women on issues such as politics, reproductive rights, civil rights, race, sex, class, gender, LGBTQ, disability, media, law, or cultural trends. Pay is $200 for essays and $300-400 for features.
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.
ElitePersonalFinance is a personal finance blog publishing advanced articles on credit reports, credit cards, and identity theft. Writers familiar with personal finance are welcome to pitch guest posts. Pay is $100 per guest post. Long term opportunities are possible for advanced writers with interesting ideas.
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 $50 for 750-1000 word pieces, $100 for 1000-1500 word pieces, and $150 for 1500-2000 word submissions.
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.
LiisBeth accepts queries from new and professional feminist writers "anywhere along the gender continuum." They prioritize submissions from "womxn, trans, queer-identified writers, community voices and journalists." Pay (in $CDN) runs $500-650 for feminist enterprise profiles, $250-500 for personal essays, $800-2000 for critical analysis / issues / policy analysis submissions, $500-700 for service articles, reviews, and research briefs, and $250-500 for event round-ups, playlists, poetry, and other submission types. The average word count for profiles and small features is 800-1300 words. Larger features typically run 1500-3000 words.
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 prefer 2000-word first-person pieces and 500-700 word "Guidebooks." Pay starts at $200 (and starts at $350 for destination feature stories).
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 $.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 $100 per poem and a one-year subscription if the poem is published in print, and $50 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 $100 / article ($.10 per word) for articles via PayPal, based on a suggested article length of 700-1000 words.
Scotch provides coding courses and code challenges for developers. They accept freelance pitches for their blog covering tutorials and news. Pay is up to $150 per article.
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 $0.10/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 $150 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, 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.
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.
WPHUB's blog focuses on the WordPress development community such as theme developers, plugin developers, and customization specialists. They accept submissions on topics such as design trends, up-and-coming plugins useful for developers, coding best practices, and more. (They do not publish reviews or how-to guides for WordPress.) Articles should be 800-1200 words each and have visuals. Pay is $100-200 depending on length.
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.
Why These Online Freelance Writing Markets Were Chosen
My requirements for inclusion in this list were simple:
- It had to be an online writer's market (blog, website, digital magazine, etc.).
- 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).