10 Ways To Make Money Writing Online

10 ways to make money writing online - /ways-to-make-money-writing-articles-online/...If you have read many articles on the internet in the last few years, then you may have heard this phrase: "Content is king." I believe that Google really helped to elevate the importance of helpful, relevant content. While no one can completely understand all of the intricacies of Google's algorithm (formula they use for ranking websites), we do know that they like unique content. Because of this craze companies and entrepreneurs everywhere are craving for content on their sites. Many of which are willing to pay others to do the writing for them....If you have read many articles on the internet in the last few years, then you may have heard this phrase: “Content is king.”

I believe that Google really helped to elevate the importance of helpful, relevant content.

While no one can completely understand all of the intricacies of Google’s algorithm (formula they use for ranking websites), we do know that they like unique content.

Because of this craze companies and entrepreneurs everywhere are craving for content on their sites.

Many of which are willing to pay others to do the writing for them.


No Experience Needed

Here is the great part: you do not have to have a previous track record in writing to take advantage of this trend. In fact, there are opportunities that exist for all levels of writers.

There are many benefits to making money writing online:

  • Work where you want and when you want
  • Write on subjects that you have a passion for
  • Create a passive income through performance payments

There are so many more benefits then listed above, but I think you get the point. So, where do you start? Just decide to jump in. I have a list for you of 10 different ways I have earned an income from home writing and I believe that you can do the same. There are essentially two different ways that you can get paid for writing online. The first is called up-front payments. This is where someone or an organization pays you money for writing the article in advance. It is not based on how well the article ranks in the search engines or even how many page views it received. You get paid no matter what. Let me share with you 5 sites that will pay performance payments.

Performance Payments

1. Associated Content – They were recently purchased by Yahoo so it is still yet to be determined how things will go. They claim that they are not going to change anything. Basically, you can write on anything that you want. You can submit your articles for up-front payment, performance payment or both. They do not pay a whole lot in up-front payments (between $2.00-5.00) but it might be worth it to you. They will pay money for every 1,000 page views you receive on any article so this could build over time. I would not use them exclusively, but you can always try them out.

2. InfoBarrel – You can write on any topic that you would like. You need to have an adsense account as you will be sharing advertising revenue with them. They have other ways to monetize your articles but I do not have a whole lot of experience with that. The advantage is that content on InfoBarrel does rank well so you will see traffic.

3. Snipsly – This is a miniature version of InfoBarrel in my opinion. You make money by adsense like the other, but the minimum word requirement is only 150 words. This means that you can produce even more content at a faster pace.

4. Hubpages – is another revenue sharing site. It has a great reputation and you can earn money by clicks on advertisements with Adsense and by being an Amazon affiliate. Build “hubs” around your areas of interest and watch them gain web traffic over time.

5. Blogging – This is by far one of my favorite ways. You have complete control. It is not a get rich quick method, but I believe that you should slowly build this up over time while you earn more immediate income using the other methods. There are more and more people everyday making money blogging writing about their passions. There are so many more ways that you can earn money online writing, but this is not a bad list to start out.

Up-Front Payments

6. Demand Studios – You may have already heard of them by now, but they will pay you on average between $7-15 an article (upwards of $30 in some cases). They do have specific writing guidelines that you will need to follow. What is great about the system is that you can scroll through 1,000 of titles and decide to write only on areas of interest. For example, if you enjoy home improvement projects, then you can write simple “how to” articles explaining to others the step by step process. Demand Studios publishes the articles on several different sites. One example is ehow.com. They pay you by Paypal twice a week for any approved articles you have written.

7. Textbroker – Another great site that allows you to earn money for writing. If you are looking for simpler articles and writing projects, then this might be a better fit for you. You can typically earn between $3.00-$8.00 an article but the articles are shorter and much easier to write in my opinion. Textbroker allows entrepreneurs and companies the opportunity to post writing projects in the system. You go through the system and claim articles in areas of interest. They pay twice a month by Paypal on all of the articles that you have written.

8. ProBlogger Job Boards – This is more like a job board for writers but it is very good. You can find fresh, new job postings almost every day. If you are looking for some extra work, then keep your eye out on this job board. For example, if you like sports, it is not uncommon to find an opening every once in a while for a sports blogger who can write on recent sporting events.

9. Freelance Writing Gigs – This is a great website on many different levels. Not only can you learn how to be a freelance writer, but they have relevant, fresh job postings listed daily as well. There is even a post that list 50+ places that you can get paid for writing.

10. Craigslist – You might find it funny that this is on the list, but I have found some awesome writing jobs this way. One person asked me to write 10 short articles a week on my experience with blogging. He paid me $100 a week over the course of 8 weeks. My time commitment: 2 hours a week.

Bonus: Elance & Odesk – Both are job sites that will allow you to list your services as a writer and find people to hire you.

Have you tried any of these ways to make money writing? Which did you like best?

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  1. Lakita | Personal Finance Jouney

    This is a great list! I’m going to check some of these out, a great majority of them I haven’t hear of before.

  2. Travis Engebretsen

    I have used #4 before, and it is really helpful as the daily postings just aggregate potential writing jobs from all over the web.

    My favorite choice is Elance.com. I started off with out any real “paid” experience, and just wrote a few short articles back in 2009. By the next year I was able to win a job ghostwriting a 130+ page book on investing. The one thing you need to be careful about with Elance is that you bid on jobs against other writers, and there are many non-native English speaking writers/writing companies that will bid unreasonably low ($1 an article, etc).
    In order to make it worth your time:
    1. Avoid any jobs that sound like “Write 50 articles for $100”; it is not worth your time
    2. Don’t underbid yourself. If you can write quality articles with very good English, you are ahead of many of the other writers.

    Craig’s recent article really explains how to make sure you aren’t getting paid less than you are worth: https://christianpf.com/how-to-charge-top-dollar-for-your-freelance-services/

  3. Amata

    I also get paid for writing on the side. Instead of writing articles though I write test questions. I have a very specific area of expertise and get between $5 – $10 per question I write.

  4. Matt (with The Online Budget)

    I notice Squidoo isn’t on the list – is there a reason why? I don’t have any feelings for or against the Squid, but I’ve used it in the past (without much success). Just wondering why it isn’t included; is it just not worth the time?

  5. Jason

    Thanks for this list! I want to work on developing my freelance writing income so I can do it from the mission field. I’ve been praying about it, and I think God’s pointing me to the right places.


  6. Lea Sadler

    This is a nice list. On a personal note, I have a problem with writing an article for just a few bucks a pop–and I think others should, too. When people are willing to work for almost nothing, there are employers willing to take advantage of them. If no one was willing to write for free, the demand for writers would increase–because there would be fewer out there willing to do it for nothing. Writing is hard–especially for people without a lot of experience. If you consider the time that goes into any given article, then you look at the Demand Studios figure given here, the per-hour pay for this kind of work is really in the trenches.

    I checked out elance a few times. I was horrified by the number of “writers” willing to work for practically nothing. Same comments as Demand Studios regarding working for (almost) free.

    All this being said, if you’re a fast writer, and you don’t spend a lot of time on each article, maybe you could make minimum wage working on Demand Studio stuff. Which would be pretty cool if you’re working from home and that’s all the money you were looking for. But long-term, other “freelance” writing jobs would be likely to net you a lot more. Blogging is my favorite.

    I’ve done quite a bit of freelance writing, myself–not the website, but jobs you hunt down for yourself in corporate America–and the income can be excellent, but often requires a lot more personal marketing-or a good list of personal contacts. And you’ll need to be able to prove you can do the work with a combination of references, education, and samples. You also need to have good aptitude for customer service, so you can keep your clients happy.

  7. Victoria

    Leah, You make some excellent points in your comment, but I would have to disagree with you about Demand Studios. I’ve personally done quite a bit of work with them for several years and met several writers that make a lot more than just minimum wage working exclusively for them on a full-time basis. The reason is due to the ad revenue articles you get to publish with them in addition to the opportunities for up-front payment.

    I really think that DS offers an excellent opportunity for new writers to gain some valuable experience and national exposure for their work-which are the two most important things that a writer needs as he begins to branch out and seek the better paying opportunities that you mention in your comments.

  8. rhonda

    Thank you so much for this article! I’d never heard of Snipsly before, and now I’m signing up with them! I really appreciate it.


  9. Ben

    I’ve been following @Tentblogger a lot recently and found his information to really compliment yours.
    I tried elance but found it was really time consuming to bid on jobs and try to sell yourself over the out of country proposals.
    My personal blog has really come in handy the last few months with some extra income. I wouldn’t say I was making a killing but the more you get your name out there the more companies and startups use you as a consultant.
    I appreciate the list of options listed here. Def a bookmark.

  10. Frank

    Thank you for sharing.
    It is always a delight to feel what I believe – that
    information is inspiration

  11. Gretchen

    What? I clicked on this link from www.moneysavingmom.com and imagine my surprise to see you at the bottom of the article! Great job, Jon!

  12. Tracy @ Hall of Fame Moms

    I make money blogging and you’re right, its not a “get rich quick” kind of thing. I know women who have been able to make their mortgage payments by blogging. You can make extra money and score free products if you do reviews 😉

  13. Daddy Paul

    It is hard to get rich writing online but the extra money sure comes in handy!

  14. Jonathan

    Thanks for the comments everyone. By the way, Demand Studios has a new blogger program that will allow you to submit content from your blog. They promote it on their sites and will pay you via perfomance payments as well as give you a link back to your blog. Looks like a sweet deal, but investigate it for yourself because I have yet to do it.


  15. Jessica S

    Thanks for the list. I get most of my writing clients directly from page hits on my website. I have used textbroker to bring in a little extra here and again. Even I’ll be checking some of these out. 🙂

  16. Dan W.

    Thanks for the list. There are a bunch of other websites where you can find writing jobs like Elance and oDesk.

  17. deepti4877

    Thanks for sharing the list. Being a freelance writer, I hope this information would be of great help to me.

  18. Kathy andrew

    Wow! I’m from the world of folks who went through college
    With a typewriter. This article made my day.

  19. New Covenant Bible Institute

    Jonathan, thanks for that post! It is really helpful, especially for me, I am an online writer and I need sites where I can contribute my skills plus the point that I am earning with it. Thanks.
    What can you say about Odesk?

  20. Di

    I’ve been lurking on your site for three days now, and you have some really great stuff…so thanks for all your hard work. Looking at the above list of sites from a blog owners stand point (which I’m not one–yet), can you use articles from Associated Content on your own website, and if so, does it cost very much? If not A.C., are there other resources for obtaining quality articles for your blog? I am researching the blogging aspect of money making right now, but I also have a lot on my plate. It would be extremely helpful if I did not have to write all the articles myself…or is that a bad idea?

    Thanks again for this site…and all your free information. It’s very helpful!

  21. mave

    Jonathan, would you please help me? do you know any writting web job in spanish?, Im a follower from Mexico. Thanks.

  22. Laurie

    Mave, try eLance — they have a lot of jobs for multilingual writers, and you might be in great demand there. Other caveats about eLance above do apply, though.

  23. mave

    Thanks for your answer John, I will check it out and post my experience. God bless you.

  24. Krista

    Thanks so much for this! I am going to check out some of these places over the next few days. I’m currently a waitress & am looking to expand my earning opportunities. I have always been interested in writing (since I was in kindergarten, writing stories)…so, this seems like a perfect jumping off point. I know I’m not going to “get rich quick”, but if I could make some extra cash & cut back to working one to two days a week waitressing (ideally, I’d love to quit totally- but not gonna happen right away). Thanks again!

  25. Suday Kumar Rout

    Thanks a lot for this information. I am a freelance writer and writes mostly religious articles on Christianity. I was searching a platform where my articles would be well accepted. I am going to try it very soon. My aim is to glorify GOD in every aspects. Thanks Again.

  26. traveller

    Hello Jon, you have great articles and it is useful to all new for this type of job to earn real money online. Actually I want to start now making article to monetize but before anything, regarding snipsly, you mean author only earn money just by adsense? Is there no other option to earn money for that company?

  27. confinesofgrace

    thanks for the list; will check it all out.

    what I have some before is set up a writing gig in fiverr but I really want it to provide more than it is doing presently.

    thanks again.

  28. TheConstantWriter

    If you want to make money by writing Online, you need to brush up on your writing skills. It’s one of the most central factors to making good money. Set aside some time every day to practice your writing and get yourself a copy of Strunk and White and study it. Reading well written books by contemporary authors is a great way to learn the difference between good writing and bad writing.


    I was using IWriter.com with a fairly good work load. They only pay a couple of dollars for beginner writers, but it is a great way to jump into this competitive game called on line writing.

    Unfortunately, they were off line for several weeks, and then back last night for me to complete a quick 500 word article and now off line again. Frustrating, to say the least, as the more I write, the better quality I am producing.

    I will check out the other sites you have listed. Thank you

  30. Dameekia

    I am so excited! I can’t wait to check out these sites!!

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