Make Money Writing on These Seven Websites
Here is my list of seven websites for which I am currently writing and making money:
- Writer Access
- Writers Domain
- Online Writing Jobs
Seven Websites I Write for and Make Money Doing It
First of all, I want to tell you straight out the websites listed here are ones I have actually written for and better than that, have actually been paid money by them.
Five years ago, as a new stay-at-home mom, I was looking for websites I could write for to earn a little bit of extra income. That's how I came across both HubPages and Textbroker and began writing for both sites.
After a 2-year stint at going back to work full time, I recently quit my job and began freelance writing full time. Before quitting my job I, did extensive research to learn which websites were going to be worth my time. I was quick to observe the overwhelming amounts of information on the subject of how to make money writing. Honestly, it took a while to comb through it all.
I found a lot of articles displaying lists of websites that paid writers. The problem was the author of the articles had no experience writing for those websites. Sometimes I would find what a promising site to write for only to click on the link and find out they were no longer in business.
It's for these reasons I have taken it upon myself to write my own article on which websites pay writers money. All of the websites I discuss, with the exception of HubPages, are also called content mills. Since I began writing for these sites ten months ago, I have actually gotten paid money from them.
HubPages is the very first website I signed up for when I was looking for ways to make money writing online. Despite the fact I do not write as frequently for this website as I used to, I still earn money every month from the articles I have written.
HubPages is an ad revenue sharing site where you make money when people click on the ads on the articles you write. Another way to earn money on HubPages is by signing up as an affiliate with Ebay and Amazon and include products from these websites on your articles.
If you like to write and are not currently signed up with HubPages, I highly recommend doing so. It is a great site and I have learned a lot about using keywords, SEO and other strategies making money writing on the Internet.
Everyone on this site is very helpful. All you need to do to get started is set up an account and write your first Hub. Click here to read my first Hub ever.
I first began writing for Textbroker to earn a little bit of extra income while being a stay-at-home mom.
To apply I needed to submit a 500 word writing sample for which they gave me the prompt. It only took them about a week to get back to me before letting me know they accepted and graded my writing sample.
Textbroker rates their writers based on stars. They gave me a four-star writing, based on my writing sample. Their highest rating is 5 stars but nobody starts at that level. In order to achieve 5-star success, you need to pass a somewhat difficult grammar test. I took the test once and did not pass so I have to wait six months before taking it again. 5-star writers can also opt to do proofreading and editing.
How to Make Money
Honestly, Textbroker does not pay very well. In fact, of the seven sites I write for, they are at the near bottom of the barrel. The best way to make more money on this site is to apply for teams. Some of the teams pay very well.
Another way to make more money is to impress clients with your writing and start getting direct orders from clients. Since increasing my writing with Textbroker these past three months, I make most of my money by writing for teams and also have one client who sends me direct orders.
Textbroker pays out once a week with a minimum threshold of $10.
One of the advantages of writing for Textbroker is your articles rarely get rejected. Sometimes you get a revision request for your article for which you have 24 hours to complete. Others have a 2 or 3 day deadline, depending on when the client needs to have it completed.
If you want to start writing for a website that is user friendly and straightforward, I highly recommend Textbroker. If you have experience with HTML and using anchor text to link to websites, these skills will be beneficial but aren't necessary.
My Top Ten Writing Tips
- Don't put all your eggs in one basket. At times on some sites, there are very few or no articles to write which is why it's good to have more than one egg
- Write for at least one site that can provide residual income (like HubPages)
- Use these writing opportunities to hone your craft
- Don't get bummed out by article rejections or harsh critiques
- Do thorough research, linking to authoritative sites when applicable
- Write your best no matter how little you're getting paid
- Always meet your deadlines
- Get involved in the forums on writing sites that have them
- Learn something new everyday
- Don't forget to take frequent breaks (but not too many!)
When I began freelance writing full time, iWriter is one of the first websites for which I signed up.
To apply as a writer to iWriter, all I needed to do was set up an account with them. I didn't have to submit a writing sample.
Once I set up my account on iWriter, I could begin writing immediately. Everyone starts out at the same level on this site. There are 3 levels of writers: Standard, Premium and Elite.
After you receive 30 reviews from clients you have written articles for, you can move up to the next level if you have an average rating of 4.2 stars. If you have an average rating of 4.6 stars, you move up to the elite writer level.
How to Make Money
Even though you start out writing at the first level, you want to write high quality articles. Most of the clients you write articles for will give you a rating. Some of them don't, which is why you might have to write more than 30 articles to move up the next level. Also, some will flat out reject your articles. This stings a little but don't let it get you down.
Your goal is to get your 30 reviews and move up to the next level so you can earn more money. If clients are really satisfied with your work, they can add you to their favorites list and send you direct requests. They can also pay you tips for your work. I have received a few tips of $1, some will tip up to $3. It's not much but it's a little extra for your efforts.
In the three months I have been writing for iWriter, I have moved up to the Premium level.
This is the only website I write for where you can set your payout to either once a week, twice a month or once a month. The minimum threshold is $20.
When you start out at the first level writing for iWriter, you don't make much money at all. In fact, it is even less than Textbroker. Premium articles pay a little better and of course Elite articles pay the best rates.
There is a way to move up to the next level without getting your 30 reviews. This requires you to submit a writing sample and pay some ridiculous $147 fee. If you've never written for a website before, I recommend iWriter as their articles usually don't require a lot of research and the clients are pretty straightforward with their instructions.
Online Writing Jobs
This site is was formerly called Quality Gal (I'm not sure why exactly or how they transitioned to Online Writing Jobs). But nonetheless, this is a website worth checking out.
To apply for Online Writing Jobs, I needed to submit a writing sample based on a prompt they gave me after setting up my account. The writing sample had to use keywords a certain number of times and in various forms. It also required me to link to three external sources.
It was a tough writing sample to complete and probably took me like five hours to write it. Once I submitted it, they graded it and gave me feedback on my sample. Thankfully, after all that effort and after faxing them my w9 form, I was accepted as a writer.
Once I was accepted, I could "claim" an article to write. Each article is graded and you get paid according to the grade you receive. Many of their articles require a list of several authoritative links which can take a lot of time to gather. Their articles require thorough research and they have strict guidelines.
After submitting an article, someone edits it and gives you feedback on what you did well and what you could have done better.
How to Make Money
The writing jobs on the site are few and far between. Sometimes I check several times a day to see if they have posted any writing jobs. When you do claim a job, you normally get a couple of days to complete the assignment.
The best way to earn money on this website is to claim as many jobs as you can and put your best effort forth on each article. The higher your grade, the higher you get paid for the article. Every once in a while, they send out e-mails to writers to see if they are interested in different writing jobs.
They pay out once a week and there is no minimum threshold.
A word of warning, if you do not consistently meet their grading standards, your account will be deactivated.
Writer Access is definitely one of my favorite websites for which to write. It's a very professional organization who compensates their writers for what they're worth. That being said, it was the most time-consuming site for which to apply.
In order to apply, I had to pass a very difficult grammar test. It was seriously one of the hardest grammar tests I ever had to take! My score was average and I wished I would have done better. I also had to submit a writing sample.
Once I was accepted, I had to fill out my profile information. They want as much information on your profile as possible, including several writing samples for different types of writing you've done.
After scoring my grammar test, looking at my writing sample and reading my profile information, they accepted me at a Level 3 writer. The highest level is 5 but I don't think anyone can get accepted at a Level 5 writer.
How to Make Money
There are not a lot of jobs posted for Level 3 writers. I write one or two a week for this site. After each article submitted, your article either gets rejected, or the client can rate your work. When you have written articles that consistently meet or exceed the client's expectations, and by keeping your profile up to date, you move up to the next level.
Sometimes it can take a while for your article to be approved by the client but I've never had an article rejected.
They pay out twice a month and there is no minimum threshold.
This is a great website to write for and writers have the potential to earn good money.
This website has gone through a ton of changes this year and just recently they went through another big change. They overhauled their review process and pay out a little less than previously. Even with all the changes, Writers Domain is worth the time.
To apply for Writers Domain, I needed to submit a writing sample for which I got to choose between three keywords. I also had to take a timed grammar test, which was actually pretty easy and I only got three wrong.
It didn't take long to hear back from them after my grammar test and writing sample were completed. If they accept you as a writer, you will start out writing standard articles. Each article is reviewed and you have one chance at a revision if they ask for one. After that it either gets rejected or rated between 3 and 5 stars. You get paid depending on how many stars your article receives.
How to Make Money
The best thing to do on this site is to do your absolute best work in order to get the highest ratings possible. After you've written a certain amount of articles that are rated at least 4 stars, you can be invited to become a premium writer. Premium writers write longer articles and get paid twice as much.
It is a little tricky writing for this website as all you are given is one keyword. They emphasize the ideation process and you need to read their blog and all of the information on their site in order to write the kind of articles for which they are looking.
They pay out once a month. They also have a nifty "Pay Me Now" button for when you reach a threshold of $100.
I honestly started to feel like a real freelance writer when I began writing for Writtent. It's kind of an odd-sounding name for a company but it has become one of my favorite sites.
To apply for Writtent, I needed to submit a writing sample based on a prompt they gave me after setting up my account. The sample I submitted was a blog post that had very strict guidelines. In fact, they sent me a 42-point checklist and my sample post had to contain everything on the list.
I didn't do the images correctly so they e-mailed me and asked me to make the revisions. I sent it back and it was accepted. Following the acceptance of my writing sample, I also had to do a phone interview with them.
Once I was accepted and passed my phone interview, I could begin adding information to my profile and applying for jobs. The writing assignments are broken down into different levels and pay according to each level.
How to Make Money
The best thing to do on this site is to apply for as many jobs as you can. If you get accepted to write an article or blog post, put your best foot forward. This website pays well and the staff is very helpful in answering your questions. They have a blog that is very helpful for their writers.
This website pays their writers twice a month and there is no minimum threshold.
This website is not your ordinary content mill. They try to attract writers who write well and who are especially good at writing blog posts, web content, white papers and press releases. All accepted writers are considered professional writers.
Update: I recently received an e-mail stating this writing site will no longer be in business.
Just a Few More Thoughts About Writing for These Websites
Something you want to keep in mind when writing for these sites is that unlike writing for HubPages, you no longer retain the rights to your work.
When a client accepts an article you have written, the rights automatically get transferred to them. This means you can't take an article you've written for one website and submit the same article on another site.
All of these websites have strict guidelines for copying work. Most of the sites run your article through something called Copyscape to make sure it's not copied work. All of these sites have the right to deactivate your account for reasons they deem necessary.
All of these websites also require you to have a PayPal account which is how they pay you.
If you live in the United States you will certainly be able to apply to write for any of these sites. Some of them are accepting writers from Canada and Australia and a few are looking for those writers who speak Spanish. Each site is different so I can't say every site is only accepting writers from certain countries.
If you write for any of these websites or have had success writing for other sites, I would love to hear about it!