JMcFarland is a current student of comparative religion and history. They are also a cat owner and cat-bathing expert.
Writing online for extra money is not a new phenomenon, but it is one that is taking off at breakneck speeds. There are dozens of writing sites out there. Some are pretty exclusive, some are not. Some seem too good to be true—and usually are—while others are credible and reliable. Maneuvering your way between all of your various options can be difficult, but making extra money online by writing IS completely possible if you know where to look and set your mind to creating content, articles, blog posts, and more. For people with a passion for writing, learning new things, and becoming more flexible, online writing as a freelancer for some extra income is not only possible—it's fun. This article will take a look at some of the sites out there, and give aspiring writers a good starting point to hone their skills and continue moving forward.
If you want to write like a dog and earn some extra cash, Blogmutt may be the place for you. Blogmutt focuses on short blog posts (the minimum requirement is 250 words or so) for various clients in every subject imaginable from acupuncture to pets and IT Tech-savvy specifics and more. Writers go through an incredibly short application process, get approved via email and they're good to go.
All posts are worth the same amount—and $8 flat fee if the post is accepted. Requesters have the opportunity to accept a post, request editing, or reject a post. One of the best features of Blogmutt is that writers have the ability to easily recycle a rejected post to another customer so they don't feel like their hard work has gone to waste simply because it was not in a particular customer's niche. Writers who reach a certain level receive a Blogmutt polo shirt, and writers who achieve an even higher level are awarded a share in the company as an added benefit. Points are awarded for writing posts, having posts accepted and bonus points are given for posting in a customer's queue who have less than two points. After a little over a week I am almost at level three after only 20 posts in a month-long period. Writers also have the ability to set their own goals, are encouraged to meet and exceed their goals, and payday is once a week.
The site can be difficult to navigate for newcomers. There is a forum full of support and advice from moderators and technical staff as well as other writers, but finding the post you're looking for can be a bit confusing. There is no guarantee that your work will be accepted, and you're never entirely sure when your post is going to post (and be invoiced). Customers have the ability to bump posts up in the queue or move them down so it's possible that a post you wrote this week won't post until a month from now. Since so much control is in the hands of the customer, it's hard to count on a certain amount of money each week, but writing continually and adding constantly to your posts will give you a better chance at a higher weekly payday.
iWriter was my first online writing experience, and although I got off to a slow start, it was my most successful writing site to date. Fortunately, I was able to impress a regular article requester, who sent me posts continually each and every week, and in two years, I made several thousand dollars. There are rewrite requests, ebook requests and regular articles in several different languages.
Getting started is as easy as signing up and jumping in. Writers have the ability to set their own minimum payment to get a payday (as low as $20 if you're short on cash) and their own pay frequency. If you want to save up your earnings and get a bigger payday once a month, you can—or you can also get a regular, weekly payment as long as you meet the $20 minimum (or whatever minimum you set if you choose a higher one). You can also see a requester approval or rejection rate and read the reviews of writers who have previously written for them. There is always a possibility that you can land a regular requester who can give you repeat, constant work but it's up to the luck of the draw. Iwriter works on a rating system of stars. One star is where every new writer starts out, and pays the lowest for the word count. Three stars pays the highest. Articles that are neither approved or accepted in a certain amount of time are automatically approved by the system and credited to the writer's account.
Some of the requester instructions are less than clear, often the rewrite articles don't come up when you click on them, and some customers are incredibly harsh in their rejections. If you're on an acceptance kick and receive a one star review, it can bump you down significantly if you don't already have a steady base of ratings if you're aiming for a higher star rating for the higher pay levels.
I Need Articles is a burgeoning site for aspiring writers and writing pros alike. I've worked on iNeedArticles off an on for several months, and while I've never made a big payday, the pay is regular if you can keep up and keep posting.
Incredible support forum where questions can be addressed quickly and efficiently by staff and other writers alike. There are several types of articles that can be chosen from short blog posts (which pay the lowest for a few hundred words) to regular articles, to rewrites. The owner is always trying to implement new ideas for his team to earn extra money from a beta yahoo Answers tab, to incorporating rewrites as a possibility and more. It is an innovative site that gives new online writers the opportunity to get their feet wet and learn new markets simultaneously. There is also an in-site research window that enables writers to write about subjects that they may not be as familiar with in order to learn without having to flip from tab to tab to find the necessary information to write about.
There are slow times on the site where there are very few (if any) articles available, but this seems to be more infrequent as of late. Compared to other writing sites, the pay seems significantly lower, but for writers who can knock out several articles quickly, the lower pay can amount to a higher overall payday.
Although I no longer write actively for TextBroker, it was the first online writing site for extra cash that I ever heard of. The application process was intense and difficult, and all initial posts are monitored by staff for quality assurance. This turns out to be a blessing and a curse for writers interested in honing their skills, but is not necessarily user-friendly for writers new to online freelance work.
The feedback you get from the staff can be helpful in pointing out areas that can be improved in grammar, punctuation, and spelling, but this can be taken overboard and a lot of the staff seem more like punctuation Nazis than helpful aids. Some of the available articles are well-paying, and I made almost $100 in my first week. Unfortunately, that kind of earning was not repeated after that, which encouraged me to look for other online options.
The application and quality assurance process was notoriously difficult for a burgeoning online writer, but some of the feedback I got was incredibly helpful and insightful on some of my writing habits. TextBroker also works on a star rating system, and writers who are on the lower levels have very few writing options to choose from, compared to the higher rated writers. While it is possible to move up to the higher levels after starting, this is notoriously hard to do with only a handful of articles to pick from.
Of Course, HubPages
HubPages has been my online home for interaction and posting my own ideas and meeting new friends—many of which have transcended HubPages and moved on to my normal life. HubPages allows writers to write about any topic they choose and receive residual income on their own niche—or several niches. I often come to HubPages with an idea in mind, start an article and start writing, and some of my impromptu articles have received the most traffic. It incorporates various ad programs to enable their writers to earn on several fronts at once, and it offers a mostly-positive community of support and encouragement among its writers.
Writers can write about whatever they'd like and earn residual income from their completed work. Writers can also track their visits, comments, feedback, earnings, and more with a simple click of a button. While HubPages is a writing site for writers, it also contains an active forum life for every interest known to man—and then some.
HubPages is not a site that earns writers instant, weekly income. Writing on HubPages is more of an investment in residual payments over time. If you write hubs often, you're going to earn your $50 target for payout much quicker if you're focused on producing evergreen, lifelong, entertaining articles. Writers also receive a score that can encourage them to produce more content, as well as interacting with other Hubbers.
Not all writing sites are created equal, and like anything else on the internet, finding the format, the prices, and the site for you is a matter of individual taste. Instead of focusing on one avenue and sticking with it, trying to make it work when it may not be for you, try out your options. Find a writing site (or two or three or more) that you like. While not all assignments may be up your alley, expanding your knowledge base and trying new things is one of the best ways to achieve success and productivity. For me, writing is a hobby that I have always enjoyed—especially when it means I get to learn new things about subject matter that I may not be as familiar with. The extra income is just a nice added bonus.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2014 Elizabeth
Cari Jean from Bismarck, ND on November 09, 2017:
I'm signed up w/ BloggMutt but I have yet to submit an article - I just don't like the thought of writing something with the possibility of not getting paid for it. I do a lot of writing for WritersDomain and also Writer Access.
Mary Jungquist from North America on February 01, 2017:
I wrote for Blogmutt and loved it. I was the preferred writer for sites from pets to tech to cigars. Most of my blogs earned at least four stars. When I was points away from level eight, where I would earn stock in the company, every one of my available blogs were rejected by an admin. Some of them had already been read by customers and rated 5 stars. Due to the number of rejections, I was banned from Blogmutt with no appeal. Blgmutt is a great site to write for, fo a while.
Jacqui from New Zealand on August 08, 2015:
No worries - the hub got me back into IWriter anyway!
Elizabeth (author) from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions on August 08, 2015:
I will definitely have to add that in, I'm sorry I neglected to specify originally.
Jacqui from New Zealand on August 07, 2015:
Blogmutt looked interesting, but is only for US writers....but you don't find that out until after you've given them your email etc.
Might help to add if they are worldwide or US only? But its only a suggestion.
Thanks for all your hard work in finding these sites, and sharing them with us.
Nicholl McGuire from Los Angeles County on April 02, 2015:
Thanks, your work is much appreciated.
Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on March 21, 2015:
Thanks for the useful and informative hub. Well done!
Keesha Metcalfe from The Beautiful Caribbean island of Jamaica on October 29, 2014:
Thanks for the very useful information JMcFarland
Elizabeth (author) from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions on June 14, 2014:
Because creative Commons is the source from which I found them, and the original author is not shared. Creative Commons is a collection of pictures, etc, that are free to use and share.
Boris C. on June 14, 2014:
@JMcFarland Hello. I have noticed you give credit to "creative commons" under pictures. Why do you give credit to them instead of original author who took the picture?
Joanna from Wilseyville on May 12, 2014:
Thank you for the information. I'm always looking for new sites to check out. These are good bunch! Good Luck in your writing endeavors!
cashmere from India on April 24, 2014:
Except for Hubpages and iWriter the other sites all are for "Native Speakers" which kind of excludes a large chunk of the English speaking population online.
Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on April 03, 2014:
Very good hub:). Voted up and interesting. I would like to mention Elance as well. While I have not finished my profile yet, there seems like a lot of work available but like everything else there is a chance that you won't get paid and it's very competitive thank you for writing this hub. Have a great week.
Mary from Cronulla NSW on April 03, 2014:
Great info here for writers looking for online work.have passed on to a friend of mine hoping to start online..Cheers
Elizabeth (author) from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions on April 03, 2014:
I haven't heard of allvoices, but I will check it out to add
William Benner from Savannah GA. on April 03, 2014:
What about allvoices? Have you had a chance to cheek that site out?
SaraleeEtter from Ohio on April 03, 2014:
Wow, this is a very helpful article! Thanks for offering these additional ideas.
J. Ezra Gordon from Boston on April 03, 2014:
Thanks for this! Most of the sites I've found pay by the word, or offer cents for a 350 word post. These look much more promising!
SEEMA AQUA on April 03, 2014:
I love writing on my own sad things r my personal things so what could i start writing....???
could u plx guide me..????
Thanx for sharing
GOD BLESS YOU.....
derek_ayre on April 03, 2014:
Thanks for an informative hub. Well worth checking these sites out as being retired, I now have more time on my hands for my writing.
Anna Sidorova from Russia on April 03, 2014:
Thank you for the useful info. i'm sure it will be helpful for lots of online writers. Just one precision. BlogMutt is for US residents only.
Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on April 03, 2014:
Thank you for all the info, I really do have to pluck up the courage to try some as for the first time in my life a have a little time after the webshop I worked for closed down!
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 02, 2014:
Very informative hub. Thanks for the reviews and help us to find another way to get money online by writing. Voted up and useful!
Elizabeth (author) from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions on April 02, 2014:
Parrster - I love writing, too so I definitely understand. The money is a nice added benefit for me. I like developing my skills and learning things I may have not been exposed to before as well. Thank you very much for stopping by.
Richard Parr from Australia on April 02, 2014:
One day I may write online for the money. For now I'll write for the love of it ...money would be nice though. Great article, voted up, and congratulations on your Hubpot achievements, well deserved.
Jacob Long from Memphis, TN on April 01, 2014:
I've been pleased with the earning potential here at HubPages and I make a little bit of money, mostly from a single good Hub. My strengths aren't really well-suited for what works on HubPages, but at this point it is probably one of the best.
I have made nearly $1000 at Yahoo Contributor Network, but that was due to the good fortune of getting sports beats. Those are gone, like many of the good earning opportunities there.
Rebecca Furtado from Anderson, Indiana on March 27, 2014:
Thanks for this article. The only site I have ever made money on was Associated Content which became Yahoo Voices. I am not really fond of their layout and since I was not not making much, I decided to write here because I love the way you can lay things out. I am going to look at the other sites.
Elizabeth (author) from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions on March 27, 2014:
Meisjunk - this article only scratched the surface. There are a lot more out there available, I just don't have the time to try all of them. Good luck in your search, and if you come across anymore, let me know.
Jennifer Kessner from Pennsylvania on March 27, 2014:
I wish there were more options in the poll! I haven't tried any other sites, but that's simply because most of the sites I've found are ones where people post freelance opportunities, and then the writers have to bid for the job! I'm not doing this full-time, and I do not have the time to do all of that. So I just didn't vote in your poll. I have the interest, but I haven't found any other sites.
I'm definitely booking this article for referencing when I can take a look at more writing sites.
sujaya venkatesh on March 27, 2014:
very informative jmc
ologsinquito from USA on March 27, 2014:
This is interesting. Some of the sites you've mentioned, I've never even heard of.
Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on March 27, 2014:
Interesting comparison of online writing sites. I've written only one article for BlogMutt and it was accepted and they paid immediately. It seemed like a lot of work for eight dollars between the research and writing. I like the opportunity to earn residual income here at HubPages. Congratulations on winning!
Elizabeth (author) from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions on March 27, 2014:
Thank you all so much
FlourishAnyway from USA on March 27, 2014:
Great hub! I appreciate learning about these sites and will check a few out based on your recommendations. Voted up and sharing.
Annie Messeri from Spain on March 27, 2014:
I love the name BlogMutt - great informative article and thank you so much for the information.
Elizabeth (author) from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions on March 26, 2014:
Thanks :-) it was a bit of a shock.
Nancy Owens from USA on March 26, 2014:
Congratulations on winning the hub pot challenge !
Beth Eaglescliffe from UK on March 26, 2014:
It was interesting to read your personal experience of these sites. Blogmutt is one that I'd not heard about before. Unfortunately it's only for US residents, so I can't try it out.
A useful article for anyone hoping to earn through online writing.
Elizabeth (author) from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions on March 26, 2014:
Thanks everyone for the feedback. muddling through dozens of potential sites can be overwhelming, and it's hard to know what to expect. I'm glad I was able to point to alternative sites, and thanks for the encouragement. Good luck everyone.
Jeanne Grunert on March 26, 2014:
Good article, and I'm always glad to find some additional sites. Shared with my friends - good luck!
Rohan Rinaldo Felix from Chennai, India on March 25, 2014:
Excellent hub with a lot of sites I hadn't heard of before! Kudos! Planning to check them out!
Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on March 25, 2014:
Besides HP, I've heard only of Textbroker but heard it was a lot of work for little pay. I haven't heard of the other sites but they sound interesting. Thanks for the info! Pinning to my freelancing board.