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25 Best Paid to Write Sites to Make Passive and Upfront Income

Updated on June 26, 2016

1. Hubpages

Hubpages is hands down, the best paid to write site I have ever written for. This is where I am writing right now. Unlike Squidoo, it is less strict on it's policies, but Google still ranks it's articles well, so it's useful to make some recurring income and also backlinks to your blog (allows links). It has a special payment system, and you get paid with from the Hubpages Ad Program, Amazon Affiliate Program, and Ebay Affiliate Program. However, it still requires a Google Adsense account, but you can get a payout with $50 instead of Google's $100.

2. Squidoo

Squidoo is a very famous site to write for, the best thing is that you don't even have to have an approved adsense account, which is one of the reasons this site has so many writers. However, Squidoo has a very strict policy, and some people get banned without notice. Squidoo has a unique ranking system, where each article is a "lens" and you get a ranking from #1 (most popular) to about #250,0000 for new articles that isn't indexed into Google yet. One of my articles there hit #150 and I earned $21 that month.

3. Bubblews

Bubblews is also a nice site, you can earn lots of money if your post goes viral, but otherwise, it doesn't make you much. It's awesome for teens and amateur writers who can't wait to get their cash, all because of it's patented unique payment system. It pays you for each view, like, and comment you get (1 cent for each one), so it you get 100 views, 20 likes, and 10 comments, you earn $1.3, quick! The downsides are 1) You need to get to $50 to redeem. 2) Some people get banned easily. 3) There are so many people submitting their articles, that in the few seconds between you submitting your article and you moving to the home screen, you are already ranking fourth because 3 people submitted articles in those few seconds. :D

The Winners


The Runner-Ups

Upfront Payments
Revenue Sharing
Job Boards
4. Demand Media
9. Teckler
21. Postanyarticle
5. Yahoo Voices
10. Zujava
16. Elance
22. Expertpages
6. Reviewstream
11. Wikinut
17. Odesk
23. Seekyt
7. Listverse
12. Triond
18. Ecopywriters
8. iWriter
13. Writedge
19. Textbroker
25. Epinion
14. Bukisa
20. Zerys

Upfront Payment Sites

Demand Media

  • Accepts US Writers Only.
  • High payment - $15-20 Dollars per Article
  • Your articles get listed on high-PR sites like eHow and Livestrong.
  • Hard to get approved.
  • Picky Editors :)
  • You have to find jobs in the job board.


  • Write reviews of products, whatever you like.
  • You get paid from $2-$5, the rate changes every few minutes.
  • If they don't like it, they pay you the bulk rate, which is the regular rate divided by 5.
  • Bad reviews recently about how Reviewstream doesn't give payouts, or doesn't accept your articles. It used to be a good site and paid honestly, but recently, an article that should deserve the regular rate is paid the bulk rate, and an article that is bulk rate, gets rejected. And that means that I am writing 600-800 word articles for less than $1! Plus, sometimes it says "We aren't interested in your review at the time" or "it isn't specific enough".
  • If you have lots of rejected articles on Reviewstream, submit them to Squidoo or Hubpages.


  • Pays a lot - $100 for a 1000-word list!
  • Example "10 Awesome Games that were never Published......Why?"
  • Hard to get accepted.
  • You get a backlink to your social media profile/blog/website.


  • Lots of jobs availiable, you almost never run out of jobs.
  • 3 Tier system - Standard, Premium, Elite.
  • Payment for Standard Writers (No application process, just sign up)
  • 150 words - $1.25
  • 400 words - $2
  • 500 words - $2.5
  • If you wrote 30 accepted articles at got an average rating of 4-5 stars, you become a premium writer, which gets double the pay for standard writers.
  • If you wrote 30 accepted articles at got an average rating of 4.5-5 stars, you become an elite writer, which gets 4 times more money than standard writers.
  • You also get special requests.

Revenue-Sharing Sites







Writedge and Dailytwocents

Check out this review on pay per view writing sites - writedge and dailytwocents.

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      Paul Bailey 2 years ago from Aylesbury, England

      Hi Ryan

      Just to update everyone. website closed down unexpectedly on Nov 16th 2015.

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      Ryan Chang 2 years ago

      @Sam Warren Yeah, I'd be interested to add that to the guide! What's the new paid blogging program?

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      Sam Warren 2 years ago

      Realize this post is quite old, but it was useful and I wanted to thank you for pulling it together.

      Also, Squidoo has been acquired by HubPages and is outdated information at this point.

      The company I work for just started a paid blogging program though, maybe it'd be a suitable replacement? We're offering $100 per accepted article. Let me know if you'd like more information to update your guide with.


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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Since you wrote this Squidoo has bit the dust. I write for as lot of sites but Bubblews is paying me the best right now.

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      Michelle Harlow 3 years ago from Calgary

      Writedge (and it's sister site both are paying per unique view on all articles.

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      writing4action 3 years ago

      I don't agree that Hubpages is the best. They don't have enough traffic.

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      Ryan Chang 4 years ago

      @Dee $50 that's really generous! Thank you!

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      Dee 4 years ago

      I'm not a huge site like the ones mentioned here but I do offer $50 per list style article.

      More details here:

      Good luck writing.


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      Ryan Chang 4 years ago

      @Hamza Butt

      No, I think Yahoo Voices is only open to US and UK (maybe) residents.

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      Hamza Butt 4 years ago

      I just wanted to know that can authors that are not from United States earn money from Yahoo Voices???

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      Ryan Chang 4 years ago

      @UberGeekGirl Thanks! Saw that. Excited about the new pay per view models!

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      Michelle Harlow 4 years ago from Calgary

      Great list :) For the record, Writedge is tryout out a pay per view model through March 31 and recently partnered up with

      Love your choices though! :)

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      Ryan Chang 4 years ago