Best Freelance Writing Sites That Pay Up Front
Demand Studios Not Included
In earlier times, I probably would have included Demand Studios in my list of the best freelance writing sites for up front article compensation, but lately, it looks as though their writing program is a sinking ship, as well as their stock price.
The pool of article titles over at Demand Studios is gradually emptying out and their strict writing policies are becoming worse as time goes on. It used to be a decent place to write, mostly because they used to be the only site with thousands of available titles to choose from, but now it's time to consider the alternatives. Most of the sites mentioned below require writing samples when you apply. Previously published Demand Studios articles are good to use for writing samples.
Here are some of the best freelance writing sites to consider:
The first thing to do is to check their website to see if they're even accepting new writers. Applying to write for WiseGeek is similar to applying for Demand Studios. You must submit writing samples. If WiseGeek likes your writing, you are notified about one week later and granted access to their pool of article titles.
There are usually 500 titles or less available, and in the beginning, you have to write three test articles. The editor will provide you with feedback on your writing. After completion of three articles, WiseGeek will allow you to claim 5 to 10 articles at a time, but there's no limit in the amount of articles you can write for the site. If you skip a couple months of writing for the site, WiseGeek will close your account.
Unlike the strict policies at Demand Studios, as far as source and reference citing goes, WiseGeek does not require too much of that, but writing quality content is the most important factor.
WiseGeek increased article compensation from $10 per article to $11-$14, depending on the topic. Payments are made through PayPal less than five days after your article is accepted. The biggest advantage of writing there is that you're assigned a single editor, unlike DS, where the copy editors rotate, resulting in more frustrating rewrites at times. The biggest downside is that it's hard to get accepted into WG and they don't have many titles available, but neither does DS.
Break Studios is a good site to add to your mix of freelance writing sites that pay up front because it's easy to get accepted there and it's a decent backup site for extra money, but writing for this site alone will not provide a livable income. Break Studios pays $8 for 250 - 700 word articles. The pay is a little on the low end, but rewrites are not a problem there and the articles are easy to write for the most part.
The biggest problem with Break Studios is they don't have many titles available so you must grab them right away, when new ones come out, otherwise they'll vanish pretty quickly. Another thing to note is that their titles are really weird at times. Some are adult topics. Use a pen name.
Payments are made through PayPal within 45 days after article publication. Most of the titles on BS are geared towards men. Accepted articles are published on one of their many Web properties, such as Break.com, Madmen.com and HolyTaco.com to name a few.
Constant Content is different than the two writing sites mentioned earlier, but it is a legitimate site worth checking out. Constant Content is a marketplace where people go to buy well-written articles.
After you register your account, you will begin receiving public article requests by email from people looking to purchase articles on specific topics. You will receive new requests daily and you have the opportunity to pick and choose which ones you want to write.
You can also pre-write articles and post them on the site, hoping that someone will browse the various categories and purchase one of your articles, but it's easier to respond to new public requests right away and craft the best article possible to increase the chances of selling.
On Constant Content, you set your own rates that are based on either usage rights, unique rights or full usage rights. Full usages pays the most money because you are selling all usage rights in full. The site itself takes 35% of your completed sale, so you must carefully set your prices high enough to make a decent profit.
The biggest downside to writing for this site is that there are no profit guarantees. It really is a gamble. Basically, you are hoping someone will buy your content and there's quite a bit of competition between writers. However, you can make a good amount of money selling full usage rights. Also, buyers using Constant Content are more likely to make a purchase otherwise they wouldn't be there in the first place.
Once you make a few sales, repeat business from the same client is very likely. All content goes through a strict editorial process.
There are several up front pay sites that could be considered the best freelance writing sites, but for the sake of time, I wanted to mention only three for now.