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Best Freelance Writing Sites That Pay Up Front

Updated on March 15, 2012

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

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, and to name a few.

Constant Content

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.


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    • Phil Riddel profile image

      Phil Riddel 5 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks for this information: I hadn't heard of Break Studio, so I may investigate.

      I wrote for wiseGEEK until they stopped accepting new articles a while ago. They were good to work for: helpful editor, quick turnaround and prompt payments. They are still very much in existence, but are now concentrating on updating and improving existing articles and with that in mind some new roles that are more editorial in nature are being created. They are trying to fill these roles from the ranks of existing writers, who are being invited to test for them, but it is taking quite a while; I'm still wating for my invite, as, apparently, are some writers who have been there a lot longer than I have. If they are unable to fill all the roles from within they may start recruiting again, but I don't think that is going to happen any time soon.

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      nohaa 5 years ago

      thanks a lot Matt. i love writing and reading and am about to graduate with degree in english. didn't know where to start before reading this. oh, by the way.. hello from Malaysia

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      Matt G. 5 years ago

      Thank you. I'll have to try their referral program.

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      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      I received payments from ConstantContent for referring other writers. Many of my readers liked them because they accepted non US citizens. Back then in 2006, many sites catered to the US and UK only. Great hub. Voted up! ;)

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      Anooshay 5 years ago

      I find it so difficult to find a job online now. They're either not hiring or they require W9 forms. does anyone know fo websites that have options to pick assignments from the dashboards? That too, in bulk?

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      Lori 5 years ago

      This article was helpful. Thanks. I am researching Constant Content. I missed the little detail that you shared with us, "After you register your account, you will begin receiving public article requests by email from people looking to purchase articles on specific topics." I am very glad I found your article.

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      rebeccawrites78 5 years ago from Conklin New York

      I find the pay with Elance to be very much on the low side, but the work can be constant if you are willing to lower your prices. I got a job with them simply by following the exact instructions of the poster.

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      Matt G. 5 years ago

      I hope wiseGEEK and some of the other writing sites stay open for a while, especially now that Demand Studios seems to be going downhill with their ongoing article drought. I still haven't tried Elance or Guru, but I will check them out. I have read some good things about both. How was your experience with Elance?

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      rebeccawrites78 5 years ago from Conklin New York

      Thank you for the tips. I do feel compelled to share my most recent wiseGEEK experience, however. They are currently beginning to follow the demise of Demand. It's sad, but in a few months you may need to update your article. Also, what do you think of Elance and Guru? I've grabbed a minimal amount of work from them but I don't market as aggresively as others who have been very successful on those site.

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      Matt G. 5 years ago

      Thank you and I'm happy to hear you found it helpful.

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      Kathy Sima 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for writing this informative hub, Matt. I am fairly new to the world of online writing, so it's very helpful to read reviews like this.

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      Matt G. 5 years ago

      I'm glad you found it useful.

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      Casey Cooper 5 years ago from Collinsville, Illinois

      Thank you for the information. I found this really useful.

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      Patti Riggs Hale 5 years ago from Burdette, Arkansas

      Good info! Thanks!

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Thanks for the helpful information.

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      Matt G. 5 years ago

      Thanks. I'm glad you found it useful.

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      HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      Thanks for sharing Matt! :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Useful and informative. I'm going to bookmark for future reference.

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      Matt G. 5 years ago

      Thanks. I live in the US.

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      Annette Donaldson 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Wow, thank you very much for sharing this hub. Your profile doesn't say where you live. I live in the UK, and have found very little success in writing for the usual magazines, so these sites would be of interest to me.