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How to Get Paid for Writing Blog Posts

Updated on August 4, 2014

Ways to Earn Cash Online

You don't need to be a professional journalist or marketing expert in order to turn your content into cash. There are a number of ways you can earn a decent living from what you write.

  1. Start your own blog
  2. Write for a blog that pays for submissions
  3. Write for a blog that pays based on the number of pageviews your work receives
  4. Write online reviews
  5. Register with copywriting agencies
  6. Get started on the path to a career in writing by joining a well known 'content mill.'

What types of content can earn you money?

Whether you are completely new to writing blog posts or you've been at it for years, you may not realise that your content could be making you money.

The Internet is changing quickly, and the need for quality content has never been greater. But before you start to write off your chances of making money from your writing, it's worth noting that absolutely any type of content has the potential to earn cash.

Maybe you like to share your recipes with friends via a personal blog. Or perhaps you regularly post about life as a parent. If you can write, and there are people who are willing to read your material on a regular basis, there is not limit to what you can achieve.

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Who will pay for your work?

Any website that generates income from content will probably be willing to pay you for your work. Popular blogs, news websites and review services are always on the look-out for fresh, opinionated copy - the subject matter is almost irrelevant.

Websites earn money in two main ways:

  • Advertising
  • Affiliate Marketing

In most cases, advertising revenues are generated when a visitor to a website clicks an advert. The pay-per-click model is the most popular on the Internet, and it is how most blogs and news services make their money.

Affiliate marketing usually involves customers clicking a link and being taken to a third-party website. If that customer then buys a product or service, the website owner receives a percentage of the sale - although sometimes payments are fixed.

In both cases, content is what drives traffic. And without traffic, there can be no income. Content truly is king, and having the ability to create it could be earning you money.

How are writers paid for their work

Writers are paid for writing copy and blog posts in three main ways. Which method you favour will depend on what you are writing, and the number of people likely to read it.

  • A fixed payment on delivery of the agreed piece
  • Payment based on the number of unique pageviews an article receives
  • A combination of a fixed payment and payment based on pageviews

Some blogs and websites will only pay based on pageviews for a limited period of time, so it's worth checking that out before signing up to anything. Payments are usually made fortnightly or monthly, and they're based on official data from Google Analytics or similar traffic measurement services.

However, before you submit your work, remember that posting on a third-party website usually means you are foregoing your copyright to the material. Once it has been published, it will likely become the property of the blog or website.

In order to get paid for your work, you will probably need to open a Paypal or Skrill account, as these payment gateways are simple, cost-effective and highly secure.

Websites that pay for content

If you are a native English speaker, there are several websites and content services on the Internet that will pay you for your work.

Content Mills


Getting started

In the cases of The Daily Heckle and What Culture!, writers must complete a short writing sample - just to prove that they can write. Once approved, writers can 'pitch' their ideas to editors, who will say yes or no - they may say yes on the proviso that certain conditions are met.

In many cases, these sites will also pay fixed cash bonuses to writers who meet agreed deadlines or write about very specific subjects. And the more popular the posts are, the more money the writers make at the end of the month!

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      If you want to spend hours (or days) researching for very specific topics, writing according to very specific instructions, and finally (maybe) get paid the equivalent of a few pennies per hour of your time (since it has to be accepted)....go ahead and join Textbroker. I know because I joined it, tested at the next-to-the-highest level and wrote several articles, including material for commercial blogs. It definitely was NOT worth the trouble!