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Join a Writing Community to Earn Extra Money Online

Updated on August 30, 2017

Earn a Few Extra Dollars by Joining a Writing Community.

An online writing community is rather like a garden. When a prospective reader visits a site filled with content from many writers, there are so many delightful articles to see that it may be hard to choose the first to read. Just as one will find many kinds of flowers in a garden, so there will be thousands of articles on hundreds of topics on a site like HubPages. The owner of the site is like a gardener, picking which plants belong in the garden and pruning from time to time to get rid of dead plants taking space that could go to lovely new flowers. If you want to publish your writing on one of these sites, you will be in competition with many others who publish there. Yet the opportunity to earn money on these sites is open to all.

There are many legitimate writing communities where you can earn money by publishing your work online. The ones I will discuss here are all free to join. I will not evaluate any here that I do not belong to. Most of my work so far has been published on Squidoo (now part of HubPages) and HubPages. I also have work at Wizzley, and Medium.

Of the sites where I currently have work, I have only actually been paid by HubPages, since I have not posted enough work on Wizzley to reach a payout and Medium doesn't pay. I want to stress here that you probably won't start getting payouts until you've published at least 50 articles on a site. My advice is to join all of the sites that interest you and post two articles on each. That should give you a feel for each site and the tools it provides for you to build your articles. Many of the sites have a variety of modules provided for enhancing your work with photos, videos, quizzes, polls, link lists, maps, and more. But each site works a bit differently, and you just may feel more at home with one than with another. We will explore these websites below.

The photo of the daisy is one I took in my own garden. B. Radisavljevic, 2014 All Rights Reserved

Only a mediocre writer is always at his best.

W. Somerset Maugham

Writing is a Means of Self-Expression

It gives voice to our inner thoughts so we don't have to keep them inside.

Every writer should keep some sort of journal for recording experiences, thoughts, ideas, and anything else that will trigger memories that can later be used in writing. I have a paper journal for just ideas. I often use Bubblews and my own blogs for sharing my thoughts and experiences, but I always keep a backup copy on my computer. I have learned that writing sites come and go. When they go, they take your work with them, if you haven't backed it up. I did not have much work on Qondio when it was sold, but I was new at online writing and wasn't backing it up yet. I did lose what I had posted -- forever.

The writing sites I review here offer varied genre opportunities. Don't be afraid to try something new. Whatever your favorite genre, challenge yourself to try something different than you've done before. If you normally write nonfiction, try your hand at poetry or fiction. You may discover something new about yourself as a writer.

Help with Your Writing Style

Elements of Style
Elements of Style

This book should be read frequently for reminders in how to construct effective sentences and paragraphs. There is also help with proper grammar and usage. The book is arranged topically for easy use.


Tip for Making Money Writing Online: Polish Your Writing Skills

Know your craft.

I belong to many different writing communities, and I see way too much work published online by those who don't seem to know the difference between homonyms or easily confused words. Maybe they just don't proofread their work before publishing. People will respect you more as a writer if you use your tools well, and words are your most important tools. Read more about improving your grammar, spelling, and punctuation here, and learn more about why it matters.

Another important tool is grammar. You not only need to know how to use and spell words properly, but you also need to learn how to use them to construct grammatically correct sentences. You need to know how to build and connect clauses and phrases into sentences that read smoothly and don't confuse your readers.

Online Writing Demands Your Best - You will have lots of competition for traffic

My Favorite Thesaurus

Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus
Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus

I constantly refer to this book when my aging brain is stuck trying to remember a more specific word for the overused one in my head. This book also contains lists of words all related to the same subject in boxes near the word you are looking for. Example: If you look up "instrument," you will see a box across the page full of the names of musical instruments classified by their types -- stringed, wind, etc.


Books Every Writer Should Have on Hand - There is always something new to learn about writing.

No matter which sites you choose to join, you want to do your best work. Books have helped me polish my writing. The book I feature here is just one I own and use myself. I refer to it often when I'm writing or proofreading. I prefer to have my reference books in paper form for easy navigation. If you click through to the description of this featured book, you will see suggestions for many of the other books I use. I am always looking for just the right word, so I have more than one word book.

Getting Acquainted and HubPages and Remembering Squidoo - These were the first writing sites I joined.

Squidoo Is No Longer a Choice, but HubPages Lives On

I started at Squidoo because it was the first place I heard about. I floundered for a bit before I found RocketMoms, and it was joining RocketMoms that helped me develop as an online writer. That put me in a community of other writers who supported me and read my work. We read each other's work and critiqued it. Now not only has RocketMoms disappeared, but Squidoo has merged with HubPages.

Once you have written a couple of articles for all the sites I mentioned above that interest you, decide on one site to really concentrate on and write for it until you have published 50 well-written articles. You won't start earning much on any site until you have established your presence there.

Each writer for HubPages is given his or her own subdomain. If one is really lucky, their articles may be published on some of the HubPages specialized niche sites such as TurboFuture.

On HubPages, writers don't compete for rank as they did on Squidoo. They get the Adsense money and affiliate income from half their page views and HubPages gets the other half. If you get page views and make affiliate sales you will generate a bit income. To generate enough income for steady payouts, you need to have a lot of good work published and a steady readership.

It took me two and a half years to get my first payout, and had HubPages not started their own ad program, I still might be awaiting a payout from Google, which has a threshold of $100 before you get a cent. The threshold at HubPages is $50. Even if you begin to put most of your writing on some other site, check in at HubPages often to make friends, read the hubs of others, and comment, You can explore and sign up for HubPages here.

HubPages is one of the best homes for creative writing and you will find many Hubbers who publish their poems and short stories or serial fiction there. It's a good home for photo essays, as well. My HubPages profile page will link to examples of my poetry hubs and also to my nature photo essays. You may also embed YouTube videos into any of your hubs.

HubPages has stood the test of time and has survived for several years, even as Squidoo and some other sites have disappeared from cyberspace. Both sites have made major changes in their standards in response to changes in Google policies. Sometimes hubs are unfeatured and hidden from Google or from anyone who does not come by direct link. Sometimes articles are even unpublished until they are revised to meet new standards, or they may be deleted from the site completely. Writers have to adjust. Some leave and go elsewhere. Some make the necessary changes and remain. Each writer does what seems to be in his or her own interest at the time.

Many new social blogging sites have started up in the past few years. It seems new ones pop up frequently. I can't keep up with them all. I have now stopped trying them and have decided to stick with more established sites like HubPages and Wizzley. The others seem to disappear just about the time I've built up a body of work on them. Or they stop paying writers. That has led to a lot of personal frustration and I've decided to get off that merry-go-round. Now when sites go under, I move suitable work to my own blogs instead of reposting them on another site I don't control.

I made my husband take this picture of me in my Squidoo shirt. It was a gift from Squidoo for becoming a Giant Squid, or for joining the Giant Squid 100 Club, which required 100 great lenses. Now this shirt is a souvenir for an important chapter of my life on Squidoo.

A Brief Look a Wizzley

Wizzley is younger than either Squidoo and HubPages. I've been on Wizzley since May, 2011, and have written only seven articles for them so far. I will publish more as soon as I have time, since I do like the site. The search engines do find your work there quite easily, and that counts for a lot. Its founders have experience on both Squidoo and HubPages and have tried to incorporate the best features of each. Income opportunities on Wizzley are similar to those on HubPages, but after you have published 50 quality articles, you will begin to profit from 55% of the page views, and after you have 100, you will get 60% of page views. Another important difference for me is that I can also advertise my Zazzle products at Wizzley, and that is difficult, if not impossible, at HubPages. Look over Wizzley and join here.

Zujava also used to be a writing site, but it died this year. They gave enough notice so that most people had time to make copies of their work for publication elsewhere. No matter where you publish, always make a back-up that includes copies of your image files and links to videos you may have used.

I Used to Love Bubblews, but It Didn't Survive.

I joined Bubblews in February, 2013. In 2013 and 2014, I earned more there than from all the other sites combined during that same time. Bubblews was a social blogging site let people write on any subject they choose, as long as they wrote at least 400 characters in English, their work was original and writers only used photos they had the right to use. Bubblews died last year. Many people had never been paid.

Don't Keep All Your Writing Eggs in One Site Basket


Persona Paper

Persona Paper entered the writing scene in 2014. I joined in July of that year. It has been a pleasant writing experience, but so far not a really profitable one. Like Bubblews, articles can be short -- only 500 characters. You may include as many photos as you like as long as you have the right to use them. I have been paid what I was owed promptly, but the site's future is in limbo right now.

I fully expected Persona Paper to become my primary writing community for social blogging. It was suitable for any kind of G-rated writing. It still has many writers who gather there who read and comment on each other's work, but it no longer pays its writers. It has also recently changed ownership and is in transition. It remains to be seen what direction it will take.

We've all heard it's not good to put all one's eggs in one basket. One just never can tell how successful a new site will be. At least Persona Paper has been upfront in keeping its writers in the loop. It is now under new ownership, but it's still now back to paying writers.

Niume Had Promise as a Social Blogging Site, but No Longer Pays

Niume has collected writers, artists, and photographers from many countries. I think it is replacing Bubblews as the most popular social blogging site and it is also home to refugees of the now-closed Tsu. It requires very little text -- only requiring five lines of text per post, but there must also be some form of media. The platform is easy to use.

It would appear most members don't consider themselves writers at all, especially those who have come from Tsu. They are artists and photographers who post their photos and maybe a quote from somewhere else or a few lines. The administration doesn't enforce the minimum five lines rule in the Photography Sphere. I have also seen a lot of plagiarism on Niume and some photo theft and reported it. I think they are beginning to crack down on it more.

Unfortunately, Niume has also stopped paying writers. You can still publish there, but you won't make any money.

I hope you have found this information from my personal experience useful. If you have a question I haven't answered, feel free to ask it below.

I'd appreciate your comments on the writing sites you've tried. - If you are considering trying one, which seems to fit you most?

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 4 months ago from Templeton, CA

      I'm hoping it sticks around. I'd hate to update my sleeping hubs and then have it disappear.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 months ago from Germany

      Very informative hub Barbara. Hubpages is the only constant site in our writing lives. Sad to say, Niume will close this 2nd of October. I hope Hubpages will stay forever. Let us pray for that.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 19 months ago from Templeton, CA

      I thought Wikinut stopped paying or went under. I think I took my work off there. I joined Bubblews early on, so I did make quite a bit there before it disappeared into the night. I really need to promote Zazzle more. Wish we could do it here like we used to on Squidoo.

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      Nadine May 21 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for all your advice Barbara. You reminded me that I did sign up for Wizzley 2 years ago but never posted an article there. I was also on Bubblews and got one payment of $50. from them before they closed down and I have written articles for but have never reached any payment there due to my own lack of adding more posts. So much to do. I'm now keeping my blogs going where i'm promoting my Zazzle and other products.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 2 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Yes, there are a number of baskets we can put eggs in now. The hard part is figuring out which ones can hold them best.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 2 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Maria, I now have three articles at Seekyt, but what puts me off is the difficulty of finding how much, if anything, I'm earning. I'm putting most of my effort into blogging.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 2 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Suzzycue, you're correct. I made a typo in that comment. I did mean I no longer post to or recommend Bubblews. I'm currently writing on Persona Paper, HubPages, revenue-sharing social networks, Wikinut, and Seekyt, and I still have a presence on Wizzley and Zujava. Other than that, I am working on my blogs and Zazzle business

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      It's good all of these sites exist, especially for those who are new to publishing online, who don't know how to create their own sites, or don't want to try until they learn more. It's a shame about Squidoo.

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      MariaMontgomery 2 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Hey, Barb! I think you pretty much covered it all. Thanks for some great information. I set up an account at Wizzley, but never did write anything there - I can't remember why. I also set up an account at WritEdge, but did not write there because they said they reserve the right to edit my work. I've heard to many bad things about Bubblews to give them a try. For now, I'm writing on HP, PersonaPaper, and have one article on Seekyt. I'm not thrilled with the editing capabilities on Seekyt, so I don't know if I'll stay there either. I guess I'm just too hard to please. I miss the ease of writing on Squidoo, but do not miss all the weirdness of that last year with them, or the way they treated us. Thanks again for putting all this information in one place.

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      Susan Britton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a very informative hub Barbrad. Do you only write on two sites now?That is my problem. I am trying to write on too many at one time. It says in the last comment you don't write for Hubpages, did you mean Bubblews?

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      DDE, Squidoo is no more and all the lenses people wanted to transfer are now hubs. Bubblews is the one that really has disappointed people by not keeping promises to pay, and I no longer recommend it. I now love Persona Paper.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Sunardi, It's been that way for some time. I'll have to update. The change over kept us all busy editing our lenses for the transfer here and distracted us from editing existing hubs.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I'm technically still a member, but the forums I liked best always seemed to be disabled when I had time to post to them.

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      Sunardi 3 years ago from Indonesia

      Does anyone join postLoop?

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      Sunardi 3 years ago from Indonesia

      I tried opened Squidoo several days ago, but I found "Squidoo is Hubpages now".

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting hub! I did try Squidoo and so many others but failed. My best is Hubpages. Writing is challenging and most sites are scams and don't pay.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Based on what happened in October of 2014, I only have negative things to say about Bubblews. The site owes me about $300 in outstanding redemptions and I won't write another article on that site until I am paid. I have been on Hubpages for almost four years, but actually only three years active because I was devoting all my energy to making money on Bubblews until they stopped paying me. Voted up and sharing with HP followers.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Thanks, Audrey. I'm already seeing you at some of them. Now I just have to edit Squidoo out of this.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Yes, and I need to edit this hub.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I have always enjoyed HubPages. I agree I should edit this or remove it. I've gotten behind on editing the Squidoo transfer lenses because I've been preparing for, undergoing, and recovering from major neurosurgery. I'll try to remedy this soon.

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      sheilamarie78 3 years ago

      I'm on all the same sites that you are, Barb. In fact you are the one who introduced me to Bubblews a couple of years ago. Thanks!

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Valuable discussion of some online sites. Your Hub is appreciated.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I have very little on Wizzley and should check in there more. This is a really comprehensive article--and I am glad that you included your own experiences about the various site! See you at some of them!

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Now that Squidoo is dead, looks like I will have to check out some of the others you mentioned.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Now there's no Squidoo, I write on HubPages, which I enjoy writing.

      Things have changed so much with all of Googles Pandas and etc, i really don't think you can earn much money on any writing community. Just write as I'm lost without it. Thanks for this article, I think Squidoo should be removed now, as there isn't any squidoo to write for.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      @revolutionbjj: No, I've never tried InfoBarrel. I"m leaning more toward social blogging sites and my own blogs.

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      Andrew Smith 3 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Squidoo is obviously super easy, and I've published a lot of (what I think is) good content in a relatively short time. Have you ever tried Infobarrel?

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      @DANCING COWGIRL: You might want to give it another try now. They have changed the site format and editor. I earned $6 yesterday.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      I love Squidoo and was a Rocketmom also. I tried Bubblews for a while but after an unexplained missing payment, I redirected my major efforts. I still have my account an may post something occasionally now. Thanks for all of you insight.