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Get Paid to Write Online for Top Writing Sites

Updated on May 8, 2011

Freelance Writing At Its Best

When you search for ways to make money online with your writing, what do you usually find?

You find lists and links to dozens of online writing sites that you can write for. Nearly all of them receive decent commentary from the writers, though hardly any of them actually suggest logical reasons to write for those sites. They are mostly just trying to get you to sign up for their affiliate links.

If you're really going to reach your goal of becoming a successful freelance writer, you'll want to learn some of the trades secrets, otherwise you'll be left in the dust. It's not just about signing up for dozens of writing sites in the hopes of making a few dollars every month. It's not just about great content. It's about focusing your attention and maximizing what you have.

Focus On A Few Sites

While I will never suggest it's a bad idea to have your pen name on most writing sites, it's not helpful to your pocket book to try and keep up with so many sites. On top of that, a lot of writing sites receive bad reviews from their writers - not because they are crappy sites to write for - but because the writers don't give enough of their time to each site. When you try to write for a ton of sites, you spread yourself thin, you miss out on grabbing the attention of that writing community and you lessen your chances of appearing on search engines.

So the best way to capitalize on your zest for freelance success, is to focus on two or three sites for at least 6 months at a time. Even after six months, you want to keep these sites as your main writing sites. Though if you feel you can handle the extra load of building up another site, then go for it.

Write Consistently

In order to make some REAL money with your online writing, you must keep your output of articles consistent. It helps to write about hot topics and to stick with topics that will continually earn, but nothing beats the simply keeping your output consistent.

Your best bet, is to set a goal of at least one article per day. Even with that small amount, you're going to be putting out 30 articles a month. After a few months, you'll have a nice portfolio built up. Now, you can spread out which site you write for everyday, though you can maximize your potential by writing one article for each of your main sites per day. This gives you a total of 90 articles per month.

Hone Your Keyword Skills

Keeping up with keywords is a constant battle. Anyone who has been on board with online freelance writing, knows that the tides change continually with seo. Google and other search engines are constantly trying to make their engines better, as well as trying to make sure genuine content get's attention before spammers.

With all these changes, updates and upgrades, seo has become continual education. So in order for you to hone your keyword skills, you'll need to keep yourself up to date with any changes in search engines and with the tools that are available to you. At the moment, there are plenty of free google keyword tools that you can use, and plenty of fancy paid tools you can get to know as well.

Use whatever tools you can get and keep up to date on the latest trends in keywords. This will help make sure your work gets picked up by the search engines more frequently.

Promote Yourself!

You'll never truly become that successful freelance writer, if you don't learn to toot your own horn. If you never get out into the social world and show people what you know, then they will never know your writing exists. It doesn't matter if you write articles, blogs, books or philosophical reviews. You need to get out there and use your social bookmarks to spread the word.

Don't be shy! Capitalize!

Top Writing Sites to Write For

I have tested out dozens of writing sites online. Most of them pay you a revenue share to write for them, while others are simply for the fun of it. Since this hub is about capitalizing on your earning potential through online writing, I'd like to share with you the sites that have so far helped me earn the most.


That's right! The very site I'm currently creating content on, is so far one of the best I have had the pleasure of contributing to. They are already in sync with Google, Amazon, Ebay and Paypal. They have a decent payout rate and you can literally see results from them in only a few days time. On top of all this, they have one of the most interactive communities that I've been a part of, and nothing beats that kind of support.


This is another great site for freelance writers, and although they have changed a bit from the original platform that I truly enjoyed, they still manage to bring in a decent haul every month. Their community is pretty hefty as well, and they make sure that every gets a chance to prove themselves experts in any topic desired. They are not as hooked up with Google as Hubpages, but they do use paypal and I have found my factoidz to be consistent and reliable earners (and trust me, my articles aren't always that special!)

Associate Content/Yahoo Contributors Network

I really preferred Associated Content instead of the newer Yahoo Contributors Network, though either way, I can't deny that they give you as much as you put into them. They definitely don't share as much revenue as factoidz or hubpages, but they are consistent and they target articles that cater to topics you've chosen to write about before. They also don't mind if you republish content that you've written on other sites, so long as you retain your right to publish the content elsewhere and make sure to site that you've written the content elsewhere before.

All of these sites are great sites to put your energy and concentration into. With hard work and dedication, you can find a great earning potential and communities of loyal readers.


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      Bema Self 6 years ago from Seattle

      Thank you Dr Kavita! My pregnancy was crazy! But in the end, my son was born healthy and is now nearly 6 months old. You reminded me to update my profile, lol.

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      Dr Kavita Shaikh 6 years ago from MUSCAT

      Great information Amanda, freelance writing has its own challeneges but I would vouch for it as an excellent source of income (primary / complementary)for everyone who knows how to put ideas to paper / computer. BTW awesome profile, and good wishes for your pregnancy.

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      Bema Self 6 years ago from Seattle

      It's fun to visit and participate in other writing sites, and it really offers a lot of insight in the hows, whys, whos, whats and whens.

      Personally, I like to try on different persona's and roles in various writing communities. Like trying on a different hat with every profile. =)

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      Cynthia B Turner 6 years ago from Georgia

      This was an informative, very concise. It seems most writers find hubpages to be one of the best writing sites, but like Ms Dee, maybe I need to do a little stretching. Thanks for sharing.

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      Shawn Scarborough 6 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Good hub with some great tips.

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      This is wise, useful advice that I appreciate right now and I stretch and try something else in addition to HubPages. Thanks so much!

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      adini 6 years ago

      it's a master-piece.

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      victoria 6 years ago from Hamilton On.

      Your information is very helpful,and well organized.That being focused tip was especially appropriate for me

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      LRCBlogger 6 years ago

      Good article, appreciate the tips

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      Great page. Thank you very much for these tips. Rated Useful!


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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      This is so very useful and I am bookmarking.

      Take care


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      Sp Greaney 6 years ago from Ireland

      great advice in your hub....Voted up...

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      shanaya 6 years ago from Living in my Own Dreams:)

      Very good HUB & informative too.

      Hope you doing well..please take a good care of your self.


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      Bema Self 6 years ago from Seattle

      Thank you Gajanis, I really appreciate your support =)

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      gajanis786 6 years ago

      Good article...keep it up.