Online Writing Communities Have Mushroomed
Getting Started Freelance Writing
Tons of online articles about freelance writing? That's because everybody has their own experience and each writer hopes that by showing others their journey it might be of value.
This is my story.
Through no fault of my own, found myself unemployed years back. Tried to help my husband and son with their real estate business but really wanted something that could be done as a stand alone project, on my own. Thought about freelance writing but every site wanted to charge a fee to get started. So the idea went on the back burner until one day … Finally! Found online writing communities that would let me sign up free. That was the beginning. Those communities that gave me my push into the “writer's pond” were established and they taught me to “swim”. Forever grateful because they gave me confidence.
Yes! I Can Do This! Where to Next?
So now that my published articles were appearing online, what next? Started looking around for more places to publish. You don't want to put all your apples in one basket, as they say.
Many online writing communities have sprouted up or mushroomed. Getting in on the growth of a site when it is brand new is quite an experience and a risk. You don't know if they will survive. If they don't, neither does your work. So remember to save backup copies. However, because you were accepted to work at this site, you sort of feel motivated to encourage the website owners in their efforts and you want to root for their success. You're hoping they can become established and recognized as a site WAHM writers can take seriously.
Writing Adventures Around the Web
Below is a list of the brand new communities that are or were gracious enough to publish my articles, short posts, etc. ( – “brand new” means “been operating between 1 to 5 years”). What were the features that attracted me to the sites?
Simple publishing process.
Newbies and experienced writers welcomed.
Site owners or operators are proactive, approachable and open to suggestions.
Help or assistance is made available via on-site forums, Facebook groups, etc., or direct contact.
Community members support each other.
The atmosphere is professional and friendly.
The main feature for all of these communities? They are all FREE to sign up.
List of Communities
Owners present a description of their site as: “Content creation and discovery platform where users can come to express their opinions, meet like-minded individuals and be compensated for their posts.” My experience with this site has been mixed. When my short posts were published it was a good feeling. When people commented it felt even better. When they underwent their cha … cha … cha … changes, it was all good. My criticism? Could never really understand what was going on from the management and staff's perspective, except for one guy who would occasionally write about their plans for the future. 400 characters (not words), minimum; cash out $50. My info is as of August 2015. Some people stay. Some people leave. Tried the platform several times. Finally gave up and moved on. The environment was somewhat nebulous.
Daily Two Cents
You get paid for your “two cents” on almost any topic. 200 words, minimum. The owners created it be a social media network where you have friends and followers. The pay per view feature is what attracted me to the site but they no longer offer PPV (see below). I still like the site though. It has a revenue share plan and allows affiliate referral links. (See notes on partner site: Writedge.)
Persona Paper (CLOSED)
Really like this site. 500 characters (not words), minimum for your short posts. You earn “coins” and you can check your bank all the time. Cash out is $20. Persona Paper was created sort of as a competitor or rather a response to Bubblews and many unhappy campers moved into the neighborhood. Nice community. Site owners don't seem to be as responsive as they were in the past. Not sure if the community will stay up and running. For now, the experience is very worthwhile.
“A writing website that makes it fun and easy for anyone to make money writing original, reader-friendly articles!” per the old owner. It was 2000 word minimum. The site was purchased. Under the new management, took the initiative to remove my content and delete my account. Was not comfortable with the cha … cha … cha … changes. But don't let my actions and decisions stop you from giving it a try.
Could pass as a "kissing cousin" of HUBPages, i.e. very similar with the exception that pages need only be 400 words. 80 words are needed as an introduction. They have an easy publishing process. My first few article were reviewed by the editors but once approval was granted, it was smooth sailing. Have 37 published “Wizzles”. Great community. Excellent help and support. You don't get the impression that the owners plan to fold up any time soon.
It was a PPV (pay per view) site. Now it's a revenue share plan if you have Google Ad Sense and they allow you to use affiliate referral links and you keep 100% of any commissions earned from product sales. Posts must be minimum of 400 words. Its partner site is Daily Two Cents and they have pretty much the same features. The site owners have set up more and more sites – reviews, news, etc. Everything is lumped under the “Harlow McGaw Media” umbrella. But these are the only two sites where I have published content.
If you are an affiliate advertiser, use this site. Owners just want you to write about 250 words, enough to wrap around a Google ad (size 300 X 250) and then you can present your products. It's kind of like a shopping channel. Owners and members are supportive.
This is a blogging community that had shut its doors for a while. But as of April 2016 they have started approving new member registrations. This group has very supportive site owners and members. It has a very simplistic points system – points=cash; and it offers other rewards for your activity, as well. Use it for personal or business blogging.
* UPDATE : The site no longer has a points system, but it does have a revenue share plan if you have Google Ad Sense. Also, affiliate referral links are allowed and you get to keep 100% of commissions earned.
This is a blogging community is very similar to BlogJob. When that site shut its doors for a while, many members migrated. This group has very supportive site owners and members. Use it for personal or business blogging. Income can be generated from your various activities, not just blogging. You can earn for leaving comments at blog posts, for participating in groups and forums, for updating your timelines, etc. You even earn coins for just logging in to your account! Cash out of $10 and you have to request payment.
This is a blogging community aimed at helping you promote your blog. You can actually republish content from your blog and redirect traffic back to the blog. How cool is that? If it isn't cool enough, there is a residual income potential. Your earn for views and for referrals. Started up in 2017. It was a new year. Started a new writing project! $1 for 1000 views. Check their FAQ for referral earnings. Last but not least, they have a Donations button, so your readers can contribute to help you out financially! I'm OK with that! Who wouldn't be?
MyLot – Mentioning this site because it has a revenue-share plan. It's a discussion forum, not a writing community. Use it to practice and hone your writing skills. Cash out is $5. Must have a PayPal account. Automatic payments are sent the 15th of every month.
BitLanders – Testing the waters with this social network. If you like tweeting you'll like this platform. They allow micro-blogging but encourage blogging. The site used to be called Film Annex and originally began to help promote Indie filmmakers. This site has its PROs and CONs but if it generates a residual income stream, you will overlook the CONs. They have a loyalty points system and you can redeem for cash or other rewards.
Tsu - (CLOSED) This is a social network similar to Facebook that encourages members to promote their original content and it shares revenues. Good place for socializing. As for writing or publishing my content? Hmm ... ?? Published some movie reviews to "test the waters". It's OK. Not quite completely sold on it though, so instead my links from the other writing sites are shared via this network.
- PPV Writing Sites Writedge and Dailytwocents - Nukeblogger
The author of this article, Danielle McGaw, is also one of the site owners. She presents the mission, objectives, and goals of Writedge and Daily Two Cents, and the rationale for choosing the pay per view business model.
Tip For Newbie Writer?
Most of these sites have revenue-sharing plans as the primary means of earning income.
However, If you are just getting started, suggest you try Daily Two Cents. (Note: Writedge is a partner or sister site but the article must be 400 words.)
- It is pay-per-view
- You need only write 100 words, and those words can be your opinion.
- The site provides SEO help.
- It's an easy way to generate residual or passive income.
(Note: Per the video, says min payout is $5 and $1.50 per 1000 unique views. As of Sep 2015 it is $2 per 1K views.)
Scratch That! (Ignore Me!)
EFFECTIVE October 1, 2015, the owners of Harlow-McGaw Media Group changed their business model from PPV to the AdShare Plan. Those with Google AdSense can share revenues. Those who don't have AdSense have other options which are explained here.
What About the Established Communities?
With respect to the older communities that got me started, most of my content was removed and/or republished elsewhere with the exception of HUBPages.com.
If you are interested in writing lengthy articles (700+ words) and you appreciate a "check-off assessment" process that sort of guides you through as you are writing and makes recommendations on how you can enhance your content (add links, a video, quiz or poll) to make it more SEO-friendly, this is the site, The publishing tool is actually a teaching tool. Cool huh?