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Best Sites to Write for Upfront Payment

  1. WryLilt profile image87
    WryLiltposted 6 years ago

    I'm currently in need of some spare cash and I know there are plenty of sites that offer up front one of payments for articles.

    I'm willing to write on anything, however I was just wondering which sites are the best for things such as fast payment, not too picky (I've heard some sites will make you edit half a dozen times) and generally have a reasonable rate. I don't care what I have to write about.

    Should I just try somewhere like associated content?

    Any advice appreciated! smile

    1. profile image0
      Sophia Angeliqueposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      What's seed like? I always imagined that having thousands and thousands of writers at their disposal, if 200 people wanted to write an article that was up for grabs, only one person would get selected. That meant that the other 199 (including me) would sit without our articles being paid for. And we wouldn't even be able to use them elsewhere. So it would be a complete waste of time.

      Of course I know nothing about them. Just always wondered.

      So, do tell smile

      1. lrohner profile image83
        lrohnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I haven't done much with Seed, specifically for the reasons that you mention. But I do know quite a few writers who who have pretty good luck there. I believe the biggest problem I heard was very slow review times.

  2. lrohner profile image83
    lrohnerposted 6 years ago

    You might want to try BrightHub. Some channels are RevShare only and some are edited channels that give upfront payment + RevShare. They pay once per month right into PayPal, and the editing is fairly relaxed. Trust me -- I'm one of the Content Editors. smile

    I edit in the Health channel, and we are a little stricter there. Most articles are fine as long as they get their facts straight so they don't kill someone. I actually once had a writer say in an article that if someone is having a bout of hypoglycemia, you should give them insulin. Hello! Can you say coma and/or death??? smile

    I also like Constant Content, although they take something 33% of what your write and no RevShare. Then there's Writers Access and Seed.com. I've done some work for Seed but haven't written for WA yet although I was accepted.

    There's also Break Studios, but upfront pay is pretty minimal and I hear they're always short on titles.

    Hope this helps!

    1. WryLilt profile image87
      WryLiltposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Just remembered we had an email conversation on this ages back and dug it up. Thanks smile

    2. yolanda yvette profile image60
      yolanda yvetteposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks.  It surely helps me.  I've been looking around for some writing jobs online, myself.  Did a little reearch and came up with Constant Content.  Seemed to be the best I could find at the time.

      Thanks for giving out these other sites.

  3. Trekkiemelissa profile image79
    Trekkiemelissaposted 6 years ago

    I vote for associated Content.  I use that site.  It sometimes takes a couple weeks for an article to be okay, but if you write a lot of articles, you may not notice is nearly as much.

    1. Urbane Chaos profile image87
      Urbane Chaosposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I worry about associated content now that it's part of the Yahoo network.. Who knows what's going to happen with them in the future..

      1. profile image0
        Sophia Angeliqueposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Personally, I think Associated Content sucks. What I found interesting was I wrote to them a little while ago asking if it was possible for me to repay them all that they had paid me and if I could remove my work from their site. I never received a reply. What I find incredibly interesting is that my numbers have gone up like anything.

  4. WryLilt profile image87
    WryLiltposted 6 years ago

    Thank you both for the info and a place to start! I'll look into those sites. smile

    1. Kangaroo_Jase profile image79
      Kangaroo_Jaseposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Forget Associated Content, no payments of any type are available to Australian residents. Good for extra traffic, not payments.

  5. Spacey Gracey profile image60
    Spacey Graceyposted 6 years ago

    Hi honey - I wrote for Constant Content, Content Current, Demand Studios and a little for The Content Authority. I don't right now as I think my time is better spent here but I still get a nice surprise every now and then when an article sells on Constant Content and I get $20 or so credited to my paypal.

    They all took on a Brit so I am pretty sure an Oz should be OK.

    I think Constant Content might be good for you as you can write what you like and leave it to sell - but then there is no guaranteed income.

    You might like Demand Studios - I am not great with rules so I'm not doing it right now, but I learned a lot which helped me improve my hubs.

    1. lrohner profile image83
      lrohnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Unfortunately, DS only accepts writers from the US, UK and Canada.

  6. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago

    Associated Content only pays US writers up front.

  7. kazemaru2 profile image57
    kazemaru2posted 6 years ago

    About.com pays over $1000 a month for site guides but it is hard to get into.However the work is easy.

  8. Eaglekiwi profile image72
    Eaglekiwiposted 6 years ago

    Good post Wry ,been enjoying reading the responses here.

    Just wondering since yer in Oz ,ifyour check the best Employment site online in Aussie,you might find a lead in one of the 'Situations Vacant" too.
    ( Do you have TradeMe,in Oz like they do in NZ)

    I also noticed writing gigs on Craigslist (under part-time) positions.

    Good Luck smile

  9. Bill Manning profile image70
    Bill Manningposted 6 years ago

    Hey WryLilt, I'm sending you a message in a few minutes. wink

  10. Kimberly Bunch profile image58
    Kimberly Bunchposted 6 years ago

    Helium.com in the Writer's Market.

    1. WryLilt profile image87
      WryLiltposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Hmmm I've heard a lot of bad things about helium.

      1. Bill Manning profile image70
        Bill Manningposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Hey there, did you get my couple of return emails? Please let me know, thanks. smile

        1. WryLilt profile image87
          WryLiltposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Yes I did thanks Bill. Another hubber contacted me to write some articles as well, so I'm working on that now and hoping to do yours over the weekend.

          1. Bill Manning profile image70
            Bill Manningposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Cool, I just wanted to make sure you got my email about that wrong link. Take your time and thanks. smile

      2. Uninvited Writer profile image82
        Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        In order to be allowed to write for the writer's market you need to earn writing stars which means you have to write quite a few articles. Also, you have to keep rating articles to get any earnings at all. I have earned $22 over a few years and I can't get to $25 so I can get them out. I sold one article on the writer's market but still haven't gotten the money out. That and the fact they own your writing makes them not worth it.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image96
      Marisa Wrightposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      If you write for upfronts at Helium, you have to give away exclusive rights to your articles now - and you're not guaranteed a set upfront payment, you have to compete with other writers. 

      So you could end up giving away your exclusive rights to an article for $2!

  11. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 6 years ago

    I've sold a number of articles on Constant Content.

  12. Len Cannon profile image88
    Len Cannonposted 6 years ago

    I have some regular freelance clients but when times are tough I go to a number of different places for a quick buck.  Content farms mostly.


    Textbroker - I definitely earn the most from them.  They don't offer too much in terms of payment (1.4 cents per word) but they pay regularly and reliably and there's lots of articles available every day.  If you get popular you can get a regular client base and earn 3-4 times that.

    Break Studios - Dude articles. Mostly how-to. Not a big fan but they pay well.

    Associated Content - Ehhhhhhhhh. They will pay you up front, for original content, but it is usually not much (I've averaged 2.25 per article I submit) but it usually only takes about five days to get accepted (or declined) and they also pay almost immediately. It isn't a bad place to put stuff you aren't too proud of at.  Also offers (very low) passive earnings.

    BrightHub - They are pretty decent. 10 dollars per article, plus incentives. They only pay monthly, though, and you better be good at working with your editor.  They do provide higher content work and I'm not ashamed to have my real name printed over my work there.

    1. lrohner profile image83
      lrohnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      As a BrightHub CE, I'm totally afraid to ask what you mean by "you better be good at working with your editor." smile Good God, please don't tell me you write in the Health channel!!!

      1. WryLilt profile image87
        WryLiltposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I was accepted for one channel on bright hub (PC Games) and have applied for another. Hopefully next week I'll get a chance to start over there.

        1. lrohner profile image83
          lrohnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I'm lrohner over there too. Just PM me if you need any help. It can be very, very confusing when you first start out. If PC Games is an edited channel, you're going to be capped on the number of articles you can write until you hit a certain average pageviews per article. As an editor, all I can really tell you is to follow the rules on keyword placement, make sure you add a minimum of two references and follow the title's concept -- if there is one. You'll be golden. smile

          Oh, pay is usually by the 4th or 5th of the following month, although I've seen it held up until the 7th or 8th once or twice.

          1. WryLilt profile image87
            WryLiltposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks for the tips!

    2. Kangaroo_Jase profile image79
      Kangaroo_Jaseposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Len,

      Us Australians have not been able to get any type of payment from Associated Content since Oct 2009. Was their decision and wondered why for a while and came to realize that with Yahoo purchasing them may have had something to do with it.

      Hasn't changed since, so only US residents can receive any type of payment from the site.

    3. prairieprincess profile image96
      prairieprincessposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I just checked out Textbroker's TOS and they accept authors from the USA right now, but said they are working on becoming international.

    4. prairieprincess profile image96
      prairieprincessposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      The BrightHubs looks really promising! I love that they have different levels of writing. How hard is it to be accepted as a contributing writer to a channel? Do you have to show them a portfolio of stuff? And do you know how long it would take?

      thanks!

      1. WryLilt profile image87
        WryLiltposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I got into a channel after about 24 hours with only a copy and paste of a hub I wrote on the topic. smile

        Haven't written anything for them yet though.

      2. lrohner profile image83
        lrohnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Getting approved by BrightHub is a two-step process IF you're applying for an edited channel--meaning your work is edited and you receive up-front payment plus Rev Share. Someone at corporate does a quick review of your resume and writing sample. If it passes muster, your application gets passed along to the Managing Editor (usually a freelancer as well) for that channel and they make the ultimate decision.

        Again, only speaking for edited channels, the process could be very quick or it could take weeks depending on the Managing Editor's schedule and number of writers they need for a particular channel. You may fly through the process, but if the ME has a sufficient number of writers in that channel, they may hold off notifying you until they have an opening.

        The biggest drawback to BrightHub that I've found is that once you start with an edited channel, you are capped at writing five articles per month until you get to a point where you average something like 80 pageviews per article per month. Then you can write an amount only limited by the number of available titles each month. If you fall below that cap at any time, your unlimited privileges can be revoked, and you're back to five per month.

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          Sophia Angeliqueposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          So do you know which channels one can apply for? As a writer, I'm also always looking for work. smile

          Essentially, I can write on anything, but some topics take me longer than other topics. Although I used to be very interested in health in the past, it depresses me now so I don't like writing on it.

          1. lrohner profile image83
            lrohnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Take a look at this page: http://www2.brighthub.com/writers/hotopportunities.html

            Personally, I would say just apply and get accepted. Once you're in and have written a couple of articles, it's really easy to apply for other channels. Many of the writers there write in several different channels on a variety of topics.

    5. Marisa Wright profile image96
      Marisa Wrightposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      So, you get about $5 for a 400-word article?



      What's your definition of "well"?



      You mean $2.25 per article?

      Those figures are really an insult to writers, I'm amazed people are willing to write for that kind of money!

  13. raisingme profile image90
    raisingmeposted 6 years ago

    Great question and great answers - thank you all!

  14. travelespresso profile image79
    travelespressoposted 6 years ago

    Interesting forum post WL. 

    I just checked About per the OP's suggestion.  The site looks great and very professional.  I didn't get as far as checking to see of they pay writers "downudner".  They have a list of topics the require and none work for me.  Some might be good for you though Wry - based on what I've seen under this name!

  15. lovetherain profile image58
    lovetherainposted 6 years ago

    demand studios i heare is good, but I don't write for them

    1. yolanda yvette profile image60
      yolanda yvetteposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I will check them out too.  Thanks.

    2. lrohner profile image83
      lrohnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I write extensively for Demand Studios and consider them the best for online content writing with up-front payment. They only accept writers from the US, UK and Canada right now.

  16. lrohner profile image83
    lrohnerposted 6 years ago

    Last time I checked, Break Studios offered something like $7.50 per article. That's why I never wrote for them. smile

    Seed and Writers Access have better upfront payment if you write the right titles at the right level. Constant Content also has the ability for better pay--but it loses out when CC takes their cut. BrightHub is only $10, but you get lifetime RevShare to offset it.

    The best bet for anyone still is to find private clients.

  17. englightenedsoul profile image60
    englightenedsoulposted 6 years ago

    @Lrohner - Is it necessary to upload a sample article or can we directly apply?

    1. lrohner profile image83
      lrohnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You apply directly, but you will need a writing sample.

  18. Smart Rookie profile image64
    Smart Rookieposted 6 years ago

    I agree with lrohner, BrightHub is good for the upfront payment, plus you get residuals from pageviews, which is good as an additional stream of income beyond ad clicks and affiliate sales.

    I'll probably write more there at some point, but I'm really enjoying the freedom of self-publishing here at Hubpages, doing my own SEO, and editing my own hubs as I see fit. The editors at Bright Hub are generally pretty friendly and professional, but I would rather give up the upfront payment and choose my own topics here and be my own editor. Hubpages is the best thing going, IMO.

 
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