Freelance writing sites

Sites which pay upfront for articles

Constant Content

A site where writers can showcase their articles with a preset price tag and have interested publishers buy them. Has strict standards for submissions (free of grammar mistakes etc) so check to make sure that you are submitting a flawless article. If you have articles that you have published elsewhere before, you can still sell them for usage rights here.

DailyArticle
A site where you can showcase your articles and sell full ownership rights to them.

Seed
Seed is a relative newcomer to the scene, though the company behind it, AOL, is a name most of us have come across. They are currently paying quite well for articles, up to the range of a few hundred USD, though most of them are around the range of 30 USD for a word range of 400-500 words. I have to add though, that there have been concerns raised by members at some of the writers’ forums I visit. Only time will tell whether these concerns are valid, and of course, the name of AOL should count for something, but I just thought that i would mention this. Only available to US residents though.

Demand Studios
Offers upfront payments for articles. No passive income though and you lose your rights to your articles once they are published.

Textbroker
Only available to US residents. Pays on a “price per word” basis, with higher rated writers being able to command a higher price.

Bright Hub
Bright Hub is a science and technology content site. They’re currently paying writers $10 per article, in addition to future revenue sharing.

Words Of Worth
At Words of Worth, you enter into a contract with them, whereby you promise to deliver 10 to 80 articles in a month, depending on the contract, and they pay you £250. More details here

Experts123Experts123 employs a mix of upfront payment and revenue share for their payout structure. You’ll first have to signup as a user, then apply to be a Paid Contributor before you start earning. However, currently restricted to certain countries only.

Sites which let you earn passive income

Wikinut Wikinut is fairly new, having been started only in 2009. As the name might suggest, there’s a “wiki element” to it. Wikinut pages are moderated by users. (and yes, the payment structure is such that you get paid to moderate pages as well)

Triond
A site where you can publish your work and earn a passive income through page views generated by your articles. One of the better paying sites for passive income. Note: This was true in 2008, when I wrote the description for Triond. Things have changed since then, and while Triond is still one of the better paying sites, it now shares that postion with a few other sites. Here’s a link to an article which gives more details.
Update as of August 2011: Triond’s security certificate has expired since last month and communications with them convey the impression that they have no intention of renewing it. Triond has been going downhill for quite some time now, and I’m seriously considering taking them down from the list.

Squidoo
A site that lets you build your own web pages, called “lenses” on Squidoo and earn from them.

Hubpages
Another site that lets you build your own web pages and display your articles on them, letting you earn passive income.

Suite101
A site where you can publish your work and earn through page views. Requires writers to publish at least 10 articles every 3 months.

Shvoong
A site where you can publish your work and have them earn a passive income.

Redgage
A site where you can publish your work and have them earn a passive income.

A word of warning to non-US residents, Redgage pays via the Redgage Card, a debit card that they issue you when you get your first payment. They then transfer your earnings to you via your Redgage card. After the first transfer though, Redgage requires you to register on the giftcards site, which only US residents are entitled to. In other words, there’s a cap on your earnings.

Helium
Has an active marketplace where publishers will request specific articles and frequent contests, both of which offer writers the opportunity to earn lump sum payments. Articles published will generate passive income. However, Helium does require a fair amount of commitment from you each month, requiring writers to maintain at least one rating star to be eligible to earn. Update: As of Dec 2010, Helium’s upfront payments structure has changed.

Associated Content
Has contests every now and then, and specific article requests every now and then, so writers have a chance to earn lump sum payments. Also offers upfront payment for articles, but this is restricted to certain topics and only available to US citizens. Articles published will generate passive income.

Note: As of 1st of May 2010, Associated Content will cease to pay performance payments to non-US residents. Since non-US residents are not eligible for upfront payments, this effectively means that they will stop paying non-US residents (not sure about contests, but those aren’t frequent anyway). They do offer a way for non-US residents to be eligible for performance payments for articles, but you do have to jump through a lot of hoops. More details here

Qondio
Qondio is an interesting site. While it does allow you to earn Adsense revenue on your articles, the focus on Qondio seems to be to let you build backlinks. Every piece of intel that you submit has a backlink to the site of your choice. Used to be called Qassia.

Note: Starting from 14th March 2009, Qondio charges users a one time fee of $5USD to sign up an account.

Gzyn
Site that lets writers place their work there and generate revenue using Google Adsense. Takes a 10% cut from your profits.

Bukisa
Another Google Adsense revenue sharing site.

Xomba
Xomba lets writers place their work there and generate revenue from Google Adsense. Adsense profits are split 50/50 between the site and writers. That doesn’t sound very attractive, but Xomba makes up for that with frequent contests where writers stand to win cash prizes. In addition, Xomba articles can also be used to generate backlinks to your other blog/site/other articles.

Infobarrel
Launched in mid 2008, Infobarrel is a site where you can post your articles and earn 75% of your Adsense revenue. They also have an Ebay affililiate program.

Sites where publishers will post job requests

Online Writing Jobs Site with job listings for writers

Genuine Jobs
You’ll have to sign up as a member to access the job listings. Membership is free.

Writing Career.com
Has a section devoted to job listings for writers.

Sunoasis
More suitable for US residents, as most jobs are based in the US. There are a few jobs that require writers in other places like the UK or Canada, or even internationally but writers will have to sieve through lots of job offers to find those.

iFreelance
A site where writers can bid on job offers.

Elance
A site where writers can bid on job offers.

Get A Freelancer
A site where writers can bid on job offers.

Writing Bids
A bidding site where writers can bid on job offers.

Writers Weekly
Has a section devoted to job listings for writers.

Freelance Writing Gigs
Has a section devoted to job listings for writers.

Funds For Writers

oDesk
A site where writers can bid on job offers.

Journalism Jobs
Site with job listings for writers.

Writer’s Market
Paid subscription needed for this site. They do however offer a free trial period.

Editorial Freelancers Association
Paid membership needed.

Freelance Daily
Has a daily newsletter with job listings. Offers a free trial period of 1 week, after which you have to pay $3.95 per month for subscription.

Freelance Free
Site where writers can bid on job offers. Quite a lot of these appear to only want Indian writers.

PoeWar.com

Get A Coder
Although much of the assignments here are programming based assignments, you can still find freelance writing jobs here. You can filter your search results to only show writing assignments.

Writerlance

Guru
A site where writers can bid on job offers.

Online Writing Jobs.net

Freelance Writing

Craigs List
While you can find some freelance writing gigs on Craigs List, you do have to be careful about which requests you answer to. Quite a number of them are just attempts to get your e-mail so they can send spam to you.

Blogs and Forums

Accentuate Writers Forum 
A forum with a section devoted to writing leads. Leads posted there tend to pay quite well.

Freelance Writing Income From Home
A blog by Bianca Raven, a freelance writer with several years of experience currently earning a yearly six figure income. Good writing leads are posted there every now and then, and she also blogs about other writing related stuff

About Freelance Writing
A blog about freelance writing with job postings, and reviews on writing sites.

Absolute Write
Has a free newsletter listing jobs for writers. Also has a forum section devoted to paid writing assignments.

Writing For Dollars
Not really a blog or forum per se. Has a wealth of information for writers, job listings, and a newsletter.

WAHMs WHo Write
I have to admit that I have been late in adding this one, mainly because I’m not a WAHM (Work at Home Mom). Still the leads and information in this forum are relevant to all writers, even if you aren’t a WAHM.

Write And Earn A Living
A writing-related blog offering tips and tricks about freelance writing.
Has a job listings section.

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Sites which specialise in certain writing categories

About.com About.com’s compensation plan for their Guides and Contributing Writers cap it at a minimum of $500 a month and $250 a month respectively. This is adjusted upwards based on pageview growth. Contributing Writers are required to publish at least 12 pieces of content every month.

Firehow
To put it in their own words , “FireHow is a how-to article website “. Only pays US residents.

How to Do Things.com
Another site that publishes “How to” articles.

Tutorial Tub
A site which lets you earn by displaying your tutorials (another way of calling “How To” articles) and earning through Google Adsense.

Newsvine
A site that publishes only news articles.

Ground Report
Another site that only accepts news articles.

Student Network Resources
This site specialises in “research work”. Note: Writing student term papers is seen by quite a lot of people as unethical. However, if you really must write term papers, (though I cannot fathom why) then at least write for a site that won’t cheat you. There are far too many paper mills around that cheat writers. Academia-research, for example.

Storymash
A site specialising in works of fiction.

Wisebread
A site that focuses mainly on financial topics, though it does publish articles that focuses on other issues.

Letter Rep
As you might guess from the name, this site focuses only on letter assignments.

Review Sites

Review Party
A review site, this site lets you earn by letting you place Amazon affiliate links and Google Adsense on your reviews.

Epinions
Another review site. Pays $10 for 10 reviews. While the site does pay to non-U.S residents, only U.S residents are eligible for the contests held by the site. Payout is also set higher for non-U.S residents.

Ciao
You earn on this review site whenever another member reads and rates your reviews.

Dooyoo
Available only to residents of Germany, UK, Italy, Spain and France.

Rate It All
It’s kind of a cross between a social networking site and review site. But then, most review sites do have some sort of social networking element.

Shared Reviews
A site publishing product reviews, This site ran into funding problems during 2008 and had to put it’s revenue sharing program on hold. It has since started to pay it’s members again though.

Other sites

Sites here are either sites that I haven’t decided where they would belong to on my list, or sites that I have yet to take a close look at

Gather

Buzzle

Help Your Money

Oocuz

Blog Posts For Sale

Common Ties

Oondi

Knol