Earn Money by Writing - 10 Sites That Pay You to Write Articles

Over 4 million articles are published online every day according to Worldometers. A lot of these are posted purely to generate income, either through product sales or advertising. Pay-to-write sites, often known as content mills, are sites that let you get in on this action. They are brokers between you, the writer, and a client who needs content, and they pay you either by the article or by the word to help fulfill that need.

Application Process

If these sites want to stay in business, they need to produce work that is well written, well structured, and free of grammatical errors. For this reason, most of them have an application process before you can get to work. You'll usually have to complete a multiple choice grammar test and submit a short, unique writing sample on a topic that they will provide to you. Each site also has its guidelines for style and tone -- it's important that you familiarize yourself with the these before you apply.

Take your time with the tests and writing samples. In many cases, you get a rating based on your application, and the higher the score, the more you get paid and the more work the site will offer you. So the tests seriously and do a good job.

Submitting Work

All sites have some form of quality review before you get paid. For sites acting as a broker between the client and you, the customer is usually the one who will approve your work. Other sites have in-house or freelance editors who will check over your article. In the case of disagreement, you'll usually have a chance to revise and resubmit your piece.

Also, note that the site will put your work through automated plagiarism checkers. People who buy content want original pieces that will rank well in search engines; duplicate or plagiarized content will not achieve this. Once your work is approved, the website will pay you per its payment schedule, which ranges from daily to monthly.

Benefits

While the pay isn't as high as it would be if you found clients directly, there are plenty of benefits to this model. For example, you can work from home, you can set your own hours, and you don't have to hustle for clients -- no sales skills are needed. If this sounds good to you, here are the top 10 sites that pay you to write. 

OneSpace

https://www.onespace.com Pay Rates: Varies by the job, can be meager or up to about 3 cents per word. 

  • OneSpace, formerly known as CloudCrowd, offers a range of online work streams, including junior copywriter and copywriter. To get access to the writing jobs, you need to achieve 90% or higher on its qualification test. If you fail, you can retake the test two more times. If you still haven't passed after three tries, you'll lose access to the test and the work.
  • OneSpace offers resources to help you up your writing game, including a range of tutorials and videos. One significant advantage of OneSpace is that they pay daily, so there's no waiting around for the money to come through.

Zerys

http://www.zerys.com Pay Rates: 7 cents to 5 cents per word is typical. 

  • Zerys is pretty typical for a content broker: you sign up, submit a writing sample, get a star rating, and then get to work. One advantage Zerys has is that the signup process does not require you to submit a unique writing sample. You can give them something previously published, which speeds the process for you, so you can spend more time doing paid work. If you do choose to submit a unique writing sample, it will be published on your profile page so make sure it's a good one.
  • When you're approved, you create a profile, for which you have to choose up to five specialties. When clients submit requests for content, they specify the categories for which they need articles. However, you're not necessarily limited to just those five you selected; clients can offer their work to writers of all specialties if they choose.
  • With Zerys you can take work from a general pool, or customers can make a direct request for you individually. In the latter case, you get to set your own price, although Zerys will add 30% to cover their commission.

The Content Authority

http://thecontentauthority.com/ Pay Rates: Range from 7 cents to 3 cents per word depending on your tier. 

  • The Content Authority produces content primarily for online businesses, so they put a focus on keywords. Clients request that certain keywords to be present in your work up to a given level of saturation -- this means you need to make sure you don't overuse or underuse the given keyword in your article according to the client's wishes.
  • As is commonly the case with such sites, you log in, go to a directory and claim the pieces of work that you want to complete. You can un-assign yourself from any work if you change your mind on it, and it will go back into the pool for someone else to pick up. The Content Authority also operates a tier system based on the quality of work that writers submit -- writers in the higher levels get paid more. Clients can also contact particular authors if they wish, so your potential to make money will increase over time as you build relationships with customers.
  • One interesting feature of The Content Authority is the "Rewrite" request. For this piece of work, you take an existing article and completely rephrase it without changing the meaning, but while meeting a given keyword density.

Scripted

https://www.scripted.com/ Pay Rates: Pay varies by type of content but starts at around 7 cents per word. 

  • Scripted takes a slightly different approach to the allocation of work compared to the other main pay-to-write sites. When you sign up with Scripted, you have to apply as a specialist, and if the site accepts you, you'll be writing content purely within your area.
  • You can claim assignments from a general pool and work on them at your own pace. You also can suggest ideas for articles directly to business, which makes Scripted a good transition if you want to move into working with clients directly, as you'll get experience highlighting needs, pitching and negotiating.
  • Like many content sites, they have a rating system and writers with higher scores will get more work, but you can set your own prices for work you pitch yourself. Scripted is looking for quality authors and is well-known for having a complicated entry process, so take your time with your application, and triple-check everything.

Crowd Content

https://www.crowdcontent.com/ Pay Rates: Between 1.2 cents and 7.6 cents depending on your rating.

  • Crowd Content has built their business around three core values: high-quality content, fast turnaround times, and reliability. To encourage this, Crowd Content uses a gamification system whereby each writing submission is rated on these three factors, and writers who receive good scores get paid more per word, as well as other bonuses.
  • For example, if you have a good turnaround time (or TUT), you will get an additional bonus for each article you submit. The TUT is based on your average time to complete items over your last five submissions. So the earning potential is high if you can spend a lot of time on the site achieving the bonuses and getting to the higher levels in the "game."
  • Like many other pay-to-write sites, Crowd Content enables clients to as for your work directly, rather than putting their request into the general pool. So if you impress a few clients with your work, you will find it easier to get work in the future.

Content Gather

https://contentgather.com/ Pay Rates: 1 cent to 10 cents per word depending on your rating.

  • Content Gather gives you two ways to make money. The first is with Pre-Written Content, where you write an article on anything you like, and put it up for sale on their marketplace. The second is a Custom Job, whereby a client requests a particular piece of content at a given price, and you apply to complete this job.
  • Content Gather also employs a rating system and the money you can earn increases along with your rating. The website bases its ratings on the quality of your work, your approval/rejection ratio, the number of sales you have made, and the age of your account.
  • One nice perk of Content Gather is that you can get an advance on your article sales. "Silver" rated writers get 5% of the sale price up-front, while "Diamond" writers get 15%. This system is ideal for pre-written content, where you have no idea whether your work will sell, and removes some of the risks for you. However, there's a limit to the number of articles you can have for sale on the marketplace for which you'll get the advance, ranging from 20 for Silver to 50 for Diamond writers.

Writer Access

https://www.writeraccess.com/ Pay Rates: 1.4 cents per word to 7 cents per word based on your star rating.

  • Writer Access brands itself on quality and they have an application process and pay rates to match. To work for Writer Access, you have to submit a standard resume, complete several writing samples, and pass a test. So it's a fairly extensive and time-consuming process.
  • Once accepted, you'll get the ubiquitous star rating on which your work and pay will depend, so make your application shine. If you don't get a good score to start with, don't worry. As with all sites, your star rating can go up or down depending on the quality of the work you submit.
  • There are a few types of work available at Writer Access. "Crowd" requests go into the general pool and can be claimed by any writer, as long as the author meets the minimum star rating required for that piece of work. "Solo" requests are directed only at a single author, and no one else can claim them. "Casting Calls" ask a writer for ongoing work. Finally, a "Love List" request means a client likes your work and wants to give you and others on the list first shot at claiming a piece of work before it goes into the general pool.

Writer's Domain

https://www.writersdomain.net/ Pay Rates: $12.50 to $15.50 per article, depending on its rating.

  • With Writer's Domain, you are given topics to write about, but you get a lot of freedom over how you approach the subject. They also use a star rating system. However, they are slightly different in that they rate articles individually. This score determines how much you will get paid for that particular piece, and if it's below three stars, it will be sent back to you for revision.
  • You get a lot of freedom of the articles you write for Writer's Domain. Rather than receiving a particular article title, you get a keyword. Then you are free to write whatever you want as long as it is relevant to that particular keyword. The extra control over what you write about helps keep the work more engaging.
  • The site allocates work on a first-come-first-served basis, by claiming it from a general pool. The earning potential is good if you're able to put the time in and turn around work quickly.

Text Broker

https://www.textbroker.com/ Pay Rates: 7 cents to 4 cents per word according to your rating.

  • When you sign up to Text Broker, you submit a writing sample, for which you get a star rating. This rating then determines how much you get paid per word for your future work and the amount of work to which you'll get access. So if you're a three-star writer, you'll only have access to three-star work or below. However, if you keep submitting good quality content, your rating will improve, and your pay will increase.
  • Text Broker has a few different types of work available. First, you can complete "OpenOrder" work, wherein clients have requested specific content. These appear in a directory; you just log in, pick the one you want, and get to work. If you don't complete it by the deadline, it goes back into the directory, and someone else can claim it.
  • Second, you can receive "DirectOrders" from clients. Perhaps you wrote a few articles for a customer, who was happy with your work, so they have requested you again. In these cases, you get to set your own price.
  • Finally, there's the "TeamOrder," where a group of writers produces content for a client. The client sets the rates in this case.

Constant Content

https://www.constant-content.com/ Pay Rates: Varies, but $30 to $50 for a 500-word article is fairly standard.

  • Constant Content is one of the oldest and most well-established pay-to-write sites. There are three ways you can produce content for them.
  • Firstly, you can write any article you want and submit it to their marketplace, and you get to set your own price. Although this gives you a lot of flexibility, you don't necessarily know if it will sell. That said, Constant Content lets you access a list of recent sales and search terms in the marketplace. So if you see that a lot of travel articles have sold recently, there's probably a travel blog perusing the marketplace for appropriate content. If you're good at spotting trends, you can make a lot of sales quickly, and the rates are good.
  • Secondly, you can respond to direct requests for specific content pieces. In these cases, a client wants work for their website and makes a public request to all Constant Content writers. You then submit your work and see if they like it. Once you've written five articles, you can message the requestors if you need more clarification on what they want. With direct requests, you've got more chance of making the sale, but you don't set the price.
  • Thirdly, requestors sometimes make Casting Calls for ongoing work from a single writer. You have to apply for these and send a cover letter explaining why you're suitable for the role. If you're successful, Casting Calls can be a source of regular, well-paying income.

Ready to start?

While it's true that content brokers pay less than traditional freelance writing work, there are positives. You don't have to hustle for clients every day. You become flexible, able to adapt your writing style to whatever customers want. And over time, you get faster, and your per hour earnings increase dramatically. If you keep this in mind and persist, there's good earning potential from pay-to-write sites.

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