Content writing is a pretty straight-forward method getting paid to write online. In fact, content writing was my first online writing job. It is still among my favorite methods of earning online since it is less strenuous than academic essay writing and there is always a constant work flow.
Some people complain about the pay, but it is simply because of the laughable websites used by most of the writers. Nowadays, professional content writers can attract payments of up to $100+ per article.
What Is Content/ Article Writing?
Content writing involves providing clients with content in form of articles to be used either online on their websites, blogs, newsletters, e-books, mailing lists or in some cases as offline newsletters, books etc.
The list is in order of preference; beginning with the best in terms of pay, cooperative editors, amount and ease of work.
The List of Article Writing Websites
Demand Media is undoubtedly one of the biggest content mills around. There is always plenty of work, but you have to be a top-notch writer to hack this site. The editors are very keen and you can spend hours correcting a single article. Unfortunately, the site only accepts US and UK based writers.
Payment – $15 to $30 per article.
I have worked on scripted and I must admit, it is one of the best article writing websites around. The payment is great; you can always find something to work on. Nonetheless, I think the long approval and editing period is such a waste of time. You can read more on Scripted in this fantastic review.
Payment – $24.50 to $35 per 400-word article.
Writeraccess should have been on top of the list were it not for the fact it only accepts US based writers for now. The application process is a bit strenuous, but the advantages of working for writeraccess certainly outweight the minor gripes. There is always plenty of work on the site and you can pick up to 5 orders at a go depending on how many orders you have completed so far. This is especially useful for those who have a number of writers working under them. The orders rarely go through an editor and the approval process is much faster and clients hardly ever request for revisions.
Payment depends on the level assigned according to the quality of the sample used during the application process.
Level 2 – $5.65 for 500 words
Level 3 – $10.70 for 500 words
Level 4 – $17.65 for 500 words
Level 5 – $23 for 500 words
Textbroker offers some of the lowest rates, but it is still a great website. You will always find hundreds of orders available to work on. You can always earn more through direct and team orders. The editors only check the orders to give you advice on how you can improve your writing and to determine your rating. US writers only, but they have an affiliate website at textbroker.co.uk where they accept applications from all around the world.
The best part is that the rating you have depends on the average of the last five orders rated by the editorial team. The payment you receive for the orders depends on your rating.
2 star – $3.5 for 500 words
3 star – $5 for 500 words
4 star – $7 for 500 words (most writers are at this level)
5 star – $25 for 500 words
I believe iwriter was where I made my first dollar a couple of years ago. The pay is horrible at first but the higher you move, the pay becomes more reasonable. The best part is that the registration process is very simple – just fill in your name and email address and you are good to go!
Standard Writer– $2.53 for 500 words
Premium Writer – $4.05 for 500 words
Elite Writer – $15 for 500 words
The site used to be crappy for a couple of years until recently. Now they have better rates and the support is much better. They are a bit too strict on quality, especially grammar. They tend to deactivate accounts at the slightest of provocations.
Standard article – $20 for 400 words
Premium articles – $40 for 400 words
- Wordgigs – for US based writers only. $4 for 400 words.
- Londonbrokers/Myams – $3.5 per for 500 words.
- Zerys – Payment varies.
- The Content Authority
Tier 1 – $3.5 for 500 words
Tier 2 – $5 for 500 words
Tier 3 – $7.5 for 500 words
Tier 4 – $15 for 500 words
- CopyPress – $30 for 500 words.
- Greenlight Articles – $5 for 500 words but very little work
- Fiverr.com – I understand most of you already know about fiverr, and if you don’t then you should. Fiverr is the best freelancing website at the moment. As a writer you get to be your own boss on Fiverr. The best part is that you don’t look for clients, clients look for you. Furthermore, you get to set your own rates – you can decide to request for $5 for 500, 300, 100 and even 10 wordsJ. But don’t be overly optimistic, the average going rate is $5 for 400 words which is what I currently charge on Fiverr.
If you are having trouble finding jobs on Fiverr, I usually share pointers on how to get more sales on my favorite freelancing site.
1. Use a better gig description
The first mistake I made on Fiverr; I had a very plain gig description. I offer freelance writing services on Fiverr yet my description only had 40 words – how bad is that? Turn your gig description into a sales pitch.
2. Promote your own gigs and send offers
There are millions of gigs on Fiverr; it wouldn’t hurt if you tried a little self-promotion. It can be on your blog, Facebook, or even on the Fiverr blog: it works. Another great feature on Fiverr is the ‘buyer requests’ where you can offer your services buyers. Once in a while, I submit my offers and I often get good results. To date, I have made 29 offers, and 8 out of those have resulted in actual sales.
3. Make follow ups
I always attempt to make as many follow ups as possible. This is probably why most of the orders I get are from repeat clients. Just send them a message after a few weeks, reminding them that you still exist. Well, don’t put it that way. Just make sure you send them a message. Don’t Spam them! Always remember to ask you client to leave a positive review, some of them just forget. These positive reviews will certainly help you get more gigs in the future.
4. Use an Awesome Picture and Gig title
Like I said, getting more sales on Fiverr is not about the quality of your services, but it is all about how good a salesperson you are. Get a killer profile pic – make sure you are smiling – and use high quality photos for the gigs. Now, your gig title should be short, descriptive and must include on of the ‘happy adjectives.
- Greatcontent.co.uk – Payment is around £3 – £5 for 500 words. Has plenty of work.
- Textbroker.co.uk – This is the UK version of textbroker. The only difference is that they can hire non-US citizens although they don’t have as much work as the parent site.
- Textmaster.com – Payment rates below. The website is certainly one of the best.
- Copify – from £3 to £20 for 500 words
- eCopywiters – from $5 to $25 for 500 words
- BreakStudios – up to $8 per article, and also based on number of views
- Constant Content – Earn from $25 to $100 per article. But, to be honest it is not worth the amount of effort you have to put in.
- Content Current
- Content Blvd – Paid per article and views
- PSD Fan – Get paid to write Photoshop tutorials
- Blogtemplate4u – get paid between $20 to $100 to write on articles related to web and web design
- DesignPrefix – Get paid within 30 days to write about Photoshop, CSS3, HTML5, jQuery mobile, WordPress and any CMS.
- Spyrestudios – Tutrioal-based website.
- UX Booth
- Psdeluxe.com – As the name suggests. You get paid between $30 to $75 to write Photoshop tutorials
The rest are the usual freelance bidding sites. They always have plenty of content writing jobs but the jobs pay peanuts.
Which site do you use?