OK, so you’ve heard there are blogs that will pay you to guest post. Woop woop! Easy money.
You don’t need to be an established writer to do this. As long as you have some knowledge of the topic and you can string a sentence together, the only thing you’ll need is a bit of creative thinking to come up with outstanding blog post ideas that you can pitch to these paying blogs.
Paid guest blogging is an excellent way to start a freelance writing career because you’ll get paid while you build up a portfolio of work samples. You might even get hired as a regular blogger or editor if you keep in touch with the blogs you guest on. My friend Williesha’s first paid guest post landed her a part-time gig that adds $1,500 to her annual income!
But how do you know which blogs pay? And how can you know if they’ll want to pay YOU?
Well, you’re about to read a list of blogs that pay around $50 to $100 per post. And if you’re as smart as I think you are, then at least some of those blogs will want to pay you, because you’ll follow their guidelines to get everything exactly how they like it.
Put your thinking hat on and see what blog post ideas you come up with that you can pitch to these blogs:
1. Listverse: $100
Listverse publishes nothing but lists. Their posts are all long lists (usually beyond 1,500 words long) containing at least 10 items, with an explanation of why each item deserves its place on the list. Read more details here.
2. Babble: $100+
3. Austin Briggs: $55 to $105
4. Galavanting: $50
5. WorldStart: up to $50
At WorldStart, the topic is information technology and the tone is light-hearted. The site is aimed at IT beginners so you don’t need to be a technical expert to contribute — if you can share tips that are useful to beginners, you can submit a post to this site. The $50 payment is for post of 800 words; shorter posts earn a smaller fee. Read more details here.
6. The Motley Fool: $50 to $100
The Motley Fool is a finance website aimed at people interested in investing. If you can deliver detailed investing tips that the Fool’s staff feel are worth syndicating, they’ll be happy to pay you. Read more details here.
7. PSDTuts+: $50+
Got Photoshop skills? Then you can make some extra money by creating a step-by-step tutorial for Tuts+. You can even do it as a screencast instead of in writing, if you prefer. Read more details here.
These are only seven of the many blogs that pay a fair rate for a good guest post. With a little digging around online, you can find even more paying blogs on the topics that interest you. If you successfully submit a guest post to a paying blog even once per month, at $50 to $100 per post you’ll earn an extra $600 to $1,200 each year. (Like this idea? Click to tweet!)
Don’t put it off until a day that’ll never come. Think up a few ideas and pitch them to paying blogs today. The sooner you get started, the sooner you can start bringing in some extra cash!
Your Turn: Have you written paid blog posts?
Sophie Lizard makes a full-time income working part-time hours as a freelance blogger and copywriter. To help you do the same, she’s created an enormous contact list of blogs that pay anything from $50 to $1,000 for a post — grab your copy of the list here (it’s free!).