Are you a mom who wants to share your parenting tips and stories with the world?
Here are eight parenting sites that pay per article.
1. Scary Mommy
Scary Mommy is one of the most popular online parenting communities, with over 1.4 million likes on Facebook.
Scary Mommy articles need to be humorous and highly relatable to readers, many of whom are parents. If you can write an article about the realities of parenting — as opposed to the fantasies perpetuated by the media — this is the site for you.
The average Scary Mommy article is about 900 words. You will be paid $100 if your article is accepted.
Due to the high volume of submissions, you’ll need to wait up to a week to see whether your article has been accepted.
Babble is Disney’s parenting and lifestyle site. Subjects you can write about include parenting, pregnancy, baby names and entertainment.
The site requires you to submit previously published links, and pitch the topic and angle of your piece in one to two lines. You can also send an outline or finished post.
The price per article is not listed on the site. According to Who Pays Writers, Babble pays $150 for a 1,300-word article.
SparkPeople’s BabyFit site is another opportunity for a freelance writer. Articles for the site cover subjects such as fitness during pregnancy, pregnancy-specific nutrition and postpartum topics.
Articles for BabyFit should range between 500 and 1,200 words. SparkPeople will pay you anywhere from $25 to $90 for each article, depending on your credentials and experience.
4. Lies about Parenting
Lies about Parenting wants articles that are research-heavy, yet relatable. If you have tips that can help readers parent better without being overly involved in their kids’ lives, Lies about Parenting is a good place to pitch.
The site wants “surprising advice, grounded in research and daily life” for its featured pieces. These posts pay $50 for 600-900 words. Your article will be promoted across the website’s social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest) and to its email subscribers, thus giving you some exposure.
Lies about Parenting will begin to accept submissions again in mid-February.
5. Adoptive Families
If you want to write about infertility and adoption in all its forms, then consider Adoptive Families. The site covers everything from transracial adoption to perspectives of adoptees.
If you have a personal adoption story, you can submit your personal essay for consideration. For reported articles, you should query first.
Writers of published personal essays will receive a one-year subscription to Adoptive Families magazine and its website. Payment for reported articles varies, so prepare to negotiate your rate.
Take note: It could take eight to 10 weeks before you hear anything regarding your article or query.
6. PTO Today
If you have experience as a parent-teacher organization (PTO) volunteer and have something to say to like-minded parents, consider writing for PTO Today.
The magazine is geared toward an audience of mostly women in their late 20s to mid-40s, who are PTO members in K-8 schools. PTO Today wants writers to tackle topics such as parental participation in schools, leadership, playground projects, fundraising, group management and organization, and education.
The magazine pays by the assignment, not the word. Department pieces (600-1,200 words) can net between $150 and $400, and features (1,200-2,200 words) range from $200 to $700.
You will be paid upon acceptance or within 30 days after you send an invoice.
7. Freelance Mom
Freelance Mom is an online community for mothers who strive to carve out an identity separate from motherhood. The blog places an emphasis on freelancing and entrepreneurship.
Moms — and dads — are encouraged to share their stories. The site looks for actionable and in-depth content; you can submit personal stories, well-researched articles with stats and expert opinions, and educational articles revolving around useful tools and processes.
Make sure your guest post article is 900 to 1500 words long and contains a 30-minute action plan at the very end. If your article is accepted, you will be paid anywhere from $75 to $100 via PayPal.
8. A Fine Parent
A Fine Parent operates on the theme that “great parents are made, not born.” Articles are geared toward helping readers become better people and parents.
You don’t have to be a professional writer, but if you have nuggets of wisdom to offer based on your parenting experience, A Fine Parent is the place to share them.
Before you pitch, take a look at the site’s current topics. Most articles range from 1,500-3,000 words, and payment is $100 per article. In the event your post makes it to the top of the popular list for the year, you will be given an extra $200 bonus.
As of now, the site has content to last until Aug. 2016 and is closed to submissions. However, you can sign up to be notified when submissions are open again.
The above list is by no means conclusive, but it’s a good starting point. Remember to read the writer submission guidelines before you pitch and be smart with the money you make.
Your Turn: Did your favorite parenting site make the list? Share any other mommy blogs that pay in the comments.
Ellie Matama is a Kenya-based freelance writer. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, watching cooking shows and fantasizing about global travels.