How to Get Paid $50 to Write a Guest Post
There's been plenty written on the web, including this blog, about websites like Associated Content and Demand Media. The problem with these sites is that they use a revenue sharing model which means most people will never earn more than a buck or two for their article.
We know your time is more valuable than that, so we've put together a list of blogs that will pay you $50 or more for every article that you write for them.
Guest blogging is pretty easy and most articles only need to be between 500-600 words. However, most bloggers have high standards, so you'll want to make sure you're producing your best work to increase the chances that your post will be published.
On to the list....
1. TheKrazyCouponLady.com - $50
This site was founded by Heather Wheeler and Joanie Demer, who have both featured on TLC's Extreme Couponing. They accept articles on a broad range of topics including style/fashion, couponing, family/parenting, and personal finance. The ladies guarantee that you'll hear back from them within 7 days and will receive $50 via Paypal if they choose to publish your article. You can read all the details here.
2. OneSpoonataTime.com - $50
This website is all about building online businesses. They are looking for articles on video marketing, unusual blogging tactics, and ways to write more efficiently. There's no restrictions on the length of the article and you will be paid via Paypal after your article is accepted and published. You can read all the details here. (Update: OneSpoonataTime is no longer active.)
3. WritersWeekly.com - $60
Writers Weekly was established in 1997 and it is a freelance writing ezine and hub for all things writing. They pay $60 for feature articles that are around 600 words and $40 for sharing your writing success story (~300 words). You can read the details here.
4. TutsPlus.com - $50
Tuts+ describes itself as a tutorial site with thousands of videos, articles, and tutorials to help people learn new skills. The tutorials range from crafting projects to learning how to code a website. If the editor chooses to publish your article you will be paid at beginning of the month after your article is accepted. You can read the details here.
5. MakeaLivingWriting.com - $50
Another writing blog. Topics include blogging, time management, and how to find writing jobs. You can read the details here.
6. Patch.com - $50?
Patch is part of the AOL/Huffington Post conglomerate and their focus is local content that's locally produced. For example, my city's Patch has an article about fun Halloween activities in my area and an editorial on the decision of our local newspapers decision to change it's name.
If you're interested in writing articles like that, you need to start by contacting your city's local editor. Patch.com doesn't display its rates, but I've heard from other bloggers that they pay around $50 per article. Here's a little more information on their program.
Update: 12/9/13: I don't think Patch.com is hiring writers anymore. :(
Good luck Penny Hoarders!