Imagine earning $50 or more for an hour’s worth of work? It’s possible with blogging!
While blogging is just my side hustle at this time to earn extra spending cash, the rates some of these sites pay can be lucrative if you consistently keep at it.
Right now, I typically only write one blog a week. Sometimes, I put it on my own website and other times I pitch other websites.
The overall process only takes 1-3 hours, depending on how in depth the blog is and how much research is required. And if I’m averaging about $100 for these blogs, that rate is excellent for minimum work doing something I enjoy.
I signed up to receive weekly emails from Freedom With Writing. Each week, they break down websites that are accepting pitches that pay from guest bloggers!
Here are 17 websites that I’ve had the most success and ease with earning extra cash blogging. Click on the title of the website to be taken to their How to Write for them page.
Pregnant Chicken covers all things babies from pregnancy to childbirth or adoption and being a new parent.
They are going to want to see a completed piece of 300 words or more first. Then, they’ll email if it is or isn’t a right fit for their website.
In my experience, they typically respond within a week which is a fast turnaround.
I stumbled upon Hubpages years ago. I would publish blogs at random and without much thought to getting paid.
Eventually, I could link my PayPal account and configure their Ad Program and Amazon Program to my blog.
For years, I made cents. But then, all of a sudden that money started compounding, and I would get paid $50, $75, $90 a month.
The money isn’t consistent (But I also don’t blog on the site consistently), but it’s nice to get that surprise $50+ paycheck several months a year.
Here’s how it works:
Rate: You can’t cash out until you reach $50 for a month.
Medium works in the same vein as Hubpages. Join their Partnership Program once you meet the criteria and get paid monthly based on member reading time.
I would repost a lot of my old blogs onto the site (They allow repurposing blogs), but didn’t have much luck besides literally like 10 cents a month.
Then, I looked more into it and, just like Hubpages, I can submit a blog to one of their bigger sites which will help your blog get more views.
I was accepted to Better Humans and have two blogs on that site which, as of now, are earning me around $10 a month.
Not much, but it’s something. And it’s also something I can look into getting more serious about.
Rate: Will vary based on views
I’ll be honest. I’ve stopped blogging for PopSugar mainly because I thought the $50 for one post was too low, and I wasn’t hearing back from them as much.
However, PopSugar is a big named site and blogging for them can lead to other opportunities. When I blogged for them, Elise Tate, influencer and wife of NFL star Golden Tate, and I connected. This led to some business opportunities, but it wasn’t that profitable, and promoting other people’s works wasn’t what I wanted to do.
But after a while, for me money was more important than clout. LOL.
However, here’s how I started making money…
I sent them an article I wrote and after weeks (actually I think it might have been months), they emailed me back saying that they liked my article and invited me to join their Voices Community.
Once in the community, I could pitch my own ideas, or I could accept pitches they suggested to me. They also sent out a monthly guide of what they wanted to see that month.
Most of my pitches got accepted, and I enjoyed writing for them for the time-being.
Her View From Home likes feel good stories about motherhood. A lot of my personal essays have been accepted to this site.
You submit a finished piece to their website, and they get back to you pretty quickly if the piece is a right fit for their website.
Once accepted, you have no more work to do. They handle the rest.
I enjoy writing for them.
Rate: Rates are based on views. I got to the $60 threshold once, but I’m pretty sure that was because my dad just clicked on the piece that many times. It’s hard to earn a lot of views because they put out a lot of pieces a day on their social media, so I feel as if your piece never gains a lot of traction unless you have a large social media following, you have parents who are willing to continuously click on it, or you join one of those Blogging Facebook groups where you can exchange favors.
This website wants your personal essays on mental health recovery stories. To submit to them, send them an email with your full story in the body of the email.
I shared with them a story of how I recovered from insomnia, and they really liked it.
I went through two rounds of edits, and the final copy will be published in May.
I’ve written five articles for this site, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with their team.
The submission process was easy.
I shared with them my full essay, and they would respond back in a timely manner with their interest.
After that I would go through 1-2 rounds of edit which were fairly simple. The editor would make suggestions, and I would approve.
A Fine Parent accepts articles on parenting, especially positive strategies that work.
I’ve written about building resilience, shy kids, greenlight strategies, and handling tantrums.
Lisa is looking for articles on Blogging, Freelance Business, Work/Life Balance, and Tips for Working from Home with Kids.
She first wants to see your pitch and a workable outline. Once she accepts your article, you’ll share your full post in an editable Google Doc.
I went through one round of edits before the post was published.
Lisa was very easy to work with, and I enjoy her content.
Motherfigure is looking for stories on motherhood and your journey toward it. They seek pitches on pregnancy, childbirth, infertility, nursing, and postpartum.
They want you to send a brief pitch first and then once accepted they will work with you to flesh out your article.
10. Chicken Soup
I think writing for the Chicken Soup books is the easiest I’ve ever earned money. They aren’t looking for anything long (1200 words or less) and I barely had to do any edits.
They have call outs throughout the year on various topics. I’ve written twice on the topics of “Me Time” and “Christmas.”
Submit your story online to them, and then they’ll be in touch only if you’ve been accepted.
11. Answers For Me
I wrote two articles for this website under their Corona Diaries series. They want to see the full story first before making their decision.
I’m not sure if they are still taking stories for this series, but according to their website, it looks as if they might still be.
Chalkbeat is looking for first person narratives on education. They accept pitches from educators, advocates, parents, and students.
They are seeking original stories on your own personal experience with the education system.
They ask you to either send a pitch or draft.
Rate: Not specified on the website, but I believe I got $100
According to their website, Our Teen is a publication for parents of teenagers—middle school, high school, and up to the first year or two of college—and for professionals working with teenagers. Our mission is to be a trusted source—and a fun, informative read!—for readers who are seeking information about teenagers.
They want to see a pitch first.
I submitted two articles and went through about one round of edits. Nothing hard.
Rate: The rate is not specified on their site, but I asked and got $75 for both articles.
I’m not seeing their submission page on their website, but it doesn’t hurt to send them an email with an idea or draft.
They accept a wide range of topics from Mom Life to Kids and Relationships.
I wrote a humorous piece about kids activities that look glamorous on Instagram but aren’t in real life.
Rate: I got paid $50
This parenting site especially loves parenting humor. They accept previously published and unpublished content, but only original essays are considered for payment.
I wrote a piece about Quiet Quitting Instagram.
Send pitches by email.
Rate: Website doesn’t say how much you get paid, but I got $25
Get Me Giddy is the world’s largest sexual health platform. I’m in the midst of working with them right now, so I technically haven’t gotten paid yet.
I am writing a piece on infertility.
I had to pitch them first and then they sent back to me an agreement and the writer’s guidelines. Based on their writing guidelines, they want two interviews or quotes from expert sources.
Have a pitch? Here’s the email information (Updated 11/27/22):
Lauren Barrett is a multi-passionate mom working to help all parents become their best selves and build positive relationships with their kids through mindful parenting. She has a degree in deaf education and a Master’s in Reading Education. She is a high school teacher of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing by day, a cross country coach by the afternoon, a writer/author by her son's nap times, and a full time mom to an amazing toddler. Lauren is a 3x author of the Add One-A-Day 30 Day Challenge, children's book, Henry's Hiccups, and parenting guide Now What? Mindful Checklists for Life's Hard Parenting Moments, a blogger at Lauren Barrett Writes, and has been published on sites like A Fine Parent, Pregnant Chicken, Pop Sugar, Her View From Home, and Scary Mommy. She loves her faith, running, visiting MLB stadiums with her husband, chocolate, scrapbooking, pretending she would actually do well on the Amazing Race, re-watching The Office, listening to Bobby Bones, and helping out all moms. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, James, and son, Henry. Follow her on Instagram at @laurenbarrettwrites, and get her free guide on what to do during the middle of a tantrum.
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