As a writer, we can’t always rely on one platform. We all want to surf and get used to the competitive world. As every article I read about writing from top writers of Medium says, don’t put all eggs in one basket.
It means we need to look for other freelance writing platforms as well. So if you want writing as a career or as a side hustle, then you need to mold yourself and, side by side, start looking at other freelance writing gigs that pay you.
As a newbie, I found Medium two months back, and it’s one of the best platforms, which I am in love with. But I still want to try something outside of this platform, so I found these ten websites that pay a writer for writing articles. I just want to help you with that.
1. Vibrant Life
Vibrantlife.com focuses on a wide variety of topics like health, self-help, exercise, nutrition, family, spiritual balance, challenges and triumphs, etc. Articles should be written in an informal, interesting, and easy-to-read style, and help families to live healthier, happier, or more satisfying lives.
In short, Vibrant Life needs practical articles about stress prevention while promoting improved physical health, increased mental clarity, and a sustained spiritual balance in the everyday life of the reader.
Word limit: Short articles (450 to 650 words) are always in demand. Feature articles should not exceed 1,000 words.
Submission: Go to the website’s Writer’s Guidelines option. There is a Submit button that will direct you to an email address. Send your pitch there, and make sure to include your mailing address, phone number, email address (if applicable), and the rights you are offering.
2. Nutri Inspector
NutriInspector.com is a nutrition, diet, and weight-loss-based blog. They focus on topics like nutrition and diet, natural herbs for weight loss, meal replacement shakes for weight loss, and best kitchen tools.
So if you are one who is interested in food, nutrition, and blogging, then go for it. They have open positions for regular or part-time writers who are passionate about writing.
Word limit: 1,000–4,000 words
- Ultimate how-to guides (3,000–4,000 words): $120-$180
- Informational articles (2,000–3,000 words): $120
- Product reviews (1,000 words): $60
Submission: Send an email to office[@]nutriinspector.com. Make sure to write fresh and original writing with high-quality content that is well structured and easy to understand.
Liisbeth.com focuses on articles about feminism, innovation, enterprise, and critiques of policies and systems that drive inequality. Their pay scale ranges based on experience, length, complexity, and uniqueness of work.
Word limit: For profiles/small features it’s 800–1300 words and for large features 1,500–3,000 words.
Payment: It’s in Canadian dollars
- Feminist Enterprise Profile: $500 – $650
- Personal Essay: $250 – $500
- Critical Analysis/ Issues/ Policy Analysis: $800 – $2,000
- Service Article/ Reviews/ Research Briefs: $500 – $750
- Event Round-Ups/ Playlists/ Poetry and Others: $250 – $500
Submission: Send them an email at [email protected] Don’t send them the full manuscript. Send them a brief summary (150–250 words) plus the opening paragraph. If they like it, they will contact you. If you are new, then send them some of your previously published samples.
4. Transitions Abroad
Transitionsabroad.com is all about travel. They focus on vast varieties of travel topics like work abroad, study abroad, travel abroad, and living abroad. Each section has a wide variety of topics.
In short, they aim to create inspirational yet practical planning guides for cultural immersion travel, work, study, living, volunteering abroad, and much more.
Word limit: 1,250–3,000+ words
Payment: $75-$150. The average payment is $100
Submission: Send them an email to [email protected] In the Word document, make sure to include your contact information, including your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page of the document.
5. Income Diary
Incomediary.com was launched in March 2009, and they attract millions of visitors every year. They focus on topics like creating awesome websites, driving traffic, social media, and making money online.
They are currently looking for an expert in search engine optimization to write an in-depth blog post about keyword research using tools such as Ahref or SemRush. They have also published lots of how-to-write articles.
Word limit: Minimum 1,500 words
Submission: Here is the submission link. Just go to the end and send them your idea. If they like your idea, they will email you and you can start writing for them.
Listverse.com focuses on a wide variety of topics in the following categories: bizarre, entertainment, general knowledge, lifestyle, science, and society. You just have to write an article which consists of ten items in a list. Each item of the list should consist of at least one or two paragraphs.
They only accept submissions from the US, UK, NZ, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and South Africa.
Word limit: 1,500–2,000 words maximum
Submission: Here is the submission link. Make sure you proofread your article before submitting it.
Wellbeing.com.au is an Australian website. They look for articles that are empowering, informative, and entertaining. It is all about improving the quality of your life, the lives of others, and the health of the planet.
In particular, they welcome stories on the following themes: natural health, spirituality, natural therapies, esoteric, fitness, environment, animals, wholefood cooking, natural beauty, travel, children, and real-life experience stories.
Word limit: 800–1,000 words and 2,000 words as well
Payment: It is in Australian Dollars.
- Feature articles: AU$600-$700. Article length, typically, is 2,000 words.
- Travel articles: AU$750, including photographs.
- Special reports: AU$1,700.
- Real-Life Experience: AU$150. Article length, generally, is 800–1,000 words.
Submission: Pitch your article to the following email: [email protected] They will contact you if they are interested.
8. Clarkesworld Magazine
Clarkesworldmagazine.com is an American online fantasy and science fiction magazine. They publish short stories, interviews, articles, and audio fiction. They are currently open for art, non-fiction, and short story submissions.
When you submit, make sure your story is well written, convenient for on-screen reading, and suitable for audio.
Word limit:1,000–22,000 words, no exceptions
Payment:10¢ per word
Submission: Here is the submission form link. Go through it and pitch them. In your Word document, make sure to write your name, email address, cover letter, story title, word count, genre, and the file containing your story.
9. Scary Mommy
Scarymommy.com is, according to its About page, “one of the largest, most influential, and most trusted sources of entertainment and information for millennial moms online. It’s a community of millions of women, supporting each other through acceptance, empowerment, and the shared experience of motherhood.”
They are looking for personal essays, reflections, unique experiences, and highly relatable humor essays. They focus on topics like parenting, kids, pregnancy, lifestyle, relationships, etc.
Word limit: 900+ word range
10. Chicken Soup for the Soul
Chickensoup.com focuses on the inspirational, true stories about ordinary people having extraordinary experiences. It is a story that opens the heart and rekindles the spirit. They welcome stories and poems written in English from all over the world.
It means you need to write a poem in the form of a story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh, get goosebumps, or say “wow!”
Word limit: 1,200 words or less
A Few Requirements to Take Into Consideration
- Read their guidelines and the specific niche they are following.
- Pitch them based on their niche.
- Some websites won’t reply to you when your article gets rejected.
- It won’t be easy, but that’s the drill of life.
- You need to try it out and give your best because that’s the only option you have.
- Though you may fail, keep trying and start learning lessons from every aspect of life.
There are thousands of websites on the net which pay writers. Here I’ve specified a few of them. Start pitching them and enjoy the ride because that’s the way we learn. It won’t be easy, but don’t get disheartened if you are rejected. Instead, start pitching them again.