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Freelance Writing Jobs

Do you know how to make money online with freelance writing jobs and blogging for popular websites? What are freelance writing jobs? Are all freelance writing jobs scams? How much money can you make with freelance writing jobs? Read on for all the answers.

Did you know... Jodi Jill makes around $100,000 a year writing exclusively for Examiner.com? (Visit the Examiner.com page for the story)

Did you know... freelance writing jobs are being offered by major websites, such as Yahoo.com and AOL.com?

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Freelance writing jobs quick facts

Available
Work where?
Time?
Pay
Pay by
Status
Experience
Qualifications
Joining fee?
Minimum age
Gender
Worldwide
Online
Paid-per-task, part/full-time
Varies
PayPal, check, direct deposit
Independent contractor
Some jobs require experience
Some jobs require in-depth knowledge
No
18+
Male/female

Are all online freelance writing jobs scams?

I'm sure this is a question many writers have asked themselves. I did a lot of research on this topic. And here's the conclusion I came to...

Firstly, a warning: if a website asks you to pay to join, it's probably a scam. I didn't come across any but I've read about them. So be alert!

The good news is that there are legitimate freelance writing jobs and opportunities on the internet. The New York Times' About.com offers one of the best opportunities in terms of pay.

Content farms

Many of the freelance writing job opportunities online are writing for what's known in the industry as "content farms".

A content farm describes a company that employs a large number of amateur freelance writers to generate large amounts of content, written in such a way that they attract free search engine traffic and generate advertising revenue.

Writers are paid either a one-time fee for each piece of content and/or a share of advertising revenue earned.

Content farm misconceptions

The majority of content farm writers are inexperienced amateur writers, such as stay-at-home moms with little to no writing experience, looking to make some extra money.

Often they're led to believe that they can make thousands of dollars writing a few articles a month. That's a common misconception.

They may spend hours producing a few articles for companies such as Demand Studios or Yahoo Contributor Network. Then their work gets rejected, or maybe accepted but earn very little, and then they call these companies scams.

Writers who make thousands a month typically have years of experience, are skilled in the art of writing articles where the quality is on par with professional writers and attract search engine traffic, and spend twenty to forty hours or more a week producing lots of content.

If that doesn't sound like you, then you can't expect to make the same kind of money they do or anywhere near it.

In reality a few people make most of the money, the rest earn very little. And it's those disillusioned writers who complain the loudest and call those companies scams when in reality they're not.

The fact is they're legitimate companies listed on major stock exchanges, the same ones that list companies we all know and love, such as McDonald's, Apple and Ford.

It's harder than you think

Content farms do a good job of attracting millions of monthly visitors. Most people don't actually realize this is a lot harder than it sounds.

Did you know that every piece of content has to compete with typically millions of webpages from around the internet?

The reality is that having your content published in popular websites such as Yahoo.com and eHow.com gives you a much better chance of gaining top search engine rankings and consequently traffic, than posting the content on your own blog that you've just started.

If you feel you can drive more traffic to content you've posted to your own blog, then I suggest you give it a go. You may do well but frankly the odds are stacked against you.

How to view content farms

Here's how you should view content farms.

Content farms can:

If you view content farms with this mindset then you won't have such high expectations. And if it works out, then that's a bonus. All you've wasted is some time which you've probably got plenty of anyway, right? :-)

Conclusions

There are legitimate freelance writing job opportunities on the internet. They're not all scams out there.

There're no guarantees you'll make money though, unless a website specifically states that you'll receive a guaranteed minimum income.

I suggest you think of freelance writing as a business opportunity rather than a job.

If you want the reassurance of an income for time and effort you put into a job, then I'd suggest you take a look at Online Marketplaces for Errands.

If you have any opinions or experience on freelance writing jobs, please post your comments at the bottom of this page.

My top 3 freelance writing tips

Based on what I've read and seen, here are my top three tips on how to make money with freelance writing jobs and opportunities.

  1. Pick popular topics: write about popular topics because more people will read them, which results in a better chance of making money.
    Articles on Justin Bieber and how to lose weight will have a far greater chance of making money than articles on insects and stamps.
  2. Quantity is the name of the game: the more you write, the more money you'll earn.
    Did you know Jodi Jill who makes around $100,000 a year writing exclusively for Examiner.com writes between 100 and 130 articles a week?
  3. Quality counts: write interesting articles that attract a following. That might sounds obvious. But it's easier said than done.
    Always put yourself in your readers' shoes. Read back what you write. If you were a reader as opposed to the writer, would you follow this person's writing?

5 freelance writing jobs

I found five popular websites offering freelance writing jobs. They are all backed by sizable teams of professionals and generate millions of dollars in annual revenue.

  1. About.com: a popular website where you can make money online writing, blogging and producing videos on topics from health care and parenting issues to advice on travel, cooking, technology and hobbies.

    With guaranteed minimum pay and a solid company backing you up, About.com offers one of the best freelance writing jobs around.

  2. Examiner.com: offers writers the opportunity to make money online creating local entertainment, news and lifestyle content for its website.

    Examiner.com attracts over ten million monthly unique visitors across the U.S. and around the world.

    I'd suggest you consider Examiner.com if you're looking for a freelance writing job, part-time or full-time.

  3. Demand Studios: offers opportunities for freelance writers and filmmakers to write articles and produce videos on topics such as food and auto to parenting and nutrition.

    The Demand Media network consists of popular websites, including eHow.com, LiveStrong.com, and YouTube.com. I think Demand Studios is a worth a look if you can get hired.

  4. Seed.com: offers writers and photographers opportunities to make money creating content for distribution across AOL's network of over 80 websites, including AOL Autos, BlackVoices and DailyFinance.

    I'd suggest you look at Seed.com if you're confident your work is up to the standard of the content you see on the AOL network. If you don't feel your work is quite up to that level, then you'd probably have more success elsewhere.

  5. Yahoo Contributor Network: allows freelance writers, photographers, and videographers to make money sharing their knowledge and passion with millions of people worldwide on Yahoo! sites, including Yahoo! Voices, Yahoo! Sports and Yahoo! TV.

    Freelance writers, photographers and videographers should definitely take a look at Yahoo Contributor Network.

Please note that I haven't tried any of these freelance writing jobs. So make sure you're comfortable before accepting any work from these websites.

Freelance writing jobs availability and pay table

Website
About.com
Examiner.com
Demand Studios
Y! Contributor
Seed.com
Available
Worldwide
US/Canada
US/UK/Canada
United States
United States
Pay
$1,000+/mth
$1 + $1-7.50 PPM*
$15-25/article
$2-100 + $1.10-2 PPM*
$10-200/assignment

* PPM = Pay per thousands views (M is 1000 in Roman Numeral).

Learn more about a company

About.com (Worldwide)>>
Examiner.com (USA, Canada)>>
Demand Studios (USA, UK, Canada)>>
Yahoo Contributor Network (USA)>>
Seed.com (USA)>>

Other freelance writing jobs

I also found a bunch of other freelance writing and blogging jobs worth considering. Some of them pay upfront while others pay a share of advertising revenue earned.

If any of them graduate to point where I feel I'm ready to suggest them alongside the major companies, I'll do a write up of them here.

14 freelance writing jobs worth considering

  1. BreakStudios.Break.com
  2. DigitalJournal.com/help/faq.php
  3. Helium.com/registration/signup
  4. HowStuffWorks.com/writing-for-hsw.htm
  5. HubPages.com/signin/
  6. InfoBarrel.com/Writing_for_InfoBarrel
  7. iWriter.com/signup.php
  8. Klat.com/apply (June 13, 2012: seems to be inactive)
  9. MediaPiston.com/writers
  10. QualityGal.com
  11. Scripted.com/writers/sign_up
  12. Skyword.com/writers/
  13. Textbroker.com, Textbroker.co.uk
  14. WriterAccess.com/apply/

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If you come across any other websites or job boards offering freelance writing and blogger jobs either in the United States or other English speaking countries, please post a comment at the bottom of this page.

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