How to make money writing articles

How to make money writing articles

Make money online writing articles

Everyone wants to know about great ways to make money from home. Sadly, there are no get rich schemes that are (a) legitimate or (b) actually work. But, there are many legitimate ways to start making money from home, and if you like writing, then there are plenty of options available. You could of course create your own website and monetise it (find out more about that here).

You could also make money writing articles for other people, and there are a range of sites that I’ll introduce to you to, to show you just how to do that. The fact is, there are tonnes of blogs and websites that pay people to write content. Depending on how much you want to write, you could apply to a number of sites and write for many simultaneously, earning yourself a part-time or a full time income.

I won’t be reviewing all the sites that pay people to write, just a selection of the ones I prefer.



iWriter homepage



iWriter would have to be one of the most popular article writing sites right now.

Joining iWriter is quick and easy. All that’s required is your name and email address. Once you’re in, you’ll notice that there are three levels of ‘writer status’. These are Standard, Premium, Elite and Elite Plus. What you get paid per article will depend on your writer status.


Standard writer

The following shows the word count and the Standard writer earnings:

  • 150 words, $1.01
  • 300 words, $1.62
  • 500 words, $2.43
  • 700 words, $4.05
  • 1,000 words, $6.08

Premium writer

The following shows the word count and the Premium writer earnings:

  • 150 words, $2.23
  • 300 words, $3.65
  • 500 words, $4.46
  • 700 words, $5.79
  • 1,000 words, $8.51

Elite writer

The following shows the word count and the Elite writer earnings:

  • 150 words, $3.44
  • 300 words, $5.67
  • 500 words, $8.10
  • 700 words, $10.13
  • 1,000 words, $14.99

You can fast track through the iWriter program in two ways. You can either apply and pay a fee, or work your way up.


Applying to fast track

By applying and paying the application fee of $197, you can fast track the process. You will be asked to write three articles based on the keywords given to you. Your articles will be reviewed and given a star rating. An average rating between 4 and 4.6 will promote you premium immediately. An average of 4.6 and higher will grant you elite writer status.


Working your way up

To become a Premium writer, you must have a minimum of 30 reviews and an average of a 4 star rating, out of 5. To become an Elite writer, you must have a minimum of 30 reviews and an average of a 4.6 star rating (or higher) out of 5. The time taken to do this will depend on how much you write.

The reason that iWriter have the tiered system is to ensure the quality of their writers.

The articles that you can write will depend on your writer status. Here’s an example of one for an Elite writer:


iWriter example article
Payments are made via PayPal.


ContentMart **Updated 12 August 2018**:

Contentmart will be retiring on 22 August 2018. As such I have removed details of how to set up an account and submit jobs etc.

Here is the statement released by ContentMart:

“On a technical note, this month, we will be settling down all the open accounts and tickets by 22nd August 2018. Also, all the client and writer information will be permanently deleted from the servers effective after closing project.
Here’s what you need to know:
If you have a Client Account:

  • You will not be able to create any order
  • You will not be able to refill your wallet/deposit funds
  • Place a refund request using “Balance” menu before 22nd Aug, 2018.
If you have a Writer Account:

  • You will not be able to place any bid/proposal
  • Payment will be released every Thursday for all the withdrawal requests received (Our standard scheme remains unchanged for processing payments)
We request you to co-operate with us for smooth closure.”
Contentmart is retiring




Fiverr - don't just dream do
Fiverr is huge, and not just for writers. Fiverr is an online marketplace where buyers and service providers come together and offer services and bid on services:

Explore the marketplace at FiverrAs a provider, you can offer your services in any of these categories.
Services are provided from $5 and up to $995, and as a service provider, you negotiate the price. The price will depend on the size and complexity of the work, the turnaround time, and the number of others within the Fiverr platform who can offer the same services.

Here are a couple of examples within the writing category:

Fiver writing category examples
It’s free to sign up to Fiverr as a buyer or a seller, and you will need to become a registered member before being able to buy or sell.

Sellers are restricted to posting a select amount of active gigs based on their level:

  • 30 gigs for top rated sellers
  • 20 gigs for Level 2 sellers
  • 10 gigs for Level 1 sellers
  • 7 gigs for sellers without a Level status

You get to keep 80% of each transaction, so you’ll need to factor that into your pricing. Once you complete a buyers order, the money is transferred to your account.




Textbroker homepage
To get started, you need to do a sign up article. The editors at textbroker will give you an initial author rating. You are provided with regular feedback so that you can improve your rating over time.

Like other writing platforms, your pay is based on your rating.

The pay scale at textbroker is much simpler than others, and is as follows:

Text broker pay scales
Open orders relate to you being able to choose the projects you work on that are listed for your quality rating. You are then paid based on the word count associated with your quality ranking.

Direct orders occur when you are engaged directly to do a piece of writing based on your author profile and your track record at textbroker. In this scenario, you set the price per word regardless of your quality rating. It is very worthwhile to spend time on your author profile so that you can be approached with relevant and high paying direct orders.

Team orders are where you write as a team member. You can join as many teams as you like.

When you are getting started, it is best to go for open orders.

There are loads of other platforms where you can sign up as writer (and of course as business owner, engage writers). I won’t go into them but here’s a few that you can go and research and sign up to if you think they are worthwhile:




A List Apart:


Website owners can benefit from engaging writers

If you are a website owner, you can pay others to write some content for you. If you have a number of projects going on, this can be a very effective way to keep up with your content. As we all know, in order for our sites to rank, content needs to be flowing.


What writing platforms have you used in the past, and what has worked for you? Leave me a comment or a question and I’m happy to help.



  1. Hi Melissa, I found this most interesting as I have never thought about paying to have articles written for me yet, or indeed write for other people. I can see that if you are a premium or elite writer it can be a very lucrative business, but if you aren’t then it looks like you are going to spend a lot of time writing for not much in return. I guess it pays to learn good grammar and writing skills if you want to make good money online.
    I am at the point with my website where I would love to be able to outsource but probably can’t yet afford a premium writer (which is probably what I would want), so for now I must plod on doing it myself.
    Out of interest, what do you think the work of a standard writer, or the lowest paid writers would be like? Have you ever outsourced for your website? Thanks


    1. Hi Stefanie, I personally wouldn’t purchase the work or a standard writer, or any of those in the lower paid categories. I haven’t outsourced any of my writing, because I love writing myself. I don’t find it a chore at all, and it’s one of the reasons I started blogging in the first place. I know that some website owners like to invite others to do guest posts, and usually they know who they are or have read their writing and it has resonated with them. I think if I were to want to add content that I hadn’t written, it would be via guest posts.

      I share your sentiments re the lower paid categories. I think if you’re a great writer you can progress through to become a premium or elite writer, and only then would become lucrative.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts here Stefanie.


  2. I am still learning, doing my best to master this skill but have some ways to go. This is a good way to make money. There are so many people out there who are in this line of work and is making a good living in this way. All that is needed is the skills and you will be on your way. Thanks for sharing and informative post that is a great help.


    1. Hi Norman, I’m glad you found this useful. I do love finding ways that people can make money online, and sharing these. Whilst not all work from opportunities will suit everyone, there are certainly some that will. There are loads of people that make a good living as full time online writers. And you are right, you absolutely need to be skilled in writing for this one to a success.
      All the very best to you Norman. I appreciate you stopping by to share your thoughts.


  3. This is such a great and useful article for the people who want to have a little bit of secondary income. article writing is a great way to do that and your have explained every thing very nicely in an easy way. Thank you for the great post.


    1. Hi Sarah, thanks for your thoughts. There are certainly lots of ways that people can make a secondary income if they choose to. All the very best to you.


  4. Hi Melissa, although I have my own site, I haven’t thought about outsourcing my content at the moment. Plus I’m enjoying blogging as well. However, you gave me an idea to try out some writing gig and the way you explained each one of them is very clear and interesting. For people who are looking for some extra side income, this article is very much useful. Thank you for this post!


    1. Hi King Kong’s Girl, thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts. For people who love writing and have a flair for it, it can be an excellent way to earn some income on the side. I’m glad this gave you some food for thought!
      All the very best to you,


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