How to Make Money Writing Articles Online

how to make money writing articles onlineWant to make money online by writing articles? Well, you are in luck! There are so many ways you can do just that, and here we will explore six ways how to make money writing articles online.

Join a Content Mill

Well, this may not be the highest paying way to make money by writing online, but it certainly is the easiest. Content mills are websites that connect customers with writers. Customers post article-writing jobs, and the writers can then take a job, write the article, and get paid. Most of these content mills pay you a fixed rate per word. A lot of them also have “levels,” with higher levels paying a higher rate per word. You get to higher levels by getting great reviews from customers. To get accepted at a content mill, you usually have to take some sort of writing test or show them a sample article. I actually have a list of over 30 content mills, though I don’t recommend all of them.

Here are three content mills that I would recommend: Blogmutt, which pays $8 for 250-word posts, Textbroker, which has 4 levels that pay between $0.00.70 and $0.05 cents per word, and Writer’s Access. Blogmutt is a great way to make some part-time income, while Textbroker is better for some quick online cash, as it takes less time to get paid.

Join a Freelance Site

Freelance sites work differently thhow to make money writing articles onlinean content mills. They are big sites where customers post job offerings. These jobs can be long-term; they are not limited to one article. Freelancers then bid for the job, meaning they send the customer a message explaining why they are a good fit for the job and for what price they would be willing to work for. The freelancer with the best qualifications and lowest price usually wins the bid.

These sites include Guru, Freelancer, and Outsource.

Sell Your Services

The next option is to sell your services. You can join a site where you list your services and price. For example, you can say that you will write a 500-word article for $15. Customers then message you and enquire about the details.

These sites include Content Runner, Fiverr, Fourerr, and SEO Clerks.

Start a Freelance Writing Business

Start your own freelance writing business and deal directly with clients! Yes, you will write directly for privately-owned websites and blogs, and you can get paid for it. Read on to find out how to do it.

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What you have to do is look for online classified writing job postings. These are usually long-term jobs, such as writing a weekly blog post for a small business’s website. Apply for the jobs you like, and if you are picked for the job, you can get paid nicely. It helps to have some samples prepared to show potential clients.

There are many websites where you can find these classified writing job postings, and I have a whole list of almost 20 of them.

how to make money writing articles onlineWrite a Mini-eBook

Yes, we are talking about articles, but a mini-ebook is not that much larger. Write a mini-ebook, say with just 30 pages or so, and sell it for a dollar on Amazon or eBay. You can also publish it on Kindle. It can take just a few hours to write, and if just a few hundred people buy it, that’s a few hundred extra bucks in your pocket. The best part is that you can earn recurring revenue, as your book will keep on selling and selling, sometimes for years.

The ebook can be about anything: A guide to doing something, tips on home improvement, how to train your dog to walk, a short horror story, or a true emotional story.

Start a Blog

You can start a blog, get visitors, and make money by advertising and promoting products. It’s easy to start these days, and you can even get free websites at places like WordPress or Blogspot. Money can be earned by placing ads on your site or by affiliate marketing.

It pays to have some basic training on how to set up your site and get visitors. In my recommended programs page, I list a few great ways on how to get free or very cheap training videos on this.

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And what are your thoughts about making money online by writing articles? Do you have any other ideas? I would love to hear!


  1. Zinette

    Hi, I love all your ideas here. I think the platforms you suggest are also great for small time writers to build up style in their writing and confidence till they reach a bigger more massive platform. Thank you for sharing. I checked out both Textbroker and Blogmutt and they both require US citizenship. Is there a platform for a more international base?

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Zinette,

      I have a list of around 30 content mills. You can check it out here. However, I don’t recommend all of them. You can also try out UpWork, Fiverr, Guru, and PeoplePerHour. If you are looking for private freelance writing jobs, why not check out this list of places for classified ads for writing work.

      Hope this helps,


  2. cary

    Love Your Ideas on how to generate extra income by writing. You make a very valid point ebook tip too. Sounds like a great plan. This is a way you can do it quickly as well without having to overwhelm yourself with chapters and such. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Cary,

      Yeah, it seems a lot of people like the eBook idea. Of course, you will have to deal with what every Amazon dealer has to deal with: Getting good reviews, using the right tags so that it shows up, promoting your ebook, etc. However, shipping is NOT something you will have to be bothered with.

      All the best,


  3. Cynthia

    This is such an interesting article. I like all these ideas to write to make money online. Yes I think I like your suggestion of writing an mini ebook. I actually have been thinking about just that.
    I really did not know all the other ways you mentioned to make money writing articles either. Anyone with any writing ability at all can begin to make money online right away.
    Great information! Thanks!

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Cynthia,

      Yes, writing articles is the easiest way to make fast and real money online. However, the pay will still not be enough for even a part-time job until you work your way up to building a successful freelance business or affiliate marketing website.

      All the best,


  4. Latharian Jones

    Hey Ben I can across your blog looking for (ways to make money from home) and I’d have to say this is by far the best page I’ve come across! THANKS!!

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Latharian,

      Why thank you, I appreciate it. I’m glad you liked it 🙂

  5. Dejan

    I like the idea of selling a mini eBook on Amazon, this can lead to great extra income, especially when you’re good at storytelling. But I have one question: Do you have to deal with taxes when you are publishing a book on Amazon?

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Dejan,

      Certainly! If you are getting money, Uncle Sam will want some too. I’m not sure how it works in your country, but here in the United States you will have to pay self-employment taxes, which are higher than regular taxes. This applies to all six options I mentioned above. Taxes must be paid quarterly, four times a year.

      I’m no CPA, so I can’t help you with your taxes. I use an online system like Turbo Tax to do my taxes.

      All the best,



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