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Top Ways to Earn Money Writing Online

This entry is part [part not set] of 3 in the series Making Money Online

If you like to write, there are many ways you can earn money writing online and get extra income on the Internet. You do not need to have a blog, or a website, or any prior knowledge of HTML or JAVA, or SEO, or whatever. How come? Well, there are already many websites out there that will let you publish your writing and make money off it, while they take care of all the technical stuff and even promote your pages by bringing them more traffic than you could ever do on your own.

So if you don’t suffer from the “must-have-my-own-domain” complex, you can not only save money on domain  name and web hosting, but also skip the time-consuming process of promoting your blog, improving its page rank, optimizing the pages for search engines, link building, etc. It’s a known fact that most bloggers give up after about 6 months because they do not see the results. They do not see the results because it takes time to achieve high search engine ranking. And that’s something you get for free by publishing your writing on those sites that already have it.

Then again, there are websites that will pay you a flat fee for your articles, or put you in touch with someone who will. Internet is full of endless opportunities, if you know where to look.

Beware, though, for there are many scams blooming on the internet that will take advantage of your work and never pay you a cent for it. I recommend running a search to check for user reviews before registering at any websites, especially if what they offer sounds too good to be true. An excellent resource for this kind of research is EssayScam.Org.

Having said that, the websites reviewed below have all been thoroughly researched and are rated based on the earning potential they provide for writers.

  1. HubPages

    Hubpages is one of the best earning venues for internet writers. It allows you to post articles called hubs about anything, granting them a lot of exposure and a means for you to earn some money. It is ideal for writers who don’t have any idea about html or javascript, as the interface is very clean and easy to use.

    Unlike WordPress, you can monetize your blog all the way. What’s more, HubPages gets ranked in the search engines quickly and most of them in the first pages bringing you instant traffic immediately. You don’t even need to do search engine optimization, work on traffic or advertising your blog.

    With Hubpages you can earn significant passive income every month but you have to work hard to start with. People earn over £1000/$1000 per month. So if you work hard for a year or two you can get an extra few thousand every month for the rest of your life. The way this is done is through programs such as Google Adsense, Amazon.com, Ebay,  and Kontera but you can also join other affiliate programs and promote your websites and blogs. If you are using Adsense, Amazon.com, Ebay and Kontera, you can link to your accounts and get 70% revenue for the time your adverts are displayed.

    There is also an affiliate program that allows you generate ongoing revenue when you refer new writers to HubPages. The more high-quality writers you bring in, the greater your royalties.

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  2. Tsu

    Tsu is the first social network that shares 90% of its ad revenue with its users. It works pretty much like FB or any other social network, except they pay you part of their web revenue, depending on your activity and your network’s activity. This could be the future of social media.

    The truth is, one can never know how these sites on internet will turn out. Most of them are finished before the night’s over. But as it is free to join, I think it’s worth a try.


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  3. Info Barrel

    Although sticking to the model of a revenue sharing website, Info Barrel offers a few innovative options to its writers, redefining the way average users participate in online media sites.  Every time a piece of your content is published on Info Barrel, you are entitled to 75% of all the Google Adsense ad impressions generated by your content.

    Info Barrel provides its writers with the ability to publish articles in multi-formats, giving you more freedom in creative expression. Also, Info Barrel openly rewards longer articles, with a point system attributed dependent upon length of articles. Last but not least, they have an affiliate program enabling you to further earn passive income on writers you refer.


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  4. iWriter

    iWriter is a great site for those who’d like to earn money writing. In fact, it’s become so popular in recent years that finding a job at iWriter can be a bit tough for a newbie. However, don’t let that discourage you. The advantage of iWriter is that it is used by bloggers, as they often need good writers who can write fresh content for their blogs. And since you are able to contact with each other directly, you’ll have the opportunity to establish long-term working relationships with such bloggers and in this way build your client list.

    If you are not already blogging, you may want to consider starting your own blog to showcase your work.

    Join iWriter

  5. Virtual Author’s Assistant

    There is a booming niche market working with authors that no one knows about, the so called “Ghost Writers”. Virtual assistants are the hottest growing job market. They are the people who work behind the scenes to create, organize and coordinate all the different pieces necessary to get a book published. They make phone calls, organize material, send out emails, coordinate designers, proofreaders and printers and conduct research. This is a no-nonsense, real, work at home business, and if you are interested, The Publishing Store website specializes in training virtual author’s assistants.

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  6. She Told Me

    This is one site that lets you do what most others don’t and even pays you for it. You actually get paid for bookmarking your links. They can be in form of articles, videos and photos. For each link you submit to SheToldMe.com a new web page is created. Every page includes the title of the scoop, the link itself, and a description of the linked site you write up.

    She Told Me has a good page rank, and a link to your website will show on everything you submit. This can be a powerful traffic booster for your website or blog.

    As for earning potential, She Told Me uses a truly unique approach based on 100% Adsense revenue sharing. They also have integrated Chitika ads, so if you sign up for Chitika you get all the Chitika earnings too. You can make more money on referring people as well.

    Join SheToldMe.com with opajdara as your referrer!

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  7. Best Reviewer

    The creator of SheToldMe has recently created another website similar to SheToldMe in this sense:

    • Adsense revenue sharing 100%
    • Referrals program to get your Adsense id displayed on all your referrrals’s pages
    • You can post links to your own websites/blogs and articles on other places

    What is different is :

    • It’s brand new, so doesn’t have alexa or google pagerank just yet
    • It’s not digg-like, there’s no voting system, it’s more like an article directory, except the articles are “tops” like Top 10 best paid actors, or Top 5 best smartphone in 2010, etc.
    • You also get your site URL to be displayed on all your referrals’ pages.

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  8. myLot

    myLot lets you earn extra money by posting discussions in their forums. You can earn $0.05 to $0.25 per post. Although this may not sound like a lot,  you are not limited to the number of posts you can make in a day. Your earnings are updated daily, and a minimum amount of $10 is needed before you can withdraw payment. They pay via paypal once a month.

    Keep in mind, though – you can’t make money just by replying to every post you see with a lol or one word answer. You should post an intelligent comment that adds to the conversation. The longer and more you add to a discussion the more you will make per post. A word of warning: every member can rate other people’s posts. If you make too many bad posts you will start to make less per post.

    myLot accepts members from any country. They also have a referral program. You earn 25% of your referrals earnings; if you can recruit a dozen very active members you can really make some extra money.

    Join myLot

  9. TextBroker

    This is yet another fabulous site make money off writing. It doesn’t impose on stringent criteria so newbie writers may like this site better. The payout ranges from $3-$8 per article. They generally accept articles of shorter length, and in my opinion this represents an excellent opportunity to boost up your productivity.

    The site is not restricted to just individual freelancers, as they are open to both companies and entrepreneurs. Again, you go to the archive and choose to write articles that would be of interest to them. Payment is done twice monthly through PayPal for work approved by them.


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  10. Online Writing Jobs

    This is probably the most extensive job website for freelance writers, the one you are likely to visit more often. There is no cost, no fee, no registration required. If you get past the visual barrier, the website is quite functional. There is a counter displaying how many people have viewed each job, it offers easy sorting function prominently displayed at the top of the landing page, and – last but not least – job posting dates are displayed, saving you the effort of applying for old postings.

    Keep in mind though, this is a job list accumulator, which means that it copies writing jobs from other sites, and these are not first postings. However, it will serve to cut down your search time significantly. Highly recommended for the busy freelance writer.

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About Dubie Bacino

Always on the lookout for new, original and innovative, Dubie loves spotting upcoming trends in cyber culture, discovering useful tools and innovative start-ups and inventions. To the Google+ crowd, she is known as the curator of stunning photography.


  1. Hi,

    This is Jonathan from Kontera. Thanks for including our In-Text network among your preferred monetization methods through Hubpages. With over 15,000 Publishers and 140 million unique users per month, Kontera is easily the leading In-Text ad network.

    One of the main reasons Kontera is so effective for so many people is our Synapse Engine, our next generation technology, that rather than just scanning for keyword like other networks do, can actually read your webpages for meaning. This deeper understanding of your content is how we can provide you with the most relevant ads, leading to higher CTR and better CPC.

    Another advantage of Kontera is our exclusive ad inventory from such global brand names as Blackberry, Verizon, Quaker, Dove, Microsoft, and Ford. These premium, often Rich-Media ads are the most attractive to site visitors, offer the best possible CPC, and are only available on sites using the Kontera Network.

    If you’d like to become part of the Kontera Network, we’re currently offering new publishers a 70% revenue share, which is the best rate in the industry. We’re also offering new publishers a $50 bonus if they get at least 25,000 U.S. page views during their first 30 days on the network. Additionally, we recently lowered our minimum payout threshold from $100 to $50, across all payment methods, so now publishers are seeing their earnings in half the time.


    – Jonathan Cohen
    Kontera Community Manager
    Monetize your site with Kontera In-Text ads

  2. This is an awesome list, thanx! I don’t think I need to look any further:).

  3. Stay far away from Helium.com! They will ban you and keep your articles without paying you a dime if they so choose. I have over 100 articles there which I receive nothing for. The rating system there is terrible and it also affects whether you get paid for your work or not. Do not trust this site with your hard work.

    There are many who are faced with having to rate many articles just to get the money their articles have earned them. If you ask too many questions, or some they do not wish to answer, they will kick you off the site with no chance of appeal! They ignore any queries from the Better Business Bureau as I and many others have found out. A scam!

  4. I’ve been to myLot once and that’s a good site to earn money by writing. If your thread becomes popular, your earning will be good.

  5. I use myLot too, and it´s a good site. the more comments you make the more you earn. but you have to be creative and eloquent.

  6. By the way, SheToldMe sounds great. I´ll give it a try. Thanks for the tip.

  7. Thank you for this post. I´ve been looking for this kind of info, sites where one can earn extra money, and this is a goldmine. I only know of Hub Pages. I´ll try the others out and keep you posted.

  8. I started taking surveys a few months ago and continually to produce small amount of money each and every now and then, but absolutely nothing to live off of like they claim. I mostly just make small purchases on-line via PayPal once I get paid so it’s not too bad.

  9. bluecollar says

    Thank you for the list,
    It’s useful to anyone who look for an online job,
    Regards !

  10. Love your tips! ..the most essential list I’ve seen so far. Thank you.

  11. Good sites collections. Thumbs up!

  12. Hello,

    I found a website where you can make money writing about things you know. only25pages.com is called. I have requested information.


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  14. Your post is really helpful. You don’t have to own a domain name for you as a writer to make money online. Thanks for sharing that information. Continue with the good work.

  15. Danny Crane says

    Thanks a lot for sharing those very helpful tips on how to make money online. How I wish I had come across this post earlier. Continue sharing such reliable information.

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