There are a large number of websites that pay you for you to license their content. Each site is almost completely unique in the type of payments it offers, the copyrights it expects from your work, and more.
I have researched each site individually to find out what it is about and to help you decide whether or not the site will fit your needs.
I hope you get one or more websites that interest you and will help you expand your business, give you name recognition, and ultimately bring more traffic and sales to your business.
When it comes to sites that pay you to write, you want highly established sites with a larger readership base, credibility, and high potential payments. Each of these sites has a different payment structure, some are performance based revenue sharing, some pay you upfront for your content, and others pay you per sale of your articles.
I have listed the payment structure and a short review of each site covering the more important details of the website and how it is structured.
Before discrediting a website because of low payment or because payment is based on revenue sharing, reconsider the benefits of using these sites that I mentioned previously:
- Leverage the current traffic of these sites for potentially massive exposure to your name and possible your websites (for those that allow links)
- Gain credibility to your name or brand, especially if your content is accepted into sites that have higher application standards and reputability
- Syndicate your content across multiple sites that require non-exclusive rights (and several of these do).
- Make money while improving your writing skills by learning how to write for a network that requires far higher standards than many article directories.
- Use the analytics of these sites to test out different writing techniques and topics faster than a new website.
- For service providers: gain more clients through social networking on these sites, a readership base interested in your services, and a detailed author bio.
- For freelance writers: and add high quality samples to your resume and gain credibility to justify higher prices for your services.
- For entrepreneurs not interested in writing: have an almost endless source of high quality writers, see their samples up front, and hire them for projects.
There are many more benefits than this, but these are just a few that I can think of off the top of my head.
The fact that these sites do offer some type of compensation is even more incentive for you to use them. And, when it comes to compensation, some of these sites have the potential to earn substantial revenue from the sale of content, particularly the sites that purchase exclusive content upfront or list content for sale.
Payment Structure: Monthly stipend along with performance based revenue (varies)
Rights Granted To Site: Exclusive, perpetual license, while the author retains some copyrights. http://beaguide.about.com/faq.htm
Application Link: http://beaguide.about.com/applynow.htm
Review: About.com is a website where experts called “Guides” share information on their particular field of knowledge. There are over 2 million articles on About.com on a wide variety of topics, and it is one of the most widely read sites in the world.
About.com guides go through a semi-rigorous application. If they are accepted, they receive a monthly stipend along with performance based payments.
Although this site may not be an option for several freelancers, if you are accepted into their writer’s program, you will gain a lot of credibility and be able to build a large readership base. About.com hires for particular topics, so you will have to check if your area of expertise is being hired before applying.
Payment Structure: Per sale
Rights Granted To Site: Exclusive
Application Link: http://www.articlesale.com/wp-login.php?action=register
Review: Article sale is similar to Constant Content. It accepts international applicants and is a marketplace for articles that you determine the price of. Article sale is unique in that it does not take any fee for the transaction, thus making it an attractive choice for article marketers.
Article sale does not get as many visitors as Constant Content yet, but it still makes sense to list content for sale here, as there is no listing fee.
Payment Structure: Upfront for U.S. residents (Varies based on article topic, rights granted, demand, and other criteria) Performance based for non-US residents ($1.50 per 1000 views)
Rights Granted To Site: Your choice of exclusive or nonexclusive. Scroll to #4 for more detail http://www.associatedcontent.com/terms_of_use.html
Application Link: https://publish.associatedcontent.com/signup.shtml
Review: Associated Content is one of the more well known websites that pay for writing. Associated Content is a very popular website and will accept articles in a wide variety of topics.
Upfront payment is limited to U.S. citizens or permanent residents, however there is the opportunity for performance based payments for non U.S. citizens.
Although non U.S. citizens may not receive upfront payments, Associated Content is still a good choice to submit non exclusive content for the increased exposure to your name/brand and potential for some performance based revenue.
Review: Bukisa is a content site similar to Associated Content, except it is not limited to only U.S. residents. Bukisa is a high traffic content directory, and it does not ask for an exclusive license to your content, which allows you to publish it elsewhere.
Articles are paid by performance – more unique views make more revenue. Also, there are referral bonuses of 25% of the revenue of any person referred to Bukisa.
Payment Structure: Per Sale (You choose the price)
Rights Granted To Site: Varies by author choice
Application Link: http://www.constant-content.com/area/registerauthor.htm
Review: Constant Content is a very versatile content sharing website that allows you to submit content with three different levels of rights discussed more in detail here: http://www.constant-content.com/about/faqs.htm
Constant Content allows you to upload an unlimited number of articles for sale and you get to determine the price for the content.
The site does not allow search engine indexing of the content, so there are no worries of someone stealing your content without paying.
It does allow a short snippet of each article to let clients know what they are going to buy.
Constant Content is a great option for writers who have articles they have not published sitting around and for those who want more control over the price of their content.
Review: ConsumerSearch.com publishes unbiased reviews of a wide variety of products. Consumer Search hires writers to write reviews on particular products.
There is an application process that requires a person write a lengthy review of one product, but if you are accepted into their writers program, the pay is substantial at at least $350 per report, and potentially more. Each report is time consuming, but you are well compensated for the time it takes to write one.
Reports are subject to editing and reviews by editors, and the copyright belongs to Consumer Search.com after payment is submitted to you. The site may or may not use your report, but you will be paid regardless of that.
Almost every physical product category imaginable is available on Consumer Search, so if you are interested in a particular type of product, you might consider applying as a review writer.
Payment Structure: Per Sale
Rights Granted To Site: Varies by author choice
Application Link: http://www.dailyarticle.com/writer_registration.php
Review: Daily Article is similar to Constant Content in that it is also a marketplace for content. It has less overall traffic but it is still a good option for those looking to sell their content at a fixed price.
The site lists any submitted content in their search engine. The content is scrambled to ensure that search engines do not pick it up. Each article has a short one to two sentence summary, and also includes a short snippet. The snippet choice and length is determined by the writer.
Prices and rights are determined by the writer and thus Daily Article allows a similar amount of flexibility as Constant Content.
Payment Structure: Upfront (varies)
Rights Granted To Site: Exclusive (See section #4 of the contributor’s agreement here: http://www.demandstudios.com/contributors-agreement.html for more detail)
Application Link: https://www.demandstudios.com/application.html?role=Writer
Review: Demand Studios has a challenging application process. At the moment, only United States residents are accepted as applicants.
To date Demand Studios has paid over 15 million dollars to its writers.
Demand Studios pays upfront for content. Payment amount varies on the type of work. Generally payment is higher than many sites. Getting hired at Demand Studios requires a few high quality samples preferably published at related sites like eHow or Helium.
Demand studios owns several content websites with large readership bases including eHow.com, Livestrong.com, Trails.com, and more.
It is an excellent vehicle to not only make a fair amount of money but to also promote your writing on a very large network.
Demand Studios also hires copyeditors from the United States.
Payment Structure: Performance Based Revenue Sharing (with bonuses for original news stories and for other types of content. More information here: http://digitaljournal.com/article/269825)
Rights Granted To Site: Non-exclusive with certain rights (Part 7 of the website’s terms: http://digitaljournal.com/user/terms.php)
Application Link: http://digitaljournal.com/user/signup.php
Review: Digital Journal is very similar to Examiner.com in its purpose. Digital Journal started paying writers in 2006 for original news stories and other types of content. It is a “citizen journalism” website, or alternative news network for stories that mainstream media may not cover.
Digital Journal will hire from almost every major country in the world. It also accepts videos and pictures as content. Also, opinion pieces are accepted along with original news stories, although original news stories get higher earnings on the site.
Payment Structure: Performance Based (Per 1000 views, varies based on category)
Rights Granted To Site: Nonexclusive. Scroll to #5 on the terms for more detail: http://www.ehow.com/terms_use.aspx
Application Link: https://forms.ehow.com/register.aspx
Review: eHow is a high traffic tutorials website. Application is limited to American citizens. eHow’s payment structure is based on the number of views your article receives and the category it is in. Payment is for every 1000 views, and may change depending on the category and popularity of the topic.
eHow authors retain the rights to their content and grant eHow non-exclusive rights which are discussed in the terms of service. eHow’s high traffic offers great exposures for freelance writers. As an income source it may not be as worthwhile, but a few high traffic articles can get a lot of name or brand recognition.
Payment Structure: Performance Based (page views, unique visitors, session length, and ad performance)
Rights Granted To Site: Nonexclusive with some details defined here: “an irrevocable, nonexclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, transferrable, sublicensable, worldwide license to copy, reproduce, modify, publish, display, distribute publicly, perform, exploit, and prepare derivative works of such User Content (including your name, image, likeness, or information you have made publicly available in connection therewith) in any manner, media or format now existing or hereafter devised, without any obligation of notice, attribution or compensation to you.” From http://www.examiner.com/Terms_of_Use.html (Part 9)
Application Link: http://www.examiner.com/Become_an_Examiner.html
Review: Examiner.com is currently limited to US and Canadian applicants, however it claims to be growing a presence in Australia and a few other countries. Examiner.com is a new (April 2008) web based local news source for 100 major U.S. cities and select markets from Canada and other countries.
Examiner.com’s growth in the past year has been nothing short of explosive. As of 11-8-09 it is ranked in the top 500 websites in the world for traffic and is growing at a rapid rate.
If you qualify as a writer for Examiner.com (there is a criminal background check for applicants), there is a very good chance that your content will be seen by a lot of people.
There are several topics to choose to write about, and there are plenty of open “positions” or subjects that have not been written about in particular areas. Also, pictures and video are highly recommended to gain more views to your content.
Payment Structure: Performance Based (with “Gather points”)
Rights Granted To Site: Non-exclusive (see part 4 of terms: http://www.gather.com/userTerms.jsp)
Application Link: http://www.gather.com/register.action?propid=indexdefault
Review: Gather advertises itself as a social networking site where users share their ideas and content with each other for the purpose of making friendship.
Gather is very community oriented and would fit those who are interested in social networking along with publishing their content and getting exposure/feedback from others.
Gather pays its content writers with “Gather Points” which can be redeemed for gift certifications or cash with Paypal. Gather rewards Gather Points for content performance and other activities on the site.
Gather receives a large amount of traffic and may be good exposure for your name.
Payment Structure: Performance based (http://www.groundreport.com/info.php? action=faq&questionID=5
Rights Granted To Site: Non-exclusive, with your choice of Creative Commons licenses (As of 9-15-09 see: http://www.groundreport.com/info.php?action=faq&questionID=15 for more information)
Application Link: http://www.groundreport.com/register.php
Review: Ground Report is referred to as a “citizen news portal.” It is similar to Examiner.com in that local amateur or professional journalists cover a wide range of news stories and submit them to the site. There is an undisclosed revenue sharing potential with this site, along with the ability to promote stories about local businesses (even your own business).
Your stories are voted to the front page by other users on the site, and they can post comments on your stories, so there’s also the opportunity for a little social networking.
Payment Structure: Upfront/Revenue Sharing (varies based on category)
Rights Granted To Site: Nonexclusive (except for marketplace articles) More info: http://help.helium.com/faq#policy
Application Link: https://www.helium.com/registration/signup
Review: Helium is an excellent alternative to Associated Content for international writers. Helium has several methods for its writers to earn money.
Any articles submitted to Helium have the potential to earn both upfront money and money through a revenue share based on the performance of the article and the category. Earning upfront money requires at least one “writing star.” Writing stars are given out based on the number of articles published. Articles published on Helium are non-exclusive and thus the writers retain copyright.
There is also a marketplace for content, similar to Textbroker, where clients looking for content can submit writing jobs with a fixed price and writers can bid on those jobs. Any articles written for the marketplace are sold with exclusive rights to the purchasing client.
Helium is also introducing “stock content” which is an archive of Helium content that is listed for sale to clients with a non-exclusive license. Thus, if a publisher finds interest in your article, you can make money by selling a license to publish the content on a different site or medium, and you still retain your copyright.
Payment Structure: Revenue Sharing (60% of Adsense, 100% of eBay and Amazon affiliate sales)
Rights Granted To Site: None or Non-Exclusive http://hubpages.com/faq/#whoownscontent
Application Link: http://hubpages.com/user/new/
Review: Hubpages is similar to Squidoo in that it offers “hubs” which are similar to lenses in that there are two ways to earn revenue, from affiliate or personal links, and eBay and Amazon affiliate sales.
Hubpages has a social network similar to Squidoo where users can rate each others’ hubs and post comments. Hubs are expected to be longer than a short article, and to go into a fair amount of depth about the topic at hand. Generally, 900-1000+ word hubs are a safe bet for minimum length.=
Hubpages generally has stricter content regulations. Many internet marketing topics that relate to digital products are not allowed. Hubpages has a similar level of traffic as Squidoo, and it is a great option for those who would like to get more name recognition and make a bit of money while doing so.
Review: Jungle Page is an custom academic writing website that pays writers in their database per completed essay, book report, college entrance essay, or for proof reading. Jungle Page offers competitive compensation to its writers and Jungle Page notes that some writers make up to $750 per week.
Once essays are submitted to Jungle Page the website owns the copyrights over the material. Jungle Page requires that writers submit samples to prove their writing skill.
Payment Structure: Performance Based and Per Sale (explained below)
Rights Granted To Site: It depends. Any content created for LifeTips.com through their “guru program” are property of LifeTips.com, but tips created for the application process and for your profile are your content.
Application Link: http://www.lifetips.com/guru/become-a-guru.html
Review: Life Tips is a content website that focuses on high quality content written by experts on a particular subject called “gurus.” Gurus publish “tips” which are short pieces of advice or opinions by gurus on their subject of expertise.
There is an application process and it is selective. The process requires 3 sample tips, a resume, and other information. If you are accepted, you can write a book of 101 tips and have it physically published by lifetips.com.
The book is $9.99 and you would receive $2.00 for every book sold, which is one way to earn money on the site. Also, you would make 20% advertising revenue from any ads clicked on your personal site that lifetips.com would give you.
Payment Structure: “a proprietary model that rewards quality responses, relevant discussions and images” (from: http://www.mylot.com/o/faq/faq6.aspx#15)
Rights Granted To Site: Non-exclusive with certain rights (See terms and scroll to myLot discussions: http://www.mylot.com/o/terms.aspx)
Application Link: http://www.mylot.com/nr/register.aspx
Review: mY Lot is a content website with a unique layout. It is also a social networking website. The way mY Lot works is like this: a user starts a conversation about any topic, and other users respond to the initiate topic or question.
The site seems to attract a younger crowd, although the minimum age to use the site is 16. Payment is based upon a performance system, and it is not clear exactly how payment is calculated.
The site allows worldwide users and it gets plenty of traffic. The content seems to be more entertainment oriented, and the site is more of an online forum than an article base. There are also feeds from regular news articles, blog hosting, weather updates, and more features.
Payment Structure: Per sale (50%) http://en.oboulo.com/payment/profit
Rights Granted To Site: Nonexclusive rights (You remain the owner and neither Oboulo.com or those who use the document can modify it. More information: http://en.oboulo.com/help?id=EVD#EVD4)
Application Link: https://en-secure.oboulo.com/private/newlogin? target=private/sendDoc&connexion=new
Review: Oboulo is a large searchable document database. It publishes research papers, essays, reports, and mostly academic content.
Oboulo accepts international applicants. There is a high acceptance rate of applicants, but a lower acceptance rate for submitted papers.
Oboulo screens its documents, and after it accepts a document, it will list it on its search engine and site.
Oboulo pay’s 50% of each paper sold after sale. The higher the number of pages, the higher the payment.
Oboulo may be a good option for those who have academic papers, case studies, or other reports sitting on their hard drive, or for those looking to make side income writing papers for sale on Oboulo.
Rate It All
Payment Structure: Revenue Sharing with Adsense (50%)
Rights Granted To Site: Non-exclusive. (See part 4 of terms: http://www.rateitall.com/wt-terms_of_service.aspx )
Application Link: http://www.rateitall.com/Signup.aspx?full=1
Review: Rate It All is an up and coming review website with substantial traffic and it is backed by several investing companies. Google did a feature article on how Rate It All successfully implemented the Google Adsense API for its users to earn revenue.
As the name implies, Rate It All is a review website that encourages its writers to rate or review anything and everything. Users may create lists that can be reviewed by other users, or submit reviews of their own.
Compensation is based on how much Adsense revenue the user’s list or reviews receive. Users can also add new items to other user’s lists, upon the list owners approval, and those new items that receive hits can make Adsense earnings.
Payment Structure: Revenue Share (10%)
Copyrights Granted To Site: Nonexclusive (see part 4 of the user agreement http://www.shvoong.com/portfolio/frmUserAgreement.aspx )
Application Link: http://www.shvoong.com/portfolio/register/
Review: Shvoong is a summary and short review website of books, movies, websites, academic articles, and many other things. Shvoong gets a substantial amount of traffic and allows writers to earn revenue by writing a summary or review of an article, book, newspaper, or website with a maximum of 900 words.
Shvoong offers a lower revenue share than many other comparable websites, but it is unique in that it does not require very lengthy articles, and that it does not require an exclusive license for the reviews.
Shvoong is a good idea for writers looking to get some exposure for their brand, or for those who want to test out how much revenue they can earn from publishing short reviews on a high traffic website.
Payment Structure: Revenue Sharing (50% of Adsense, eBay, Amazon or other affiliate sales)
Rights Granted To Site: Nonexclusive. Scroll to #4 for a more detailed description of rights granted: http://www.squidoo.com/pages/tos
Application Link: http://www.squidoo.com/member/registration
Review: Squidoo has one of the largest traffic bases of any content oriented website. Squidoo has no screening requirements for applicants, but content has become more regulated recently.
Squidoo is a content website that hosts “lenses” which are short informational websites on almost any topic. Writers on Squidoo can create any number of lenses on different topics. Lenses are required to be original researched material.
Squidoo does allow a wide variety of topics. It prefers content relating to a person’s expertise, hence the motto “everyone is an expert.”
Squidoo makes money from Adsense links, eBay, and Amazon affiliate links. You get a 50% share this of any revenue that your content generates. There is also the potential for affiliate sales as Squidoo allows a small number of links to affiliate websites or personal websites.
Squidoo allows a great deal of personal customization as a pose to other content websites. There is a social element on Squidoo that allows networking with other lensmasters.
Payment Structure: Revenue Sharing (Adsense, undisclosed percentage)
Rights Granted To Site: Exclusive digital rights for one year. See section #1 of the writer’s contract for more information here: http://graphics.suite101.com/sample_agreement_com.pdf
Application Link: http://www.suite101.com/freelance_writing_jobs/
Review: Suite 101 has a fairly demanding application, requiring at least two samples of your work, preferably published on another website. Suite 101 hires international writers.
Suite 101 has a very professional author base. All of their published articles are original content, and the content has fairly high standards. Thus, being an approved writer for Suite 101 is a great addition to any resume for any entrepreneur. Several entrepreneurs have realized this and are contributing content to Suite 101 more.
Suite 101 claims 17 million readers per month. It is an excellent resource for freelance writing professionals looking to get more exposure, and others who are looking to expand their name or brand recognition.
At the top and bottom of your articles, there is a link to your biography, where you can place a link to your website. This is particularly useful for getting additional traffic from your readers.
Payment Structure: Per Assignment. Varies from (0.10 per word to 0.67 per word)
Rights Granted To Site: Exclusive
Application Link: https://www.textbroker.com/en/author-signup.php
Review: Textbroker is a marketplace for clients looking to hire article writers. Textbroker accepts U.S. citizens and residents as writers, although it claims to be working on a solution for global writers. It is a great place for a U.S. based freelance writer to get some experience and work.
The application process requires a sample, after which the author is rated from 1 to 5 stars, with 5 being professional quality and 1 star being the lowest quality. Textbroker also offers writers the option to receive direct orders from clients who like the writer’s particular style.
Payment Structure: Revenue Sharing
Rights Granted To Site: Exclusive with retention of author credit and copyrights. (See Part 5: http://www.triond.com/info/terms-of-service)
Application Link: http://www.triond.com/signup
Review: Triond is a content publisher that publishes your content on sites relevant to your topic. Trion accepts not only text, but audio, video, and pictures.
Triond pays 50% of the revenue generated from the advertisements on the sites that your content is published to.
Triond’s article sites are very targeted and have good readership bases. Triond can be used by anyone in the world.
Payment Structure: Revenue Sharing (50% of Adsense)
Rights Granted To Site: Non-exclusive with certain rights (Part 7 of the website’s terms: http://www.xomba.com/terms_of_use)
Application Link: http://www.xomba.com/user/register
Review: Xomba is a content site similar to Squidoo or Hubpages. It is also a social networking website, which is an added bonus for people looking to expand their network.
It accepts a wide variety of writers and has content on a large number of categories. Xomba writers publish what are called “Xombytes” which are basically blog posts, articles, or fiction writings that are greater than 150 words and original.
Xomba gets a large amount of traffic and accepts writers worldwide. Xomba allows the ability to add friends, have a personal profile, instant message other users, and more.