When my blog still wasn’t picking up the kind of readership I had hoped for, I thought of doing guest blogging for the time being. I had just become a mom for the third time, and was well underway to being a full-time WAHM, too. I figured, while nursing and trying to carve out a niche in the home-based scene, that I should try my hand at contributing to other blogs and magazines about my own experience as a new mom (again!) and get compensated for it (to help buy diapers and other baby needs).
I submitted articles to Woman’s World where I got paid $50 for a funny story about my kids, and also to Parents magazine which often looks for original and thought-provoking pieces from its readers. Today, with my host of home-based jobs plus my blog, I’m not able to do as much guest blogging as I used to. I kind of miss it, but I’m happy to report that there are lots of blogs that will pay you at least $100 for a guest post! Here are five of my favorite ones.
I love the blog ListVerse so much because it’s all about (drum roll please!)...listicles! Listicles are, in my opinion, the most fun to write and also the easiest. As they describe in their contributor’s page information, they will pay you $100 to write in good English, with a sense of humor, and preferably about unusual and interesting things written in a list of 10 items and above. Sounds good? Maybe because it is!
Cracked is another favorite of mine to contribute listicles to. I guess at this point you can tell how much I love listing down interesting things and fleshing them out for bite-sized digestion by readers! Cracked, however, is not limited to top ten lists, but venture into actual list-style articles that are creatively constructed. They also encourage “bite-sized comedy” listicles that include interesting images that are highly shareable all over the Internet. There are so many ways to contribute here and get paid very well for it that I always recommend Cracked to friends (either for some humorous reading or for submission).
3) A List Apart
….and we have another list-oriented blog to contribute to! The good news is that A List Apart is always looking for new contributions, but have a style guide one must follow before even attempting to make a pitch (so nope, no haphazardly put-together listicles here!). They publish articles between 600–2,500 words, depending on subject complexity but the average is around 1,500 words per contribution. A List Apart has an audience made up of designers, developers, content strategists, information architects, or similar - so best to keep that in mind when thinking of submitting. They do mention that it takes work to contribute to them, but once approved and published, you will get around $200 for your time, effort, and writing skills!
Cosmopolitan, or Cosmo as we used to say back in the day, is willing to pay you a hundred dollars for your memorable college experience! An 800-word essay is all they are asking for, but it needs to be an interesting and engaging narrative of your own college experience - whether it’s in the past or present. They are basically looking for talented and eager contributors, and if they like what you’ve written and get it published, you could potentially be approached for future assignments in this glam magazine!
5) Family Fun
I think I’ve written about FamilyFun magazine several times before, about how it is one of the more generously compensating parent and family-oriented magazines, and how they pay $1.25 per word for every accepted article! Sounds like they really want to make it worth the contributor’s while (and talent, and experience!), doesn’t it?
Oh, and they are now part of Parents magazine, which is awesome!
I personally find guest posting a fun and educational experience, because of reader feedback and also because most of the articles I write require first-hand and original experience (which I am proud to say I have plenty of!). Of course, not all guest blog posting rules are the same, as word count and other requirements would understandably differ among them. The important thing is to read up on what kind of content they seek, as well as look at other examples of guest blog posts they already have to get an idea.
The five blogs and online magazines I listed above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to blogs that compensate contributors well for guest-posting, but I suggest you give them a try! You might end up liking them as I do
Have you contributed as a guest blogger or article writer for a blog or online magazine before? Did you get paid well for it? How did you find the experience - exciting, disappointing, or something else? Please tell us all about it!