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Nine Legitimate Writing Sites Which Pay

I was looking for legitimate writing sites which compensate authors. Writing sites like these are mushrooming and there are worries of scams amongst them. Triond has been on the top list of writing websites which pay me dutifully every month. But I decided that I need to look at other sites to earn more from my freelance writing activity – thus, the search for legitimate writing sites.

 Here is a short list of get-paid-to-write sites which I know for sure has actually paid its authors.

Academia Research

Academia Research is a website which allows you to get paid for writing assignments. These writing assignments, which take the form of academic papers, have to meet the demands of students from the United States, Canada, Australia and Great Britain, thus the stricter selection process. You need to provide your CV when you sign up for an account. Subsequently, you will need to pass a test essay given by their editorial team. Once you have passed the test, your account will be activated. You can then search for writing jobs available from your control panel. You can be paid between $6 and $20 per page. You do not have the rights to your article once it is sold. There is also a strict writing guideline you have to comply with when you write your assignments. Payment is made via Paypal once you have completed an assignment.

Constant Content

Constant Content allows you to submit articles, photos, videos and illustrations for sale. These articles are often purchased by magazine editors or website content developers or bloggers for blog entries. There are many licenses for these people to purchase, namely full rights license, unique rights license and usage rights license. If you have articles previously published, you can still sell them at Constant Content for usage rights license. These buyers are constantly looking for material and if they can’t find them at Constant Content, they can make a private or public request for the specific articles to be written. Many writers will attempt to do so and they will have a list of articles pertaining to that topic in no time. Payment is made on the first week of every month once you reach $50 in your account.


If you’re good at writing “how-to” articles, then go to eHow. In order for you to get paid for writing for eHow, you need to sign up for a free account and join the Writer’s Compensation Program. You can then publish an article, submit photos and videos. Once you have published an article, you will be compensated for pageviews and its content. The more useful the article is, the more money you will earn. eHow pay its members after reaching a threshold of $10. At eHow, you retain all your rights to your work. Unfortunately, eHow is only for writers who are US citizens above the age of 18 years old.

Demand Studios

Demand Studios has many websites on various topics of interest. You can get freelance writing assignments from Demand Studios and get paid for them. First of all, you need to provide your CV when you sign up for an account. Once it is approved, their editorial staff will match writing jobs based on your interests, skills and competence. You can receive an upfront payment for your approved assignments. The payment varies according to your content. You will be paid via Paypal every Friday or a check for special assignments if the editorial team contacted you via email. The downside is that Demand Studios owns all rights to the content. And it is only for US citizens above the age of 18 years old.

Ground Report

At Ground Report, you can publish news stories, photos or videos. You get paid via Paypal at end of each month based on statistics from the previous month. You will receive a proportionate share of the payout based on the traffic to your published materials. Whatever you publish at Ground Report must be original. The best part is that you retain all rights to your work. You also get to choose from 4 different kind of Creative Commons licenses for your work.

Associated Content

At Associated Content, you can write articles on any topic and submit them for approval. Once they are approved, you can start earning money. Besides articles, you can also submit videos, audios and slideshows. There are two ways you can be compensated at Associated Content, namely Performance Payment and Upfront Payment. You are only eligible for Upfront Payment if you are a US citizen above 18 years old. They pay via Paypal once your earnings amount to $1.50 and payments are sent every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for Upfront Payments or the beginning of every month for Performance Payments. At Associated Content, you can submit articles under the Exclusive, non-Exclusive or Display-Only rights grant. The different rights you grant affect the distribution of your materials to their partnership sites.


Helium is a publishing website which allows you to write articles on various topics. You can either write articles based on topics others have written before or make up your own category. Helium is famous for its rating system. It allows readers to compare 2 articles of similar topics or titles to determine which is the better one. As such, your article will be ranked against other articles written by other writers. Your earnings is based on your article ranking and the number of pageviews you get. Apart from performance payment, Helium also organizes contest where you can win cash. At Helium Marketplace, there is a list of articles wanted by websites or magazines. You can write an article based on the topic they requested and hopefully, website owners or magazine editors will pick yours up. You can be paid a lump sum for that. They pay via Paypal once you reach $25.

Review Stream

At Review Stream, you can write reviews on books, hotels, products, places, cities, practically anything. Once you submit the reviews, the editors will review them, reject or accept them. The current rate for each piece of review is $2 if accepted. However, sometimes your review may not meet their criteria. As such, you can be paid the bulk rate which is the current rate divided by 5, in this case 40 cents. On top of that, every vote pays 10 cents. You can get paid via PayPal after reaching the threshold of $50. You need not sign up to write reviews for them.


At Triond, you can get paid for writing articles, publish photos, videos and audio materials. You are free to write on any topic you like and submit them. You can even write in other languages besides English. Once your material is approved by the admin, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Triond to notify you that your article has been published. They will tell you where the article has been published. Triond has many affiliate sites pertaining to different topics. So you may have your articles published at different websites if you write about different things. Triond will automatically pay via PayPal on the 15th of every month once you have earned at least 50 cents, lowest payout so far. Payment is based on an ad-revenue sharing scheme as well as the number of pageviews. Triond only accepts original materials which has never been published elsewhere before.

Note: Whichever website you choose to write for, it is best to tread with caution. Try out by submitting a few articles and see if you like their system. If you are sure that the site is the best for you to showcase your writing abilities and get paid for them, then you can go ahead and spend more time and effort on the site. Good luck and keep writing!

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193 Responses to “Nine Legitimate Writing Sites Which Pay”
  • ione gonzales :)
    August 7th, 2008 at 9:08 am

    very informative.nice :)

    August 7th, 2008 at 5:38 pm


  • LauraT2008
    August 8th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Great article!! Must check out academia

  • Leafygreens08
    August 11th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Good article and its helping me even now. Thanks for the info!

  • Lindsay Dean
    August 13th, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I’m not much of a writer, but I do take photos! So I will definitely check out those sites that accept photographs!

  • Mystical Whitewolf
    August 19th, 2008 at 2:34 am

    Great information this gives writers different site to write for to increase their views and revenue. Thank you for the information.

  • Rachel Faye
    August 19th, 2008 at 3:10 am

    Thank you for sharing this. Will look at some of these sites.

  • Athlyn Green
    August 20th, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Some of these were new to me. Thanks for this valuable information!

  • JEA S
    August 20th, 2008 at 12:54 pm


  • jo oliver
    August 20th, 2008 at 1:50 pm


  • Melissa Joyce
    August 20th, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Thanks! This is a great resource.

  • ivyblack
    August 20th, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Nice comparison, good article :)

  • Siddle
    August 20th, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    thanks for sharing, will definitely try some.

  • Shafi Choudhury
    August 20th, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Thanks for the info! I already write for helium and associated content! But i need more websites!!!# Thanks again!

  • RJ Chamberlain
    August 20th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Very well done Sydney.

  • cplowery720
    August 21st, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Thank you. Very nice of you to pass this along.

  • Deanna
    August 21st, 2008 at 7:42 am

    Great article! Four of those sites I already write at.

  • Carolyn
    August 21st, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Thanks for sharing. I will check these sites out.

  • Joe Breunig
    August 21st, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Thanks for the information! There is another website worth your consideration. It’s

    I’ve been using this site to advertize my book of poetry. As an example, you can see my page at:

  • Deena
    August 21st, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    This is just about the best info I’ve ever seen for getting start as a freelance writer! I’d already found 5 of them through my own efforts, but this helps a LOT! Thank You!!!

  • Crissleigh
    August 21st, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Just what I have been looking for !! I left the rat race of a job a while back with the birth of my daughter . I love being a stay at home mom but I am ready to branch out with out going out of the home . Thank you for all the info you provided itis great I also enjoyed how you let us know about the pay and requierments of each one .

  • Chase
    August 21st, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Wow! Thanks so much for writing this. I had been worried about soem of the scams out here on the web. Its comforting to know a few sites that aren’t just trying to rip me off. Take care.

  • Russell Cavanagh
    August 21st, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Anyone actually making money out of these sites?

  • Melody
    August 22nd, 2008 at 6:12 am

    Thank you for sharing this. I have already submitted articles to three of these sites. Will check out the others which are unfamiliar to me.

  • Jackie Stroud Painter
    August 22nd, 2008 at 11:59 am

    This one is going to be printed but I am not sure if I can write an article since I usually only write in first or second person. This is a great article though.

  • Karen N
    August 22nd, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing, I’ll have to check them out.
    I’ve belonged to ehow since the first of the year and now receive a nice little monthly check from them.

  • Sipha
    August 22nd, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    I would have to add to the list. I have made much more with them than I did with the tons of articles I had here and only got pennies for.

    Great article!

  • Ashley
    August 22nd, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    The academia site is a paper mill which sells papers to students. The concept is unethical and against all university student codes of conduct. Anyone buying a paper is plagiarizing, thus by participating, you are assisting them do this. If on the other hand you don’t care about that, get writing. The money seems pretty good.

  • Edi
    August 22nd, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    A word of caution about Helium. You will not be able to delete your articles once you submit them and earning stars for writing is very tricky. They tell you that you need to have a number of articles rated in top 10 or so to get the star, but if you have many articles that scored lower you want get any writing stars even if you have required number rated high enough, and no extra money! And even when initially you may get some stars you may lose them without warning. LoL

  • Mark
    August 22nd, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    I guess by “legitimate” you don’t mean ethical. Academia Research is nothing more than a way for students to cheat. No self-respecting writer would participate in that.

  • beauley, Lucien
    August 22nd, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Very good article Sydney. I will certainly look into each.

  • Adam
    August 22nd, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I’m part of a team that founded We pay for answers to technical questions in a fashion similar to triond and associated content. Please take a look at the site and let us know what you think!

  • Michael W. Ring
    August 23rd, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Thank you for your article. Could you help? I’ve had trouble locating Academia Research’s site. I’ve helped a former Yale graduate student from Nigeria by editing his thesis. I did not write it for him; just cleaned up his English. So, it surely wasn’t cheating, as some detractors might suggest. Also, can you tell me what “CV” means? I’ve been a writer many years, but only now am attempting to find viable publishing locations. Thanks again, Sydney.

  • Sydney Hazelton
    August 23rd, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments! I’m sorry I did not explain CV earlier. It actually means Curriculum Vitae or resume. It is often required when you apply for a job. It is a description of your work experiences, educational background and skills. Academia Research can be found at the following URL Keep on writing, everyone!

  • JC Eberhart
    August 24th, 2008 at 7:18 am

    Thank you for sharing your valuable insights with others!

  • Jenaka
    August 24th, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Thank you for sharing. This is a very informative article for a beginning freelance writer. Thank you again

  • Speed Limit
    August 24th, 2008 at 11:30 am

    A useful article, especially in view of the fact that Triond pays next to nothing for our work.

  • Rana Sinha
    August 24th, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Very informative. Thanks a lot.

  • Anne Lyken-Garner
    August 24th, 2008 at 11:57 am

    A very helpful article.

  • regenia
    August 24th, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for the information. Very informative and useful.

  • Afifa Hossain
    August 25th, 2008 at 1:42 am

    This is very interesting and encouraging. I surely would like to be a apart of it.

  • Anita Diane Dunne
    August 25th, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Thanks, have been searching for a site like this.Great!

  • goforitandy
    August 25th, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    I am already a member of Academia Research, Triond and Helium.

    However, as a result of this article I have now joined Constant Content, Associated Content and Ground Report.

    Thanks very much!

    Andy :-)

  • Borlok VA
    August 25th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    It’s easy to see that you have done your homework. This is very informative. Thank you.

  • Glynis Smy
    August 25th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Valuable information,thank you

  • quiet voice
    August 25th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    …Hi, what great research,
    thanks for sharing.

  • Savvyone
    August 25th, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    eHow is great, I was eHow of the day last week. Check it out at Also, I joined Associated Content, but I will definitely get more involved now.

  • Naren
    August 26th, 2008 at 6:08 am

    very informative & nice article.
    i was in search of such sites.

  • Houl
    August 26th, 2008 at 6:51 am

    Good article, except you left out my favorite collaborative fiction site –!!

  • paulis
    August 26th, 2008 at 7:54 am

    Very informative. However, you give the impression that photos and “articles” still pay better than poems and stories. Is that true do you think?

  • dantakum
    August 26th, 2008 at 9:42 am

    very educative and a nice work done.

  • avenusbabe
    August 26th, 2008 at 10:03 am

    informative for newbee writers too..will probably reference this article a lot…thanks!

  • nursewoods
    August 26th, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Has anyone made any real money out of any of these sites? Will my time spent be worth it? As a nurse to seniors, I am very busy but would love to make some extra cash.

  • louie jerome
    August 27th, 2008 at 6:40 am

    Useful list by as I’m from UK I’m ruled out of most of them. Triond pays writers from anywhere via Paypal. You can make good money but you need to market your work. It won’t just come in if you sit and wait for it.

  • Trina L. Grant
    August 27th, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Thorough, nicely done.

  • Crazy_ol_lady
    August 27th, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Very well written and very informative article!!

  • MYRA
    August 27th, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks for the info. i did have a question, and i don’t know if you would be able to help me. i’m new in this, so my question is, do i send my article to all the companies or just to one? i mean a different article to each company or the same one to see where it gets accepted?


  • Sydney Hazelton
    August 27th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Hi Myra, It’s important that you read the terms and conditions for writing for each of these sites. There are some sites which accepts articles which has never been published before such as Triond. There are some others which will accept previously published material. Some of the sites allow you to publish anything, others give you an assignment to complete. So, I’d suggest you try one or two of these sites first and test the waters. If you like what you’re seeing, then you can continue there or venture into other sites. All the best, Myra!

  • raguett
    August 27th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    great info, you can use as well it is a adsense affiliate….same as…thanks again….

  • tambat
    August 27th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Wow, Sydney, Thanks!

    This is very helpful information for someone just braeking into the world of writing online!

    Thanks for sharing and good luck in your writing ventures

  • Julie
    August 28th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Very well written, you provided a lot of helpful information for people. Juliex

  • J Ryan
    August 28th, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Rock out! I actually went to a few of the sites that would interest me to expand my opportunities!

  • Ralph Brandt
    August 28th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    How can academia research be considered legitimate when it is engaged in academic dishonesty?

    But then, does honesty mean anything in academia any more?

  • Chris Stonecipher
    August 28th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I have an account at helium along with Triond. However, I have yet to post anything at helium. That is my next project.

  • Bob
    August 29th, 2008 at 2:10 am

    How much did you get for this?

  • AnnA SkI
    August 29th, 2008 at 6:30 am

    E X A C T L Y H O W M U C H D I D U G E T $ ‘ S F O R T H I S O N E ? BUT YOU DID WELL!!!!!!

  • AnnA SkI
    August 29th, 2008 at 6:32 am


  • Sophielc
    August 29th, 2008 at 7:54 am

    I like Associated Content but I’m not too crazy about Helium; you could also add ForumBooster to this list; they have a section for article writers too and if you are accepted in their program you can get $6 per 500 word article ($4 per 250 words). You can’t choose your topic but this is interesting if you are willing to do the research and write the requested articles; I have been paid by them on Paypal so they are an honest website.

  • Kiki Stamatiou
    August 29th, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    I found this article to be interesting and very informative. I too have work published on the Triond website, published under my pen name Joanna Maharis which is also my USER name.


    Kiki Stamatiou (Joanna Maharis)

  • Donald Barr
    August 30th, 2008 at 2:42 am

    Thanks for the info.

  • Nick Howes
    August 30th, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Very interesting stuff. I’m looking to expand my writing outlets.

  • Michael
    August 30th, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    To the person who asked about making money from these sites, it will be, at best, enough for a cup of coffee. If you are very lucky it will be enough for a Starbucks cup.
    I post here to hone my skills. I made over $4.00 one month with Helium, a couple of years ago. I think that was my high month.
    Payment for you articles comes from selling yourself to the newspapers and it takes alot of time. These sites are available for you to see yourelf in print online. The site owners make the money, but they provide the venue so that is fair.

  • chirissa
    August 30th, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    I first encountered Helium, but I prefer Triond. It’s not for money nor fame & glory that I am after for in submitting some of my works. I am just looking for an outlet where in my ideas/ideals can have the oppurtunity to be communicated with other earthlings.

    Anyway, thanks for featuring those outlets. I might as well try some of them someday.

  • Julia Kemp
    August 31st, 2008 at 8:13 am

    Hello: This was a fantastic article. Very informative and enlightening. With all the website out there it is difficult to figure out which ones to trust and which ones are scams. I stumbled upon Triond by chance and am certainly glad I did.
    Thank you for your research on other sites that offer creative outlets.

  • Sarah
    August 31st, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    thanks! this was madd helpful.

  • Beth
    September 1st, 2008 at 11:00 am

    I too have tried helium and triond, but have moved on to storyMash, it’s the best for my favorite type of writing which is now collaborative fiction. A real treat if you like storytelling…

    I can vouch that they’re legit as I’ve been paid three times now (once for winning $150).

  • Scotty Mack
    September 2nd, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Excellent post! There are certainly plenty of places to write.

    I just wanted to point out that I, too, discovered Helium and wrote at that site for three months, posting around thirty articles or so. It was the first place that I found that gave me an opportunity to do something that I had forgotten that I enjoyed do much … writing.

    I actually made $164.00 during the three months that I wrote there, selling a couple of my articles to companies that were looking for reviews of products that, I must admit, I have never even seen or tried. (I know … what a sellout!)

    I recently discovered blogging and have now devoted all of my efforts to that. I have quickly climbed the charts for my keyword niche but am doing it for the creative outlet, not for money. At some point, as my popularity increases (I’ve got a half-full glass here), I hope to monetize things.

    Thank you for taking the time to show places that others can use, not only as a creative outlet, but as a place to hone their skills and maybe make a buck or two in the process!

  • Hendry Lee
    September 3rd, 2008 at 12:34 am

    I’m sorry, but the lack of links show that you only want traffic and not satisfying the readers. I almost give it a thumbs down because of this, but well…

  • Raspudin
    September 4th, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Thanx a lot for sharing.

  • Heart
    September 4th, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing, I have been scouting for legitimate paying sites since I am a stay at home mom. This will work for me.

  • Annie A.
    September 4th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Thank you so much for the informative article. I’m new to the field of writing (sending stories/poems, etc.) for exposure and payment. Being able to find legitimate sites is a def. plus.

  • Lindy
    September 5th, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Thank yo for this article! There is so much on the internet about where and how to make money that it makes my head spin. Your article helped me a lot and now have a much more clear idea of where I am going to focus my energy.

  • steve williams
    September 5th, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

  • Sophie
    September 5th, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Good work, Sydney! I write mainly for Associated Content and retain all the rights to my articles. I am not keen on Helium. Triond is OK, but it would be better if they paid upfront.

  • rennyg
    September 5th, 2008 at 11:52 am

    I think your article is very informative, especially for rookie freelance writers like myself. How were you able to increase your earnings on-line and get noticed?

  • praizepoint
    September 5th, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    thank you so much, my hobby is writting. Every one tells me that I should be selling my work… Thank you for an informative article

  • desertsister
    September 7th, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Very nice and informative!

  • e-crumb
    September 7th, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Nice post, thank you.

    I wonder, what is your take on

  • JohnL
    September 8th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Excellent article. I have a few short stories I wrote a while back but never got them published. Which are the best for getting my stories out there?

  • Judy Sheldon
    September 8th, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Interesting article. It sure stirred up a lot of conversation.
    I do agree with some of those above in that writing someone else’s paper is wrong. In fact we had to do a thesis on plagiarism. So perhaps they could purchase a paper on that. lol

  • Sydney Hazelton
    September 9th, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Hi JohnL, you can try Triond. But someone actually suggested StoryMash for fiction pieces. I have not looked into that since I don’t write that genre. Take a look at these two. Thanks for reading my article!

  • JohnL
    September 9th, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks Sydney. I appreciate the advice.

  • JohnL
    September 9th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    BTW. As far as the academic papers, I don’t think it would be plagiarism. That is when you pass off someone else’s work as your own. In this case if the student buys the paper and ALSO the rights to it, isn’t it legally their paper?

  • Michael
    September 9th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Great article.. well researched and well written. Has anyone ever made a living from an online writing gig? It is extra money and we do it to hone our skills and share our ideas.

  • Prinz Dodo
    September 9th, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    I found it interesting and worthwhile. Thank you

  • JohnL
    September 9th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Just out of curiosity, does anyone actually criticize someone else’s work on these websites? I don’t mean to be negative but if someone feels my work isn’t that good or vice versa is it appropriate to be honestly constructive?

  • Lauren
    September 9th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Hi John,
    I have seen on many occasions writers on Triond leaving negative or negatively reinforced comments. It happens all the time. Just check out my article on Writinghood.

    Of course writing can’t be peaches and cream all the time. Sometimes you have to stir the pot.

    Informative information by the way Sydney.

  • Kim
    September 9th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    I didn’t know about some of these sites. Others I have tried and did not like. I have had success with ehow as midnitewriter.

  • Denver Dave
    September 10th, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Hey John, about feedback, I believe any form of feedback, and sometimes especially criticism is important and healthy. I get my fair share on SM, probalby more than most, but I use it as a guide to help improve, and I need it!

  • Michelle Cowie
    September 11th, 2008 at 4:04 am

    I have just started using Triond and I’m ot sure how it works. I have emailed them but they did not get back to me.

    I have had a few page views but not earned anything. I just wonder what has to happen for a revenue to start happening?

    Can anyone answer this question for me please.

    Good info Sydney I will try these other sites.

  • Sydney Hazelton
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Hi Michelle,
    I tried to look for you at Triond but could not find you. Maybe you used a different name.

    How many articles have you written? At Triond, it’s best to write as many as you can to earn more from pageviews. You should see some earnings soon. Meantime, publicise your articles to friends and relatives, at bookmarking sites and so on. You will receive more pageviews that way.

    Triond support usually gets back to you within a few days’ time. Be patient.

    If you have any other problems, you can send me a PM.

  • Reta
    September 13th, 2008 at 7:02 am

    I read all the links I could find.
    Then I read these comments.
    I made a list of all the names of
    the sites mentioned.
    I am going to check them out.
    Thank you for the reviews.
    You have saved me a lot of time
    trying to find sites.
    I did notice there are a few real
    pessimists on this list.
    Use your own judgement and stop
    blaming others.
    Thank you ,again.

  • A Pay Per Click
    September 15th, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Yup. Keep kidding yourself Reta. Believe me, you won’t make money on these sites but you might successfully delude yourself you are a serious writer if you get the odd $5 for a couple of hundred words (like most people on the above list). If you are smart, you will use one or more of these sites to get a portfolio of work published then try to make proper money elsewhere. Good luck!

  • the editor in me
    September 15th, 2008 at 10:26 pm


    I was looking for legitimate writing sites which (AGAIN THIS SHOULD BE THAT NOT WHICH) compensate authors. Writing sites like these are mushrooming and there are worries of scams amongst them. Triond has been on the top list of writing websites which (NEED I SAY IT AGAIN?) pay me dutifully every month. But I decided that I need to look at other sites to earn more from my freelance writing activity – thus, the search for legitimate writing sites.

    Here is a short list of get-paid-to-write sites which (YES, SHOULD BE THAT AGAIN!) I know for sure has actually paid its authors.

    It’s hard to take writing advice from someone who does a poor job of writing a simple intro. I would wager you have only published online on sites that let anyone post. I stumbled upon this site and thought I had discovered a new resource but frankly I am not impressed. Your writing stinks.

  • Gimme A Dream
    September 16th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    What a crock, ‘the Editor in me’! Find a pot and put it in! Sydney, your article is one of the most informative and interesting articles I’ve read in a long time. Maybe that is why you have 106 comments and only one critique! If it was his/her mouth, I’d say put a sock in it!
    This is the type of article that people need to get started publishing their own work. And sure…, some people have rusty writing skills, but they usually improve with practice. The information is what is important.
    If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all! However, even constructive criticism should be kept on a private level, just the same as an editor or proofreader would do. Anything criticism wrote for the public is just plain unprofessional.

  • Derek
    September 17th, 2008 at 4:38 am

    I would not worry about the comments of ‘the editor in me’. It seems that he is a little over-zealous. I have made worse mistakes!

    You article is good and very informative – the number of comments prove this. Good luck with your writing.

  • peaceful
    September 17th, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Your article is brilliantly resourceful and so are you! I truly encourage you to keep up the Good Work! :)

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  • Tess
    September 17th, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Don’t worry about #104, the editor in me. This was an excellent article and you gave honest feedback as to what you know of each site listed. This reads somewhat as if you are speaking. INternet writing and book writing are very different and often writers are writing late at night when they are tired. You can’t please everyone so don’t try. Just do your best and edit yourself before hitting submit, even then you may miss something.

  • Allison West
    September 24th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    I love this article and refer back to it for information. Another great job sydney!

  • Kaz Silvestri
    September 28th, 2008 at 8:03 am

    I have been a writer with Ehow and Demand Studions for about 8 months. I make about $300 per week from Demand and about $60 per month from Ehow. Demand is tough to get into though, you have to fill out a form and apply with a resume and writing sample. It is well worth it though if you can get accepted to write for them. They only pay $15 per article but the articles are easy and short. Google “Demand Studios” and it will lead you to the application page. Most of the articles you write for them end up on Ehow so check out what the articles look like

  • Dieter Hentz
    November 12th, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    a German site?

  • bLiNdLuCk
    November 25th, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Check out ComparedBy.Us. It will pay $1.00 per review with a $1.00 bonus if the review is the first for a product. I am positive that they will pay out (once you reach $20.00). Disclosure: I am the Product Manager for ComparedBy.Us

  • Poetic Princess
    December 10th, 2008 at 4:53 am

    Great article! I am a writer and I have definitely been looking for websites such as these. I will definitely be checking these out ASAP!

    P.S. I just recently joined Triond so I will see how that works out.


  • Dan Eidson
    December 27th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Great resources–thanks for the information.

  • Emma Kerry
    December 27th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    This was very informative. I have just joined Triond and have been looking for more similar sites and this will save me a lot of time. Thanks. I’m going to check out the sites.

  • Janice M.
    December 29th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you so much for all of your useful information!!

    Much appreciated!

  • Wynne
    January 18th, 2009 at 10:00 am will rip off writers. They usually pay you at first to reel you in. Then they start fining you for complaints from the customer. You don’t get to see the complaints – you don’t get a defense. I contacted one of my customers and found that he had paid 300.00 for a 20 page paper assigned to me. I was only offered 120.00 to write the paper. Needing the money, I accepted it. Now they are fining me 96.50 – so if you do the math? You’ll find their profits are in the scandalous and unethical arena.

  • Linda Goffigan
    February 5th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    How did you get so many page views and attracted so many commentors? I am impressed with your writing which is excellence in organization and adhering to the subject. But where did you get the traffic?

  • Sydney Hazelton
    February 6th, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Hi Linda,

    Actually, I do not know where the traffic is coming from. Triond does not reveal these things. I promote my writing in the usual bookmarking sites, together with all my other pieces, but this one came up tops. I believe some people have linked it on their blogs or websites. Thank you for reading it!


  • Laurie Tam
    February 12th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    I like your article and I am a member to some that you mention such as ehow, associated content and there are some writing sites that pays more than the ones that you mention. I am a writer at and look me up as laurie1979 if you want to read what other writing places I suggest.

  • Jennifer Marre
    February 22nd, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Awesome article! Thanks for the info.

  • Dee Gold
    February 23rd, 2009 at 1:49 am

    good job

  • Gone.
    March 1st, 2009 at 4:58 am

    Great article! Thanks for the tips!

  • Anonymous
    March 2nd, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Have you seen this? Hope you are in some way affiliated; otherwise, you’ve got some copyright infringement issues, I think.

  • Sydney Hazelton
    April 2nd, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Hi Anonymous,

    I’m appalled that someone actually took my article wholesale and placed them in their blog, just like that. I must say that I took a lot of time researching on these legitimate writing sites and using my own words to craft this article. When I checked the dates, it was obvious that I wrote the article first before Laurie Kendrik plagiarised it. That’s very unprofessional thing to do if she calls herself a writer.

    If you read her writing carefully, you will also understand that she was referencing her article based on this article at Writinghood here (para 9). She even placed a link (to this article) to acknowledge that fact. Please do not accuse me of copyright infringement before investigating! Thank you for your comments.

  • al
    April 3rd, 2009 at 12:59 am

    I think “Anonymous” may have been on ‘your’ side, and was indicating that the other person may be infringing upon you.

    You should contact Wordpress about the infringement, and they should remove Laurie’s article, and terminate their relationship with Laurie.

  • jean vince
    April 4th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Ripoffs, all of them.

  • Sydney Hazelton
    April 12th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    My apologies, Anonymous! I have experienced such situations many times before. Many people just take my articles and post them as theirs. Very disappointed with these people who have no respect for copyright infringement… Especially when the person claims to be a writer himself/herself…

  • Bren Parks
    May 21st, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Triond has now added a chart that shows traffic sources…….great info by the way, will be looking into the other sites you mentioned!

  • blogineer
    August 26th, 2009 at 4:37 am

    Good list.
    I joined another very good write to pay website that I can re-publish my triond article there. Click here

  • rexaniel
    September 1st, 2009 at 12:09 am

    I think you should include bukisa because this site is very good. They allow us to repost our articles to their site.

    You can now repost your article to bukisa.. Bukisa is a very good site to earn . They allow us to repost our article to their site as long as we are the original author of the article and it must be a minimum of 250 words. This somehow can double our income monthly. Please join now just copy the link below:

  • Paul Jimerson
    September 6th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    It is truly shocking how little these places pay! I was musing on why writers are valued so little in a Capitalist society, and I believe it is because writing represents ideas and connection, and that is threatening to the Status Quo. Thanks for the information.

  • annoyed
    September 21st, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    the grammar is wrong in this headline.
    Which is only used after a comma. It should be that.

  • Toady
    October 28th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Demand Studios hasn’t paid any of their writers for several weeks now and the website is always down. Additionally, the lead creative curator is as moody as the wind. If she doesn’t like you, you won’t ever see your check. I would stay away, very far away from DS. Personally, I like Constant Content.

  • Jon
    November 2nd, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    you can also earn $10 an article at
    Has to be on a topic related to financial survival

  • Catherine
    November 12th, 2009 at 9:41 am

    I also write for xomba because I can get paid to promote my own articles. You can sign up under me at

  • BeatsMe
    November 25th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Will have to try Ground Report

  • singming12
    February 12th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    i love triond!!!!!!! and everyone there

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  • Darcell
    March 10th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I’m not a writer. I came across this article by accident. I get that when you decide to practice certain professions, your reality changes and you are sensitive to things involving said profession.

    With that, “editorinme” person, you seem to be a little high strung. I suggest letting go of the coffee and doing meditation. The “which/that” thing is not that big of a deal now that you have counted to ten huh? Shhhh. Breathe. It’s ok.

  • Shaf Masta
    April 3rd, 2010 at 11:52 am

    This is a new writing site which pays members per 1000 views. Check it out.

  • CountryScribe
    April 9th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    The concept behind Academia Research (writing papers for students who are too lazy or too ignorant to do it themselves) and the fact that so many people here accept it – bothers me.

    It is one site I would NOT recommend.

    Suite 101 is another “get-paid-for-writing” site that actually pays. The more one writes, the more one gets paid.

    Demand Studios is very poorly organized and the topics in many cases are very technical.

    oDesk is a great place that provides buyer-provider type bid-to-work situations. It is very well organized and has been working well for me. As in anything, there are a few buyers who will hold out for the lowest bid regardless of the time & effort put into the project, so bid carefully.

  • Exildah
    April 27th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Am from Central Africa (Zambia ). Am I allowed to join / work.

  • sharon
    May 12th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I will have to check these sites out. I already use Associated Content and I am quite pleased with them.

  • elor
    July 16th, 2010 at 5:23 am

    i love triond…

  • Kellie Bryant
    September 18th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Great job on the list, I joined the one’s I did not know about already!

  • riya
    September 20th, 2010 at 7:19 am

    know more about the job you wish to have……….know more about the job you wish to have……….

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    September 20th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    This is what you are looking for!

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  • Kayomide
    October 2nd, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Where do i post my works to get paid…

  • Skout
    October 5th, 2010 at 7:45 am

    good list!

  • Chipikali
    October 16th, 2010 at 3:39 am

    Nice one!

  • cookie
    October 16th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Helium pays you every month( the payout for helium is $25). It is a great website to publish content and articles. The more articles you write increases your pay.

  • researchanalyst
    October 20th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Sunoasis Jobs is hiring writers too

  • beauley
    November 5th, 2010 at 5:26 am

    I found this information to be very helpful. I write for Triond, AC and a couple of others. Thank you for sharing this information.

    Help in keeping track of your written articles

  • Sweet girl
    December 4th, 2010 at 3:54 am

    Great content..

    Would you like to check my new blog which I created 3 months ago..

  • MagicalDimension.Com
    December 7th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    If you’ve joined just about all these sites, please also join the easiest one of all that is also least time consuming:

  • Amcdonne
    December 15th, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Just siningup

  • zentao01
    December 23rd, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Great list of article writing sites. I have been to/ a member of most, but you managed to clue me in on a couple I was unaware of.

  • Debra
    January 17th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I’ve written for several of these and have clients who write for others. Thanks for sharing your suggestions. I’ve turned more fully to my coaching at this time, but always good to have refereces for clients. Continued successes in all your efforts.

  • Thilophian
    January 22nd, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I wrote for academia research, but they didn’t pay me..I don’t know anything about other sites…

  • Marisa Wright
    February 7th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    When you post a guide like this, it doesn’t mean much unless you give some indication of how much they pay.

    Helium is one of the poorest-paying sites I’ve ever used, and they keep your articles forever too! I’ve heard conflicting reports about Triond. AC only pays American writers and the pay isn’t good.

    You don’t mention Squidoo, Infobarrel or HubPages, all of which have the potential to pay much better than the ones you do list.

    I wouldn’t call Academia Research “legitimate”. What you’re doing is writing assignments for students. In other words, you’re enabling students who are too stupid to pass on their own to get a degree. Then they go out in the world, “qualified” to be a doctor or engineer in spite of knowing nothing. Is that legitimate?

  • Jim Donaldson
    February 26th, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Great article. Enjoyed your take and unbiased information. As I went into the first suggested site and eventually realized that I would not be ask to pay $19.95 for a Writer’s Kit, I became more and more interested in the sites which you suggested. Getting something for nothing is rather rare and to find an unafiliated list of write for pay sites was indeed a windfall.

  • Carmen Magnolia
    March 13th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Very helpful article! Thank you.

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    April 6th, 2011 at 1:14 am

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    April 20th, 2011 at 3:48 am

    It is nice article, i am in this field since 2 year and I found all the information very true, and very informative for new and experienced writer. Great Job

  • buck lodestone
    May 24th, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Associated Content took 1000 of my articles and the money they owed me without an explanation or reason. (Uh, they did this twice even after they banned me for life, ha ha). The articles still post, I ca’nt log into my account and I don’t get paid which is plagiarism. After Yahoo bought them out, you can’t get a hold of anyone with a name. It’s better to start your own website and publish you material than having a corporation squash free speech and creative writing. They only want material for their definition of readership. Considering all the ads they fill in around your article, they define the true meaning of hack writing. You’re better off putting the energy into an e-book and selling it on eBay.

  • Sabrina
    June 7th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    You should write how you found legitimate writing sites.

    Mainly interested at legitimate poetry/writing contests but any writing will do

  • cybrgrl
    June 12th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    The writing sites that I know of that pays are:


  • sunforged
    June 12th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Sunforged writing site

  • wayne
    June 12th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Wayne article directory

  • oli
    June 12th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Oli writing site and directory

  • Nithin
    June 29th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Details of 100+ Magazines/Websites which pays from $0.01 to $1 per word for writing
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  • Joe Ram
    August 21st, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    great work.

  • Wherner5
    August 29th, 2011 at 12:19 am

    A long and well written article. Simple descriptions for each writing site that is extremely useful for writers that wish to go beyond the horizon of Triond. I recommend all these sites, however after 3 years Triond allows you to publish your articles to other sites because of author’s rights. Happy publishing and earning.

  • john
    October 2nd, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I think if you wish to speak of “legitimate” sites that pay the writer honestly, you then must equate legitimate to the site having a fluid, readily available, and authentic “article hit” record keeping and review available. Associated Content is well known, and becoming more so, for skimming, then lieing, and violating copyright on photographs. They like to say their “hits” on your articles are with a landscape of 10,000, give or take 10,000. If that is the case then they owe all of us quite a bit of money, don’t you think? Constant content is known for selling your content, but not telling you until you actually find out. So who knows how many times your article sold. They also do not give you a true review of your “article hit” landscape. The same with Suite 101. So stated very simply, if a site gives you an authentic and honest review of hits plus money owed, by authentic record keeping that you have access to, reviewed at any time, I do not think that is such a bad thinbg, do you?

  • Pollyanna
    December 8th, 2011 at 5:25 pm also pays their members in monthly contests and also for helping to recruit new members. You should check it out if you are a competitive writer, or if you are looking to sharpen your skills.

  • Kay
    December 9th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Associated Content is now owned by Yahoo, and the pay is lousy. It has dropped by more than 50%. It’s hardly worth it these days, even to those that have been with the site for five years plus. Don’t even bother with that one. You’ll regret it unless pay isn’t a concern.

  • MagicalDimension.Com
    December 13th, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Would anybody like to make use of this:

  • KimberlyMartin
    February 1st, 2012 at 6:04 am

    I write for Triond for the freedom of choice of topics and for the social element. You really need to be productive, be willing to spend time marketing and nurturing your social network.

  • fauzi
    February 9th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    great information, i am a writer at Triond . I just wonder how to increase my articles hits

  • notcar99
    April 28th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Great info.I like Triond because of freedom of writing and can be a good starter point for an amateur like me -)

  • Eiddwen
    May 16th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    A great article and thanks for sharing.

  • K Jones
    May 17th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Academia is not a good site to work for. I worked for them for a while and they paid, but they have their tier system. When I got close to making the next tier they started “fining” me for alleged grammar and spelling errors (my spell/grammar checker said there were none; I also have an MA in English and I knew that there were none). With fines, I was no longer eligible to go to the next tier. When I protested this treatment, they refused to pay me the money they owe me. They STILL owe me $250. I would not work for them again and I would advise no one else to either.

  • Michael Rosenfield
    May 29th, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Academia Research is NOT legitimate. How could anyone consider doing other students homework and research only to have them later, put THEIR name on it to be handed in for credit. That’s CRAZY! This is CHEATING for pay!

  • Katz
    June 9th, 2012 at 2:00 am

    Thanks a lot. I read some of the comments and i think your post will kelp me find real jobs writing from home. I am tired of jobs that we are asked to pay for. Why pay to be paid, it does not make any sense.

    Thanks for the post

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    What is a CV?

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    What is a CV?

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    CV is a short form for Curriculum Vitae!

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