Top 100 Freelance Job Sites For Article Writers In 2016

They say a journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step. Well, your journey to making serious income online begins with identifying the relevant and reliable sites for your needs. The problem is, is never easy to find these. So, to propel you forward, I have compiled a list of up to 100 sites that pay people to write.

Some are general sites while others specialize. Have personally verified that all the links work and that the sites are in business. However, I suggest  go through the list one site at a time to verify the same. Open the site, check whether they are accepting writers and note their requirements. When you have a list of about 10 that you prefer, start applying.

Freelance Job Sites For Writers
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Takeaway: Having the list does not matter. What matters is whether you will TAKE ACTION. And as always 99% of people will not take action. This is why not everyone is successful. 

Stop looking for that shiny next big thing. Pick one thing and stick to it. Okay, will you be among the 1% action takers or will you be in the usual 99% who keep on reading....and reading.....and reading....but not taking any action. Here's the list:

General Freelance Sites

1. Freelancer 

Undoubtedly the largest  freelance site today. If you are are a writer then this is the first site you need to visit. There are hundreds of thousand of clients who want freelancers to do all manner of jobs. Gladly writing orders takes the lion’s share on this site. 

There is a little challenge though; Freelancer is a bidding site. I mean, it is like a tender you being your proposal and the clients picks on the most qualified person for the job. That may be you if you  have a completing profile, took examples and have a good portfolio i.e. samples of your work. 

Tips: Don’t list so many skills as this will confuse the clients. Again, don’t give up even if nothing good comes from your first 10 bidding.  I’d suggest you visit other freelancers’ profiles and pick one or two new things. 

Below is a CBS video on how works. Watch it, join the site and start developing your profile now!

 2. Write Jobs

The site provides a wonderful way to begin your week as it has a collection of freelance gigs. Write Jobs is updated 6 days a week, offering a regular serving of remote and/or freelance job leads and paid writing opportunities

Tryout Write Jobs and start earning online today!

3. Upwork

I joined this site a long  time ago and couldn't get any job. Not that there were no jobs (there are thousands of those on the site) but because I didn't understand the system. I even failed the Odesk ready test which is something the clients value there. 

Again, my bio was about where I was born and where I intend to live. 
While it is interesting to paint yourself as the holiest and most virtuous writer out there, that is not what the client is looking for. 

So, kindly keep your virtuous life aside and tell the clients why you are the right person to hire in terms of expertise and experience.  Tell the client and the Odesk community how good you are at what you claim you do. 

Join Odesk Today and start bidding for jobs.

4. Guru

Guru is popular for multimedia freelance jobs. However, there are also thousands of gigs under the Writing and Translation section and that’s where you should focus your energy. If you hate bidding sites, then you need more patience since this is another competitive freelance bidding site. 

What makes bidding even more difficult is the extremely low bids from desperate writers. Some even struggle with spelling and English is far from being their fourth language. Well, that is what you will be competing against before you land some reliable clients who will send you direct job or what we call ‘job invites’. 

Find out more about Guru and start your online business today.

5. Craigs List

Have you hear about Craigslist? Ok, this is like a free job listing site. You are sure of getting hundreds of writing job offers in your area. That means you have to keenly understand the job requirement and only apply if you feel qualified. 

I remember a friend telling me how he attracted traffic to his blog via Craigslist. She posted fake jobs and gave links that would lead to her blog. I wasn't impressed for the obvious reason; she was taking advantage of serious job seekers to hype her blog’s popularity. What I’m saying is that you don’t need to waste time chasing fake jobs. 

Need help with Craigslist? Don’t worry, visit here and have all your concerns handled.

6. Demand Studios

This is where freelance filmmakers meet. Of course there is something for writers too. Demand studio is not a bidding site. So, be prepared to prove that you are qualified before you start taking orders. They pay better if you are qualified.

Hint: Have at least a Bachelors Degree to work on the site. Get more about this premium freelance site here.

7. iFreelance

Notice that ‘i’ so that you don’t confuse this site with the At iFreelance you also bid. However, there is a little twist. You need to pay for membership. There are three types of member i.e. Basic, Silver and Gold. 

Here is the surprise package, your chances of getting higher are as high. After all, you are paying to be a member and there is no way you will continue the membership unless you are guaranteed a job. 
Read more about iFreelance before joining.

8. People Per Hour

People Per Hour (PPH) is another freelance site which accepting international writers. Like any other freelance site, you must know how the system works for you to make meaningful progress. Read more about People Per Hour and make an informed decision.

9. Freelance Switch (now part of Evanto)

The site is now known as Evento studio. They say this merger of services is to make the site bigger and better. Well, that is for you to decide. Freelance Switch is another writing site you can exploit and make decent income. Read more about Evanto, join and make money.

10. Journalism Jobs

This site may require some background in journalism. For starters the name explains it all and then the nature of freelance writing jobs on the site are journalistic ion nature. Read more about Journalism Jobs to find out if you are qualified.

11. Freelance Writing Jobs

Freelance Job Writing job listing site. Go there now and see if there is a job matching your expertise and start making money. The site is updated daily. So you don't. have to  content with expired job listings. The requirements are also straightforward.

12. iWriter

This is for those who want work but not good at bidding. At iwriter you simply pick an task from the available tasks, write according to client's request and wait for your money. Payments is weekly or as you wish.

That I have explained numbers 1-12 doesn't make the sites more special. I just did. So, don't be surprised if you end up making nothing more from the sites below. I have also linked every site to the 'how it works' or 'about us' section. Enjoy!

Academic Writing Sites 

These are sites for freelance academic writers. Most of the work involves research and writing term papers, dissertations and any other essay the students may want. Overall, Academic sites pay more than most writing gigs. 

Please only apply if you have the requisite academic qualifications and at peace with common citation styles. If you feel you have what it takes to to join the academic writing field,  don't hesitate. Visit the  link and apply.

These are sites that pay you to submit quality articles and blog posts. Some pay well and may only accept native English speakers. You may also sell your articles for up to $100 in some of these sites. Go through each and apply where convenient. 

Content Mills

Content mills allow clients to post article requests so that writers can pick the ones they are comfortable with. Payment tend to depend on how the ratings you get from the clients. Don't be stranded at content mills, read 'How to make content mills work for you' then visit these sites and apply where necessary. 

78. Iwriter
83. Zerys 
84. Content Current

Paid To Comment

One of the easiest way of making cash when you are free. Imagine just comment on a topic you love and getting paid to do that! Well, that is what you are signing up for when you join the sites listed below. Read the rules for every forum or blog you will be posting on. I work with Postloop and it is worth the time. 


Revenue Sharing Sites

Writing for revenue sharing sites can be frustrating is you don't know how it works. In brief, you provide original content (based on a particular site's posting guidelines) then promote it to get views. You then paid a percentage of the ad revenue your articles collect. It is that simple. 

87. Knoji
88. Triond
90. Squidoo
91. Teckler
95. Bukisa
96. Article Insider
97. Zujava
98. Wizzley
99. Xomba
100. Brighthub

I know the above list is not conclusive. So, if there is any site you know of which you believe should make it to the list, don't hesitate to share it via the comment box. I'll endeavor to update the site and remove the one that no longer work or accept writers.

As at the time of publishing this list however, all the sites are working and accepting writers. You may also want to run a blog of your own to complement your income from freelance writing. When that time comes, just jump to Blogging Tips. Good luck in all you do.
Top 100 Freelance Job Sites For Article Writers In 2016 Reviewed by Samson Ogola on 9:56:00 AM Rating: 5


  1. Freelancer, oDesk & Elance are 3 most popular freelance websites so far. They also They also have the largest database, that's why they are so much poplar.
    Good list! Thanks.

    1. The only problem is you cannot easily get a job there. Some bids at Odesk and Freelancer are ridiculous.

      I hope you are shared the post widely.

    2. Hi Samson, unfortunately you are right, it's not easy at all and you have to be very persistent. These websites have their pros and cons. I personally think we should have a presence on all freelance websites, you never know where are you going to get a job.
      Thanks again.

    3. I got a skype interview the other day after posting a very low bid at Odesk. Like you said, persistence is the key to unlocking jobs at the bidding sites.

  2. Great list! I'll be sure to check out some of the sites you listed. This is really a big help. By the way, there are new revenue sharing writing sites that I think should be mentioned like Daily Two Cents and WritEdge. Here's actually a list of some more: Hope this helps and thanks for the list!

    1. Just checked the like and must say it is helpful. I'll include the sites you suggested to the list.

  3. That's an awesome list. I just wanted to mention a site for freelancing services where services can be posted in 7 languages. We aim to increase freelancers' across the globe by eliminating language barriers.

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  4. Its great having this list of 100 freelance job sites for article writers. It would be helpful to many newbies and experts seeking for freelance writing opportunities online.

    However, I concur with the takeaway shared "Having the list does not matter. What matters is whether you will TAKE ACTION." Every interested blogger or freelancer should put this to heart.

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