Article Writing Submission Sites – A Writer’s Perspective

writing-for-moneyI’ve mentioned that in addition to my blogs and a couple niche websites I maintain, I also write articles for article submission sites. They don’t pay much per article but I figure it’s a great way to perfect my writing skills while blogging as their format is much different than blogging formats.

For the most part, the writing style they require is very rigid and orthodox, not open, friendly and inviting as I attempt to do with the blogs. I very much prefer the blog style of writing but the orthodox method keeps me on my toes.

I have had an ongoing arrangement working on a writing team with oDesk and we were recently informed that their client will be winding down orders soon and not have anything for us until after the first of the year. Yikes – really!

That news is certainly going to affect my income so I thought I’d better start investigating additional article submission sites to see what I can come up withas a replacement.

The good news is that I will have more time for maintaining my blogs, coming up with a plan for guest blogging, and get my freebies and book writing moving. The bad news is, well that’s pretty obvious – that bit of income is fading away so I need to replace it fairly quickly.

My article submission site mission –

So I’m going to be registering with a few sites and I will post my thoughts here about my journey. I’ll go through the requirements of registering, how the systems work, my likes and dislikes, and what kind of money I can be made.

oDeskSince I currently write for oDesk, let me tell you a bit about their system. After registering on the site, you set up your user profile stating a bit about your background, interests, and qualifications, and then you must pass the oDesk Readiness Test.

You then need to pass a series of proficiency tests regarding English grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and the like. Their scoring is pretty rigid so as to hire a skilled workforce, which means giving two or three wrong answers will mean failing the test. These tests are also timed which plays a role in your overall score.

When your account is approved you can start applying for jobs. You’re limited to just two job applications at one time to start with and this can increase by passing more tests and receiving positive feedback scores.

The dashboard is quite user friendly and easy to navigate. When working as a team member there are individual requirements aligning with the focus of that team. When applying for specific jobs you do so directly with the person posting the job. Payment for jobs is based on an hourly rate, the assignment, or a negotiated amount for a series of assignments. Payments to me have been prompt, correct, and the topics for the most part interesting.

On Second Thought –

u-turn-change-direction-arrow-signOkay, this is not such a good plan. That was quick wasn’t it? I didn’t even get this post published before I’m changing course. Let me tell you why.

I decided to check out a few of these sites while I was writing this post and oh my, what a bunch of trash. There are warning signs everywhere about poor payment. These are the sites I looked at: – I applied and will hear back within 24 hours. They appear to be one of the legit operations. The verdict is still out on this site.

ContentBlvd – They claim you can be paid $12 to $48 per article submitted, which makes me skeptical to start with, plus they come right out and say that they don’t use many of the articles submitted and currently have only 145 available. Reviews also state that it is near impossible to earn any kind of money – so leaving this one alone! – With Helium you select your topics to write about from the assignment dashboard, submit your article, and then wait for other writers to rate it. You also have to rate other writer’s articles in order to be paid and reviews state that the quality of writing is subpar. Scratch this off the list! – This is a site where writers submit articles and buyers browse articles to buy. If your article is selected you may get paid. It does not say how they measure how much an article is worth nor what your percentage is. So this is out because I like to know up front if I’m writing for free or not.

There are others I’m looking at but my main focus will continue be my blogs, websites, and other writings.

What have been your experiences working for article submission sites for pay?

comment now –

Marilyn T



  1. You’re very wise to avoid Helium. They no longer require rating to earn revenue share, but the rate of earning is possibly the worst of any revenue-sharing site I’ve ever tried – plus you can’t delete your articles, and Helium has the right to use them in anthologies without further payment.

    I don’t think there is a single revenue-sharing site that’s doing well. All of them have made big changes to their business model over the last twelve months or so. HubPages still pays me better than anywhere else, even though it’s a far cry from what I used to earn there.

    • Hello Marisa,
      Nice to see you. I agree and it’s a shame that you can’t earn much any longer with these sites. I enjoyed writing on numerous topics to broaden my knowledge and writing styles.

      Success to you!

  2. I don’t generally use them. Most are trash, and if you’re lucky to find that isn’t – you don’t get paid enough to write for them.

    If you’re going to write Marilyn, you might as well get top dollar for what you hand out to others. Consider how much more you could make if you ran a PLR website or offered your own 5-article packages from an auction block like Tiffany does.

    – Bonnie

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