Got a passion for writing? Online content is often blamed for the death of paid journalism. But, truth be told the internet has created numerous online paid writing opportunities. 

Here are just a few ways to make money as a freelance writer online.


start a blog

Every freelance writer can benefit from owning a blog. Setting up a blog is free thanks to platforms such as Blogger and WordPress and you can choose to blog about any topic that takes your fancy. Ideally, you want your content to be engaging – the more readers you attract, the more money you’ll be able to make from your blog.

Ad revenue is the most common way in which blogs make money, however, you can also get paid to write promotional content by using an affiliate network or charging for sponsored posts. It’s not the easiest way to make money as a freelance writer but is one of the most fun ways to make money writing.

contribute paid content to other blogs

You can also make money contributing content to other people’s blogs. While not all blogs will pay guest writers for contributed content, there are some blogs out there that do. You can find these opportunities by pitching to blogs directly.

write SEO content

Many companies pay good money for SEO content – this is written copy that helps to boost the company’s website rankings on search engines. This could include link building through blog posts or writing website copy that contains a certain amount of keywords. You can find these opportunities by working for freelance agencies, SEO companies or by working for companies directly.

write resumes

Many people are also willing to pay writers to write their resume. If you think you have a talent for writing job applications, you could try your hand at offering this service. You can use sites like Fiverr to find these opportunities.

transcribe audio into text

If you’re a fast typer, you may be able to find work online transcribing live audio into text. Transcribing is very well paid and there’s no shortage of opportunities out there for those that think they have what it takes.

sell eBooks online

It’s also possible to make some money selling your own self-written eBook online. Writing an eBook is no easy task, but given you have the freedom to write about whatever takes your fancy, it can be a fun way to make some extra money. An eBook could be fiction or non-fiction.