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10 Places to Find Blogging Gigs That Pay

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Finding clients is the biggest challenge faced by freelancers today, and freelance bloggers are no exception. Figuring out how to find your next paying customer is vital to your success.

If you’re aiming to make money as a freelance blogger, here are 10 places you can look for blogging gigs that pay. You’ll find a wide variety of options here so you can pick up and run with the particular ones that suit you.

1. ProBlogger Job Board

Let’s start with a site that I have a particular affinity for, as it’s where I found my first two blogging clients. Rather unsurprisingly, I heartily recommend it to any freelance blogger.

Although online job boards tend to get a bad rap for being full of time wasters and bargain seekers, the ProBlogger Job board offers up a healthy share of viable opportunities. In fact, I still work with the two clients I found there back in 2011.

I actually made a video of what you should look for (and look out for) on the ProBlogger Job Board, which may help you:

2. FreelanceSwitch Job Board

While ProBlogger is mainly made up of freelance blogging jobs, the FreelanceSwitch Job Board has a wider range of offerings, from copywriting to programming. This is all well and good if you are a bit of a multipotentialite, but for most of us, this means that you’ll have to do a bit of filtering to find what you want.

Although browsing through job listings is free, you have to subscribe to a paid membership if you want to apply. This will only set you back $7 per month, so it’s not a huge commitment.

3. Blogger Jobs

This site is a little more rough around the edges when compared to the two job boards above, but its value is revealed in the name. With a tighter focus on blogging jobs, you can usually turn up some interesting prospects here.

Furthermore, the listings are sorted by category, which means that you can target areas of specific interest (e.g. fashion blogging).

4. Craigslist

Some freelancers will be shocked by this, as Craigslist has a terrible reputation for featuring freeloaders and time wasters. To be honest, I have no direct experience with sourcing freelance work on Craigslist and used to have much the same opinion.

However, more than one experienced freelancer has told me it’s possible to find a diamond in the Craigslist rough. If you’re keen to find work, this could be an option worth exploring.

5. Freelance Brokers

Don’t forget about Elance and oDesk. If you browse these sites, you’ll find a lot of people offering writing services for paltry money, which can be an immediate turnoff. Not only that, but you have to hand a slice of your earnings over to the site.

However, there is a market for relatively well-paid bloggers if you can establish a decent reputation. The key is to not waste your time on low-paying jobs.

6. People Per Hour

Although People Per Hour is really a freelance broker site like the two mentioned above, it deserves a dedicated spot on this list because it has a special value.

Sophie Lizard of Be a Freelance Blogger, who has been freelancing since 2009, recommends People Per Hour. She commands an hourly rate in the region of $80 per hour—the kind of rate the vast majority of freelance bloggers would be delighted with.

I’m not suggesting you can simply sign up at People Per Hour and start earning mega bucks, but with persistence, you can certainly establish yourself.

7. Freelance Writers Den

This paid membership site is a huge a resource, not the least for its junk-free job board, which is essentially an aggregated list of the best freelance jobs currently available on the Web.

Unfortunately, the Den tends to sell out pretty quickly and isn’t always open to new members. But it does open periodically. If you’re keen to get in, register on the waiting list.

8. Google

If you know what search queries to use, Google can turn up a treasure trove of potential blogging work. Try these two search query templates:

  1. [your niche] + “write for us”
  2. top [your niche] blogs

The first query should be pretty self-explanatory—it will return a list of blogs in your chosen niche that are looking for writers (paid or otherwise). The second query is an effective way of discovering the most authoritative blogs in your niche, many of which will probably be looking for writers.

There’s plenty more you can do with Google, but those two queries will certainly get you started on the right track.

9. Local Businesses

Most of us don’t like the idea of cold calling, but business blogging can be an extremely lucrative area. And besides, you don’t actually have to pick up the telephone—just fire off emails to local businesses to see if anyone is looking for help with their blog.

My friend Ruth Zive had a “10 before 10″ rule when she was first starting out as a freelance writer. Quite simply, she would contact 10 new prospects before 10:00 a.m. Now that’s one way to kickstart your business.

10. Your Blog

Okay, that might not make sense initially. How can you find clients by looking at your blog? Well, you can’t exactly, but what you can do is leverage your blog to source clients.

This is something I’ve done to great effect ever since I started freelancing. My blog produces a steady stream of client referrals—in fact, I haven’t gone looking for a job since 2011. While I wouldn’t say it’s easy to produce a blog that can do this for you, it certainly is possible (and well worth the effort).

Have you managed to make money as a freelance blogger? How do you find your gigs?

Tom Ewer is the author of Successful Freelance Writing Online: How to Make a Full Time Income by Writing for Blogs. He quit his job at the end of 2011 and is now a freelance blogger and Internet marketer and has chronicled his journey at his blog, Leaving Work Behind.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527112978 Chimezirim Odimba

    The truth is that the last tip will actually help you get the highest paying jobs. People are NOT really interested in trying out new hands. They want tested hands and are ready to pay top dollar for it. A thriving blog is one good way to prove your worth to potential clients.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=222701763 Tom Ewer

      Couldn’t agree with you more!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=308190309273170 Be A Freelance Blogger

    Thanks, Tom, for the vote of confidence. I’m sure PeoplePerHour will be proud, too. I’ve used almost all of these places to find work, and I’m still growing my list of better-paid blogging gigs with new leads every week!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=414686438594078 HR News Daily

    Great ideas! My blog is starting to take off… blogging is a great way to hone your skills, and make a real difference!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=271703022904314 Careerleaf

    Thank you for the great tips, Tom! It’s easy to find a ton of blogging gigs that don’t pay at all, but when it comes to a well-paid gig, many bloggers seem to experience some turbulence. Bloggers should also search niche job boards to look for the latest blogging opportunities for the sectors they’re interested in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=766134466 Carol Tice

    Thanks for the mention, Tom! I know tons of Den members have gotten some real nice-paying jobs off our Junk-Free Job Board.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=789349169 Flora Brown

    Tom, Thank you for a thorough video pointing out the criteria you use for proceeding with job listings and the great list. I feel a lot clearer about pursuing freelance gigs as a result.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=222701763 Tom Ewer

      My pleasure Flora :-)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=469457469767104 99hours.com

    Awesome places that you listed in the given blog for finding blogging gigs that pay!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the stated article, infact if a freelancer keeps this entire relative points in mind he can be highly successful in a freelance environment.

    I myself work for 99hours.com so I do know all the above listed points are very necessary to oblige while working.

    Cheers!
    Chris
    http://www.99hours.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=679886481 Amit Gupta

    hi there,

    i am looking for professional blogger for our new startup http://www.eseekerz.com, please contact me on amit.gupta@eseekerz.com.

    Thanks for reading.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=204466869675070 Queen’s Quill

    Great tips indeed! I especially agree with your last thought. I have a first hand experience in this as my own blog QueensQuill.com has got me at-least four decent paying gigs in just 8 months (my blog’s age) if not too many. Your blog is like a resume, sample, and a virtual office! Potential gigs come to you rather than you finding them. That makes a huge difference. And I personally follow tips by Carol Tice, she is just wonderful!

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  • stev.marko

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  • Sarah

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