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Money from Writing Blog Posts

Many of you know I’m a maverick—in my writing and in the promotion I do… 

And, it seems apropos to share the etymology of “maverick” from my Oxford English Dictionary:

Samuel A. Maverick (1803–70), Texas engineer who owned but did not brand cattle.”

Branding is all the rage now for self-published authors—come on, get on the brandwagon—cereal is branded, cigarettes are branded, underwear is branded—why not books?

Well, I don’t brand myself or my books because I don’t brand my cattle—I’m a Maverick

Another thing I don’t do is overly concern myself with how many books I sell—I give them away, too (see the left side-bar…)—I want folks to read my books; and, those books are nowhere near any type of popular genre, which means most of the promotion “rules” just don’t work.


There are a few things the “experts” say that make sense to me.

One of them is to use a blog as an author platform and the other is to solicit guest posting opportunities.

I, personally, never seek a guest posting opportunity in order to get paid

However, I’m sure many of my readers are not mavericks; so, I present to all interested folk, from Daily Finance, the following:

$50/post at Make a Living Writing

$35/post at The Write Life

$100/post at Be a Freelance Blogger

$50/post at Write Naked

$50/post at Funds for Writers

$100/post at A Fine Parent

$100/post at Cracked

$100/post at Listverse

$10/post at Knowledge Nuts

$50/post at TopTenz



Also, you can find more paid guest post opportunities at Ultimate List of Better-Paid Blogging Gigs and at 110 Websites that Pay You to Contribute an Article, Instantly.

NB: The quality of any of those blogging sites can not be guaranteed by this writer :-)
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7 responses to “Money from Writing Blog Posts

  1. philipparees January 26, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Alexander, my blog used to be called ‘Mavericks and Inspiration’ for much the same reasons of unbranded wanderlust, yoked to no particular. I had no idea of blogs paid for! You divulge interesting things but all make me more of a dinosaur than I thought I was.


    • Alexander M Zoltai January 26, 2015 at 11:57 am

      Do, please, note, Philippa, that I don’t truly recommend folks use sites like these—most of them are the worst place to place serious writing (and, most would probably not accept serious writing…)…

      Yet, my blog is a Service to other Readers, Writers, and Publishers—I often post things I don’t particularly care about………

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      • libraryassociate January 26, 2015 at 3:24 pm

        I am going to go for it! I’m all for guest blogging and most important expanding my journey towards informing the world of the ‘vague’ and numerous definitions of microfiction. And to be paid for it? All money goes towards ice cream.
        THANK you for this word-apropos- Borrowing from French à propos (“on that subject”). 2.Timely; at a good time.
        Your blog makes me proud to be a writer.


  2. milliethom January 26, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Funny you should do about guest blogging today, Alexander. Another blogger who has just read my second book offered me a guest posting opprotuity. Since neither of us knew how to go about that, I declined. He’ll just do a short review instead, as he did for my first book. I realised I was throwing away a good opportunity – from an author’s point of view – as his blog has a very large following..
    I’ve never heard of being paid for a guest post. I’d have to have a careful look at that and convince myselt that it was the right thing to do. All this is very interesting, though.


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