What many aspiring writers do not realize is that there are a multitude of free, flexible services that will pay you for articles. Most net-based programs allow you to write as much or as little as you like, and accommodate various levels of skill. I have personally used many of these to make some spending money, and while you won’t get rich, many good, dedicated writers do make full-time incomes.

HubPages (Signup Page)

HubPages is a good passive/recurring income opportunity open to citizens of most countries. HubPages lets you easily create web pages, or “hubs”, and pays you roughly 60% of the advertising revenue that your pages generate. HubPages ranks well in search engines and has integrated networking functions to help bring in traffic. Your first few hubs won’t get much attention, but if you write persistently, your traffic will burgeon.

Constant Content (Signup Page)

Constant Content is one of the more stringently managed writing networks. It is harder to get in, but your articles will sell for more. The editors take 35 percent commission on your articles, but they can sell for a base price of around 10 cents per word. Therefore, you might make around $35 for a 500 word article.

Associated Content (Signup Page)

Associated Content pays both upfront and recurring payments based on the amount of traffic that comes to your articles. The upfront payments, however, are only available to U.S. residents and are typically only about $3 per article. The recurring payment rate is $1.50 per thousand page views, which is typically less than what you could make with HubPages. Associated Content is good when you just want to sneeze out a quick article in exchange for a couple bucks.

Demand Studios (Signup Page)

Demand Studios is great when you want to see results, fast. Payment is typically around $15 for a 400-500 word article. However, you must apply for this position with a sample of your previous work and be situated in the United States. You must also get each of your articles past an editor before you are paid.

eHow (Signup Page)

If you got rejected by Demand Studios, eHow is basically the same thing, minus the editors. Demand Studios sends most accepted articles to eHow because they believe the long term revenue from advertisements will be greater than what they initially pay you. This means that if you write good articles, you can potentially make more from recurring performance payments than you would make from Demand Studios’ upfront payments.

Constant Content is basically a marketplace where writers can freely advertise their articles and publishers can make requests.