What: Write funny stories/listicles for pay

Expected pay: $150 – $350 per story

Husl$core: $$$

Requirements: a computer; mad writing skills and a good sense of humor

Review: If you’re a writer who is funny and has an irreverent, somewhat off-kilter, way of looking at the world, you may want to try writing for Cracked. One of the largest comedy writing sites on the web, Cracked takes submissions from pretty much anyone — you don’t even need to be 18.

And, if your article is accepted, the pay isn’t too bad. According to Cracked’s “write for us” pitch: “For your first four accepted articles, you will get $150 each. From your fifth article onward, you will get $250. If your article becomes one of the ten highest traffic-pullers of the month, you’ll earn an additional bonus payment of $100.”  Importantly, too, your articles on Cracked are published with your byline and can link back to your own site, so it can also be a great way to build your writing/comedy resume. That said, the site’s editors are exacting and expect that your stories will be funny, accurate and well sourced, so even though they’re paying more than the other writing mills, you’re going to spend more time writing each article too. 

If you want to write but comedy is not your specialty, check out the job listings at ProBlogger.

What their writers say:

Chan Teik Onn, Novelist, Freelance Writer, Contributor for Cracked.com said on Quora
It is a very satisfying experience once your article gets published. All you have to do is build up a strong premise with a twist, such as : ‘X Movie Villains Who Were Fighting for a Good Cause’. Note that there’s a ‘contradictory’ element in the title, that’s exactly what Cracked.com – America’s Only Humor Site is famous for. Then you’ll have to find at least 6 entries complete with REPUTABLE sources to back them up. It will be tedious and time-consuming to find all those entries and the right premise. But the editors will always help you out by giving you feedback and pointing you to the right direction. After your article gets accepted, you will get two weeks to write it up (And you will get paid too!). When it gets published, you will see that your article is going to be slightly different because the editors will make sure your writing is in ‘Cracked’ voice.
 

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