Gain Exposure and Make Some Money by Writing for These Design Blogs

by Steven Snell

September 10, 2008 in Business/Freelance

Web design blogs provide excellent opportunities for designers/developers to use their experience and knowledge and gain exposure to new audiences by writing tutorials and articles. There are a growing number of sites/blogs that are willing to pay writers for quality content.

Personally, I started doing some freelance writing about a year ago and it has provided me with some amazing opportunities to get connected with influential people in the design community. In addition, the pay is generally pretty good, and you’ll be able to reach a targeted, new audience instantly. Another perk for me is that the writing has challenged me to learn new things and develop my skills that can be used for other projects.

I put this post together for anyone who is interested in reaping the benefits of freelance writing in the design industry. Of course, the blogs listed here will be particular about what gets published, so you’ll have to dedicate the time and effort to develop something worthy of being published.

Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine is probably the most widely-read design blog on the planet, and they are looking for more writers. If you’re interested in reaching their audience of 100,000+ subscribers and willing to put in the time and effort to develop posts that live up to their high standards, you can contact them about the opportunity. They pay very well (between $100 – $300 per article) and they are looking for ongoing relationships with writers. Also, you will get a brief author bio with a link back to your site.

Smashing Magazine

If you’re interested in pursuing this opportunity, you can find everything you need at How to Become a Smashing Magazine Author.

A List Apart

Probably the most prestigious design blog, A List Apart accepts article submissions from various writers. With their reputation, they obviously expect a very high level of quality, and only the best work will get published. If you’ve got something truly worth sharing to the design community, A List Apart can provide an excellent platform. They pay $100 for articles that get published.


See their Contribute page for writing and submitting instructions.


NETTUTS hasn’t been around for very long, but it has already developed a reputation for providing some of the most in-depth and useful tutorials for web developers. All of the sites in the TUTS family are multi-authored blogs that publish content from various freelancer writers. Having your post published at NETTUTS will give you some great exposure to their large and growing audience, and they will pay you $150.


They have developed a page to provide interested writers with the necessary information, see Write a Tutorial.


For designers who are very skilled with Photoshop, PSDTUTS is the premiere blog on which to get a tutorial published. Like NETTUTS, the tutorials and articles here (not everything posted is a tutorial) are of very high quality. PSDTUTS also pays $150 per tutorial and you can reach a huge audience of over 30,000 graphic designers.


For more information about writing for PSDTUTS, see Write a Tutorial.


Like the other TUTS sites, VECTORTUTS publishes high-quality, detailed tutorials and pays $150. VECTORTUTS focuses on Adobe Illustrator and Fireworks. Writers can get their tutorials in front of VECTORTUTS audience of more than 7,000 subscribers.


To learn more about writing for VECTORTUTS, see Write a Tutorial.

Freelance Switch

If you’re more interested in writing about the business aspects of freelancing or the life of a freelancer, Freelance Switch is the best place to submit your posts. They publish posts from a wide variety of freelancers, including many designers, and they accept post submissions. Freelance Switch has almost 30,000 subscribers, and they’ll pay you $60 if your post gets published.


See their Contribute page for more information.

Freelance Folder

Another popular blog for freelancers is Freelance Folder. Like Freelance Switch, a decent percentage of the readers are freelance designers/developers. They regularly publish posts from a team of writers and they’re willing to consider new writers as well.


For more details see their Contribute page, and to discuss payment, use the contact form.

Pro Blog Design

Pro Blog Design is a bit different than many of the others mentioned so far. For most of its existence it has been a single-author blog run by Michael Martin. Recently Michael has opened up the blog to potential writers and he’s offering $50 per post ($80 if it’s a social media success) and a link back to your own website. Many of the posts published here focus on WordPress, but other design-related topics are covered as well.

Pro Blog Design

Get more information about writing for Pro Blog Design.


WPCandy is another blog that was just recently opened up to freelance writers. As the name implies, the focus is on WordPress-related content. Like Pro Blog Design, WPCandy also is willing to pay $50 per article. At the time the announcement was made they were looking for one regular (weekly) contributor, and others to write periodically.


Learn more about writing for WPCandy.


SitePoint is a large and very well-know site for designers, of course, including the popular forums and marketplace. SitePoint accepts article submissions and pays from $50 – $100 per article.


If you’re interested in writing for SitePoint you can get all the information you need from their Write for Uspage.

Most Inspired

Most Inspired is a design gallery aggregator and the site also includes a blog run by Mubashar (Mubs) Iqbal. The blog has published posts from a few different designers in the past, including me, and Mubs is interested in finding new writers.

Most Inspired

To learn more about writing for Most Inspired and to inquire about payment arrangements, contact Mubs.

Which Ones Did I Miss?

If you know of other design/development blogs that are open to freelance writers, please leave a comment. Also, if you have experience with freelance writing I would be interested to hear your thoughts.

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About Steven Snell

Stephen Snell is the owner and editor of Vandelay Design.Connect with Stephen on google+

  • John Campbell

    Sep 10th

    Great post, haven’t seen one on this subject in quite a while. If only I had a bit more free time to pursuing some of these avenues.



  • Steven Snell

    Sep 11th

    Yeah, time is the hard part. And many of these sites publish really detailed stuff that takes a long time (i.e. Smashing Magazine of NETTUTS). Most of them pay pretty well though.

  • Michael Martin

    Sep 11th

    Thanks for the link Steven. Taking on writers has been quite fun, though editing someone else’s work and learning to say no to certain articles isn’t the easiest thing. Still a lot to learn there. :(

  • Rachel

    Sep 11th

    Great list!

  • Terri Stone

    Sep 11th

    We’re not a blog, but pays freelance writers for articles on topics of interest to (duh) creative pros. And our scale is quite a bit higher than what you mention here, which is always nice!

    If you’re an experienced writer with a knowledge of print design, Web design, or photography, feel free to send article pitches to me at

  • Steven Snell

    Sep 11th

    Thanks for the addition!

  • Vectordiary

    Sep 11th

    Thanks for the list. I’m also looking for writers to contribute on illustrator, illustration and design articles on Anyone interested can write to me and discuss about it.

  • kumailht

    Sep 11th

    Great post :)

  • Steven Snell

    Sep 12th

    Thanks for adding to the list.

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    Dec 11th

    definatley worth investigating. Some valuable links here, i will go through them to see if I can get an article accepted for cash. Ive been using photoshop for over 10 so I thing i know a thing or two LOL

  • Callum Chapman

    Mar 22nd

    Most mainstream blogs will actually pay you to write for them – they just don’t all advertise “we will pay etcetc..” – there’s no harm in asking other blogs! :)

  • Aidan

    Jun 30th

    I believe almost all blogs will get some help from guest writers and if the article are really interesting and good. Rewarding the writer is a good way. But I feel that money should only be just a small part in the mind of guest writers. Quality & interesting content and the willingness to share with the community should be more emphasized.

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