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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.