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Why is the date for this post set way in the future?

When I started this post back in 2008, I wanted this post to be at the top of my blog. Since the more recent blog posts appear higher at the top, I hit on the idea of setting this blog post way in the future. (In hindsight, this was a rather inelegant solution.)

What is Iakul's List?

I stumbled into online freelance writing back in 2008. Started complying a list of sites where I could get paid to write, and hence Iakul's List was created.

Is Iakul's List still being updated?

I used to investigate a site quite thoroughly before I was willing to put it on my list. It took a lot of time and effort, which at this point simply isn't worth my while to expend. However, I'm still unwilling to compromise on the checks I put a site through. I do still plan to update and add new sites to Iakul's List, but expect my updates to be more sporadic. Quite a number of the site descriptions are also outdated, and rewriting…
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Sites paying upfront for articles

Constant Content
A site where writers can showcase their articles with a preset price tag and have interested publishers buy them. Has strict standards for submissions (free of grammar mistakes etc) so check to make sure that you are submitting a flawless article. If you have articles that you have published elsewhere before, you can still sell them for usage rights here.
Content Gather
Content Gather is fairly new, and has only been around since Nov 2016. Their parent company has been around for quite a while though. Content Gather (as of now) does look a lot like Constant Content to me. Like Constant Content,there's a marketplace where writers can submit articles to sell, and a custom job where buyers specify articles. Unlike Constant Content though, there's also an upfront payment when your article gets approved for the marketplace.
Highlights is a children's website and they pay for creative stories and articles. Payment rang…

It's been a while...

Ok, that was an understatement. Haven't looked for new writing leads in quite a while, and no new writing leads= no update for my list, which is the main reason I update this blog. Been taking a look at Listverse. It's a site where you get paid $100 to write a list containing at least(pun unintended) 10 items and a minimum of 1500 words. I haven't tried submitting to them yet, but I expect them to be looking for "click bait" topics. There's apparently also a bonus if you manage to write a popular article. So far, it looks promising enough to add to my list.

Wikinut taken down

Took Wikinut down from the list

Increasing more and more people were coming forward with reports that Wikinut was a scam. It's been a few years since I last looked at Wikinut, and I suspect that I would have taken it down if I had taken another look earlier.

Account Locked by Squidoo

Early this year, Squidoo locked my account.

I'm not the only one who got affected, nor did the spate of account locking happen overnight. Google had reconfigured the amount of traffic that they sent to Squidoo. , causing a tremendous drop in traffic. Squidoo in turn, started setting stricter automatic filters.

Fairly certain that my account locking was a mistake(I have a grand total of 2 lenses on Squidoo, so it didn't take long to check that my lenses were following the new Squidoo rules), I emailed them.

It's been more than three months and there's no reply from them.

And that's why Iakul's List is now back here at this blog.