Find the Right Place
Without mentioning anyone competing with Bright Hub, know that numerous companies pay for content. That is what all the sentences, paragraphs and pages being churned out for the web are called now. Content. There are no more writers. We are “content creators" endlessly feeding the insatiable internet.
Some websites are very picky when selecting content creators. Most require writing samples. Some want a portfolio, work experience or a degree. Others don't care. Just fill up their boxes with content and they are happy. Some pay well, many very little and some none at all. When competing with the entire globe, someone will always do a job for a dollar when you wouldn't do it for 10 bucks.
Some sites are job boards. A client will post a topic, an audience, a word count, a deadline and a price. If you want it, grab it and write it. You will be rated on your performance. You'll be penalized for being late. You will have an overall rating that may affect the types of writing jobs you can take. Initially, you may only be qualified for low price content, but you can work your way up the ladder to the best jobs. That is one reason to start while you are still a young student. By the time you graduate, you may be on the top tier.
Some crazy stuff pops up on the job boards, but it can be fun to write. I have produced content about how to thin paint, the dangers of angel dust and protecting your car from softball-sized hail.
Other sites are based on bidding. A client posts a topic and length. Then writers pitch why they deserve the job and at what price. Sometimes the job goes to the writer that sways the client with the best pitch, portfolio and resume. Sometimes it goes to the lowest bid.
These sites can be time consuming. In order to make the perfect pitch you need to analyze the client, present appropriate samples and craft a persuasive argument. This may take longer than the actual assignment, if you win it. If you don't, you just wasted your time. I usually prefer the pick-and-write method of the job boards. Time is money.
With any luck, you can cultivate a relationship with a writing employer. It's great when you can pitch ideas to them and write what you want. It's better, faster and easier to produce an article about something you know and are interested in.