There are many sites on the internet pay writers to write articles for them. They pay writers in two ways: upfront payment and residual income. Both forms of payment have advantages and disadvantages. Upfront payment is a fixed price the company will pay for the work; writers receive it once the articles are published. The amount of upfront payment is predefined by the company. Residual income on the other hand, depends on how much page view your articles receive. Residual income can become very huge if your articles are popular and may surpass the rate of upfront payment. Some sites even offer both forms of payment for writers, for example Associated Content and Helium. Following are some well known sites to start your online writing business. You can earn a decent living writing for these sites: About.com: This site is a well established source of information on the internet. Writers can apply as a guide or a contributing writer. There is a minimum guarantee rate of $500 per month for the first two years after the writer is accepted. From the third year onwards, the minimum fixed rates decline to $250 but you will receive extra payment for your article's page view. About.com is a site for serious writers. Some Guides who work for About earn thousands of dollars a month. However, the application process take a very long time because of the huge amount of application, and the criteria is very high. Moreover, writers have to pass a training period before they can really start writing. Families.com: This site is all about family's issues. Writer will apply as a blogger. The application process is a simple one. Writers have to submit two writing sample about the topics they are applying. If the editors love the sample, then writers will begin a training period with a pay rate of $3 per article. The official rates after the training period is $4 per article. Suite101: This site is also well established and famous for its reliability and trustworthiness. At Suite101, readers can find all the information about anything. The amount of information is very intensive and inclusive. Suite101 therefore, like About, has a very strict process when it comes to accepting new writers. Writers have to submit two samples of their work for evaluation. Luckily, the assessment process takes place very quickly and writers will receive the result of their application within one week.