This website probably sounds like it is something different than it is. With a name like SexEtc.org, you might be tempted to think it is some kind of porn site. In reality, though, this is a website dedicated to educating high school-aged teenagers on not just sexual health, but also on a lot of other crucial topics. But can you really make money writing for SexEtc.org?
As you probably know by now, I’m all about the side-hustle. Nowadays, you almost have to have an extra gig on the side to make some extra income, just to make ends meet—which is what brings us here. There are a lot of potential ways to earn extra money online, but I have found that one of the best possibilities lies in freelance content writing.
Yes, there is absolutely a market for online content writers—and since it is actually a side-hustle that requires some skill, you can often make far more money doing that than you can doing a lot of other things.
The biggest challenge? Well, you need to be able to write—that is a pretty important part of it. You also need to be experienced enough to get some jobs. The truth is that starting from scratch as a freelance content writer is not necessarily easy—but it is absolutely doable, and websites like this one could potentially give you a great place to start.
There is, however, one major limitation for writers associated with this site. As it turns out, you have to be 19 years of age or younger to get a job writing for them, even as a freelancer! So to those of you who are over 19… sorry, but this is probably not the site for you.
But if you are 19 or younger, and still in high-school, then this could actually be a pretty sweet gig for you!
Let’s talk about it.
The Basics: Taking A Closer Look At SexEtc.org
SexEtc.org basically works under the mantra of ‘By teens, for teens.’ There is a list of ‘Hot Topics’ on the landing page that can give you a pretty good idea of where the site is coming from.
- Birth Control
- HIV/AIDS & STDs
- Your Body
- Abuse & Violence
As you can see, this is pretty much a website dedicated to providing useful and relevant relationship/sex/health information to teenagers and high school students. But the unique thing about it is that most of the content is actually written by other teens. This is pretty cool, actually… because it approaches the whole ‘give teens advice’ thing in a different light. I actually think that teens are more likely to listen to other teens about these types of issues—but then again, I am no expert. I am approaching this from the mentality of a freelance writer, and am trying to figure out if this site may make a good side-hustle opportunity for teens who are looking to earn some extra money for their writing skills.
The site features a blog, where I would imagine most of the written content supplied by freelancers and staff writers would go. And as you might guess, the blog follows along with most of the topics already mentioned on the home page. I also noticed that the blog is extremely up-to-date, which is awesome.
Some topics that I saw on the blog around the time that this review was written included topics like…
- Teen Consent – Degrassi Gets It Right
- One Size Doesn’t Fit All
- Why We Celebrate Pride
- HPV vs. HIV: Do You Know The Difference?
- National HIV Testing Day – Reduce Your Risk
And so on.
I read through a few of the articles published on the blog, and the first thing I noticed is that each article was very short. Actually, it may be more accurate to describe each post as ‘brief,’ not short. Not only were there no subheadings or anything like that, but the articles were barely 400 words long, if that.
On a second note, though, they were also full of hyperlinks. These high-schoolers definitely source their facts and display them for all to see… so that is pretty impressive!
Aside from all of that, the articles were actually quite well-written. I didn’t spot any spelling or grammar mistakes, or anything like that while reading through them.
So yeah. They were brief and to-the-point, but well written and well-researched at the same time.
But how much does the site pay for posts?
The answer to that question was actually really surprising to me! Here is what you need to know!
Writing For SexEtc.org
Here is a screen shot of what can be found upon visiting the page.
I was actually really surprised that the site pays $75 for each story that they publish. For as short as their stories are, this is actually a really, really good rate… especially considering that they are offering the opportunity solely to younger writers.
Here are some other bits of information that I discovered upon reading through this page.
- They hire actual editorial staff members and editorial contributors
- Staff members must live within commuting distance of Piscataway, New Jersey… but contributors can live anywhere in the world
- All of the stories on this site are written by teens, which is actually really amazing
- Anyone can apply to be a member of staff or a contributor, but you must meet the age requirements
- They hire contributors from all over the United States, which means that it shouldn’t really matter where you live—as long as you have the skills and abilities to do the job
- Before you can apply to be a contributor, you need to sign up and register with the website, which is not that big of a hassle really
All in all, this was all pretty cool sounding. So let’s take a moment to recap and to talk about what this opportunity could mean for young freelance writers who are interested in making some extra cash with their writing abilities.
Recap: Is SexEtc.org A Good Website To Pitch To If You Want To Earn Money As A Freelance Writer?
The answer to this question is obviously a bit conditional, as there are only some specific types of writers who could possibly make the cut. The website is only looking for high-school-aged writers, and of course, anyone hoping to get a job on this site would need to be able to write quality content that is both educational and factual.
If you are not located close enough to their facility, you will also not have the option of pursuing a staff position. But, the good thing about this is that the contributor position is quite sufficient if what you are looking for is to make some decent money as a freelance writer.
So… with all of that being said, here are my feelings on the matter. Is this site a good investment of your time if you are looking for a quality freelance writing side-hustle?
The short answer to this question is a HUGE yes. If you are in high school, and if you are looking to make some extra money writing, then this is an awesome site to do it on. Not only are they publishing content with a very good cause in mind (educating teens about these issues is extremely important), but they are also paying their writers very handsomely at the same time.
Making $75 per post, for posts that are barely over 400 words, is a really good payout for freelance web content writing. Yes, there may be websites that are paying more than that, but you will be hard pressed to find them and score jobs with them unless you put a lot of work into your portfolio and pitch like crazy.
Obviously, if you are older than high-school age, you will probably not find any work to do here, as the website only hires teenagers to write for it. But if you are a teenager, and if you are trying to make some money as a freelance writer, are trying to establish a name for yourself as a writer, and/or are interested in writing about health/wellness/relationship/sexuality type topics, then this is probably a gig that you should try out for!
The first step is to sign up for their website. Then you can apply to become a contributor.
Writing for a site like this will not make you rich, and the income is not passive—but it can do a lot of great things for you, and can also pay pretty well. And hey… a little side-hustle cash is certainly never a bad thing!
Our Final Opinion About SexEtc.org
Should you pitch to them and try to make some extra money as a freelance content writer?
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