This article by me was published on the site Best Pet Jobs. Hopefully, it inspired others to take on the job of being a writer for pet-related sites.
I am and have been a writer and an editor for a number of websites and blogs. It’s not a great way to pull in continuous income, but the rewards are endless.
For example, as Chief Editor for Dogspired, I come into contact with all sorts of authors who have all sorts of stories to tell about their dogs. I edit them, apply social media strategies, and also write some of my own articles. Along with personal stories, I publish current news articles about dog rescue and adoption, and those that take a hard look at animal welfare. Mix that in with product and book reviews, tips for dog owners (such as how to deal with separation anxiety or how to give your dog a bath), fun doggy photos and dog events, and I’ve got almost a fulltime job trying to get it all published.
As the sole writer for Jones Pets, I wrote informational articles about every sort of pet there is—and more. The site was successful for awhile, and I got paid for coming up with articles almost every day, and then once a week.
At the same time I was writing for that site, I wrote for the online newspaper, Examiner.com. I was responsible for the category dog supplies in the Seattle area, which gave me and my readers a good look at the best stores, sites, and products for dogs.
So, there is a way to offer your services as a writer for pet sites, but it does take some experience as a journalist or other type of writer (my background is in technical writing), along with a working knowledge of one or more website tools. To find the pet sites that actually pay, you have to be diligent, network like crazy, and hope that they see the value in making their content the best it can be.