Websites that pay contributors according to the popularity of their content are nothing new, but what does their existence in the online market mean for the thousands of freelancers who never get paid?

Leaders in the market include Jurnid, which allows users to set up their own paywall, and Forbes, which pays those whose articles get into its top 10. Meanwhile, Medium offers a community of writing mentors and is "paying some contributors at competitive freelance rates", a policy that has been described as payment "depending on who you are". For the majority of freelancers who contribute to these sites, the interest in their work is the word "free".

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