Content Mills: the secret to me earning $100-$200 per day by writing blog posts and articles for other people.
As a convicted felon it was hard for me to find jobs, especially jobs in the industries where I thrive: finance and IT. Those two industries also made for some pretty decent pay. So, as many of you know from My Story, I turned back to the internet.
At one point I was actually homeless, trying to claw my way back to the top. I had to make *some* kind of money.
Anything would’ve helped.
I didn’t even have a computer, but I was able to make money typing up articles and blog posts. I was making about $100-$200 per day as a freelance writer, having never written anything in my life before.
Don’t get me wrong though, I was absolutely busting my ass. Doing this got me out of homelessness within a matter of weeks.
But how the hell was I typing up articles and blog posts without a computer and managing to bring in that much money a day?
They would let you get on for one hour at a time before you had to sign up and go wait back in line again. I was there during the middle of the day so I was able to essentially stay on uninterrupted.
If you’re reading this then I’m pretty sure you aren’t homeless, but you may be looking for a way to make some money. And, I feel like it’s my job to pay it forward.
In this post I’m going to tell you:
- What content-writing mills are
- What to expect from freelance writing
- The BEST content-writing mills to write for
- How to sign up and get started
So, here we go.
What Are Content Mills?
A whole shitload of blogs and websites on the internet do not write their own content. There are people out there that make a living buying content from freelance writers, posting it to blogs, and letting Google work some magic in the coming weeks or months.
One of the places they find these writers is through content mills.
Hell, I could have paid some guy across the country to write this article and pretend to be me. I didn’t, but I could have.
There are two different kinds of content mills. Some of them are a mixture or even a hybrid of both styles, while others just stick to one format or the other.
Write whatever you want: The first kind of content mills will let you write about whatever the hell you want to. You can write about CBD oils or you can write about translating your cat’s meows.
Once your topic has been written, you go to the content mill, choose a relevant category, and upload the content. Their staff will review the content for quality and accuracy, and will post a description and preview in the directory.
These blog and website owners will come to the directory and buy up writings on all sorts of topics. Seriously, it’s surprising some of the topics that are actually popular. Whenever they buy your piece, you get paid.
Write whatever they tell you: The other kind of content mills out there will tell you what to write about. Some of the better content mills have these assignment listings with literally thousands of open jobs.
You find a topic that you can write about and you write it based on the requestor’s specifications. They can then read it over for final approval, and you get paid.
Content Mills: A Quick FAQ
How often do content mills pay? It varies, most of them pay weekly via PayPal, Check, Direct Deposit, or maybe even Venmo.
How big are the posts and articles that you write for content mills? This varies as well. You might have an assignment for a 350 word article, or, once you get good, you might be able to take on multi-thousand word assignments that pay hundreds of dollars apiece.
How much do content mills pay per article? Guess what, this varies as well. You can expect anywhere from $10-$20 for smaller articles, on up to $400+ for large articles. Obviously you’re going to make less in the beginning, but it’s worth it for those who stick with it.
What kinds of articles do you write for content mills? This one, as you may have guessed, will vary between mills. As a whole, you can expect to write stuff like:
- Blog Posts
- Listicles (an article in list form)
- SEO Content (content optimized for search engines)
- Press Releases
- Product Reviews & Descriptions
- Social Media Content
- Copywriting & Copyediting
- Technical Reports
But, to be honest, it’ll mostly be blog posts and articles.
What Are The Best Content Mills To Write For?
Here we go, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. I have personally written for each of these companies (unless specified otherwise). Some of these companies below I credit for helping pull me out of homeless and get me back onto my feet so I could hit the ground running and get rich again and my recent falls from grace. (Yes, multiple falls)
You might also notice that these are direct links to their websites. I’m not getting any affiliate or referral commissions from any of these guys.
Verblio was my favorite to write for, hands down. They always had 1,000+ open jobs of varying levels. I usually tried to stay around the 600-1,000 word mark because that was my sweet spot. In the beginning you’re going to be stuck doing 350 word articles. There are multiple people in the Verblio writer’s forum making $50k-$80k per year. That’s more than just pocket money.
I may do a full review just on Verblio because I’ve got so much to say about them and have got so much insight after doing so much work with them and for them. Because their payouts are pretty high for the industry, you need to make sure you can write coherent, cohesive, error-free articles. Otherwise, use one of the other links below as training wheels. You don’t want to fuck up your chance getting on with Verblio.
Verblio pays weekly via PayPal. They pay on time too, every single week.
You know how everybody had that one weird friend back in high school? They didn’t contribute much, but when they did contribute, it really came in handy. Content Gather is that one weird friend. They’re not your first choice for someone to hang out with, but it’s better than not having anyone around.
I know it sounds like I’m kind of talking shit about Content Gather, but they really pulled through in a pinch. I wasn’t able to start out with Verblio but Content Gather gave me the tools I needed to get better at writing articles and blog posts so that I could move up to a better platform.
The last time i checked, Content Gather didn’t have an automatic payout setup. You just request a payout whenever you want to withdraw your earnings.
Just like Content Gather, Constant-Content is a mixed marketplace whereby you can upload your own works, or you can accept custom jobs for specific topics. Now, I’m going to be honest with you here, these guys do not have the best reputation in the content-writing mill industry. But, this industry as a whole doesn’t have the best reputation amongst writers.
Having said that, I personally never had a problem with them. They have a little entry test to make sure you can read/write English, but they are the easiest ones to get on board with. This was the first company that I signed up with and the first ones that got me started with freelance writing articles and writing for blogs.
Many freelance writers out there prefer WriterAccess to Verblio. Once I had a good momentum with Verblio going, I didn’t want to worry about WriterAccess. BUT, here’s the thing, with WriterAccess you can earn between $0.03 and $2.00 PER WORD. They also pay via PayPal.
Now, yes, their payouts are much higher than other content mills, but there are some caveats. First, they only hire US-based writers. Second, you need to have writing samples and a good resume. Third, the good jobs get snatched up really quickly. It’s not like Verblio where they’ve just constantly got jobs available. BUT They’re a good company. They even have some pretty decent Glassdoor Reviews.
And finally for our list we’re going to talk about Textbroker. They are one of the easiest content mills to get on board with, however, they also have the lowest pay rates. If you’ve never even so much as written a book report or a paper for an English class, then start with Textbroker.
As you start writing more and more with Textbroker you will move up in levels. As you move up in levels it’s easier to start earning more and more money. But by the time you’ve moved up a few levels with Textbroker, you’d be better off jumping ship to WriterAccess or Verblio.
Tips For Writing For Content Mills
Okay, so, let’s recap. You now know what content-writing mills are. You know which content mills to get started with. But there are some things you should know if you really want to make some decent money. There are a few things that can make the difference between you making $10-$20 per day and $100-$200 per day as a freelance writer.
- Google Docs – docs.google.com is completely free to use. Many of these writing services have their own internal text editor, but you don’t want to worry about grammatical or spelling errors. Google Docs can help you fix all of that, and you do it right there from the web browser.
- Dont Write On Bad Days – If you’re having a bad day, or an off day, then don’t try to write. Seriously. Submitting bad content can count against you and be a complete waste of time. The best way to make a lot of money is by submitting only quality content. Write for quality, don’t write just to churn out a shit load of articles.
- Always Check For Plagiarism – Even if you know 100% for a definitive fact that you didn’t directly copy anything whatsoever, you should still run it through copyscape or duplichecker just to be completely safe.
- Always Reference Similar Works – You should always Google the topic that you’re about to write on and look at how posts and articles from the same topic are structured. This is also a good way to practice writing about topics that you would otherwise have no business discussing or writing about.
- Be Consistent – In the beginning you can expect to make barely anything. You’re going to wonder how the hell someone can make $100-$200 per day doing this stuff. After your first 10 articles you’re going to get faster and better. As you submit quality content, your potential earnings per article start to go up. It may take some time before you’re earning more than just part-time or side-hustle income from freelance writing.
And, that’s about all I’ve got for you now. In the future I will probably do individual reviews on each of these content mills. Use the box below if you want updates on when I post more side hustle ideas like this.
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