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Not a Slave to the Content Mill

I am really beginning to wonder about writing for these content mills. I started doing so to see if I was any good at it, and yes, I have earned a little money. Not much, but a little.

However, some of the assignments have made me think. Sometimes it seems to me that people want you to write something worth far more for a pittance and really take advantage.

I enjoyed what I wrote today, but really, there is no way I am going to spend a lot of time writing a well researched article for a couple of dollars and I want to know exactly what the client is paying the company.

That is the bit we do not see.

To be honest, I liked the topic and researched it for me. I don't really care if the client wants it or not. I have got wise now. Even if I cannot reprint what I write, the research is mine. I can make a new article out of it.

Now, I am considering my options. If people earn a few dollars for 500 words or so, what can you realistically charge if you go it alone? I do not even like the attitude of some of these companies. They are not always that respectful to their writers. They want to treat them like professionals, but not to pay them a decent part of what they get.

While they may have editors, I am sure something could be done in the form of a content writer's syndicate offering services via a website. Even if we merely charged twice the amount we are offered by these mills, then I think a fair body of people would want our services.

Maybe Persona Paper could be the springboard for a collective, or there is something out there I missed? I am back to writing my own stuff for now. I have learned there is work out there. These mills never run our of assignments it seems.

It may not earn, but I do not want to be a slave. Not forever, anyway. Oh I may write a few things for a pittance here and there, but it is definitely time to move on to better things.


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Comments

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 20, 2016, 4:16 PM

If there is a lot of researched involved and it has to be written just so, I agree that you should receive fair compensation for your time. From what you said in your post, I take it the mills to not provide that fair compensation.

MegL wrote on January 20, 2016, 5:40 PM

Some people have their own websites and offer their services from there. But you have to have the traffic coming in.

JohnRoberts wrote on January 20, 2016, 5:40 PM

PP is not really a content mill. It's more of a community blog site that pays a little. Content mills are basically extinct mainly thanks to the nefarious Google Panda.

bestwriter wrote on January 20, 2016, 7:11 PM

Writing per se has advantages in that we do research and learn a lot ourselves.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 20, 2016, 7:30 PM

I have never tried any of those after looking at them. They looked like too much work for the money

xstitcher wrote on January 20, 2016, 8:45 PM

I just write what I want to write--though lately I haven't had much time to do so. ;p

RuthCox wrote on January 20, 2016, 10:39 PM

While I would like to earn more online I doubt I'd fare well with content mills. I tend to write what I wanna write, when, where and how I wanna write it!

AliCanary wrote on January 21, 2016, 9:14 AM

I agree--I have written for both oDesk (now UpWork) and HireWriters, and it is infuriating to see how the clients make excessive demands in return for just a few dollars, and when you see how magazines pay hundreds of dollars for a well-written piece, the divide is insane. The problem is that there are plenty of talented but desperate writers who WILL produce good articles for a couple of bucks, so it's basically "market price".

HappyLady wrote on January 22, 2016, 4:44 AM

I think this is half the trouble. These mills know people need money and really play on that. I just rejected an assignment offering two dollars for a whole morning's work.

HappyLady wrote on January 22, 2016, 4:46 AM

I am seriously thinking of doing this. Part of my eeason for exploring the mills was to see if I could write content and what the market is like. So far I am a bit shocked.

HappyLady wrote on January 22, 2016, 4:47 AM

I did not mean it was. What I meant was maybe it is an area to add.

WordChazer wrote on January 22, 2016, 4:43 PM

I know what you mean. I don't write for content mills but I do accept most requests for articles that come my way. I've learned a LOT but oh my, have I sold my brain down the river at times too?!

BarbRad wrote on January 24, 2016, 3:21 AM

I through with writing for others. I'm taking matters into my own hands. If others can make thousands a year blogging on their own sites, I think I can learn from them and make at least some of that. I'm sure going to try. I'm tired of moving my work from site to site as sites close.

Saramarie wrote on January 26, 2016, 10:15 PM

I wish I knew of better places to write and earn some money. I think at best I could earn about $600 or so per month with loads of online work daily but I need to make more and not have to work like crazy for mere pennies.