Aspiring writers may be attracted at the prospect of earning money through what is known in the freelance writing community as content mills. So what are content mills and should you sign up with one? Basically, content mills are sites that provide ghostwriting services to clients at a low price. Most act as an intermediary between writers and content seekers. The former simply signs up with the company and are given access to a database of clients and the assignments they request to have written. Textbroker and Content Authority are two prime examples of content mills.
The problem with content mills lies in the low pay. Generally, assignments pay around one cent per word. Some may pay a little more at 1.5 or two cent per word; there are also those that pay even less. You really have to wonder whether a 500 word researched article is worth a paltry $5. The pay is peanuts compared to what more legitimate sites are willing to pay.
So should you join a content mill? This is a subjective question and there is no right or wrong answer. Most freelance writers recommend content mills for beginning writers who need to get a little experience under their belts. They’re also a good choice for stay-at-home moms and college students looking to earn some income on the side. However, if you’re looking to make a full-time career out of writing, content mills generally pay too low. Unless you can quickly churn out multiple articles without compromising on quality, you are better off looking elsewhere especially once you have been in the freelance writing industry for some time.
While most seasoned writers would not recommend content mills, if you can make a satisfying and sustainable income working purely through these sites, then to each their own.