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Making Money Writing for Content Mills

Jan 3, 2012 | No Responses

The concept of working from home has been an allure for people for decades. After all, who doesn’t want the flexibility to spend more time at the house instead of an office, working for yourself rather than someone else who is continually looking over your shoulder? And while it does take some measure of discipline to be your own boss, there is inherent freedom with working from home that allows you far more control over your life than if you are working under someone else’s rules.

While there are countless opportunities for people who have an entrepreneurial streak, many first-timers make the assumption that it is impossible to just jump right into working from home and make money with little to no experience. And while it does take a little bit of effort to make the transition if you have no previous time spent with a particular type of job, there are a few things that the Internet has allowed for in terms of an easy learning curve.

While the concept of creating your own niche sites can serve as a long-term source of residual income, there is another way to create income while you are living in Cancun, and that is working for content mills. In essence, content mills are like brokers for digital content. They are the middle-men between a website and you, the writer. While they take a cut of the pie along the way, they provide you with an opportunity to generate quick and easy money without needing too much in the way of skills.

Content mills are places like Demand Studios, Pure Content, Text Broker and Bright Hub. On average, they pay anywhere from $10 to $15 per 500 word article. The pieces are not meant to be ground-breaking, earth-shattering prose that would fit into the New York Times or a similar publication.  Content mills generally exist to provide mass quantities of content for niche sites just like the ones you can create on your own.

The best part about content mills is that as long as you can research topics using your preferred search engine and string together sentences in a format somewhat resembling common, everyday English using normal, everyday vocabulary and words…you are good to go.

Take a look at Demand Studios, for example. They pay an average of $15 per 500 word article on topics ranging from how to cook an egg, how to groom a dog, how to change a tire on a car, how to paint a wall in a bathroom, how to change a toilet, how to create a WordPress site and so on and so forth. Their articles are specifically created to be published on eHow and other publications that Demand Studios owns. These sites are filled with Google ads, with the majority of the income Demand Studios makes coming from the ads people click. Each page is targeted around a specific article, which are the pieces that you create.

These are quick and easy McArticles. They are not meant to be heavily researched; instead, Demand Studios has a few reference requirements, and as long as you can backlink the information to a credible site, you are good to go. The average writer for the company is writing two articles per hour, for $30 per hour.  Others, who have established niches and understand how to write fast, disposable content are easily cranking out three to four articles per hour, making an easy $45 to $60 per hour doing nothing more than researching topics via the Internet and stringing together sentences to form a coherent article about the particular topics, such as described in the eBook, Content Writing 101: How to make a minimum of $50 per hour writing for content mills.

While it is true that some level of English mastery is required, the majority of these pieces are being written with the assumption that the reader has a 4th grade reading level and absolutely no experience on a subject, which means they are written with the simplest English possible and the simplest explanations possible. In short, you are writing as though you are speaking to a child with zero experience on a subject, and most people can explain anything to a child in short, concise text utilizing simple English.

Demand Studios is the pinnacle of the content mill industry, but there are a number of others that are in the same field, such as the aforementioned places. Joining their ranks are AOL’s Seed program as well as Yahoo’s Associated Content, both targeted towards providing citizen journalists and newbie writers with an outlet for their writing, as well as a decent wage if you learn how to ply the trade correctly. And while there are certainly writers out there who struggle to write an article per hour for places like Demand Studios, if you are someone who knows how to work within the system and provide your client with what they want, it is extremely easy to make a minimum of $50 per hour writing for content mills.

When it comes to living and working abroad in places like Cancun, it is important to have some form of income being generated online, especially if you are a foreigner who doesn’t already have a job lined up in the city or a work permit for Mexico. As long as you have a PayPal account, access to the Internet and the ability to string together basic English sentences, you can easily find yourself making a decent wage utilizing content mills as part of your money-making strategy.


Author: T.W. Anderson

T.W. Anderson is a location independent digital nomad who has been traveling since 1999 and living abroad in foreign destinations since January of 2008. Along with writing services offered through Complete Writing Solutions, he specializes in teaching people how to live like a local in cities and countries around the world via Marginal Boundaries

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