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4 Reasons You Should Write for Content Mills – It’s Not for the Money

Posted by Ophelia Maynard on August 30, 2010

If you’re a freelance writer, no doubt you’ve heard the term “content mill.” A content mill is a term used to describe organizations and/or websites that make small payments to writers while generating significant profits in ad revenue. So why do it? There are several good reasons.

One benefit to writing for a content mill is to build up a portfolio. For the most part, freelance writers only make a few pennies, and if they’re lucky, a few dollars per article writing for these sites.  You won’t get rich from doing it, but there are writers  who claim they make significant residual income on a monthly basis. Think of these websites as a great platform for writers who otherwise might not get noticed. Once you have a number of sample articles created, you can start contacting paying organizations, websites and magazines to pitch your ideas. You can then refer the paying market to the online portfolio to see samples of your work.

Another good reason to write for content mills is to get the writing practice. Often, writers are advised to read, read, read. Reading helps to increase your vocabulary, improve your writing style, and give you writing ideas. However, it’s also very important to write, write, write. Reading and writing go hand in hand. The more you write, the better a writer you’ll find you become. Like anything else, practice makes perfect.

Writing for a content mill can help build your credibility. If you’re a doctor, you could write on medical issues. If you’re a handyman you could offer advice and tips on small repairs. These articles could even become part of your promotional literature, such as brochures and newsletters. In your byline, create a link to your business website so that potential customers know how to get in touch with you.

Finally, writing for a content mill can be fun. There are no deadlines, no one is editing away sections of your work you think are relevant and important, and you write only on topics that are of interest to you.

Popular content mill sites: associatedcontent.com, hubpages.com, examiner.com

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