The Difference Between Writing for Content Mills and Revenue Sharing Web Publishers
Popular Content Mills
Content mills, content farms, or writer’s mills are companies that offer pay for articles you write. These companies operate on the basis of offering a large quantity of articles on a vast number of topics. There is usually a team of editors who evaluate your work to determine whether or not the quality of your work matches their minimum criteria. Usually, that means that they are looking for writers who can write search engine optimized (SEO) articles for their clients.
Many writers who are serious about their writing careers have said that they view content mills as a negative platform for writers. Through content mills, a significant number of poor quality articles are passed along to the public. The articles are, most likely not written by professionals, but written by writers who just need a pay check regardless of the validity or relevance of the article they have written. As long as the article passes the test of being search engine optimized with the minimum number of pages, the writer gets paid.
In the sense of fairness, I must admit that I have seen some truly awesome content put out by writers of content mills. To be honest would be to not label all writers as incompetent, simply because they write for content mills.
How Content Mill Writers Are Hired
In many cases, you do not have to be a professional writer to be accepted as a content writer. As long as you can write articles that are search engine optimized, then you stand a fair chance of being accepted as a writer at a content mill.
I read the qualifications of a popular content mill and was surprised to read that the qualification of a top level writer could contain certain punctuation and grammatical errors. The main objective was that the writer could write a number of articles per week and the writer had to demonstrate that they could produce the minimum number of articles to be accepted. Keep in mind, the guidelines indicated that even top level writers are permitted to produce low standard material with errors- just not as many as the lower level writers.
How Content Mill Writers Are Paid
Once you are accepted to write an article, you may be paid per word at the rate of about $.015 per word. For most articles, that computes as approximately $4.00 to $7.00 per article. In order to make a living as a content mill writer, you would have to publish a lot of articles per day. If you can pop out a large number of articles per day, then you would enjoy working for a content mill.
Writing opportunities are placed on a “job board” to see what articles are available to write and then you have to put in a “claim” for the opportunity to write that article before someone else snatches it up and away from you. Then, once you complete a writing assignment, you send it in for approval. The editor approves, sends it back for revision, or completely disapproves the article. If your article is forwarded to the client, now the client has an opportunity to approve, send it back for revision, or completely dismiss the article altogether. When that happens, you will probably feel disenchanted because you just did all that work for nothing. On the other hand, if your article is accepted, you will get paid.
Popular Revenue Sharing Web Publishers
Revenue Sharing Web Publishers
Revenue sharing web publishers allow writers to earn a portion of the earnings generated from their articles instead of a flat upfront fee. Earnings are determined by the number of reader views. Writers are generally allowed to write about any subject they care to write.
Some content mills have an additional revenue share program which can be in addition to or instead of earning an upfront flat fee.
How Revenue Sharing Web Writers Are Hired
As with content writers, you do not have to be a professional writer to write for revenue sharing web publishers. You just need to write original, well-written articles. Sign up through the revenue sharing web publisher’s web site; start writing and publishing your work.
Avoid Being Terminated
Content writing mills and revenue sharing web publishers have a strict policy against writing material that is not original. Beyond that there are other offenses that could get you terminated. Please do not write content that is: unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable.
Which Type of Online Writing Company is Best?
The main difference between content mills and revenue sharing web publishers is based upon two factors:
- How you receive assignments
- How you are paid
Aside from that, there is no real difference to you as a writer. As long as you are committed to writing well and writing often, you have a good chance of succeeding as a writer for either or both of these types of writing avenues.
Whether you write for a content mill or for a revenue sharing web publisher, the best company is the one that offers you the type of writing lifestyle and pay that you require for yourself.
I chose to work for a revenue sharing web publisher. I chose to write for HubPages because I want to write what I want to write and when I want to write it.
The expectation with writing for a content mill is that you have to wake up with the birds to be the first one to “grab” the right to write an article before someone else lays claim to the article you want to write. What I like best about HubPages is that I don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn. With HubPages, I am in complete control of my time. I know that if I write quality hubs that other people are interested in reading, I have an opportunity to share in the revenue my hubs receive through readership.
Some people write for HubPages for the “fun” of it. I hear you on that. Writing is an enjoyable profession. I write for the fun of it, too. But, I’m not going to try to sit here and tell people that fun is the only reason I write. No, the main reason I write is so that I can earn an income from writing. The fact that it is fun to write makes it easier for me to sit down at my computer, type out words, and then submit those words for publication.
HubPages also has a vibrant community of writers who are friendly and helpful. Sure, like in real life, there are a few writers who take joy in stirring up the kettle. But, I ignore them and get on with writing and enjoying the writers who are here to do the same thing I do – write and get paid.
Many people say negative things about web content writers and revenue sharing writers. I say, don't pay too much attention to them. When you dig deep or read between the lines, oftentimes, they are speaking from a position of defense. Most of the time, they are the ones who caused a negative environment surrounding their experience, so now they seek to discourage other writers from becoming associated with the company where they were formerly affiliated.
Regarding quality, like in any occupation, there are going to be bad writers in web content mills and revenue sharing web publishing companies. At the same time, there are going to be excellent writers. I have read the work of extraordinarily talented writers of both content mills and revenue sharing web publishing sites.
Forget the negative talk. Choose the type of company that offers you what you want out of your writing career.