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Content Mills Vs. Revenue Sharing Sites
Grateful To Have an Option
First off, I'm thankful there is a choice here for us writers who want to try to make some money. Both are great ways to hone your skills and learn the ropes of the Internet. Both are valid, viable ways in which a writer with some skill can start to put together some money, and hopefully one day become enough to quit their day job and call it a living.
Personally, I have written for both and still do. When I was in need of some money this last winter, the content mills seemed a far better option than the revenue sharing sites like Hubpages, Squidoo, and the one I was on: Allvoices. I was new to this on-line writing thing, so I didn't think I had the capability to navigate Hubpages and configure stuff.
Obviously I figured some stuff out, and in this hub I'll discuss the pros and cons of content mills and revenue sharing sites.
I am currently a member of two sites, which I have made some money from. Textbroker is one and Hirewriters is another. Textbroker was the one I first started using and I think they're a very professional and good website. Hirewriters is easier to use, is legit, and also a good place to write content as well.
The part I don't like about content writing for a broker site like these and others, is the writing is not yours after you submit it. You get a one time fee of about a penny a word, and then you have sold the exclusive rights to it. Really though, you don't care, because the writing is simply some topic or information about something you wouldn't write about normally. One thing is, by writing these articles, you learn all kinds of stuff. That's one of the negatives though too, is you have to study many topics which is time consuming.
Writing content pays weekly with these two sites, and some pay monthly. They pay you through Paypal usually. Sometimes they want tax information from you as well. You mostly have to be from English speaking counties to work for them. Content mills are a good way to make money and get better as a writer.
Where Do You Write?
Revenue Sharing Sites
Sites like Hubpages, Squidoo, Wizzley, and others are out there where you can write and get a share of the revenue. They all are a bit different, but the concept is about the same, and you get paid depending on the views and popularity of your article and this income is residual.
Getting a residual income is the part that is the best. The factor to consider with revenue sharing sites is you have to have a mind set of long term compared to the content mill's short term mind set. You won't make much money for the first few months, but after awhile, with prolific writing and crafty affiliate placements, you can have the potential of making much more than from a content mill.
I guess it depends on the type of person too. Personally I never run out of ideas to write about, I just have too many and then don't write on any of them cause I'm not a good enough writer – and won't do them any justice. Something like this, but I'm working through this and beginning to write more and be more accepting of my flaws. Some people don't have ideas of their own, and getting one is harder for them then writing a content piece for some client. Hey, not everyone is the same and this is good.
What I Think
To me, writing my own original pieces is not only easier, but much more rewarding than content mills. I love to publish something new and then track it closely to see how it had an impact if any. And it's still around forever for me to index, go back to and edit, to share, or do whatever I want with. The residual income and the original content are the factors that have led me to solely write for revenue sharing sites, which I'm including my blog into, although I share only the income with myself.
Content mills can become a place where people make a decent living, believe it or not. A person who becomes invaluable there at Textbrokers, will be invited to teams, and be a top level 5 writer, getting no less than about 2 cents a word. If that person writes 5,000 words a day, then they have made $100/day. Not bad, and there are even better pay rates than that. So, if a person wants to write and make money, but isn't interested in creating so much, then Content mills are for you.
Revenue sharing sites are for those who want to write original pieces and engage people with what they have to say. They want to create and be an artist. Also, they may simply have the ability to take the long term approach because they have a day job,or another source of income. Revenue sites are stepping stones for the budding e-book writer, for the professional blogger, for the professional Internet marketers.
Let's calculate some numbers and see what we're getting with these two ways, in the terms of money.
- I'm going to use the estimates of getting paid by the view and by the word. For Hubpages let's say we get .04 cents a view, and for content mill one penny a word. So let's say an article consists of a thousand words at both places. So, with content mill we make $10, and with HP let's say we get 10,000 views from that article in a matter of five years. So with HP we make $40, plus let's say we make have an Amazon Associates account and sell a book in that article. Let's say we sell 100 books and get 6% of the profit, the profit is 2,000, so we make $120 ($20 book). So, in a five years time, that one article that took us about the same time and effort as the content article, has made us a total of $160 compared to the $10 we made at the content mill.
Add on to this calculation, that you had back links in your hub to your blog or another revenue sharing site. Let's say then that 1,000 of those 10,000 followed that link, so now you are making money elsewhere as well. See how much more enticing it is to write for a revenue sharing site like Hubpages?
My last thoughts here, I remember when I was writing for Textbroker last winter and it was all I could do to write even 5 smaller articles and make about $20 a day. I know this was partly because I was new to this and all, but I was really trying. It took so long to study the subject in order to write about it. And another thing, there isn't always the work you want. So, in conclusion I've been very satisfied writing my original content for Hubpages, my blogs, and elsewhere on the Internet, but I still have those sites there if I need to make some quick money. For having the choice, I'm truly grateful as a writer.
Some Other Hubs I've Written About Writing
- Making Money at Hirewriters
If you are looking for a simple place to write content articles and get paid weekly, then check Hirewriters out. After getting paid for 50 articles I've written there, this is my review.
- Progress Made at Hubpages With First Thousand Views
With a bit of elbow grease and late night typing, I've reached a thousand views. At first I can't say I like Hubpages that much, but after getting to know it and what's out there, I've come to love it.
- Don't Just Think About Writing, Write!
The problem with the thinking person, is we may forget to do the thing we've been thinking about. We have to stop thinking about writing, in order to start writing. These are my thoughts about this.
- Making Money at Textbroker
If your thinking about writing content for websites, Textbroker is a good place to do it. There is potential to grow with them, and you can make some money while becoming a better writer.
Some Articles On My Blog About Writing
- A Writer's Review: Hubpages or Blogs As The Center of Writing System?
Both of these are quality options, but which is best for your writing system? I'll discuss this and tell you my choice.
- A Writer's Review: 25 Back-linking Sites to Promote Your Blogs
Back-linking is an important part of promoting your articles, for traffic and authority.
- A Writer's Review: Writing on Hubpages and Blogger
My personal journey of how and where I found my homes as a writer on the Internet.