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Inside 4 New Content Mills: What Freelancers Need to Know

Inside 4 New Content Mills: What Freelancers Need to Know. Makealivingwriting.com

You don’t have to look far to find content mills paying freelance writers ridiculously low rates these days.

But it’s a reality—one that isn’t good for your writing career, portfolio, bank account, self-confidence, or sanity.

Does anyone actually make good money writing for content mills?

Well, here’s the news: Not all content mills suck. Wait, what?

There’s an emerging breed of content mills that may be a game-changer for freelancers.

According to some writers who’ve worked on these platforms, you can earn big coin if you do it right. But there are some pitfalls you’ll need to watch out for.

Are these content mills just a new take on the lowest-bidder game?

Or do some content mills actually provide value and pay pro rates?

Here’s what you need to know about an emerging class of content mills that may offer better opportunities:

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From a Content Mill to Writing a TV Commercial in 2 Months

From content mills to writing a TV commercial in 2 months. Makealivingwriting.com

Fresh out of college, with no real world experience and no real job prospects, I dove into Textbroker in 2013, lured by the appeal of easy money.

Big mistake.

Over the next three years, I slaved for 1.4 cents per word. Even though I was done with school, I was still living the life of a starving college student. Did you know it takes 7,143 words at that rate to make $100?

That’s hard to swallow now that I know it’s possible to make a lot more money from freelancing. If you’ve been writing for traditional-low-pay-race-to-the-bottom content mills, it’s time to rethink your approach to building a freelance business.

I couldn’t maintain such a grueling writing pace for bare bones rations. I wanted satisfying work. I wanted better clients. And I wanted to get paid well. I finally woke up and realized that low-pay work for content mills will never yield pro rates.

Now what?

I put five key strategies in place to transform my freelancing business. The result: Bye-bye, content mills. Hello, better pay and better clients — including a major TV network within two months. Here’s how I did it:

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Content Mill Founder Quits — Will Freelance Writers Follow?

Are content mills going the way of the dinosaurs? There’s a lot of talk that one of the biggest and most successful mills, Demand Studios, may be slowly winding down. Kicking off the most recent speculation about Demand’s fate is

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Can You Really Earn a Living as a Freelance Writer?

I have earned a full-time living from freelancing for over 10 years. There are more than 500 posts on here describing various aspects of how you can make a living as a freelance writer, too. Most of them are based

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5 Reasons Demand Studios Only Pays Writers Peanuts — and Won’t Change

Have you wondered why content mills can’t pay writers better? If you write for content mills — or have in the past — you know their pay rates are rock-bottom low. I gather $20 an article is the big time,

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In Which I Confront Content Mill Owners About Their Rates…In Person

This blog was born from my hatred of low-paying content mills and their habit of writer exploitation. I thought if I could shine a light, and show writers there are real clients and professional pay rates elsewhere, mills might dry

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