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Content mills or websites

Writing for content mills takes a short time for one to be paid although the pay is sometimes low compared to what some blogs offer.On the other hand, the blogs can take quite long before the writer is paid.. In fact some may  take over a month before responding or excepting the writers work.After that another journey begins towards payment.
I always wonder why a writer has to wait for over a month to receive payment. 

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DenisP

The length of time you have to wait to receive your payment usually depends on what sort of basis the website receives their income. If the site depends on a program such as Google AdSense, then maybe the owner doesn’t have the income to pay a writer until their post has reached a certain number of views, especially if you have a pre-established price for the post. Other sites might only pay you a certain percentage of what your content generated within a period of time.

Personally, I feel that site owners shouldn’t even hire guest writers if they can’t pay upfront, but obviously the world doesn’t dance according to my tune.



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Kakashi2020

I know what you mean, I've experienced getting my pay slashed, sometimes getting it after a month and worst sometimes not getting paid at all when this happens, I stop writing on those sites and write reviews in scam review sites to warn others to stay off that particular site.



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vinaya

I have written for content mills and I receive payment every month, without even bothering to place a withdrawal request. I have never tried writing for indie blogs or website, except for one occasion. I was asked by a writer to do guest post on her blog. I posted one article every week for 3 months, then I got tired and stopped publishing. I was paid everything I published an article. I did not have to wait to ask for payment.



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Youngshark

Nice it is great that you have dealt with some people who are understanding and do not have any troubles making payments. Getting your due is the sweetest part of the job.



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overcast

I think publishing new content and then learning from the content mill changes would be good. We never know if we can get new content to work out. I have seen some mills may work out if there are other ad networks to try out. But the content has to be regular to make money. In some cases such mills can be good consistent earner.



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theresajane

I agree with you. I have even experienced not receiving money from the site. I don't know if it's just a scam or the resources of the owner we're not really enough to sustain the contributors.



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Youngshark

Then I think that it is always great and wise to try and establish a rapport and a relationship with the person giving the jobs before you two can begin CA working partnership.



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Enyi

Some hirers are just mean it isn't about not having the money but they don't just want to pay because it not about ads revenue from ad network alone how about the ad space they sell to clients and collect the money upfront. Some are just wicked.



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gutzman

You'll never know if that person is doing both at the same time. Most of the freelancers do multi tasking in order for them to see which one fits their taste and where would they feel satisfied. While others have different reasons like self improvement or challenging themselves to be more productive. Sometimes it's not all about the money why people write. For others, money is just a bonus for their hard work.



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focusedwriter10

On this one, I agree with you. Sometimes it's not about money but the recognition, then money afterward. I write for both blogs and content mills. This way, I have grown my audience and get referrals.



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kaushikangara

Writers generally expect payments faster. That being said, if the blog/website is very popular, I would be willing to wait a little longer to receive my payment. Reputation of the blog/site is an equally important factor which determines how good a writer you are. The better the site, the more will be your reputation and people will recognize you better. Monthly payments are also fine as long its legitimate and you are cheated for your content.



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vinaya

I don't think it is appropriate to make the writer wait for longer than 30 days to receive payment. If the site is delaying payment, it means the site is either unwilling to pay or is struggling with finances. If the site is accepting guest post or hires writer to write on the site, payment should come soon, otherwise, the site will lose trust.



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Alymae

Of course. If I am paid late, then, I would lost my trust and probably thinks that the site is a scam. I hate this types of sites. These sites take the writer for granted and the hard work as nothing. if they pay late, I would think twice before writing for them again.



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Jeane

The better the site, the more will be your reputation and people will recognize you better.

Sites like about.com offered writers $500 a month and there was also some revenue sharing I suppose. People who created content for the site not only established themselves as authorities in their niche but also earned some decent cash while they were at it.

As for attaining fame and profiting from it, a few people who were regular contributors on cracked.com wrote books which made them quite rich because a lot of people had got to know them while they still created articles for the site. So when they published books, they had numerous fans who were eager to buy the books.

I do agree, writing for an "authority site" can be advantageous in numerous ways even if you don't earn much initially.



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burgosmichael24

I agree with you. In this era where scammers are rampant everywhere, sometimes it's hard for the freelancers to wait that long before getting paid. Most of them do freelancing because they have a need to support and that length of time before getting paid can be a big issue for them.



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ajahcuizon

I agree on that point. It is really hard now to trust anyone online. That after giving effort and time on that certain project, there will be days for you to get paid. I also feel the same anxiety when it already reached a month and I still got no earnings but I try to convince myself that I should be patiently wait for it.



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Alymae

Yep. This is also one of the problems in finding work online. Scam sites are everywhere and they promised to deliver but never did. I've heard a lot of people being scammed online of their money and service.



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luv2xacosta

Yes, that's true. It is good to be vigilant since in freelancing, you are not going to face the client personally so wouldn't know if they are honest or not. Sometimes it would be great if the writer would ask for a down payment so that you have a hold of your client and at least if the client will run away, at least you have ask for the down payment.



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Youngshark

A down payment will also show that a client is very serious and you will do your best as the freelancer and in that manner deliver a quality job.



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Jeane

Many of these sites tell you how long it will take before you are paid. Most pay when the article you wrote is published or they might pay a month or so afterwards. That's why you need to know exactly how long you'll have to wait (for payment) after you submit an article for publication.



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Enyi

Definitely if a hirer prolong a payment unnecessarily it points to the direction of one trying to scam the writer. I don't buy the idea of some amount of views before payment before this always bring unnecessary pressure on the writer.



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ajahcuizon

Well, good things come to those who wait. It is better to receive something than never, right? I gues the reason why it is taking too long for a writer to get paid is because they would like to give you an adequate total amount of your earnings than give is partially small.



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theresajane

Well, you have a point. Though it may be annoying sometimes, but, we can't really avoid it, we can't even do something about it. All we have to do is be patient and wait for the pay to come.



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ajahcuizon

Yes, patience is really the key to success. Time will come, we will all be successful with the field we chose to go with.



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Enyi

Then the writer should be notified and let in about this than leaving one in the dark. My friend went through this and he isn't still paid still now and he doesn't even know when.So this can be very frustrating.



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Kakashi2020

A lot of so-called content mills I've been seeing are Scam Sites which only exist to get content without paying, often they'll just say that submitted content is rejected.

Been looking for a good content mill for months now and I can't seem to find one. Anyone of you guys have any recommendations???



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vinaya

Try Hubpages. I have been on hubpages since 8 years and I have been receiving payment regularly since 6 years. I have stopped publishing in hubpages since 2015, yet I always receive payment from the site once or twice in a month.



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jpk0007

Well that is very true there are many online sites which do make use of your content and never pay you or pay you very less as compared to the efforts you take to write the content. There are a lot of sites which will take weeks to process your payment and finally pay you.I always choose to stay away from such sites. However, some sites have a very good reputation and they do pay you on a monthly basis and i dont have a problem in working for such sites. But ideally a writer would always prefer a site which pays immideatily after the work is submitted and wont even mind a minor decrease in the amount paid for his work.



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vinaya

Before you submit your article on a certain site, you should always check the reputation. One of the most important thing to consider regarding payment. You should know how they pay, when they pay, and what is the earning rate. You can write for content mills, where earning is somewhat easy, however, pay rate is very poor. You can also try writing for websites and blogs, where payment is good, yet approval is quite tough.



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overcast

I think keeping track of paid people. And if the site gets regular traffic to the articles. That can be one good thing to consider. I have seen that content mills such as that can be good for the content conversion though. I'd say content mills need to have specific niche so that one can write specific content.



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emiaj55

You are still lucky if you are paid after a month or so. I have been into a lot of blogs that didn't really pay. After a while I saw some of articles published in another blog, under someone else's name. That was so frustrating, I stopped writing for a while. That was when I started my own blog.



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Jeane

If I wanted to write for a blog, I'd prefer to create for one which pays a "kill fee." Even if your article is rejected, you'd still earn some money so time spent writing that article wouldn't have been wasted.

As @emiaj55 points out, I've also heard that many of these websites which claim they pay writers for articles published will initially reject your article but it will be published anyway at a later date. So technically they get a lot of free content for nothing.

While writing for authority sites or blogs certainly is more profitable, for someone who wants to make money fast, content mills are the answer.



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Bravosi

I'd say you should go for both, in case one doesn't reply then the other will. Obviously getting paid by a big website is a dream coming true, but you gotta make sure you have enough skill and qualification. That's how everyone start. With some luck, you might get noticed and paid by a popular website/blog.



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Jeane

You are right. There is no reason one shouldn't try both. All it takes is to allocate time for both. You could work half a day writing articles on content mills and spend the rest of the day creating content which could be published on a blog that will handsomely reward you for your work.

Better still you could opt to write only for a specific topic you are no stranger to and create a blog so if any of the articles you write aren't published, you could just post them on your blog and possibly, they will earn you a passive income eventually.



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overcast

I used to be part of content mills like bubbews, squidoo, hubpages and few others. And realized that it is going lot tougher now a days. And we have to change few things. So I started with my own blog. And that definitely helped me out if you ask me. It can be trickier though. But if one works harder enough it can be doable in that context. But making your own such mill is not worth it.



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Judas2018

I write content or pen articles for pay but it's a freelancing thing. Which means I am paid up front and then I go to work on the product. I don't do 'mills.'



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Jeane

I had a look at Scripted which technically is a content mill but unlike other sites like textbroker, the jobs listed on the site which can be claimed by writers, tend to pay better.

It is worth checking out if you haven't been on the site yet.



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anyone01

One advantage of using content mills as a start line, is that even while you stop writing, you maintain incomes. I still get several bucks consistent with month from Hubpages, even though I only write there perhaps a couple of times per year.



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knnon

You forgot about the part where if a writer's work gets rejected and gets sent back for revision it'll delay payment even longer (that's what is happening at the moment). But yes as someone has mentioned payment is dependent on the basis a site receives its payments.



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angie828

Yes, but that is only if they want you to make revisions on it. There are some sites that will just flat out reject the article over a piddly reason.

One thing that made me mad with this was I had written the article, and done some good research on it. The client rejected the article because they had never heard of X being a treatment for a certain ailment. Clearly, it was, because I saw it several times when I did my research. So that is very frustrating.



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jaymish

I'm not sure that the question is clear to me. I understand content mills but I don't understand websites. Do you mean blogs? Or writing for personal clients. I think content mills have the advantage of fast money, you also learn more about how to write because you get the experience. Individual clients are good if you have the experience, I advise that you start with content mills first and get some experience. The standards are also not that high.



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Franzel2oo

Content mills or websites that pay for content often have stipulations as to how their pay rates, pay out times and payment methods. You should always do well to get this information before getting in business with them. It's a great way to decide which ones work for you and which ones don't.



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overcast

I have to agree on that. Considering payout times are a bit issue of their own. And some of the time such sites don't earn much. So we have to learn to understand new content mills. If they are formed we are supposed to know when they pay out. That seems to be understanding many people don't keep and blindly write for any random platform.



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focusedwriter10

From my experience with some blogs, I would always choose content mills. One thing that motivates everyone to work is money, thus I see no point of not getting paid on time.



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Martinsx1

Well, when it comes to waiting for one full month before a writer can take payments, it all depends on how much you are able to make within that month. If you earn anything reasonable before one month, I don't see the reason why you can't take your payment. It's only when the website set a high cash payment limit which would make you work for at least a month before you get the money it would out of your hands to take payment when you wish to.



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Jeane

Reading some reviews and blog posts published by freelance writers, more writers, some of whom have earned a lot of money on freelancing platforms and content mills, it appears that more of them are advising writers to take control themselves and find clients who'll pay for their services This way no one has any power over you. They admit that finding clients this way might take a little longer but they assert that the monetary reward is well worth it because these clients generally pay better.



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coolavender

Content mills usually offer less than other freelancing gigs but they provide a more consistent source of income for writers. Payout is also more structured so there's less chance for a writer to be scammed. Writers dealing with individual clients like blog owners may require a downpayment before writing a blog post. Payment usually depends on client-freelancer agreement and a one-month wait period is not a standard payment cycle in these freelancing arrangements.

I've written for a content mill which pay anywhere between 5 hours or two weeks after submission. Payment time is usually determined by the urgency of the writing project or the availability of editors. Although they pay less than regular writing gigs, the regularity of work, bonuses, structured work and payment processes, and the professionalism of the content mill's staff make it a great site for newbie writers. Many freelance writers move on to more lucrative sites. I consider content mill work as a good training for other online business and freelancing opportunities. As a content mill writer, I had access to a great range of ideas from bloggers, website owners, and affiliate marketers.



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