Content Mill Announces Unusual Requirements to Help Writers

Evan Jensen

Unusual Requirements for Content Mill Work. more freelance work? A leading content mill just stepped up to the plate to help freelancers in an unusual way.

If you’ve been thinking about chasing content mill work as a freelance writer, now might be the first time in content-mill history to consider it.

Why? For every day of the shelter-in-place orders around the world, the demand for high-quality, well-written, and engaging content keeps rising…something content mills haven’t always provided.

But that’s about to change.

“Over the last few weeks, we’ve done a thorough assessment of our platforms,” says Content Mill Consortium spokesman Westley Roberts. “We need to do a better job at compensating freelance writers and helping our clients hire great talent. And that time is now.”

The plan, spearheaded by one of the top content mills in the industry, outlines changes to improve rates and connect freelance writers with quality clients, says Roberts. But there are also some unusual requirements the plan includes to help the best freelancers rise to the top.

Ready to move up and earn more? Here’s what you need to know.

The COVID-19 content mill shake-up

So what are the unusual requirements the leading member of the Content Mill Consortium plans to roll out?

Documents obtained by an insider at the Content Mill Consortium from a source only known as “Ryan,” describe the changes one leading content mill plans to implement, beginning today, April 1.

If you want to write for content mills in the COVID-19 climate, here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Work for pennies. Struggle, get by, barely make ends meet writing…like a poor farm boy. It’s a way to prove yourself, earn your stripes, and maybe even have extra left over to buy bread, says Roberts.
  • Never get bylines. Even though many ghostwriting gigs pay top dollar, you can ghostwrite for content mill clients for dirt cheap. Play it safe. Do all the work and let someone else claim your byline and control your future. The trouble is you start to believe the lies that you’re “friendless, brainless, helpless, and hopeless!”
  • Rarely deal directly with clients. Why not do the dirty work for the middle man and get paid in scraps? You could, but it never ends well. It’s kind of like drinking from a glass filled with liquid and poisoned with iocane powder.
  • Race-to-the-bottom bidding. It seems like everybody else is doing it, so that must be the way it’s done. Well, it’s not. Doing freelance work this way is like punching your ticket to the fun-house called The Pit of Despair. When you ask your client for a raise, all you’ll hear is maniacal laughter and the mocking repetition of the word…”interesting.”

Wait, what? Content mills aren’t rolling out the red carpet and paying freelance writers pro rates?

Nope…Happy April Fool’s Day from Make a Living Writing.

The proven way to find freelance writing clients

If you’re serious about moving up and earning more as a freelance writer, stay away from content mills.

Sure, you might find the rare client that pays pro rates there. But most only offer a soul-sucking existence, pay pennies per word, and treat you like  an unemployed giant in Greenland or a poor orphaned boy desperate for revenge. And that’s no way to live.

The proven way to find great freelance writing clients…Reach out. Network. Introduce yourself. Market your services. Connect with editors and marketing directors in your niche. The more you do this, the closer you’ll be to storming the castle and earning pro rates.

Need help leaving the content mills? Let’s discuss in the comments below.

Evan Jensen is the blog editor for Make a Living Writing. When he’s not on a writing deadline or catching up on emails, he’s training to run another 100-mile ultra-marathon.

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  1. Myrt Monroe

    Hahaha, I now have a favorite article from the Den, this will always be my favorite article… Thanks for sharing Carol, a shimmer of light crowned in darkness. I’m going to archive this one just in case I start feeling “content-milly”…

    • Carol Tice

      Thank my editor Evan — he came up with this concept and wrote it! Some people were offended, which I thought was even more hilarious… I think we all need a laugh now, more than ever.

    • Evan Jensen

      Hi Myrt…Thanks for the comment. Glad this put a smile on your face. My journalism-brain just couldn’t allow “said an anonymous source,” so I made up “Content Mill Consortium spokesman Westley Roberts,” inspired by the cult classic The Princess Bride. The trick was trying to write the top of this post in a way that might actually be believable.

  2. Millicent

    ….I even forgot such a day exists and it’s halfway the money month already. Thanks for the laugh and the reminder. I have laughed at my hunger to get a membership as a freelancer I never saw that coming. It’s so relaxing from the push I feel of getting a chance.Hoping to find one here…signed up the waiting list already. God bless the Den.

    • Carol Tice

      Millicent, hopefully you saw that I’m offering 1-week free passes to the Den this week, and grabbed your ticket in! See you on the forums —

  3. Aunice

    Ha ha. Just now reading this on April 13. Great prank! Do Content Mills still exist?

    • Carol Tice

      Oh, they surely do, Aunice. When I started this blog in 2008, I thought I could warn the writers of the world off them, and they’d go away. But as PT Barnum said, a new sucker IS born every minute. So the work of this blog continues!

  4. Erika

    Hi Carol,

    Oh my GOSH! You really got me on that one…thanks for the laughs, I needed them!!! If it hadn’t been for my son I never even would have remembered April Fool’s Day.

    Thanks, too, for all the AMAZING resources available in the Den. I’m signed up for your content strategist bootcamp, and the honest, useful, REAL advice and support you provide there is astounding for the small amount you charge.

    Fight on, soldier!


    • Carol Tice

      My pleasure! And…gotta keep the laughs coming, right? Now, more than ever.

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