Everyone has to start somewhere. In the world of freelance writing, that means taking low-paying jobs: Build your portfolio hone your skills pay bills In this case, it was definitely a famine, not a feast. Your reptilian brain takes over and activates "survival mode". So, regardless of the price per article, you can look for opportunities to increase your freelance income by finding a plethora of sources for article writing opportunities. Even $10 for 1,000 words seems like a good fit when your fledgling business isn't earning enough to stay afloat. Where do hungry writers go for these opportunities? Industry insiders call them "content factories." What is a content mill? Content factories serve two groups: Writers looking for consistent work Businesses that need a lot of generic content I haven't come across content factories that specialize in a certain type of content I admit they may exist ). They tend to be fairly generalist and can accommodate many types of writers and many types of businesses that require writers. You'll recall earlier that I mentioned one of the reasons people take low-paying jobs is because they want to build their portfolio .
Unfortunately for these freelancers, this isn't even an option when working with most content mills . Most content factories are selling ghostwriting services , which means end clients can use their own attribution associated with your work. It also means that freelancers who write it can't use it in their portfolios (there are exceptions, but that's the rule for content factories). While much of my distaste for Content Factory revolves around demeaning the moral implications of a writer's hard work, there are several business reasons for not using their services. Actually I can think industry mailing list at least seven: 1. Content Factory does not pay writers a living wage. I've already discussed this, but why not face it head-on? 15 Most Famous Content Factories If you're considering Content Factory, I recommend that you first consider the experience of over a dozen writers working with 15 different Content Factory. In those content factories mentioned? You may have heard some: demand studio text broker writer visit Yahoo Contributor Network (related content) Suite 101 seed examiner blog copier internet brand rest studio media shower content authority Epiños web answers Why Wage Rates Cause Burnout Most of these jobs are offered for less than $0.10/word - many are under $0.05/word.
PayScale puts it in context when it shares the annual income of freelance writers : the median is just $38,872 . Let's not forget, 20-30% of that goes to taxes! Content Factory BlogMutt is one of the most popular content factories today. Their Writers FAQ states that starting salaries are $0.035 to $0.045 per word. BlogMutt's rating system makes it hard to find information on progress: I didn't find any details on author ratings on the front end of their site. So, alternatively, Side Hustle Inspiration shared the following information about writer levels: Level 4 – $19 for 600 words) Level 5 – $40 for 900 words ($0.04/word only) Level 7 – $72 for 1,200 words basically, you're eligible to write for increasingly higher-paying content. Side Hustle Inspiration mentions that the highest paying level 7 quests are rare. If freelance writing is like working on an assembly line, where each outcome requires equal, predictable effort, then this can be a pleasant situation. But no matter how technical the subject is, writing involves a lot of creative work. The more articles you have to spit out each day, the harder it is to get excited about what you're doing. Each new article consumes you at an increasing rate as you keep adding more to the already overflowing pile.