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I Am A Content Mill Writer

What.

Am I supposed to start this post off with some kind of apology or “confession” about how I’m a shameful lowlife hack writer who writes for content mills or something like that?

Meh.

I’m not ashamed in any way about what I do. I write for a living, and I’m actually pretty good at it. I won’t get rich doing it this way, but at least I’m not broke and on welfare anymore. And I have more control over my life and more freedom today than I’ve ever had in the past.

I write articles every day. I get paid every week, and I pay all our bills on time. My freelance writing income puts food on the table and keeps a roof over our heads, so I’m happy and even proud to say that I write full-time for content mills.

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How Many Articles Do I Write Per Day?

Well, the number of articles I write varies from day to day, but I typically write anywhere from 5-10 articles per day, 6-7 days per week. The size of each article usually lands somewhere between 500 to 1,500 words, and that translates to about 5,000 words of website content every day as a freelancer.

I also write for my own websites and blogs to earn some passive income to supplement my freelance writing, but the bulk of my income is active income that I earn from writing at the mills daily.

How Many Hours Do I Spend Writing Articles?

You know, when I first started out writing at content mills like Textbroker, it took me forever to get through a single assignment. A simple 400-word article would take me like half the day to write. It was pretty hard dragging myself through those early articles and finding the motivation to come back every day, especially when the pay didn’t seem to be worth it.

Most days, I didn’t come back.

Most days.

That love/hate relationship with content mills continued for 5 long years.

But eventually I found ways to get around the mental roadblocks and just start cranking out the content. Once I disciplined myself to do that, my speed picked up rapidly and I was able to start making a decent monthly income that rivaled any of my previous full-time jobs.

Nowadays, I typically get my 5,000 words written in about 5 hours or less – sometimes in as little as 3 hours. I’m also trying to get back into using my Dragon Naturally Speaking dictation software, so that’s helping me get more work done each day before the burnout and distraction sets in.

How Much Money Do I Make Writing For Content Mills?

The pay varies, depending on who I’m writing for, but I typically earn about $50-$100 per day with those 5,000 words. An individual article might earn as little as $3 or as much as $40, but again it depends on which site and which client I’m writing for, along with how long and complicated the assignment is. Most of the articles I write are in the 500-word range and earn me about $7 each.

That’s not a whole lot of money, but it’s just as much as I ever made working full time at any of the other jobs I had over the years. So when I break down my pay by the hour, I typically earn about $15-$20/hour writing for content mills.

Add it all up, and I bring in about $1,600 or more per month from freelance writing.

What About That Passive Income?

I also write articles and blog posts for my own websites and for HubPages. I have half a dozen sites of my own, and I write content for them almost every day too. I’ll maybe write another 1,000-3,000 words of content per day for my own blogs and niche sites.

Earnings on those sites varies wildly from one month to the next. They were earning me a steady $200 per month for a while before dipping down to half that amount a few months ago. But I got back into writing content for them and now their traffic and earnings are picking back up again. It looks like they’ll be bringing in a solid $200 per month by the end of summer and might hit $300 per month by the end of the year.

HubPages earnings are okay and bring in another $10-$20 per month. I haven’t been active on there in ages, so I’d have to put in some work to get those earnings up. But with all the changes they’ve implemented in recent years, I’d rather just post content on my own sites and not have to deal with trying to please the editors over there.

So…

So that’s what I do.

I’m a content mill writer.

I go to freelance writing sites like Textbroker, ContentRunner and HireWriters every day and grab some assignments off the job boards. I write little articles that end up being published on small business websites and industry blogs. None of those articles have my name on them, and I’ll never be able to take credit for them.

But that doesn’t bother me, because who am I to give people advice about how to install aluminum siding or how much protein senior citizens need to eat for stronger muscles and bones? I’m not a handyman or a nutritionist, but I can google shit and put together a factual, coherent article that clearly and accurately explains what those things are all about.

Then the clients, who themselves actually ARE certified experts and working professionals, look over my articles and give them the thumbs up by putting their names on them and publishing them on their company blogs. So I guess I’m providing them with a valuable service, and they’re providing me with a means to support my family.

And I’m cool with that.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go write 600 words about luxury backyard gazebos in Houston or whatever…

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