I’m not saying it’s a good idea. In fact, it probably sucks, but I’m going to do it anyway.
You know how most freelance writers seem to hate on content mills all the time? Like, if you google “how to make money at content mills” or “how to succeed at content mills” or something similar, instead of getting the actual information you’re looking for, you end up getting all kinds of blog posts where people warn you not to write for content mills, or they “confess” that they once wrote at content mills and shit like that.
Well, sometimes I get pissed off at stuff like that, even though I totally get where they’re coming from. In fact, while I initially had positive experiences at content mills, I did temporarily join the haters for a short period of time last year, and then I just sort of floated around in limbo from then til now, alternating between writing feverishly for content mills and sitting in the corner, licking my wounds and crying.
Anyway, most people here in the US and probably most of the western world think that content mills are totally ghetto and that no self-respecting writer or just any self-respecting human being should write for one.
While I don’t think that content mills are a good fit for everyone, I do believe that they have some real advantages for certain types of people, and I think they’re not so bad overall. I mean, some of us don’t have all the same options that others have. More on that later.
But I still have some negative thoughts regarding content mills, and those negative thoughts are always holding me back from buckling down and just getting the work done. You know what I mean?
So my idea is that I’m going to do a little experiment for the next few weeks, and what I’m going to do is to simply only think and say positive things about content mills. That’s not hard for me, because I really do characterize my overall experience with them as positive. For example, I’ve made more money from Textbroker than I have from any other writing site (other than my own blogs and niche sites). So I’m just going to think about the positives for awhile and totally ignore any negative thoughts about them.
I wonder what kind of effect that will have on my productivity.
I wonder if I’ll shake off this constant burnt-out feeling and actually get some writing done again.
I wonder if I’ll end up making more money writing than I ever did before.
Hmm, I wonder…
So, that’s the plan.
For the next 30 days (from now until June 30 2017), I’m only going to think and say good things about content mills. I’m going to be the best friend the content mills ever had. I’m going to happily dance over to those sites and gleefully write some articles for them, and I’ll probably write some blog posts about the whole experience as I go along.
That’s the plan.
- UPDATE: It’s now June 5, and over the past four days I’ve written 7 articles for Textbroker and earned over $50. That’s 50 bucks that I wouldn’t have in my pocket otherwise, so I’m not complaining.
- ANOTHER MINI-UPDATE: It’s now June 24, and I’ve earned $214 and change, which is the most freelance writing income I’ve ever earned in a single month, and all of this month’s earnings have been from Textbroker.
- YET ANOTHER MINI-UPDATE: Now it’s June 26, and yesterday I wrote 8 articles (about 4,000 words) and earned $48.20, bringing my June total to $300.82.
- AUGUST UPDATE: I ended up writing 48 articles and earning a total of $379.92 at content mills in June, which is nearly double my previous highest monthly earnings. So…it looks like the experiment did have a positive effect on my productivity and earnings. But then the burnout set in again. The following month (July) I earned less than $100, so that sucked, and now it’s August 25. I tried duplicating my June “success” here in August, but it hasn’t worked out so great. I’m doing way better than last month, but nowhere near what I was doing in June. So…I dunno. If I turn things around over the next 7 days, I’ll do one last update. If you don’t see another update below this one, then you know I crashed and burned =)