Content mills. Love them or hate them, they’re used by many to make their first dollar online and by others to earn a living. Although they pay ridiculously low rates, they’re often the only option available for part-time work online. Here are over 40 content mills, as well as a few dozen other freelancing sites for writers.
Article Bunny is a newer company that was created by Bunny Inc. They renamed it Writing Bunny not long ago, but it’s still on the same website. To apply, you’re going to have to fill out some personal details and take a 20-minute test. They’re quite picky — they say that only two percent of applicants get accepted.
If you do get accepted, you’re going to be able to set your own rates. Clients can then browse the writers’ directory, view your profile, contact you directly and ask for an article. They also have an option of just posting an article job, like any content mill. You can always choose an article job if any are posted, provided that you meet the requirements the client set forth.
Clients can also set up a contest, where they post an article job and writers submit pitches. Only one writer will get picked. Once you submit an article, it will be reviewed by editors and may be rejected if it doesn’t fit their standards.
There’s not much information about Article Bunny online. They seem to pay better than other content mills, but I’m not sure how much work they really have available. You’re facing less competition from other writers, at least, because of how few applications they accept. You can also apply to VoiceBunny and Translation Bunny for voice over and translation jobs.
At Article Document, you’ll find something common to content mills: They require you to write lots of sample articles in order to even be considered as a writer. Not only do you have to write a sample article, but you have to submit an unpaid 500-word sample article for each industry if you want to be contacted with work relating to that industry. And if you get accepted? Yeah, you’ll start out at two cents a word.
Perhaps I’m being too harsh. Article Document also has a feature where you can connect your social media accounts and get paid for sharing promoted content on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Based on your follower base, you’ll receive a social media score, which will determine how many jobs you get and how much you get paid for them. During the few months I’ve been there, I’ve received 2-4 such opportunities, and they each paid a dollar or two.
I wasn’t really sure if I should include Blasting News on this list, since it’s a news publication, not a content mill. They used to, and still do, pay you according to how many views you get. You can get paid up to $150 an article, but you’ll need a lot of views to get that, and you also need at least 150 views for an article if you want to get paid at all.
However, I decided to include it because they recently introduced a new thing where you get paid $3 for every article minimum, besides the payment you’ll get for your views. They’ll pay you $15 for each set of five articles that you write, and the regular payments that you get for views will be paid on a separate payment schedule.
I’ve written for them and gotten paid. Anyone can create an account and write articles, but you have to have proper grammar and spelling and follow their guidelines. Make sure to read their guidelines, because they have quirky rules such as including two links to other Blasting News articles, bolding keywords, including hashtags, etc. Their editors seem to be a little pickier lately as well.
You can write about anything in the news, but you have to quote your sources. You can get paid via direct deposit or via Paypal.
Blogmutt is my favorite content mill. Perhaps I should put it in a slightly different category, simply because it’s one of the few companies where it’s actually possible to make a part-time and even a full-time income by writing from them. It does have its quirks and downsides, but it’s a great place for writers overall.
At Blogmutt, clients sign up for a monthly subscription of posts. This means that instead of posting one article job at a time, there’s just a list of clients. Most clients need one post a week, but others need a few posts a week and — this is a new thing — yet others get a pre-specified number of posts on a monthly basis.
You might think that this makes it harder to find work, but there are actually hundreds of clients at Blogmutt, probably over a thousand. Just pick a client, choose a topic and write a blog post for them. The post will get added to the client’s queue, and you’ll get paid when it gets purchased.
Weekly clients have their posts purchased on an automatic basis, but monthly clients have to manually sign in and purchase their posts.
Because Blogmutt has so many clients, it’s not hard to find enough work for a real part-time income. That’s why Blogmutt is more suited for an extra income, rather than a full-time income you can rely on. On the other hand, your post will go into the client’s queue and can stay there for weeks or even months until its time comes. That’s why it’s important to choose clients that have a small queue. It’s also important to look for clients that don’t have an unreasonable number of rejected posts.
When starting out, you’ll get paid $8 for 250-word posts. After you write enough posts, you’ll qualify for higher payouts, including $19 for 600 words, $40 for 900 words, and $72 for 1,200 words.
The staff at Blogmutt are really supportive of their writers, and there’s a great writer’s’ community that you can connect with at the forum.
BuyKeywordArticles, or BKA, is a small company that wants you to commit to writing 2,000 words a week — but they’ll only pay you 1.3 cents a word when starting out.
To sign up, you’re going to have to write two sample articles. When I tried doing that, I found that their website seemed hacked and the two article assignments were filled with nonsensical gibberish about viagra pills. I’ll skip them for now.
Constant-Content is more of an article marketplace than a content mill. As a writer, you can sell pre-written articles for any price you wish. You can charge more for exclusive rights, or you can charge less for usage rights, giving you the ability to sell usage rights of one article to multiple clients.
It’s a good site — if you’re accepted. They’re known as a picky bunch, and that’s not limited to the approval process, which includes a sample article test. They also look over each article you submit with a sharp eye and point out anything that doesn’t meet their favor.
The thing with such a model is that you never know if and when your article will be purchased. There’s almost no point in writing articles exclusively for selling on Constant-Content; you’ll probably waste a whole lot of time. Instead, it’s best used for selling stuff such as guest posts that were rejected.
Content Divas is a small group of writers, headed by two writers themselves. They’re not always hiring, but when they do hire, they require you to write two sample articles in order to be accepted. They’re not that picky, though.
The pay isn’t bad at all. Although it’s not as much as you might charge a private client, you’ll earn a lot more per word than all the content mills out there. On the other hand, work is quite scarce. I’m contacted with writing projects only every few months or so. Many of them are not even in a niche I know anything about.But when there is work, it’s usually a project consisting of quite a few articles or even an ebook.
I think that the owners use it to outsource work when they don’t have time to do clients’ work themselves. Still, you can make some good extra cash here and there.
Content Runner is a site I haven’t really checked into for months. Here’s how it works: You put up a writer’s profile, complete with a resume, experience, a sample article and your price per word. Then, clients who are looking for writers browse the directory and choose a writer they want.
I haven’t received any work there myself, but I haven’t really optimized my profile. Browsing through the directory yourself, you’ll notice that many writers have indeed completed a good number of assignments in the period of the past 30 days. They take a 15 percent commission off your pay when starting out, though that goes down when you do more work.
I’ve earned around $30 to $50 on this site a while back. There is a US version and a UK version. Work isn’t in an abundance, but there are usually a few articles each day that are available. If I remember correctly, you’ll be paid two cents per word when starting out.
They pay daily, which is a good thing. The only issue I’ve had with them is that if a client doesn’t manually accept an article, it’ll only be automatically accepted after 30 days. That can sometimes be a pain in the neck.
CopyPress, not to be confused with CopyBlogger, is another website that doesn’t seem to have too much work available. You can set up a profile with your resume and experience. To qualify for work, you have to take tests about writing and blogging and earn your writing badge.
I’ve never been contacted with work, and I know that I’m not the only one. But I did see a writer on the Blogmutt forum mentioning that she did a pretty big job of 10,000 words or something and wasn’t paid. I found it disturbing that she was complaining of not being paid, but she did follow up that she emailed the CEO and he sent her the payment pretty quickly.
Crowd Content isn’t a bad site, even though the “crowd” part makes it sound like thousands of writers working for pennies. Depending on your ranking, you can actually make up to around seven cents per word. They pay every second week via Paypal.
There isn’t always work available, but when there is, it usually comes in bulk packages of lots of small articles. They do get picked up quickly, but you can get notified by email when work arrives so that you don’t miss out.
Domainite provides website design, SEO and content services to clients, and they hire freelancers to do their blogging work for them. I don’t think they are currently accepting new applications, because their application pages have been removed from the menu. I did apply anyway (you can find the application pages on their sitemap) and was told that they didn’t have work available and aren’t accepting applications. I’ve heard that they pay you one cent per word, and I did see someone on Reddit claiming to have earned a few thousand dollars with them.
DotWriter was originally created as a site where you can sell pre-written articles, but they then expanded to allow clients to place custom article requests. It’s better than Constant-Content in that the editors aren’t that picky, but the problem is that you can’t choose your own rates — you’re locked into the rates they set, which starts off at two cents per word and goes up to four and then to six cents per word. This is only for pre-written content though, not for custom article jobs.
GetACopyWriter is one of those content mills that makes you want to bang your head on the wall out of frustration and contempt. The pay actually isn’t that bad — most articles pay somewhere between $20 to $40 and are between 400 and 600 words long.
The problem is that their articles are divided into categories, such as health, marketing etc. You have to apply for each and every category in order to qualify for writing an article. For example, if you want to write an article from the health category, you need to be accepted as a health writer first. And yeah, they want you to write an unpaid sample article for each category in order to be considered as a writer for that category.
The bad part about this is that there isn’t really that much work available at GetACopyWriter, so it’s not like you can apply to just one category and expect a lot of work. It’s just a waste of time in my humble opinion to write so many sample articles. Every so often, I get an email digest of available articles, but they usually are not in the one category I did apply to.
I suspect the content produced by Great Content writers is anything but great, but I guess that’s not the point here. As for how they managed to come up with such an unoriginal name, maybe they want to “make content great again.”
In any case, I wasn’t accepted when I applied to check it out, so I can only say that from my research, it seems that they have work available at a content-mill-sparsity level available and pay at a content-mill-low rate. One writer said they got paid one pence per word at level four. They have 18 languages available, and there are many variations of their website, with all different sorts of country-specific top-level domains.
Green Light Articles
Why does the mention of this company make me think of “Red light, green light, one-two-three”? Regardless, the fact that they haven’t posted on their Facebook page for four years should set off a red light. It seems like they aren’t active much, and it’s not hard to imagine why.
Cheap articles at a cent or two per word just aren’t a thing anymore. Even less of a thing are the spun articles that Green Light Articles offers. You can get 30 spins of your article for 2.5 cents per word, which isn’t a bad deal, except that spun content is bad in the first place.
They say that their content is “humanly spun,” whatever that’s supposed to mean. I saw a Warrior Forum member say that they require their writers to purchase spinning software. So maybe a human activates the software, as opposed to a robot. In any case, looking at the spun article samples on their website, it makes no difference whether they were spun by a human, a robot, or a crocodile — they are horrible and can’t be used on any legitimate blog.
Want to work for GoDot? You can apply on their website as a full-time or freelance content writer by clicking on “Careers” in the bottom menu. If you want to apply as a freelancer, you’ll need to write a sample article of 200 words.
On their site, they advertise that the starting price for customers is 1.6 cents per word. So don’t expect to be paid much more than a cent per word if you do apply.
HireWriters is the stereotype of a content mill — lots of available articles for super low pay, with plenty of writers willing to push the content through the factory. To apply, you need to take a short grammar test, which has 30 questions (if I remember correctly). Its pretty easy, and youll pass if your able to notice the simple grammar mistakes in this very sentence. However, you have to be located in the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand or Singapore.
At first, you’ll start out as a “Beginner” writer, where you’ll get paid around $2.50 for 300-500 words. Eventually, you can make your way up the corporate ladder and become a General, Skilled, or Expert writer. Skilled writers, for example, can earn a generous (approximately) $3.50 for a 300-500 word article. (And clients are mean and sometimes won’t accept your article unless you go all the way up to 500 words.)
There aren’t many Skilled and Expert level articles available anyway, so expect that corporate ladder to be missing some rungs. You can get paid weekly via Paypal, provided that you have at least $10 in your account.
Revenue sharing sites should really go in a separate category, but I’m including Hubpages since it’s probably the biggest revenue sharing site, and because has survived long after the other big ones shut down.
Basically, you create a profile and write articles. You can monetize them with built in ads or Amazon affiliate links. You’ll get 70 percent of the revenue. Your articles will be reviewed by editors before being published, and they have all sorts of rules you need to follow.
Their site doesn’t rank as high in Google as it used to, but you can still see it around, and if you write enough articles, you can earn a nice passive income from it.
This stands for the International Association of Professional Writers and Editors. While the name is more original than Great Content and sounds fancier than GoDot, it’s not exactly what you might think it is.
It’s actually a pretty new website, and there are many parts to it. The first is their Basecamp site, where they offer freelance writing work from time to time. You have to submit an application to be accepted.
Next, they have a short resources area where you can find a list of useful tools and resources for writers. This is free to use.
The third part is their paid membership. Last I checked it was just a few dollars a month, but the price keeps going up. Premium members (I think they call them “Business” members or something like that) have access to a list of premium writing jobs collected from various websites.
Some jobs are exclusive and can’t be found anywhere else. They also compile lists of all the writing jobs on general job sites such as Career Monster and other popular sites. This way, you can access all writing jobs from one place without having to sift through dozens of job sites. They also have a list of “problem clients” — meaning people who have hired writers and haven’t paid them. The problem clients list includes email addresses and usernames from sites such as UpWork.
I Need Articles
What’s with the unoriginal names? I guess it has something to do with the unoriginal content their writers produce. At $3-7 for a 500-word article, I imagine it to be so.
I don’t think they’re hiring now, so you can let out your breath — you’re safe. But you can always check their writer login page and see if they are accepting new writers. You can get paid every Monday.
Their login page also has a list of the most productive and well-paid writers for each pay period. It currently says that the highest paying writer made $784.89 — and wrote 88,600 words. Ouch.
iWriter is the epitome of everything that’s wrong with content mills. It’s also one of the most popular content mills out there.
iWriter is pretty easy to sign up to. All you really need to do is take a quick test, which has around 15 questions. It’s really easy, and if you can’t pass, you shouldn’t really be writing at all. They even let you take the test a second time if you failed the first.
What comes next is a bundle of frustration. There are three basic levels at iWriter, and everyone starts out at the “Standard” level, where you get paid $2.43 for 500 words. To get to the “Premium” level, you have to first write at least 30 articles, and you’ll only be premium if you have an average rating of 4.1.
The problem is that there are so few standard articles available that this takes a long time. In addition, most of the clients who post standard articles just want to take advantage of cheap labor and have high expectations. They love giving low ratings to your articles and rejecting them for no reason. And that’s not the worst.
Many people reject your article, give you a low rating, and then use your article anyways. I know, because it happened to me. iWriter was actually the first content mill I ever wrote for.
Oh, and there is the “fast track” program, where you pay a fee for the iWriter staff to look over three sample articles that they assign you and decide from there whether to rate you as premium. How much does it cost? $147! Yeah, they make you pay more than you’ll ever make on iWriter for that privilege.
Even if you do get to premium, you won’t make much more. Premium writers earn $4.46 for 500 words, while Elite writers (who have a rating of 4.6 or up), earn $8.10 for 500 words.
To their credit, iWriter does pay every week, provided you have $20 in your account.
Unlike iWriter, which exploits desperate writers, Mad Content doesn’t actually make me mad, just confused.
They have a “Hiring authors” banner in the footer of their website, but their application form requires you to enter your Elance ID, so they can send you jobs over there. As you probably know, Elance doesn’t exist anymore; it’s now called Up Work. So I don’t really know how active Mad Content is.
Media Shower is a nice site that pays pretty well. They pay $25 per 500-word article, and you get paid every month.
To apply, you’ll need to submit a resume, after which you’ll be asked to write a sample article (which you may be compensated for; I wasn’t).
The thing with Media Shower is that clients post jobs, and you have to submit a pitch for each article. So the client will post a topic, and you’ll need to come up with a headline and outline for your article. You send it to the client, and if the client likes it, you can work on the article.
There is work at Media Shower, though definitely not enough for a steady income. You can get email notifications of when work is available.
Need An Article
Need An Article is just another unoriginal content mill with an unoriginal name. They changed their website from needanarticle.com to needanarticle.club; I have no idea why. Their writer login is still hosted on writer.needanarticle.com, where you can also find a link to a register as a writer. They aren’t accepting writers now, but you can put your name on their waiting list (I actually just clicked their waiting list URL and it comes up as a 404 error page).
Unoriginality abounds when it comes to content mill names. OnlineWritingJobs.com is an ok content mill, not to be confused with Online-Writing-Jobs.com by Brian Scott (which is a list of freelancing jobs from private clients.) Anyone can apply if you live in the United States, but there is a lengthy application process, including uploading personal documents (an ID card and a W9) and writing a sample article.
If your sample is accepted, they’ll pay you $10 for it. If your sample is rejected, they’ll keep your personal documents for six months before they delete it (just so that they make sure that you wait six months before applying). Pretty annoying, right? I made the mistake of applying, and I was rejected. Listen, honey, if you don’t want to accept me, that’s fine, but don’t keep a photo of my driver’s license if you reject me.
On the other hand, the pay isn’t bad. You can get paid $10 or more per article, with the potential to earning up to $27 per article. You can also get paid every Friday via Paypal. I don’t know how often work is available, though.
Pure Content is a content mill based in the UK. You can apply on their website by simply filling out a form and uploading a resume. They’ll send you jobs via email. I applied, was accepted and didn’t hear from them for months.
However, I did get an email from them just a few days ago, saying that they had a new email address and were updating their list of writers, asking me to email back if I’m still active. Perhaps they are going through a new management or something. As I’m writing this, they’ve also started a new Facebook community where one of their staffers regularly updates us. So let’s wait and see if anything happens.
Scripted is known as a content mill that pays pretty well. There are people who are making a good nice part-time income writing for them.
However, the application process is quite strict. Anyone can create an account, but you can’t just write articles.They require you to apply and submit samples for different industries separately, and they are very selective of who they accept. One of the biggest complaints I see about Scripted is how picky they are.
In the end, I’d say go for it if you feel you can handle the application process and think you’ll be accepted. You probably won’t earn enough for a full-time income or as much as you would charge a private client, but the pay rate is still pretty good. I’m not sure about the exact rates, but I’ve heard figures of $20 an article or more.
SkyWord is a site where you can create a writer’s profile. There are some good brands there to write for, and the pay is actually pretty good. However, there’s no guarantee that they will send you any work; you really need to optimize your profile if you want to sign up. The editors can be picky, too.
Textbroker is right up there with iWriter and HireWriters as one of the most popular — and cheapest — content mills.
Although Textbroker isn’t as popular as it once was (content mills went down after Google’s Panda and Penguin updates), it still often has lots of work available. Most workdays, there are hundreds of articles available — though almost all are from one or two clients who do a lot of SEO work and need drab articles for backlinks and PR submissions.
So although the pay is low, there is good work available. On the days that those one or two clients are inactive, though, there is almost nothing there.
Textbroker has four levels, starting at 2 stars. The first pays 0.7 cents per word, the second pays one cent per word, the third pays 1.3 cents per word, and the fourth pays five cents per word, though they are very picky in who they accept as a 5-star writer — and there isn’t much work available anyways for the 5-star writers. Textbroker pays once a week on Friday morning.
To apply to Textbroker, you need to submit a short sample. You also need to be located in the US and upload a W9 and ID scan. (There are other Textbroker branches for other countries.) They’ll rate you, and then they will rate you again after you complete your first five articles. Every now and then, they will look over your recent articles and give you a rating.
The good part about Textbroker is that, unlike iWriter, clients can’t take advantage of writers so easily. First of all, clients don’t get to rate writers; only Textbroker itself does. In addition, clients MUST ask for a revision before rejecting an article, and even when they do reject an article, the rejection goes before the Textbroker editors who act as judges as to whether the rejection is justified. This will depend on the writer level the client requested; for example, level 3 is allowed to have fluff but not spelling or grammar mistakes.
Text-Writers is a site where you can sell pre-written content, but they also let clients place custom orders for specific article jobs. The site isn’t very active (and has a weird popup error), but every so often I get an email saying that work is available.
The Content Authority
This site isn’t always accepting, but when they do, you’ll have to submit a short sample. They pay every Monday, provided you have at least $25. Pay starts at 0.7 cents per word and goes up to three cents per word. They might boot you from the site if you get three rejections, so you might want to think twice before applying.
Writer Access is a fair site that some writers I know use. Of course, they don’t pay as much as a private client. You start at 1.4 cents per word, but you can potentially go up to seven cents per word. I’ve heard that although work isn’t scarce, it isn’t in an abundance, either. They pay twice a month, provided you have earned $10.
To apply, you’re going to have to submit a resume, and if they accept that, they’ll ask for a sample. You can also apply as an editor. I was rejected at the first step, so that’s that.
Writer’s Domain is a nice content mill — by content mill standards — but there usually is a long waiting list for writer applications. They are also hiring for other languages and countries, which are easier to get into. For some reason, the link to the wait list currently brings you to a 404.
They pay isn’t really great, anyway. You’ll get paid between $12.25 and $15.50 for a regular 500-word article, depending on the rating (3-5 stars) they give the article. Articles rated one or two stars will be sent back for revision and rejected the second time around.
Writers.ph has a bunch of mostly positive reviews at Sitejabber. I guess that’s a good sign, since people generally use Sitejabber to complain and leave negative reviews.
In any case, they’re looking for writers with a Master’s Bachelor’s or Ph.D. (not me!). You can potentially earn up to $30 per paper. They pay twice a month via Paypal or direct deposit.
Wordgigs is a nice little site that is usually hiring (you can sign up on their website). To apply, you’re going to have to take a short easy-peasy grammar test, answer a few questions about your prior writing experience, and have a short phone interview. You also need to upload tax documents.
Most articles at Wordgigs pay around a cent per word, though you can potentially earn more for press releases and other special writing jobs. They pay twice a month via Paypal.
Words of Worth
At Words of Worth (wordsofworth.org), you sign up and take on “contracts,” which include at least 10 articles per month on a specific topic. You’ll get paid once or month via Paypal. The per word rate and the article length will be decided upon when they give you the contract.
I don’t know how active this site is. Their FAQs say that after applying, there is usually a waiting list of 4-5 months, but the FAQs haven’t been updated since 2010.
Zen Content is ok. I’ve been a member for a very long time, and the only time work was available was during the summer of 2016, where there was an active project which consisted of hundreds of tiny mini-articles. I think the pay was two cents per word.
I only found out about Zemandi recently. They pay between 0.4 cents and 3.5 cents per word for short 300-500 word articles, depending on your rank. They also have article rewrite jobs. They pay once a week via Paypal. I would stay away, because although when I visited their site through a link from a blog, I had no problems, when I did a Google search for “Zemandi” I got a warning saying that their site may be hacked, and indeed, the meta description of their site was gibberish.
Zery’s is also an ok site. I haven’t logged in for a couple of years, but the way I remember it is that there is sometimes work available, sometimes not. Clients get to choose how much they pay per article, which is 0.7 cents per word or up (most articles were 0.7 or 1.4 cents). You have 24 hours to complete a 500-word article, and the client has five business days to accept it, though agencies have up to two weeks to accept articles. After that, it gets auto accepted.
To apply, you submit a sample. It can be a sample you already wrote, but you will get a lower rating. You then select categories you consider yourself to be an expert in. It doesn’t hurt to sign up — submit an article you already wrote, and set it so that you get email notifications whenever a new article job is posted.
So what do you think about these content mills? Do you have any comments or personal reviews of any of them? What are your opinions on content mills and freelance writing in general? Leave your opinions below!