Pure Content — Is It Just Another Content Mill?

Many people searching the internet for writing jobs have come across a company called Pure Content. What is it? Is it a content mill? Is it worth signing up for? Read this review to find out!purecontent

How It Works

To sign up for Pure Content, you must first submit a resume outlining your experience. If they like it, they will contact you and request that you submit a sample article of around 250 words on the topic of your choice. You can sign up by clicking on “Join Our Network” in the top menu on their site (Purecontent.com).

I actually waited quite a while after submitting a resume, perhaps a month or so, until I was told to submit a sample article. I just submitted an article I had previously written but was never published. I was told that I was accepted, wasngiven a form to fill out, and then told that I will be contacted when there is work available for me.

What People are Saying About Pure Content

I’ve found some online threads about Pure Content in forums. What they basically say is that writers can wait long times until they are contacted with work. When work is available, it is low-paying.

Actually, that’s why I did not wait until work is available in order to write this review. I have no idea if or when I will be given work, so there’s no point of waiting.

So, Is Pure Content Good? Can It Really Be True?

I can’t say it’s not worth it. If you always appreciate extra freelance work coming your way, you may find it worth your while to sign up. Just don’t put any hopes on this thing – you may wait a long time until you are given work, and there may be long periods of time where there is no work available. When there is work, there’s no telling how much it pays.

I don’t think you will be able to make a full-time or even part-time income from Pure Content. I’ve been a member for months by now, and I have never been contacted with work. Instead, I suggest that you check out my other recommended programs.

9 Comments

  1. Stuart

    Purecontent isn’t worth it.

    The issue I always had with that company (from an editorial standpoint) is that the writers weren’t very good, so either I had to clean up the copy substantially before it went to the client (including extensive fact-checking) or let it slide. Staff didn’t care about serious errors going to the client, so in the end, I gave up and quit.

    Purecontent was always about words on the page rather than actually producing quality work. For the prices paid and the quality received, you might as well employ Indian writers for half the cost. It’d still be relatively useless, but at least you wouldn’t be paying as much.

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Stuart!

      I woudn”t be surprised to learn that. These types of companies generally don’t have the best writers; after all, the good writers won’t be willing to work for just a cent per word or something like that.

      So yes, it is more a typing words type of thing than quality writing. You could probably get someone from overseas on Fiverr or Upwork to do TRIPLE the amount of words; but as you said, there’s no point of that, certainly not in the age of Google Panda and Penguin.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  2. Carol

    Not only are their freelancers jumping ship, but their staff are too from what I hear. They seem to treat them worse than their writers!

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Carol,

      Thanks for your input! By the way, I’ve never been sent any freelance work, and I signed up probably around nine months ago.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Robin

      I freelance for several companies and have come across ex-Pure Content staff who have moved on to bigger and better things. PC seems to work as a stepping stone into the industry, but I can’t think of anything else positive to say.

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  3. Jeremy Hood

    I have never heard of Pure Content before. I recently used Upwork to outsource some articles and I must say I was pretty satisfied.

    Obviously I am on the receiving side of the freelance work but it seems to be a reputable service that would work well for writers looking for side work.

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  4. Serena

    Pure Content is indeed a content mill, and not a good one. Its systems are antiquated, its pay rates are very poor and it is almost impossible to get a reply to any queries. It has/had some good clients but these are increasingly jumping ship, as are the best freelancers.

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hey,
      Thanks for letting us know what it is like based on your personal experience.

      Makes sense that people are leaving — these days freelancers realize that you just can’t make a living working for these content mills, and clients realize that they will get really low quality content for such low rates. Especially after Google Panda updates, low quality content doesn’t help websites anymore.

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  5. jCamden

    250 is not a whole lot of content to base a decision to hire someone on. Also there are dozens (perhaps hundreds) of places like this online. What makes Pure Content different than the other places? Do they offer higher quality content to their users or pay their writers more than other companies like this do? Do you know if they’re new or if they’ve been around for awhile?

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi,

      They’ve been around since 2006. As to what sets them apart from other companies? There probably isn’t much. The content mill industry is no different than any other industry where they are many competitors — many of these competitors are very similar, though some are better than others.

      250 words is actually not too little too base their decision on, considering that you are writing an article without getting paid for it.

      All the best,

      🙂

      Reply

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