They receive a lot of bad press but not all content mills suck! Be sure to read the following content mill writer tips then have at the updated list of best content mills 2018.
- Apply to as many content mills as you can. When you are new to content mill writing, you start from the bottom. That may mean that not all writing jobs will be available to you – yet! So you need to apply to as many content mills as possible to give you the best chance of obtaining work on a daily basis. In time, you will filter out the ones that you don’t enjoy working for. That’s fine, it will give you a chance to concentrate on the ones that suit you. But do give lots of them a go so you get a feel for how they all work. Another point to remember is, practise will reward. The more you write, the better you’ll get. The content mills will be keeping tabs on your work and if it’s good enough, they will soon offer you better paid gigs.
- Do not underestimate requested writing samples. People often believe that they can jot down anything when it comes to writing samples for content mills. They don’t feel they need to make too much effort with the sample because the mill pays so low so they’re obviously looking for sub-standard writers. This is not the case. That sample could be the key to earning more and becoming recognised as a professional writer. Yes, mills do pay low. But your sample could be seen by clients too and if a client likes your writing, they can offer you private jobs with better pay. So although you won’t get paid to write your initial sample, think of it as an investment.
- Do not be discouraged by rejection. This is one of the most important tips for content mill writers as sadly, you will at some point face a rejected piece of work. Now the reason I say do not be discouraged. is because sometimes, finding out a piece of writing you’ve worked so hard at creating is not good enough for the client, often puts writers off. However, if you’ve written 20 articles and 19 of them were rejected, I would start to question your abilities. But an occasional rejection is part and parcel of the content writing career. It might be simple spelling or grammar issues. Hopefully something you can fix and resubmit. Or it could be absolutely nothing that you’ve done wrong. Not all instructions are crystal clear and it could just be a quick message to the client to clear up any misunderstandings. Or it may be as simple as your writing tone or style doesn’t suit them. Either way, find out exactly why it was rejected. Try to amend and resubmit if possible (and as quickly as possible), or accept you’re not the writer for that particular client and move on.
- I shouldn’t need to say it but feel I must. Do not copy work. Ever! Plagiarism is frowned upon to a point it will kill your career. I am genuinely shocked people still do steal work from others. Have the not heard of the likes of copyscape? Anyone and everyone can check work these days for copying. If you’re found out, and you will be, say goodbye to your reputation and find another job.
- Time management is extremely important if you are taking content mill writing seriously. Treat it as you would any other job. You need to work out how much time you can commit to writing and when you can complete a job. Content mill writing jobs have deadlines. Always check the deadline before accepting the job. Make sure you set aside plenty of time for research. Try and stick to your schedule as best you can. Don’t take on more jobs than you can handle – you will start missing deadlines or producing shoddy work. At the beginning, I would strongly suggest taking on one job at a time and concentrate on making that particular article or blog post or whatever it is, the best you can achieve. When you have more experience, you will have better time management skills and can take on more work.
Check your work!
- The final piece of advice I can give in this list of content mill writer tips is to check your work thoroughly before sending it. You can avoid rejection by ensuring your spelling, grammar and punctuation is error free. Check your client’s instructions again and ensure you have met every request. If they have asked for 3 paragraphs, give them 3 paragraphs. Have they requested subheading? If so, give them subheadings. You get the point – give them what they want and they may well be back.