Content Mill writing research is part of the job. All jobs will require some research. There will be other work available, for example small product descriptions or reviews. They will need you to search for the product and rewrite it in their style.
Others jobs, for example blog posts and articles, are much bigger. Unless you are an expert in the field you are writing about, be prepared to spend some time googling information and taking many notes as Content Mill writing research is inevitable.
You may find you spend more time on Wikipedia than facebook! But – if you’re serious about making a good impression, (and remember, Content Mills can lead to bigger and better paid work), then accept there will be some serious studying.
What is the client looking for?
Although you will be given a brief idea of the client’s requirements, it really will be a brief snapshot of what they are hoping to achieve from your work.
Depending on the article, your client could be hoping that you can bring something ‘new’ to the table. Adding a different perspective or opinion maybe.
The client may have all the information needed and direct you to several different websites that can offer you a ‘glimpse’ of what they’re looking for. They possibly then need it written in a completely different style or tone.
What they are not looking for is copy and paste/plagiarism. Plagiarism is when you copy someone else’s work without giving them credit. Most people realise that of course, you can’t do this! Particularly when writing for content mill. Remember, you are ghostwriting and handing over the credit to the client. Plagiarism is taken very seriously. Not only will your work be rejected, it is unlikely you will receive any more.
How to research your given subject
You’re probably thinking a quick google search will do the trick. And of course google will provide you with all the information you’re likely to need.
But, one simple, basic search could land you in trouble if you don’t apply 3 basic rules.
- Is the website you are reading from reputable? There are some interesting facts out there on the world wide web but are they credible? Let’s use an example. You have been asked to write an article about how an ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) can treat a patient with heart abnormalities. Reputable sites like Wikipedia, the BHF.org or NHS.uk will provide you with researched facts. Reading a random blog about someone’s grandad is to be having an ICD fitted next week is based on second-hand knowledge and potentially incorrect. Always ensure your content mill writing research is the most up-to-date information out there and from a credible source.
- Don’t just use one website. Yes, you may get plenty of information from one, but the more pages you view on your topic, the more knowledgable you become. These are the sought after authors that clients are looking out for. The writers that are not afraid to spend considerable amounts of time getting the correct information from various sources. Plus, getting additional information will mean your word-count increases. More words often equal more money! Win Win!
- DO NOT COPY! Unfortunately this has to be mentioned again! Copying someone else’s work is a complete NO! You will get found out. You will lose the job and possibly all future works. Copying is one way to end your writing career before it has even started.
- Take notes. In fact, take lots of notes! There will be a lot of information to take in so simply jot down the relevant snippets. When you have written at least several pages, it’s time to work out how to rewrite it all into one readable article.
How to use the researched information to complete an article
Read the client’s notes again as more often than not, they explain how they want it set out. Then start putting your collected information into understandable paragraphs.
Cross out your notes as you work through them.
Order your paragraphs into a finished piece.
Don’t forget to read it several times and make changes if necessary.
Check spelling and grammar. Proofread at least once.
Taking pride in your work will pay off eventually.