April 25, 2012
How Can I Spot Content Mill Ads?
There are so many sites with ads that seem desperate to hire writers. I think most of them are content mills. How can I easily spot one?
There are several characteristics that appear in ads for content mills. Here are a few:
1. They run the same ad multiple times on the same website, or on several websites at the same time.
2. They offer pay "up to $20 per hour" or some other tricky, obscure figure.
3. They require you reach a specific dollar threshold in order to get paid and, if you never reach that threshold, you NEVER get paid.
4. They brag about how great they are and how much "exposure" their writers get.
5. Their ad has verbiage that makes you feel like you're going to be part of some elite club or organization. (This type of marketing ploy caters to the desire-to-be-accepted individual residing in most of us.)
6. They offer compensation based on "performance" or "clicks" or "referrals" or "per content" or payment is a "performance bonus."
Basically, before applying for any job online, you should thoroughly investigate any site that brags about how successful they are, yet offers vague promises of payment amounts (indicating they can't afford to pay writers respectable fees). You should also avoid firms that make writers feel like they're joining a childish club to gain popularity.
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