Send a few pitches if you want. You might even find a cool employer or three. A word of caution: when working with individual employers, you have no guarantee of payment. You have to establish trust. Never agree to a big job without vetting your employer first. Do a few small jobs for them and see how well you work together.
Of these options, I believe that oDesk is the best for an entry-level content writer with no experience or track record like guest posts or a blog. Have you earned any money as a freelance writer? If so, how? Do you have any tips or warning for people just getting started?
Photo credit: jmrosenfeld. I love passive income and all for diff income streams, but run for the hills from the content mill. Focus on quality for place that actually need it where you can differentiate yourself. I really hope google penalizes those spammy content mill sites. I hate how they come up in search results so often. Hey Mark, thanks for your reply.
I have some limited experience with Content Mill writing. I once earned about 20 dollars selling old college essays to Associated Content try googling them. The editorial process was very arbitrary and confusing, as you said. After awhile, they stopped accepting new essays from me altogether. So, I tried my hand at writing an article about something I had quite a lot of experience with: how to defeat credit card debt. I earned 4 dollars for my time, but I had to give up all rights to my work.
I became disenchanted soon after and never wrote for them again. This was circa Like you, I am interested in building a freelance income. I do have a regular day job, which makes it easy for me to safely experiment scheme with various services and products diabolical, trying-to-take-over-the-world plans. I am guessing my unshakable penchant for optimism will soon be under siege. My financial goals are relatively modest: Pay off my student loan debt. My goal is not to become wealthy. The goal is autonomy. In fact, it sounds atrocious. It would be nice to have that extra income each month, like you say.
The one nice thing about the content mills are that you can earn income passively from them. A good site for this is Infobarrel. My wife currently does a lot of writing for Elance. She typically receives a penny a word, but is trying to build out her portfolio to get higher paying gigs. This is a way to earn extra coinage that anyone can do. Not my cup of tea, though I guess it could work for some people. Thanks for stopping by Chase. I think oDesk is good for a part-time income and for filling in the gaps. Writing for content mills, or otherwise is certainly one of a variety of options.
Killer post, Seth! Yeah, hence the disillusionment. Unfortunately, this article has renewed my interest in content mills slightly. Associated Content recently acquired by Yahoo!
Theoretically, you could repost the same articles on other sites and gain even more money, as well as guard against a company shutting its doors. Is this a good strategy for building a career?
Well, probably not. Is this a good way to pay your car insurance, get a bite to eat, and maybe see a movie? Anh makes a good point; your time would be better spent studying and doing affiliate marketing rather than working for content mills.
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