If you’re looking to get your feet wet and enter the freelance writing world, content mills are a good place to start. While you’ll earn more pitching your skills to private clients, mills help you gain both experience and confidence. On the bright side, most of these websites have a steady stream of work with the flexibility of picking and choosing what you want to write. At the end of the day, you can earn some quick cash and develop some writing skills.
Here are the best websites for freelance content writing jobs:
Anyone who has dabbled into the world of freelance writing has probably heard a thing or two about Textbroker. Although this content mill isn’t notorious for the pay, they do have a large supply of work readily available. Instead of applying with your own article writing examples, you have to create a sample piece as part of the onboarding process. How well you deliver in the sample article will determine your rating – ranging from two to five stars. You should aim for at least four stars (it’s very rare to get five). Any less than four and your work options are very limited and the pay isn’t all that rewarding.
The pay at Textbroker is as follows: 0.7 cents per word for two stars, 1 cent per word for three, 1.4 cents for four, and 5 cents for five. You can also earn more by joining teams and accepting private orders from clients. Pay is weekly (through PayPal) provided you have a minimum balance of $10. The nice thing about Textbroker is that you can actually cancel an order before the deadline without being penalized.
Getting on with WritersAccess is a bit more involved than Textbroker. Not only will you need to submit a resume, but they also want links to your online portfolio and LinkedIn. The application also asks you to include your areas of expertise, which can play a role in whether they accept you or not. You must be a resident of the United States and have a PayPal account if you want to work with WritersAccess. Similar to Textbroker, WritersAccess uses a rating system based on your application and writing samples. However, they do pay more than Textbroker – 1.13 cents per word for level 2, 2.14 cents for 3, 3.53 cents for 4, and 4.60 cents for 5.
There are a variety of ways to get work on WritersAccess. Clients often times post a casting call – a posting where any writer on this website can apply. If a client has a particular client they want to work for them, they can send a solo offer. Accepting a solo offer means you are the only writer who can work on this project. On the other hand, writers on a client’s “love list” can view an offer ten minutes before the general public and gives preferences to certain writers. Lastly, the mill has crowed orders, similar to Textbroker’s platform where anyone can pick and choose jobs.
WritersDomain accepts writers from the United States, Canada, Australia, and a handful of European countries. With pay ranging from 2 to 5 cents per word, they are a middle of the road mill when it comes to pay. You’ll get paid on the 5th of the month through PayPal or when you reach $100. Unlike some content mills, Writers doesn’t have a minimum or maximum article requirement; you can write as much or as little as you’d like. Considering that there’s an open pool to select jobs from, your earning might fluctuate each month.
To get started on WritersDomain, you’ll have to pass a grammar test and submit a 400-word article. After you apply, you should expect a response within two to three business days. If you don’t pass the grammar text, you can apply again after six months. Even if you do meet their requirements, you could end up on stuck on the waiting list. While WritersDomain is a good site to make extra cash, don’t quit your desk job yet.
What sets Crowd Content apart from other mills is that they use a performance rating system as a metric to score their writers. The higher your score, the more earning potential there is. Other sites merely give you a static rating upon applying, which doesn’t change frequently. Crowd Content assigns you a quality level when you sign up, determining your rate per word. Writers with a 1-star rank earn 1.2 cents per word, 2 cents for 2 stars, 4.4 cents for 3 stars, and 6.6 cents for 4 stars for custom content orders. They have separate rates for writing social media posts – $0.70 to $1.05 for Twitter posts, and $1.05 to $1.75 for Facebook posts. If you constantly have a good turnaround time and meet deadlines, Crowd Content will reward you a bonus rate.
Like other mills, Crowd Content has a marketplace where you can claim open orders. Clients who prefer a specific writer can submit a direct order. There is a variety of work available through the marketplace – blog posts, product descriptions, and general SEO writing. After you submit your work, the client will rate you on a scale ranging from poor (1) to exceeds expectations (5). The rating will affect your quality level on the site. For your quality level to change from one to another, you have to write at least 2,500 words rated at that level. The great thing about this content mill is that they pay twice per week – on Tuesday and Friday. To receive payment, you need a minimum balance of at least $10.
Constant Content differs a bit from other mills because you actually post your articles on a catalog and clients can then pick and choose from them. The catalog showcases the most popular categories and gives you an idea of what clients are searching for. You can pick a category you’re interested in and get to writing. Once you’re finished with the article, you can upload it to the catalog and set the price for it. You have the option to display your whole article to prospective customers or just a snippet of it. Writers receive 65% of the asking price. It can take up to five days for the editors to approve your article and a sale is never guaranteed.
Aside from the catalog, there are also public and private requests made by clients. Before you have access to requests, you must have one article accepted by the editors in the catalog. Writers with level one access are eligible for all requests, whereas writers with lower levels can only certain ones. Your access rate increases as you sell more articles on the website. In short, the best way to increase your earnings from requests is to maintain good relationships with a network of publishers. When you find yourself juggling multiple requests, Constant Content has an easy-to-use project dashboard with a calendar and a summary of all your work in process jobs. Writers receive payment the first week of the month through PayPal, as long as they have $5 or more in earnings.
Another content mill with a marketplace model is Content Gather. In fact, Content Gather is one of the few sites where teenagers can make money writing online (16+). Writers can submit articles on subjects of their choice and then wait for clients to come along and purchase them. Additionally, writers can claim custom jobs that have been requested directly by publishers. When you write on the marketplace, you get to name your price, as long as it doesn’t surpass 10 cents per word. Each writer has a rating determined by content, approvals, seniority, and the number of transactions. Once you reach a silver rating or above, Content Gather will pay you a percentage of your marketplace article (advance payment) before you sell it.
The highest-ranked writers on Content Gather hold elite status. To qualify for this rank, you must be a native English speaker living in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Furthermore, you need to have excellent writing and grammar skills. The top 1% of writers on Content Gather hold elite status and earn a minimum of 10 cents per word when completing custom orders. On both marketplace and custom work, Content Gather withholds a 20% fee. Once your account reaches a balance of $5, you can cash out and receive funds through PayPal within 24 hours.
The last content mill to make our list is Scripted. To get accepted onto Scripted, you must take an English proficiency test and a timed writing prompt. Scripted works similar to Textbroker; there is a pool of available work writers can choose from – first come, first serve. In addition, writers can also submit blog ideas and clients can request certain writers to complete a specific job. The most common writing tasks on Scripted are short and long blog posts, press releases, video scripts, and social media posts. It’s important to follow deadlines to a T to keep your reliability score from dropping.
To write at Scripted, you must be at least 18 years old and live in one of these countries. Unlike most content mills, Scripted pays out on Stripe (not PayPal). Since this a relatively new website, there’s not a lot of information out there regarding pay. According to some of the reviews on Glassdoor, Striped pays better than a lot of other content mills. Depending on each article’s length and requirements, you can earn about $20 per piece.