Content Farms

Posted on June 3, 2013. Filed under: Blogging, writing | Tags: , , |

If you read much about writing and the Internet, you have no doubt heard of “content farms.” (Sometimes “content farms” are also called “content mills.”) If not, then you may be wondering what they are.

First of all, how does one judge whether or not a publisher is a “content farm”? The basis of the decision is partially based on the quality of the writing and partially on the volume of writing purchased by a publisher. Fees paid tend to be very low.

So, what should you do? The decision is a personal one. One argument for writing for content farms is that you will paid, albeit low paid, for writing. This gives you a chance to be paid to practice your skill.

An argument against writing for a content farm is that your name may become associated with low quality work, and this may affect you if you view yourself as a “brand” in the marketplace. You may close the doors on publishing with certain publishers if you follow this route.

In the end, only you can decide what route to follow.

Here are a few links about “content farms”:

Wikipedia article on Content Farms

Make a Living Writing: Both Sides

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