Unlike many freelance writers, I don’t really have a problem with content mills. They are a great place to find work when you really need it, as long as you’re willing to write for cheap. In addition, for people looking for content, these mills are a good place to go if you don’t need the highest quality work possible. That being said, however, I don’t think it should be a long term career choice for good writers.
I’ve heard many people, who are trying to make it as freelance writers say that they are focusing only on these types of content mills. It got me wondering, why aren’t they looking for private clients? It is well known that private clients pay more, are easier to work with and generally provide a better experience, yet so many writers don’t put in the effort to find them.
I have personally written for some content mills in the past, but I haven’t in quite some time. Once I realized the benefit of getting private clients, I started focusing on that and slowly phased out the content mills. I’m making much more money now than ever before, and I have a lot less stress related to writing too.
So, If you’re a freelance writer who provides high quality content, I am asking. Why don’t you look for private clients? What is holding you back? Do you prefer the simplicity of content mills? The consistency. The fact that you aren’t usually dealing with people one-on-one? I’m sure there are many reasons, and each person is different, but I’m looking to learn more about this seemingly large percentage of freelance writers who focus exclusively (or nearly exclusively) on the content mills.
Any feedback you can provide would be most appreciated. Depending on the answers, I am hoping to make some posts directed specifically at this subject in the future.