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Content Mills Vs. Revenue Sharing Sites

Blogger, freelancer, greenskeeper, musician, golfer, history buff, truth seeker and lover, Christian married man from Oregon.

Grateful To Have an Option

First off, I'm thankful there is a choice for us writers to try and make some money. Both are great ways to hone your skills and learn the ropes of the Internet and writing. Both are valid and viable ways in which a writer with some skill can start earning some money and hopefully one day make enough to quit their day job.

Personally, I write for both. When I was in need of some money this last winter the content mills seemed a far better option than revenue-sharing sites like HubPages, Squidoo, and Allvoices.

With that said, in this hub I'll discuss the pros and cons of content mills and revenue sharing sites.

Content Mills

I am currently a member of two sites where I've made money from: Textbroker and Hirewriters. Textbroker was the one I first started using and I think they're a very professional and solid website. Hirewriters is easier to use and legit, yet the pay is very much lacking.

The part I don't like about content writing for a broker site like these and others is the writing is not yours after you submit it. You get a one time fee of about .01-.05 cents/word by selling the exclusive rights to it. Really though, it doesn't matter because the writing is simply some topic or information about something you wouldn't write about normally. Also, by writing these articles you learn all kinds of interesting stuff, yet this does take time to research and study.

Writing content pays weekly with these two sites and some pay monthly. They pay you through PayPal usually. Sometimes they want tax information from you as well. You mostly have to be from English speaking counties to work for them. Content mills are a good way to make money and improve your writing skills.

Picture I took in Eugene Oregon

Picture I took in Eugene Oregon

Revenue Sharing Sites

Sites like HubPages, Squidoo, Wizzley, and others are where users can write articles and get a share of the revenue. Each is different to some degree, yet the concept is the same; you get paid depending on the views and popularity of your article and this income is residual.

Earning a residual income is the best part. The main factor to consider with revenue-sharing sites is you have to have a long-term mindset compared to a short-term mindset with content mills. You won't make much money for the first few months, but after a while (with prolific writing and crafty affiliate placements) you can have the potential of making much more than from a content mill.

I guess it depends on the type of person too. Personally, I never run out of ideas to write about, I just have too many and then don't write on any of them. Something like this, but I'm working through this and beginning to write more and be more accepting of my flaws. Some people don't have ideas of their own, and getting one is harder for them than writing a content piece for some client. Hey, not everyone is the same and this diversity is good.

Harold Dog "Are we done writing yet?"

Harold Dog "Are we done writing yet?"

What I Think

For me, writing my own original pieces is not only easier, but much more rewarding than content mills. I love to publish something new and then track it closely to see how it had an impact if any. Also, the article remains around forever for me to index, go back to, edit, share, or do whatever I want with. The residual income and the original content are the reasons I now solely write for revenue-sharing sites, including my blog although I share the income only with myself.

Content mills can become a place where people make a decent living believe it or not. A person who becomes invaluable there at Textbrokers will be invited to teams and be a top-level 5 writer, getting no less than about 2 cents a word. If that person writes 5,000 words a day, then they've made $100/day. Not bad, and there are much better pay rates than that. So, if a person wants to write and make money, but isn't interested in creating so much, then Content mills are for you.

Revenue sharing sites are for those who want to write original pieces and engage people with what they have to say. They want to create and be an artist. Also, they may simply have the ability to take the long-term approach because they have a day job or another source of income. Revenue-sharing sites are stepping stones for budding e-book writers, professional bloggers, and professional Internet marketers.

Numbers Calculations

Let's calculate some numbers and see what we're getting with these two ways in the terms of money.

I'm going to use the estimates of getting paid by the view and by the word. For HubPages let's say we get .04 cents a view and for content mill one penny a word. So let's say an article consists of a thousand words at both places. So, with a content mill we make $10, and with HP let's say we get 10,000 views from that article in a matter of five years. So with HP we make $40; plus let's say we have an Amazon Associates account and sell a book in that article. Let's say we sell 100 books and get 6% of the profit (the profit is 2,000) so we make $120 ($20 book). In five years that one article (that took us about the same time and effort as the content article) has made us a total of $160 compared to the $10 we made at the content mill.

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Add to this calculation that you had backlinks in your hub to your blog or another revenue sharing site. Let's say then that 1,000 of those 10,000 followed that link, so now you are making money elsewhere as well. See how much more enticing it is to write for a revenue-sharing site like HubPages?

My last thoughts here, I remember when I was writing for Textbroker last winter and it was all I could do to write even 5 smaller articles and make about $20 a day. I know this was partly because I was new to this and all, but I was really trying. It took so long to study the subject in order to write about it. And another thing, there isn't always the work you want.

So, in conclusion, I've been very satisfied writing my original content for HubPages, my blogs, and elsewhere on the Internet, but I still have those sites there if I need to make some quick money. For having this choice I'm truly grateful as a writer.

Some Other Hubs I've Written About Writing

  • HubPages Review After a Thousand Views
    With a bit of elbow grease and late night typing, I've reached a thousand views. At first I can't say I like Hubpages that much, but after getting to know it and what's out there, I've come to love it.
  • Making Money at Textbroker
    If your thinking about writing content for websites, Textbroker is a good place to do it. There is potential to grow with them, and you can make some money while becoming a better writer.

Some Articles On My Blog About Writing

© 2014 Robbie Newport


Robbie Newport (author) from Summer Lake, Oregon on August 03, 2015:

Thanks AussieAdventure, if you dedicate your writing to a couple platform and gradually maximize your potential there with the available tools then you can make even a $1,000 a month likely, but it depends on the platform of course. With Hubpages it's hard to make even $20/month, I think if I really tried I could make about $200 here after 6 months.

You should really check out writing eBooks for Kindle Direct Publishing. Just look that up and you can write an eBook and make a steady stream of money from it every month! It's kind of funny, but an article I had called RV Living was originally written on Squidoo and made basically nothing in 6 months, then moved to InfoBarrel, but they rejected it and closed my account? What, wierd... it's just an RV article... So I made an eBook out of it for fun to see if I could do it. It worked with a couple YouTube video tutorials on formatting the document.

So, this RV Living eBook that was a waste of space for everyone, well it has made me and estimated $125 in 6 months! Makes me laugh a bit, cause it's been my best seller out of the 7 eBooks I've written.

Just write how you want and about what you want. That is the key to success writer friend.

Cassandra from Geelong VIC Australia on August 01, 2015:

Hi Robbie, great article. You have given me lots of food for thought, or is that thought about pennies. I like writing and would love to make a bit of money from my writing and also share my ideas and views with others.

Aubrey Durkin from Tucson, Arizona on September 08, 2014:

Nice! I'm playing with keywords to see if I can increase traffic.

Robbie Newport (author) from Summer Lake, Oregon on September 07, 2014:

Hey there Aubrey, I tried that for a couple of my blogs. I made a video talking about the topic I was blogging about and funneled them together. I didn't have too much success with either, but that's not to say it wouldn't work if done better or more consistently. Generally, my YouTube vlogs are similar to some of the recent topics I've been writing about, naturally, so at times I put them in. I guess the amount of traffic I produce doesn't merit enough people watching a video to notice a difference as much. Although with certain topics it could be different, for instance I put an Amazon FBA video up on my selling books on Amazon and Ebay Hub, and it has gained some views. I think it's worth a shot!

Aubrey Durkin from Tucson, Arizona on September 07, 2014:

That's good! Have you thought about using your articles as a quasi-script for similar YouTube videos? I'm going to try that with all of my blogs once I get back from my work trip.

Robbie Newport (author) from Summer Lake, Oregon on September 07, 2014:

Oh yes, shameless plugs to my own content. One of the topics I tend to write about often is writing itself, thinking maybe it may help someone at some time or another.

Aubrey Durkin from Tucson, Arizona on September 07, 2014:

I like how you put links to your other articles at the end. I'm going to start doing that.

Robbie Newport (author) from Summer Lake, Oregon on September 03, 2014:

You got it nanderson500, I have never grown past the level three at Textbroker, so I have to be crafty to get in there at the right times and snag a piece. I usually find more work I want to do at Hirewriters, which I have written a new hub about by the way. Happy writing!

nanderson500 from Seattle, WA on September 03, 2014:

I've been on Textbroker for a long time. It doesn't pay particularly well, but there is a pretty consistent stream of work most of the time. I've never heard of Hirewriters, but I will definitely plan on checking it out. Thanks for the great info!

Robbie Newport (author) from Summer Lake, Oregon on June 27, 2014:

I agree, I've heard of another way to write for products on your own blog, they pay you for the post? Or ghost blogging pays better, but I don't like this idea because you have to give up your rights to the work and it could be an opinion piece. That means they can change what you've written too, that's no good for me.

Hirewriters doesn't pay any better, but I found it easier to use and work for. Also you can get started right away instead of waiting for having your example piece rated. They pay every week as well through PayPal, also you don't have to give tax info there.

AOkay12 from Florida on June 27, 2014:

I write for Textbroker, but never heard of Hirewriters (guess I will check them out). You are right, Textbroker doesn't usually have jobs that people want to work on and the pay is quite bad for anyone lower than a level 5 writer. I think that revenue sharing websites are a better way to make money long-term than writing for content mills. Freelance writing for your own private clients (at higher pay) or creating content for a website that you own is even better.

Robbie Newport (author) from Summer Lake, Oregon on May 09, 2014:

Hirewriters just sent me an email saying they have over 400 jobs available. Usually they have around 200. Try Hirewriters first and then Textbroker, this is my advice. Any questions, just ask.

Ruthbro from USA on May 09, 2014:

I think I will explore this!

Robbie Newport (author) from Summer Lake, Oregon on May 09, 2014:

Thanks Ruthbro, in the winter I will work the content mills a bit until I make enough otherwise, so it's nice to have the option.

Ruthbro from USA on May 08, 2014:


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