Why not head off to the content mills

Content mills can be defined as freelance sites where you can find writers or anyone with some sort of talent for that matter, at a price which is more than affordable. However, there are complications with this. You can find a non-English speaking person to write you an article for a next to nothing, but the chances are that that you will have to do a lot of editing so you have to ask yourself if it is really worth it at the end of the day.

You can also find some very experienced writers here, but often it is just the luck of the draw. It is a long process whereby you have to choose a writer that bids for your work that you are offering. You may be tempted to go with the best offer, but how do you know what kind of quality you are going to be getting? Some writers end up doing half jobs, which is not something that you will be wanting either.

There are places where you can just put your topic up on the site, along with the instructions and whoever sees it first, grabs it and starts writing. You have the option to reject it or to approve it. You can sometimes get a great article, but often you won't get what you are looking for. Communication is vital with freelancers because they have to know what you are wanting. They are not mind readers so this is the disadvantage with a lot of content mills. You may hire someone, but then find that they are not ideal to work with. Just remember – your instructions have to be exact, otherwise who is really to blame?


If you are not fussy and you are looking for a quick turnaround, then you could go to certain sites, where you won't have to wait much more than an hour. If you are looking to build up a relationship with your writer, it is not the best way to go.

From a writer's perspective, it is definitely a good source of revenue. Some writer's even find that they can build up a full-time income on something like this. I didn't do too badly myself, but they won't put as much effort into the project because it is a once off. They will be more dedicated to a permanent job. If you are going to go this route, make sure your instructions are spot on. The more detailed you are with your instructions, the better the end result will be.

If you say something like, "for link building purposes", then you won't be getting anything fantastic, but if you ask the writer to break the article up into subheadings with bullets, checking their spelling and grammar, you are going to get something a little better. 

Writers with degrees

Recently, the topic of degrees has come up a lot as I have been surfing the internet. Back in the day, you really had to work to earn your degree and you would use it to be able to climb up the ladder a lot quicker than the average Joe. As soon as you presented your degree to your future boss, you had one foot in the door.

These days, a lot has changed. For example, to be able to go and teach in one of the Asian countries, it is necessary to have a degree. Most people would think this, but this is not to prove your academic status. This is just so you can get a visa. This is where a degree just becomes a piece of paper. Sure, it is helping you out, but is this the reason you went to college or university for 4 years? So that you could get into another country. People with years of experience in teaching without a degree have to stay behind. Sounds kind of weird.

When it comes to freelance writers, it is another story altogether. You may think you are getting an Oxford styled article, but when your article comes back 20 minutes later, most of the time you won't be able to tell the difference between someone who has studied journalism for 4 years and someone who has just started writing articles for a year or two.


I have been to a lot of websites, where writers say they have a degree in journalism, but when I look at their samples, I can't say it is anything to write home about. Now, of course, there are people who have degrees, coupled with experience and that is what you should be looking out for.

Ask the writer for a sample and then you will get a better idea. You may end up paying less for a writer who has not got a degree, but has such a way with words that the writer will be of more value to you.