Desperation, and More Effective Freelance Marketing [Audio Post]
I went after them harder than most for years, and for good reason. They target
both new and desperate writers and they have a tendency to twist the truth in a
way that makes exploitation sound like a good business opportunity.
trying to help new writers build viable careers, these companies are
infuriating to me. Thankfully, and predictably, content mills have been on the
decline. Some have made changes that left many of their writers out in the cold
in recent years. Some have even shut their virtual doors.
of content mills and why you should run screaming the next time you stumble
across one of their recruitment ads, Lori and I want to share something a
little different for this Writers’ Worth Month.
this year Lori became my second guest co-host. While the episode focused on
everyday marketing for freelance writers, the issue of content mills came up.
Unfortunately our conversation was so long that I had to cut quite a bit of it.
where Lori and I discussed content mills, the lies they sometimes tell, and a
couple of ways new freelance writers can rise above them and find clients truly
deserving of their talents.
writers can feel, and why these “opportunities” can sound attractive.
But this Writers’ Worth Month, take some time to think about the real
opportunities you could find if you dig yourself out of this kind of low pay
writing for them? If you left, what made you decide to move on, and how did you
transition away from mill work?