Content Farms: Worthwhile?

Almost anyone can become a writer these days. Websites like Suite101, Demand Media Studios, and Associated Content make it easy. Write about whatever you like and receive a small amount of money for an article.

When I say “small amount of money,” I mean, a small amount of money. Maybe about 15 cents here and there. Definitely not enough to pay a bill or even buy a few packages of Ramen noodles.

The websites are called “content farms” because their writers create huge amounts of articles per month and make their money by advertising revenue and keywords. To make a worthwhile amount of money through content farms, a writer would have to create content almost constantly. Because this is a quantity-based approach, quality may suffer after a while… and plus, you might just run out of things to write about.

Some also argue that writing for such a low amount of money cheapens the value of writers, since literally anyone can write an article about nearly any subject and submit it to one of those websites.

You won’t get famous for your writing on any of these sites – on which there are well over 500,000 contributors. You’re just another face in the crowd.

But if you keep at it, the royalties from your articles can net you a fairly decent amount of money over time. I personally don’t like the idea of writing for these sites. I tried it and it didn’t work out that well for me. I’d rather take my time writing something that’s going to be good, rather than scribble down whatever I can in order to make a small profit.

So… has anyone else ever written for a content farm? Would you want to?

8 thoughts on “Content Farms: Worthwhile?

  1. Content farms, oh the memories. I have dabbled and thought about it. While you are right about the quantity over quality being an issue, it is good because over time you learn how to write a lot of better articles and in a short time frame. Sure you are a face in the crowd but by knowing how to write that much it helps prepare you for that side novel you have.

    I think it is an ok start for someone serious about learning how to write and move from there.

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  2. I would not want to. The idea just doesn’t appeal to me.

    Kind of like writing Fanfics. Unless I’m a paid Television writer, I don’t have the urge to write about somebody elses characters when I have my own to introduce to the world.

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  3. I contemplated it a few years ago, but never motivated myself to start ~ I’d rather be blogging and writing exactly what I want to write when I want to write it without worrying about whether my words will pay the bills. 😀

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    1. Exactly. I don’t like feeling like I have to write to fit very specific requirements. If I’m not emotionally invested in what I write, I don’t enjoy it.

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