There are so many different content mills out there and The Content Authority is one of them. While there are a lot of downsides to content mills, I’m not going to focus on them. Some people want to find sites like these to write at.
You, like me, may not be that bothered about not being paid large amounts for your work. For me, as long as I’m paid a penny a word, I’m happy enough to spend some time topping up my income at these sites.
But I digress. It’s worth looking at whether you can make money at The Content Authority.
Different Tiers of Writers
When you sign up to the site, you will start off at Tier 1. After five articles, your account will be checked to see if you can move up to Tier 2. This doesn’t take that long for quality writers, as long as there is work on the board.
Over time, you can have your account reviewed again to move up to Tier 3 and then to the top tier, Tier 4. The rate goes up with each promotion. Tier 1 is low, and you want to complete the work quickly, but it is possible to make up to $15 for 500 words of content if you find Tier 4 orders. These are few and far between though because writers snap them up quickly.
Make Money with Direct Orders
The place to make money is through direct orders. You set up rulesets to state the type of skills you have and the type of articles you can write. You set your own rates and then wait for the clients to hire you through them.
This is the way that most writers are making money at The Content Authority. The site forums have tips on making great rulesets to encourage more clients to hire you.
The Editors Do Expect Quality
You can’t get away with writing copied or poor quality content. To move up the tiers, there are guidelines that editors expect you to meet. You can get demoted for constant poor work and need for revisions.
Clients have between three and six days (depending on the number of articles they order) to check the work. If the work does not meet their expectations, they can send the work back with notes for changes. This will cut into your already low hourly rate.
If you don’t agree with the revision request, you can dispute it. From experience, the editors are fair. If the client wants a change in instructions or hasn’t made something clear in the original instructions, the editors will usually find in the writer’s favour.
Can You Make Money Writing at The Content Authority?
When you sign up, it can seem like there isn’t much work available. It will depend on the time that you check. Remember the site is American and many of the clients are.
A lot of the work is through direct orders or group orders. However, there are regular orders now and then. There are also rewrites to do if you want to make small amounts of change. I tend to use the rewrites when I need a few dollars to meet my daily target and can’t be bothered putting too much effort into writing. Rewrites don’t require research!
The Content Authority could be an option for you, especially if you want a top up option. It’s not a way to make a living writing.