I know I’ve told you to avoid content mills in the past, but for some writers they can work as great ways to fill the gaps.
I still use them from time to time to fill the gap, but I am very picky about the ones that I decide to do. I will only really work on those that won’t take me too long to write and proofread to make sure my hourly rate is decent enough.
There are also only a handful of content mills that I will use when I need a little extra money.
The Content Authority is one of those mills. So, my question is can you make money writing at The Content Authority?
This will depend on the type of money you want to make. If you want fill-the-gap money, or extra for Christmas and birthdays etc. It’s ok. If you want to make a living writing, definitely not!
Work Your Way Up the Tiers
You need to work your way up the tiers. When you join The Content Authority everyone enters on the same level: tier 1. This is a very low rate and you want to get off it as soon as possible. You just write five pieces and then your writing is assessed by the editors. They decide whether you’re going to move up or not.
When you get to tier 2, you get once cent per word, and it goes up from there until you’re earning 3c per word for tier 4.
Only the best writers on the site are at tier 4, and writers can be demoted from the smallest infraction. However, it does make it a bit easier to make money writing on the site.
Even at 3c per word, the amount isn’t enough to make a living wage on. You would need to write very quickly and a lot throughout the day. However, to make enough to fill a small gap now and then, it is decent enough.
The Amount of Work on the Board
There used to be a lot of work on The Content Authority and you really could make money writing on it. I used to make $200 per week on the board before I decided to start looking elsewhere.
Now, the board has almost dried up. Every now and then there will be a long list of projects but they’re not ones that I want to work on. The instructions may be too detailed, the topics may be too difficult or there just may be too many keywords for the amount of money being offered.
According to The Content Authority staff, most of the work is in Direct Orders.
People can create their own rule sets and clients can order through them. The writers set their own rates, but still need to be realistic for the website. It is worth having a range of rule sets up.
There are also the writer pools. Writers can find themselves being added to pools by clients, whether based on past work on the types of content the writers like to write about.
However, I’ve found that even Direct Orders are few and far between. It’s not enough to make the $200 per week that I used to.
It Is Still a Content Mill
It’s worth remembering that it is still a content mill. It can close down at any time, or completely dry up. The rates are still low, so you need to ask yourself whether you can really make money writing on the site.
For those who are quick at writing and just want something to fill those gaps, it could really work out. I’ve just done a few recently to top up my earnings for the Christmas period—one thing that I do like is the weekly payments. However, I wouldn’t rely on it to pay my bills.
Can you make money writing? Yes. Can you make a living writing? No.
Do you make money writing at The Content Authority? Have you considered it or left it at all? Feel free to share your thoughts and views in the comments below.
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