I’m going to look into another content mill today and that is Great Content. So many people ask whether making money writing for content mills is possible, and I tried to cover that with my overview on The Content Authority. However, there are different mills and different pay scales. That’s why it’s important to cover different ones.
Great Content is a British website—it pays in pounds sterling, which is great for me! It’s what attracted me to the website at first. Here is my full Great Content review.
Different Pay Levels for Capabilities
Like The Content Authority, Great Content has different tiers. Those on a higher level will earn more per word.
The difference is that not everyone starts off at the same low level. A sample is required when you sign up and your ability is judge by that sample. You can find your level is increased after clients rate your work. If you’re constantly working above the expectations of the clients, you will soon find that you move up and earn more.
I started off on the 4 star and am now on the 4+ star.
Setting Your Direct Order Rate
There is a system on Great Content to help you make more money writing. It is the Direct Order system, where clients come directly to you to place an order. You set your rate for this, but it is important to avoid setting it too high.
You’re not going to make a living writing on Great Content, but making money writing is possible. I find it useful when I need to top up my earnings, similarly to The Content Authority.
Payments and the Payment Options
Payments are made on a bi-weekly schedule, once you request the payment. You can let it build up as much as you like before requesting it, which could work out in your favour when it comes to the charges and fees. You can request as soon as you reach £25.
Unlike many other content mills, there are two different payment options: PayPall or Skrill (MoneyBookers). This allows people all over the world to make money writing at Great Content. However, there are charges that the company incurs to make the payments. Those charges are knocked against your next payment—my account is currently 27p in debt due to the charges from the last payment I requested. It’s not much and is covered by the next piece I write (whenever that will be).
Is There Plenty of Work?
It’s something anybody wants to know when they see a Great Content review—and I don’t blame them. You don’t want to get to a content mill to find out that there is no work for you. After all, no work means making money writing is impossible!
I check the board out every now and then, and there’s only been a handful of times that I’ve not seen any work at all. However, I definitely can’t write everything that comes up on the board—and I don’t always want to.
There has been all types of different pieces available, including interesting travel pieces, rewrites of Google translations, and boring product reviews. It all depends on what the clients are requesting and whether you check the board out at the right time.
When writing, you need to use British English by default. The client will request US English if he/she wants it. I can see a few pieces that ask for US English at the moment. There are some who will request Australian or South African English, but I’ve found they’re very similar to UK English.
The Review System for Making Money Writing at Great Content
I’ve found the review and editorial system really easy. There has been one piece that was returned to me, and I openly admitted that it was my fault. I made the changes, sent it back and never heard a bad word since (or had anything else returned).
The team answers emails quickly and there is a newsletter sent out regularly to keep people up to date with the system. I’ve also found that I receive emails now and then when there is a bulk order that may interest me. When I receive those emails, I’ve usually found that I have three days really to be able to pick up some extra work if I need it.
There have been a few changes to the revisions policy, but I’ve not had any to really test that system. Apparently, it will take two hours for the editors to review a piece of work and send it off to the client (I think). I’m not 100% sure, though.
Making money writing at Great Content is pretty easy. The pay is about a penny a word (depending on your level), but that’s fine if you want to top up your weekly earnings. However, if you want to make a living writing, you need to look elsewhere!
It is possible to cancel your account if you decide you don’t want to write there. There is no minimum though. I don’t think I’ve written anything for a few months now!
Do you use Great Content when making money writing? Would you use it after reading this review? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.
Image credit: Ed Yourdon