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?