Podcast: Content Mills – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

In this podcast episode, Writing Launch founders Jacob and Ian talk about content mills and freelancing platforms.

If you’re currently working for a content mill (like Textbroker or Zerys) or offering your services on a freelancing platform (like Upwork or Fiverr), you owe it to yourself to listen to this podcast.

While mills and platforms seem like a good option, in reality they’re not all that great. You’ve probably experienced this firsthand.

The good news is that you don’t have to be stuck on a mill or platform for years. Jacob and Ian discuss experiences with getting better writing jobs so you can improve your freelance writing career.

Here are just a few of the things you’ll learn:

  • Ian’s experience with a freelancing platform
  • Why content mills and freelancing platforms undermine freelancers
  • An overview of what content mills and freelancing platforms are
  • Why too much competition is bad
  • How to break away from mills and platforms

Free Bonus #1: The Paid Publishing Guidebook (351 Publishers that Pay Writers)

As a special thank you to everyone who signed up for yesterday’s webinar, we’re giving you a free bonus.

It’s a copy of the Paid Publishing Guidebook. The book lists 351 magazines, websites, and blogs that pay writers. This list is a goldmine for writers ready to get paid to write.

Download Your Free Copy (PDF)

We’re also sending you another free bonus tomorrow.

Plus, we’re going to be hosting a free Q&A session on Tuesday at 2pm PT / 5pm ET.

The No B.S. Class on Freelance Writing is not currently open for enrollment. It will be available soon. In the mean time, you can learn more about the class here.



We’re giving away 10 Writing Launch scholarships!

At Writing Launch, our mission is to create a valuable resource for people who want to become freelance writers. That includes people who don’t have the experience or resources to get started freelancing. We believe that a lack of money shouldn’t stop people from achieving their dreams.

When Jacob and I started Writing Launch, we made it a goal to make everything as accessible as possible. To this end, we’ve created affordable payment options, and we also regularly hold free webinars packed full of valuable content.

In late 2016, we received a message from a member who was particularly participatory in the classes and who expressed learning a lot of helpful information. Unfortunately, this member could no longer afford to pay the membership fee. He was on a fixed income and had some unfortunate health issues. It takes time to establish a profitable writing career. Unfortunately, his situation didn’t give him any room at all to make a monetary investment in his future.

That made us think: How can we help people who want to be freelance writers but struggle to make ends meet? We didn’t want to exclude anyone with a passionate goal of becoming a freelance writer. We wanted to create an initiative to help out people in situations like these.

That’s why we’re giving away 10 Writing Launch scholarships. Recipients will receive 3 free months of Writing Launch membership, which includes our acclaimed No B.S. Course on Freelance Writing, several additional courses, personal help from Jacob and I, and access to other helpful resources such as webinars and ebooks.

We hope that these 10 scholarships will help launch the careers of 10 people who would otherwise not have any reliable, comprehensive resources to help jumpstart them. We’ve put a lot of work into our courses and resources, and we want to share that with the people who need it most.

However, please be aware that we have to be extremely selective during this process. Since we’re only giving away 10 scholarships, we want to make sure that they go to the people with the most need. We’ve had several people write in asking us to consider them, and unfortunately we can’t do that. We’re using an impartial form to help decide the applicants, and any messages asking for extra consideration will be discarded.

If you’re suffering from great financial need, please don’t hesitate to apply for the scholarship. Within the next month or so, we’ll be going through the applications and selecting 10 recipients based on financial need and career goals.

The scholarship application period is now over! Thanks to everyone who applied. We’ll be in touch with recipients via email over the next few weeks.

The deadline to apply is January 14. We’ll contact the winners in the month after the deadline.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at support@writinglaunch.com. Thank you for continuing to support Writing Launch, and we hope 2017 will be a transformative year for you.

Ian Chandler

Head Instructor

Bonus #2: 100 Publications that Pay for Articles and Guest Posts

As another gift to all of our readers, I have compiled a list of 100 publishers that pay for articles and guest posts.

You can use yesterday’s gift to craft your pitch to these publishers. Remember –– each pitch you send out is an investment. The more you send out, the more likely you’ll get paid. And I mean that literally.

Click here to Download:
100 Publications that Pay for Articles and Guest Posts